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
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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
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.
With Planning Center you can login at any time to view your giving history, make changes to your account, and update giving information.
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
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN: Wed, Jul 20th @ 6:30PM
WHERE: Tavern Tomoko & Ladyface Brewery, 29281 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills
Kids helping kids
As we move into our Celebrate Generosity season at Anthem for the next couple weeks, this Sunday in Anthem Kids, we are going to introduce the Kids Helping Kids program, raising money for orphans in Thailand (visit goZOE.org for more information).
Kids will be given plastic tubes that, if filled completely, totals $15 in quarters. They are encouraged to collect money by doing chores, selling lemonade, hosting a bake sale, or really any creative idea that they may have. In Thailand, $15 will feed, clothe, and educate a child for a full week! When we meet at the park next week (Oct 9) for our Celebrate Generosity gathering, we will have buckets for kids to fill with the money they’ve collected. We will continue to collect money throughout the month of October. On Sunday, October 23, Anthem Kids will be hosting a Bake Sale to raise money for ZOE. It’s always great to watch kids be generous!
Join the Anthem family of churches on Sunday, October 9th for Celebrate Generosity Sunday!
From day one, Anthem Church has wanted to do something unique to mark our anniversary. As much as we all love cake, we wanted it to be something that really expressed the heart of God. Each year, we celebrate by taking every penny that comes in for a week (Oct 9-15) and giving it away. ALL OF IT! Click on the link below to learn more about all the initiatives we are going to.
We're meeting at the park for a fun day of celebration together. Arrive around 10am for coffee and yummy breakfast treats before the gathering starts at 10:30am. Tacos for lunch and games on the lawn to follow. Bring a chair or a blanket and come ready for a great day together.
Also, we can still use some extra help making the day happen; if you're available, contact email@example.com or simply add your name to sign-up sheet below.
LOCATION: Conejo Creek Park North (1379 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks)
WHEN: Oct 9th
WHERE: Arrive at 10AM; Starts at 10:30AM
Come kick off your holiday season by joining our Family 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 ??, to ensure we have an accurate number for supplies and setup.
WHEN: Sunday, November 20th 4-6PM??
WHERE: The Chapel at Arcturus
women's worship night
Hey ladies - we hope that you will join us this Thursday for a night of worship through song and prayer. No rsvp needed, just show up! This is a time for women of all ages (teens, moms, singles, widows, etc.). If you have younger girls that can hang for about an hour & a half, we’ll have coloring sheets available so please bring them along as well. If you want to start listening to the songs ahead of time, there is a link to a Spotify playlist below. We can't wait to worship together!
WHEN: Thu, Nov 3rd
WHERE: The Chapel at Arcturus
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. — Psalm 95:1
Christmas Eve Hospitality Hour
This year between our Christmas Eve gatherings (2PM + 4PM), we will host a hospitality hour on the patio. We'll serve hot chocolate, have some yummy christmas treats as well as have a spot for family photos. If you are interested in helping to make this community time happen, sign up using the link below or on Sunday at the info table.
Family Advent night
Come kick off the holiday season with us by joining our Advent Night, Nov 20th from 4-6pm.
If you haven't celebrated Advent before, the word advent comes from a Latin word meaning coming. In the Christian church calendar, it is the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas and also of preparation for the Second Coming of Christ.
There is a registration per family which covers an Advent craft and devotional resource. We will have a hot chocolate bar for all to enjoy as well. This event is for everyone regardless if you have kids or not or their ages.
Register below by November 14th, to ensure we have an accurate number for supplies and setup.
If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
WHEN: Nov 20th from 4-6PM
WHERE: The Chapel
$20 per family with kids
$10 per family without kids
Operation Christmas Child
This Sunday is the last day to drop off your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. This program seeks to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. By partnering together with the local churches worldwide, every shoebox is an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Moores:
Diana: 805-630- 2141
Drop-off Dates: Sun, Nov 20
- Sunday: bring your boxes to the chapel during the 9am or 11am gatherings
- Online: build a box all online at anytime
holiday serving opportunities
We would love to have you join in and help us make the holiday season with Anthem warm and inviting this year. Here are a few different areas where we could use some extra help:
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This year between our Christmas Eve gatherings (2PM + 4PM), we will host a hospitality hour on the patio. We'll serve hot chocolate, have some yummy Christmas treats as well as have a spot for family photos. If you are interested in helping to make this community time happen, sign up using the link below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day Of volunteers
We'll need several people to help setup chairs, reset between gatherings 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 or contact email@example.com!
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 2022.
