God Talk at the Mall - Summer 2016
Jul
15
Aug 11

God Talk at the Mall - Summer 2016

 

As the summer winds down and families prepare to go back to school, we will have a GodTalk kiosk at Oakridge Mall starting July 15th to August 12th where we will be inviting people to come and visit Venture. If it's your first time volunteering at GodTalk, we'll train you on how to approach people passing by the kiosk and if you intend to volunteer, please contact Richard Sevcik at rs@truevine.net.

Freedom Night
Aug
4
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom Night

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

7pm  |  Venue 2

Join us for Freedom Night, a monthly gathering dedicated to corporate prayer and worshipful expression. Each month is led by members of the Venture worship and prayer teams, and consists of worship through music and prayer for the life of our church.  The idea behind Freedom Night is to seek “freedom” in the expression of worship, so no two Freedom Nights look quite the same. 

A growing church is a praying church, so join us on the first Thursday of each month in Venue 2 for an opportunity to worship and pray for our church and one another.

Don Pedro Water Ski Trip
Aug
5
Aug 8

Don Pedro Water Ski Trip

  • Don Pedro Lake

The High School Ministry's annual Don Pedro water ski trip will be happening from August 5-8, and we're excited to be bringing Freshmen as well as Super Seniors! This will be an awesome time to spend fellowshipping and camping outdoors!

Group Run at Martial Cottle Park
Aug
6
7:00 am07:00

Group Run at Martial Cottle Park

  • Martial Cottle Park

Group run/walk with other Venture Runners (and walkers). We will meet, prayer together and run or walk around Martial Cottle together. 1 lap is approximately 3 miles.

This is the group's 2nd meeting together. We pray, fellowship all for the glory of God. You do not need to be a Venture attender - please bring your friends to enjoy this newly formed community.

Summer of Fun: Movie Night
Aug
6
6:30 pm18:30

Summer of Fun: Movie Night

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

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

Starting June 4 through August 20, we'll have one service at 5pm on Saturdays.  

Every other Saturday, 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. Expect a Hoedown with great BBQ, a killer illusion show featuring a professional illusionist team, a staff vs. volunteers kickball game, movie night, and more!

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

SUMMER OF FUN SCHEDULE (Events are subject to change)

AUGUST 6: MOVIE NIGHT

Grab some popcorn and treats in the lobby and sit down for a family movie night in the Worship Center! Want to have a say in which movie we show? Vote for what you'd like to see below! Voting closes August 1.


We'll resume our regular schedule of two Saturday services (4pm & 6pm) on August 27.

With new faces on Saturday, we’ll need new hands to support the festivities! 
To volunteer and be a part of the Summer Serve Team, email us at serve@venture.cc »

Summer of Fun: Korean BBQ
Aug
20
6:30 pm18:30

Summer of Fun: Korean BBQ

  • Venture Christian Church

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

Starting June 4 through August 20, we'll have one service at 5pm on Saturdays.  

Every other Saturday, 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. Expect a Hoedown with great BBQ, a killer magic show featuring a professional illusionist team, a staff vs. volunteers kickball game, movie night, and more!

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

SUMMER OF FUN SCHEDULE (Events are subject to change) 

AUGUST 20: KOREAN BBQ

We'll be having a great Korean BBQ dinner, provided by Venture's own Korean Community!


We'll resume our regular schedule of two Saturday services (4pm & 6pm) on August 27.

With new faces on Saturday, we’ll need new hands to support the festivities! 
To volunteer and be a part of the Summer Serve Team, email us at serve@venture.cc »

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Analog: August
Aug
25
6:30 pm18:30

Analog: August

  • Venture Campus - Coffeehouse

Analog is a monthly Christians in tech meetup, hosted by Venture Christian Church. Meetings include executives, developers, designers, marketers, and product managers all using their gifts for the Kingdom.

Guest speakers will be announced and RSVP links posted as we get closer to the date. 

EVENT DETAILS:

Cost: Free

When: August 25

  • Networking starts at 6:30pm
  • Introduction and Product Demos start at 7pm
  • Guest Speaker will speak at 7:30pm

Where: Coffeehouse at Venture Christian Church

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, so come for networking, product demos and learn what your colleagues are doing in the bay area.

Freedom Night
Sep
1
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom Night

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

7pm  |  Venue 2

Join us for Freedom Night, a monthly gathering dedicated to corporate prayer and worshipful expression. Each month is led by members of the Venture worship and prayer teams, and consists of worship through music and prayer for the life of our church.  The idea behind Freedom Night is to seek “freedom” in the expression of worship, so no two Freedom Nights look quite the same. 

A growing church is a praying church, so join us on the first Thursday of each month in Venue 2 for an opportunity to worship and pray for our church and one another.

2016 Bay Area Hackathon
Sep
23
Sep 25

2016 Bay Area Hackathon

  • Bay Area

Join us for the 2016 multi-city San Francisco Bay Area Code for the Kingdom hackathon. Together with local organizers in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose and partner organizations we share a common vision to provide more opportunities for communities around the world to participate and showcase innovation and entrepreneurship in their communities in creating technologies addressing significant issues confronting society, community, families, and spiritual life.

The fourth San Francisco Bay Area Code for the Kingdom hackahton builds upon the success of the 2013, 2014, and 2014 Bay Area Code for the Kingdom hackathons, as well as the 2015 Global hackathon and previous regional hackathons, which have already gathered over 2500 technologists to create over 300 projects to do good. This largest ever global faith-inspired tech collaboration will continue to activate technologists and other creative people to give their skills and some time as their contribution to the mission field, and it will also leverage the skills and in- sights of entrepreneurs, designers, and technologists to foster an entrepreneurial culture with Christian values.

Come, participate and address a number of challenges aimed at helping release the oppressed, teaching God’s Word, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and supporting the church and the body of Christ.

Join us and let’s together create technology that matters.

More details coming soon. Click below to register, or email Z Ross below for information.

Analog: September
Sep
29
6:30 pm18:30

Analog: September

  • Venture Campus - Coffeehouse

Analog is a monthly Christians in tech meetup, hosted by Venture Christian Church. Meetings include executives, developers, designers, marketers, and product managers all using their gifts for the Kingdom.

Guest speakers will be announced and RSVP links posted as we get closer to the date. 

EVENT DETAILS:

Cost: Free

When: September 29

  • Networking starts at 6:30pm
  • Introduction and Product Demos start at 7pm
  • Guest Speaker will speak at 7:30pm

Where: Coffeehouse at Venture Christian Church

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, so come for networking, product demos and learn what your colleagues are doing in the bay area.

Analog: October
Oct
27
6:30 pm18:30

Analog: October

  • Venture Campus - Coffeehouse

Analog is a monthly Christians in tech meetup, hosted by Venture Christian Church. Meetings include executives, developers, designers, marketers, and product managers all using their gifts for the Kingdom.

