Missions Contribution Update; CM Formal; Women’s Fellowship Event; Kids Club Year-End Extravaganza; Humans of UCC (UCC Family News, 3-29-18)

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Susan Giboney’s house group made homemade ice cream this week. We love house groups!

Missions Contribution Update from David and Pat Dowdey
Thanks to the children for their contribution to the missions fund! It put the total collection over the $24,000 mark—$24,048.68. We are, however, still about $7,000 short of last year’s contribution. We encourage all who have not contributed to think seriously and prayerfully about making a contribution. We also gladly accept pledges.

Campus Ministry Formal
All our welcome to the Campus Ministry formal on Saturday, March 31 at 7 PM in the Sandbar. We would love to see all of you there!

Women’s Fellowship Event
The ladies of the church are invited to attend a tea party to be hosted at the Warwars’ house on Saturday, April 7th, at 11am (ages 6 and up are welcome). If you are planning to attend the event, please fill out this short survey by March 23rd.

Kids Club Year-End Extravaganza!
On Sunday, April 15, all children and their parents are invited to a year-end Kids Club celebration following our morning worship assembly including lunch, cake, activities, and a special video!

All-Church Camping Trip
Save the date for our second annual all-church camping trip: May 25-27th at the Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula, CA.

Opening for Teaching Children’s Classes!
We especially need teachers for this summer! It has been a great year having teachers rotate in our children’s classes each semester, and it is time to map out teachers for the next year (summer, fall, and spring). We have four classes for different age groups (cradle roll; preschool; early elementary; and older elementary), and the topics will be Old Testament Kings (summer); Old Testament Prophets (fall); and New Testament Heroes (spring). Please contact Corinne Le or Al Sturgeon ASAP if you are interested in lead teaching, co-teaching, or assisting in any of the four classes in any of the three times of year!

Calling all Praise Team Prospects
Scott Reynolds is looking to form a regular worship team composed of five members of our church family – hopefully a diverse mix of members as well as students. If you are interested in being part of the worship team, please see Scott, Al, an elder, or a church staff member and give them your information by Easter Sunday, April 1, so that selections may be announced before Seaver students leave in late April. You can contact Scott by phone: 310-266-0835 or email: srdriven@gmail.com.

Prayer Ministry Monthly Challenge
Take the monthly prayer ministry challenge and write the Lord’s Prayer in your own words/with some examples pertinent to your life.

Foster Youth Fundraiser – HOPE4Kids Festival & Run
The HOPE4Kids Festival & Run will be April 28 in Thousand Oaks. Funds raised benefit foster youth and families. Register to run/walk or volunteer at http://www.raisinghope.org/hope4kids and join the University Church of Christ team or just come to the free festival. If you can’t come, you may register as a virtual runner (run/walk on your own time) and you’ll get a swag bag, T-shirt, and medal. Or consider supporting the event by helping us fill our silent auction baskets. See ideas or purchase items at http://a.co/5nkrBW7. Contact kari_coppinger@yahoo.com with questions.

Prayers:
-Jose Roman, Nancy Shatzer’s son-in-law (awaiting test results)
-Bernice Evans James, Bernie James’s mother (in serious condition in the hospital)
-Beverly Dungan, Brad Griffin’s aunt
-Cres San Jose, for healing from Stage 4 lung cancer (contact: Brad Griffin)
-Falon & Nate Barton, preparing to move to Uganda.
-Sammy Maiorca, Steve’s father, who is living with ALS.
– Rob Terrell, for healing from cancer.
-The Mancuso family, 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).

The Week Ahead:
-March 29: Kids Club (4pm)
-March 29: The Well (8pm)
-April 1: Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Sunday

Upcoming Events:
-April 7: Women’s Tea at the Warwars
-April 8: Servant Leaders Meeting
-April 8: Seniors Ministry Lunch & Discussion
-April 8: Final Senior Sunday Dinner
-April 15: Kids Club Year-End Extravaganza!
-April 21: Young Adult International Food Night
-April 22: All-Church Pancake Breakfast
-April 28: HOPE4Kids Festival & Run
-April 29: Summer Bible classes begin
-May 1-4: Harbor: The Pepperdine Bible Lectures
-May 20: Summer in Stauffer begins
-May 25-27: All-Church Camping Trip
-June 3: Youth Group Summer Parent Meeting

Stats:
Attendance (March 25): 227
Contribution (March 25): $5,459.00
Weekly Need: $8,231.76
Weekly Average (YTD): $6,781.61

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

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)

Humans of UCC // Meet Conrad Parker!

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1. What makes you excited about our church?
I am excited about developing relationships with individuals who I might not cross paths with otherwise because I usually am able to learn more and develop from relationships with people who aren’t extremely similar to me.

2. What is one thing you want everyone to know about you?
It sounds super cliché, but I really like most things outdoors! Whether it’s mountain biking, climbing, spearfishing, surfing, or hiking—I’m always looking for a new adventure.

