Summer Trips; Good News from Ghana (UCC Family News, 6-26-17)

Sonrise Christian School

Good News from Ghana!
As you can see from the picture above, good things are happening at Sonrise Christian School in Ghana.  Joseph Dzamesi reports that there were eight student baptisms this past term!

Short Vacation
Jody and I will be out of town from Tuesday through Friday this week on a short vacation to the Grand Canyon, so I am sending the weekly announcements on Monday this week. I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday when we return.

Share Your Pictures
If you want, share a summer vacation picture on the UCC Facebook page!

Summer in Stauffer Continues
Summer in Stauffer continues this Sunday. Classes for all ages are at 9am and worship assembly at 10:15am. Brad Griffin will lead a singing class focusing on hymns in Stauffer at 9am that combines teens and adults. My morning sermon will come from Hebrews 5:11-6:12 and is titled, “Don’t Stop Growing.”

Ongoing Prayers:
Ann Warford, for ongoing health challenges.
Carol Thompson and family, Ann Warford’s sister, in hospice care from her ALS condition.
Sue Griffin, Brad’s mother, surgery on 7/19.
– Katy and Peter Thompson (expectant parents, due 7/3).
Taylor Lowe, as he recovers from multiple injuries following a hiking accident. Please refrain from emails or visits at this time, but cards are welcomed (24531 Mariposa Circle, Malibu, CA 90265)
– Missionaries: Mindi and Dereje Aleme (Ethiopia), Joseph Dzamesi (Ghana), Igor Egirev (Russia); and the mission organizations we support: Let’s Start Talking (worldwide), Made in the Streets (Kenya), and Predisan (Honduras).

Stats from Last Week:
Sunday Worship Attendance: 176
Weekly Contribution: $6,885.00

The Week Ahead:
Tuesday, June 27: Youth Group Bonfire at Dockweiler (meet at Dusty & Cecily’s at 4pm)
Wednesday, June 28: Youth Group House Group (7pm at Frog Face Trail; 8pm at Susan Giboney’s for an Ice Cream Social!)
Sunday, July 2: Bible Classes (9am); Worship Service (10:15am in Stauffer Chapel)

Upcoming Events:
July 15: Young Adult Campfire & Taco Bar at the Warwars (more info above)
July 16: Kids Club Planning Meeting
July 16-22: SoCal Teen Camp (more info below)
July 30-August 5: King’s Kamp (more info below)
August 13: Return to Elkins Auditorium (and Eric Wilson preaches!)
August 17: S.O.S. Ministry
August 20: Seniors Ministry Planning Meeting (2pm)
August 27: Fall Kickoff Sunday!

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Serving Dereje
If you can host Dereje Aleme for a night or two and/or host him for a dinner or two during his time in L.A. (from June 29 through August 12), please contact

Meals with the Youth Interns
If you can host our youth interns for a dinner this summer, email to get on their calendar.

Young Adult Campfire & Taco Bar at the Warwars
The Warwars will host the next monthly young adult get-together on Saturday evening, July 15, which will include a campfire and taco bar at their home in Moorpark! Please mark this fun night on your calendars.

Seeking House Group Hosts for Fall 2017
Contact me (Al) if you are interested in serving as a house group host for the fall semester. We are excited that house groups will go even further in the coming year to build intergenerational relationships in our church family. We still need a few more locations.

Summer Camp Registrations:
(i) – SoCal Teen Camp is scheduled for July 16-22.  Register at (ii) King’s Kamp is a week-long Bible camp for boys and girls entering 4th through 8th grades in the fall of 2017.  It is scheduled for July 30 through August 5 ( Registration is $345 (by July 1), and late registration is $370. The cost for additional campers from the same family is $299 each.  King’s Kamp is limited to the first 120 registrations.

Summer Adult Bible Class Schedule
July 2: Singing – combined with teens (Brad Griffin)
July 9: Melchizedek (Sara Barton)
July 16: The Tabernacle (Greg Warwar)
July 23: Judgment Day (John Barton)
July 30: Abraham & Sarah’s Faith – combined with teens (Dusty Breeding)
August 6: Mount Sinai & Mount Zion (Dave Lemley)
August 13: Singing – combined with teens (Brad Griffin)
August 20: Benedictions in the New Testament (Mike Folkerts)

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