Hello, Church Family!
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’ But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?’ So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for ‘Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.’”
I am under the weather this week and largely without a voice. In remembering Danny Mathews’ powerful communion message from a few weeks ago (about allowing all to hear the Gospel), I got to thinking: Have I lost my voice for the Gospel? Faith comes from hearing… Are we talking?
- Elizabeth and Johnny Coleman, for a smooth transition to a family of four after welcoming Katherine Jane Coleman into the world at 11:46 a.m. on July 25 (8lbs, 3oz; 20.5 inches)
- Ken Perrin, recovering from a bad fall
- Shannon Warwar, recovering from a bad fall
- Vici Shoemaker, mother of former UCC member Becca Fitzpatrick, who might soon go into hospice care while also hoping for a clinical trial to become available (You can get details on this update and share encouragement here.)
- Neil Casey for his work in the Peace Corps overseas in Georgia
- 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: Leslie and Chris Bauman
Events At A Glance
- August 7: Taste of Kenya “Thank You” Lunch
Farewell to the Kemmerers — We are so thankful for the blessings Tyler, Rebecca, James, and Elise Kemmerer have been to the University Church for the past few years. As the Kemmerers move to Shanghai to be the Pepperdine International Program faculty family, we want to wish them well as they most likely will not return to Pepperdine after the 2016-2017 academic year concludes. In addition to having a prayer of blessing over them during this Sunday’s service, we will also have a copy of Above Los Angeles for the church family to sign. Please look for it on the back bench over the next few Sundays.
Special Bible Class This Sunday! — This summer, Pepperdine is hosting the CrossWays Youth Conference. Over 100 high school students from across the country are coming to Pepperdine for a week of Bible study, reflection, and fellowship. This Sunday, our adult and youth group Bible classes will join with the CrossWays attendees for a unified Bible class time. The class will be taught by Jeff Walling in Elkins Auditorium at 9:00 a.m. This is a unique opportunity for our fellowship to gather with these students, welcome them to Pepperdine, and to spend time with them in Bible study. Please join the group this Sunday morning.
Taste of Kenya “Thank You” Lunch — The Kenya team is thankful for your love and involvement in the youth group trip to Kenya for Made in the Streets! In gratefulness, please plan to attend their “Taste of Kenya” thank you lunch. They will serve you an authentic meal of Chapati (very good bread!!), grilled meat made with Kenyan spices, fruit, and more on Sunday, August 7, after church at Baxter Park on campus.
Captioning Services — In an effort to better include members and guests with hearing difficulties, the University Church of Christ will be testing a captioning service during the month of July. The captioning can be viewed on any electronic device with access to the Internet.
To access captions for our worship service, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will immediately be sent back a link. Click the link during worship and read along. The link can be bookmarked for use in future services.
In addition to providing access to members during the service, captioning will also allow others such as shut-ins, missionaries, and vacationers to follow the service in real time at any location.
Please take advantage of this service in July and send your feedback to the elders in consideration of making this a permanent feature. A survey for feedback will be shared soon.
Youth Ministry Updates
-Friday Afternoon Bowling! Come and play a couple of games of bowling with us this Friday, July 29! We will be leaving from the Breedings’ house at 2:00 p.m.! Please bring enough money to cover a couple of games and shoe rental as well. Invite your friends!
-Christmas in July! Come and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with us a few months early this Saturday, July 30! We will be watching Christmas movies, decorating cookies, and having a holly jolly good time, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Breedings’ house. Bring your friends to experience this winter wonderland in July!!
-Here is the July 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.