Bay Area

Life in the Bay Area

Right here, right now…

The entire world is reflected in the neighborhoods and communities of the Bay Area.

This vibrant cultural melting pot is the center of the world’s top technologies, with abundant wealth and resources to attract people from across the globe. Silicon Valley has another distinction: the least-churched region in the United States. Because of this, the Bay Area is a key focal point to reach the nations. We must think of the Bay Area missionally as we would any region of the world.

As a church, and in local outreach partnerships, we demonstrate Christ’s love in action by meeting the practical and spiritual needs of our neighbors. Here, our partners serve tirelessly with our members for the goal of sharing Jesus through a wide range of ministries from protecting the unborn, caring for foster care youth, teaching Christ to the next generation, to working towards the solution for the homelessness and human trafficking issues.

Beyond our partners, each of us can begin today by stepping out into our neighborhoods, across our cubicles, and at our kids’ sporting events by being intentional in our daily interactions to show that we care. Start and learn their name, then find out what they’re all about, what they like. Earn their friendship. Invite them in your life first, and then to Venture.

Be a neighborhood influencer.

Stories

Missionaries

Rigo and Vicky Lopez—Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Rigo and Vicky Lopez live and work in the Bay Area, where they are missionaries with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. FCA brings faith and sports together to reach athletes on campuses around the Bay Area and sometimes internationally. In addition to FCA, Vicky is the mother of four young children and leads WOW (women of the Word) at Venture which allows her to use her spiritual gifts of teaching and leading to serve young women. Email: vickynlopez@gmail.com to learn more about WOW.

Meet Rigo & Vicky Sat Oct 5 at a dessert reception at 6:15pm in Venue 2

 

Danny and Abigail Sanchez – City Peace Project
Danny is the founder and executive director for the City Peace Project which works with gang-impacted youth, families, and communities. They provide education, awareness, and support in times of crisis and loss, assisting with funeral expenses and other needs. The Sanchez’s reside in the Bay Area and have five children.

Meet Danny Sanchez Sun Oct 6 at a lunch reception at 1pm in Venue 2

 

 

 

 

YOU – Venture Christian Church, SF Bay Area – Serving in Parking, Greeting, Kids Ministry, Production team, Social Media

Serving with your time and talent weekly, monthly or as needed. Making a huge impact at Venture and providing a welcoming environment to all who visit on campus or online. Thanks for making a difference.

Short Term Trips

San Jose, Convoy of Hope, Municipal Stadium //November 23, 2019

Join hundreds of Christians who will serve guests of honor, providing free groceries, and health and dental screenings.  This is an excellent opportunity to serve with your entire family.

Scotts Valley, Joni and Friends Family Camp I // June 7-12, 2020 

Scotts Valley, Joni and Friends Family Camp II // July 5-10, 2020 

No one who serves at Joni and Friends Camps remains unchanged.  Annually, Venture sends short-term missionaries (STMs) to serve at the camps, where STMs are partnered with a disabled child or their family member. You will have an unforgettable week, with activities like square dancing, swimming, water games, and smiles.  Tears and belly laughs are guaranteed. No previous experience with disabilities is necessary. You will be trained, and there is constant support throughout the week. Must be 16 years or older, although exceptions are made for mature late-teenagers with parental supervision.  A background check is required.

Mt. Olive, Mississippi // June 20-27, 2020 

Looking for a short-term serving opportunity where there is no language barrier?  Join the team ministering with our partner in Mt. Olive, Mississippi to share Christ with families.  Mt. Olive Ministries (http://mtoliveministries.com/) is a nationally-recognized, award-winning ministry that is impacting the community. This is a family trip, and there is no age requirement for children as long as you know that parents will be responsible to supervise their children. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sacramento (Middle Eastern Refugees) // August, 2020 

Looking for a Middle East adventure but aren’t quite ready to head off to the Middle East?  You can work with one of Venture’s key partners in Sacramento, serving refugees from the Middle East.  You’ll have a chance to help shape an immigrant’s first perceptions of Christians in North America. Assist with a Vacation Bible School and serve refugee families. This is a family trip.  A background check is required.

Fun Facts

  • There are more dogs in San Francisco than children.
  • San Jose’s original name was El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe. 
  • “Almaden” means, “the mine” in Spanish, so named for the quicksilver (mercury) mines.
  • San Jose inventions include the floppy disk, hard disk, Eggo waffles, “The Wave” and canned fruit cocktail.
  • Los Gatos was originally known as La Rinconada de Los Gatos (“Cats Corner” – because of the howling mountain lions).
  • Tourists in Silicon Valley take photos in front of popular corporate headquarters: Apple, Google, Facebook

 

Recipe from Gilroy, CA (garlic capital of the world)-

 

Garlic French Fries

INGREDIENTS

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons canola oil

3 large baking potatoes, 12 ounces each

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Heat the garlic and oil in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Strain the garlic from the oil with a small mesh strainer. Set both garlic and oil aside.
  • Cut the potatoes into 1/4-inch sticks. In a large bowl, toss the oil, potatoes and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the potatoes onto it in a single layer. Bake until golden and crisp, about 35 minutes.
  • Remove potatoes from the tray with a metal spatula. Toss with parsley, reserved garlic, and additional salt, to taste. Serve immediately.
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