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


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.