February 23 Edition

Hello, Church Family!

“Little children, […] a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

-Jesus, in John 13:33-35

There is nothing sweeter than a little child showing love to another child (video proof here). May we purely love those around us, and may our love point them to Jesus who tenderly loves all of us.

-Laura Fehlbaum

P.S. This is my last official UCC Family News post, but I have so enjoyed serving our church family in this way over the past year.  Next Thursday, we’ll have the pleasure of hearing from Al Sturgeon!

Prayer Requests

  • The Calderon family, recovering from a car crash and mourning the loss of Erin’s grandfather
  • Haley and Zach Love as they transition to being a family of four with the addition of daughter Eden MacKay Love, born on Friday, February 17, at 9:37 a.m. (19.75 inches long, 8.1 pounds). The family is home from the hospital and doing well, and we are working with them to find out their needs for meals. (Care Calendar to come.)
  • Mike James (Bernie and Connie’s son) who is in the hospital
  • Sue Griffin, Brad Griffin’s mother, who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer
  • Judy Anders, former UCC member (and widow of former preacher Dan Anders), undergoing treatments for lung cancer
  • Neil Casey for his work in the Peace Corps overseas in Georgia
  • Expectant Parents: Katy and Peter Thompson (due 7/3)
  • The missionaries we support: Mindi and Dereje Aleme (Ethiopia), Joseph Dzamesi (Ghana), Igor Egirev (Russia), and Ruth and Ati Levai (Hungary); and the mission organizations we support: Let’s Start Talking (worldwide), Made in the Streets (Kenya), and Predisan (Honduras)

Events At A Glance

  • March 17-19: Youth Group Winter Retreat at Big Bear
  • March 25: UCC Ladies’ Day Retreat
  • March 26: Annual Missions’ Contribution
  • April 20: SOS Serving the Homeless
  • May 2-5: Pepperdine Bible Lectures
  • May 26-28: All-Church Camping Trip

Announcements

Care Calendar for the Calderons — In light of the difficult circumstances the Calderons are facing, we would like to help support them.  Linn Griffin has set up a Care Calendar, so please click through to see when you can provide a meal or how else you can help. The security code is 7773.


For Anyone Craving a Little Physical Labor  The Sturgeons are having a moving party this Saturday on Mariposa Circle starting around 9:00 a.m. to get their stuff across the circle from their old condo to the preacher/church condo. Several kind souls have already volunteered to help them, but the more the merrier! They are guaranteeing laughter, yummy food, burned calories—and that they will host lots of get-togethers there once they are settled in!


We want you! — One of the joys of worshiping at the University Church of Christ on Sunday morning is hearing from many members of our church family during the service.  If you are especially willing to be asked, please fill out this brief survey.


UCC Ladies’ Day Retreat — March 25  We will retreat on Saturday, March 25, at Courtney Caron’s home on the Malibu campus, and Charlene Underhill Miller will be our speaker. The theme for the day is “Becoming First Responders: Creating Caring Skills for Community.” The official programming will last from about 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., with optional activities before and after (more information to come). The cost is $30 (or $25 if you’re a student) and includes breakfast and a delicious, catered lunch. Register at church over the next few Sundays. (If you would like to register but will not be at church in the next few weeks, email Kari Coppinger for a registration form.)


HOPE4Kids — The 5th annual HOPE4Kids Festival & Run will be held April 29, 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., in Camarillo. The event serves to raise funds for foster youth and transitioning youth, as well as to raise awareness of the needs of foster youth and families. Join the University Church of Christ team to volunteer, run, or walk by registering here. Contact team captain Randy Coppinger for more team info. You can also come to the event just to enjoy the free KidZone, check out the vendor booths, eat at the food trucks, and bid at the Silent Auction.

There are many ways to participate in this event, even if you can’t attend. Watch for some specific opportunities coming up soon. Most of all, please be in prayer for those whom the event intends to bless as well as for those volunteers working on the details to make this event happen.

All-Church Camping Trip — Save the date for our all-church camping trip coming up Memorial Day Weekend (May 26 – 28) at the Wheeler Gorge Campground in Ojai.  All ages are welcome!  Non-campers welcome, too, since motels are available in the surrounding area. Additional details to be provided in the coming weeks.  For any immediate questions, please contact Jenny Parmelee or Stacy Rouse.

