CPC Health Ministry

CPC now has a

Faith Community Nurse!



Phone: 805-648-2737 ext 311

E-mail: nurse@cpcventura.org



Jane Exell is a Registered Nurse with 18 years of experience and has been a member of CPC for 15 years.


She has completed the Basic Foundations Course in Faith Community Nursing at Azusa Pacific University to prepare her for this ministry. She is excited to to be able to serve the congregation of CPC by bringing Faith and Health together.



New Happenings - October 2017!

October is Domestic

Violence  Awareness Month!

Do you know someone who is in an abusive relationship?  Do you know how to minister to someone who is in an abusive relationship?  Do you ever wonder why someone would stay in an abusive relationship?


Domestic Violence is as insidious as it is heinous.  Perpetrators are so very good at covering it up.  And victims are stripped of dignity and feel dependent on the one who is physically and/or emotionally abusing them.


In Scripture, we are called to help those who are vulnerable. Click here for specific ways to assist.




For specific ways to get involved locally, come to City Center Transitional Living on Thursday, October 12th from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Tickets are available here.

  In His Love,




Tai Chi Classes Returning by Popular Demand!


Tai Chi for better balance will be offered again by Ventura County Area Agency on Aging to Seniors 60 and older.  It will meet in the Carpenter Shop every Monday and Wednesday mornings 10:30-12:00 beginning 1/8/2018.  The course will continue until 4/4/2018.  There is a limit of 20 so first come, first served.  Sign up via e-mail to: nurse@cpcventura.org or Call Jane Exell at the Church office (805-648-2737 Ext.311)


New Happenings - September 2017!

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

The most significant rise in Type 2 diabetes is in 10-12 year olds. One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.


The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the CPC Health Team encourages your family to make healthy changes together.


· Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.


· Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.


· Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.


Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.

Join Us for “Quick and Easy Meals and Snacks” Workshop/Luncheon


Wednesday, September 13th 11:00 am -1:00 pm - Fellowship Hall


Presented by Liz Hoffman, MS, RDN, Public Health Nutritionist


Sign up on the patio September 3rd and 10th or call Jane Exell at the church office Ext.311.


· Learn tips for preparing meals quickly and how to stock your pantry.


· Learn how to make healthy selections when eating out.


· Learn how to use a slow cooker and different cooking techniques to prepare easy, healthy meals.


· Join us afterward for lunch! Donations accepted.

New Happenings - August 2017!

August is National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!

August is when families are thinking about their children returning to or beginning school. New school clothes, supplies, books and physicals are all a part of the preparation. An important part of those physical exams is the eye exam. I had my eyes examined every year as I grew up... but then, my dad was an Optometrist and he knew  the value of a biannual eye exam.


See the link below  to find out important facts about your children’s EYE HEALTH:




Spiritual Vision Through Personal Character – Oswald Chambers


“Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place…” Revelation 4:1


A higher state of mind and spiritual vision can only be achieved through the higher practice of personal character. If you live up to the highest and best that you know in the outer level of you your life, God will continually say to you, “Friend, come up even higher.” There is also a continuing rule in temptation which calls you to go higher; but when you do, you only encounter other temptations and character traits. Both God and Satan use the strategy of elevation, but Satan uses it in temptation and the effect is quite different. When the devil elevates you to a certain place, he causes you to fasten your idea of what holiness is far beyond what flesh and blood could ever bear or achieve. Your life becomes a spiritual acrobatic performance high atop a steeple. You cling to it, trying to maintain your balance and daring not to move. But when God elevates


you by His grace into heavenly places, you find a vast plateau where you can move about with ease.


Compare this week in your spiritual life with the same week last year to see how God has called you to a higher level. We have all been brought to see from a higher viewpoint. Never allow God to show you a truth which you do not instantly begin to live up to, applying it to your life. Always work through it, staying in its light.


Your growth in grace is not measured by the fact that you haven’t turned back, but that you have an insight and understanding into where you are spiritually. Have you heard God say, “Come up higher,” not audibly on the outer level, but to the innermost part of your character? “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing…?” (Genesis 18:17). God has to hide from us what He does, until, due to the growth of our personal character, we get to the level where He is then able to reveal it.





The “Rethink Your Drink” workshop that was set for August 9th with Ventura County’s Nutritionist, Elizabeth Hoffman, will be postponed to a future date. Stay tuned!


New Happenings - July 2017!

If there is one thing as important as good nutrition to stay healthy, it would be hydration.


Whether you are 1 or 100, the body needs water to function. In fact, the human body is able to withstand food deprivation much longer than that of fluids.