- 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, 2022
- Handed in: Must be physically delivered on or by Saturday, December 31, 2022. 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 2023 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
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: SUN, JAN 22nd at 9AM
WHERE: Anthem Office, 2667 N Moorpark Rd, Ste 200
Community Group Sign Ups
We are so excited to start another season of Community Groups! For anyone who is not currently in a community group, signs up to join groups are open.
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! Use the link below to sign up or to start a conversations to learn more.
If you have any questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASM Winter Camp
Winter Camp is almost here! It's the place for our middle and high school students to have an unforgettable winter weekend! With engaging biblical teaching, high-energy worship, awesome games, and the beauty of the mountains—what's not to love?!
Students will have an opportunity to step away from the busyness and the distractions of everyday life and spend a weekend encountering Jesus in a unique way. Campers will hear teaching from God's Word, participate in small group discussions, and spend time with Forest Home staff who love them and challenge them in their faith.
WHEN: Feb 17-20
WHERE: Forest Home
Deadline to sign up: TODAY (Feb 3rd)
Any questions? Contact email@example.com
We started the vision series with an intense focus on the Holy Spirit. As we look at the Scriptures, the Spirit is the gateway to effective ministry, transformational relationships and authentic worship. With each of those areas being areas of focus for us to grow in this year, it was necessary for us to put our full attention on the Holy Spirit and how we can walk in obedience to his leading.
Week 4 - Cultivating a Deep Love for God
SAVE THE DATE
Family Meeting Vision Night | Sun, Mar 5, 5:30-8PM Potluck dinner and childcare provided
Hello Anthem Church,
If you were here a couple of Sundays ago then you heard that we are moving to Utah. We wish we could sit down and have a conversation with each one of you to tell you the big story. It is amazing to think about how God has worked through our lives and specifically in this part of our story. It has alway been in our minds to live somewhere with a largely Mormon population. Ashlee was raised Mormon and I was thrown into the battle of Mormonism soon after becoming a believer–Ashlee was still Mormon, we were years into dating, and she was trying to convert me to Mormonism. Praise the Lord for His Word. It was through studying Scripture that we both came to know Jesus and began pursuing a relationship with Him.
We are in the middle of purchasing a restaurant called the Burger Barn at Panguitch Lake, which is in a very rural area in southern Utah. Panguitch is where Ashlee grew up. Google it :) It’s near Bryce Canyon National Park and fairly close to St. George, Cedar City, and Zion National Park, just off I-15. We are telling you this so you have the information when you are planning your travels–we’d LOVE to have you stop by!
The Burger Barn is a seasonal business that our family will run in the summer. It will be a great way to be part of the local community. Our hope is to share the Gospel to those who are open to it and to gather people who are disillusioned with Mormonism and disciple them around our dining room table (or, if you know Ahmad, more likely a fire pit), much like a community group.
We are so thankful for the team we have been a part of at Anthem. Matt and Kristen have been so gracious and open to however the Lord was leading us. We have told them for years that we would love to minister to Mormons or to people who have left the Mormon church and are now apathetic toward God. In July we came to them about an unexpected opportunity to move to Utah, though at the time we thought the chances of it happening were slim. Their response was, “Let’s go out and pray over it!” In September 2022, our family, Matt, Kristen, and Celeste took a very quick trip to Utah. We walked this tiny town, we spent time on the Burger Barn property, and we asked God what He wanted. If He was ready to move, we were too. It was helpful for us to be able to talk with them about what we all felt and saw after spending a weekend there. People who know us there were excited to see us and were encouraging us to move back not even knowing that inviting us back is inviting Jesus in. Please be praying right now for the Spirit to begin working in the hearts and minds of the people there. There are so many people in that tiny town who are close to us (the Milbys) but very far from God.
While we are excited about this new adventure that God has put before us, we are also sad to leave our community here. We love you all and have really loved being a part of what God is doing here. We have loved seeing our community grow closer together and closer to Jesus. We have gone through a lot together. We came back to Anthem in the fall of 2017, and a lot has happened since then, but the one thing that is the same is GOD IS FAITHFUL. We have seen it over and over again and we are so thankful for that. 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
While we will be physically separated, we want to stay connected with you all. We will be sending out a quarterly newsletter to let you all know what is going on with us and how you can be praying for us. If you would like to be on our distribution list, please sign up below.
We are really excited for this adventure and have big dreams for how God will be using us to share the Gospel this next season. Thank you so much for your prayers and support as we take this next step. Because the Burger Barn is a seasonal business we will have plenty of time to come back to visit!
