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


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.