Christmas Eve Volunteers Needed

We still have several holes that need to filled to help make each of our Christmas Eve gatherings a success this year. There are two ways that you can jump in and help make the day awesome: 

Dessert Corner
We are looking for bakers! We need about 15-20 people to make finger desserts (no cake or pies please). Each person would need to bring 2 dozen of your favorite holiday treats. Use the link below to sign up! If you have any questions, contact Barbara Grant Gould.  

Serve at a Gathering
We are also looking for greeters, coffee makers, dessert host, and more, all with smiling faces! If you are available to help, follow the link below to sign up. If you have any questions, contact Celeste Scott.

Save the Date

Save the date for our Anthem Summit coming May 1-2, 2020! Anthem's annual discipleship conference is designed for us to equip and empower each other in focused areas of Kingdom Life. Anthem Summit is a moment for our family of churches to unite around the vision and mission God has given us and for the body to equip each other for life and ministry.

Date: May 1-2, 2020

Serve with Anthem

As we continue to meet in person under changing circumstances, we are once again in a season of “all hands on deck”. We need people for setup and tear down, welcome, coffee, kids bags, communion, tech, and prayer team. 

Check out the link below for full details about current needs and to sign up to serve. 

Christmas with Anthem

Merry Christmas Anthem Church! We are so excited to bring our community together for two gatherings (outdoors & online) on Thursday, December 24th at 4 and 6 PM. There’s a line from “O Holy Night” that says, “A weary world rejoices...”. That line pings many of our hearts as we have both felt the weariness of the world, yet we rejoice in the salvation that has come through Jesus Christ. Our hope is to provide a safe place for our community to explore the peace and joy that Jesus Christ brings into our lives as we give ourselves completely to him.

Giving cheerfully and sacrificially is a part of worship at Anthem. We give generously because God has first been generous to us. 

At this time of year, many people are interested in making a “year end gift” to the church. Because we desire to be fully accountable for how we steward finances, and to be in compliance with the IRS, here are the deadlines for giving to be counted as donated in 2020.

Thank you to everyone who has expressed their worship of God by contributing financially to Anthem Church. If you are interested in making an online donation, please do that here: anthemchurch.org/give

  • Give Online

    - One time donation: Must be submitted before midnight on December 31st.

    - Recurring donations will be processed on their scheduled date and reported in the year the gift is deducted from your bank account. 

  • Give Via Check or Cash

    Mail in:

    - Envelopes must be postmarked by December 31, 2020

    - Handed in: Must be physically delivered on or by Thursday, December 31, 2020. We're sorry, but checks that are handed in after that point, even if it's back-dated to 12/31 or earlier, will be applied to your 2021 statement. 

Celebrate generosity

THIS SUNDAY, we are gathering at Conejo Creek Park North for Celebrate Generosity! We use our anniversary (we turn 12 on October 10th) to share stories of ministries and church plants locally and globally that are doing amazing work and we give 100% of the offering from all of our family of churches that week into these amazing ministries. 

Hope to see you at the park for worship together and be sure to stick around for the taco lunch and games afterwards! 

Visit celebrategenerosity.com to learn more!  

WHEN: Oct 10th at 10AM
WHERE: Conejo Creek Park North
1379 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 

Taco lunch to follow

Family Advent

Hey Anthem!

Come kick off your holiday season by joining our Advent Night.

This is a family friendly event for families of all types (single, married, kids or no kids) to celebrate Jesus this Christmas season. 

Can't make for the event? No problem, we'd love to still supply you with the materials and resources, use the same link to request a "take home" kit.  

You must register by November 17th, to ensure we have an accurate number for supplies and setup. 

WHEN: Sunday, November 21st 4-6PM
WHERE: Anthem Church (under the tent)

Operation Christmas Child

The last shoebox collection day is THIS SUNDAY! Bring your boxes to the 9:30 AM gathering. 

Choose either a boy or girl between the ages 2-14 and fill a shoebox on your own or "fill" a box online. A link with all the details can be found below. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Moores:

Email: ddmoore5@twc.com
Diana: 805-630- 2141
Dave: 805-217-4419

Happy gifting everyone! 