Pepperdine Bible Lectures is for Families Pepperdine welcomes families with children of all ages to the Bible Lectures, May 2-5, 2017. Making Waves, a VBS-style children’s program for ages 6 months through 11 years, is offered during the morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. The Pepperdine View Teen Program each afternoon gives teens their own time together to worship, learn, and even play. Click here to learn more and register.


Spring Bible Classes — Sundays at 9:00 a.m. 

  • “The Remarkable Testimony of a Mysterious Witness: John 1-6” with John Wilson & Randy Chesnutt, Appleby Center 286
  • “Shelter from the Storm” with Regan and Robby Shaffer, Appleby Center 290
  • “Seek Wisdom: A Study of Proverbs” with Al Sturgeon and other speakers, 24508 Mariposa Circle, relocating across the street to 24535 Mariposa Circle beginning Sunday, March 5
  • “Preparing for Marriage” with Susan Giboney, Appleby Center 270
  • “Old Testament Character Study” with UCC Youth Group and Dusty and Cecily Breeding, 24358 Baxter Drive

Youth Group Updates 

  • We are excited to announce a new annual experience, The Passage, for high school seniors who are actively involved in the UCC Youth Group.  The transition from high school to college is an integral time in the faith of our students.  Thus, The Passage exists to create a space for intentional conversations about topics related to this time of transition.  This year we will spend approximately one-week trekking across Alaska, led by Dusty and Cecily and a mentor couple, Robin and Cindy Perrin.  If you’re a senior actively involved in our youth group and would like to be involved, contact Dusty for more info!
  • Youth Group House Group: weekly gathering on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. A great time to share a meal and connect over Scripture.  This semester, we are working through a study called “24/7” which seeks to make connections between Scripture and some of the things that come up in the real world on a daily basis.
  • On Sunday mornings during Bible class, we’re surveying the Old Testament through the eyes of 13 different Biblical characters.  Their stories will draw us into the arc of the story between God and Israel.
  • The winter retreat is coming up March 17-19!  Time to break out those skies and snowboards as we will head back up to Big Bear resort. This is one of the best times of the year and we would love to see everyone there shredding the slopes! Our theme for the trip is “How will you spend your dash?” based on a poem by Linda Ellis. The cost is $145 for the weekend not including rentals. Please email Rachael to RSVP so we can start putting together carpools and room assignments.

February 16 Edition

Hello, Church Family!

“On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning. So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped. At the command of the Lord the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the Lord they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not set out.”

-Numbers 9:15-19

I sometimes wish we had clouds to direct us on when to stay and when to go.  I guess, in Los Angeles at least, we kind of do since a cloudy/rainy day can be our equivalent to a snow day—complete with school closings.  Even though we don’t have a tabernacle to look to for a physical sign, I pray that we will all still seek God’s direction for our lives, waiting for His commands to move.

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • Mike James (Bernie and Connie’s son) who is in the hospital
  • Sue Griffin, Brad Griffin’s mother, who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer
  • Judy Anders, former UCC member (and widow of former preacher Dan Anders), who is tolerating the treatments for lung cancer very well and thanks us for praying
  • Neil Casey for his work in the Peace Corps overseas in Georgia
  • Expectant Parents: Haley and Zach Love (due 2/22), and Katy and Peter Thompson (due 7/3)
  • The missionaries we support: Mindi and Dereje Aleme (Ethiopia), Joseph Dzamesi (Ghana), Igor Egirev (Russia), and Ruth and Ati Levai (Hungary); and the mission organizations we support: Let’s Start Talking (worldwide), Made in the Streets (Kenya), and Predisan (Honduras)

Events At A Glance

  • TONIGHT, February 16: SOS Serving the Homeless
  • February 17-19: Campus Ministry Retreat at the Salvation Army Camp
  • April 20: SOS Serving the Homeless
  • March 17-19: Youth Group Winter Retreat at Big Bear
  • March 25: UCC Ladies’ Day Retreat
  • March 26: Annual Missions’ Contribution
  • May 2-5: Pepperdine Bible Lectures
  • May 26-28: All-Church Camping Trip

Announcements

We want you! — One of the joys of worshiping at the University Church of Christ on Sunday morning is hearing from many members of our church family during the service.  If you are especially willing to be asked, please fill out this brief survey.


UCC Ladies’ Day Retreat — March 25  We will retreat on Saturday, March 25, at Courtney Caron’s home on the Malibu campus, and Charlene Underhill Miller will be our speaker. The schedule and the price will be finalized by Sunday when registration will open. If you would like to register but will not be at church in the next few weeks, email Kari Coppinger for a registration form.


