Summer Sermon/Worship Series

A Season of Rest, Renewal, and Revival

Our theme for our summer gatherings will be “A Season of Rest, Renewal, and Revival.” In our individual lives we experience a daily cycle of rest, awakening, and activity. In the academic world professors are sometimes granted sabbatical leaves, and in all lines of work we recognize the need of times for rest and renewal. In the same way in our individual Christian lives and in our life together as a church periodically we need times of rest for the sake of renewal and reorientation that revives our energy for the good work God calls us to do.

This summer the elders are calling the church into a season of Sabbath in which (1) we learn to rest in the goodness of God. It will be a time of rejoicing in God’s grace and mercy.  We will listen to messages that focus our attention on the peace of God, and we will engage in practices that allow us to express our faith in God’s forgiveness and loving care. (2) Of course rest is not an end in itself. We rest for the sake of renewal. In this time we will seek the life-giving healing and power of the Holy Spirit. We will hear scripture readings, engage in times of communal prayer and sharing, and listen to messages designed to heal and strengthen our souls and renew our hope in the future that God will bring. (3) Rest and renewal find their fulfillment in revival, in a fresh outpouring of energy for service in God’s kingdom. We will focus on messages and practices that stir us to acts of love for one another and others. We will encourage each other to take advantage of the opportunities God gives us to encourage the discouraged, heal the broken hearted, bind up the wounded, and preach good news to the poor.

Some Sundays we will hear a speaker deliver a message and on others our services will focus entirely on the Lord’s Supper or prayer or telling our stories or healing. But each Sunday will contribute something to our overall theme of “A Season of Rest, Renewal, and Revival.” We invite you to be praying that this series of gatherings will indeed help us rest in God, find renewal in the Holy Spirit, and inspire us to become more energetic disciples of Jesus.

-Ron Highfield, on behalf of our elders

First Five Weeks: Resting in God

  • May 8 — “A Season of Rest, Renewal, and Revival” — Ron Highfield introduces the series and examines the concepts of rest, renewal and revival
  • May 15 — “Resting at the Table of the Lord” — Stuart and D’Esta Love lead the church in an extended meditation on Jesus and his sacrifice, with special focus on the Lord’s Supper.
  • May 22 — “The Sabbath Life Style” — Danny Mathews draws us into the joyful message of the Sabbath Old Testament.
  • May 29 — “Jesus Gives Rest, ” Matthew 11:28-30 — Ron Cox speaks about the burdens Jesus lifts and the rest he gives. This message examines Jesus’ interpretation of the Sabbath. Jesus criticizes the burdensome religion imposed on the people by the Pharisees. His “religion” is joyful, liberating and humanizing.
  • June 5 — “Rest for your Souls” — John Wilson will lead the church in a series of meditations on the rest and peace of God in some of the church’s great hymns.

April 28 Edition

Hello, church family!

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

-Colossians 3:15-17

What a joy to be able to live out this verse every day, but especially at Pepperdine Bible Lectures.  This year’s theme is “Cruciformed: Living in Light of the Jesus Story,” and I am so much looking forward to attending alongside my visiting mother that I am taking vacation days!  I hope that you take the time to learn more and plan to attend as much as your schedule allows.

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • Neil Casey for a smooth transition as he begins to work in the Peace Corps overseas in Georgia.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Upcoming Trips: MITS Mission Trip (June 15-30) and Trek Iceland Leadership Trip (July 9-17)

Events At A Glance

  • THIS SUNDAY, May 1: Tacos and Crepes
  • May 3-6: Pepperdine Bible Lectures
  • May 8: Summer Sermon/Worship Series Begins
  • May 12-14: The Ascending Voice
  • May 22: Farewell to Stuart and D’Esta Love (SAVE THE DATE)
  • June 16: Serving at SOS
  • July 17-23: Teen Camp
  • July 31 – August 6: King’s Kamp

Announcements

Tacos and Crepes! THIS SUNDAY, May 1 — Please join the UCC youth group MITS-bound team for a fundraiser lunch at Drescher park after church this Sunday, May 1.  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!