Drop-off Dates and Locations:  Nov 14-21
Sundays: bring your boxes to the Arcturus gathering at 9:30am (near the welcome table)
Online: build a box all online at anytime

Volunteers with Anthem Kids

Anthem Kids is still in need of volunteers each week! If you call Anthem home, would you consider serving 1x per month? Serving in AK's and helping shepherd the next generation of believers is just such a blessing and we hope to see you there! Click here for our service calendar and list of current classroom openings.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Shook at krshook@gmail.com 

Excited to serve with you! 

Help put on the day

Volunteer on Christmas Eve

Help make this exciting gathering happen by baking cookies, welcoming guest or coming early to setup; use the links below and let us know where you can help! 

If you have any questions, contact celeste@anthemchurch.org

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  • cookie making

    We're putting together a cookie bar but need help collecting all the yummy treats. Click the link below to sign up to bring two dozen cookies of your choice! 

    DROP OFF: 12/24 by 3:30 PM
    (need an earlier drop-off slot? contact Celeste

  • Day Of volunteers

    We need several people to help out with setup/teardown, serving and making hot chocolate, as well as help with making sure guest are welcomed in with warm smiles. If you are able to serve at the Christmas Eve gathering, sign up for an available slot below! 

gospel cohorts

Gospel Cohorts are an incredible theological training resource that will help you grow in your knowledge of the Bible, develop your character, help you see how you can contribute to the Kingdom of God, and grow in your capacity as a leader and disciple-maker.

Registration open till January 4, 2022. 

Podcasts

Check out our last podcast episode this week. Click the images below to subscribe!

  • Anthem TO Teaching Podcast

    Catch the latest Sunday gathering teaching here! 

  • This podcast exists for the purpose of equipping the body and sharing stories at Anthem Church from week to week. 

Christmas Eve

Join us for a family style gathering under the tent on Christmas Eve. Come ready to worship, hear a message about Jesus and enjoy hot chocolate + yummy treats! 

Please let us know if you planning to attend to help us best prepare for the day. 

WHEN: Dec 24 at 4PM
WHERE: Anthem Church (under the tent) +
online 

Year End Giving

Giving cheerfully and sacrificially is a part of worship at Anthem. We give generously because God has first been generous to us. 

At this time of year, many people are interested in making a “year end gift” to the church. Because we desire to be fully accountable for how we steward finances, and to be in compliance with the IRS, here are the deadlines for giving to be counted as donated in 2021.

Give Online

- One time donation: Must be submitted before midnight on December 31st.

- Recurring donations will be processed on their scheduled date and reported in the year the gift is deducted from your bank account. 

Give Via Check or Cash

- Mail in: Envelopes must be postmarked by December 31, 2021

- Handed in: Must be physically delivered on or by Friday, December 31, 2021. We're sorry, but checks that are handed in after that point, even if it's back-dated to 12/31 or earlier, will be applied to your 2022 statement. 

Thank you to everyone who has expressed their worship of God by contributing financially to Anthem Church. If you are interested in making an online donation, please do that here: anthemchurch.org/give 

Anthem ANywhere

Anthem Anywhere is a Sunday where the body of Christ at the Anthem family of churches will be gathering in homes, parks, coffee shops, breweries, and a variety of other venues around Ventura County and beyond, to worship Jesus, study the Scriptures, take communion, and pray together.  

We are excited to take a Sunday and specifically remind ourselves that “the church” is not a building or an event, but a gathered group of believers in Jesus Christ. 

Follow the link below join a group this Sunday. 

WHEN: Sun, Feb 6

Arcturus Work Day

Tomorrow, we'll be gathering to invest a few hours into making our meeting space more functional, cleaner, and ultimately more hospitable as we prepare to move our Sunday gatherings indoors next month. We've got a ton of projects we're hoping to accomplish that day ranging from cleaning windows and organizing storage areas to clearing out the playground.  

WHEN: Sat, Feb 12
TIME: 9AM-1PM

Contact Celeste at celeste@anthemchurch.org if you have any questions.

