June 9 Edition

Hello, church family!

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

-James 1:22-27

Let’s pray for the MITS team in their final preparations to be doers of the Word in Kenya, and let’s pray for ourselves, that we will also act in accordance with God’s will and be blessed in our doing.

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • Mary Adams, as she recovers from pneumonia.
  • Diana Maiorca’s student and that student’s family (including mother and older brother), in shock and grieving the loss of the student’s father.
  • Brad Griffin’s cousin Holly Hurst and her young son and family, mourning the loss of Holly’s husband George.
  • Donna Nofziger Plank and Kimberly Ex-Hill and family, mourning the loss of Donna and Kim’s mother, Barbara Nofziger.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • June 16: Serving at SOS
  • June 19: Father’s Day


Backpacks Wanted by Monday, June 13! — Our Youth Group MITS team leaves in less than one week.  How exciting!  Please be lifting up the team in your prayers and consider donating new or gently used backpacks for the team to gift to MITS.  Also, if you haven’t contributed financially and would like to, checks can be made out to University Church with “Kenya team” in the memo line.  (Team members are Jody and Al Sturgeon, Dusty and Cecily Breeding, Linda Truschke, Eric Truschke, Justin Truschke, Lee Morgan, Jesse Morgan, Steve and Stacy Rouse, Dominic Rouse, and Ian Rouse.)

Serving at SOS — Next Thursday! — 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.

Annie Little’s Open House — Rich and Heather Little invite you to Annie’s graduation party at their home (24535 Mariposa Circle) this Saturday, June 11, from 3:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., come and go. “Please join us as we celebrate Annie’s high school graduation and learn more about her plans for next year!”

A Note from Pat Dowdey — “Many thanks for your prayers, cards, calls, and gifts in response to my knee surgery. These expressions of love have been a great encouragement to me; and God has definitely answered your prayers because my knee is healing well. I praise the Lord for such caring Christian brothers and sisters as you.”

Substitute Blogger Needed — I (Laura here) am going on vacation in a few weeks, and I need someone to take over the blog post for Thursday, June 23.  Please let me know if you would be interested in filling in.  I would walk you through everything.  Thank you!

UCC Adult Bible ClassThis Sunday (June 12), the adult Bible class and the youth group will join together for a time of singing. The class will be led by Brad Griffin, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Faculty Dining Room. Please note this room change from our prior email. (The Faculty Dining Room can be accessed from the cafeteria. We will put up signs and guide people to the correct room.) Please join us in a time of worship and encouragement. All are welcome!

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.

Youth Ministry Updates

-Guy’s and Girl’s Hangout: Come and hang out with the interns TONIGHT for some guy time with Jake and Daniel at the Breedings’, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 11:00 p.m., and some girl time with Jessica and Ash at the Gashes’ from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. the next morning! Please eat dinner before you arrive.

-Please click here for the June calendar of events.  “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.  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! Register now!

-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.