Volunteer Opportunity

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Greg Luce, RScP

Building/Facilities

Mary O. Kerrigan

Choir Director
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Mary O. Kerrigan is the Executive Director of Step Up Ventura whose vision is a community where the safety and well-being of children are not compromised by their parent’s circumstances or instability and do not have to live with repeated traumas, disrupted attachments, or neglect.

Mary graciously stepped up as the VCSL Choir Director recently and has been extremely instrumental in their continued success.

Mary may be reached at mcowen_3@msn.com.

Karen Mondragon, RScP

Secretary
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Rick Southam, RScP

Building/Facilities
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Creative Arts Ministry

Purpose & Mission

The purpose of this ministry is to come together with creative, spiritual, like minded people to figure out what "God's highest idea is" for us as a group and as individuals.

About Us

We have a wonderful team of dedicated individuals embarking on our new Creative Arts Ministry at VCSL. Our Center has great enthusiasm and great support for creativity and creative expression. VCSL has many who creatively express – artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, poets, writers, dramatic readers, public and motivational speakers, singers, dancers, musicians, actors and theatre production. People who sew, crochet, weave and make jewelry, people who cook and those who create beautiful gardens, people who love teaching a variety of subjects, and people who thrive living life fully!

How can we tap into this creative field and give it expression? How can we use this energy to cross-pollinate with our other ministries, to support the growth and expansion of each other and our center, and facilitate community building and spiritual growth?

The Creative Arts Ministry is interested in showcasing the diverse creative resources of our center. In addition to showcasing individual artists, painters, musicians, etc. in addition to providing outreach to members in our center and the surrounding communities; to support expand and assist other ministries such as Fundraising, Gourmet for God Events, Circle of Blessings, Pet Ministry, Wednesday Night Meditations, Youth Children and Teen Ministries; and creating fun events with Play as God Plays Ministry.

This ministry has events scheduled for the rest of 2015 and is making plans for events for 2016. We are creating a mission statement later this year.
Please check the VCSL Calendar and the e-newsletter for events.

Please contact Lida Martin RScP at 805-890-2581 or email her at lidamartinloveslife@gmail.com.

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Lida Martin, RScP

Licensed Practitioner
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Lida has been active in the Healing Arts for over twenty-five years creatively using a variety of healing modalities in massage and bodywork, yoga, meditation, creative expression, energy clearing and energy balancing. All these practices enhance and strengthen our personal energy and spiritual growth, actively transform our lives in positive ways, provide inspiration, and allow us to experience health and well-being.

Awakening and giving expression to the inner artist and creative expression is one of Lida's passions. She is a watercolor artist and offers workshops on Visioning and Vision Board Classes. Lida co-facilitates a 12 week course in Creativity and Spirituality called The Artist Way by Julia Cameron each year. She is certified to teach and is adding private and group classes on Aviva Gold’s Painting from the Source – The Re-Enchantment of People and Planet through Art. This is a fun and dynamic way to tap into authentic creativity for our art and our lives.

Lida became an Official Guide to John of God in Abadainia, Brazil in 2015 and received permission to bring home a Crystal Bed. “Crystal Bed Sessions” are healing sessions where an individual lies on a massage table and seven precisely cut Vogel crystals with colored filters are arranged approximately eighteen inches from each of the main energy centers or chakras. The light and energy from the crystals and an energetic connection to the Healing Entities and Energies from John of God in Abadainia brings resonance to our physical and energetic bodies, promotes health and well-being, releases blockages from the endocrine system and the chakras, supports our spiritual connection, and are a wonderful complement to any plan for wellness and health already in place

Lida brings her deep appreciation of prayer and prayer treatment and connection with the Divine to her role as one of the Licensed Practitioner for VCSL to support people in aligning with the sacred creative life force energy that is within and all around us.

She is Chair for the new Creative Arts Ministry at VCSL and has co-facilitated the Oneness Deeksha Blessing Ministry for the past four years and loves singing with the VCSL Choir.