Serving at SOS — Mark your calendars with our upcoming SOS date, June 16. Please contact Katy Thompson for information about what food you can bring and how you can serve on this date.

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.)

-The dates for Teen Camp this summer are July 17-23.  Early bird deadline is April 29.  Register now to save!

Bible Lectures 2016 — Pepperdine Bible Lectures is almost here (May 3-6!), and this year’s theme is “Cruciformed: Living in Light of the Jesus Story.”  Learn more and register here.

AWP is still looking for a few great volunteers! — Sandy Stivers and Nancy Shatzer are requesting your assistance during Bible Lectures.  There are a few times specific times when help is needed: Thursday, May 5, at 2 pm, to bag yummy cookies for sale to raise money for student scholarships.  In addition, volunteers are needed at night, Tuesday through Thursday, at 7:30 pm.  If you have questions about serving in this way or can volunteer for a few hours, please contact Nancy.

The Ascending Voice — Celebrating congregational singing and a cappella music in Christian worship, this exciting symposium features three main evening concerts that will be of special interest to Pepperdine faculty members: Cerulean- Voices Extraordinary on May 12 directed by Professor Ryan Board, the grand Festival Choir concert on May 13 directed by world renowned choral scholar Simon Carrington, and Grammy Award-winning sensation Take 6 on May 14.  Learn more and register here.  If you enter the discount code “Leader2016”, you can register for the conference and get a ticket* to “Take 6” for only $40 (*while supplies last).  But anyone can drop in on the daytime programs for free, without registering.  There will be lots of worship times including opportunities to sing with great worship leaders like Keith Lancaster and Ken Nafziger.  Great classes, workshops, and fellowship are in store, too.  See the website for program details.

House Swap Opportunity — Peggy Langford (a friend of Claudia Sangster and Pepperdine alumna) has a son who is teaching at Pepperdine during the month of May.  She and her family of 6 are planning a trip to Malibu to see Andrew May 28-30 (Memorial Day weekend), and they are looking for a place close enough to maximize their time together as a family.  Would you be willing to swap houses with them for that time frame?  They have Monterey Bay Aquarium guest passes to throw in, along with free entry to Pt. Lobos (a beautiful place to hike) and convenient proximity to Big Sur, wineries, and other vacation jaunts.  For more details and to get connected with Peggy, please contact Claudia Sangster directly.

April 21 Edition

Hello, church family!

“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home.”

-Psalm 68:5-6a

The HOPE4Kids Festival & Run is only two days away—it’s this Saturday in Camarillo.  I am proud to be running the 10k with the University Church team.  This run is especially near and dear to my heart because of my family’s history with adoption.  On my mother’s side, my grandmother was adopted by her aunt and uncle.  My mother was adopted by my grandmother’s husband.  And my big brother was adopted by my father.  We have a special saying in my family that through adoption “God changes the record books.”  To me, fostering is yet another way to change the record books and settle a solitary child in a home—some of God’s favorite work to do.  Hope to see you in Camarillo on Saturday!

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • Neil Casey for a smooth transition as he begins to work in the Peace Corps overseas in Georgia.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Upcoming Trips: Iceland Trek and Youth Group MITS mission

Events At A Glance

  • TONIGHT, April 21: Serving at SOS
  • April 23: HOPE4Kids
  • April 24: Honoring Pepperdine Graduates; The Little Family Appreciation Party
  • May 1: Tacos and Crepes
  • May 3-6: Pepperdine Bible Lectures
  • May 12-14: The Ascending Voice
  • May 22: Farewell to Stuart and D’Esta Love (SAVE THE DATE)
  • June 16: Serving at SOS
  • July 17-23: Teen Camp
  • July 31 – August 6: King’s Kamp

Announcements

The Little Family Appreciation Party — THIS SUNDAY — This Sunday, April 24, there will be an Appreciation Party for Rich Little and family for Rich’s years of full-time ministry here.  It will be a potluck lunch in the Fireside Room following our worship service.  Every household is asked to contribute one main dish and one side or one dessert to share. Drinks will be provided.  We hope everyone will be able to make it to this special event.  ALSO, we are going to create a slide show of the time that the Littles have been here for the party.  We need as many pictures  as possible of as many different church events that we can get.  Use this link to contribute pictures by noon THIS Saturday, April 23.  (Pictures can be uploaded from your computer, phone or tablet.  You can upload as many as you want, but you have to upload them one at a time.)  Please contact Shannon Warwar if you have questions.