Guest speakers will be announced and RSVP links posted as we get closer to the date. 

EVENT DETAILS:

Cost: Free

When: October 27

  • Networking starts at 6:30pm
  • Introduction and Product Demos start at 7pm
  • Guest Speaker will speak at 7:30pm

Where: Coffeehouse at Venture Christian Church

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, so come for networking, product demos and learn what your colleagues are doing in the bay area.

Freedom Night
Nov
3
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom Night

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

7pm  |  Venue 2

Join us for Freedom Night, a monthly gathering dedicated to corporate prayer and worshipful expression. Each month is led by members of the Venture worship and prayer teams, and consists of worship through music and prayer for the life of our church.  The idea behind Freedom Night is to seek “freedom” in the expression of worship, so no two Freedom Nights look quite the same. 

A growing church is a praying church, so join us on the first Thursday of each month in Venue 2 for an opportunity to worship and pray for our church and one another.

Analog: November
Nov
10
6:30 pm18:30

Analog: November

  • Venture Campus - Coffeehouse

Analog is a monthly Christians in tech meetup, hosted by Venture Christian Church. Meetings include executives, developers, designers, marketers, and product managers all using their gifts for the Kingdom.

Guest speakers will be announced and RSVP links posted as we get closer to the date. 

EVENT DETAILS:

Cost: Free

When: November 10

  • Networking starts at 6:30pm
  • Introduction and Product Demos start at 7pm
  • Guest Speaker will speak at 7:30pm

Where: Coffeehouse at Venture Christian Church

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, so come for networking, product demos and learn what your colleagues are doing in the bay area.

Freedom Night
Dec
1
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom Night

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

7pm  |  Venue 2

Join us for Freedom Night, a monthly gathering dedicated to corporate prayer and worshipful expression. Each month is led by members of the Venture worship and prayer teams, and consists of worship through music and prayer for the life of our church.  The idea behind Freedom Night is to seek “freedom” in the expression of worship, so no two Freedom Nights look quite the same. 

A growing church is a praying church, so join us on the first Thursday of each month in Venue 2 for an opportunity to worship and pray for our church and one another.

Analog: December
Dec
8
6:30 pm18:30

Analog: December

  • Venture Campus - Coffeehouse

Analog is a monthly Christians in tech meetup, hosted by Venture Christian Church. Meetings include executives, developers, designers, marketers, and product managers all using their gifts for the Kingdom.

Guest speakers will be announced and RSVP links posted as we get closer to the date. 

EVENT DETAILS:

Cost: Free

When: December 8

  • Networking starts at 6:30pm
  • Introduction and Product Demos start at 7pm
  • Guest Speaker will speak at 7:30pm

Where: Coffeehouse at Venture Christian Church

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, so come for networking, product demos and learn what your colleagues are doing in the bay area.

Analog: January
Jan
26
6:30 pm18:30

Analog: January

  • Venture Campus - Coffeehouse

Analog is a monthly Christians in tech meetup, hosted by Venture Christian Church. Meetings include executives, developers, designers, marketers, and product managers all using their gifts for the Kingdom.

Guest speakers will be announced and RSVP links posted as we get closer to the date. 

EVENT DETAILS:

Cost: Free

When: January 26

  • Networking starts at 6:30pm
  • Introduction and Product Demos start at 7pm
  • Guest Speaker will speak at 7:30pm

Where: Coffeehouse at Venture Christian Church

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, so come for networking, product demos and learn what your colleagues are doing in the bay area.


Summer of Fun: Jenga Fun
Jul
23
6:30 pm18:30

Summer of Fun: Jenga Fun

  • Venture Christian Church

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

Starting June 4 through August 20, we'll have one service at 5pm on Saturdays.  

Every other Saturday, 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. Expect a Hoedown with great BBQ, a killer illusion show featuring a professional illusionist team, a staff vs. volunteers kickball game, movie night, and more!

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

SUMMER OF FUN SCHEDULE (Events are subject to change) 

JULY 23: JENGA FUN

Get ready to play a game of Jenga with friends and family. But take note: this isn't your regular Jenga - we'll have sets of all sizes, from 6 inches to 6 FEET - so get ready to have some fun!


We'll resume our regular schedule of two Saturday services (4pm & 6pm) on August 27.

With new faces on Saturday, we’ll need new hands to support the festivities! 
To volunteer and be a part of the Summer Serve Team, email us at serve@venture.cc »

Hume Lake Summer Camp
Jul
17
Jul 23

Hume Lake Summer Camp

  • Hume Lake Christian Camps

The High School Ministry to be going to Hume Lake for their annual summer camp! Registration is currently ongoing, and a deposit is due at time of registration.

Run 4 Recovery
Jul
16
8:00 am08:00

Run 4 Recovery

  • Alamitos Creek Trail - Almaden Lake Park

We're launching a new ministry, Venture Runners (walkers, don't be deterred - you're welcome as well!). For our initial race, we're racing at Run 4 Recovery, City Team's fundraising 5k/10k run/walk event to support their men's recovery and homeless programs.

The race is on the Los Alamitos Creek Trail, Almaden Lake Park in San Jose. Check-in is at 8am and the race starts at 9am on Saturday, July 16. Registration is $25, and they're hoping participants are able to raise $100/participant to this cause. Let us know if you'll participate and we'll give you a T-shirt to wear at the race and represent Venture!

Enter the code 'venture' into the promo code to identify you will be running with Venture Runners. 

Contact: roxanne@venture.cc

Venture Innovation Picnic
Jul
14
6:30 pm18:30

Venture Innovation Picnic

  • Venture Campus - Kring Field

Come and fellowship!

Event Details:

Cost: Free 

When: July 14th. Dinner and fellowship starts at 6:30 PM.

What: Outdoor games will be played, so please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. 

Dinner will be provided by Armadillo Willy's BBQ, so bring your family, blanket or chairs.We will have some outdoor games to enjoy or you can bring your own to share. We will need help setting up, so if you are available, email us to volunteer or come a little early.

Where: Kring Field at Venture Christian Church

Summer of Fun: Staff vs. Volunteers Kickball
Jul
9
6:30 pm18:30

Summer of Fun: Staff vs. Volunteers Kickball

  • Venture Campus - Kring Field

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

Starting June 4 through August 20, we'll have one service at 5pm on Saturdays.  

Every other Saturday, 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. Expect a Hoedown with great BBQ, a killer illusion show featuring a professional illusionist team, a staff vs. volunteers kickball game, movie night, and more!

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

SUMMER OF FUN SCHEDULE (Events are subject to change)

JULY 9: STAFF VS. VOLUNTEERS KICKBALL GAME

Bring your lawn chairs and cheer on our Venture Staff and Volunteers as they go head to head on the kickball field. Think you've got what it takes to lay a smack-down on the staff team? Volunteers can sign up for the game that night. 


We'll resume our regular schedule of two Saturday services (4pm & 6pm) on August 27.

