Christmas at Venture
Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas at Venture

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture

At our family candlelight service, you'll experience a time of carols, storytelling, and a message of God's grace as we discover the Hope that Christmas brings. 

Sip on hot cocoa, take a picture at one of our family photo booths, and enjoy a wonderful experience with something for everyone this Christmas.

SERVICE TIMES

Friday, December 22:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 23:

  • 4pm
  • 6pm

Sunday, December 24:

  • 9am
  • 11am (Korean & Mandarin translation available)
  • 1pm
  • 3pm

Care for children provided for birth - kindergarten

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Christmas at Venture
Dec
23
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas at Venture

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture

At our family candlelight service, you'll experience a time of carols, storytelling, and a message of God's grace as we discover the Hope that Christmas brings. 

Sip on hot cocoa, take a picture at one of our family photo booths, and enjoy a wonderful experience with something for everyone this Christmas.

SERVICE TIMES

Friday, December 22:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 23:

  • 4pm
  • 6pm

Sunday, December 24:

  • 9am
  • 11am (Korean & Mandarin translation available)
  • 1pm
  • 3pm

Care for children provided for birth - kindergarten

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Christmas at Venture
Dec
23
6:00 PM18:00

Christmas at Venture

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture

At our family candlelight service, you'll experience a time of carols, storytelling, and a message of God's grace as we discover the Hope that Christmas brings. 

Sip on hot cocoa, take a picture at one of our family photo booths, and enjoy a wonderful experience with something for everyone this Christmas.

SERVICE TIMES

Friday, December 22:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 23:

  • 4pm
  • 6pm

Sunday, December 24:

  • 9am
  • 11am (Korean & Mandarin translation available)
  • 1pm
  • 3pm

Care for children provided for birth - kindergarten

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Christmas at Venture
Dec
24
9:00 AM09:00

Christmas at Venture

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture

At our family candlelight service, you'll experience a time of carols, storytelling, and a message of God's grace as we discover the Hope that Christmas brings. 

Sip on hot cocoa, take a picture at one of our family photo booths, and enjoy a wonderful experience with something for everyone this Christmas.

SERVICE TIMES

Friday, December 22:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 23:

  • 4pm
  • 6pm

Sunday, December 24:

  • 9am
  • 11am (Korean & Mandarin translation available)
  • 1pm
  • 3pm

Care for children provided for birth - kindergarten

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Christmas at Venture
Dec
24
11:00 AM11:00

Christmas at Venture

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture

At our family candlelight service, you'll experience a time of carols, storytelling, and a message of God's grace as we discover the Hope that Christmas brings. 

Sip on hot cocoa, take a picture at one of our family photo booths, and enjoy a wonderful experience with something for everyone this Christmas.

SERVICE TIMES

Friday, December 22:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 23:

  • 4pm
  • 6pm

Sunday, December 24:

  • 9am
  • 11am (Korean & Mandarin translation available)
  • 1pm
  • 3pm

Care for children provided for birth - kindergarten

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Christmas at Venture
Dec
24
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas at Venture

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture

At our family candlelight service, you'll experience a time of carols, storytelling, and a message of God's grace as we discover the Hope that Christmas brings. 

Sip on hot cocoa, take a picture at one of our family photo booths, and enjoy a wonderful experience with something for everyone this Christmas.

SERVICE TIMES

Friday, December 22:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 23:

  • 4pm
  • 6pm

Sunday, December 24:

  • 9am
  • 11am (Korean & Mandarin translation available)
  • 1pm
  • 3pm

Care for children provided for birth - kindergarten

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Christmas at Venture
Dec
24
3:00 PM15:00

Christmas at Venture

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture

At our family candlelight service, you'll experience a time of carols, storytelling, and a message of God's grace as we discover the Hope that Christmas brings. 

Sip on hot cocoa, take a picture at one of our family photo booths, and enjoy a wonderful experience with something for everyone this Christmas.

SERVICE TIMES

Friday, December 22:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 23:

  • 4pm
  • 6pm

Sunday, December 24:

  • 9am
  • 11am (Korean & Mandarin translation available)
  • 1pm
  • 3pm

Care for children provided for birth - kindergarten

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HSM Hume Lake Winter Camp
Jan
12
to Jan 15

HSM Hume Lake Winter Camp

  • HUME LAKE CHRISTIAN CAMPS (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We're excited to be returning to Hume Lake for winter camp! Winter Hume is different than Summer Hume — not just because of it's length, but because of all the different activities: Tube Run, Mechanical Bull, Snowboarding and Ice Skating included.

It will be an awesome experience for your student!

Cost: $299

Camp Full
To get on the waitlist, please email Heather »

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678 Hume Lake Winter Camp
Jan
26
to Jan 28

678 Hume Lake Winter Camp

  • HUME LAKE CHRISTIAN CAMPS (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We're excited to be going to Hume Lake for winter camp! Winter Hume is different than Summer Hume — not just because of it's length, but because of all the different activities: Tube Run, Mechanical Bull, Snowboarding and Ice Skating included.

It will be an awesome experience for your student!

We have a limited number of spots: 

  • 15 Girls
  • 16 Guys

When you register, you will receive an email from Heather Espy to confirm your spot.

Cost: $260

Questions? Contact Heather »

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Short-Term Mission Trip: Langano, Ethiopia
Feb
16
to Feb 25

Short-Term Mission Trip: Langano, Ethiopia

We are taking fifty 9th graders from Hope School in Heeraraa to a sports camp in Camp Langano for a week. Camping is a critical element of the overall Sports Friends (organization that runs the camp) strategy and a natural extension of the existing community-based ministry programs. Deep relationships are formed, the good news of God's love is shared, and campers are impacted for eternity. As these young people enjoy sports, games, crafts, music, good food, warm beds, and lots of love, they encounter God in powerful ways. For many campers, they say that camp is the best week of their lives.

As you humbly sacrifice to participate in God's redemptive work, we believe it will be one of the best weeks of your life as well. Anyone who loves working with teens, including teachers, coaches, soccer or volleyball players, college age and up are welcome to participate in this 5 day sports camp with the students. As you help with skits, take pictures, or provide sports instruction, your primary role is simply to lavish God's love upon these young people. In addition, two Venture-supported missionary families work at Camp Langano and this trip is also geared towards visiting and supporting them along with working with the children who attend. 

About the Trip

Who should serve:
Anyone who loves working with children: teachers, coaches, soccer, or volleyball players ages 18 or older.

When:
February 16-25, 2018

Where:
Lake Langano, Ethiopia

Cost: 
$2,000 per person

Informational Meeting

TBD

Partners

Sports Friends

Trip Contact

Karin Pansegrau
408.888.1169

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips. Also, check the On Mission Blog »

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “Camp Langano Ethiopia 2018 STM Trip”.

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Short Term Mission Trip - Jordan
Apr
12
to Apr 22

Short Term Mission Trip - Jordan

Venture is partnering with Levant ministries and a church in Mafraq, Jordan to send a team to work with the local churches that are serving and ministering to the Syrian refugees. We will be visiting them in their homes, supporting the outreach programs, teach classes, etc. There will be a guide who will do the orientation and training of the activities there.

Informational Meeting

TBD

Partner Organization

Levant Ministries

Trip Contact

onmission@venture.cc

About the Trip

Who should serve:
Adults

When:
April 12-22, 2018

Where:
Mafraq, Jordan

Cost: $2000

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips.

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “<Person's Name> Jordan 2018 STM Trip”.

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Senior Disneyland Trip
Apr
20
to Apr 22

Senior Disneyland Trip

Hey seniors! Join us for a fun Disneyland trip to bless our Senior Class! We're grateful for your leadership and want to send you off with a lasting experience of the friendships you've made while in our High School Ministry.

This trip is for our high school seniors only

Cost: $199

Questions? Contact Heather »

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Seniors' Only Dessert
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

Seniors' Only Dessert

As graduation season is approaching, we are all excited to celebrate the accomplishment of your students. They have worked hard for the last 4 years and now it's our time to celebrate over them.

Venture High School will be hosting our annual Senior Dessert.

If you and your family choose to participate in this night, there are 3 things we need from you.

  1. Photos - Baby & Graduation (Sent via email)
  2. Speaking - Each parent will be given the opportunity to speak about their student
  3. Hall of Fame Poster - A poster board, filled with memories of your student (Due May 15)

Lastly, we're honored to make this event free for all participating families.

