Network White Elephant Gift Exchange
Dec
9
6:30 pm18:30

Network White Elephant Gift Exchange

  • 340 Boulder Brook Dr. Boulder Creek, CA 95006

We invite you to celebrate Jesus' birth with us! Come by for a white elephant gift exchange, food, drinks, and some good ol' holiday music! Your gift must be no more than $20. If you would like to bring something, please bring an appetizer.

Please RSVP by December 2, and please carpool (parking is limited)!

Questions? Contact Kierstin Parrish »

Men's Breakfast
Dec
10
7:30 am07:30

Men's Breakfast

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

Venture Men is a diverse group of men who seek to grow in their walk with God. Join us for food, fellowship and to hear from guest speaker Scott Simmerok, lead pastor at Church on the Hill.

You’ll also catch up on what's happening with Venture Men, plus opportunities to get plugged in, including Men’s Bible Study, Men's Fraternity, Men on the Move, and Warrior Men. There's room at the table for you.

Questions? Contact Aldo »

Christmas Party: The Network: 20s & 30s / Young Families
Dec
16
6:30 pm18:30

Christmas Party: The Network: 20s & 30s / Young Families

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

Come dressed in your finest to celebrate Jesus' birth at our Christmas Party! We'll enjoy a catered dinner, a photo booth for creating lasting memories, an opportunity to support a life-changing charity, and a performance from a San Jose comedy troop- Comedy Sportz! This is a semi-formal event. Invite others to join you!

Find out more about the Charity we are supporting this year!

Tickets: $20/Adult

RSVP today! Childcare available at no extra charge with RSVP

Questions? Contact Nathan »

Christmas at Venture
Dec
23
7:00 pm19:00

Christmas at Venture

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

CHRISTMAS AT VENTURE

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture: a night of carols, storytelling, and a message of the Hope that was brought to us on Christmas through Jesus, our anchor in these uncertain times. 

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 23:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 24:

  • 12pm
  • 2pm*
  • 4pm*
  • 6pm

* Care for children will be available for birth - 2 years during the 2 & 4pm services

Christmas at Venture
Dec
24
12:00 pm12:00

Christmas at Venture

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

CHRISTMAS AT VENTURE

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture: a night of carols, storytelling, and a message of the Hope that was brought to us on Christmas through Jesus, our anchor in these uncertain times. 

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 23:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 24:

  • 12pm
  • 2pm*
  • 4pm*
  • 6pm

* Care for children will be available for birth - 2 years during the 2 & 4pm services

Christmas at Venture
Dec
24
2:00 pm14:00

Christmas at Venture

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

CHRISTMAS AT VENTURE

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture: a night of carols, storytelling, and a message of the Hope that was brought to us on Christmas through Jesus, our anchor in these uncertain times. 

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 23:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 24:

  • 12pm
  • 2pm*
  • 4pm*
  • 6pm

* Care for children will be available for birth - 2 years during the 2 & 4pm services

Christmas at Venture
Dec
24
4:00 pm16:00

Christmas at Venture

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

CHRISTMAS AT VENTURE

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture: a night of carols, storytelling, and a message of the Hope that was brought to us on Christmas through Jesus, our anchor in these uncertain times. 

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 23:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 24:

  • 12pm
  • 2pm*
  • 4pm*
  • 6pm

* Care for children will be available for birth - 2 years during the 2 & 4pm services

Christmas at Venture
Dec
24
6:00 pm18:00

Christmas at Venture

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

CHRISTMAS AT VENTURE

Bring your whole family and invite your friends to Christmas at Venture: a night of carols, storytelling, and a message of the Hope that was brought to us on Christmas through Jesus, our anchor in these uncertain times. 

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 23:

  • 7pm

Saturday, December 24:

  • 12pm
  • 2pm*
  • 4pm*
  • 6pm

* Care for children will be available for birth - 2 years during the 2 & 4pm services

Freedom Night
Jan
5
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom Night

  • Venture Campus - 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.

Elevation
Jan
14
Jan 16

Elevation

  • Camp Chinquapin

Join us for Elevation! Students will enjoy snow-tubing at Leland snow park, plus worship, teaching, and memories with the 678 team.

Cost: 225 + $ for 1 fast food meal

Register below before January 8, 2017.

Questions? Contact Rob »

Living With Hope and Mental health
Jan
15
12:30 pm12:30

Living With Hope and Mental health

  • Venture Campus - Room 305

Venture is aware of the practical help and support needed for individuals and their families who are affected by mental health. We want to offer a place of refuge, love, compassion, and HOPE.

If you feel God calling you to volunteer in the new upcoming ministry, join us for our orientation meeting on Sunday, January 15 at 12:30pm.

Questions? Contact Carrie Sanchez »

Intentional Parenting Conference
Jan
21
9:00 am09:00

Intentional Parenting Conference

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

Raising kids in today's culture is a difficult challenge, and it requires a plan. Without a plan, parents usually default to Quick-Fix Parenting. Let's face it: it's just easier to focus on immediate problems rather than deal with the deeper and more important ones. Surviving each day is much easier than taking the time and energy to consider how parenting actions impact a child's future.

We get it. To be an exceptional parent, you need to be an intentional parent.

Join us at Venture as Doug Fields shares from experience how to be an intentional parent. Doug is an author (60+ books), consultant, co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com, and he is the Director of HomeWord's Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University.

Free care for children birth - 8th grade by reservation only (space is limited).

Questions? Contact Carrie »

Los Gatos Christian School Open House
Jan
28
10:00 am10:00

Los Gatos Christian School Open House

  • Venture Campus - Playground

Visit our Open House!

Stop by anytime between 10am - 1pm, and meet at the playground in the back parking lot.

We offer programs for children from 3 years old through 8th grade. Registration for the ‘17-’18 school year is underway. Visit lgcs.org for more information.