With new faces on Saturday, we’ll need new hands to support the festivities! 
To volunteer and be a part of the Summer Serve Team, email us at serve@venture.cc »

Freedom Night
Jul
7
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom Night

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

7pm  |  Venue 2

Join us for Freedom Night, a monthly gathering dedicated to corporate prayer and worshipful expression. Each month is led by members of the Venture worship and prayer teams, and consists of worship through music and prayer for the life of our church.  The idea behind Freedom Night is to seek “freedom” in the expression of worship, so no two Freedom Nights look quite the same.

A growing church is a praying church, so join us on the first Thursday of each month in Venue 2 for an opportunity to worship and pray for our church and one another.

Summer of Fun: Illusionists David & Teesha Laflin
Jun
25
7:00 pm19:00

Summer of Fun: Illusionists David & Teesha Laflin

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

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

Starting June 4 through August 20, we'll have one service at 5pm on Saturdays.  

Every other Saturday, 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. Expect a Hoedown with great BBQ, a killer illusion show featuring a professional illusionist team, a staff vs. volunteers kickball game, movie night, and more!

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

SUMMER OF FUN SCHEDULE (Events are subject to change) 

JUNE 25: ILLUSIONISTS DAVID & TEESHA LAFLIN

Get ready for an amazing show by Christian illusionist team David and Teesha Laflin. The show features spectacular illusions, incredible sleight of hand, audience participation, lots of laughter, and much more. Most importantly, the Gospel is shared in a clear and unforgettable way. Bring the whole family and prepare to be entertained and inspired!


We'll resume our regular schedule of two Saturday services (4pm & 6pm) on August 27.

With new faces on Saturday, we’ll need new hands to support the festivities! 
To volunteer and be a part of the Summer Serve Team, email us at serve@venture.cc »

Engaged Couples Seminar
Jun
17
Jun 18

Engaged Couples Seminar

  • Venture Campus - Room 217/218

Because of the challenges that face today's married couples, we have put together a premarital seminar to help prepare couples for what lies ahead. Dean & Tina Engel, specialists in the area of marriage and family development, and Pastor Howard & Kathy Clark, will address a number of issues confronting a couple in the 21st century. It will be an enriching time of discussion and interaction that we hope will be of benefit to you in the years to come. This class is a requirement for those being married by Venture pastors and is only available 4 times each year.

Dates & Times: Friday, June 17 from 6:30-9pm & Saturday, June 18 from 9am-3:30pm

Cost: $50 per couple. Registrations needed by June 10.

Registration: Contact Beth Yamada, 408-997-4619

Elevation Summer Camp
Jun
16
Jun 19

Elevation Summer Camp

  • Camp Chinquapin

Elevation is (678)’s annual summer camp!

Dates:

June 16-19, 2016

Cost:

$275 + $ for 1 fast food meal

Location:

Camp Chinquapin (near Pinecrest Lake)

What to Expect: 

  • outdoor fun with friends and 678 leaders
  • daily times of teaching, worship, and recreation
  • outdoor movies at the lake
  • free time with friends at pinecrest lake

To register and pay deposit:

(deposit is non-refundable/transferable and required to secure spot)
Final payment due on or before: June 12, 2016

Real Love in Real Life: Dating Edition
Jun
12
6:00 pm18:00

Real Love in Real Life: Dating Edition

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

Navigating the dating scene these days can be tough. How do we know whether we’re experiencing an episode of infatuation or if God’s telling us this person is really “the one"? How do patience and perseverance help us find and form healthy relationships?

Whether you:

  • are just diving into the dating scene...
  • are in a healthy, committed relationship and thinking about marriage...
  • have had a few relationships that didn't end well and are looking for hope that you can have a healthy, happy, love-filled relationship...

this night is for you!

Come grab dinner as Chip walks us through how to recognize a real love that's more fulfilling than you ever imagined. Join us Sunday, June 12 from 6-8pm in Venue 2. Dinner and care for kids birth-4 years is available through the RSVP link below:

Summer of Fun: BBQ Hoedown
Jun
11
6:30 pm18:30

Summer of Fun: BBQ Hoedown

  • Venture Christian Church

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

Starting June 4 through August 20, we'll have one service at 5pm on Saturdays.  

Every other Saturday, 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. Expect a Hoedown with great BBQ, a killer magic show featuring a professional illusionist team, a staff vs. volunteers kickball game, movie night, and more!

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

 

SUMMER OF FUN SCHEDULE (Events are subject to change) 

JUNE 11: BBQ HOEDOWN

Grab your boots and cowboy hat and join us for a boot-stomping hoedown, complete with a squaredancing caller and a BBQ spread!


We'll resume our regular schedule of two Saturday services (4pm & 6pm) on August 27.

With new faces on Saturday, we’ll need new hands to support the festivities! 
To volunteer and be a part of the Summer Serve Team, email us at serve@venture.cc »

Network BBQ
Jun
5
1:00 pm13:00

Network BBQ

  • The Crawfords (Private Home)

Looking to meet other young professionals in their 20s and 30s?

Join us for a delicious BBQ, great company, and some fun playing bocce ball on Sunday, June 5 from 1-4pm. This is the perfect time to come and meet other Young Professionals and Young Marrieds at Venture, so bring your friends and coworkers, and come to the home of the Crawford family in Saratoga right after the 11am service. 

RSVP by May 31 to get location details

Black Community Kick-Off Luncheon
Jun
5
1:00 pm13:00

Black Community Kick-Off Luncheon

  • Venture Campus - Coffeehouse

The Black community (African-Americans, Africans, and Caribbean) at Venture is holding the first meeting to gather, get to know each other, and build community at church. The lunch will be on June 5 at 1pm in the Venture Coffee House. Join us as we connect with new and old friends to build this new community! A free lunch will be provided, so RSVP below. 

Questions? Email bcav@venture.cc »

High School Move Up Party
Jun
5
11:00 am11:00

High School Move Up Party

  • Venture Campus - Kring Field

We're excited to be kicking off the summer celebrating our students achievements and growth of knowledge! We're welcoming all incoming freshmen to come and celebrate with us out on Kring field. Snacks and drinks will be available.

Questions? Contact Ruben Escobedo »

Chili Cook-off
May
31
6:30 pm18:30

Chili Cook-off

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2
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Join Venture Men's Bible Study for our Chili Cook-off! We'll have free food and great fellowship. There will be an encouraging message, testimonies, and a chance to eat some good chili’s while getting to know other men in the church. It’s a great way to spend a couple hours on a Tuesday night.

Analog: Kory Westerhold & Aaron Martin
May
26
6:30 pm18:30

Analog: Kory Westerhold & Aaron Martin

  • Venture Campus - Coffeehouse
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Analog is a monthly Christians in tech meetup, hosted by Venture Christian Church. Meetings include executives, developers, designers, marketers, and product managers all using their gifts for the Kingdom.

