March 24 Edition

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-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • William Bridgeforth, Connie James’ brother, and his family on the loss of his wife of 43 years, Sarah.
  • Family and friends mourning the loss of O’Shae Imes, Rmani Crawford’s friend, especially for O’Shae’s mother Melissa.
  • Vici Shoemaker, mother of former UCC member Becca Fitzpatrick, who starts a new cycle of chemo today. You can get updates and share encouragement here.
  • Genevieve Ruddock’s current 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.
  • Rebecca Bishop, Steve Parmelee’s niece, undergoing chemo.
  • D’Esta Love, continuing to heal and strengthen following her surgery.
  • Bernice, Bernie James’ mother, as she continues to recover.
  • Expectant Parents: Elizabeth and Johnny Coleman

Announcements

Easter Sunday, March 27 — This Sunday 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.

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 — You are invited to a Come-and-Go Wedding Shower and Luncheon in honor of Falon Opsahl and Nate Barton on April 17 from 12:30 – 2:30 at the Schaffer’s condo. We will have a time of blessing for them around 1:15. Falon and Nate are registered at Target and through their wedding website. If you’d like to contribute to the group gift, please contact Nancy Shatzer. We hope you will plan to join us!

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.

Francis Stivers’ Birthday — One of our precious older members, Francis Stivers, celebrated her 96th birthday recently (on March 16). Her address is 5948 Paseo Cyn. Drive, Malibu, CA  90265. She would appreciate prayers and cards.

Campus Ministry Updates

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

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 heldSaturday, 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 www.hope4kids.myevent.com.  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.