Questions? Contact Deborah Rigg » 

Car Rally
Jan
31
6:30 pm18:30

Car Rally

  • Meetup Location TDB

Join us for the Car Rally!! We're having a photo scavenger hunt where leaders will drive around with their assigned teams to recreate or fulfill the various scenarios and take pictures of them.

Our night will end with food, fellowship, and the announcement of the 2016 winner! Please join us for this night of fun! Registration is required, so click below to sign up.

The cost for the rally is $10 - sorry, we're not able to give refunds.

Questions? Contact Heather »

Freedom Night
Feb
2
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom Night

  • Venture Campus - 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.

Short-Term Mission Trip: Tecate, Mexico
Feb
22
Feb 26

Short-Term Mission Trip: Tecate, Mexico

  • Tecate Mexico

We’ll be completing the renovation of Vino y Aceite Ministrie's International Missionary Complex in Tecate, Mexico. This is a facility that will be used for classroom and accommodations for missionaries and pastors being trained, and for people going there for short term mission trips. Not only will the work benefit the community, but it will also become a self-supporting facility with its revenue used for church outreaches.

About the Trip

Who should serve:
Anyone who is willing to get a little dirty to someone in the construction trades.

When:
February 22-26

Where:
Tecate, Mexico

Cost: 
Accommodations and food at lodge location is $250 (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

Vino Y Aceite

Trip Contact

Larry Ells
408.640.8488
Rob Berrett

Media

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

Application

Contact Larry Ells

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “Tecate MX Feb 2016 STM Trip”.

Hume Lake Winter Camp
Feb
24
Feb 26

Hume Lake Winter Camp

  • Hume Lake Christian Camps

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: $260

Questions? Contact Heather »

Engaged Couples Seminar
Feb
24
Feb 25

Engaged Couples Seminar

  • Venture Campus - Ranch House

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, February 24 from 6:30-9pm & Saturday, February 25 from 9am-3:30pm

Cost: $50 per couple.

Registration: Contact Beth Yamada, 408-997-4619

Freedom Night
Mar
2
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom Night

  • Venture Campus - 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.

Short-Term Mission Trip: Langano, Ethiopia
Mar
24
Apr 1

Short-Term Mission Trip: Langano, Ethiopia

  • Camp Langano

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:
March 24 - April 1, 2017

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 »buttbut

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “Camp Langano Ethiopia 2017 STM Trip”.

Freedom Night
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom Night

  • Venture Campus - 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.

Passover Seder
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

Passover Seder

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

Please join us in the celebration of the Passover Seder!

Stephen will walk us through Jewish culture and how they celebrate Passover Seder. Students will partake in this tradition with unleavened bread, apple sauce, horseradish, etc. This is a night full of tradition and fun!

No registration is required. Questions? Contact Heather »

Short-Term Mission Trip: Malaga, Spain
Apr
15
Apr 23

Short-Term Mission Trip: Malaga, Spain

  • Magala Spain

We are sending a team to help complete a prayer and meditation sanctuary named “El Mirador de Jenna” or Jenna’s View, located at a christian camp near Malaga, Spain. The sanctuary is being built as a memorial for Bruce and Pam Sider’s daughter, Jenna who went with the Lord in 2014. Bruce and Pam are Venture "homegrown" missionaries who have faithfully served God for many years. The work involves landscaping, small construction for the prayer stations and getting an irrigation system in place. The bigger job is to make the walkways from the camp proper down to the two entrances of the Mirador de Jenna. These will be likely 50 meters and 25 meters. There is no experience necessary to help build this sanctuary.

About the Trip

Who should serve:
Anyone who is handy or willing to get their hands a little dirty.

When:
April 15-23, 2017

Where:
Malaga, Spain

Cost: 
$1,800 per person

Informational Meeting

TBD

Trip Contact

onmission@venture.cc

Media

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

Donate

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

Seniors Only Disneyland Trip
Apr
28
Apr 30

Seniors Only Disneyland Trip

  • Disneyland

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. Sign-ups will be coming soon, so check back here later. 

Questions? Contact Heather »

Freedom Night
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom Night

  • Venture Campus - 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.

Talent Show - Hume Fundraiser
May
7
7:00 pm19:00

Talent Show - Hume Fundraiser

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

Come one come all and bring your Talent!! Venture High School is doing a Talent Show this year for students!

1st, 2nd and 3rd place will all receive money toward Hume Lake Summer Camp!!

Students must sign-up their act online, including who will be performing in the group, song, and type of talent. A week previous to performance night, students must audition to make sure acts are family friendly. 

Sign ups to come soon. Questions? Email Heather »

 

Freedom Night
Jun
1
7:00 pm19:00

Freedom Night

  • Venture Campus - 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.

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

Short-Term Mission Trip - Joni & Friends Camp

  • MISSION SPRINGS CAMPS & CONFERENCE CENTER

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 11-16, 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, 2017. Sign up through the Joni & Friends website

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “Joni & Friends, June 2017 STM Trip”.

Short-Term Mission Trip - Mt. Olive, MS
Jun
18
Jun 24

Short-Term Mission Trip - Mt. Olive, MS

  • Mt. Olive, MS USA

This year, we will be running a summer enrichment program at Mount Olive Ministries in Mississippi. We will be conducting tutoring and teaching sessions with the kids at the school. No experience is necessary, though we are looking for English, Science and Math teaching volunteers. There will be some small repairs and general equipment installation activities such as installing and setting up computers & electrical equipment. We will end the mission trip by taking the kids to a local water park.

About the Trip

Who should serve:
High school, Adults, Families

When:
June 18-24, 2017

Where:
Mount Olive, Mississippi

Cost: The costs listed are tentative.
Airfare: ~$450
Accommodations, land transportation and meals: $450

Informational Meeting

TBD

Partners

Mount Olive Ministries

Trip Contact

Mark Lindsay

Media

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

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “Mount Olive, MS 2017 STM Trip”.