HOPE4Kids — The 5th annual HOPE4Kids Festival & Run will be held April 29, 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., in Camarillo. The event serves to raise funds for foster youth and transitioning youth, as well as to raise awareness of the needs of foster youth and families. Join the University Church of Christ team to volunteer, run, or walk by registering here. Contact team captain Randy Coppinger for more team info. You can also come to the event just to enjoy the free KidZone, check out the vendor booths, eat at the food trucks, and bid at the Silent Auction.

There are many ways to participate in this event, even if you can’t attend. Watch for some specific opportunities coming up soon. Most of all, please be in prayer for those whom the event intends to bless as well as for those volunteers working on the details to make this event happen.

All-Church Camping Trip — Save the date for our all-church camping trip coming up Memorial Day Weekend (May 26 – 28) at the Wheeler Gorge Campground in Ojai.  All ages are welcome!  Non-campers welcome, too, since motels are available in the surrounding area. Additional details to be provided in the coming weeks.  For any immediate questions, please contact Jenny Parmelee or Stacy Rouse.

Spiritual Rhythms — This year’s Pepperdine Bible Lectures theme of Spiritual Rhythms: Scrolls for Robust Salvation focuses on the Megilloth, the “five scrolls” of Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther. Join us May 2-5, 2017, as we learn how these books bring wholeness to our daily lives. Click here to learn more and register.


Spring Bible Classes — Sundays at 9:00 a.m. 

  • “The Remarkable Testimony of a Mysterious Witness: John 1-6” with John Wilson & Randy Chesnutt, Appleby Center 286
  • “Shelter from the Storm” with Regan and Robby Shaffer, Appleby Center 290
  • “Seek Wisdom: A Study of Proverbs” with Al Sturgeon, 24508 Mariposa Circle
  • “Preparing for Marriage” with Susan Giboney, Appleby Center 270
  • “Old Testament Character Study” with UCC Youth Group and Dusty and Cecily Breeding, 24358 Baxter Drive

Youth Group Updates 

  • February 17, all house groups are invited to attend the Campus Ministry retreat at the Salvation Army Campground. Our very own Lee Morgan will be cooking a delicious Italian meal and has requested some help in the kitchen. If your son or daughter is interested and willing to help out please contact Lee Morgan.
  • Youth Group House Group: weekly gathering on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. A great time to share a meal and connect over Scripture.  This semester, we are working through a study called “24/7” which seeks to make connections between Scripture and some of the things that come up in the real world on a daily basis.
  • On Sunday mornings during Bible class, we’re surveying the Old Testament through the eyes of 13 different Biblical characters.  Their stories will draw us into the arc of the story between God and Israel.
  • The winter retreat is coming up March 17-19!  Time to break out those skies and snowboards as we will head back up to Big Bear resort. This is one of the best times of the year and we would love to see everyone there shredding the slopes! Our theme for the trip is “How will you spend your dash?” based on a poem by Linda Ellis. The cost is $145 for the weekend not including rentals. Please email Rachael to RSVP so we can start putting together carpools and room assignments.

February 9 Edition

Hello, Church Family!

“You go where you’re sent, and you stay where you’re put, and you give what you’ve got until you’re done.”

-Jill Briscoe

I loved getting to attend “IF: Gathering 2017” last weekend, and my favorite speaker by far was Jill Briscoe.  If you have time, Google her and be inspired in your walk with the Lord!

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • Mike James (Bernie and Connie’s son) who is in the hospital
  • Sue Griffin, Brad Griffin’s mother, who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer
  • Judy Anders, former UCC member (and widow of former preacher Dan Anders), who has been diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Neil Casey for his work in the Peace Corps overseas in Georgia
  • Expectant Parents: Haley and Zach Love (due 2/22), and Katy and Peter Thompson (due 7/3)
  • The missionaries we support: Mindi and Dereje Aleme (Ethiopia), Joseph Dzamesi (Ghana), Igor Egirev (Russia), and Ruth and Ati Levai (Hungary); and the mission organizations we support: Let’s Start Talking (worldwide), Made in the Streets (Kenya), and Predisan (Honduras)