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Our May guests were Kory Westerhold, a Product Designer at Facebook, and Aaron Martin, a designer at Yahoo. They are the creators of the NeuBible App. Watch their product demo and talk on "Design & Christianity" below:

Creative Community
May
25
7:00 pm19:00

Creative Community

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

Wednesdays at 7pm  |  April 6 - May 25

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. All classes are FREE, so take a look at the workshop descriptions, pick your class, and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS: 


EXPLORING NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY:

You've got a Digital, Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, and you are getting fairly good at it. Now it is time to try something new and creative: photos taken at night. Night photos can reveal the amazing majesty of the night sky (Isaiah 40:26). You will learn how to photograph in low-light using your DSLR. Along the way you will learn a little about the night sky and several photography techniques that will aid all of your photography efforts. Most of all you'll be amazed at how much there is in the dark that remains unseen without the aid of a camera. You just might unleash a creative direction you may have never considered. This is a hands-on course. You will be taking photos on the very first session of the course, so bring all the equipment listed in the prerequisites.

Prerequisites:

  • Must have a DSLR camera (smart phones are not acceptable)

  • Must understand the basics of exposures - i.e. the relationship between f-stop (aperture), sensitivity and exposure length, and have shot photographs in some mode other than "Automatic".

  • Your camera's operators manual

Also recommended are:

  • A tripod- strongly recommended!
  • A remote release (cable)
  • An Intervalometer (Steven will have some to loan)
  • Extra batteries
  • Memory card(s)

Teacher Bio

Steven Christenson is the founder and teacher of StarCircleAcademy.com, and winner of the 2010 Greenwich Observatory "Astronomy Photographer of the Year", and a runner up in 2012. His work has been published as album covers, in the Economist and Backpacker Magazine and even featured on local TV stations. Steven specializes in "Landscape Astrophotography" a field that is easily approachable by anyone with a DSLR camera and a tripod.  You can read his instructive columns on his website (StarCircleAcademy.com).

 

ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN:

Learn how to turn your ideas and creativity into successful Illustrations that tell your story to the world! No experience required, we'll walk through all the great pillars of Illustration and Design and see how everyone at any skill level can make creative Illustrations in an infinite amount of ways and styles. We will also look at how artists express their faith through their art.

Materials Needed: Just bring a sketchbook and some pencils or pens.

Teacher Bio

Will Krulee is an Animator/Illustrator from the Bay Area currently working in the video game industry. He has worked on video games, comic books, marketing illustration, storyboarding, and a bunch of other cool things.

 

INTRODUCTION TO BIBLE ART JOURNALING:

Learn how to visually display Scriptures in creative ways on paper or in a Bible. Experiment with different mediums and techniques to incorporate God’s Word into your life. This hands-on class will have exercises in each session that will include mapping out a Scripture, lettering, use of color, shading, and using different mediums (gel pens, colored pencils, watercolor, pastels, sharpies etc.)

Materials needed: Pencil, eraser, black pen, colored pencils (the rest will be provided)

Teacher Bios

Kathy: Kathy Self has been an artist her entire life. She enjoys using oil paints and watercolors to bring beauty to those around her. She is especially inspired by God's Word, and prays that each painting she creates would be a visual echo of God's enduring grace and love. She enjoys weaving art history into her teaching. For 10 years she taught art privately, and is currently a full-time studio artist in the Bay Area. Please visit her website at colorbrush.com to see her work.

Brigitta: Brigitta Litfin has recently discovered Bible journaling and feels led to use her artistic skills and creativity in social media and in her blog brigittalitfin.com.  She loves how drawing images and doing lettering makes the Scripture verses come alive and helps God’s word sink into her heart.

Bonnie: Bonnie Bajarin became involved in Bible Art Journaling when she was writing a book about using our five senses to get God’s Word into us. Besides writing about it, she is involved in two Bible Art Journaling groups online. She is not an artist but knows if she can do it others can too.

 

VOCAL LEADING TECHNIQUES:

Get ready to stretch yourself vocally and expressively as we dive into this exciting class! In Vocal Leading Techniques, we will cover healthy vocal technique, vocal parts in harmony, worshipful posture, expressive leading, and stage movement. No materials are needed for this class. Just bring yourself and an open and encouraging attitude, as this will be a collaborative and interactive experience. Must be a confident singer.

Teacher Bio

Shep Gibson is a singer, songwriter, and composer from Western North Carolina who currently co-leads worship right here at Venture Christian Church. He graduated from Furman University (Greenville, SC) with a bachelor’s degree in composition and has been a part of many performing vocal ensembles. He enjoys traveling, being with friends, and acting goofy.

 

DIGITAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT:

This is an eight week class on building digital apps for the Kingdom. This class is for students that already have working knowledge of Scrum & Agile Methods, Design Thinking or Software Development. The first week of class, students will take an Intro Course on Rapid Prototyping. During weeks two and three, students will choose to take an overview class on Scrum & Agile Methods, Design Thinking or Software Development, based on their skill level set. The final four weeks, students will be placed on a developer team of 3-5 members. Each group will be given a product challenge and will be instructed to build and present a digital app for the Kingdom by the end of class.

Prerequisites: Prior knowledge of Scrum, Agile, Design Thinking (UI & UX) and Software Development.

Teacher Bio

Marc Krejci is a Missouri native, California transplant, and all over a man impassioned about building the lives of others inside and out. Marc’s current role as Venture’s Pastor of Innovation is reflective of an evolution that has occurred throughout his own life. Before joining Venture, Marc was a business and startup professional with over 15 years experience in the spheres of marketing, the music industry, product development, tech entrepreneurship, and more.

 

WORSHIP LEADING:

Learn the practical, hands on skills you'll need to lead worship in small groups and large environments. This class is open to any who have worship leading experience, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

Teacher Bio

Lexi Hausmann is the worship ministry coordinator here at Venture Christian Church. She graduated from Biola University with a degree in Political Science and minors in Biblical Studies and Spanish. Leading worship is both a calling and a passion of hers, and she seeks to help others connect with the Lord in a new way through worship and expression. She enjoys songwriting and playing guitar, belting Carrie Underwood hits in the car, and roaming the aisles of Barnes and Noble.

 

INTERMEDIATE VIDEO EDITING:

In this class, you’ll learn software skills and storytelling techniques to create great narratives, documentaries, and promos/commercials. 

Prerequisite: A foundational working knowledge of Adobe Premiere is needed, as this class will not cover video editing software basics.

Materials Needed: Computers and software will be available, but a USB 3, Mac- formatted external hard drive (250GB+) is required to store your footage and projects.

Teacher Bios

Aaron: Aaron Williams is a colorist, editor, and motion graphics artist, currently serving as Venture's Creative Director. He's a graduate of Loyola Marymount University's School of Film & Television, and has over 15 years experience in the filmmaking field, including independent films, music videos, commercials, television, corporate video, etc. He's worked with Hollywood VFX houses, DI finishing companies, boutique creative agencies, major music labels, and more.