Short-Term Mission Trip: Heeraraa, Ethiopia
Jun
21
Jul 4

Short-Term Mission Trip: Heeraraa, Ethiopia

  • Heeraraa

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 400 of the 600 students at the school. Each year we take a team to 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 work with the students and community, building relationships and demonstrating God’s love. 

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 21 - July 4, 2017

Where:
Lake Ziway, Ethiopia

Cost: 
$2,500 per person (estimate)

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 2017 STM Trip”.

Short-Term Mission Trip: Tijuana, Mexico
Jun
25
Jun 30

Short-Term Mission Trip: Tijuana, Mexico

  • Tijuana Mexico

Venture High School will be taking a week, driving down to Tijuana, Mexico, and building a house from start to finish for a family in need!

About the Trip

Who should serve:
High School Students

When: June 25-30, 2017

Where:
Tijuana, Mexico

Cost: 
$625

Informational Meeting

We will be having 3 team meetings before the trip and these are REQUIRED attendance. Meeting dates will be announced soon. 

Partners

Baja Christian Ministries

Trip Contact

Heather Espy

Application

An application is required for this trip. Application and Sign-up below.

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

Short-Term Mission Trip - Joni & Friends Camp

  • MISSION SPRINGS CAMPS & CONFERENCE CENTER

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: July 9-14, 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, 2017. Sign up through the Joni & Friends website

Donate

To donate to this trip, please specify in comment section “Joni & Friends, July 2017 STM Trip”.

Hume Lake Summer Camp
Jul
16
Jul 22

Hume Lake Summer Camp

  • Hume Lake Christian Camps

Join the Venture High School for our summer Hume Lake trip! Hume Lake is one thousand campers, epic team competitions, cinematic camp themes, balcony-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, sunrise worship by lake, and a thousand simple moments where you notice the Gospel at play in your heart and all around you.

REGISTRATION

  • Registration will be online this year.
  • Registration will open March 1, 2017 for active students only.
  • Beginning April 1, 2017, remaining spots will be made available on first-come, first-serve basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration does not include payment. Please mail or bring checks or cash to the Venture church office. Once your money is received, a confirmation email will be sent to confirm your spot.

Payment can be mailed to:

Venture Christian Church
Attn: Heather Espy
16845 Hicks Rd.
Los Gatos, Ca 95032
Don Pedro Water Ski Trip
Aug
4
Aug 7

Don Pedro Water Ski Trip

  • Don Pedro Lake

HSM'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 join us!

Registration opening soon, so check back later.

Questions? Email Heather »


Analog: Future of the Church (film screening)
Dec
8
6:30 pm18:30

Analog: Future of the Church (film screening)

  • German International School of Silicon Valley

An Evening With Director Steven Siwek

futureofthechurch

Analog is a monthly Christians in tech gathering, hosted by Venture Christian Church. Attendees include executives, developers, designers, marketers, and product managers all with an interest to utilize their gifts for the Kingdom.

Director Steven Siwek

Director Steven Siwek

For our December event, we're excited to present a screening of the film "Future of the Church", a feature-length documentary that chronicles a 3-year journey of 80 interviews with pastors and Church influencers from across the country. In their journey to find the formula for a fragmented and dying Church, the two filmmakers find themselves getting closer to a much bigger answer that is much greater than any man-made solution.

Marketer by day, filmmaker by night. Steven has always had a passion for film and has also always felt strongly about God's Church; looking for ways to be a help. While it has looked different throughout his career, he is excited to use his experiences and God's call on his life to further His Kingdom through His inspired work. 

Event Details

Cost: Free 

Where: German International School of Silicon Valley, Mountain View Campus

When: Thursday, December 8th

6:30 PM - Networking (hors d'oeuvres will be served)
7:00 PM - Introductions and film screening
8:30 PM - Q&A with Director Steven Siwek

Creative Community One Day
Dec
7
7:00 pm19:00

Creative Community One Day

  • Venture Christian Church

Wednesdays at 7pm
Sept 28  |  Oct 19  |  Nov 16  |  Dec 7

Creative Community One-Days are a series of free creative workshops for those who desire to grow deeper in their gifts and stronger with one another. 

Every month from September to December, we’re offering unique workshops designed to develop your creative abilities while building community with fellow believers who have a passion for the arts. We look forward to seeing you there, no matter where you are on your creative journey. Come learn, interact, share and grow.

All workshops are FREE (and childcare is provided), so take a look at the workshop descriptions and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS

December 7

WORSHIP LEADING

In this class we will discover the heart of worship, as well as learn the practical, hands on skills you'll need to lead worship in small groups and large environments. This class is open to current worship leaders at Venture, as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team.

Teacher Bios

Lucas is an Aussie from Sydney, Australia who began writing and recording music at age 16. He moved to the USA in mid-2002 after meeting his wife, Jody, on a mission trip in India. His passion for worship has taken him across the globe to over 30 countries with songs recorded on CD projects by worship leaders, country bands and solo artists. He has also had the privilege of leading award-winning creative teams producing short films, concert productions, web technology and more.

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.

Lexi Hausmann was born and raised in the Silicon Valley, and has been leading worship since age 16. 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. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Everyone’s Posting or Blogging, Should I? Almost everyone is using Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+ to broadcast their latest experiences. But how can it be used to promote your business, church, service, or point-of-view? This class will be an interactive session designed to identify the best approach for your type of message. Whether you are a business person, supporting your church activities, or someone with an important message, you can use social media to advance your cause. There are right ways, questionable ways, and wrong ways to use it. We’ll start with three common social media platforms, Facebook Pages, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and dive into other platforms as well.

Teacher Bios

Nancy is the Community Manager at Intacct where she leads various customer success initiatives including regional meetups (#IntacctMeetup) and the online community with 7,000+ users. Her background includes more than 15 years of professional experience and prior to Intacct, Nancy led several initiatives and programs at both Cisco and Nortel Networks.