Our hydration source needs to be pure…that is nontoxic. We see the effects of leaded water in the community of Flint, MI (My Home Town). For developing brains, it was devastating. We should also consider how much sugar is in the fluids that we ingest on a regular basis. Sugar is food for cancer cells. It is also the leading cause of obesity.


We need to drink an appropriate quantity of water. Our bodies are made up of 60% water. That means in order for our cells to perform optimally, we do need about 8 8-oz glasses each day. For the elderly, it may seem excessive. But, it prevents a host of problems that plague us as we age. Urinary tract infections and constipation are 2 common ailments that can greatly be reduced with proper hydration.

Our hydration should be consistent. Drinking throughout the day keeps our bodies at peak performance. It can help with chronic arthritis pain as well as enabling us to perform in athletic events with better endurance.


In our Spiritual walk, we want to partake of the Living Water. Jesus said “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst, the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” Again, on the last day (the great day) of the Feast of Booths, Jesus stood up and said “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” And so let’s remember, as we are drinking physical water to keep our bodies healthy, come also to Jesus to drink of the water He offers. He is Pure! And if we drink consistently and frequently, rivers of Living water will flow from our innermost being!




New Happenings - June 2017!

June is National Safety Month One of the most prevalent safety issues in our current culture is injury and death caused by DISTRACTED DRIVING.


The National Safety Council cautions against not only texting while driving but also taking calls using a “hands free” method as well as doing anything else while driving. Other common distractions include eating, putting on makeup, shaving, and using any type of phone apps/navigation tools. The recommendation from law enforcement and also the National Safety Council is: “Just Drive.” Don’t do anything else while driving.


A fall, particularly for those over 65, is almost always life changing. As you get older, physical changes, health conditions, and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions, make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Consider six simple fall-prevention strategies.


1. Make an appointment with your doctor. Be prepared to answer questions such as:

  What medications are you taking?

  Have you fallen before? How?

 Could your Health conditions cause a fall? ...READ MORE


On the spiritual side of safety…


What are the distractions in your life that keep you from serving God whole-heartedly? What are the things that need to be removed from your life to prevent a fall? “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”


Happy Summer and God Bless!


New Happenings - April 2017!

April Wellness Focus - "Managing Stress" - Did you know that if you show kindness to someone, it has positive physical and spiritual health benefits for you? And it can affect that stress level? The Science of Kindness

Did you know?


There are physiological benefits of showing kindness,including:


  • Strengthened immune system
  • Improved Cognitive Performance
  • Increase in Energy
  • Lower Heart Rate
  • Balanced cortisol levels which result in less internal stress
  • More likely to live a longer and more satisfied life
  • Laughter and inner joy resulting in decreased stress hormones; lower blood pressure; diminished pain.


The information in the following articles might also help you to better manage general stress.


“…in your faith supply moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5b-8





Tai Chi for Balance Class

Begins Monday, April 3. For those of you enrolled in the class please arrive by 9:30 a.m.


This class is now full but we hope to host future classes on the church campus.


More Info

New Happenings - March 2017!

March Wellness Focus - "Eat Right" - What better time to start focusing on nutrition in your life than during National Nutrition Month?

The type, quality, and amount of food that individuals consume each day play a vital role in their overall health and physical fitness.


To achieve optimum health for both today and tomorrow, “Eat Right” by checking out the food, nutrition, and health information listed below:


Do you know the amount of each food group you need daily? Enter your information at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Web site to receive a customized Daily Food Plan


Also, check out http://www.foodpyramid.com/mypyramid/ to get more information on food groups, weight loss tips, and dietary guidelines from the USDA.




For additional information on National Nutrition Month, visit www.eatright.org/NNM sponsored by the American Dietetic Association.


Along with bodily Health and Nutrition, think about Spiritual Health and Nutrition.


After all, “…man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” Are you feeding your spirit with God’s Word? “…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” There are wonderful Bible Apps for your phone or tablet that have Bible reading plans. Download one today!


Walking to the Cross

If you are looking for a change or you wish to begin a Lenten Devotional, I have several copies of “Walking to the Cross”. It is a brief devotional for the Lenten season which has a side focus on walking and meditation. First come, first served!










DON'T FORGET! Blood Pressure Screenings every 4th Sunday! Feb. 26 & Mar. 26 are the next two dates. Look for us in Fellowship Hall 3.

New Happenings - January 2017!

Beginning in January, we will be performing monthly Blood Pressure Screenings. Watch for us on the 4th Sunday of each month on the patio... READ MORE



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CPC Ventura is a member of ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

CPC Ventura is a member of ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

CPC Ventura is a member of ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

CPC Ventura is a member of ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

CPC Ventura is a member of ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

CPC Ventura is a member of ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

CPC Ventura is a member of ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

CPC Ventura is a member of ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

CPC Ventura is a member of ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.