“Welcoming Justice” Book Partners; Young Adults Game Night; Youth Group Winter Retreat; Missions Sunday; Humans of UCC (UCC Family News, 2-22-18)

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Happy Spring Break to all of our Seaver students! Be safe and have fun. See you in March!

“Welcoming Justice” Book Partners
All members of the University Church of Christ are invited to participate in a book partner opportunity through Pepperdine’s Office of the Chaplain: “Welcoming Justice” by Charles Marsh & John Perkins. Please email al.sturgeon@pepperdine.edu if you would like to participate and be partnered with another church member (or if you have a suggested partner). Also, let Al know if you are already participating through a Pepperdine department so that he can maintain a list of all church members involved. You will be asked to (a) read the short book; (b) discuss with your partner on at least two occasions; and (c) attend a special private event with John Perkins on Monday, March 26, at 5pm.

Young Adults Game Night at the Rouses
The Rouses will be hosting a Young Adults Game Night on Friday, February 23, at 6:30pm. Food is provided but donations are welcome to help offset the cost!

Youth Group Get-together
Attention youth group! Emily will be hosting a youth group get-together on Friday, February 23rd from 4:30PM to 8:30PM! Contact Emily at emily.sabino@pepperdine.edu for more information!

Youth Group Winter Retreat
The Youth Group Winter Retreat is less than a month away on March 16-18! Register now to confirm your spot by clicking this link: https://goo.gl/forms/kIovUib7vAwZQ6cv1. Contact Dusty or Joel with any questions.

Missions Sunday
The annual missions contribution will be collected on Sunday, March 25. Please be praying and preparing for this important day!

Women’s Fellowship Event
Please save the date for a Women’s Tea to be hosted at the Warwar’s house on Saturday, April 7th, at 11 am.

Humans of UCC
If you follow us on Instagram, you know that we have started a post called “Humans of UCC.” Its purpose is to highlight members of our church family so that we may know more about them and what makes them so special! This week, we are featuring Nate and Falon Barton. Read more below!

Prayer Ministry
Thank you for sharing your prayer requests with us. Your requests and praises are being prayed over. The prayer team appreciates you sharing what is on your heart. Cards will be in the back of Elkins again this coming week for anyone who would like to submit a prayer request or praise report. If you would like to join the team or to share a request or praise, please contact kari_coppinger@yahoo.com.

Kids Club Guest Opportunities!
The UCC Kids Club for K-5th graders meets from 4-5pm in Baxter Park each Thursday afternoon with Al Sturgeon and Annie Little. We play, sing, and study the Bible from 4-4:30 and then have a special guest join us for the last 30 minutes. We have several guests in the works for this semester but would LOVE for other church members to come this semester and share something fun with the kids for 30 minutes. Contact either Al or Annie if you are interested in serving our children in this way.

Prayers:
– The Powell family, grieving the loss of Carlton’s father.
– Falon & Nate Barton, preparing to move to Uganda.
– Paula Bryant, Haley Love’s mother, recovering from surgery.
– Sammy Maiorca, Steve’s father, who is living with ALS.
– The Mancuso family, who are expecting their second child!
– 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).

Spring 2018 Sunday Morning Bible Class Lineup (Sundays @ 9am)
– Cradle Roll: Linda Truschke & Angie Lemley (PC 191)
– Toddlers/Preschool: Jody Sturgeon & Morgan Clinton (PC 190)
– K-3rd grade: Rick Cupp & Al Sturgeon (PC 189)
– 4th-5th grades: Dusty Breeding & Jesse Morgan (PC 188)
– 6th-12th grades: Joel Foster & Emily Sabino (24358 Baxter Drive)
– Adults (college & up):
* Koinonia Class (AC 290) with Ann & Greg Skipper
* The Remarkable Testimony of a Mysterious Witness: The Gospel of John (AC 270) with John Wilson & Randy Chesnutt
* Preparing for Marriage with Susan Giboney (UCC Church Office)

