March 17 Edition

Hello, and welcome to the newly revamped UCC Family News.

Two things to note: 1) we now have a blog for what were once our weekly emails, and 2) the blogs will be posted and sent out on Thursdays instead of Fridays.

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If you have something to announce or a prayer request to put forward, please fill out this easy-to-use Google form or email me directly.  You can also use the same Google form to update existing prayer requests or announcements.

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • Vici Shoemaker, mother of former UCC member Becca Fitzpatrick, who will start a new cycle of chemo on March 24. Her original cancer spread to her liver and this treatment is meant to slow the growth of the tumors and give her more time. Pray for the Shoemaker and Fitzpatrick families as they journey through this together. Becca, her brother, and their families are all flying to Albuquerque soon to be together and celebrate Vici’s birthday before the new cycle of chemo begins. You can get updates and share encouragement here.
  • Genevieve Ruddock’s upcoming month-long trip to India to work with children.
  • Nathan Thomas, son of James and Kanet Thomas, undergoing chemo treatments for colon cancer while also working.
  • Yo Shen Cupp, son of Brad and Stephanie, healing from his March 11 surgery.
  • David Dowdey, recovering from hernia surgery.
  • Rebecca Bishop, Steve Parmelee’s niece, undergoing chemo.
  • D’Esta Love, continuing to heal and strengthen following her surgery.


Easter Sunday, March 27 — Sunday, March 27, is Easter!!!  We will have an Easter Egg Hunt followed by our Worship Service in Elkins Auditorium.

-No Bible Classes for Children or Youth Group. At 9:00 a.m., children meet in PLC 100 with an Easter basket and two dozen plastic eggs filled with candy (or Cheerios, Goldfish for younger kids). We will have a special Easter lesson for the children. Also at 9:00 a.m., Youth Group members help hide Easter Eggs outside Elkins. At 9:30 a.m., the children are dismissed to hunt for Easter Eggs.

-At 10:15, we will have our regularly scheduled Worship Service in Elkins Auditorium. Nursery for children birth – 2 years in Plaza Classroom 191. Children’s Worship will be in Plaza Classroom 189.

-If you have any questions please contact Corinne Le.

Annual Missions Contribution — The 2016 Annual Mission Contribution Sunday is coming up on April 3. Please in prayer over this important date, for our church and its outreach and for how you can plan to give.

MOPS Bunny Brunch — Attention preschool families, the annual MOPS Bunny Brunch is here! THIS Saturday, March 19, at 6040 Merrit Drive from 10:00 a.m. until noon. We will have a silent auction, a yummy brunch, an Easter egg hunt, the telling of the Easter Story, and a special surprise for the little ones! Invite the whole family and bring your baskets! Hope to see you there… $10 per person, $35 max per family. Tickets can me purchased at MPNS or at the door.

Silent Auction / Talent Show “Thank You” — The youth group team going to MITS this summer raised almost $1800 toward their trip at the talent show and silent auction last week!  Thank you to everyone who donated items, who performed, and who bid for things in the silent auction.  We appreciate your support!  If you were unable to attend or you want to relive the evening, please click here to see some pictures taken by Brad Griffin.

Tacos and Crepes! — Please join the UCC youth group MITS-bound team for a fundraiser lunch at Drescher park after church on April 10.  Lee Morgan will be making street tacos and Steve Rouse will be making crepes.  YUM!!  All donations will go toward the team’s fundraising efforts and the projects the team will facilitate while there.  It will be a great way to fellowship as a church family and a great way to support our youth!

Opsahl/Barton Wedding Shower — Save the date for this wedding shower in honor of Falon Opsahl and Nate Barton on April 17 following our worship service at the Schaffer’s condo. Please plan to join us for the celebration!

Serving at SOS — Mark your calendars with our upcoming SOS dates: April 21 and June 16. Please contact Katy Thompson for information about what food you can bring and how you can serve on these dates.

Campus Ministry Updates

-CM Joshua Tree Camping Trip! Join us for a weekend under the stars in God’s beautiful creation March 25 -27. The cost is $25. Sign up in the CM office to reserve your space today.

-CM Formal is coming up on April 16.  Save the date!  Details to be announced soon.

-The AWP Club Convo titled “Thrive, Using Psalms To Help You Flourish” began on March 16 and will end on April 20.  It meets at the home of John and Claudette Wilson on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.mPlease visit the convo website to learn more and sign up. We promise you will flourish along with us.

Youth Ministry Updates

-The dates for King’s Kamp this summer are July 31-August 6.  The camp will again be held in the mountains of Idyllwild.  Cost for this year’s camp is $345 per camper, provided you register by July 1.  After July 1, registration goes up to $370 per camper.  There is also an early bird discount: If registration is received by June 1, the cost is $320, so register soon to save!  We are also offering a discounted fee for each additional sibling coming to camp of $299.

Contact Dusty if you’re interested in serving as a King’s Kamp counselor this summer.

-Deadline to apply for Jeff Wallin’s CrossWays leadership program for high school juniors and seniors is April 1!  Apply online.

HOPE4Kids 2016 — The 4th annual HOPE4Kids Festival & Run will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Camarillo Community Center (1605 E Burnley St, Camarillo). Our church and our group both have teams participating in this event that raises awareness and money for the needs of Ventura County foster youth. Register with the University Church of Christ team or UCC Youth Group team to run/walk or volunteer at  Early bird registration ends March 23. You can support this good work by attending and enjoying the food trucks, silent auction, vendor booths/shopping, community performers, and the FREE Kidzone (bounce houses, rock wall, gaming truck, and more). There is also an Adoption and Foster Fair, which will feature photos and profiles of current foster youth in need of homes. Other opportunities for involvement include being a vendor, donating a silent auction item, becoming a corporate sponsor, and making a donation in honor or someone who is volunteering or running/walking.  Thanks to the funds that were raised in previous HOPE4Kids events, hundreds of foster children have benefited from assistance in matters such as special medical care, orthodontic treatment, extracurricular activities, efforts to prevent a child from entering foster care or to keep them with relatives, and rent or college books for our transitioning aged youth (18-21 year olds). If you have any questions about how to get involved, contact Kari Coppinger. Above all, your prayer support is greatly desired for the event and more so for foster youth and families.