Please RSVP to Heather Espy »

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Short-Term Mission Trip: Ensenada, Mexico
May
28
to Jun 2

Short-Term Mission Trip: Ensenada, Mexico

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
— Matthew 25:40
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
— James 1:27

We will be going to Gabriel House, a special needs orphanage where we will be interacting and caring for the orphans, learning about their needs and bring some light and hope to them along with encouragement to their caregivers. Also, we will do a mix of construction and repairs along with delivering needed supplies. In addition, another small team will be going to town to conduct Disciple Making Movement (DMM) training to a group of local pastors in the area.

About the Trip

Who should serve:
High School Students, Adults

When:
May 28 - June 2, 2018

Where:
Ensenada, MX

Cost:
• Accommodations and food at lodge location is $300 (meals eaten outside of the lodge is your responsibility)
• Flights via Southwest Airlines booked 30 days in advance are about $300 round trip.
 

Informational Meeting

TBD

Partners

Gabriel House

Trip Contact

Larry Ells
408.640.8488

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips.

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “<Name of the person you are donating to> Ensenada MX Spring 2018 STM Trip”.

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Short-Term Mission Trip - Joni & Friends Camp
Jun
11
to Jun 15

Short-Term Mission Trip - Joni & Friends Camp

  • MISSION SPRINGS CAMPS & CONFERENCE CENTER (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For many years, Venture has sent short-term mission trips to Joni & Friends Camp, and those who have gone have come back from the camps have been touched deeply by the people with a disability and their families. In addition to sharing and caring for them, you will also have a great time participating in great activities like square dancing, swimming, playing water games, and many other activities.

Short-term missionaries eat meals with their assigned family and join with them in most program activities. After some short-term missionary free time in the afternoon (1-1/2 -2 hrs), you will rejoin your family for the evening meal and activities. No previous experience with disability? No problem. We fully train every short term missionary for 1-1/2 days before the Family Retreat begins, and there is constant support throughout the week. This is a great opportunity to serve others and grow in your own faith; it's a life changing experience!

About the Trip

Who should serve:
Must be 16 years old or older (Can be younger if supervised by a parent)

When:
Tentative Date: June 12-16, 2017

Where:
Mission Springs in Scotts Valley, CA

Cost:
TBD, but last year was about $450, including room and meals.  

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips.

Click here to watch a video from Joni & Friends of what the experience is like.

Application

Registration opens in mid-January, 2018. Sign up through the Joni & Friends website

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “Joni & Friends, June 2018 STM Trip”.

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Short-Term Mission Trip: Heeraraa, Ethiopia
Jun
20
to Jul 1

Short-Term Mission Trip: Heeraraa, Ethiopia

We’ll spend a week with the students and teachers, hosting a VBS program. The curriculum includes Bible stories, English, Science, crafts, and sports. Living at the school for the week, we’ll work with the students and community, building relationships and demonstrating God’s love. Since 2005, Venture Christian Church has partnered with Hope Enterprises, a Christian based local humanitarian organization to establish and support a school in the village of Heeraraa near Lake Ziway. Venture members now sponsor 600 students at the school.

About the Trip

Who should serve:
Anyone who loves working with children: teachers, coaches, soccer, or volleyball players ages 16+ (16-18 with parent).

When:
June 20 - July 1, 2018

Where:
Lake Ziway, Ethiopia

Cost: 
$3000 per person

Informational Meeting

TBD

Partners

Hope Enterprises

Trip Contact

Jack Elwell

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips.butt

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “Heeraraa Ethiopia 2018 STM Trip”.

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Venture High School - Short-Term Mission Trip: Haiti
Jun
24
to Jul 3

Venture High School - Short-Term Mission Trip: Haiti

The Venture High School Haiti Mission Trip is coming up in summer 2018! We are so excited to be heading over and partnering with Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. Some areas that we will be involved with are: construction and painting, evangelism, helping with the elderly, and serving with their nutritional program.

  • Cost: TBD
  • Parent Info Meeting: November 12
  • Required Meetings (all meetings are mandatory for trip attendance):
    Feb 25, Apr 15, June 10

Dec 17 is the last day to sign-up for this trip.

Questions? Contact Heather »

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Short-Term Mission Trip - Joni & Friends Camp
Jul
9
to Jul 13

Short-Term Mission Trip - Joni & Friends Camp

  • MISSION SPRINGS CAMPS & CONFERENCE CENTER (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For many years, Venture has sent short-term mission trips to Joni & Friends Camp, and those who have gone have come back from the camps have been touched deeply by the people with a disability and their families. In addition to sharing and caring for them, you will also have a great time participating in great activities like square dancing, swimming, playing water games, and many other activities.

Short-term missionaries eat meals with their assigned family and join with them in most program activities. After some short-term missionary free time in the afternoon (1-1/2 -2 hrs), you will rejoin your family for the evening meal and activities. No previous experience with disability? No problem. We fully train every short term missionary for 1-1/2 days before the Family Retreat begins, and there is constant support throughout the week. This is a great opportunity to serve others and grow in your own faith; it's a life changing experience!

About the Trip

Who should serve:
Must be 16 years old or older (Can be younger if supervised by a parent)

When:
Tentative Date: June 12-16, 2017

Where:
Mission Springs in Scotts Valley, CA

Cost:
TBD, but last year was about $450, including room and meals.  

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips.

Click here to watch a video from Joni & Friends of what the experience is like.

Application

Registration opens in January, 2018. Sign up through the Joni & Friends website

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “Joni & Friends, July 2018 STM Trip”.

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Hume Lake Summer Camp - 678
Jul
15
to Jul 21

Hume Lake Summer Camp - 678

Join 678 for our summer Hume Lake trip! Hume Lake is five hundred fifty campers, epic team competitions, cinematic camp themes, chapel-shaking music, and virtually endless activities, all at 5200 feet elevation in the national forest. Hume Lake is actually very real — breakout groups with your peers and youth pastor, and a thousand simple moments where you notice the Gospel at play in your heart and all around you.

  • Registration will open March 1, 2018 at 9am to active students only.
  • Beginning April 1, 2018 at 9am, spots will be made available on first-come, first-served basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration does not guarantee a spot. A confirmation email will be sent to confirm your spot. 

Price & registration to come

Questions? Contact Heather »

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Hume Lake Summer Camp - High School
Jul
15
to Jul 21

Hume Lake Summer Camp - High School

Join Venture High School for our summer Hume Lake trip! Hume Lake is five hundred fifty campers, epic team competitions, cinematic camp themes, chapel-shaking music, and virtually endless activities, all at 5200 feet elevation in the national forest. Hume Lake is actually very real — breakout groups with your peers and youth pastor, and a thousand simple moments where you notice the Gospel at play in your heart and all around you.

  • Registration will open March 1, 2018 at 9am to active students only.
  • Beginning April 1, 2018 at 9am, spots will be made available on first-come, first-served basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration does not guarantee a spot. A confirmation email will be sent to confirm your spot. 

Price & registration to come

Questions? Contact Heather »

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Don Pedro Water Ski Trip
Aug
3
to Aug 6

Don Pedro Water Ski Trip

Venture High School's annual water ski trip at Don Pedro is back! Don Pedro is a great weekend for students to get connected to one another through boating, swimming, and small groups. Most importantly, it creates time where students can meet God in a new way! We are excited to be taking not only our incoming freshmen, but our super seniors are also invited to come join us!

Sign-up and price coming soon!

Questions? Contact Heather »

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Short-Term Mission Trip: Ensenada, Mexico
Sep
12
to Sep 16

Short-Term Mission Trip: Ensenada, Mexico

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
— Matthew 25:40
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
— James 1:27

We will be going to Gabriel House, a special needs orphanage where we will be interacting and caring for the orphans, learning about their needs and bring some light and hope to them along with encouragement to their caregivers. Also, we will do a mix of construction and repairs along with delivering needed supplies. In addition, another small team will be going to town to conduct Disciple Making Movement (DMM) training to a group of local pastors in the area.

About the Trip

Who should serve:
High School Students, Adults

When:
September 12-16, 2018

Where:
Ensenada, MX

Cost:
• Accommodations and food at lodge location is $300 (meals eaten outside of the lodge is your responsibility)
• Flights via Southwest Airlines booked 30 days in advance are about $300 round trip.
 