Cindy Nowicki is the Senior Director of Integrated Marketing and Content Strategy with R2 Integrated Silicon Valley, a full service national marketing agency specializing in brand development, demand generation, marketing, content strategy social media and beyond.

 
Network House Party
Dec
3
6:00 pm18:00

Network House Party

  • 912 Campisi Way Campbell, CA 95008

Network House Party!!

A party for Young Professionals (single or married)!

We'll play board games, group games, hang out, dinner will be provided, and we'll end the night watching a movie together.

Please RSVP and bring a snack/side/dessert to share with the group.

Questions? Contact Rich Wiard »

Group Run - Almaden Lake Park
Dec
3
8:00 am08:00

Group Run - Almaden Lake Park

  • Almaden Lake Park

Join us for a group un at Almaden Lake Park. Meet at the Lee picnic area, near the trailhead of Los Alamitos. We will run 3-6 miles total depending on each persons goals. Pray, fellowship and running the trail.

Parking is available in the street on Winfield. Paid parking is $6 per car.

Questions? Contact Roxanne »

Campus Christmas Decorating
Nov
30
Dec 1

Campus Christmas Decorating

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

JOIN US AS WE DECORATE THE VENTURE CAMPUS!

WED, NOV 30 & THURS, DEC 1  |  6-9PM

The holiday season is upon us and we want to welcome our visitors with the splendor of Christmas! Join the worship and creative team for a fun time of getting our campus ready. We'll need many hands to help hang lights, trim the trees, decorate within the Worship Center, hallways, and throughout the campus. Get on the list: we'll have food, music, and fun this year!

We'll be decorating on Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday, December 1 from 6-9pm. Please RSVP by Monday, November 28

Questions? Contact Grace »

Creative Community One Day
Nov
16
7:00 pm19:00

Creative Community One Day

  • Venture Christian Church

Wednesdays at 7pm
Sept 28  |  Oct 19  |  Nov 16  |  Dec 7

Creative Community One-Days are a series of free creative workshops for those who desire to grow deeper in their gifts and stronger with one another. 

Every month from September to December, we’re offering unique workshops designed to develop your creative abilities while building community with fellow believers who have a passion for the arts. We look forward to seeing you there, no matter where you are on your creative journey. Come learn, interact, share and grow.

All workshops are FREE (and childcare is provided), so take a look at the workshop descriptions and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS

November 16

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

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 is also known for her top notch Performance Coaching and groundbreaking approach to working with individuals, group singers and bands alike. Whether it's producing vocals, arranging harmonies or arrangements and styling Jessica is a Master at every commercial genre. Jessica's students have appeared on David Letterman, American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon, CMT's Can You Duet, CMT, Disney, GAC, Nashville Spotlight, Bobby Jones Gospel TV, and Music City Gospel Review.

 

GUITAR

This workshop is for current electric guitarists on the Venture Worship Team - as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team - seeking to improve their tone and modality. We will go over tones, pedals, and tips and tricks to working out parts.

Teacher Bios

For 35 years, Dave DeMaria has played all genres of music, primarily as a contract musician performing at shows, working with bands, and recording on local musician’s projects. With a passion for jazz and blues, Dave plays regularly in the jazz guitar duo Double Play Jazz along with serving in our worship band. 

Jack Roan has played  guitar in corporate worship settings for more than 20 years. Today he mostly plays electric guitar, covering a varaiety of styles. Jack majored in engineering and quickly began combining his knowledge of circuits and systems with his musical interests. He founded Noble Amplifier Company and has been awarded three patents

 

INTRO TO AUDIO MIXING

An introduction to the essential concepts and practices of effective live audio and sound reinforcement for worship. Learn the components of an audio system and how to establish a good mix of instruments and vocalists. This is a great way to become an active listener. Join us!

Teacher Bios

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 and The Wedding Singer, family-oriented shows including 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 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.

 

BIBLE ART JOURNALING

Come join a class focused on how to worship the Lord through scripture and art. You don’t need to be an artist to enjoy this class. We will show you techniques to turn a scripture into a beautiful picture, help you remember where your favorite verses are found in the Bible, and, most importantly, spend time with the Lord. As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we will be focusing on meaningful verses that inspire us to give thanks to our one and only Creator and heavenly Father. It is not always easy to give thanks especially when we are going through tough times. We hope that this class will help you to remember that God has a plan and while it may not always be what we expected, His plan is always best and we are to be thankful even when we don’t understand it.

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

Teacher Bio

Merlynn Bianco, Janet Fritz, and Allie Fritz are three generations of Christian women who are quite crafty and have a love for scrapbooking. We took an exciting plunge into Bible journaling with artistic techniques about two years ago and we haven’t looked back. After attending a workshop with Shanna Noel, the founder of Illustrated Faith in January of 2016, we knew we had to share our love of Bible art journaling.

 

December 7

WORSHIP LEADING

In this class we will discover the heart of worship, as well as learn the practical, hands on skills you'll need to lead worship in small groups and large environments. This class is open to current worship leaders at Venture, as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team.

Teacher Bios

Lucas is an Aussie from Sydney, Australia who began writing and recording music at age 16. He moved to the USA in mid-2002 after meeting his wife, Jody, on a mission trip in India. His passion for worship has taken him across the globe to over 30 countries with songs recorded on CD projects by worship leaders, country bands and solo artists. He has also had the privilege of leading award-winning creative teams producing short films, concert productions, web technology and more.

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.

Lexi Hausmann was born and raised in the Silicon Valley, and has been leading worship since age 16. 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. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Everyone’s Posting or Blogging, Should I? Almost everyone is using Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+ to broadcast their latest experiences. But how can it be used to promote your business, church, service, or point-of-view? This class will be an interactive session designed to identify the best approach for your type of message. Whether you are a business person, supporting your church activities, or someone with an important message, you can use social media to advance your cause. There are right ways, questionable ways, and wrong ways to use it. We’ll start with three common social media platforms, Facebook Pages, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and dive into other platforms as well.

