Sunday service 10:45am.You are welcome to worship with us any Sunday. Our focus is loving God, others and self.
[06/16/18] The separation between the sheep and the goats is happening right now...
Why we sold the church building. I'm not aggrandizing here. Just sharing good news when much is often bad. Put a 65yr old homeless woman in a motel for a couple days. Doesn't solve the problem but she was so grateful just to feel human for a while. Kept the power and water on, filled the fridge for a struggling family. Sponsored another under resourced kid into Summer Rec Camp. Got a bus ticket for someone to get a new start!
"Getting on the bus to Tennessee tonight..thanks for all the help you have given me and others over the years..LOVE WINS..💘" #everydaygifts
I don't know why Anthony Bourdain took his own life. Then again maybe I do. For me it's the war between my ears and in my heart that pushes me to the edge time and again. It's summed up as "existential despair." It's not a lack of passion for life, it's in fact to much passion. It's not being disconnected but rather intensely connected. It's not to little love, it's to much. So you become consumed with FEAR and spiral into depression. The fear of devastating loss. Losing my wife, losing my child, my loved ones. It's never really being able to shake the despair of knowing so many others in this world know nothing but suffering. It's not a lack of empathy but an overdose of it. It's a roaring argument in the head about the incomprehensible and random aspects of being alive with so many goddamn questions and no answers. Frankly nobody can understand it. Except those who are in its grip. There is no easy explanation or remedy. No one to blame. Just the mysterious grace that allows some to wake up and face the fears. And for some simply wanting the mind to find rest. I hope for all that we get that rest. No one asked to be here in the first place.
"Next, I turned to look at all the acts of oppression that make people suffer under the sun. Look at the tears of those who suffer! No one can comfort them. Their oppressors have all the power. No one can comfort those who suffer. 2 I congratulate the dead, who have already died, rather than the living, who still have to carry on. 3 But the person who hasn’t been born yet is better off than both of them. He hasn’t seen the evil that is done under the sun."
Y'all in at my place...
Listen to Keri Matte share a great message of community. Enjoy. https://ovcccast.blogspot.com/2018/06/ovcc-its-not-all-good-6318-keri-matte.html
ovcccast.blogspot.com June 3, 2018. Keri Matte offers a short talk on sharing failure and lessons with each other. June 3, 2018. Click to Listen.
More great, short, practical lessons... https://ovcccast.blogspot.com/2018/05/ovcc-life-teachings-punctuated-52718.html
ovcccast.blogspot.com May 27, 2018. Pastor Paul teaches a different angle on some life basics. May 27, 2018. Click to Listen.
A day of mourning, deep gratitude, comfort, commitment to making peace in the world.
Quick message worth re-listening or catching up with... https://ovcccast.blogspot.com/2018/05/ovcc-recognizing-christians-52018-paul.html
ovcccast.blogspot.com May 20, 2018. Paul Bergmann offers a short message on doing the things we have control over. May 20, 2018. Click to Listen.
Catch up with the last 2 weeks of teaching about Loving Others and Yourself... https://ovcccast.blogspot.com
ovcccast.blogspot.com The teachings and sermons of Ojai Valley Community Church
People ask if Community Church has a Sunday Night Service and we do! Every Sunday night at The Vine. The Right Reverend Danny McGaw and his Deacons deliver the homily. Spirits abound and are lifted high! Take a peek.
Happy Mother's Day from Community Church!
To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your painful experience
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Peace, grace, strength, courage, comfort, healing, hope, love, laughter, joy be with you!
Community Church 10:45am/ish Sundays 907 El Centro
So I've been helpin this very manly mid 30's guy get off heroin and into sober living which is happening today! He is so ecstatic and grateful. Then he tells me a moment ago, "I know you won't remember but you helped me before when I was 12 and in some trouble." How's it possible I've been doing this that long...#aging
The Bible is a magnificent human record of people elevating the value of each other. There's a record of mavericks moving the cheese, raising the bar, turning the dial up, ratcheting the next click upward and onward. Read it in those lenses. All the writers and passages are not equals. There are those arguing to go backwards, others arguing to stay put where we are and then the divinely inspired heretics making new and outrageous proposals and innovations moving humanity forward! In no uncertain terms Jesus was such a heretic.
But Pastor Paul isn't the Word of God, infallible, inerrant, inspired? Yes! Then around 18 he grew a beard. Community Sunday 10:45am/ish 907 El Centro
Recent teaching on "Shrewdness" now online. Enjoy... https://ovcccast.blogspot.com/2018/05/ovcc-shrewd-dude-42218-paul-bergmann.html
ovcccast.blogspot.com April 22, 2018. Pastor Paul revisits the parable of the shrewd manager. April 22, 2018. Click to Listen.