3. If you could pack a bag right now and go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’ve got two places in my mind that I would want to visit right now. The first is super simple, but I really want to have the time to visit and explore Utah. The desert’s crazy rock formations and super unique landscape sound absolutely stunning and it seems like an adventurer’s playground. The second place I would love to visit is Patagonia, between Chile and Argentina. Everything about Patagonia seems like an adventure and it has some of the most gorgeous granite peaks in the world.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
This has been a question I have been trying to figure out for myself for a while, but my most recent plan is to be out of graduate school, teaching for a university in 10 years. Part of me would love nothing more than to come back to Pepperdine as a professor but I know there are also great opportunities all over the place so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out!

5. Finally, how have you seen Jesus most in your past few years at Pepperdine?
Jesus seems like he has been in every part of my Pepperdine experience. It was crazy circumstances that led me to Pepperdine from the school I transferred from and while I’ve been here, I have just been amazed at how consistent God feels in my life through my friends, faculty members, and God’s incredible creation.

 

Missions Sunday; No Kids Club Today; CM Formal; Teachers Needed for Children’s Classes; Humans of UCC (UCC Family News, 3-22-18)

UCC CM formal 2018 social
All are welcome to come to the CM formal on March 31. We would love to see you there!

Missions Sunday
The annual missions contribution will be collected this Sunday, March 25. Please be praying and preparing for this important day!  Here are the missionaries that we support: 2018 Missions Contribution Flyer

Kids Club – Canceled
Due to the rain, we are canceling Kids Club today (March 22). We look forward to resuming and seeing everyone next week!

Campus Ministry Formal
All our welcome to the Campus Ministry formal on Saturday, March 31 at 7 PM in the Sandbar. We would love to see all of you there!

Opening for Teaching Children’s Classes!
It has been a great year having teachers rotate in our children’s classes each semester, and it is time to map out teachers for the next year (summer, fall, and spring). We have four classes for different age groups (cradle roll; preschool; early elementary; and older elementary), and the topics will be Old Testament Kings (summer); Old Testament Prophets (fall); and New Testament Heroes (spring). Please contact Corinne Le or Al Sturgeon ASAP if you are interested in lead teaching, co-teaching, or assisting in any of the four classes in any of the three times of year!

Calling all Praise Team Prospects
Scott Reynolds is looking to form a regular worship team composed of five members of our church family – hopefully a diverse mix of members as well as students. If you are interested in being part of the worship team, please see Scott, Al, an elder, or a church staff member and give them your information by Easter Sunday, April 1, so that selections may be announced before Seaver students leave in late April. You can contact Scott by phone: 310-266-0835 or email: srdriven@gmail.com.

Fundraising Car Wash for Nate and Falon Barton – Canceled
The car wash to raise money for Nate and Falon Barton’s work in Uganda this summer has been canceled.

Prayer Ministry Monthly Challenge
Have you taken the prayer challenge yet this month?

Women’s Fellowship Event
The ladies of the church are invited to attend a tea party to be hosted at the Warwars’ house on Saturday, April 7th, at 11am (ages 6 and up are welcome). If you are planning to attend the event, please fill out this short survey by March 23rd: https://goo.gl/forms/ugT2soEIVTosfBx33

All-Church Camping Trip
Save the date for our second annual all-church camping trip: May 25-27th at the Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula, CA.

HOPE4Kids Festival & Run
Join the University Church of Christ team in raising money for foster youth and families on April 28 and run/walk, volunteer, play, eat, and/or shop at the 6th annual HOPE4Kids Festival & Run in Thousand Oaks. Register at http://www.raisinghope.org/hope4kids/. if you can’t come, consider registering as a virtual runner or making a donation to support the event. Consider donating items from the auction wish list at http://a.co/1fzGQpF, new items that would be good for basket fillers, baskets, and gift cards to anywhere for any amount but especially $10 and $15 gift cards to places like movie theaters, coffee shops, Amazon, Target, etc. Contact kari_coppinger@yahoo.com with questions.

Prayers:
-Jose Roman, Nancy Shatzer’s son-in-law (awaiting test results)
-Bernice Evans James, Bernie James’s mother (in serious condition in the hospital)
-Beverly Dungan, Brad Griffin’s aunt (in the hospital with multiple ailments)
-Cres San Jose, for healing from Stage 4 lung cancer (contact: Brad Griffin)
-Falon & Nate Barton, preparing to move to Uganda.
-Sammy Maiorca, Steve’s father, who is living with ALS.
– Rob Terrell, for healing from cancer.
-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).

The Week Ahead:
-March 22: The Well
-March 23: Young Adults to Baseball Game (Pepperdine @ LMU)
-March 25: Missions Sunday & Palm Sunday
-March 26: Welcoming Justice with John Perkins

Upcoming Events:
-April 1: Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Sunday
-April 7: Women’s Tea at the Warwars
-April 8: Servant Leaders Meeting
-April 15: Kids Club Year-End Extravaganza!
-April 22: All-Church Pancake Breakfast
-April 28: HOPE4Kids Festival & Run
-April 29: Summer Bible classes begin
-May 1-4: Harbor: The Pepperdine Bible Lectures
-May 20: Summer in Stauffer begins
-May 25-27: All-Church Camping Trip
-June 3: Youth Group Summer Parent Meeting

Stats:
Attendance (March 18): 220
Contribution (March 18): $7,126.54
Weekly Need: $8,231.76
Weekly Average (YTD): $8,231.76

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

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)

Humans of UCC // Meet Shelby Warwar!