Events At A Glance

  • February 11-12: Youth Group Influencers Trip
  • February 16: SOS Serving the Homeless
  • February 17-19: Campus Ministry Retreat at the Salvation Army Camp
  • April 20: SOS Serving the Homeless
  • March 17-19: Youth Group Winter Retreat at Big Bear
  • March 25: UCC Ladies’ Day Retreat
  • March 26: Annual Missions’ Contribution
  • May 2-5: Pepperdine Bible Lectures
  • May 26-28: All-Church Camping Trip

Announcements

UCC Minister Search Update  Al Sturgeon will be our new preacher starting in March!  As verbally announced on Sunday, you are invited to communicate with the elders in person, via phone, text, or e-mail, by this upcoming Saturday, February 11, about your feelings about Al serving as both preacher and elder for a time. This is not simply a formality – they want to hear from you before a final decision is made. Thank you for prayerfully providing your feedback if you have not already done so.


Have you experienced it? — Pepperdine Bible Lectures is about more than just classes.  It’s fellowship with other believers, deep discussions, excursions through God’s creation, heartfelt praise, and soul-filling rejuvenation.  We’re strengthening the bonds of Christ.  If you haven’t attended before, this is your year!  Join us May 2-5, 2017, right here on campus in Malibu!  Visit http://www.pepperdine.edu/biblelectures.


All-Church Camping Trip — Save the date for our all-church camping trip coming up Memorial Day Weekend (May 26 – 28) at the Wheeler Gorge Campground in Ojai.  All ages are welcome!  Non-campers welcome, too, since motels are available in the surrounding area. Additional details to be provided in the coming weeks.  For any immediate questions, please contact Jenny Parmelee or Stacy Rouse.


UCC Ladies’ Day Retreat — March 25  Ladies, please hold March 25 on your calendar for our one-day ladies’ retreat happening in or near Malibu. If you are interested in helping plan, contact Kari Coppinger.


Spring Bible Classes — Sundays at 9:00 a.m. 

  • “The Remarkable Testimony of a Mysterious Witness: John 1-6” with John Wilson & Randy Chesnutt, Appleby Center 286
  • “Shelter from the Storm” with Regan and Robby Shaffer, Appleby Center 290
  • “Seek Wisdom: A Study of Proverbs” with Al Sturgeon, 24508 Mariposa Circle
  • “Preparing for Marriage” with Susan Giboney, Appleby Center 270
  • “Old Testament Character Study” with UCC Youth Group and Dusty and Cecily Breeding, 24358 Baxter Drive

Youth Group Updates 

  • Youth Group House Group: weekly gathering on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. A great time to share a meal and connect over Scripture.  This semester, we will work through a study called “24/7” which seeks to make connections between Scripture and some of the things that come up in the real world on a daily basis.
  • On Sunday mornings during Bible class, we’ll be kicking off a semester-long survey of the Old Testament through the eyes of 13 different Biblical characters.  Their stories will draw us into the arc of the story between God and Israel.
  • RSVP by tomorrow!  Influencers: a new overnight experience will be launching this spring.  This gathering will be a missional opportunity for students to invite their friends to connect with our youth group in a fun environment.  The experience will be geared towards acknowledging that we all carry influence in someone’s life.  How can we leverage that for good and for God? February 11-12, we will take an overnight trip to Joshua Tree to spend a night under the stars.There will be fun games as well as an important discussion on what it means to influence others in an encouraging Christ-filled way. The cost is estimated to be between $20-40 with more specific details to come.
  • The winter retreat is coming up March 17-19!  Time to break out those skies and snowboards as we will head back up to Big Bear resort. This is one of the best times of the year and we would love to see everyone there shredding the slopes! Our theme for the trip is “How will you spend your dash?” based on a poem by Linda Ellis. The cost is $145 for the weekend not including rentals. Please email Rachael to RSVP so we can start putting together carpools and room assignments.

February 2 Edition

Hello, Church Family!

And they received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, and said to Moses, ‘The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.’ So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, ‘Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.’ So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.

-Exodus 36:3-7 (emphasis added)

May we be a people and a church restrained from giving more because our freewill offerings are more than enough.