Lida lives in Ventura with her husband Greg, has a son and daughter, and delights in being Grandma Tutu for three grandchildren. She can be reached at 805-890-2581 or email lidamartinloveslife@gmail.com for Massage and Healing Sessions, Practitioner Sessions, and Creative Expression.

Sue Davis

Course Instructor
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Sue Davis is an Area Governor for Toastmasters, Inc., a non-profit public speaking and leadsership organization. She is an executive communications advisor for a Fortune 50 company and has been a blogger for more than 10 years.

Sue may be reached at (805) 794-8781.

Grief Support Group

Open & Ongoing
Meets first and third Wednesdays of the month from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
In the Herron House (133 S. Laurel Street)

Purpose & Mission

Ventura Center for Spiritual Living offers a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through life's difficult experiences.

Each of us experiences the grief of loss and change. We don't have to go through the grieving process alone. VCSL's support group is led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You'll gain access to valuable resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.

About Us

Rev. Judy Pando and Dot Scovil facilitate this group. Is is an open and ongoing group to provide help in finding peace, connection and growth through life's changes.

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Rev. Judy Pando

Staff Minister
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Judy Pando has been a Religious Science Practitioner since 1996. Her primary focus is in the area of pastoral care. She is co-leader of the Circle of Blessings whose members are devoted to seeing the divine in everyone and in all circumstances. Knowing that life is perfect, but not always easy, it is Judy's great honor and privilege to offer spiritual and practical support to those members of our community in need and those who care for them.

Judy's ministry is about spiritual maturity. It is about transformation, awakening and allowing. It is about seeing as God sees, loving as God loves. It's about connecting, heart to heart, mind to mind, and soul to soul; holding one hand at a time.

Judy is a native of California, and enjoys nature and spending time with friends and her very large family. She is available for sessions by phone or in person.

Contact Rev. Judy at RevJPPando@gmail.com or call (805) 647-4511.

Dorothy (Dot) Scovil

Class facilitator
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To the co-facilitation of the VCSL Grief Group, Dot brings 40 years of experience as a psychotherapist and pastoral counselor. She founded and directed the first center for outpatient therapy at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Wall Street area of New York City from 1973 to 1987. She then returned to her native Ventura County where she established a successful private practice until her retirement in 2008.

Several painful losses of loved ones has led Dot to offer her empathic heart to others experiencing and needing to express their grief. Dot may be reached at (805) 302-9818 or dotspot43@aol.com.

Dorothy (Dot) Scovil

Class facilitator
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To the co-facilitation of the VCSL Grief Group, Dot brings 40 years of experience as a psychotherapist and pastoral counselor. She founded and directed the first center for outpatient therapy at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Wall Street area of New York City from 1973 to 1987. She then returned to her native Ventura County where she established a successful private practice until her retirement in 2008.

Several painful losses of loved ones has led Dot to offer her empathic heart to others experiencing and needing to express their grief. Dot may be reached at (805) 302-9818 or dotspot43@aol.com.

Cheryl Ostrander

Bookstore Ministry Leader

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. linda@drevenstedt.com or 805.323.5041.

Shelly Ehler

Youth & Family Ministry Leader
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Shelly Ehler was born and raised in Orange County, California. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Family Studies. She and her husband, Brian, moved to Ventura County in 1995 where she has spent many years as an elementary school teacher for the Pleasant Valley School district.

Shelly ventured into new waters in 2009, starting her own business making a special 4 in 1 towel for children that she calls the “ShowNo”. She even appeared on ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank where she successfully pitched her business on national TV.

Shelly is a hopeless entrepreneur, a motivational speaker, and an aspiring author. Her spiritual journey led her to VCSL and she is thrilled to find a place that feels like home. Her favorite thing to do is anything with her husband, two sons and 4 pound Yorkshire terrier.

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