Hello, Church Family!
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.”
I was thankful to be able to attend the Annual Prayer Service for Pepperdine faculty and staff on Monday morning, and a paraphrase of Andy Benton’s words is still echoing in my head: what am I bringing to the table this year to nourish those around me? How can we welcome family, friends, strangers, and enemies to our tables this year to feast on God’s love—love that truly satisfies and comes to us without price?
- Wisdom for the current elder selection process and for the upcoming preacher search
- 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 last week. Regan Schaffer is still waiting for word on finalized funeral plans.)
- 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 and especially needs prayer for her left leg (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
- THIS SUNDAY, 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
New Student and Parent Dessert Reception — This 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 this Sunday 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 academic year. Instead, this Sunday, we will have our kick-off in Elkins with the option of an “overflow ” service if it ends up being needed.
Elder Selection — In the process of selecting new elders, we are accepting proposals for potential elders now 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. You hopefully received an email from Chris Bauman on Saturday, August 20, with additional details on this process. If you did not, please email him so he can forward that message to you.
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.
Fall Adult Bible Classes — We have two new Bible classes available this fall:
–C. S. Lewis and the Weight of Glory: Experiencing Faith in a New Way — This class, taught by Gary Selby, begins on September 11 and will continue through October 16. It is held at 9:00 a.m. in Appleby Center 280.
–Seek Wisdom: A Study of Proverbs — This grad student and young professionals’ class is underway, but it’s never too late to join in! Al and Jody Sturgeon host the class at their Drescher condo (24508 Mariposa Circle) from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
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.
Opportunity to Help with One of Our Ministries — This Sunday, August 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 schoolonwheels.org, 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 —
-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!