Informational Meeting

TBD

Partners

Gabriel House

Trip Contact

Larry Ells
408.640.8488

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips.

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “<Name of the person you are donating to> Ensenada MX Fall 2018 STM Trip”.

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Short-Term Mission Trip - India
Sep
15
to Sep 23

Short-Term Mission Trip - India

Please join us for a trip to India! We'll visit missionaries and their missions who have taken in over 100 orphans and saved hundreds of previously trafficked women from the streets and temples. Team members will interact with the children and teach them about Christ through VBS. Additionally, there will be wonderful ministry opportunities and interactions with the young women being restored and with surrounding communities. We welcome all Venture members who feel led to join us on this important mission to show Christ's love to people in need in India.

About the Trip

Who should serve:
Adults (18+)

When:
September 15-23, 2018

Where:
India

Cost: The costs listed are tentative.
$3,000 per person

Informational Meeting

TBD

Trip Contact

Tammi Senner

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips.

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “India September 2018 STM Trip”.

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Short-Term Mission Trip: Northern India (Medical)
Sep
29
to Oct 7

Short-Term Mission Trip: Northern India (Medical)

Venture is sending another medical team to Northern India this year to offer free medical care to many remote villages that do not have access to medical health care. We are partnering with national physicians who are donating their time and supplies. Over 425 patients will be seen every day and shown the love of Christ through meeting their humanitarian needs. We are looking for medical professionals to join us, and particularly physical therapists. If you feel God moving your heart toward serving on this team, please contact us! 

About the Trip

Who should serve:
Adults (18+)

When:
September 29 - October 7, 2018

Where:
Northern India

Cost: The costs listed are tentative.
$3,000 per person

Informational Meeting

TBD

Partners

TBD

Trip Contact

Tammi Senner

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips.

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “<Person’s Name> India 2018 Medical STM Trip”.

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Men's Breakfast: On Mission @ Work
Dec
9
7:00 AM07:00

Men's Breakfast: On Mission @ Work

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
— Proverbs 27:17

Join us this December for our semi-annual Men's Breakfast to learn what it means to be on mission at work! Hear our special guest speaker, Billy Bosworth, CEO of Datastax, share his testimony and his unique life experiences in the private sector in living out "B.I.O." by being on mission in the fast-paced workplace of Silicon Valley. Enjoy a catered hot breakfast, meet new friends, and learn how to apply Christ-like leadership to make a personal difference at home, the workplace, and your community.

Tickets are $5 per person. For any questions, please contact us through Eventbrite.

SPACE IS LIMITED so invite your friends and sign up early!

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VYP Christmas Party
Dec
8
6:45 PM18:45

VYP Christmas Party

You're invited to join us at our annual Christmas Party! The evening will be full of merriment and holiday festivities.

You can expect:

  • A fabulous catered dinner A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
  • A photo booth for lasting memories,
  • An opportunity to support a local charity. More details to come!
  • And more! 

Dress to impress and we'll see you there!

Tickets: $25
Childcare provided for children Birth - age 10

Questions? Contact Nathan »

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Girls Retreat
Dec
1
to Dec 3

Girls Retreat

Be Brave

Be firm in your faith, stay brave and strong.
— 1 Corinthians 16:13

Middle School and High School girls - Join us for an amazing girls retreat. At our combined event, we'll have separate teaching, workshops, worship and cabins for our 678 & Venture High School girls 

  • Cost: $150
  • Speaker: Diane Clemons
  • Worship: Lexi Eller

Questions? Contact Heather »

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City Impact Outreach
Nov
11
8:00 AM08:00

City Impact Outreach

  • The San Francisco Salvation Army Kroc Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us as we go to the City Impact Outreach event in San Francisco as a team!

  • We'll be doing meal delivery and outreach.
  • We'll meet at Venture at 8am and drive up together.
  • All City Impact events are volunteer run and volunteer funded.

We'll sign up as a group with City Impact. Buy your ticket here and Venture will register with City Impact as a group.

Questions? Contact Nathan »

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Women's Missions Brunch
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Women's Missions Brunch

But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
— Jeremiah 18:4
 

Take Me, Mold Me, Use Me

Ladies, come join us for a lovely morning of great food, fellowship, and hearing from our missionaries what God is doing throughout the world. They will share their rich stories of how God is molding and using them and the people they work with for His glory just as He molds and shapes us for the work He has planned for us right here. You don't want to miss it! Tickets available after each weekend service.

Sorry, this event is sold out

Questions? Contact Karina »

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Vespers
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Vespers

AN EVENING OF PRAYER, WORSHIP, & LITURGY

Join us for an evening of worship, prayer, reflection, baptism, and communion.

Vespers, which means "evening prayers", will be a wonderful time to come together as a Venture Church community and go deeper in our faith. We will be encouraging our church family to fast on October 24, then we will break the fast with dinner together at 6pm prior to worship, and the service will begin at 7pm.. 

Questions? Contact Lexi »

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Creative Community
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Creative Community

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wednesdays at 7pm  |  Sept 20 - Oct 18

Creative Community is series of exciting, creatively-focused workshops designed to develop your abilities while deepening your walk with God. It'll be a great opportunity to learn, interact, share, and grow through this semester. Take a look at the workshop descriptions, pick your class, and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS

VOCAL LEADING TECHNIQUES

This workshop will focus on 'The Ford Technique' singing techniques and how they can be applied to worship and popular styles. Jessica will discuss and demonstrate how to develop a personal, confident, and healthy vocal technique, as well as how to perform effectively alone and in groups or with worship teams on stage. Everyone will learn a piece of a worship song and at the end of the series, students will have the opportunity to perform some of the material learned in the workshop.

Teacher Bio:

Jessica Ford: Recording Artists from all over the world seek out Jessica's technique "The Ford Technique" along with her very unique ability to bring out 'the Artist Voice' helping singers with their own "unique vocal sound or recording artist voice". Jessica's students have appeared on American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon, CMT, Disney, GAC, Nashville Spotlight, and much more.

 

OCEAN WATERCOLOR

The focus of this class will be to explore how to “make waves” :) Students will be creating watercolor oceanscapes by observing ocean waves and noting their characteristics, coupled with sketching layout techniques. Clyde will be showing you how to capture the movements of waves using watercolor, as well as creating a background of surrounding imagery, water spray, ocean foam, cliffsides, and much more.

Required Materials: 

  • Week 1: Sketch paper pad 11 x 17 inches, pencils 2B & 4B, eraser & kneaded eraser, sharpener.

  • Weeks 2-5: Watercolor paper 12x18, basic set of water colors, watercolor brushes: Round #4 (detail) & 10 (wash brush), flat 3/4" wide wash brush, plastic palette, pint container for water, charcoal pencil & 2B layout pencils.

Teacher Bio:

Taught by Venture artist, B. Clyde Beck, who also curates some the the hallway and coffee shop art exhibits. Mr. Beck has over 60 years of life experience painting and sketching and will share his love of the medium and challenge participants to use their God given talents to serve Him and build His Kingdom.

 

CAKE DECORATING 101

This is a cake decorating class for beginners during which we will learn about making fondant, piping, frosting, and creating garnishes for our cakes.

Required Materials:

  • Piping tips (see options from Joanne’s & Michael’s)
  • A coupler (same size as your piping tips)
  • Angled icing spatula, 12” piping bag or a pack of large disposable bags.
  • For the piping tips, there are cheap plastic ones at Walmart or Target which come in an assortment. Otherwise, Michaels has lots of nicer (but more expensive) options. The time we spend piping will be very creative and free, so if you see a piping tip that looks fun, feel free to buy it and experiment!

Teacher Bio: 

Alisha is a self-taught baker and cake decorator. She began baking two years ago, has since started The Great Cake Adventure blog, and now sells her cakes.

 

BASIC BALLET 101

This class is suitable for students with zero to little ballet training. The class will introduce basic movement vocabulary and French terminology as well as safe stretching techniques and practices. Students will learn positions of the feet, arms, and begin fundamental barre and center work. Learn the ballet basics and improve your posture, balance and muscle tone. Enjoy the beautiful music and graceful movements that has made ballet an enduring art form. Learn how the basic ballet positions relate to biblical scripture and Christian music will be used for class.

Please wear loose fitting clothing that will allow for ease of movement. Socks or ballet slippers are fine.