Austin: 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 Video Producer. He has over 10 years of experience in cinematography, editing and storytelling.

 

INTRO TO PRODUCTION ARTS:

There are so many parts of our weekend services that happen “behind the scenes” that people don’t realize because they’re just that – behind the scenes! For those who are interested in getting involved with our services but may not know where they might fit, we are teaching an introduction to sound, live video, stage management, and lighting. What you learn will lead to direct opportunities to get involved and serve “behind the scenes” yourself on our weekend production team.

Teacher Bios

Gary: Gary Poole is the Production Arts Pastor of Venture Christian Church. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Gary has twenty years of professional performing arts experience, including Broadway credits like Spring Awakening, Cry-Baby, The Times They Are A-Changin’, and The Wedding Singer, family-oriented shows including Scooby-Doo!, Go, Diego, Go! and Blue’s Clues Live, and serving in the Production arts ministries at churches in Louisville, Savannah, and Atlanta. Gary strives to utilize his knowledge and experience in technical production to enhance worship services and to inspire others to grow in their Christian life through service in production ministry.

Ben: 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.

 

WORSHIPFUL WORDS:

Worshipful Words is a class designed to help you put your conversion testimony, as well as faith-building testimonies into words, and share with others. The power of words can encourage, edify, and elicit powerful transformations. Let Worshipful Words help you put your life-giving stories into a format that emboldens your walk and inspires others.

Teacher Bio

Michelle Smith is a Christian wife and mother. She obtained an English degree with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UC Davis. She has worked in Marketing Communications for high tech companies, and has taught children and adults how to express themselves through writing. As a Christian speaker, she helps encourage people to find hope and purpose through Jesus Christ. She has also self-published two books, “Designated Driver,” and “Worshipful Words.” Her greatest achievements include helping her husband run their business and homeschooling her three children.

 

WORSHIP DANCE:

This class will provide participants with an overview of worship dance; beginning with group prayer, a ballet style warm-up, styles and techniques of worship dance, and a time for sharing dances.  No previous dance experience required, just a heart for worshiping for God. Loose clothing is recommended. You can wear socks or go barefoot.

Teacher Bio

Cristine has a passion for and has been involved with worship dance for several years.  She currently leads an adult worship dance group, who ministers at senior homes once a month and perform at Bay Area churches. Cristine has taught worship dance workshops at worship conferences, in addition to teaching adult ballet classes at local ballet studios. Cristine is excited to teach again for Creative Community and is looking forward to how God will move in and around his people and inspire all of us to be creative for Jesus!

 

KNITTING/CROCHETING:

Would you like to use your hands to glorify the Lord? Come to our class and learn to knit or crochet.

Materials Needed: Just bring one pair of size #10 knitting needles, or a size #G crochet hook, as well as two skeins of yarn (any color- Red Heart brand, worsted weight yarn). Please do not get the same color yarn as your needle.

We will work on a small project for the length of the class.

Teacher Bio

Karen Deeter is a retired secretary originally from Oregon, now a gardener/baker/leisure reader and knitter.  She learned to crochet/knit in high school, but dropped it for many years while working and having a family. She picked it up again about 30 years ago, but had to teach herself all over again. Karen has been knitting with a group from Venture for charity for about ten years and is still enjoying it - “Love knitting those hats!”  It is a joy for her to have settled into where God needs her. 

 

CREATIVE MARKETING TECHNIQUES: 

In this age of media clutter, how do you swim upstream and influence others with your small biz or idea? We’ll explore creative channels that can help you market effectively. Areas we will spotlight on: influence (sales), synergistic campaigns, social media, and relational networking. We’ll be referring to a current business book and by class-end construct an influence plan and gain new ideas.

Teacher Bio

Grace Long, born and raised in the SF Bay Area, has worked in the tech industry with a focus in rights management in the video/gaming/entertainment industry for over 20 years in marketing, sales and account management.  She has an agency background in B2B and B2C/PR advertising/agency representing clients from medical, automotive, industrial, and non-profit. In the recent years she has been involved in business consulting, property management and non-profit. Currently she is part of Venture's Creative team as the Project & Communications Manager.

 

PRAYER MINISTRY:

Learn life-transforming prayer skills based on Scripture. Most of us have more minor and medium-sized trauma than we realize, and even these can block our connection with God and with others. We teach prayer tools that enable you to live the abundant life and stay connected throughout your day regardless of the circumstances.

Teacher Bio

Our heartbeat is that everyone would experience such a strong connection with God that they can always hear His voice - anytime, anyplace, in any circumstance. Kim Vase and Sherrie Grabot have spent over four years studying various prayer and inner healing modalities and have led an inner healing ministry for approximately 3 years.

 

 

Creative Community
May
18
7:00 pm19:00

Creative Community

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center
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Wednesdays at 7pm  |  April 6 - May 25

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. All classes are FREE, so take a look at the workshop descriptions, pick your class, and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS: 


EXPLORING NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY:

You've got a Digital, Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, and you are getting fairly good at it. Now it is time to try something new and creative: photos taken at night. Night photos can reveal the amazing majesty of the night sky (Isaiah 40:26). You will learn how to photograph in low-light using your DSLR. Along the way you will learn a little about the night sky and several photography techniques that will aid all of your photography efforts. Most of all you'll be amazed at how much there is in the dark that remains unseen without the aid of a camera. You just might unleash a creative direction you may have never considered. This is a hands-on course. You will be taking photos on the very first session of the course, so bring all the equipment listed in the prerequisites.

Prerequisites:

  • Must have a DSLR camera (smart phones are not acceptable)

  • Must understand the basics of exposures - i.e. the relationship between f-stop (aperture), sensitivity and exposure length, and have shot photographs in some mode other than "Automatic".

  • Your camera's operators manual

Also recommended are:

  • A tripod- strongly recommended!
  • A remote release (cable)
  • An Intervalometer (Steven will have some to loan)
  • Extra batteries
  • Memory card(s)

Teacher Bio

Steven Christenson is the founder and teacher of StarCircleAcademy.com, and winner of the 2010 Greenwich Observatory "Astronomy Photographer of the Year", and a runner up in 2012. His work has been published as album covers, in the Economist and Backpacker Magazine and even featured on local TV stations. Steven specializes in "Landscape Astrophotography" a field that is easily approachable by anyone with a DSLR camera and a tripod.  You can read his instructive columns on his website (StarCircleAcademy.com).

 

ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN:

Learn how to turn your ideas and creativity into successful Illustrations that tell your story to the world! No experience required, we'll walk through all the great pillars of Illustration and Design and see how everyone at any skill level can make creative Illustrations in an infinite amount of ways and styles. We will also look at how artists express their faith through their art.

Materials Needed: Just bring a sketchbook and some pencils or pens.