Teacher Bios

Nancy is the Community Manager at Intacct where she leads various customer success initiatives including regional meetups (#IntacctMeetup) and the online community with 7,000+ users. Her background includes more than 15 years of professional experience and prior to Intacct, Nancy led several initiatives and programs at both Cisco and Nortel Networks.

Cindy Nowicki is the Senior Director of Integrated Marketing and Content Strategy with R2 Integrated Silicon Valley, a full service national marketing agency specializing in brand development, demand generation, marketing, content strategy social media and beyond. 

 
Thanksgiving Party
Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

Thanksgiving Party

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

Join us at our Annual Thanksgiving Party!! This is a night to celebrate how much we have to be thankful for!

There will be a meal served potluck style. Freshmen and Juniors will bring an appetizer to share (Feeds 8-10 people). Sophomores and Seniors will bring a dessert to share (Feeds 8-10 people). Church will provide the main course.

Questions? Contact Heather »

Meet & Greet / OCC Box Packing
Nov
14
6:00 pm18:00

Meet & Greet / OCC Box Packing

  • Venture Campus - Coffeehouse

Come out for this casual meet & greet with other fellow runners and believers. Pizza will be provided. Come learn about future races, service projects, and group runs.

Venture Runners is a new ministry that is building a community of running believers and are On Mission. We love God, run and are On Mission.

During this meeting, we will also be collecting Operation Christmas Child boxes. Please bring your finished box with you.

If you have other items, we will also have boxes available to 'create with the group'. Bring a WOW gift, activity, hygiene item, etc., and if we can't create more boxes as a community, we will collect items for donation for CityTeam Ministries or Toys for Tots.

Please RSVP to Roxanne Hopkins or Kyla Cragg

SCREENAGERS
Nov
10
7:00 pm19:00

SCREENAGERS

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

Venture Christian Church and Los Gatos Christian School are partnering together to present the documentary SCREENAGERS, a film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

**Fee-based childcare is available for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th; however, registration is required for staffing purposes. If this presents a financial hardship, please contact Jennifer Stewart »

Venture Runners: Group Run
Nov
5
8:00 am08:00

Venture Runners: Group Run

  • Martial Cottle Park

Join Venture Runners for a group run at Martial Cottle. The loop is about 2.5 miles, and we'll have runners and walkers. We'll meet, pray, and start running and walking together. All levels are welcome for running and fellowship.

Parking is available on Chynoweth (street parking). Meet on the Chynoweth entrance. Look for a black Honda Fit with a bike rack in the back.

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.

678bloom Girl's Camp
Oct
28
Oct 30

678bloom Girl's Camp

  • Presentation Center

Bloom is 678's annual girls-only camp! Students can expect worship, teaching, games, and laughs with the 678 team. Parents will need to provide their own transportation to and from the camp.

678Bloom Girl's Camp is now full. If you have any questions, please contact Rob »

 

Analog: John Rinehart
Oct
27
6:30 pm18:30

Analog: John Rinehart

  • 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.

John Rinehart is the author of the book Gospel Patrons: People Whose Generosity Changed The World. Based out of Southern California, he leads gospelpatrons.org and their efforts to inspire and equip business leaders to find their part to play in God’s kingdom.

Topic: How to prepare for when you make it big?

When your career skyrockets, when that invention takes off, when the start-up gets purchased, when the company goes public… Aren’t these moments what most of us are hoping for? But what happens then? Many who succeed in business, fail spiritually. And yet throughout history, God has used successful marketplace leaders to fuel the advance of his kingdom. Come hear author John Rinehart tell stories of the examples we have in Scripture and history that show us what it looks like to be business people who go through the eyes of the needle.

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.

Fall Festival
Oct
25
7:00 pm19:00

Fall Festival

  • Venture Campus - Venue 2

Our annual Fall Festival is a time for high school students to enjoy tons of candy, games, and fun!! Come dressed up in your Halloween costume – there will be a prize for the best dressed.
See you all there!

Questions? Contact Heather »

ThetaBreakers Run for the Children
Oct
23
8:00 am08:00

ThetaBreakers Run for the Children

  • Stanford University - PAC 12 Plaza

Kappa Alpha Theta is proud to host multiple events a year to fundraise for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley (CASV), a part of a larger national organization called Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA mentors and speaks for the 170,000 abused and neglected children who have been temporarily placed under the supervision of the court system for their own safety. CASA pairs individual children with trained volunteers who represent them in court and support them through an arduous court process, ensuring that each child will grow up in a healthy, safe, and loving environment.

Our largest fundraising event is called Theta Breakers, a 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run around Stanford campus. Stanford students, faculty, alums, and community members join together and participate in the race to support the local chapter of CASA, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.

Event details and schedule

Theta Breakers takes place on October 23 at the Stanford University Pac-12 Plaza. Check-in and walk-in registrations will begin at 8am. The 10K run starts at 9am and the 5K run/walk starts at 9:05am. Parking will be available at the Plaza and event T-Shirts will be provided. Come on out and support a great cause! We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Contact Roxanne Hopkins »

Ignite Life 2016
Oct
20
6:00 pm18:00

Ignite Life 2016

  • Computer History Museum

Come learn how our local partner, RealOptions, is advancing a culture of life for thousands of young women, men, students and children in the Bay Area. Celebrate the amazing results God has accomplished over this past year and discover the exciting NEW plans and vision for 2017.

Questions? Contact: 
Donna Hecke
VP of Community Outreach & Business Development
office: 408-229-9836 x28

Creative Community One Day
Oct
19
7:00 pm19:00

Creative Community One Day

  • Venture Christian Church

Wednesdays at 7pm
Sept 28  |  Oct 19  |  Nov 16  |  Dec 7

Creative Community One-Days are a series of free creative workshops for those who desire to grow deeper in their gifts and stronger with one another. 