Teacher Bio:

Cristine started taking ballet for extra credit in college and knew immediately that she had found her creative outlet!  Cristine went onto to perform professionally during college and now honors God by ministering through dance at senior homes in the Bay Area.   Cristine has a passion to share her love of ballet, and has taught adult/teen ballet at various ballet schools in the local community, including Gloria Mohr International Dance School and  Soaring Spirit dance studio.  She has also choreographed dances for the school’s annual recitals. Cristine has also attended the annual Ballet Magnificat teacher’s workshop and received a teacher’s certificate for the course.

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION

This workshop will teach the fundamentals of video production within a studio environment. You’ll learn the basics of lighting, cinematography, and audio for video. You’ll then put those skills learned into practice by filming a short video as a team. Get ready to have some fun!

Teacher Bio: 

Austin's interest in video started with taking editing classes in high school. He studied Multi-media Arts in college and currently works at Venture as the Film Lead. He has over 10 years of experience in cinematography, editing and storytelling.

 

GIVING LIFE TO YOUR PHOTOS

Give Life to your photos...so they don’t just stay on your camera/phone or computer. Come join us to learn more about photography. You'll gain useful insights on how to take better photos, store & edit them, then turn your work into something you can enjoy and be proud of.

Teacher Bio:

Naphy Joiner has been photographing people, events, and beauty for over 10 years. She loves to document life and God's beautiful creation. Betty Hsu, a close friend of Naphy's and fellow photographer, is a true artist at heart and currently volunteers as an Art Docent in the Los Altos schools.

 

KIDS CHOIR

For children in kindergarten-5th grade: The children's choir will have a blast learning vocal music with movement and technique! We will explore adding instrumentation as well, no experience necessary. Come join the fun!

Teacher Bio:

Ramona Pimentel is a Bay Area native and first fell in love with music through the church. She holds a BM from La Sierra University, an MA in Music Education from Teachers College Columbia University and is currently in her fifth year of teaching at Los Gatos Christian School. 

 

INTRO TO PRODUCTION

Intro to Production will give an overview of live audio, video, and lighting in the context of a worship service. Designed for beginners and people who are interested in serving, topics will include camera operation, video directing, graphics operation, live sound, stage managing, stage lighting, and service producing. All are welcome.

Teacher Bio:

Ben White started doing live production for church when he was in junior high and has been involved ever since. He's been working in A/V for over ten years and at Venture for the past four. In his free time he spends time with his family and likes to play music, go biking, and skiing.

Steve Chase: Lodi’s native son. Connoisseur of meatloaf. Champion toilet repairman. Self-proclaimed owner of The Spear of Destiny. Also likes production.

 

CREATE COMMUNITY

Hospitality can mean so much more than just a meal together. Hospitality is the door to community. Discover what it means to reach out to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers by simply inviting them with an opportunity to gather. While the art of hospitality may come easy for some, it may be quite difficult for others. After all, it's not always easy to give of yourself, much less your hard-earned gains. This class is part bible study, part practical application, and an opportunity to glean from relevant speakers.  Join us this fall as we explore genuine hospitality, we’ll be reading from the book - The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell.

Teacher Bio:

Grace Long: True Northern Californian. Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, with a Marketing/Advertising BS degree from San Jose State University. Worked in the tech industry for 20+ years in marketing, sales and account management. Agency background in B2B and B2C/PR advertising/agency representing clients from medical, automotive, industrial, and non-profit. Business consulting, property management and non-profit focus in the last decade. Grace has also lead the Guest Experience team at Venture.

 

BEGINNER PIANO & KEYBOARD

Come explore the fundamentals of music theory in this hands-on piano and keyboard course. We will discover how chords are constructed, setting the stage for blending and fills, and opening the way to improvisation. Participants should be able to read sheet music and play a basic scale.

Teacher Bio:

Gregory has been playing piano non-stop since the age of six. He studied piano interpretation and performance at university, and has played across the US and Europe. A musical family, he and his wife Susan both serve with the Venture worship team.

 
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Parent Breakfast
Oct
14
10:30 AM10:30

Parent Breakfast

Hi parents! Venture Kidz Ministry is excited to partner with your family. You’re invited to a Parent Breakfast, where we’ll provide you with resources and tips on how we can partner together and influence your child’s relationship with Jesus.  

Parents of KidsBirth - 5th Grade
(no childcare provided)

We look forward to building a stronger community with Venture families!

Questions? Contact Lisa Carter »

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Creative Community
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Creative Community

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wednesdays at 7pm  |  Sept 20 - Oct 18

Creative Community is series of exciting, creatively-focused workshops designed to develop your abilities while deepening your walk with God. It'll be a great opportunity to learn, interact, share, and grow through this semester. Take a look at the workshop descriptions, pick your class, and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS

VOCAL LEADING TECHNIQUES

This workshop will focus on 'The Ford Technique' singing techniques and how they can be applied to worship and popular styles. Jessica will discuss and demonstrate how to develop a personal, confident, and healthy vocal technique, as well as how to perform effectively alone and in groups or with worship teams on stage. Everyone will learn a piece of a worship song and at the end of the series, students will have the opportunity to perform some of the material learned in the workshop.

Teacher Bio:

Jessica Ford: Recording Artists from all over the world seek out Jessica's technique "The Ford Technique" along with her very unique ability to bring out 'the Artist Voice' helping singers with their own "unique vocal sound or recording artist voice". Jessica's students have appeared on American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon, CMT, Disney, GAC, Nashville Spotlight, and much more.

 

OCEAN WATERCOLOR

The focus of this class will be to explore how to “make waves” :) Students will be creating watercolor oceanscapes by observing ocean waves and noting their characteristics, coupled with sketching layout techniques. Clyde will be showing you how to capture the movements of waves using watercolor, as well as creating a background of surrounding imagery, water spray, ocean foam, cliffsides, and much more.

Required Materials: 

  • Week 1: Sketch paper pad 11 x 17 inches, pencils 2B & 4B, eraser & kneaded eraser, sharpener.

  • Weeks 2-5: Watercolor paper 12x18, basic set of water colors, watercolor brushes: Round #4 (detail) & 10 (wash brush), flat 3/4" wide wash brush, plastic palette, pint container for water, charcoal pencil & 2B layout pencils.

Teacher Bio:

Taught by Venture artist, B. Clyde Beck, who also curates some the the hallway and coffee shop art exhibits. Mr. Beck has over 60 years of life experience painting and sketching and will share his love of the medium and challenge participants to use their God given talents to serve Him and build His Kingdom.

 

CAKE DECORATING 101

This is a cake decorating class for beginners during which we will learn about making fondant, piping, frosting, and creating garnishes for our cakes.

Required Materials:

  • Piping tips (see options from Joanne’s & Michael’s)
  • A coupler (same size as your piping tips)
  • Angled icing spatula, 12” piping bag or a pack of large disposable bags.
  • For the piping tips, there are cheap plastic ones at Walmart or Target which come in an assortment. Otherwise, Michaels has lots of nicer (but more expensive) options. The time we spend piping will be very creative and free, so if you see a piping tip that looks fun, feel free to buy it and experiment!

Teacher Bio: 

Alisha is a self-taught baker and cake decorator. She began baking two years ago, has since started The Great Cake Adventure blog, and now sells her cakes.

 

BASIC BALLET 101

This class is suitable for students with zero to little ballet training. The class will introduce basic movement vocabulary and French terminology as well as safe stretching techniques and practices. Students will learn positions of the feet, arms, and begin fundamental barre and center work. Learn the ballet basics and improve your posture, balance and muscle tone. Enjoy the beautiful music and graceful movements that has made ballet an enduring art form. Learn how the basic ballet positions relate to biblical scripture and Christian music will be used for class.

Please wear loose fitting clothing that will allow for ease of movement. Socks or ballet slippers are fine.

Teacher Bio:

Cristine started taking ballet for extra credit in college and knew immediately that she had found her creative outlet!  Cristine went onto to perform professionally during college and now honors God by ministering through dance at senior homes in the Bay Area.   Cristine has a passion to share her love of ballet, and has taught adult/teen ballet at various ballet schools in the local community, including Gloria Mohr International Dance School and  Soaring Spirit dance studio.  She has also choreographed dances for the school’s annual recitals. Cristine has also attended the annual Ballet Magnificat teacher’s workshop and received a teacher’s certificate for the course.