Teacher Bio

Will Krulee is an Animator/Illustrator from the Bay Area currently working in the video game industry. He has worked on video games, comic books, marketing illustration, storyboarding, and a bunch of other cool things.

 

INTRODUCTION TO BIBLE ART JOURNALING:

Learn how to visually display Scriptures in creative ways on paper or in a Bible. Experiment with different mediums and techniques to incorporate God’s Word into your life. This hands-on class will have exercises in each session that will include mapping out a Scripture, lettering, use of color, shading, and using different mediums (gel pens, colored pencils, watercolor, pastels, sharpies etc.)

Materials needed: Pencil, eraser, black pen, colored pencils (the rest will be provided)

Teacher Bios

Kathy: Kathy Self has been an artist her entire life. She enjoys using oil paints and watercolors to bring beauty to those around her. She is especially inspired by God's Word, and prays that each painting she creates would be a visual echo of God's enduring grace and love. She enjoys weaving art history into her teaching. For 10 years she taught art privately, and is currently a full-time studio artist in the Bay Area. Please visit her website atcolorbrush.com to see her work.

Brigitta: Brigitta Litfin has recently discovered Bible journaling and feels led to use her artistic skills and creativity in social media and in her blog brigittalitfin.com.  She loves how drawing images and doing lettering makes the Scripture verses come alive and helps God’s word sink into her heart.

Bonnie: Bonnie Bajarin became involved in Bible Art Journaling when she was writing a book about using our five senses to get God’s Word into us. Besides writing about it, she is involved in two Bible Art Journaling groups online. She is not an artist but knows if she can do it others can too.

 

VOCAL LEADING TECHNIQUES:

Get ready to stretch yourself vocally and expressively as we dive into this exciting class! In Vocal Leading Techniques, we will cover healthy vocal technique, vocal parts in harmony, worshipful posture, expressive leading, and stage movement. No materials are needed for this class. Just bring yourself and an open and encouraging attitude, as this will be a collaborative and interactive experience. Must be a confident singer.

Teacher Bio

Shep Gibson is a singer, songwriter, and composer from Western North Carolina who currently co-leads worship right here at Venture Christian Church. He graduated from Furman University (Greenville, SC) with a bachelor’s degree in composition and has been a part of many performing vocal ensembles. He enjoys traveling, being with friends, and acting goofy.

 

DIGITAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT:

This is an eight week class on building digital apps for the Kingdom. This class is for students that already have working knowledge of Scrum & Agile Methods, Design Thinking or Software Development. The first week of class, students will take an Intro Course on Rapid Prototyping. During weeks two and three, students will choose to take an overview class on Scrum & Agile Methods, Design Thinking or Software Development, based on their skill level set. The final four weeks, students will be placed on a developer team of 3-5 members. Each group will be given a product challenge and will be instructed to build and present a digital app for the Kingdom by the end of class.

Prerequisites: Prior knowledge of Scrum, Agile, Design Thinking (UI & UX) and Software Development.

Teacher Bio

Marc Krejci is a Missouri native, California transplant, and all over a man impassioned about building the lives of others inside and out. Marc’s current role as Venture’s Pastor of Innovation is reflective of an evolution that has occurred throughout his own life. Before joining Venture, Marc was a business and startup professional with over 15 years experience in the spheres of marketing, the music industry, product development, tech entrepreneurship, and more.

 

WORSHIP LEADING:

Learn the practical, hands on skills you'll need to lead worship in small groups and large environments. This class is open to any who have worship leading experience, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

Teacher Bio

Lexi Hausmann is the worship ministry coordinator here at Venture Christian Church. She graduated from Biola University with a degree in Political Science and minors in Biblical Studies and Spanish. Leading worship is both a calling and a passion of hers, and she seeks to help others connect with the Lord in a new way through worship and expression. She enjoys songwriting and playing guitar, belting Carrie Underwood hits in the car, and roaming the aisles of Barnes and Noble.

 

INTERMEDIATE VIDEO EDITING:

In this class, you’ll learn software skills and storytelling techniques to create great narratives, documentaries, and promos/commercials. 

Prerequisite: A foundational working knowledge of Adobe Premiere is needed, as this class will not cover video editing software basics.

Materials Needed: Computers and software will be available, but a USB 3, Mac- formatted external hard drive (250GB+) is required to store your footage and projects.

Teacher Bios

Aaron: Aaron Williams is a colorist, editor, and motion graphics artist, currently serving as Venture's Creative Director. He's a graduate of Loyola Marymount University's School of Film & Television, and has over 15 years experience in the filmmaking field, including independent films, music videos, commercials, television, corporate video, etc. He's worked with Hollywood VFX houses, DI finishing companies, boutique creative agencies, major music labels, and more.

Austin: 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 Video Producer. He has over 10 years of experience in cinematography, editing and storytelling.

 

INTRO TO PRODUCTION ARTS:

There are so many parts of our weekend services that happen “behind the scenes” that people don’t realize because they’re just that – behind the scenes! For those who are interested in getting involved with our services but may not know where they might fit, we are teaching an introduction to sound, live video, stage management, and lighting. What you learn will lead to direct opportunities to get involved and serve “behind the scenes” yourself on our weekend production team.

Teacher Bios

Gary: Gary Poole is the Production Arts Pastor of Venture Christian Church. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Gary has twenty years of professional performing arts experience, including Broadway credits like Spring Awakening, Cry-Baby, The Times They Are A-Changin’, and The Wedding Singer, family-oriented shows including Scooby-Doo!, Go, Diego, Go! and Blue’s Clues Live, and serving in the Production arts ministries at churches in Louisville, Savannah, and Atlanta. Gary strives to utilize his knowledge and experience in technical production to enhance worship services and to inspire others to grow in their Christian life through service in production ministry.

Ben: 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.

 

WORSHIPFUL WORDS:

Worshipful Words is a class designed to help you put your conversion testimony, as well as faith-building testimonies into words, and share with others. The power of words can encourage, edify, and elicit powerful transformations. Let Worshipful Words help you put your life-giving stories into a format that emboldens your walk and inspires others.

Teacher Bio

Michelle Smith is a Christian wife and mother. She obtained an English degree with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UC Davis. She has worked in Marketing Communications for high tech companies, and has taught children and adults how to express themselves through writing. As a Christian speaker, she helps encourage people to find hope and purpose through Jesus Christ. She has also self-published two books, “Designated Driver,” and “Worshipful Words.” Her greatest achievements include helping her husband run their business and homeschooling her three children.

 

WORSHIP DANCE:

This class will provide participants with an overview of worship dance; beginning with group prayer, a ballet style warm-up, styles and techniques of worship dance, and a time for sharing dances.  No previous dance experience required, just a heart for worshiping for God. Loose clothing is recommended. You can wear socks or go barefoot.

