May 26 Edition

Hello, church family!

I was called into jury duty for the first time today.  I didn’t get placed on a jury panel, but it reminded me of how we as the body of Christ are called to act…despite sometimes being tempted to be bitter, vengeful, and litigious.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

-Colossians 3:12-14

Today, may we remember to forgive instead of plot against, to love instead of hate.

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • Brad Griffin’s cousin Holly Hurst and her young son and family, mourning the loss of Holly’s husband George, age 35, who died unexpectedly from a heart attack in their home state of Tennessee.
  • Donna Nofziger Plank and Kimberly Ex-Hill and family, mourning the loss of Donna and Kim’s mother, Barbara Nofziger.
  • Pat Dowdey, for rest and recovery as she heals from her knee surgery that went well.
  • Neil Casey for his 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.
  • 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: Unity Worship Service
  • June 5: Honoring Our High School Seniors
  • June 16: Serving at SOS

Announcements

Coming Up This Sunday at UCC — At 9:00, Edna Powell will lead our adult Bible class in a lesson entitled “Renew a Right Spirit in Me,” in Appleby Center 286. In our 10:15 worship in Elkins, Ron Cox will bring us a message on Matthew 11:28-30 entitled “Jesus Gives Rest.” Here are the locations for the 9:00 children’s and youth group Bible classes:
-Cradle Roll (6-24 months): Plaza Classroom 191
-Toddler and Preschool: Plaza Classroom 190
-Kindergarten to 2nd Grade: Plaza Classroom 189
-3rd to 5th Grade: Plaza Classroom 188
-Youth Group: Faculty Dining Room

Unity Worship Service — THIS SUNDAYThis Sunday, May 29, at 6:00 p.m., a Unity Worship service will be taking place at the Reseda Church of Christ. The objective is to bring together the churches of Christ of all ethnicities in the San Fernando Valley, Ventura Country, and the Santa Clarita Valley in order to foster unity and promote an appreciation for diversity among our various congregations. Andy Wall extended this invite to us at UCC because he wants to also include friends from LA County! The evening will begin at 5:30 with special presentations by singing groups, followed by the worship service at 6:00.

Volunteer Greeters Needed! — For the next two Sundays, our amazing greeter Dan Martin will be out of town.  Call or text Allen Nelson (310-266-8547) if you can help out May 29 and/or June 5.  You would need to be able to arrive at Elkins between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.

Celebrate our Seniors!On Sunday, June 5, the University Church will honor our graduating high school seniors.  A special time during the worship service will recognize these teens.  Immediately following worship, there will be a lunch at the Mariposa pool house in their honor.  Save the date and keep your eye out for more details to come!

Community Bible StudyCBS, a non-denominational women’s Bible study here in Malibu, is taking registrations for next year’s class. Class meets every Tuesdays at Malibu Presbyterian Church, beginning September 13, from 9:45 a.m. until noon. Bible classes are also available for nursery – preschool children. Cost: $35 for the year. The study is entitled “Red Sea to the Jordan” and will cover the life of Moses. CBS is a blessing to the Malibu community and we would love to have you join us! Please contact Linn Griffin if you’re interested.

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

-Labor Exchange Lunch Making THIS Saturday: This Saturday, May 28, the youth group will meet at the Rouse’s house at 10:30 a.m. for Labor Exchange lunch making. This is an awesome opportunity to serve and give back to the community!  See you then/there!

-Honorary Service Award for the Breedings: Today (May 26), Dusty and Cecily will be honored by the Malibu High School PTSA for their commitment to mentoring teens in the Malibu area. Please congratulate them!

-“Think Global, Act Local” is the theme of the the summer. Dive into a theology of service to our local community. Get involved. Contact Dusty Breeding for more details.

The King’s Kamp Early Registration discount period ends in 1 week! Register online now in order to receive the Early Bird discount. The dates for King’s Kamp this summer are July 31-August 6.  The camp will again be held in the mountains of Idyllwild.  This year’s theme is “The Faith Awakens” and will play off of the Star Wars Light vs. Darkness theme with each day presented as a different episode. Our theme Bible verse is 1 John 1:5.  It promises to be both meaningful and fun!

-The dates for Teen Camp this summer are July 17-23.  Register now! This year we are exploring the theme of “Beyond.” We can’t wait to share with teens from all across Southern California how God shows His love beyond what we could ask or imagine, and how he calls and equips us to live beyond ourselves.

May 19 Edition

Hello, church family!

“Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ, even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”

-Ephesians 2:4-5

Prayer Requests

  • Donna Nofziger Plank and Kimberly Ex-Hill and family, mourning the loss of Donna and Kim’s mother, Barbara Nofziger.
  • Pat Dowdey, for rest and recovery as she heals from her knee surgery that went well.
  • Neil Casey for his 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.
  • 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)
  • (Yo Shen Cupp, son of Brad and Stephanie, is all healed now, and the family is thankful for the church’s prayers.)