"Sometimes I have a terrible need of, shall I say the word, religion. Then I go out at night and paint the stars" — Vincent van Gogh
So today I was asked by someone angry at God about a miracle they were guaranteed by the laying on of hands at a church. It failed. So I told this person "Yeah, sorry, I don't believe God is in control of miracles. In fact God might be as surprised and happy when they happen. And God might be as sad and disappointed when they don't. Regardless "we" can be real miracles for other people. When we played music for the old folks yesterday and handed out cards and flowers and spent time with them they experienced the miracle of unexpected joy, beauty, kindness, love and affection. Today I sent a friend who runs a orphanage in Africa a $100 to help get medicine for some very sick kids there. That was a miracle to him. Today I helped a young family displaced by fire get into an apartment with a micro-loan at 0%. I think he actually used the word "miracle."
Yesterday's Wonderful Community Church morning spending time with our elders, sharing beautiful music, flowers, cards! Big thanks to Josh, Jared and Bill Miller for exquisite sound production! Overhead-0$. Payoff-Priceless
Sunday April 29th at 11am, Community Church will be gathering presenting a bluegrass concert with The Rose Valley Thorns at The Gables Of Ojai Senior Living center. Please bring a card, flower, small gift to share with the residents after the concert! — at ￼Gables Of Ojai.
"In the beginning God created the heavens and earth." #blessedearthday
Diane Miller shares her story. Now online... https://ovcccast.blogspot.com/2018/04/ovcc-carry-on-41518-diane-miller.html
ovcccast.blogspot.com April 15, 2018. Diane Miller rocks the Sunday teaching. April 15, 2018. Click to Listen.
Catching up with the posts... https://ovcccast.blogspot.com/2018/04/ovcc-humble-pie-4818-paul-bergmann.html
ovcccast.blogspot.com April 8, 2018. Pastor Paul talks about following Jesus and what God wants from us. April 8, 2018. Click to Listen.
Break out of that prison...
[04/08/18] Bible believing churches have little to do with following Jesus, but rather Jesus is simply the "Express Ticket to Heaven." Say a prayer and the ticket is punched. Then you can manipulate the Bible to fit your personal or political point of views as the "Word Of God." Slavery, oppression of women, war, violence, rape, slaughter can all be condoned by the Bible. The Bible is not the word of God. It's the words of people talking about their understanding of God. It's an evolving story reaching its zenith in pointing to the Word of God made flesh: Jesus. Follow Jesus, His teachings, not the Bible. #youvereadinthebiblebutitellyou
This picture is of Otto McClarin, a pillar in the Civil Rights movement. He was the closest American friend to our family, whom he helped immigrate to America. A friendship of many years born in Indonesia where he worked at the U.S. Consulate and befriended my father. I remember sitting on his lap at our home comforting him, as he cried and talked to me about MLK in the wake of his assassination. I didn't understand it all but I knew racism was a ugly monster and the most beautiful, kind, gentle man and his wife Justine were grieving. He told me that I gave him hope. Me, a little white boy. That the hate wouldn't win. So 50 yrs later as a old white pastor I still seek to give my black brothers and sister hope. I still seek to continue to comfort them in their affliction...
Beautiful Easter morning...
Easter at the Lake #21. He is Risen Indeed. https://ovcccast.blogspot.com/2018/04/ovcc-easter-angel-4118-paul-bergmann.html
ovcccast.blogspot.com April 1, 2018. 21st Easter at Lake Casitas. Pastor Paul Bergmann speaks about angels and the supernatural. April 1, 2018. Click to Listen.
The Cross is not what God inflicts upon Jesus in order to forgive, the Cross is what God endures in Jesus as God graciously forgives us all.
I'll be handing out Trinity Crosses at the Libbey Park fountain for Good Friday at 6pm. This cross dispels the notion that God punished Jesus for us, but rather suffered the worst humanity can dish out in Jesus and forgives our ignorance.
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When you walk through the doors of the Center for Spiritual Living Ojai, my desire is that you feel that you've come home
WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. For information about fire damage or for reopen updates, please see our story at https://meditationmount.org/fire Meditation Mount, a public meditation center in service to humanity located in Ojai, CA, has existed since 1971.
GOOD2CU is a hosted variety showcase featuring original comedy sketches, musical guests, interviews and video shorts.
OVBC is a "hospital for sinners, not a museum of saints". We're people like you, seeking to worship God and love people. Get connected. Come as you are.
Ojai Valley Shambhala Meditation Group offers Meditation Practices on Sunday Mornings form 9:00 -10:30 AM at 309 East Aliso(Byron Katie Church Building), in Ojai
Sunday 8am Rite I (spoken) Eucharist. 10am Rite II Eucharist with music, church school. Coffee and fellowship follows both services. Choir Rehearsal Wed. 7pm & Sun. 9am. Centering Prayer Thurs 7pm. The Rev. Dr. Greg Kimura, Rector.
TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO THOMAS FIRE. Meher Mount is a 172-acre universal spiritual center dedicated to Avatar Meher Baba. Visitors come for pilgrimage, for celebrating Divine Love and Oneness, for loving God through nature, and for service.