Worship Night

This Thursday (3/17) at 6:30 PM we’ll be gathering in the chapel for a night of worship! We know that there is a growing hunger to to find ways to worship and pray together and as we step into this season, we want to be intentional to cultivate those opportunities. We will sing, pray, read scriptures and express our praise together. If you are comfortable gathering indoors and available to join us, we would love to have you with us. We won’t have childcare, but kids are welcome to join us in worship or to color or play quietly while we worship. No need to RSVP, we look forward to seeing you there!

WHEN: Thu, Mar 17 @ 6:30PM
WHERE: In the Chapel at Arcturus

Baptism class

We love seeing people take the next step in their journey with Jesus through baptism. Simply put baptism is an outward expression of inward transformation! If you would like to learn more about baptism or you are interested in being baptized, join our baptism class!

WHEN: Wed, Feb 23rd 7-8PM
WHERE: Anthem Office, 2667 N Moorpark Rd, Ste 200

Giving & Generosity  

  • Giving At Anthem

    Giving cheerfully and sacrificially is a part of worship at Anthem. We give generously because God has first been generous to us. We dream of becoming a church marked by radical generosity. Over ten percent of every dollar goes directly to supporting compassion and church planting work both globally and locally.

  • Manage Giving

    With Planning Center you can login at any time to view your giving history, make changes to your account, and update giving information.

Anthem Camping Trip

We are planning a camping trip for our TO church family in June. We have reserved Emma Wood Group Campsite in Ventura from June 9th-12th. We have reserved their 3 group tent camping spots that allows for 120 people, and their RV group camping spot that allows for 50 people for a total of 170.

We need to know how many people are interested to see if this is going to work for our church. If we do not have enough people interested then we will cancel part or all of the reservation. So if you are interested please let us know! If you know other people in our church who would be interested, but may not be reading the Weekly, please forward this to them. 

We will have more details about cost later right now we are looking to gauge interest and have everyone save the date.

Family Meeting 

Join us on Sunday for the Family Meeting at 4PM. We encourage everyone who calls Anthem home to attend as we share plans and desires for the coming months. If you are not able to attend in person, please still use the link below to let us know so that we can communicate with you afterwards. 

Let us know your plans to attend in by clicking the link below. 

WHEN: Sun, Mar 20th at 4PM
WHERE: the Chapel @ Arcturus

Alpha Interest Meeting

Alpha is a fun dinner and group conversation series centered around exploring the big questions of life, spirituality, and faith from a Christian lens in a laid back and non-judgmental environment. It is for those who do not consider themselves Christians or for those who are rethinking their faith.

We are excited to launch Alpha after Easter, but we need your help. We need a handful of different types of people: cooks, organizers, and friendly people to help make the nights work. If you are curious to know more about the why and how of Alpha or would like to help in some way, come to the Interest Meeting! 

WHEN: Thu, March 31st @ 6:30PM
WHERE: Anthem Offices (2667 N. Moorpark Rd, Ste 200)

Intro to membership

Over the last couple years many of you have come to be a part of our Anthem family. We are so excited that you are here with us and we look forward to seasons of life and ministry together. Throughout our history we have run a session called Intro to Membership that describes who we are as a church, what we believe and how that impacts the way we do life together. We are putting together an opportunity for as many of you as are able to walk through this with us and to ask any questions you might have as you continue to connect with this local church family. Intro to Membership is this Sunday, April 3rd. If you have never been through intro to membership before, we would love to have you join us to learn more about life together as a local church family. Once you sign up, we will send you a packet of things to read through in preparation for the time. We have enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to seeing how God uses us to continue to reach this community with the Gospel!

WHEN: Sun, Apr 3rd at 1PM
WHERE: Anthem Office (2667 N Moorpark Rd, Ste 200)

Safety Team

Every Sunday morning, we have a great crew who are there early, and throughout the day, to make sure that everyone who's a part of our Sunday gatherings (including Anthem Kids!) is safe and cared for.

Now that we're at two services, we could use some more people to help keep an eye on our people, and our facilities.

