October 20 Edition

Hello, Church Family!

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

-Psalm 51:10-12

Isn’t it wonderful when good things like this this Psalm / song / prayer get stuck in our heads?

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • For the family, colleagues, friends, and students of Tim Pownall, who recently passed away unexpectedly
  • Nathan Thomas, son of James and Kanet Thomas, as he recovers from surgery
  • Wisdom for the preacher search
  • Ann Skipper, dealing with serious spinal complications
  • Safety and peace for Mindi and Dereje Aleme, Tyler and Katie Selby, and their families, in 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

  • Tonight, October 20: Serving at SOS
  • Tomorrow, October 21: Children’s and Youth Ministry Adventure Night
  • October 23: Escape Room Adventure
  • October 23: Unity Worship Service
  • October 30: Harvest Party at the Warwars’ Ranch
  • December 15: Serving at SOS


Closed Captioning Feedback  Our elders desire the feedback from our members regarding the captioning service we’ve been testing for the past few months.  Please click this link to submit your feedback by Monday, October 24.

Memorial Service for Tim Pownall — A memorial service for Tim Pownall will be held this Saturday, October 22, at 11:00 a.m. at the Conejo Valley Church of Christ, located at 2525 E. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. Tim was a beloved elder at the Conejo Valley Church of Christ and the assistant director at Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the School of Law, where he was a respected conflict mediator, a gifted teacher, and a committed peacemaker.  This will be a time to celebrate his life, to grieve his passing, and to care for his family and one another. Thank you for your ongoing prayers on behalf of the entire Pownall family.

Children’s and Youth Ministry Adventure — This Friday night, members of our children’s and youth ministries are invited over to the Breedings’ condo from  6-8:00 p.m. for pizza, team building, and a scavenger hunt!  Parents are welcome to attend but not required.  This event is open to children in kindergarten and up.

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.

Escape Room Adventure  Partner with UCC members this Sunday afternoon, October 23, for an Escape Room adventure!  Participants will use logic and creative thinking to solve riddles and puzzles as a team in order to “escape” a room.  Discounted cost is $30 per person.  Seven spots currently still available.  Event begins at 3:30 p.m. in Los Angeles and lasts one hour.  Contact Dusty to reserve your spot.

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.

Unity Worship Service  This 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 and promote an appreciation for diversity among our various congregations. The evening will include a dynamic time of worship as well as preaching by Daniel Rodriguez of the Hollywood Church and Dwayne Winrow of the Reseda congregation. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a worship prelude, followed by the worship service at 6:00 p.m. and a dessert reception afterward. We hope to see you there.

Save the Date for SOS  Our upcoming dates to serve dinner at the Standing on Stone ministry are Thursdays, October 20 (tonight!) 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 This Sunday, October 23: Regan and Robby Schaffer will be teaching “Shelter from the Storm.” This class will provide a place for members of our church body grow closer as a community as we allow the word of God to shape, define, and nourish us.  Each Sunday we will provide time for fellowship, prayer, and reflection on scripture. Please join this class in Appleby Center 290 at 9:00 a.m.

New Adult Bible Class Starting This Sunday, 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.

–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.

Youth Ministry Updates — 

-This Sunday, we’ll be at Dusty and Cecily Breeding’s home (24358 Baxter) for breakfast and Bible class  at 9:00 a.m.

–This Saturday, October 22, we are going to Six Flags (Magic Mountain). We will meet at the Breedings’ house at noon, and we will get back to campus between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. The cost will be $40 per person. Please let us know if you are planning to attend ASAP, as the deadline to RSVP was Wednesday night. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email Rachael.