-Laura Fehlbaum

Prayer Requests

  • Sue Griffin, Brad Griffin’s mother, who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer (Pray especially for Sue to have no nausea!)
  • Hung Le and family, mourning the loss of Hung’s father Peter
  • Judy Anders, former UCC member (and widow of former preacher Dan Anders), who has been diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Wisdom for the preacher confirmation process
  • Neil Casey for his work in the Peace Corps overseas in Georgia
  • Bernice, Bernie James’ mother, as she continues to recover
  • Expectant Parents: Haley and Zach Love (due 2/22), and Katy and Peter Thompson (due 7/3)
  • The missionaries we support: Mindi and Dereje Aleme (Ethiopia), Joseph Dzamesi (Ghana), Igor Egirev (Russia), and Ruth and Ati Levai (Hungary); and the mission organizations we support: Let’s Start Talking (worldwide), Made in the Streets (Kenya), and Predisan (Honduras)

Events At A Glance

  • February 5: Youth Group Super Bowl Party
  • February 11-12: Youth Group Influencers Trip
  • February 16: SOS Serving the Homeless
  • February 17-19: Campus Ministry Retreat at the Salvation Army Camp
  • April 20: SOS Serving the Homeless
  • March 17-19: Youth Group Winter Retreat at Big Bear
  • March 25: UCC Ladies’ Day Retreat
  • March 26: Annual Missions’ Contribution
  • May 26-28: All-Church Camping Trip

Announcements

UCC Minister Search Update The minister search committee believes they have found someone to serve as our preacher: Al Sturgeon. After prayerful consideration and after extensive discussions with Al and Jody, the elders accept the recommendation of this committee subject to the input of this congregation. As verbally announced on Sunday, you are invited to communicate with the members of the search committee (co-chairs Regan Schaffer and Jim Gash, Jake Bigon, Dusty Breeding, Gillian Chong, Janet Davis, and Linda Truschke) or the elders in person, via phone, text, or e-mail, by this upcoming Sunday, February 5. This is NOT simply a formality – they want to hear from you before a final decision is made. Thank you for prayerfully providing your feedback if you have not already done so.


All-Church Camping Trip — Save the date for our all-church camping trip coming up Memorial Day Weekend (May 26 – 28) at the Wheeler Gorge Campground in Ojai.  All ages are welcome!  Non-campers welcome, too, since motels are available in the surrounding area. Additional details to be provided in the coming weeks.  For any immediate questions, please contact Jenny Parmelee or Stacy Rouse.


UCC Ladies’ Day Retreat — March 25  Ladies, please hold March 25 on your calendar for our one-day ladies’ retreat happening in or near Malibu. If you are interested in helping plan, contact Kari Coppinger.


Spring Bible Classes — Sundays at 9:00 a.m. 

  • “The Remarkable Testimony of a Mysterious Witness: John 1-6” with John Wilson & Randy Chesnutt, Appleby Center 286
  • “Shelter from the Storm” with Regan and Robby Shaffer, Appleby Center 290
  • “Seek Wisdom: A Study of Proverbs” with Al Sturgeon, 24508 Mariposa Circle
  • “Preparing for Marriage” with Susan Giboney, Appleby Center 270
  • “Old Testament Character Study” with UCC Youth Group and Dusty and Cecily Breeding, 24358 Baxter Drive

Youth Group Updates 

  • Super Bowl Party! This Sunday, February 5, the Patriots will be playing the Falcons in one of the biggest games of the year. Come out and watch this showdown with us at the Morgans’ house after church at 2:00 pm. This will be a potluck event therefore if you are in middle school please bring a salty snack and if you are in high school please bring something sweet to share.
  • Youth Group House Group: weekly gathering on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. A great time to share a meal and connect over Scripture.  This semester, we will work through a study called “24/7” which seeks to make connections between Scripture and some of the things that come up in the real world on a daily basis.
  • On Sunday mornings during Bible class, we’ll be kicking off a semester-long survey of the Old Testament through the eyes of 13 different Biblical characters.  Their stories will draw us into the arc of the story between God and Israel.
  • Influencers: a new overnight experience will be launching this spring.  This gathering will be a missional opportunity for students to invite their friends to connect with our youth group in a fun environment.  The experience will be geared towards acknowledging that we all carry influence in someone’s life.  How can we leverage that for good and for God? February 11-12, we will take an overnight trip to Joshua Tree to spend a night under the stars.There will be fun games as well as an important discussion on what it means to influence others in an encouraging Christ-filled way. The cost is estimated to be between $20-40 with more specific details to come.
  • The winter retreat is coming up March 17-19!  Time to break out those skies and snowboards as we will head back up to Big Bear resort. This is one of the best times of the year and we would love to see everyone there shredding the slopes! Our theme for the trip is “How will you spend your dash?” based on a poem by Linda Ellis. The cost is $145 for the weekend not including rentals. Please email Rachael to RSVP so we can start putting together carpools and room assignments.