The Week Ahead:
–February 22: Kids Club
–February 22: The Well
–February 23: Young Adult Game Night at the Rouses
–February 23: Youth Group Girls Night
–February 25: Message by D’Esta Love

Upcoming Events:
-March 11: Daylight Savings Time Begins
–March 16-18: Youth Group Winter Retreat
-March 18: UCC 101 Lunch & Class
-March 25: Missions Sunday & Palm Sunday
-March 26: Welcoming Justice with John Perkins
-April 1: Easter Sunday
-April 7: Women’s Tea at the Warwars

Stats:
Attendance (February 18): 225
Contribution (February 18): $11,487.92
Weekly Need: $8,231.76
Weekly Average (YTD): $7,231.39

UCC Contact Information / Social Media:
– Blog: uccfamilynews.wordpress.com
– Email: church@pepperdine.edu
– Instagram: @UCCMalibu
– Facebook Page: University Church of Christ (Malibu)
– Phone Number: 310.506.4504
– Website: universitychurchofchrist.us

Servant Leaders (2017-2018)
Please contact an individual leader if you are interested in serving on her or his respective team. If you need contact information, please email church@pepperdine.edu:
1. Adult Education: Dave Lemley & Robby Schaffer
2. Benevolence/Service: Katy & Peter Thompson
3. Finance: Chris Bauman
4. Hospitality: Brad & Liz Mancuso
5. Life Together: Brad & Linn Griffin; Stacy & Steve Rouse
6. Men’s Ministry: Lee Morgan
7. Missions: David & Pat Dowdey
8. Prayer: Kari Coppinger
9. Tech Ministry: Randy Coppinger
10. Women’s Ministry: Jenny Parmelee
11. Worship Coordination: Shannon Warwar
12. Worship Design: Eric Wilson

Humans of UCC // Meet Nate and Falon Barton 

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1. First off, how did the two of you meet?
We are a Pepperdine couple through and through. We met briefly at a UCC house group event our freshman year, and we continued seeing each other working for the Graphic newspaper. We didn’t start talking or dating until our sophomore year, however. Falon was supposed to go to Buenos Aires with Pepperdine International programs, but she had to drop out for financial reasons. She was pretty disappointed. Nate had just finished a multi-day bike trip down the California coast, which was not only challenging, but also spiritually rewarding. We started working at the Graphic in the fall of 2013 — Nate as News Editor and Falon as Assistant News Editor — and we started dating within weeks. For our first date, Nate brought a couch from Pepperdine’s Krown Alpha dorm and planted it on Alumni field. We tried to watch a movie on the couch, but Nate forgot that WiFi doesn’t reach that far! Instead, we talked for hours under the stars.

2. Tell us the basics! For how long will you be in Uganda and what exactly will you be doing once you are in there?
On June 15, we will fly to Jinja, Uganda to work with a nonprofit we both love called Kibo Group International. We’ll live in Uganda for a year, and our primary role will be to run Kibo’s communications and social media. Our plan is to work with churches and with Kibo projects on the ground through video, photography, graphic design, writing, and more. Some of our specific goals are to create a documentary for marketing purposes, to write a children’s book, and to serve the Ugandan staffers who do the actual work of improving people’s wellbeing through community and development.

3. If you could each describe your feelings in regards to the move in one word, what would it be and why?
Exhilarated and apprehensive! We are excited to leave and to serve God with our gifts, but we also know that there are a lot of unknown challenges we will encounter. It’ll be a great adventure.

4. What are you most looking forward to?
We’re looking forward to giving back. We’ve enjoyed Pepperdine so much, and we’ve appreciated all the ways Pepperdine has poured into us. But we’re antsy, and we are anxious to give back. The idea of doing things that benefit others after six years of school sounds fulfilling and rewarding. Nate also can’t wait to reconnect with so many people in Uganda from his childhood.

5. What words of encouragement do you have for those who are scared to take their own bold leap of faith?
If you have community, the worst-case scenario is not as bad as when you’re alone. Rockets need a launch pad, planes need a runway, and people need community.

Nate and Falon Barton