Annual Missions Contribution — Thank you! — We have now collected $28,627 of our $40,000 annual goal.  Thank you to all who generously gave!  This will be our last announcement about it for now, but please know that contributions are welcome throughout the year—simply designate your check as “Missions” on the memo line and place it in the offering plate.

Tacos and Crepes! Rescheduled for May 1 — Please join the UCC youth group MITS-bound team for a fundraiser lunch at Drescher park after church on Sunday, May 1.  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!

Serving at SOS — Mark your calendars with our upcoming SOS dates: (TONIGHT!) 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

-Honoring Pepperdine Graduates — We will honor our Seaver seniors and those completing graduate school on Sunday, April 24, during worship.

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.)

-The dates for Teen Camp this summer are July 17-23.  Early bird deadline is April 29.  Register now to save!

Bible Lectures 2016 — Pepperdine Bible Lectures is quickly approaching, May 3-6, and this year’s theme is “Cruciformed: Living in Light of the Jesus Story.”  Learn more and register here.

AWP is looking for a few great volunteers! — Sandy Stivers and Nancy Shatzer are requesting your assistance during Bible Lectures.  There are a few times specific times when help is needed: Thursday, May 5, at 2 pm, to bag yummy cookies for sale to raise money for student scholarships.  In addition, volunteers are needed at night, Tuesday through Thursday, at 7:30 pm.  If you have questions about serving in this way or can volunteer for a few hours, please contact Nancy.

Bible Lectures Housing Needed — Since our missionary in Ghana, Joseph Dzamesi, and his wife were not able to know if they could come to Bible Lectures until January, they are now in need of a place to stay.  Can anyone please house Joseph and Jennifer from May 3-8?  They will have all their meals on campus, so you would not need to cook for them.  Please contact Susan Giboney if you are willing to host.

The Ascending Voice — Celebrating congregational singing and a cappella music in Christian worship, this exciting symposium features three main evening concerts that will be of special interest to Pepperdine faculty members: Cerulean- Voices Extraordinary on May 12 directed by Professor Ryan Board, the grand Festival Choir concert on May 13 directed by world renowned choral scholar Simon Carrington, and Grammy Award-winning sensation Take 6 on May 14.  Learn more and register here.  If you enter the discount code “Leader2016”, you can register for the conference and get a ticket* to “Take 6” for only $40 (*while supplies last).  But anyone can drop in on the daytime programs for free, without registering.  There will be lots of worship times including opportunities to sing with great worship leaders like Keith Lancaster and Ken Nafziger.  Great classes, workshops, and fellowship are in store, too.  See the website for program details.

House Swap Opportunity — Peggy Langford (a friend of Claudia Sangster and Pepperdine alumna) has a son who is teaching at Pepperdine during the month of May.  She and her family of 6 are planning a trip to Malibu to see Andrew May 28-30 (Memorial Day weekend), and they are looking for a place close enough to maximize their time together as a family.  Would you be willing to swap houses with them for that time frame?  They have Monterey Bay Aquarium guest passes to throw in, along with free entry to Pt. Lobos (a beautiful place to hike) and convenient proximity to Big Sur, wineries, and other vacation jaunts.  For more details and to get connected with Peggy, please contact Claudia Sangster directly.

HOPE4Kids 2016 — THIS SATURDAY! — 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 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.

April 14 Edition

Hello, church family!

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

-Psalm 118:24

Life gets hard and/or busy a lot of the time, but let’s not forget to find joy today.  I just took joy in drawing a countdown because my mother found out this week that she gets to travel out here for Bible Lectures (in 19 days!).  I’m taking off work, and we’re going to room together in a freshman hall and soak up all that Bible Lectures has to offer.