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION

This workshop will teach the fundamentals of video production within a studio environment. You’ll learn the basics of lighting, cinematography, and audio for video. You’ll then put those skills learned into practice by filming a short video as a team. Get ready to have some fun!

Teacher Bio: 

Austin's interest in video started with taking editing classes in high school. He studied Multi-media Arts in college and currently works at Venture as the Film Lead. He has over 10 years of experience in cinematography, editing and storytelling.

 

GIVING LIFE TO YOUR PHOTOS

Give Life to your photos...so they don’t just stay on your camera/phone or computer. Come join us to learn more about photography. You'll gain useful insights on how to take better photos, store & edit them, then turn your work into something you can enjoy and be proud of.

Teacher Bio:

Naphy Joiner has been photographing people, events, and beauty for over 10 years. She loves to document life and God's beautiful creation. Betty Hsu, a close friend of Naphy's and fellow photographer, is a true artist at heart and currently volunteers as an Art Docent in the Los Altos schools.

 

KIDS CHOIR

For children in kindergarten-5th grade: The children's choir will have a blast learning vocal music with movement and technique! We will explore adding instrumentation as well, no experience necessary. Come join the fun!

Teacher Bio:

Ramona Pimentel is a Bay Area native and first fell in love with music through the church. She holds a BM from La Sierra University, an MA in Music Education from Teachers College Columbia University and is currently in her fifth year of teaching at Los Gatos Christian School. 

 

INTRO TO PRODUCTION

Intro to Production will give an overview of live audio, video, and lighting in the context of a worship service. Designed for beginners and people who are interested in serving, topics will include camera operation, video directing, graphics operation, live sound, stage managing, stage lighting, and service producing. All are welcome.

Teacher Bio:

Ben White started doing live production for church when he was in junior high and has been involved ever since. He's been working in A/V for over ten years and at Venture for the past four. In his free time he spends time with his family and likes to play music, go biking, and skiing.

Steve Chase: Lodi’s native son. Connoisseur of meatloaf. Champion toilet repairman. Self-proclaimed owner of The Spear of Destiny. Also likes production.

 

CREATE COMMUNITY

Hospitality can mean so much more than just a meal together. Hospitality is the door to community. Discover what it means to reach out to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers by simply inviting them with an opportunity to gather. While the art of hospitality may come easy for some, it may be quite difficult for others. After all, it's not always easy to give of yourself, much less your hard-earned gains. This class is part bible study, part practical application, and an opportunity to glean from relevant speakers.  Join us this fall as we explore genuine hospitality, we’ll be reading from the book - The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell.

Teacher Bio:

Grace Long: True Northern Californian. Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, with a Marketing/Advertising BS degree from San Jose State University. Worked in the tech industry for 20+ years in marketing, sales and account management. Agency background in B2B and B2C/PR advertising/agency representing clients from medical, automotive, industrial, and non-profit. Business consulting, property management and non-profit focus in the last decade. Grace has also lead the Guest Experience team at Venture.

 

BEGINNER PIANO & KEYBOARD

Come explore the fundamentals of music theory in this hands-on piano and keyboard course. We will discover how chords are constructed, setting the stage for blending and fills, and opening the way to improvisation. Participants should be able to read sheet music and play a basic scale.

Teacher Bio:

Gregory has been playing piano non-stop since the age of six. He studied piano interpretation and performance at university, and has played across the US and Europe. A musical family, he and his wife Susan both serve with the Venture worship team.

 
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Creative Community
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Creative Community

Wednesdays at 7pm  |  Sept 20 - Oct 18

Creative Community is series of exciting, creatively-focused workshops designed to develop your abilities while deepening your walk with God. It'll be a great opportunity to learn, interact, share, and grow through this semester. Take a look at the workshop descriptions, pick your class, and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS

VOCAL LEADING TECHNIQUES

This workshop will focus on 'The Ford Technique' singing techniques and how they can be applied to worship and popular styles. Jessica will discuss and demonstrate how to develop a personal, confident, and healthy vocal technique, as well as how to perform effectively alone and in groups or with worship teams on stage. Everyone will learn a piece of a worship song and at the end of the series, students will have the opportunity to perform some of the material learned in the workshop.

Teacher Bio:

Jessica Ford: Recording Artists from all over the world seek out Jessica's technique "The Ford Technique" along with her very unique ability to bring out 'the Artist Voice' helping singers with their own "unique vocal sound or recording artist voice". Jessica's students have appeared on American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon, CMT, Disney, GAC, Nashville Spotlight, and much more.

 

OCEAN WATERCOLOR

The focus of this class will be to explore how to “make waves” :) Students will be creating watercolor oceanscapes by observing ocean waves and noting their characteristics, coupled with sketching layout techniques. Clyde will be showing you how to capture the movements of waves using watercolor, as well as creating a background of surrounding imagery, water spray, ocean foam, cliffsides, and much more.

Required Materials: 

  • Week 1: Sketch paper pad 11 x 17 inches, pencils 2B & 4B, eraser & kneaded eraser, sharpener.

  • Weeks 2-5: Watercolor paper 12x18, basic set of water colors, watercolor brushes: Round #4 (detail) & 10 (wash brush), flat 3/4" wide wash brush, plastic palette, pint container for water, charcoal pencil & 2B layout pencils.

Teacher Bio:

Taught by Venture artist, B. Clyde Beck, who also curates some the the hallway and coffee shop art exhibits. Mr. Beck has over 60 years of life experience painting and sketching and will share his love of the medium and challenge participants to use their God given talents to serve Him and build His Kingdom.

 

CAKE DECORATING 101

This is a cake decorating class for beginners during which we will learn about making fondant, piping, frosting, and creating garnishes for our cakes.

Required Materials:

  • Piping tips (see options from Joanne’s & Michael’s)
  • A coupler (same size as your piping tips)
  • Angled icing spatula, 12” piping bag or a pack of large disposable bags.
  • For the piping tips, there are cheap plastic ones at Walmart or Target which come in an assortment. Otherwise, Michaels has lots of nicer (but more expensive) options. The time we spend piping will be very creative and free, so if you see a piping tip that looks fun, feel free to buy it and experiment!

Teacher Bio: 

Alisha is a self-taught baker and cake decorator. She began baking two years ago, has since started The Great Cake Adventure blog, and now sells her cakes.

 

BASIC BALLET 101

This class is suitable for students with zero to little ballet training. The class will introduce basic movement vocabulary and French terminology as well as safe stretching techniques and practices. Students will learn positions of the feet, arms, and begin fundamental barre and center work. Learn the ballet basics and improve your posture, balance and muscle tone. Enjoy the beautiful music and graceful movements that has made ballet an enduring art form. Learn how the basic ballet positions relate to biblical scripture and Christian music will be used for class.

Please wear loose fitting clothing that will allow for ease of movement. Socks or ballet slippers are fine.

Teacher Bio:

Cristine started taking ballet for extra credit in college and knew immediately that she had found her creative outlet!  Cristine went onto to perform professionally during college and now honors God by ministering through dance at senior homes in the Bay Area.   Cristine has a passion to share her love of ballet, and has taught adult/teen ballet at various ballet schools in the local community, including Gloria Mohr International Dance School and  Soaring Spirit dance studio.  She has also choreographed dances for the school’s annual recitals. Cristine has also attended the annual Ballet Magnificat teacher’s workshop and received a teacher’s certificate for the course.

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION

This workshop will teach the fundamentals of video production within a studio environment. You’ll learn the basics of lighting, cinematography, and audio for video. You’ll then put those skills learned into practice by filming a short video as a team. Get ready to have some fun!

Teacher Bio: 

Austin's interest in video started with taking editing classes in high school. He studied Multi-media Arts in college and currently works at Venture as the Film Lead. He has over 10 years of experience in cinematography, editing and storytelling.

 

GIVING LIFE TO YOUR PHOTOS

Give Life to your photos...so they don’t just stay on your camera/phone or computer. Come join us to learn more about photography. You'll gain useful insights on how to take better photos, store & edit them, then turn your work into something you can enjoy and be proud of.

Teacher Bio:

Naphy Joiner has been photographing people, events, and beauty for over 10 years. She loves to document life and God's beautiful creation. Betty Hsu, a close friend of Naphy's and fellow photographer, is a true artist at heart and currently volunteers as an Art Docent in the Los Altos schools.

