The NEW Coast House in Montalvo

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Well, if you haven't been following us on Instagram (you totally should, here) you've been missing out on all the updates about what God is doing through Coast Church. Earlier this month we received the keys to our new storefront location in Bristol Center, located in the Montalvo neighborhood of Ventura. We've been doing some remodeling (huge thank you to everyone who has been donating financially and with their time to make this a possibility) and getting the building ready for our GRAND OPENING APRIL 1st, RESURRECTION SUNDAY. 

It has been a trying time for us at Coast since the Thomas Fire in Ventura and then losing our lease at the previous location...BUT GOD has opened up an incredible door for us to serve our community here in Montalvo. It is clearly evident that God wants a vibrant, life-giving, multicultural, generous, Spirit filled/led, multigenerational, and creative church here in Ventura. We aim to be that church and we strive to be a place where people BELONG. BELIEVE. BECOME. 

From fresh texture, new fixtures, a sparkling coat of paint, and refinished epoxy floors...our volunteer team has been making the new Coast House beautiful and inviting. We will also have a brand new Coast Kids room ready for our children to learn all about God's great love in Sunday School. As we move into the new location we're looking forward to resuming our Current Youth Nights (middle and high school student gatherings with music, preaching, prayer, and a lot of fun), launching an after school program, substance abuse/recovery classes, Bible studies, music and creative workshops, leadership sessions, and more.

Can you do us a huge favor? Help spread the word, share this blogpost on your social, text a friend and invite them. We want everyone to know about Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that is changing lives in our community. See you on Resurrection Sunday for TWO GATHERINGS at 10:00am and 1:00pm 

Ventura Beach Clean-up X Coast Church

DO SOMETHING! Join us for beach clean-up over the holiday weekend (4th of July). We'll be going out in the mornings and evenings on several days to keep the trash out of our oceans. Sign up below in the comments section, email us or tex to 805-215-3558 and let us know what day/time you'd like to join us. More info forthcoming. 

 

 

 

The ASCEND Series || Guest Speaker: Jerry Menchaca

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There are TWO reasons that you should be at Coast Church this Sunday: ONE: Pastor Jerry Menchaca (Santa Barbara, CA) will be joining us at our 4:00pm gathering and bringing a message of hope from the Scripture.  He will also be sharing some of personal story of a life filled with a broken home, drugs, gangs, prison, and how the Gospel of Jesus Christ impacted him and put him on the ASCENT!  TWO: this may be our last Sunday at our current facility on Telegraph Rd.  We are still working out all of the details and hope to bring some big news soon.  Hope to see you there: 4:00pm Sunday at 4300 Telegraph Rd. Ventura.  www.CoastChurch.com for more info.  #belongbelievebecome #coastchurch #ccventura #vta #ventura #weloveventura #jesuslovesventura #faithhopelove #timetoascend #venturachurch 

Let's Make a Difference

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Last night a 24 year old young man was stabbed to death in North Oxnard, in a neighborhood that Coast Church Ventura has established a Community Group Bible study geared towards young people.  Our hearts are absolutely burdened by the loss and we mourn the loss.  Yet there is a holy angst that is rising within us to DO MORE, to make a DIFFERENCE in this community.  

It may sound crazy, that a new church in Ventura (which is just getting started) would be reaching out to a community in Oxnard, but we believe that usually the crazy ideas are the ones which God is right in the middle of (think: David and Goliath).  

We know there are mega-churches around but NOBODY has reached the kids we are reaching in this neighborhood and we see a great need to shine the light of the Gospel to them.  Our prayer is that God would continue to use us to reach this dark world and shine brighter than ever before.  The bad news is that this junk is happening...THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU CAN HELP!  LET'S MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN VENTURA AND OXNARD!

How can you help? 

-Join the Coast Church team!

-Host a Coast Community group or volunteer to help with one that is going. 

-Donate to our fundraiser to purchase a van to pick-up kids in this area for youth events, church gatherings, camps, etc.   

-Donate snacks, drinks, school items, etc. to be used in our Coast Community group in N. Oxnard.

NO DREAMS - The Coast Church Van Project

The blank looks and the silence in the room was my first indication that we were in the right place.  The question was asked, "what are your dreams in life" and the silence was deafening.  One of the older boys stepped up and said, "to get a job and pay the bills."  I'll never forget the first night of our Youth Bible Study in North Oxnard at that apartment complex.  I can never put that visceral silence of "youth without dreams" away from my thoughts as we endeavor to reach out to a community that needs the light of the Gospel.  

It started with a group of 13 young people hanging out at our BBQ and now we're seeing a group form that is hungry for something real in their lives.  We're in need of a church van to transport the group to our Sunday gatherings, to community outings, to events, and also to provide others with a ride who do not have transportation.  In the near future we will begin a program called "LIFE - Life in Focus Education" that teaches life skills, gang intervention, drug/alcohol rehab, parenting, anger management, etc.  We want to be able to offer transportation to these classes as well.  