Every month from September to December, we’re offering unique workshops designed to develop your creative abilities while building community with fellow believers who have a passion for the arts. We look forward to seeing you there, no matter where you are on your creative journey. Come learn, interact, share and grow.

All workshops are FREE (and childcare is provided), so take a look at the workshop descriptions and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS

October 19

WORSHIP BAND

The band workshop is for current instrumentalists on the Venture Worship Team, as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team. In it, we will cover band dynamics, free worship, signals and cues, playing together as a band, as well as the number chart system.

Teacher Bio

Lucas is an Aussie from Sydney, Australia who began writing and recording music at age 16. He moved to the USA in mid-2002 after meeting his wife, Jody, on a mission trip in India. His passion for worship has taken him across the globe to over 30 countries with songs recorded on CD projects by worship leaders, country bands and solo artists. He has also had the privilege of leading award-winning creative teams producing short films, concert productions, web technology and more.

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.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Interested in feeding your passion for photography? This class will give you the tips you need to start taking better, more dynamic photographs. We’ll cover tips and tricks that apply to all styles of photography, then dive into event photography, as well as some studio photography and lighting basics.

For this class, a DSLR and a basic working knowledge of that camera (and it’s functions) is preferred.

Teacher Bio

Gordon Kelly has received the prestigious Kodak Gallery Elite Award and has also been named Photographer of the Year in consecutive years by the Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley. HIs images have appeared on magazine covers, books, brochures and music CDs. Gordon’s work has been displayed at The Epcot Center in Orlando.

 

LIVE VIDEO DIRECTING

An introduction to the essential concepts and practices of live video production for worship. Learn to set up camera shots, manage the team, and direct video for worship services. No experience needed. Join us!

Teacher Bios

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 and The Wedding Singer, family-oriented shows including 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 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.

 

November 16

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

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 is also known for her top notch Performance Coaching and groundbreaking approach to working with individuals, group singers and bands alike. Whether it's producing vocals, arranging harmonies or arrangements and styling Jessica is a Master at every commercial genre. Jessica's students have appeared on David Letterman, American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon, CMT's Can You Duet, CMT, Disney, GAC, Nashville Spotlight, Bobby Jones Gospel TV, and Music City Gospel Review.

 

GUITAR

This workshop is for current electric guitarists on the Venture Worship Team - as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team - seeking to improve their tone and modality. We will go over tones, pedals, and tips and tricks to working out parts.

Teacher Bios

For 35 years, Dave DeMaria has played all genres of music, primarily as a contract musician performing at shows, working with bands, and recording on local musician’s projects. With a passion for jazz and blues, Dave plays regularly in the jazz guitar duo Double Play Jazz along with serving in our worship band. 

Jack Roan has played  guitar in corporate worship settings for more than 20 years. Today he mostly plays electric guitar, covering a varaiety of styles. Jack majored in engineering and quickly began combining his knowledge of circuits and systems with his musical interests. He founded Noble Amplifier Company and has been awarded three patents

 

INTRO TO AUDIO MIXING

An introduction to the essential concepts and practices of effective live audio and sound reinforcement for worship. Learn the components of an audio system and how to establish a good mix of instruments and vocalists. This is a great way to become an active listener. Join us!

Teacher Bios

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 and The Wedding Singer, family-oriented shows including 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 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.

 

BIBLE ART JOURNALING

Come join a class focused on how to worship the Lord through scripture and art. You don’t need to be an artist to enjoy this class. We will show you techniques to turn a scripture into a beautiful picture, help you remember where your favorite verses are found in the Bible, and, most importantly, spend time with the Lord. As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we will be focusing on meaningful verses that inspire us to give thanks to our one and only Creator and heavenly Father. It is not always easy to give thanks especially when we are going through tough times. We hope that this class will help you to remember that God has a plan and while it may not always be what we expected, His plan is always best and we are to be thankful even when we don’t understand it.

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

Teacher Bio

Merlynn Bianco, Janet Fritz, and Allie Fritz are three generations of Christian women who are quite crafty and have a love for scrapbooking. We took an exciting plunge into Bible journaling with artistic techniques about two years ago and we haven’t looked back. After attending a workshop with Shanna Noel, the founder of Illustrated Faith in January of 2016, we knew we had to share our love of Bible art journaling.

 

December 7

WORSHIP LEADING

In this class we will discover the heart of worship, as well as learn the practical, hands on skills you'll need to lead worship in small groups and large environments. This class is open to current worship leaders at Venture, as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team.

Teacher Bios

Lucas is an Aussie from Sydney, Australia who began writing and recording music at age 16. He moved to the USA in mid-2002 after meeting his wife, Jody, on a mission trip in India. His passion for worship has taken him across the globe to over 30 countries with songs recorded on CD projects by worship leaders, country bands and solo artists. He has also had the privilege of leading award-winning creative teams producing short films, concert productions, web technology and more.

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.

Lexi Hausmann was born and raised in the Silicon Valley, and has been leading worship since age 16. 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. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Everyone’s Posting or Blogging, Should I? Almost everyone is using Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+ to broadcast their latest experiences. But how can it be used to promote your business, church, service, or point-of-view? This class will be an interactive session designed to identify the best approach for your type of message. Whether you are a business person, supporting your church activities, or someone with an important message, you can use social media to advance your cause. There are right ways, questionable ways, and wrong ways to use it. We’ll start with three common social media platforms, Facebook Pages, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and dive into other platforms as well.

Teacher Bios

Nancy is the Community Manager at Intacct where she leads various customer success initiatives including regional meetups (#IntacctMeetup) and the online community with 7,000+ users. Her background includes more than 15 years of professional experience and prior to Intacct, Nancy led several initiatives and programs at both Cisco and Nortel Networks.

Cindy Nowicki is the Senior Director of Integrated Marketing and Content Strategy with R2 Integrated Silicon Valley, a full service national marketing agency specializing in brand development, demand generation, marketing, content strategy social media and beyond. 