 

KIDS CHOIR

For children in kindergarten-5th grade: The children's choir will have a blast learning vocal music with movement and technique! We will explore adding instrumentation as well, no experience necessary. Come join the fun!

Teacher Bio:

Ramona Pimentel is a Bay Area native and first fell in love with music through the church. She holds a BM from La Sierra University, an MA in Music Education from Teachers College Columbia University and is currently in her fifth year of teaching at Los Gatos Christian School. 

 

INTRO TO PRODUCTION

Intro to Production will give an overview of live audio, video, and lighting in the context of a worship service. Designed for beginners and people who are interested in serving, topics will include camera operation, video directing, graphics operation, live sound, stage managing, stage lighting, and service producing. All are welcome.

Teacher Bio:

Ben White started doing live production for church when he was in junior high and has been involved ever since. He's been working in A/V for over ten years and at Venture for the past four. In his free time he spends time with his family and likes to play music, go biking, and skiing.

Steve Chase: Lodi’s native son. Connoisseur of meatloaf. Champion toilet repairman. Self-proclaimed owner of The Spear of Destiny. Also likes production.

 

CREATE COMMUNITY

Hospitality can mean so much more than just a meal together. Hospitality is the door to community. Discover what it means to reach out to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers by simply inviting them with an opportunity to gather. While the art of hospitality may come easy for some, it may be quite difficult for others. After all, it's not always easy to give of yourself, much less your hard-earned gains. This class is part bible study, part practical application, and an opportunity to glean from relevant speakers.  Join us this fall as we explore genuine hospitality, we’ll be reading from the book - The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell.

Teacher Bio:

Grace Long: True Northern Californian. Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, with a Marketing/Advertising BS degree from San Jose State University. Worked in the tech industry for 20+ years in marketing, sales and account management. Agency background in B2B and B2C/PR advertising/agency representing clients from medical, automotive, industrial, and non-profit. Business consulting, property management and non-profit focus in the last decade. Grace has also lead the Guest Experience team at Venture.

 

BEGINNER PIANO & KEYBOARD

Come explore the fundamentals of music theory in this hands-on piano and keyboard course. We will discover how chords are constructed, setting the stage for blending and fills, and opening the way to improvisation. Participants should be able to read sheet music and play a basic scale.

Teacher Bio:

Gregory has been playing piano non-stop since the age of six. He studied piano interpretation and performance at university, and has played across the US and Europe. A musical family, he and his wife Susan both serve with the Venture worship team.

 
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Parent Community
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Parent Community

Parent Community is intended to create new friendships with other high school families, deepen existing relationships, to provide an invitation to any high school parents we know (neighbors, co-workers, family members, etc) so that together, we can learn positive parenting practices through the difficult teenage years.

Dave Tieche from Westgate is going to be our guest speaker! Here is a book that Dave cowrote with another pastor (Dave's name is not on the front cover, but he did cowrite it)

Questions? Contact Heather »

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Parent Community
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Parent Community

Parent Community is intended to create new friendships with other middle school families, deepen existing relationships, to provide an invitation to any middle school parents we know (neighbors, co-workers, family members, etc) so that together, we can learn positive parenting practices through the difficult teenage years.

Dave Tieche from Westgate is going to be our guest speaker! Here is a book that Dave cowrote with another pastor (Dave's name is not on the front cover, but he did cowrite it)

Questions? Contact Heather »

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Short-Term Mission Trip: Northern India (Medical)
Oct
2
to Oct 9

Short-Term Mission Trip: Northern India (Medical)

Venture is sending another medical team to Northern India this year to offer free medical care to many remote villages that do not have access to medical health care. We are partnering with national physicians who are donating their time and supplies. Over 425 patients will be seen every day and shown the love of Christ through meeting their humanitarian needs. We are looking for medical professionals to join us, and particularly physical therapists. If you feel God moving your heart toward serving on this team, please contact us! 

About the Trip

Who should serve:
Adults (18+)

When:
October 2-9, 2017

Where:
Northern India

Cost: The costs listed are tentative.
$3,000 per person

Informational Meeting

TBD

Partners

TBD

Trip Contact

Tammi Senner

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips.

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “<Person’s Name> India 2017 Medical STM Trip”.

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Creative Community
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Creative Community

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wednesdays at 7pm  |  Sept 20 - Oct 18

Creative Community is series of exciting, creatively-focused workshops designed to develop your abilities while deepening your walk with God. It'll be a great opportunity to learn, interact, share, and grow through this semester. Take a look at the workshop descriptions, pick your class, and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS

VOCAL LEADING TECHNIQUES

This workshop will focus on 'The Ford Technique' singing techniques and how they can be applied to worship and popular styles. Jessica will discuss and demonstrate how to develop a personal, confident, and healthy vocal technique, as well as how to perform effectively alone and in groups or with worship teams on stage. Everyone will learn a piece of a worship song and at the end of the series, students will have the opportunity to perform some of the material learned in the workshop.

Teacher Bio:

Jessica Ford: Recording Artists from all over the world seek out Jessica's technique "The Ford Technique" along with her very unique ability to bring out 'the Artist Voice' helping singers with their own "unique vocal sound or recording artist voice". Jessica's students have appeared on American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon, CMT, Disney, GAC, Nashville Spotlight, and much more.

 

OCEAN WATERCOLOR

The focus of this class will be to explore how to “make waves” :) Students will be creating watercolor oceanscapes by observing ocean waves and noting their characteristics, coupled with sketching layout techniques. Clyde will be showing you how to capture the movements of waves using watercolor, as well as creating a background of surrounding imagery, water spray, ocean foam, cliffsides, and much more.

Required Materials: 

  • Week 1: Sketch paper pad 11 x 17 inches, pencils 2B & 4B, eraser & kneaded eraser, sharpener.

  • Weeks 2-5: Watercolor paper 12x18, basic set of water colors, watercolor brushes: Round #4 (detail) & 10 (wash brush), flat 3/4" wide wash brush, plastic palette, pint container for water, charcoal pencil & 2B layout pencils.

Teacher Bio:

Taught by Venture artist, B. Clyde Beck, who also curates some the the hallway and coffee shop art exhibits. Mr. Beck has over 60 years of life experience painting and sketching and will share his love of the medium and challenge participants to use their God given talents to serve Him and build His Kingdom.

 

CAKE DECORATING 101

This is a cake decorating class for beginners during which we will learn about making fondant, piping, frosting, and creating garnishes for our cakes.

Required Materials:

  • Piping tips (see options from Joanne’s & Michael’s)
  • A coupler (same size as your piping tips)
  • Angled icing spatula, 12” piping bag or a pack of large disposable bags.
  • For the piping tips, there are cheap plastic ones at Walmart or Target which come in an assortment. Otherwise, Michaels has lots of nicer (but more expensive) options. The time we spend piping will be very creative and free, so if you see a piping tip that looks fun, feel free to buy it and experiment!

Teacher Bio: 

Alisha is a self-taught baker and cake decorator. She began baking two years ago, has since started The Great Cake Adventure blog, and now sells her cakes.

 

BASIC BALLET 101

This class is suitable for students with zero to little ballet training. The class will introduce basic movement vocabulary and French terminology as well as safe stretching techniques and practices. Students will learn positions of the feet, arms, and begin fundamental barre and center work. Learn the ballet basics and improve your posture, balance and muscle tone. Enjoy the beautiful music and graceful movements that has made ballet an enduring art form. Learn how the basic ballet positions relate to biblical scripture and Christian music will be used for class.

Please wear loose fitting clothing that will allow for ease of movement. Socks or ballet slippers are fine.

Teacher Bio:

Cristine started taking ballet for extra credit in college and knew immediately that she had found her creative outlet!  Cristine went onto to perform professionally during college and now honors God by ministering through dance at senior homes in the Bay Area.   Cristine has a passion to share her love of ballet, and has taught adult/teen ballet at various ballet schools in the local community, including Gloria Mohr International Dance School and  Soaring Spirit dance studio.  She has also choreographed dances for the school’s annual recitals. Cristine has also attended the annual Ballet Magnificat teacher’s workshop and received a teacher’s certificate for the course.

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION

This workshop will teach the fundamentals of video production within a studio environment. You’ll learn the basics of lighting, cinematography, and audio for video. You’ll then put those skills learned into practice by filming a short video as a team. Get ready to have some fun!