Teacher Bio

Cristine has a passion for and has been involved with worship dance for several years.  She currently leads an adult worship dance group, who ministers at senior homes once a month and perform at Bay Area churches. Cristine has taught worship dance workshops at worship conferences, in addition to teaching adult ballet classes at local ballet studios. Cristine is excited to teach again for Creative Community and is looking forward to how God will move in and around his people and inspire all of us to be creative for Jesus!

 

KNITTING/CROCHETING:

Would you like to use your hands to glorify the Lord? Come to our class and learn to knit or crochet.

Materials Needed: Just bring one pair of size #10 knitting needles, or a size #G crochet hook, as well as two skeins of yarn (any color- Red Heart brand, worsted weight yarn). Please do not get the same color yarn as your needle.

We will work on a small project for the length of the class.

Teacher Bio

Karen Deeter is a retired secretary originally from Oregon, now a gardener/baker/leisure reader and knitter.  She learned to crochet/knit in high school, but dropped it for many years while working and having a family. She picked it up again about 30 years ago, but had to teach herself all over again. Karen has been knitting with a group from Venture for charity for about ten years and is still enjoying it - “Love knitting those hats!”  It is a joy for her to have settled into where God needs her. 

 

CREATIVE MARKETING TECHNIQUES: 

In this age of media clutter, how do you swim upstream and influence others with your small biz or idea? We’ll explore creative channels that can help you market effectively. Areas we will spotlight on: influence (sales), synergistic campaigns, social media, and relational networking. We’ll be referring to a current business book and by class-end construct an influence plan and gain new ideas.

Teacher Bio

Grace Long, born and raised in the SF Bay Area, has worked in the tech industry with a focus in rights management in the video/gaming/entertainment industry for over 20 years in marketing, sales and account management.  She has an agency background in B2B and B2C/PR advertising/agency representing clients from medical, automotive, industrial, and non-profit. In the recent years she has been involved in business consulting, property management and non-profit. Currently she is part of Venture's Creative team as the Project & Communications Manager.

 

PRAYER MINISTRY:

Learn life-transforming prayer skills based on Scripture. Most of us have more minor and medium-sized trauma than we realize, and even these can block our connection with God and with others. We teach prayer tools that enable you to live the abundant life and stay connected throughout your day regardless of the circumstances.

Teacher Bio

Our heartbeat is that everyone would experience such a strong connection with God that they can always hear His voice - anytime, anyplace, in any circumstance. Kim Vase and Sherrie Grabot have spent over four years studying various prayer and inner healing modalities and have led an inner healing ministry for approximately 3 years.

 

 

Creative Community
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Creative Community

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

Wednesdays at 7pm  |  April 6 - May 25

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. All classes are FREE, so take a look at the workshop descriptions, pick your class, and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS: 


EXPLORING NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY:

You've got a Digital, Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, and you are getting fairly good at it. Now it is time to try something new and creative: photos taken at night. Night photos can reveal the amazing majesty of the night sky (Isaiah 40:26). You will learn how to photograph in low-light using your DSLR. Along the way you will learn a little about the night sky and several photography techniques that will aid all of your photography efforts. Most of all you'll be amazed at how much there is in the dark that remains unseen without the aid of a camera. You just might unleash a creative direction you may have never considered. This is a hands-on course. You will be taking photos on the very first session of the course, so bring all the equipment listed in the prerequisites.

Prerequisites:

  • Must have a DSLR camera (smart phones are not acceptable)

  • Must understand the basics of exposures - i.e. the relationship between f-stop (aperture), sensitivity and exposure length, and have shot photographs in some mode other than "Automatic".

  • Your camera's operators manual

Also recommended are:

  • A tripod- strongly recommended!
  • A remote release (cable)
  • An Intervalometer (Steven will have some to loan)
  • Extra batteries
  • Memory card(s)

Teacher Bio

Steven Christenson is the founder and teacher of StarCircleAcademy.com, and winner of the 2010 Greenwich Observatory "Astronomy Photographer of the Year", and a runner up in 2012. His work has been published as album covers, in the Economist and Backpacker Magazine and even featured on local TV stations. Steven specializes in "Landscape Astrophotography" a field that is easily approachable by anyone with a DSLR camera and a tripod.  You can read his instructive columns on his website (StarCircleAcademy.com).

 

ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN:

Learn how to turn your ideas and creativity into successful Illustrations that tell your story to the world! No experience required, we'll walk through all the great pillars of Illustration and Design and see how everyone at any skill level can make creative Illustrations in an infinite amount of ways and styles. We will also look at how artists express their faith through their art.

Materials Needed: Just bring a sketchbook and some pencils or pens.

Teacher Bio

Will Krulee is an Animator/Illustrator from the Bay Area currently working in the video game industry. He has worked on video games, comic books, marketing illustration, storyboarding, and a bunch of other cool things.

 

INTRODUCTION TO BIBLE ART JOURNALING:

Learn how to visually display Scriptures in creative ways on paper or in a Bible. Experiment with different mediums and techniques to incorporate God’s Word into your life. This hands-on class will have exercises in each session that will include mapping out a Scripture, lettering, use of color, shading, and using different mediums (gel pens, colored pencils, watercolor, pastels, sharpies etc.)

Materials needed: Pencil, eraser, black pen, colored pencils (the rest will be provided)

Teacher Bios

Kathy: Kathy Self has been an artist her entire life. She enjoys using oil paints and watercolors to bring beauty to those around her. She is especially inspired by God's Word, and prays that each painting she creates would be a visual echo of God's enduring grace and love. She enjoys weaving art history into her teaching. For 10 years she taught art privately, and is currently a full-time studio artist in the Bay Area. Please visit her website atcolorbrush.com to see her work.

Brigitta: Brigitta Litfin has recently discovered Bible journaling and feels led to use her artistic skills and creativity in social media and in her blog brigittalitfin.com.  She loves how drawing images and doing lettering makes the Scripture verses come alive and helps God’s word sink into her heart.

Bonnie: Bonnie Bajarin became involved in Bible Art Journaling when she was writing a book about using our five senses to get God’s Word into us. Besides writing about it, she is involved in two Bible Art Journaling groups online. She is not an artist but knows if she can do it others can too.

 

VOCAL LEADING TECHNIQUES:

Get ready to stretch yourself vocally and expressively as we dive into this exciting class! In Vocal Leading Techniques, we will cover healthy vocal technique, vocal parts in harmony, worshipful posture, expressive leading, and stage movement. No materials are needed for this class. Just bring yourself and an open and encouraging attitude, as this will be a collaborative and interactive experience. Must be a confident singer.

Teacher Bio

Shep Gibson is a singer, songwriter, and composer from Western North Carolina who currently co-leads worship right here at Venture Christian Church. He graduated from Furman University (Greenville, SC) with a bachelor’s degree in composition and has been a part of many performing vocal ensembles. He enjoys traveling, being with friends, and acting goofy.

