August 18 Edition

Hello, Church Family!

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’”

-Matthew 28:18-20

I so appreciated Eric Wilson’s sermon last Sunday.  Let the season of baptism for our church and community begin!

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • For the family and colleagues of Mike Summers (Mike, a professor in the Seaver business administration division and beloved friend to many, passed away suddenly Monday night. Regan Schaffer will share funeral details once plans are finalized.)
  • Wisdom for current elder selection process and for upcoming preacher search
  • Anne Skipper, dealing with serious spinal complications
  • Safety and peace for Mindi and Dereje Aleme and their family, surrounded by turmoil and deadly protests in and around Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia, where they are missionaries
  • Ken Perrin, recovering from a bad fall
  • Shannon Warwar, recovering from a bad fall
  • Vici Shoemaker, mother of former UCC member Becca Fitzpatrick, who has entered into hospice care  (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, and Emily and Jason Jarvis

Events At A Glance

  • TONIGHT, August 18: Serving at SOS
  • August 28: New Student and Parent Dessert Reception
  • September 2-4: Base Camp (New Student Retreat)
  • September 11: Brock House Potluck
  • September 23-25: Young Professional / Grad Student Retreat


Serving at SOS — Tonight! — Please contact Katy Thompson for information about what food you can bring and how you can serve this evening.

Elder Selection In the process of selecting new elders, we are accepting proposals for potential elders through Sunday, September 11. Proposal forms and envelopes will be available at the back of Elkins each Sunday morning. Instructions for completing and returning the form are on the form. If you have questions, contact Chris Bauman or Liz Mancuso.

Brock House Potluck — Sunday, September 11, following our church service is our UCC Annual Brock House Church Potluck. More details will come in the next couple of weeks. For now, please mark your calendars to come and eat with us, and start thinking about what you would like to bring with you. Also, any and all able-bodied men, women, and children: please let Kanet Thomas or Stacy Rouse know if you can help with set up.  We could use help beginning at 8:00 a.m. with tables, umbrellas, chairs, ice, water, etc. There are also volunteer roles like shopping for items ahead of time, helping with A/V, helping the day of with accepting dishes and putting items on table, etc.

Serving in the Nursery A nursery is available for our babies and toddlers during church services. Are you interested in serving in the nursery? To be added to the schedule, please contact Corinne Le.

Bible Class This Sunday This Sunday, August 21, the adult Bible class and youth group will gather together for a time of singing, fellowship, and worship led by Brad Griffin. This gathering will conclude our summer Bible class series on “Rest, Renewal, and Revival.” Join us at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room (adjacent to the cafeteria) for this encouraging time. All are welcome!

Sunday Morning Class for Grad/Professional Students and Young Adults This Sunday, August 21, Al and Jody Sturgeon will kick off Bible class at their Drescher condo (24508 Mariposa Circle) from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  Our topic this year will be “Seek Wisdom: A Study of Proverbs.”

Fall Adult Bible Classes Classes will formally begin on Sunday, September 11. With the exception of the class at the Sturgeons’ condo, there will be no adult Bible classes on August 28 or September 4. More information to come on topics and locations.

New Student and Parent Dessert Reception Sunday, August 28, we are hosting a dessert reception for new students and their parents immediately following our worship service.  Instead of greeting them outside Fieldhouse Fieldhouse this year, we are trying something new, but the goal is the same: get to know our new students and their families. Please plan to bring cookies, brownies, or other light finger desserts with you to church that morning.

No Fall Kick-Off Worship in Firestone Fieldhouse This Year This year, we are NOT having a worship service in Firestone Fieldhouse to kick off the year.  On August 28, the same day as our dessert reception, we will have our kick-off in Elkins with the option of an “overflow ” service.

Opportunity to Help with One of Our Ministries For the next 2 Sundays (August 21 and 28), we will have a big basket at the right door facing Elkins to collect school supplies for School on Wheels. Envelopes with checks inside made out to School On Wheels, with “school supplies” in the memo, are also greatly appreciated. Our congregation is always generous as we remember those students in kindergarten up through high school who are homeless. School on Wheels serves homeless students all over Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties—yes, some right here in Malibu. If you are interested in serving one or two hours per week as a one-on-one tutor for a homeless child, please contact Betty Glass, go to, or (805) 641-1678.

Young Professional / Grad Student Retreat The 2016 Mountaintop Retreat is an area-wide event for young professionals and graduate students in Big Bear, CA, September 23-25. This year’s theme is Worship: “We’ll worship and reflect on how God is forming us through the songs we sing together.” Dave Lemley is the guest speaker, with worship led by James Sheldon from host church Glendale Church of Christ. Click here for more info and registration.  (Save $10 when you register before September 1!)

Base Camp — Linda Truschke and Dusty Breeding are excited to announce the launch of a weekend retreat specifically for incoming Pepperdine students and transfers happening over Labor Day Weekend called Base Camp. “The next four years start here.  Spend the weekend with our campus ministry to set your foundation in faith as you begin your time at Pepperdine.” Click here to learn more.

Youth Ministry Updates — 

-Youth Group will be back in session next Wednesday, August 24.

-Thank you to our interns!  Huge thank you to Jessica, Jake, Daniel, and Ash for their work this summer.  They did an amazing job as youth ministry interns.  Dusty Breeding especially appreciated their desire to love and mentor our teens on a day to day basis throughout the summer.  Thanks to you all for your hard work this summer!

-Combined Bible class this Sunday in the Fireside Room:  Come worship with adult members of the UCC!