March 31 Edition

Hello, church family!

This week, I have added three handy reference features to our UCC Family News blog, all accessible through the Menu button at the upper right:

1. How to Submit: instructions on how to submit announcements and prayer requests

2. How to Subscribe: instructions on how to subscribe using your email address

3. How to Get It Texted to You: instructions on how to get a link to UCC Family News via text message

Last night in our House Group, we brought up the subject of worry.  It called to mind Luke 12:22-31 for me.  Considering the very green spring we’re enjoying (complete with wildflowers on our hillsides!), here’s a great excerpt: “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin […]. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you […]“!

-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 is undergoing chemo. 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.
  • 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


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

Support D’Esta Love on Tuesday — You are invited to a book review event of D’Esta Love’s new book, Finding Their Voices: Sermons by Women in the Churches of Christ, this Tuesday, April 5, at 4:00 p.m. in the Surfboard Room of Payson Library. This event is hosted by the Center for Faith and Learning and University Libraries.

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.

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.

-ONE DAY LEFT The deadline to apply for Jeff Walling’s CrossWays leadership program for high school juniors and seniors is tomorrow (Friday, April 1)!  Apply online.

HOPE4Kids 2016 — Update: make a donation here to the “University Church of Christ” team to support foster youth as well as encourage those of our congregation who are running, walking, and volunteering.

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  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.