 

 
Chonda Pierce "Happily Laughter After Tour"
Oct
16
7:00 pm19:00

Chonda Pierce "Happily Laughter After Tour"

  • Venture Campus - Worship Center

Join us as Chonda Pierce, comedian extraordinaire, brings her Happily Laughter After Tour to Venture! Chondra will tickle your funny bone as she touches your heart. As an added bonus Chonda will introduce her special guest, Karyn Williams.

Emmy-nominated and best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce or “the country comic” as Billboard Magazine dubbed her, has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm. A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and now actress, Pierce has channeled her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. As the RIAA’s best-selling female comedian, her hilarious take on life is easily relatable as she publicly opens up to her listeners about times of darkness and depression in her own life, drawing humor and good from every situation. 

Living with Hope and Mental Health - Orientation Meeting
Oct
16
12:30 pm12:30

Living with Hope and Mental Health - Orientation Meeting

  • Venture Campus - Room 305

Venture is aware of the practical help and support needed for individuals and their families who are affected by mental health. We want to offer a place of refuge, love, compassion, and HOPE.

If you feel God calling you to volunteer in the new upcoming ministry, our first orientation meeting will be on Sunday, October 16 at 12:30pm.

Questions? Contact Carrie Sanchez »

Children's Baptism Class
Oct
16
9:00 am09:00

Children's Baptism Class

  • Venture Campus - Room 236

This class is for children in 2nd-5th grades who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior and are now ready to take the next step in being baptized. At least one parent must attend this class with their child.

Light breakfast snacks will be served. Please register by October 13. 

Questions? Email Carrie Sanchez »

Analog: Justis Earle
Sep
29
6:30 pm18:30

Analog: Justis Earle

  • 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.

Join us at Venture Christian Church on Thursday, Sept 29 and hear Justis Earle.

Topic: How and Why to Use Crowdfunding in Your Marketing Campaign

Justis patented his invention and brought the HANSNAP to market getting international recognition as one of the "Most Innovative Kickstarter Campaigns". He has spent the last six years at a highly disruptive startup that was one of the first companies to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to the solar industry.

From academia to performing for a sold out audience as the lead singer and songwriter in his death metal band Above The Storm, Justis has experienced God's grace in many of his pursuits.

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.

Creative Community One Day
Sep
28
7:00 pm19:00

Creative Community One Day

  • Venture Christian Church

Wednesdays at 7pm
Sept 28  |  Oct 19  |  Nov 16  |  Dec 7

Creative Community One-Days are a series of free creative workshops for those who desire to grow deeper in their gifts and stronger with one another. 

Every month from September to December, we’re offering unique workshops designed to develop your creative abilities while building community with fellow believers who have a passion for the arts. We look forward to seeing you there, no matter where you are on your creative journey. Come learn, interact, share and grow.

All workshops are FREE (and childcare is provided), so take a look at the workshop descriptions and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS

September 28

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

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 is also known for her top notch Performance Coaching and groundbreaking approach to working with individuals, group singers and bands alike. Whether it's producing vocals, arranging harmonies or arrangements and styling Jessica is a Master at every commercial genre. Jessica's students have appeared on David Letterman, American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon, CMT's Can You Duet, CMT, Disney, GAC, Nashville Spotlight, Bobby Jones Gospel TV, and Music City Gospel Review.

 

 

Teacher Bios

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. He's worked with Hollywood VFX houses, DI finishing companies, boutique creative agencies, major music labels, and more.

Austin Cooper'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.

VIDEOGRAPHY

In this workshop we’ll teach you the fundamentals of videography. We’ll look at camera basics, the rules of composition, which lens to choose for a shot, and have hands-on training will all types of gear. Get ready to have some fun!

 

STAGE LIGHTING

An introduction to the essential concepts and practices of effective stage lighting and related technologies to create an environment for worship. This is a great overview of the uses and abilities of light to set moods and define spaces. Anyone curious about light is welcome.

Teacher Bios

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 and The Wedding Singer, family-oriented shows including 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 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.

 

SKETCHING

This workshop will focus on how to make a “good” sketch and then apply that to sketching out an outline for making a painting. All artists who want to learn to sketch or learn a few simple principles that will improve their sketching ability are welcome to this class. In this workshop you will learn: Basic principles of successful sketching; How to fuss less and succeed at making meaningful lines in your sketching; How to leave out the unnecessary and keep the important. 

A materials packet will be provided for $20, consisting of basic sketching supplies and an 11x14 sketch pad. 

Teacher Bio

B. Clyde Beck 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.

 

October 19

WORSHIP BAND

The band workshop is for current instrumentalists on the Venture Worship Team, as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team. In it, we will cover band dynamics, free worship, signals and cues, playing together as a band, as well as the number chart system.

Teacher Bio

Lucas is an Aussie from Sydney, Australia who began writing and recording music at age 16. He moved to the USA in mid-2002 after meeting his wife, Jody, on a mission trip in India. His passion for worship has taken him across the globe to over 30 countries with songs recorded on CD projects by worship leaders, country bands and solo artists. He has also had the privilege of leading award-winning creative teams producing short films, concert productions, web technology and more.

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.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Interested in feeding your passion for photography? This class will give you the tips you need to start taking better, more dynamic photographs. We’ll cover tips and tricks that apply to all styles of photography, then dive into event photography, as well as some studio photography and lighting basics.

For this class, a DSLR and a basic working knowledge of that camera (and it’s functions) is preferred.

Teacher Bio

Gordon Kelly has received the prestigious Kodak Gallery Elite Award and has also been named Photographer of the Year in consecutive years by the Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley. HIs images have appeared on magazine covers, books, brochures and music CDs. Gordon’s work has been displayed at The Epcot Center in Orlando.

 

Teacher Bios

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 and The Wedding Singer, family-oriented shows including 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 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.