With much love,
Ahmad, Ashlee, Naomi, Isaiah, Elijah & Eden Milby
Join us for an evening of dinner together and come ready to hear plans for the rest of 2023, to share, and pray. If you call Anthem home, we encourage you to be here for this! Childcare will be provided for families with kids ages walking-fifth grade.
Please RSVP and sign up for dinner TODAY to best prepare for dinner and any childcare needs.
5:30-6:15 Family-style Potluck Dinner
6:00-6:15 Kids transition / drop off
6:15-8:00 Leadership sharing, discussion, Q+R
Potluck Dinner Sign Ups below!
If you are new to Anthem and have never attended a Welcome Lunch before, join us this Sunday (April 23rd) for the next one! This is a great place for people to get to know Anthem a little better. We’d love to hear your story and answer any questions you may have about ours.
Lunch will be provided and kids are welcome. Please RSVP and let us know if you are planning to attend.
Hope to see you then!
WHEN: SUN, APR 23RD, 12:45-3PM
WHERE: The Larson home (rsvp for address)
As we dive into this season of teaching through the book of Romans, our hope is that it brings profound Gospel truth and transformation into each person’s life. One of the best ways for that to happen is through the personal study and meditation on God’s Word. We set our teaching calendar in advance and the trust the Spirit if there are particular areas that need increased attention. So this calendar may alter a bit over the course of the series, but this should be a good guideline for spending time reading through and meditating on the Scriptures in preparation for our Sunday gatherings and community groups.
Week 19 — Romans 10:8-17
Anthem Kids Day in the Park
For the past couple of months the kids have been working together to fill up our reward jug. They have been bringing their Bibles and completed activity pages each Sunday, trying to earn a park day with ice cream sandwiches. The jug is almost filled and Ms Sally has challenged the kids to all bring their Bibles this Sunday April 30th so they could have their park day on her last Sunday as director! Two things to know…
1. Please make sure your kiddos bring their Bibles and completed activity page
2. Please be aware that children ages 4 and up will be walking over to Thousand Oaks Community Park with their teachers and assistants after worship and the Bible lesson. (9:45-10:25- for the 9am and 11:45-12:25 for the 11am) We will have security and will have communication with our welcome host if any needs arise.
Please contact Sally with any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN: APR 30TH (9:45-10:25 at the 9AM and 11:45-12:25 for the 11AM)
Thailand Interest Meeting
Interest meeting for missions trip to Thailand on Sunday May 7th 4:30PM @ Patterson House 1869 Galway Lane NP. We will talk about the Spiritual climate of the nation, the work we are doing, details for the trip, and zooming with our partners in the country. Trip is on Oct 24-Nov 2 where we will be supporting the whole family of various international workers primarily through childcare/ministry from babies through teens. Need many different gifts and types of mature people for the trip. Contact email@example.com for questions or rsvp.
WHEN: SUNDAY, MAY 7TH @ 4:30PM
WHERE: Patterson Home (1869 Galway Lane, NP)
24/7 Prayer room
This is an opportunity for us as a church to devote ourselves to prayer, seeking the Lord as a church, preparing to hear his voice that we would walk in obedience. The Scriptures consistently speak to the power of prayer, the call to prayer and the fruit of a prayerful life. Jesus prayed and taught his disciples to pray. By devoting ourselves to prayer we are growing as a devoted people!
There are still time slots available, click below to sign up today. If you have any questions or if you are having a hard time finding a time slot that works with your schedule, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: MAY 15-28TH
Moms Connect Park Days
Hi Anthem mamas!
We’d like to invite you to the park for a time of connection with other moms for you and play time with other kids for your child/children. There will be no formal program, but we hope during this time together you can connect with other moms in similar stages and also be encouraged by moms who have years of experience walking with Jesus and motherhood.
Meet us at Old Meadows Park from 9:30-11:00am. There is no need to RSVP every time, but if you could do an initial registration with the link provided then we will text out reminders and let you know if we have a change of location for any reason.
See you at the park!
Amanda, Kristen, and Tricia
DATES: May 25 (last one for the season!)
WHERE: Old Meadows Park, TO
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Anthem Anywhere is THIS SUNDAY (June 4th). It's a Sunday where Anthem Church 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 encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique time together and join in on a group.
Click the links below to join a group. If you have any question, email email@example.com or fill out the form below.
WHEN: JUNE 4TH
Move Up Sunday
We are so excited to welcome our incoming kids as they transition to new classes, as well as our incoming 6th and 9th graders as they transition to middle and high student ministry. We also want to acknowledge and congratulate all of our high school and collage grads! Our team count it an honor to pray over this crew as God takes them into this next journey of life. Join us this Sunday for our regular meetings times and in celebrating this exciting time as a church family.