Events At A Glance

  • THIS SUNDAY, May 22: Farewell to Stuart and D’Esta Love
  • June 5: Honoring Our High School Seniors
  • June 16: Serving at SOS

Announcements

UCC Adult Bible Class — LOCATION CHANGE — This summer adult Bible class will engage the theme of “A Season of Rest, Renewal, and Revival.” Teachers from the congregation will lead us in thoughtful discussion, times of singing, and several joint sessions with our youth group. Please note that the class has been moved to Appleby Center, Room 286, for the remainder of the summer. The next several weeks will be focused on rest:

-May 22: Jay Brewster, “Be Still, and Know That I am God” (Psalm 46)

-May 29: Edna Powell,  “Renew a Right Spirit in Me”

-June 5: Ron Highfield, “What Does a Rested, Renewed, and Revived Church Look Like?”

-June 12: Brad Griffin, “Songs of Praise” (joint class with the Youth Group)

Children’s Bible Classes — NEW LOCATIONS — Plaza Classrooms (PC)
-Cradle Roll (6-24 months): PC 191
-Toddler and Preschool: PC 190
-Kindergarten to 2nd Grade: PC 189
-3rd to 5th Grade: PC 188

Farewell to Stuart and D’Esta Love — THIS SUNDAY — Join us in saying goodbye and celebrating Stuart and D’Esta Love this Sunday, May 22, at the home of Claudette and John Wilson (24410 Tiner Court) immediately following church. Parking will be available on President’s Drive, on the side of the driveway going up, and in the driveway of Rick and Paula Marrs’ home. There will be an Italian-themed potluck for the food, and we ask every to bring one main dish and one side dish or dessert. Please try to bring your food fully prepped, as only a small space will be available for prep for those that need it. There will be a short time of blessing and sharing what they mean to us and how they’ve changed us. There will also be paper for writing notes to them that will be assembled into a book we will mail to the Loves later this summer. If you’d like to include a note but can’t come this Sunday, email your note to Nancy Shatzer. Please call or email Stacy Rouse or Shannon Warwar if you’d like to help more directly with any aspect of the potluck.

Volunteer Greeters Needed! — For the next three Sundays, our amazing greeter Dan Martin will be out of town.  Call or text Allen Nelson (310-266-8547) if you can help out May 22, May 29, and/or June 5.  You would need to be able to arrive at Elkins between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.

Celebrate our Seniors!On Sunday, June 5, the University Church will honor our graduating high school seniors.  A special time during the worship service will recognize these teens.  Immediately following worship, there will be a lunch at the Mariposa pool house in their honor.  Save the date and keep your eye out for more details to come!

Community Bible StudyCBS, a non-denominational women’s Bible study here in Malibu, is taking registrations for next year’s class. Class meets every Tuesdays at Malibu Presbyterian Church, beginning September 13, from 9:45 a.m. until noon. Bible classes are also available for nursery – preschool children. Cost: $35 for the year. The study is entitled “Red Sea to the Jordan” and will cover the life of Moses. CBS is a blessing to the Malibu community and we would love to have you join us! Please contact Linn Griffin if you’re interested.

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

-Our summer youth ministry intern team has arrived! Jake, Jessica, Daniel, and Ash will be working with our youth group this summer. Be sure to welcome them as you meet them in the coming days.

-New Bible Class Location: For the rest of the summer, the 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning Bible class for the Youth Group will be moved to the Faculty Dining Room which is located next to the Fireside Room in the cafeteria.  If you have questions about this location, contact Dusty or one of our summer interns!

-Labor Exchange Lunch Making NEXT Saturday: On Saturday May 28, the youth group will meet at the Rouse’s house at 10:30 a.m. for Labor Exchange lunch making. This is an awesome opportunity to serve and give back to the community!  See you then/there!

-“Think Global, Act Local” is the theme of the the summer. Dive into a theology of service to our local community. Get involved. Contact Dusty Breeding for more details.

Just a reminder that King’s Kamp Early Registration discount period ends in 2 weeks! Register online now in order to receive the Early Bird discount. The dates for King’s Kamp this summer are July 31-August 6.  The camp will again be held in the mountains of Idyllwild.  This year’s theme is “The Faith Awakens” and will play off of the Star Wars – Light vs. Darkness theme with each day presented as a different episode. Our theme Bible verse is 1 John 1:5.  It promises to be both meaningful and fun!

-The dates for Teen Camp this summer are July 17-23.  Register now! This year we are exploring the theme of ‘Beyond’. We can’t wait to share with teens from all across Southern California how God shows His love beyond what we could ask or imagine, and how he calls and equips us to live beyond ourselves.

Caretaker Wanted — Corinne and Hung Le have a friend here in Malibu who is looking for an occasional evening caretaker for her 85-year-old father who lives with them. He is mentally sharp but has some mobility issues due to Parkinson’s Disease. They live in Malibu Country Estates. Please contact Marie Wexler (310-425-9551) if you are interested.

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.

May 12 Edition

Hello, church family!