 

DIGITAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT:

This is an eight week class on building digital apps for the Kingdom. This class is for students that already have working knowledge of Scrum & Agile Methods, Design Thinking or Software Development. The first week of class, students will take an Intro Course on Rapid Prototyping. During weeks two and three, students will choose to take an overview class on Scrum & Agile Methods, Design Thinking or Software Development, based on their skill level set. The final four weeks, students will be placed on a developer team of 3-5 members. Each group will be given a product challenge and will be instructed to build and present a digital app for the Kingdom by the end of class.

Prerequisites: Prior knowledge of Scrum, Agile, Design Thinking (UI & UX) and Software Development.

Teacher Bio

Marc Krejci is a Missouri native, California transplant, and all over a man impassioned about building the lives of others inside and out. Marc’s current role as Venture’s Pastor of Innovation is reflective of an evolution that has occurred throughout his own life. Before joining Venture, Marc was a business and startup professional with over 15 years experience in the spheres of marketing, the music industry, product development, tech entrepreneurship, and more.

 

WORSHIP LEADING:

Learn the practical, hands on skills you'll need to lead worship in small groups and large environments. This class is open to any who have worship leading experience, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

Teacher Bio

Lexi Hausmann is the worship ministry coordinator here at Venture Christian Church. She graduated from Biola University with a degree in Political Science and minors in Biblical Studies and Spanish. Leading worship is both a calling and a passion of hers, and she seeks to help others connect with the Lord in a new way through worship and expression. She enjoys songwriting and playing guitar, belting Carrie Underwood hits in the car, and roaming the aisles of Barnes and Noble.

 

INTERMEDIATE VIDEO EDITING:

In this class, you’ll learn software skills and storytelling techniques to create great narratives, documentaries, and promos/commercials. 

Prerequisite: A foundational working knowledge of Adobe Premiere is needed, as this class will not cover video editing software basics.

Materials Needed: Computers and software will be available, but a USB 3, Mac- formatted external hard drive (250GB+) is required to store your footage and projects.

Teacher Bios

Aaron: Aaron Williams is a colorist, editor, and motion graphics artist, currently serving as Venture's Creative Director. He's a graduate of Loyola Marymount University's School of Film & Television, and has over 15 years experience in the filmmaking field, including independent films, music videos, commercials, television, corporate video, etc. He's worked with Hollywood VFX houses, DI finishing companies, boutique creative agencies, major music labels, and more.

Austin: 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 Video Producer. He has over 10 years of experience in cinematography, editing and storytelling.

 

INTRO TO PRODUCTION ARTS:

There are so many parts of our weekend services that happen “behind the scenes” that people don’t realize because they’re just that – behind the scenes! For those who are interested in getting involved with our services but may not know where they might fit, we are teaching an introduction to sound, live video, stage management, and lighting. What you learn will lead to direct opportunities to get involved and serve “behind the scenes” yourself on our weekend production team.

Teacher Bios

Gary: Gary Poole is the Production Arts Pastor of Venture Christian Church. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Gary has twenty years of professional performing arts experience, including Broadway credits like Spring Awakening, Cry-Baby, The Times They Are A-Changin’, and The Wedding Singer, family-oriented shows including Scooby-Doo!, Go, Diego, Go! and Blue’s Clues Live, and serving in the Production arts ministries at churches in Louisville, Savannah, and Atlanta. Gary strives to utilize his knowledge and experience in technical production to enhance worship services and to inspire others to grow in their Christian life through service in production ministry.

Ben: 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.

 

WORSHIPFUL WORDS:

Worshipful Words is a class designed to help you put your conversion testimony, as well as faith-building testimonies into words, and share with others. The power of words can encourage, edify, and elicit powerful transformations. Let Worshipful Words help you put your life-giving stories into a format that emboldens your walk and inspires others.

Teacher Bio

Michelle Smith is a Christian wife and mother. She obtained an English degree with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UC Davis. She has worked in Marketing Communications for high tech companies, and has taught children and adults how to express themselves through writing. As a Christian speaker, she helps encourage people to find hope and purpose through Jesus Christ. She has also self-published two books, “Designated Driver,” and “Worshipful Words.” Her greatest achievements include helping her husband run their business and homeschooling her three children.

 

WORSHIP DANCE:

This class will provide participants with an overview of worship dance; beginning with group prayer, a ballet style warm-up, styles and techniques of worship dance, and a time for sharing dances.  No previous dance experience required, just a heart for worshiping for God. Loose clothing is recommended. You can wear socks or go barefoot.

Teacher Bio

Cristine has a passion for and has been involved with worship dance for several years.  She currently leads an adult worship dance group, who ministers at senior homes once a month and perform at Bay Area churches. Cristine has taught worship dance workshops at worship conferences, in addition to teaching adult ballet classes at local ballet studios. Cristine is excited to teach again for Creative Community and is looking forward to how God will move in and around his people and inspire all of us to be creative for Jesus!

 

KNITTING/CROCHETING:

Would you like to use your hands to glorify the Lord? Come to our class and learn to knit or crochet.

Materials Needed: Just bring one pair of size #10 knitting needles, or a size #G crochet hook, as well as two skeins of yarn (any color- Red Heart brand, worsted weight yarn). Please do not get the same color yarn as your needle.

We will work on a small project for the length of the class.

Teacher Bio

Karen Deeter is a retired secretary originally from Oregon, now a gardener/baker/leisure reader and knitter.  She learned to crochet/knit in high school, but dropped it for many years while working and having a family. She picked it up again about 30 years ago, but had to teach herself all over again. Karen has been knitting with a group from Venture for charity for about ten years and is still enjoying it - “Love knitting those hats!”  It is a joy for her to have settled into where God needs her. 

 

CREATIVE MARKETING TECHNIQUES: 

In this age of media clutter, how do you swim upstream and influence others with your small biz or idea? We’ll explore creative channels that can help you market effectively. Areas we will spotlight on: influence (sales), synergistic campaigns, social media, and relational networking. We’ll be referring to a current business book and by class-end construct an influence plan and gain new ideas.

Teacher Bio

Grace Long, born and raised in the SF Bay Area, has worked in the tech industry with a focus in rights management in the video/gaming/entertainment industry for over 20 years in marketing, sales and account management.  She has an agency background in B2B and B2C/PR advertising/agency representing clients from medical, automotive, industrial, and non-profit. In the recent years she has been involved in business consulting, property management and non-profit. Currently she is part of Venture's Creative team as the Project & Communications Manager.

 

PRAYER MINISTRY:

Learn life-transforming prayer skills based on Scripture. Most of us have more minor and medium-sized trauma than we realize, and even these can block our connection with God and with others. We teach prayer tools that enable you to live the abundant life and stay connected throughout your day regardless of the circumstances.

Teacher Bio

Our heartbeat is that everyone would experience such a strong connection with God that they can always hear His voice - anytime, anyplace, in any circumstance. Kim Vase and Sherrie Grabot have spent over four years studying various prayer and inner healing modalities and have led an inner healing ministry for approximately 3 years.