Nurture members and visitors by providing hospitality.

Purpose & Mission

Our hospitality team serves our congregation and our visitors after Sunday services and during special events. If you have a love of nurturing others with good food and fellowship, please consider supporting this team.

About Us

Hospitality volunteers serve at Sunday services, special events, memorials and more. This is a great way to meet people. All skill levels welcome.

Contact People

Mie Fallesen-Lacara

Paws & Effect Ministry Leader
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Mie first attended the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living sometime in 2006 and knew right away that she had found her spiritual home and community.

The first thing she noticed, as as she walked through the front door, was the portrait of Rev. Bonnie Rose and her dog, Stella. Mie just knew that she was done searching for a spiritual home.

Mie has always felt a very strong connection to the animal kingdom since she was a child. As she became more connected in our spiritual Center, her passion grew and she was encouraged to actually go out in the community to help and do rescue work. Mie has especially developed a strong need to work, help and rescue what we call power breeds.

Mie volunteers for a rescue group called "All for Love Animal Rescue" (AFLAR). There she helps evaluate, train, and handle the dogs but, most importantly, educate the public about the bully breeds. They rescue/pull them from the shelters and get them ready for their future forever loving homes. Mie also coordinates their foster program. One of AFLAR main focuses is on Pit Bulls.

Mie and her husband have two Boerboels (South African Mastiffs), a Husky/Chow mix and a Yorkie. They recently were the foster parents to their now Pittie mix, Braxton. They loved him so much that they ended up adopting him last year!

Mie feels fortunate to work from home as a Personal Fitness trainer and nutrition consultant.

(805) 815-7938

Linda Drevenstedt

Hospitality Leader
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Linda is a speaker, consultant, and author. Her southern “Steel Magnolia” approach is honest and straightforward with a spoonful of sugar. For over 20 years, Linda’s Drevenstedt Consulting has helped small businesses to improve operations and coached business owners to grow their management leadership skills. or 805.323.5041.

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