Teacher Bio: 

Austin's interest in video started with taking editing classes in high school. He studied Multi-media Arts in college and currently works at Venture as the Film Lead. He has over 10 years of experience in cinematography, editing and storytelling.

 

GIVING LIFE TO YOUR PHOTOS

Give Life to your photos...so they don’t just stay on your camera/phone or computer. Come join us to learn more about photography. You'll gain useful insights on how to take better photos, store & edit them, then turn your work into something you can enjoy and be proud of.

Teacher Bio:

Naphy Joiner has been photographing people, events, and beauty for over 10 years. She loves to document life and God's beautiful creation. Betty Hsu, a close friend of Naphy's and fellow photographer, is a true artist at heart and currently volunteers as an Art Docent in the Los Altos schools.

 

KIDS CHOIR

For children in kindergarten-5th grade: The children's choir will have a blast learning vocal music with movement and technique! We will explore adding instrumentation as well, no experience necessary. Come join the fun!

Teacher Bio:

Ramona Pimentel is a Bay Area native and first fell in love with music through the church. She holds a BM from La Sierra University, an MA in Music Education from Teachers College Columbia University and is currently in her fifth year of teaching at Los Gatos Christian School. 

 

INTRO TO PRODUCTION

Intro to Production will give an overview of live audio, video, and lighting in the context of a worship service. Designed for beginners and people who are interested in serving, topics will include camera operation, video directing, graphics operation, live sound, stage managing, stage lighting, and service producing. All are welcome.

Teacher Bio:

Ben White started doing live production for church when he was in junior high and has been involved ever since. He's been working in A/V for over ten years and at Venture for the past four. In his free time he spends time with his family and likes to play music, go biking, and skiing.

Steve Chase: Lodi’s native son. Connoisseur of meatloaf. Champion toilet repairman. Self-proclaimed owner of The Spear of Destiny. Also likes production.

 

CREATE COMMUNITY

Hospitality can mean so much more than just a meal together. Hospitality is the door to community. Discover what it means to reach out to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers by simply inviting them with an opportunity to gather. While the art of hospitality may come easy for some, it may be quite difficult for others. After all, it's not always easy to give of yourself, much less your hard-earned gains. This class is part bible study, part practical application, and an opportunity to glean from relevant speakers.  Join us this fall as we explore genuine hospitality, we’ll be reading from the book - The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell.

Teacher Bio:

Grace Long: True Northern Californian. Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, with a Marketing/Advertising BS degree from San Jose State University. Worked in the tech industry for 20+ years in marketing, sales and account management. Agency background in B2B and B2C/PR advertising/agency representing clients from medical, automotive, industrial, and non-profit. Business consulting, property management and non-profit focus in the last decade. Grace has also lead the Guest Experience team at Venture.

 

BEGINNER PIANO & KEYBOARD

Come explore the fundamentals of music theory in this hands-on piano and keyboard course. We will discover how chords are constructed, setting the stage for blending and fills, and opening the way to improvisation. Participants should be able to read sheet music and play a basic scale.

Teacher Bio:

Gregory has been playing piano non-stop since the age of six. He studied piano interpretation and performance at university, and has played across the US and Europe. A musical family, he and his wife Susan both serve with the Venture worship team.

 
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Creative Community
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Creative Community

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wednesdays at 7pm  |  Sept 20 - Oct 18

Creative Community is series of exciting, creatively-focused workshops designed to develop your abilities while deepening your walk with God. It'll be a great opportunity to learn, interact, share, and grow through this semester. Take a look at the workshop descriptions, pick your class, and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS

VOCAL LEADING TECHNIQUES

This workshop will focus on 'The Ford Technique' singing techniques and how they can be applied to worship and popular styles. Jessica will discuss and demonstrate how to develop a personal, confident, and healthy vocal technique, as well as how to perform effectively alone and in groups or with worship teams on stage. Everyone will learn a piece of a worship song and at the end of the series, students will have the opportunity to perform some of the material learned in the workshop.

Teacher Bio:

Jessica Ford: Recording Artists from all over the world seek out Jessica's technique "The Ford Technique" along with her very unique ability to bring out 'the Artist Voice' helping singers with their own "unique vocal sound or recording artist voice". Jessica's students have appeared on American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon, CMT, Disney, GAC, Nashville Spotlight, and much more.

 

OCEAN WATERCOLOR

The focus of this class will be to explore how to “make waves” :) Students will be creating watercolor oceanscapes by observing ocean waves and noting their characteristics, coupled with sketching layout techniques. Clyde will be showing you how to capture the movements of waves using watercolor, as well as creating a background of surrounding imagery, water spray, ocean foam, cliffsides, and much more.

Required Materials: 

  • Week 1: Sketch paper pad 11 x 17 inches, pencils 2B & 4B, eraser & kneaded eraser, sharpener.

  • Weeks 2-5: Watercolor paper 12x18, basic set of water colors, watercolor brushes: Round #4 (detail) & 10 (wash brush), flat 3/4" wide wash brush, plastic palette, pint container for water, charcoal pencil & 2B layout pencils.

Teacher Bio:

Taught by Venture artist, B. Clyde Beck, who also curates some the the hallway and coffee shop art exhibits. Mr. Beck has over 60 years of life experience painting and sketching and will share his love of the medium and challenge participants to use their God given talents to serve Him and build His Kingdom.

 

CAKE DECORATING 101

This is a cake decorating class for beginners during which we will learn about making fondant, piping, frosting, and creating garnishes for our cakes.

Required Materials:

  • Piping tips (see options from Joanne’s & Michael’s)
  • A coupler (same size as your piping tips)
  • Angled icing spatula, 12” piping bag or a pack of large disposable bags.
  • For the piping tips, there are cheap plastic ones at Walmart or Target which come in an assortment. Otherwise, Michaels has lots of nicer (but more expensive) options. The time we spend piping will be very creative and free, so if you see a piping tip that looks fun, feel free to buy it and experiment!

Teacher Bio: 

Alisha is a self-taught baker and cake decorator. She began baking two years ago, has since started The Great Cake Adventure blog, and now sells her cakes.

 

BASIC BALLET 101

This class is suitable for students with zero to little ballet training. The class will introduce basic movement vocabulary and French terminology as well as safe stretching techniques and practices. Students will learn positions of the feet, arms, and begin fundamental barre and center work. Learn the ballet basics and improve your posture, balance and muscle tone. Enjoy the beautiful music and graceful movements that has made ballet an enduring art form. Learn how the basic ballet positions relate to biblical scripture and Christian music will be used for class.

Please wear loose fitting clothing that will allow for ease of movement. Socks or ballet slippers are fine.

Teacher Bio:

Cristine started taking ballet for extra credit in college and knew immediately that she had found her creative outlet!  Cristine went onto to perform professionally during college and now honors God by ministering through dance at senior homes in the Bay Area.   Cristine has a passion to share her love of ballet, and has taught adult/teen ballet at various ballet schools in the local community, including Gloria Mohr International Dance School and  Soaring Spirit dance studio.  She has also choreographed dances for the school’s annual recitals. Cristine has also attended the annual Ballet Magnificat teacher’s workshop and received a teacher’s certificate for the course.

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION

This workshop will teach the fundamentals of video production within a studio environment. You’ll learn the basics of lighting, cinematography, and audio for video. You’ll then put those skills learned into practice by filming a short video as a team. Get ready to have some fun!

Teacher Bio: 

Austin's interest in video started with taking editing classes in high school. He studied Multi-media Arts in college and currently works at Venture as the Film Lead. He has over 10 years of experience in cinematography, editing and storytelling.

 

GIVING LIFE TO YOUR PHOTOS

Give Life to your photos...so they don’t just stay on your camera/phone or computer. Come join us to learn more about photography. You'll gain useful insights on how to take better photos, store & edit them, then turn your work into something you can enjoy and be proud of.

Teacher Bio:

Naphy Joiner has been photographing people, events, and beauty for over 10 years. She loves to document life and God's beautiful creation. Betty Hsu, a close friend of Naphy's and fellow photographer, is a true artist at heart and currently volunteers as an Art Docent in the Los Altos schools.

 

KIDS CHIOR

For children in kindergarten-5th grade: The children's choir will have a blast learning vocal music with movement and technique! We will explore adding instrumentation as well, no experience necessary. Come join the fun!