LIVE VIDEO DIRECTING

An introduction to the essential concepts and practices of live video production for worship. Learn to set up camera shots, manage the team, and direct video for worship services. No experience needed. Join us!

 

November 16

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

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 is also known for her top notch Performance Coaching and groundbreaking approach to working with individuals, group singers and bands alike. Whether it's producing vocals, arranging harmonies or arrangements and styling Jessica is a Master at every commercial genre. Jessica's students have appeared on David Letterman, American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon, CMT's Can You Duet, CMT, Disney, GAC, Nashville Spotlight, Bobby Jones Gospel TV, and Music City Gospel Review.

 

GUITAR

This workshop is for current electric guitarists on the Venture Worship Team - as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team - seeking to improve their tone and modality. We will go over tones, pedals, and tips and tricks to working out parts.

Teacher Bios

For 35 years, Dave DeMaria has played all genres of music, primarily as a contract musician performing at shows, working with bands, and recording on local musician’s projects. With a passion for jazz and blues, Dave plays regularly in the jazz guitar duo Double Play Jazz along with serving in our worship band. 

Jack Roan has played  guitar in corporate worship settings for more than 20 years. Today he mostly plays electric guitar, covering a varaiety of styles. Jack majored in engineering and quickly began combining his knowledge of circuits and systems with his musical interests. He founded Noble Amplifier Company and has been awarded three patents

 

INTRO TO AUDIO MIXING

An introduction to the essential concepts and practices of effective live audio and sound reinforcement for worship. Learn the components of an audio system and how to establish a good mix of instruments and vocalists. This is a great way to become an active listener. Join us!

Teacher Bios

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 and The Wedding Singer, family-oriented shows including 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 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.

 

BIBLE ART JOURNALING

Come join a class focused on how to worship the Lord through scripture and art. You don’t need to be an artist to enjoy this class. We will show you techniques to turn a scripture into a beautiful picture, help you remember where your favorite verses are found in the Bible, and, most importantly, spend time with the Lord. As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we will be focusing on meaningful verses that inspire us to give thanks to our one and only Creator and heavenly Father. It is not always easy to give thanks especially when we are going through tough times. We hope that this class will help you to remember that God has a plan and while it may not always be what we expected, His plan is always best and we are to be thankful even when we don’t understand it.

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

Teacher Bio

Merlynn Bianco, Janet Fritz, and Allie Fritz are three generations of Christian women who are quite crafty and have a love for scrapbooking. We took an exciting plunge into Bible journaling with artistic techniques about two years ago and we haven’t looked back. After attending a workshop with Shanna Noel, the founder of Illustrated Faith in January of 2016, we knew we had to share our love of Bible art journaling.

 

December 7

WORSHIP LEADING

In this class we will discover the heart of worship, as well as learn the practical, hands on skills you'll need to lead worship in small groups and large environments. This class is open to current worship leaders at Venture, as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team.

Teacher Bios

Lucas is an Aussie from Sydney, Australia who began writing and recording music at age 16. He moved to the USA in mid-2002 after meeting his wife, Jody, on a mission trip in India. His passion for worship has taken him across the globe to over 30 countries with songs recorded on CD projects by worship leaders, country bands and solo artists. He has also had the privilege of leading award-winning creative teams producing short films, concert productions, web technology and more.

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.

Lexi Hausmann was born and raised in the Silicon Valley, and has been leading worship since age 16. 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. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Everyone’s Posting or Blogging, Should I? Almost everyone is using Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+ to broadcast their latest experiences. But how can it be used to promote your business, church, service, or point-of-view? This class will be an interactive session designed to identify the best approach for your type of message. Whether you are a business person, supporting your church activities, or someone with an important message, you can use social media to advance your cause. There are right ways, questionable ways, and wrong ways to use it. We’ll start with three common social media platforms, Facebook Pages, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and dive into other platforms as well.

Teacher Bios

Nancy is the Community Manager at Intacct where she leads various customer success initiatives including regional meetups (#IntacctMeetup) and the online community with 7,000+ users. Her background includes more than 15 years of professional experience and prior to Intacct, Nancy led several initiatives and programs at both Cisco and Nortel Networks.

Cindy Nowicki is the Senior Director of Integrated Marketing and Content Strategy with R2 Integrated Silicon Valley, a full service national marketing agency specializing in brand development, demand generation, marketing, content strategy social media and beyond. 

 
Heatlhcare Professionals Melding Faith with Work
Sep
24
12:00 pm12:00

Heatlhcare Professionals Melding Faith with Work

  • Venture Campus - Room 217/218

Join us as we kick off a new ministry for Bay Area Christians in healthcare at our first gathering on Saturday, September 24, from 12-3 pm at Venture in Room 217 & 218. Integrate your faith with your profession and use the gifts God has given you! Come, join the conversation and make a difference.

Questions? Contact Jason Amaral »

Hip Hop Run
Sep
24
8:30 am08:30

Hip Hop Run

  • San Jose Municipal Stadium

The Hip Hop Run brings entertainment to running in a fun, family friendly environment suitable for all ages. Enjoy DJ's throughout the course, playing all of the songs you know and love.

Participants will have the option to take part in the 10k run, 5k run/walk, or the 5k challenge race. Be entertained after the run with a star studded lineup of musicians and DJ's at our main stage finish line. Be a part of an exciting blend of competitive exercise and stellar music. Come join The Hip Hop Run experience.

Venture Runners will be donating juice and boxed juice to Loaves and Fishes for use in their ministry. This race is benefiting Loaves and Fishes and Make a wish foundation- Bay Area. Let's show some love to this local ministry, Loaves and Fishes.

Juice can be donated at packet pick up or day of the race (please label for Loaves and Fishes ministry).

Venture Runners can sign up for this race at www.hiphoprun.com, using the code "venturerunners" for a 10% discount on registration.

Questions? Contact Kyla Cragg »

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, Palo Alto, and Fremont, 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 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.