October 6 Edition

Hello, Church Family!

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

-James 3:17

Let’s pray for wisdom for all of our daily decision-making, and let’s especially pray for wisdom for our minister search.

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • Nathan Thomas, son of James and Kanet Thomas, has successfully completed his chemo treatments, but pray as he prepares for surgery on October 18
  • Emily and Jason Jarvis and their family, mourning the loss of baby Raphael John, and physical healing for Emily
  • Wisdom for the current elder selection process and for the upcoming preacher search
  • Ann Skipper, dealing with serious spinal complications
  • Safety and peace for Mindi and Dereje Aleme, Tyler and Katie Selby, and their families, surrounded by turmoil and deadly protests in and around Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia, where they are missionaries
  • Ken Perrin, recovering from a bad fall
  • Neil Casey for his work in the Peace Corps overseas in Georgia
  • Bernice, Bernie James’ mother, as she continues to recover
  • Expectant Parents: Leslie and Chris Bauman, and Haley and Zach Love

Events At A Glance

  • October 18: Campus Ministry Campout
  • October 20: Serving at SOS
  • October 23: Unity Worship Service
  • October 30: Harvest Party at the Warwars’ Ranch
  • December 15: Serving at SOS


UCC Minister Search The University Church of Christ has formed a committee to assist the elders in identifying the next minister of our church. The committee consists of two Pepperdine students, two current ministers, two resident members, and two elders. Regan Schaffer and Jim Gash will co-chair the committee, which will include Jake Bigon, Dusty Breeding, Gillian Chong, Janet Davis, Gary Selby, and Linda Truschke. Our goal is to have a minister identified no later than January of 2017. Here is a link to the vision statement, and here is a link to the nomination/application form.  Please share these documents with your networks and prayerfully consider whom you might want to nominate for consideration by the committee.

UCC Elder Selection We are through the initial phase of selection, and the elders up for affirmation are Jay Brewster, Jim Gash, Steve Parmelee, and Al Sturgeon. Remember to fill out and submit your elder affirmation form before October 16. The forms and envelopes will be in the back of church for the next two weeks. Forms can be submitted in the box provided in the back of church with the forms.

Unity Worship Service This past spring, a number of congregations gathered at the Reseda Church of Christ to share in a wonderful Unity Worship Service. On Sunday evening, October 23, the Conejo Valley Church of Christ will be hosting the next Unity Worship service. The objective is to bring together the Churches of Christ of all ethnicities in the San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, and the Santa Clarita Valley in order to foster unity in Christ and promote an appreciation for diversity among our various congregations. The evening will include a dynamic time of worship and preaching by Daniel Rodriguez of the Hollywood Church and Dwayne Winrow of the Reseda congregation. Please come and join us! Start time to be announced.

Campus Ministry Campout  Mark your calendars for this campout coming up on Tuesday night, October 18, at Thornhill Broome beach.  More details to come!

Save the Date for SOS  Our upcoming dates to serve dinner at the Standing on Stone ministry are Thursdays, October 20 and December 15.  Please mark your calendars and contact Katy Thompson to learn about how you can get involved.

Fall Bible Classes — We have four Bible classes available this fall:

New Adult Bible Class Starting October 23: Danny Mathews will be teaching “Worshiping the Holy God in Our Midst: A Study of Leviticus.” Please consider joining this class in Appleby Center 286 at 9:00 a.m., beginning October 23.

–C. S. Lewis and the Weight of Glory: Experiencing Faith in a New Way This class, taught by Gary Selby, will continue through October 16.  It is held at 9:00 a.m. in Appleby Center 290.

–College Bible Class  Join in at the Fireside Room at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays.  Lessons center on a video series with Francis Chan called “The Book of James,” about what it means to truly live out your faith.  All ages are welcome!

–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.

Harvest Party — For the second year in a row, the Warwar family would like to invite the entire congregation to a harvest party at their ranch in Moorpark on Sunday, October 30, starting at 3:00 p.m.  They’re generously providing burgers, hot dogs, chili, and drinks.  Bring a side dish or a dessert to share if you’d like, and don’t forget to bring a pumpkin and carving tools for the contest!  Costumes are encouraged but optional.  Click here to see the flyer containing other details.

Missions Support Available to Members/Students — The UCC missions committee supports our members and students in their efforts to spread the message of Christ.  Those with UCC & Pepperdine connections, who need financial support for proposed work, can obtain an application and a copy of the Mission Committee’s aims/priorities by emailing Susan Giboney. Funds are limited.

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.