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

-Romans 12:9-18

Prayer Requests

  • Donna Nofziger Plank and Kimberly Ex-Hill and family, mourning the loss of Donna and Kim’s mother, Barbara Nofziger, who passed away on Tuesday, May 11. Please join us in praying for and extending love to Donna, Kim, and their family who are in immense pain over this great loss.
  • Pat Dowdey, for rest and recovery as she heals from her knee surgery that went well
  • Neil Casey for his 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.
  • 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

  • May 22: Farewell to Stuart and D’Esta Love
  • June 16: Serving at SOS
  • July 17-23: Teen Camp
  • July 31 – August 6: King’s Kamp

Announcements

This Sunday, May 15 — At 9:00 a.m. in Plaza Classroom 189, Konstantine Zigulin and Psalom will be with us from St. Petersburg, Russia.  They will teach us three new songs that they have written. Please join us — all are welcome!  Then, at 10:15 a.m. in Elkins, Stuart and D’Esta Love will lead the church in an extended meditation on Jesus and his sacrifice, with special focus on the Lord’s Supper (“Resting at the Table of the Lord”).

Volunteer Greeters Needed! — For the next four Sundays, our amazing greeter Dan Martin will be out of town.  Call or text Allen Nelson (310-266-8547) if you can help out May 15, May 22, May 29, and/or June 5.  You would need to be able to arrive at Elkins between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.

Farewell to Stuart and D’Esta Love — Join us in saying goodbye and celebrating Stuart and D’Esta Love on Sunday, May 22, at the home of Claudette and John Wilson, 24410 Tiner Court, immediately following church. Parking will be available on President’s Drive, on the side of the driveway going up, and in the driveway of Rick and Paula Marrs’ home. There will be an Italian-themed potluck for the food, and we ask every to bring one main dish and one side dish or dessert. Please try to bring your food fully prepped, as only a small space will be available for prep for those that need it. There will also be a short time of blessing and sharing what they mean to us and how they’ve changed us. Please call or email Stacy Rouse or Shannon Warwar if you’d like to help more directly with any aspect of the potluck.

Sermon Notes — Here is the full outline including the quote from The Imitation of Christ from Ron Highfield’s sermon, “A Season of Rest, Renewal, and Revival,” that he preached last week.

A Letter from Geneve — Please click here to read a letter from Geneve Ruddock thanking you for praying for her during her recent trip to India and describing her time there with words and pictures.

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

-“Think Global, Act Local” is the theme of the the summer. Dive into a theology of service to our local community. Get involved. Contact Dusty Breeding for more details.

-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!

Caretaker Wanted — Corinne and Hung Le have a friend here in Malibu who is looking for an occasional evening caretaker for her 85-year-old father who lives with them. He is mentally sharp but has some mobility issues due to Parkinson’s Disease. They live in Malibu Country Estates. Please contact Marie Wexler (310-425-9551) if you are interested.

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.

Summer Bible Class Series

This Sunday, May 8, marks the beginning of our summer Bible class schedule. Our adult Bible class will be meeting in Plaza 189, at 9:00 a.m. each week.

Our Bible class will be taught by a diverse collection of people from the congregation, and a few visitors. The theme for this class is shared with the theme for our time of worship, “Rest, Renewal, and Revival”.  We will have sessions dedicated to each of these themes, times of singing with the youth group, and even a session in Elkins with the high school students attending the Crossways Youth Conference this August.

For the first two Sundays of the summer, the class will be led by visitors to our congregation:

  • This Sunday, May 8, Joseph Dzamesi will be leading the class. Joseph leads Sonrise Christian High School in Ghana, West Africa.  Joseph is a Pepperdine alumnus who returned to Africa to grow opportunities for students to attend a Christian school in his homeland. The University Church of Christ has supported Joseph for several years. We are excited to have him back with us and invite everyone to this bible class.
  • On the following Sunday, May 15, Konstantine Zigulin and Psalom will be with us from St. Petersburg, Russia.  They will teach us three new songs that they have written.

Please join us — all are welcome!

-Jay Brewster

May 5 Edition

Hello, church family!

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

-Philippians 2:5-11

I am already stuffed on the Word and fellowship feast here at Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and there are still two full days remaining!  If you are at all free between now and tomorrow night, I urge you to attend as much as your schedule allows.

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • Pat Dowdey, for rest and recovery as she heals from her knee surgery that went well
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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

Celebrate! — Five Pepperdine students were recently baptized!  Four made the decision to be baptized at the Well: Esther Chong (CM office worker and freshman), Jon Andrews (freshman), Miquela Newhart (Trek Iceland member and senior), and Christine Johnson (senior).  Pepperdine soccer player, Brielle Preece, was baptized the following morning at Zuma Beach.

This Sunday in Our Summer Sermon/Worship Series — “A Season of Rest, Renewal, and Revival” — Ron Highfield introduces the series and examines the concepts of rest, renewal, and revival.

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

-“Think Global, Act Local” is the theme of the the summer. Dive into a theology of service to our local community. Get involved. Contact Dusty Breeding for more details.

-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!

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.

Caretaker Wanted — Corinne and Hung Le have a friend here in Malibu who is looking for an occasional evening caretaker for her 85-year-old father who lives with them. He is mentally sharp but has some mobility issues due to Parkinson’s Disease. They live in Malibu Country Estates. Please contact Marie Wexler (310-425-9551) if you are interested.

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.