When I read the headlines on KVTA's Facebook page this morning about a homicide in a public park in Oxnard (less than one mile from the apartment complex we have our group at) my heart hurt but I also felt a glimmer of hope for the future.  Knowing that we're shining light into the darkness is the solace we have when facing the daunting task of reaching an area where this kind of tragedy is the norm.  

A safe, reliable, used 15 passenger van will cost between $20-30,000 if we were to purchase from a dealer.  We have a contact who is a wholesale broker and can get us a $20-30k van at roughly $15k and is agreeing to do so at no charge to our church.  

Christmas is a tough time on the pocketbooks of most people but it is also a time when miracles happen and when great causes see great support.  We realize that this idea represents more than a van, it represents hope for a community, it represents future leaders...it represents DREAMS in hearts of children who have NO DREAMS.  Would you partner with us today?  We appreciate your prayers and support!        -Pastor Scott

P.S.  We have room for several business/corporate sponsors to have their company logo on the back of our van.  Do good and advertise all around Ventura, Oxnard, etc.!

North Oxnard Community Group - Meet & Greet

We're excited to be adding another Coast Community Group in North Oxnard that will begin meeting weekly November 11th.  To kick things off we'll be having a "Meet & Greet" with a FREE Thanksgiving craft for the kids, FREE hotdogs/chips/drinks and dessert.  It will be an informal, open house format and we welcome you all to get to know us.  RSVP 805-215-3558 (text/call)

-November 11th (Wednesday) 6:00-8:30pm
-Cedar Glen Apartments (main clubhouse)
-701 Aster St. Oxnard
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What is a "Coast Community Group?" -These are small groups (up to 18 people) that meet in homes, cafes, parks, and other public places weekly.  We gather together as a group and get to know each other, read from the Scriptures, hear an encouraging/life-giving word, and typically share some snacks.

What other locations do you have?  -Currently we have a group meeting in Ventura on Wednesdays, a student (ages 12-18) group meeting Fridays, a group in Calabasas on Tuesdays, and are always looking to add more groups in locations throughout Ventura County.  

What topics do you cover? -We cover everything from practical, daily living inspiration from the Bible to deeper topics like forgiveness/battling addiction/etc. to basic teaching about salvation/prayer/devotion.  Every group is filled with people who are caring, loving, and free of judgmental attitudes.  

What if we have kids? -Most groups have something for the kids to do and as the groups grow we will begin some short Bible lessons for the kids.  

Any more questions?  Would you like to RSVP?  Feel free to call or text us at 805.215.3558 or email at coastchurchventura@gmail.com

7 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Go to Church (even if you don't)

At Coast Church we're HUGE believers in kids and we want to see kids from all over Ventura County thrive, succeed, and do incredible things to impact the world around us as they grow.  Even if you're not a "person of faith" we want you to know that there is a place your children can find community at in a safe, loving, and caring environment.  Here are a few of the reasons our team came up with of "Why Your Kids Should Go to Church (even if you don't).  Enjoy. 

 1. They have BIG GOD questions and we don’t have all of the answers. 

Where did God come from?  Who is God’s daddy and mommy?  Was God a baby?  Is God real or is he like Santa Claus?  Can God bring me presents?  Can I talk to God?  The questions only get bigger, tougher, and gnarlier from here on out!  Kids are full of questions.  Where do you find answers to these “God questions” that they are sure to ask?  Google, pull them out of the air, go ask grandma, etc. are all some of the ways I’ve heard of parents address these questions.  At Coast Kids we strive to answer the tough “God Questions” in ways that are understandable, appropriate, and relevant for children.  We want their eyes, their mind, their hearts, and their futures to be open just as you do!  

 

2.  Church is a place to experience community in a diverse, totally selfless way.

At Coast Church we want to be a community that reflects our local community.  We are not an old church, a young church, a white church, a black church, an asian church, a hispanic church…we are a community of people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, faith experiences, and histories.  What a better place to allow your children to experience diversity than in a place that truly cares for them.  A church community is a place where we leave behind our “identity” to embrace the “identity of Christ” to serve others in a selfless way.  When children catch on to this concept at a young age everyone around them will be doing double-takes saying, “who is this kid and where did they learn to be so kind?”  Church.  

  

3.  The principles taught in Sunday School will benefit your children. 

Where did our criminal, civil, and justice code originate?  Mosaic (from Moses) Law has been the single biggest influencer on the way we do life as humans and societies.  We teach precepts and concepts that deal with how we treat our fellow man, how we take care of the resources God has given us, why giving is better than receiving, working hard and thinking of others before ourselves.  Whether you’re an atheist, agnostic, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, etc. I think we can all agree that every child in the world could use a bit more emphasis in these areas.  Math is great, learning to read and spell is fantastic but where are our children learning the source of these principles?  Church.  

