Changing Lives: Teen Challenge

Since 1972, Teen Challenge has been working hard in Ventura County to help women who have nowhere else to turn.  Rosie Weir, the director of Teen Challenge in Ventura County, sat down with The Conejo Guardian to offer an inside glimpse into the lives of the girls in their program.   How do the girls come to be here? About 40% of our girls would be in jail if it weren’t for Teen Challenge.  If the courts make a recommendation to send the girls to Teen Challenge instead of prison, we…

Enegren Brewing Company: Local, Handcrafted Beer

Chris Enegren started brewing beer in his college dorm room at Loyola Marymount University, but as he quickly outgrew his friend’s on-campus apartment stove, he knew he needed something bigger.  After a year of brewing stove to stove, his fellow Lacrosse teammate Joe Nascenzi offered his backyard and garage.  The rest is history, and in 2010 Chris, his brother Matt, and Joe co-founded Enegren Brewing Company with the goal of making handcrafted German lagers and ales for the people of Ventura County and beyond to enjoy.  However, like so many…

Ventura County Charges Church with Contempt of Court

Rob McCoy, pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, went before Ventura County Judge Vincent O’Neill, Jr., on August 21 to face a contempt-of-court-charge. The charge stemmed from an August 7 temporary restraining order issued by the court.  McCoy explained, while accompanied by his attorneys, “People need to be in fellowship… I never thought we would come to a place where our governor would declare our churches non-essential.” The terms of the restraining order banned 1,000 Godspeak Calvary Chapel attendees from gathering for indoor worship services in Ventura County.  …

Governor Newsom shuts down churches again

Governor Newsom announced guidance prohibiting congregants from singing or chanting out loud on July 1st. This was followed by Newsom’s latest order on July 13th  that prohibits indoor gathering at houses of worship. While the initial ban did not expressly prohibit people from attending church, it did ask them to refrain from singing or chanting even while wearing the proper masks and being socially distanced.  One local church has taken a creative approach to this initial guideline. Living Oaks Community Church in Thousand Oaks has stated that although the church…