So, get your dose of joy today through registering for Bible Lectures, attending the Campus Ministry Formal this Saturday (Susan Giboney is making an appearance!), or (if all else fails) watching this funny cat video.

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • Neil Casey for safe travel and a smooth transition, as he leaves tomorrow (April 15) to work in the Peace Corps overseas in Georgia.
  • 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

Events At A Glance

  • April 16: Campus Ministry Spring Formal
  • April 17: Opsahl/Barton Wedding Shower
  • April 21: Serving at SOS
  • April 23: HOPE4Kids
  • April 24: Honoring Pepperdine Graduates; The Little Family Appreciation Party
  • May 3-6: Pepperdine Bible Lectures
  • May 12-14: The Ascending Voice
  • June 16: Serving at SOS
  • July 31 – August 6: King’s Kamp

Announcements

Annual Missions Contribution — KEEP ON KEEPING ON — We have now collected $27,827 of our $40,000 annual goal.  Thank you to all who generously gave.  If you still plan to give towards the Annual Missions Contribution, thank you as well—please designate your check as “Missions” on the memo line and place it in the offering plate.

Opsahl/Barton Wedding Shower — THIS SUNDAY You are invited to a Come-and-Go Wedding Shower and Luncheon in honor of Falon Opsahl and Nate Barton this Sunday, April 17, from 12:30 (or following worship) until 2:30 at the Schaffer’s condo (24203 Baxter Drive). 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 by tomorrow (April 15). We hope you will plan to join us!

The Little Family Appreciation Party — On Sunday, April 24, there will be an Appreciation Party for Rich Little and family for Rich’s years of full-time ministry here.  It will be a potluck lunch in the Fireside Room following our worship service.  Every household is asked to contribute one main dish and one side or one dessert to share. Drinks will be provided.  We hope everyone will be able to make it to special event.  ALSO, we are going to create a slide show of the time that the Littles have been here for the party.  We need as many pictures  as possible of as many different church events that we can get.  Use this link to contribute pictures by noon on Saturday, April 23.  (Pictures can be uploaded from your computer, phone or tablet.  You can upload as many as you want, but you have to upload them one at a time.)  Please contact Shannon Warwar if you have questions.

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

-Vintage Natura — THIS SATURDAY — CM Spring Formal is only two days away.  Everyone is invited to enjoy the good music and great company!  Photos will be taken at 5:30 p.m., and the dance will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Here are six reasons why you should come.  PLUS, Susan Giboney is making an appearance!

-Honoring Pepperdine Graduates — We will honor our Seaver seniors and those completing graduate school on Sunday, April 24, during worship.

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.)

Bible Lectures 2016 — Pepperdine Bible Lectures is quickly approaching, May 3-6, and this year’s theme is “Cruciformed: Living in Light of the Jesus Story.”  Learn more and register here.

AWP is looking for a few great volunteers! — Sandy Stivers and Nancy Shatzer are requesting your assistance during Bible Lectures.  There are a few times specific times when help is needed: Thursday, May 5, at 2 pm, to bag yummy cookies for sale to raise money for student scholarships.  In addition, volunteers are needed at night, Tuesday through Thursday, at 7:30 pm.  If you have questions about serving in this way or can volunteer for a few hours, please contact Nancy.

Bible Lectures Housing Needed — Since our missionary in Ghana, Joseph Dzamesi, and his wife were not able to know if they could come to Bible Lectures until January, they are now in need of a place to stay.  Can anyone please house Joseph and Jennifer from May 3-8?  They will have all their meals on campus, so you would not need to cook for them.  Please contact Susan Giboney if you are willing to host.

The Ascending Voice — Lincoln Hanks and former UCC member Darryl Tippens reached out to us to make us aware of this year’s Ascending Voice symposium, May 12-14.  There are three main evening concerts that will be of special interest to us: the “Cerulean Concert” on May 12,the grand festival concert on May 13, and the “Take 6” concert on May 14.  Learn more and register here.  If you enter the discount code “Leader2016”, you can register for the conference and get a ticket* to “Take 6” for only $40 (*while supplies last).  But anyone can drop in on the daytime programs for free, without registering.  There will be lots of worship times including opportunities to sing with great worship leaders like Keith Lancaster and Ken Nafziger.  Great classes, workshops, and fellowship are in store, too.  See the website for program details.