 

4.  We reinforce creativity, art, and music. 

Art and music programs are typically the first place that our public education systems make budget cuts.  Nearly every week we draw, color, paint, cut (with safe scissors), art projects that coincide with our lesson.  We encourage creativity, art exploration and sharing our work with one another (and of course with our families when we get home).  Music is a big part of our church community and it carries over into Coast Kids.  We sing, introduce them to fun instruments, and encourage them to be a part of music even if they’ve never tried.  It is no wonder why so many famous musicians trace their musical roots to church…we value the arts and music as an extension of who God created us to be.  Where does the next Picasso learn to paint?  Church.  

 

5.  Hope. 

Where do children go to find hope?  School?  Schools reinforce many great things, but they don’t reinforce hope.  They don’t give hope, they’re not a source of hope.  For a lot of children, school can be a place of frustration when dealing with bullies, homework, pressure for grades, etc.  How about family?  Family should be a place of hope, but unfortunately it doesn’t always pan out that way.  At Coast Church we want every child to learn that not only can they find hope but they can grow to be a source of hope in their world.  Spiritual, intangible concepts are hard to understand when we grow up, but children have an incredible way of grasping concepts like “hope” and living them out.  Where can they find out what hope is and how to be a source of hope for others?  Church.

 

6.  The “Anchor Concept”.  

Kids need anchors, places where they know they will be and things they know they will be doing.  Consistency is hard to maintain in our busy day and age.  When you incorporate something like church/Sunday school in your child’s life, it gives them an “anchor” in their life of consistent teaching, art, friends, community, and giving.  We love soccer teams, Little League, swim clubs, art classes, etc. but we believe that Coast Kids gives every child “meaning” to their life and their future more than a team championship.  Once your child gets plugged in, makes new friends, they’ll be bugging you for this “anchor” in their life: church. 

 

7.  Our church communities NEED the children.  

Children, with their wonder and amazement, their creativity and craziness, their charm and their mischief, are an inspiration to every single person who follows Christ.  We have come to the realization that we need kids around to show us how we are supposed to respond to Jesus’ great love…with awe and wonder!  When children are present, smiles abound.  When children are present, the weight of responsibility for our future seems more significant.  In other words, we NEED children in our church community.  We are totally okay with the messes they make, the glue-stick clean up, the mischief, and the spilled Capri-suns because it means that children are present and where children are present, HOPE is present.  We never want one gathering to go by where we don’t see smiles from one certain group of little humans…can you guess where we want to see you and your children this Sunday?  You got it, CHURCH!  

 

At Coast Church we are a grass-roots community of faith, growing weekly, reaching out to our city and county, serving others and lifting up Jesus Christ.  We’ve seen some incredible stories unfold in the short time we’ve been meeting together and we can’t wait to see what happens next.  We have several Coast Kids volunteers who have backgrounds in child education, art, music, parenting and huge hearts to see children thrive!  We meet each week at 4300 Telegraph Road in Ventura in the round building on Telegraph (look for the orange and blue signs).  Our children meet in a safe place connected to the building where we hold our main gathering, accessible by parents and of course filled with fun and smiles.  If you need a ride to church, if you’d like to schedule us to pick up your children for Coast Kids or if you have any questions please feel free to give us a call/text 805-215-3558 or email coastchurchventura@gmail.com.  Much love to you all and we hope to see you soon…at CHURCH!  

The Artisan Soul - A Journey Through God's Call on our Lives to be Creative

Over the past three weeks, we've been discussing what it means to be "An Artisan Soul" and some thoughts from Erwin Raphael McManus' book "The Artisan Soul."  It has truly been an inspiring time as we've uncovered some of the hidden talents/creativity/calling that God has in each of us.  We've learned that a "creative" is not just a person with a passion for art, music, graphic design or photography...but in the soul of every human being is a "creative nature" that God put within each of us.  

So many times we feel that we don't have anything "creative" to contribute to our world and we begin to listen to every voice we've ever heard that tells us "we can't" do something.  The fact is that we are "created in the image of God" and part of that is each of us have a creative side.  Our world has some incredibly large, looming issues to face from pollution, racism, famine, clean water, food shortages, disease, etc. and the only way we're going to be able to see these issues resolved is through creative thinking and creative acting.  God gave us the ability to do this and our prayer these past few weeks is that Christ followers around the world would start realizing the gift of creativity that God has given all of us and start using for good around the world.  It is truly the will of God that we would step up and be cultural influencers, thinking outside of the boxes and rising above the voices that tell us "what we cannot do."  

We have one more week (Wednesday 9/2 at 7:30pm, contact for location details) of our group study in The Artisan Soul and it is going to be awesome.  If you're looking to grow as a Christian, learning more about faith, or simply looking for a place to draw weekly inspiration we would like to invite you to join us at a Coast Community Group midweek gathering.  We meet in houses and places like Chick-fil-A, Coffee Bean, etc. to discuss the Scripture and it's application for our lives.  We hope to see you soon!