Teacher Bio:

Ramona Pimentel is a Bay Area native and first fell in love with music through the church. She holds a BM from La Sierra University, an MA in Music Education from Teachers College Columbia University and is currently in her fifth year of teaching at Los Gatos Christian School. 

 

INTRO TO PRODUCTION

Intro to Production will give an overview of live audio, video, and lighting in the context of a worship service. Designed for beginners and people who are interested in serving, topics will include camera operation, video directing, graphics operation, live sound, stage managing, stage lighting, and service producing. All are welcome.

Teacher Bio:

Ben White started doing live production for church when he was in junior high and has been involved ever since. He's been working in A/V for over ten years and at Venture for the past four. In his free time he spends time with his family and likes to play music, go biking, and skiing.

Steve Chase: Lodi’s native son. Connoisseur of meatloaf. Champion toilet repairman. Self-proclaimed owner of The Spear of Destiny. Also likes production.

 

CREATE COMMUNITY

Hospitality can mean so much more than just a meal together. Hospitality is the door to community. Discover what it means to reach out to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers by simply inviting them with an opportunity to gather. While the art of hospitality may come easy for some, it may be quite difficult for others. After all, it's not always easy to give of yourself, much less your hard-earned gains. This class is part bible study, part practical application, and an opportunity to glean from relevant speakers.  Join us this fall as we explore genuine hospitality, we’ll be reading from the book - The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell.

Teacher Bio:

Grace Long: True Northern Californian. Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, with a Marketing/Advertising BS degree from San Jose State University. Worked in the tech industry for 20+ years in marketing, sales and account management. Agency background in B2B and B2C/PR advertising/agency representing clients from medical, automotive, industrial, and non-profit. Business consulting, property management and non-profit focus in the last decade. Grace has also lead the Guest Experience team at Venture.

 

BEGINNER PIANO & KEYBOARD

Come explore the fundamentals of music theory in this hands-on piano and keyboard course. We will discover how chords are constructed, setting the stage for blending and fills, and opening the way to improvisation. Participants should be able to read sheet music and play a basic scale.

Teacher Bio:

Gregory has been playing piano non-stop since the age of six. He studied piano interpretation and performance at university, and has played across the US and Europe. A musical family, he and his wife Susan both serve with the Venture worship team.

 
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Venture Korean Retreat
Sep
16
8:00 AM08:00

Venture Korean Retreat

  • Venture Campus - Rooms 217-219 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for our annual Venture Korean Community Retreat! We’ll provide breakfast and lunch, plus childcare program (K to 5th grade).

Registration fee is $10/person or $20/family

Please RSVP to venturekgroup@gmail.com with how many from your family are coming.

Questions? Contact Daniel Kim (김영석): 510.378.0656, venturekgroup@gmail.com

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Fight Night
Sep
15
5:30 PM17:30

Fight Night

Band together and huddle up with brothers for an epic night at Fight Night 2017.

Venture Men is on a constant mission to educate, encourage, and equip men to make a positive difference at home, the workplace, and in the community. This fall, we want to help inspire you to fight for your character, your marriage, and your family with what we call Fight Night 2017 — it's an evening of great food, making new friends, and real talk about manhood featuring:

  • Special Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Affeldt, Former MLB Pitcher and 3-Time World Series Champion, Author, Husband, and Father!
  • Awesome Food from Roaming Hunger food trucks and Nothing Bundt Cakes!
  • Outdoor Games: Rock Climbing Wall, Speed Pitch, and more!
  • Live Music with special performances from the Venture Band!

Tickets: $20 per person online ($25 at the door)

SCHEDULE

  • 5:30 - Food Trucks + Outdoor Fellowship (Show up anytime!)]
  • 7:30 - Official Program Starts
  • 7:45 - Group Icebreakers + Live Music
  • 8:20 - Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Affeldt
  • 9:00 - Message from Chip Ingram + Closing
  • 9:15 - Wrap Up + Desserts

Questions? Contact Alex »

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Short-Term Mission Trip: Ensenada, Mexico
Sep
13
to Sep 17

Short-Term Mission Trip: Ensenada, Mexico

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
— Matthew 25:40
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
— James 1:27

We will be going to Gabriel House, a special needs orphanage where we will be interacting and caring for the orphans, learning about their needs and bring some light and hope to them along with encouragement to their caregivers. Also, we will do a mix of construction and repairs along with delivering needed supplies. In addition, another small team will be going to town to conduct Disciple Making Movement (DMM) training to a group of local pastors in the area.

About the Trip

Who should serve:
High School Students, Adults

When:
September 13-17, 2017 (Wed-Sun)

Where:
Ensenada, MX

Cost:
• Accommodations and food at lodge location is $300 (meals eaten outside of the lodge is your responsibility)
• Flights via Southwest Airlines booked 30 days in advance are about $300 round trip.
 

Informational Meeting

TBD

Partners

Gabriel House

Trip Contact

Larry Ells
408.640.8488

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips.

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “<Name of the person you are donating to> Ensenada MX 2017 STM Trip”.

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VYP Fall Party
Sep
10
12:30 PM12:30

VYP Fall Party

Let's kick off September with a party!

Come enjoy some great food, meet other Young Professionals and Young Marrieds at Venture, and learn about how to plug into this awesome community! Don't forget about some friendly competitions and prizes! 

So bring your friends and coworkers, and come to the home of the Crawford family in Saratoga right after the 11am service from 12:30-4pm. 

RSVP to get location details.

Questions? Contact Nathan »

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Short-Term Mission Trip - Hyderabad, India
Sep
1
to Sep 11

Short-Term Mission Trip - Hyderabad, India

Please join us for a trip to Hyderabad, India! We'll visit missionaries and their missions who have taken in over 100 orphans and saved hundreds of previously trafficked women from the streets and temples of Hyderabad. Team members will interact with the children and teach them about Christ through VBS. Additionally, there will be wonderful ministry opportunities and interactions with the young women being restored and with surrounding communities. We welcome all Venture members who feel led to join us on this important mission to show Christ's love to people in need in India.

About the Trip

Who should serve:
Adults (18+)

When:
September 1-10, 2017

Where:
Hyderabad, India

Cost: The costs listed are tentative.
$3,000 per person

Informational Meeting

June 11 @ 11am in the Ranch House

Partners

Asha Jyothi

Trip Contact

Tammi Senner
Deb Omori

Media

Visit our On Mission Global Facebook Page for pictures, videos and comments from prior trips.

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “Hyderabad, India 2017 STM Trip”.

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Summer of Fun: All-Church BBQ
Aug
26
6:30 PM18:30

Summer of Fun: All-Church BBQ

Join us for great family time, meet new friends, and build community! 

Starting June 3 through September 2, we'll have one service at 5pm on Saturdays.  

Each month during that time, we've planned a fun activity for the entire family. After the 5pm service, dinner is available and our event will begin shortly after 6:30pm. More details about the family fun nights coming soon!

Invite your friends and introduce them to Venture’s Saturday service, then stick around on family fun nights to connect. 

The BIG All-Church BBQ!

Don’t miss our last Summer of Fun event on Saturday, August 26 after the 5pm service. We’ll be having an “all church” BBQ with dinner, bounce houses for the kids, family games, music, and even a classic car show (courtesy of Venture Men’s ministry)!

Meal tickets:

  • $5 for an individual
  • $10 for a family (2+ people)
 

Car Show

As part of our Summer of Fun BBQ, Venture Men is hosting a free car show. Come show off your vintage, classic, or custom ride to the whole Venture family!

This is an informal event where you can share your hobby and connect with Venture friends new and old. Judging will be by popular vote with fun prizes for the top 3 positions in 3 categories: Vintage, Classic and Custom. Registration is free, and registrants get a complimentary meal!Pre-registration required. No registration at event allowed due to limited space.

Questions about the car show? Contact Alex »

 

We'll resume our regular schedule of two Saturday services (4pm & 6pm) on Sept 9.

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Group Run - Los Gatos Creek Trail
Aug
21
7:00 AM07:00

Group Run - Los Gatos Creek Trail

Join Venture Runners for a group run at Los Gatos Creek Trail. Meet at the Blackford Elementary parking lot to run the Los Gatos Creek Trail for 3-4 or more miles. We will pray, then take off for a fellowship run/walk together.

Please email us to let us know your coming. See you at 7AM to beat the heat!

Questions? Contact Kyla Cragg »

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