House Swap Opportunity — Peggy Langford (a friend of Claudia Sangster and Pepperdine alumna) has a son who is teaching at Pepperdine during the month of May.  She and her family of 6 are planning a trip to Malibu to see Andrew May 28-30 (Memorial Day weekend), and they are looking for a place close enough to maximize their time together as a family.  Would you be willing to swap houses with them for that time frame?  They have Monterey Bay Aquarium guest passes to throw in, along with free entry to Pt. Lobos (a beautiful place to hike) and convenient proximity to Big Sur, wineries, and other vacation jaunts.  For more details and to get connected with Peggy, please contact Claudia Sangster directly.

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 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.

April 7 Edition

Hello, church family!

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

-Isaiah 55:10-11

God’s Word is living and active on earth.  Praise God for the way His Word goes to work!

-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

Events At A Glance

  • April 10: Tacos and Crepes
  • April 16: Campus Ministry Spring Formal
  • April 17: Opsahl/Barton Wedding Shower
  • April 21: Serving at SOS
  • April 23: HOPE4Kids
  • April 24: The Little Family Appreciation Party
  • May 3-6: Pepperdine Bible Lectures
  • June 16: Serving at SOS
  • July 31 – August 6: King’s Kamp

Announcements

THIS SUNDAY — Tacos and Crepes! — Please join the UCC youth group MITS-bound team for a fundraiser lunch at Drescher park after church this Sunday, 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!

Annual Missions Contribution — LET’S KEEP GOING — On Sunday, April 3, we collected $23,269 of our $40,000 annual goal.  Thank you to all who generously gave.  If you still plan to give towards the Annual Missions Contribution, thank you as well—please designate your check as “Missions” on the memo line and place it in the offering plate.

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 (or following worship) until 2:30 at the Schaffer’s condo (24203 Baxter Drive). 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 by Friday, April 15. We hope you will plan to join us!

The Little Family Appreciation Party — On Sunday, April 24, there will be an Appreciation Party for Rich Little and family for Rich’s years of full-time ministry here.  It will be a potluck lunch in the Fireside Room following our worship service.  Every household is asked to contribute one main dish and one side or one dessert to share. Drinks will be provided.  We hope everyone will be able to make it to special event.  ALSO, we are going to create a slide show of the time that the Littles have been here for the party.  We need as many pictures  as possible of as many different church events that we can get.  Use this link to contribute pictures by noon on Saturday, April 23.  (Pictures can be uploaded from your computer, phone or tablet.  You can upload as many as you want, but you have to upload them one at a time.)  Please contact Shannon Warwar if you have questions.

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

-Vintage Natura  CM Spring Formal is coming up on April 16.  Photos will be taken at 5:30 p.m., and the dance will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Here are six reasons why you should come!

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.

Bible Lectures 2016 — Pepperdine Bible Lectures is quickly approaching, May 3-6, and this year’s theme is “Cruciformed: Living in Light of the Jesus Story.”  Learn more and register here.

AWP is looking for a few great volunteers! — Sandy Stivers and Nancy Shatzer are requesting your assistance during Bible Lectures.  There are a few times specific times when help is needed: Thursday, May 5, at 2 pm, to bag yummy cookies for sale to raise money for student scholarships.  In addition, volunteers are needed at night, Tuesday through Thursday, at 7:30 pm.  If you have questions about serving in this way or can volunteer for a few hours, please contact Nancy.

Bible Lectures Housing Needed — Since our missionary in Ghana, Joseph Dzamesi, and his wife were not able to know if they could come to Bible Lectures until January, they are now in need of a place to stay.  Can anyone please house Joseph and Jennifer from May 3-8?  They will have all their meals on campus, so you would not need to cook for them.  Please contact Susan Giboney if you are willing to host.

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 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.