If you're interested in joining this really important team, please reach out to info@anthemchurch.org

Alpha Launch Party

before

We are throwing a HUGE party to celebrate the start of Alpha this spring. We're having food and drinks from local community and will be also featuring one of our favorite partner organizations, Harbor House, a ministry to the Homeless population of the Conejo Valley.

This party is designed to give everyone an awesome night out and a chance to invite a friend or two that you think could be right for Alpha. The party is going to feel like the cocktail hour of a wedding reception where people are free to move around, play a game, or just socialize. We will be making a brief presentation of what Alpha is, along with an invitation to comeback and try it the following week.

Check out the link below for more info and to let us know you'll be there.

WHEN: Thu, Apr 28 at 6-8PM
WHERE: Under the Tent

Last Sunday was All Hands On Deck Sunday where we talked about the church being a family and what it means to contribute to the life of the local church.

If you missed signing up to help make Sunday mornings happen, there's still opportunity to do so. Follow the link below to learn more about the needs and to let us know where you would like to serve. 

Alpha Evenings

Invite a friend to an Alpha Evenings.! Alpha is a fun dinner and group conversation series centered around exploring the big questions of life, spirituality, and faith from a Christian lens in a laid back and non-judgmental environment. It is for those who do not consider themselves Christians or for those who are rethinking their faith.

Please be praying each week, asking God if there is someone you should invite to be a part of an Alpha Evening and bring them! 

Anthem Students Ministries

If you have students in (or moving into) middle and high school that are not yet part of Anthem Students - we'd love to have them join us! Anthem Student Ministries is a place for those in 6th-12th grade to continue their growth in understanding who God is as they listen/read the Bible and it's also a great place to develop meaning friendships with peers and mentors. 

SUNDAY BREAKOUT @ 11AM — (6th-9th grade)
HIGH SCHOOL TUESDAYS @ 7PM — (9th-12th grade)
MIDDLE SCHOOL WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30PM — (6th-8th grade)

Note: 6th and 8th graders — move up week is June 14th (HS) & June 15th (MS) at the Summer Kickoff pool parties.

To be added to the student email list, click here to complete form.  

There are also still spots available for high school & middle school summer camps! 

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL | JUL 25-29

    Students 6th-8th will be at Camp Pondo for summer camp. Note: 5th graders moving into middle school this fall should register for middle school summer camp.

  • High school | Aug 7-13

    Students 9th-12th will be at Hume Lake for summer camp. Note: 8th graders moving into high school in the fall should register for high school summer camp.

Family Movie Night

Join us TONIGHT for a family movie night. We'll have water and a popcorn bar. Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the movie. This is a great space to invite neighbors and friends! No RSVP required. If you have any questions, please contact katie@anthemchurch.org

WHEN: Friday, June 24
FILM: The Croods
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Doors open at 6:30PM, movie starts at 7PM

manthem

While the name of this gathering may be a little fun for fun's sake, we really are excited to spend a morning diving into what it looks like to grow in wisdom in every season of our lives. This will be a great moment for men, as well as any elementary-aged boys or above. 

Our main event will be a very practical message from Steve Larson on how to cultivate a life of wisdom in every season of life (youth, young adulthood, later adulthood), but we'll also enjoy an optional disc-golf time, axe throwing, cornhole, and breakfast tacos. It should be super fun for all ages. 

WHEN: JULY 9th 9-11AM
WHO: Elementary-aged boys through 100 year old men

More details to come, so stay tuned to our social media channels for more info!

Questions? Email ryan@anthemchurch.org

Family Beach Day

We're meeting at Ventura Harbor for a beach day. Bring the whole family and come for great fun in the sun! Bathrooms available and lifeguards on duty. No RSVP needed, just show up. Any questions? Contact katie@anthemchurch.org

WHEN: July 13th 1-4PM
WHERE: 1878-1998 Sprinnaker Dr, Ventura CA, 93001

Brewery Night @ Ladyface

Join us at Tavern Tomoko & Ladyface Brewery to catch up with friends and meet some new ones. Arrive at 6:30pm to catch the end of trivia night and grab food and drinks!  

Any questions, contact rob@anthemchurch.org

WHEN: Wed, Jul 20th @ 6:30PM
WHERE: Tavern Tomoko & Ladyface Brewery, 29281 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills

Anthem kids corner

Hello Anthem Parents,

We wanted to let you know that starting this Sunday to go along with our “Frameworks” doctrinal series that you are hearing in our main gathering times, Anthem Kids will be going through a doctrinal series as well. We are using the book The Ology to help teach this series, and lining up teachings with those taught up top. We encourage you to pick up the book and read it with your kids. The Ology is a theology book written for kids to understand the things of God, and goes over many of the major doctrines of the faith. While we will be using it for our teaching the next 12 weeks, there are a lot more topics that we will not cover. It's a fun book that you can use as a daily devotional to teach your children theology. We went through it with our family a few years ago and the readings are short, easy to do at breakfast or bedtime, and the illustrations are so beautiful. Click here to order from Amazon for $25.

Love,
Ahmad and Ashlee

Family pool day

Grab the kids and join us for an afternoon at the pool! Bring towels, swim gear and sunscreen.

There are will be a lifeguard on duty and we will have popsicles for the kids. 

RSVP for address. If you have any questions, please contact ashlee@anthemchurch.org

WHEN: Tue, Aug 2nd 1-3PM

Mark your calendar

AUG
SUN, 8/21 — All Church BBQ

Summer bbq

We love growing in our relationships with the Anthem church body and what better way to do that than over good food and sunshine. Join us this Sunday for the All Church Summer BBQ.

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join us for lunch after the 11am gathering (if you come to the 9am gathering, come back at 12:30). Hot dogs and burgers will be provided and we’re asking everyone to help with all the sides. Use this link to sign up t o bring one to the needed items and/or to help make the day happen, and to let us know how many are coming. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ahmad at ahmad@anthemchurch.org.  

WHEN: Sun, Aug 21st after the 2nd gathering

elder update:

A couple of weeks ago we brought Andrew and Lauren Frey on stage to introduce them and begin a season of examination for eldership. If you haven’t been around for one of these times, part of our process of bringing in new elders is to present them for examination. We ask the church three things:

1. If you have any unresolved relational issues with Andrew or Lauren, please take the initiative to have a conversation with him and work towards reconciliation in that. We have asked Andrew and Lauren to do the same.

2. If you have any knowledge of a biblical reason why Andrew is not qualified for eldership, we ask that you would bring that to one of the current elders for consideration. We ask that you would have the Scriptural basis for disqualification and be prepared to talk through it with us.

3. If you don’t know the Frey family and you are a part of Anthem Church, this is a great season to spend time getting to know them, get a meal with them, coffee, etc.

This season of examination is part of our process of ordaining elders. We’ve spent significant time with the Freys over the last 2 years and if no issues are presented that need attention, we’ll be ordaining them into eldership in three months (November).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our elder team.

Wake Up Movie Screening

Since the starting days of Anthem Church, we have loved the opportunities we've had to support and equip families who are connected to the foster care community. It's an amazing opportunity to reflect God’s love in often extremely broken and hurting scenarios.

One of these amazing opportunities has been led by Janet Grossman, who's been working for years on developing a feature film that puts a spotlight on human trafficking and its frequent relationship to children in foster care.

The Wake Up film is now being released to theaters, and we would love to have you join us at one of the showings at Regency Theaters in Agoura Sep 9th-15th! Showtimes are at 12:30, 3:30 & 6:30 each day. Follow the links below to get your tickets and to learn more the film. 

Community Group Sign Ups

We are so excited to start another year of Community Groups! For anyone who is not currently in a community group, signs up to join groups start this Sunday.

Our vision is that a Community Group will be a place you are known and loved because the Gospel is real. Not only can you be known and loved by God, but you can be known and loved by your brothers and sisters in Jesus. This is where we move past casual side hugs and high fives, to smaller groups where we can be intentional in our conversations and interactions. 

So if you aren’t in a Community Group, join one! We'll have sign ups on the patio 9/4 & 9/11. 

If you have any questions, you can email rob@anthemchurch.org