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1. What do you want others to know about you?
I love life, meaning I love things that are alive. I love people, I really like animals (possibly too much), and I love being outside. I’m also super blessed to have so many amazing people in my life. My absolute favorite thing is getting to be involved in their lives and experiencing more of who God is through them.
2. What is your favorite thing about Pepperdine?
The community aspect, for sure. Although I only have personal experience with the law school, I’ve heard enough to know that students in the other schools are blessed by Pepperdine’s community environment as well. The faculty and staff here care about the students first as people and second as students. There have been a few times during these past three years where I was struggling so much that I pretty much gave up on myself and thought I wouldn’t make it through school. However, my professors and deans who knew me on a personal level never even let me have the option of giving up. Without question or my asking for it, they surrounded me with the support and encouragement I needed every single time. I don’t know of any other place where you can walk into your professor’s open-doored office laughing or crying, asking for study advice or prayer, and leave having received exactly what you needed and being better equipped to do the same for others.
3.  What is your favorite scripture?
John 16:33: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
4. What is most special to you about the University Church of Christ?
My family started going to church here during a time of significant change in my life. I was graduating college, didn’t know my next step, and transitioning away from a church family I had grown up with. This family welcomed us all in with open arms. After getting to know some of the members here a little better, I think God used this congregation to restore my faith in church and how God uses it to work in this world. I didn’t even realize that I needed to be restored in that way before we started coming here, but I am so incredibly thankful for it and to have become a part of this family.

Teaching Children’s Classes; Praise Team Prospects; Missions Sunday; Monthly Prayer Challenge; Humans of UCC (UCC Family News, 3-15-18)

Opening for Teaching Children’s Classes!
It has been a great year having teachers rotate in our children’s classes each semester, and it is time to map out teachers for the next year (summer, fall, and spring). We have four classes for different age groups (cradle roll; preschool; early elementary; and older elementary), and the topics will be Old Testament Kings (summer); Old Testament Prophets (fall); and New Testament Heroes (spring). Please contact Corinne Le or Al Sturgeon ASAP if you are interested in lead teaching, co-teaching, or assisting in any of the four classes in any of the three times of year!

Calling all Praise Team Prospects
If you look to the previous blog post, you can read Scott Reynolds’s testament of the powerful impact of acappella worship music. Because of this life-giving impact of worship, he is looking to form a regular worship team composed of five members of our church family – hopefully a diverse mix of members as well as students. If you are interested in being part of the worship team, please see Scott, Al, an elder, or a church staff member and give them your information by Easter Sunday, April 1, so that selections may be announced before Seaver students leave in late April. You can contact Scott by phone: 310-266-0835 or email: srdriven@gmail.com.

Fundraising Car Wash for Nate and Falon Barton
There will be a car wash from 1-3 pm on March 25 in the Benton’s driveway to raise money for Nate and Falon Barton’s work in Uganda this summer. We are currently looking for volunteers to help so contact Stephanie Cupp if interested (scupp@pepperdine.edu).

carwash-bartons

Missions Sunday
The annual missions contribution will be collected on Sunday, March 25. We will host “missions moments” each Sunday morning in March leading up to the collection. Please be praying and preparing for this important day! Here are the missionaries that we support:  2018 Missions Contribution Flyer

Prayer Ministry and Monthly Challenge
Our March Prayer Challenge is to personalize the Lord’s Prayer by writing it with our own words and/or examples. For instance, where it says “give us this day our daily bread,” express some personal daily need that you experience. Or where it says, “forgive us our debts as we forgive others,” ask God to forgive something specific in your life and write words of forgiveness to someone else. If you’d like to share a prayer request or praise with the prayer ministry team, email kari_coppinger@yahoo.com or fill out a prayer card on Sundays. (Ask a greeter for a card if you don’t see them.)

Women’s Fellowship Event
The ladies of the church are invited to attend a tea party to be hosted at the Warwars’ house on Saturday, April 7th, at 11am (ages 6 and up are welcome). If you are planning to attend the event, please fill out this short survey by March 23rd: https://goo.gl/forms/ugT2soEIVTosfBx33

All-Church Camping Trip
Save the date for our second annual all-church camping trip: May 25-27th at the Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula, CA.

HOPE4Kids Festival & Run
Join the University Church of Christ team in raising money for foster youth and families on April 28 and run/walk, volunteer, play, eat, and/or shop at the 6th annual HOPE4Kids Festival & Run in Thousand Oaks. Register at http://www.raisinghope.org/hope4kids/. if you can’t come, consider registering as a virtual runner or making a donation to support the event. Consider donating items from the auction wish list at http://a.co/1fzGQpF, new items that would be good for basket fillers, baskets, and gift cards to anywhere for any amount but especially $10 and $15 gift cards to places like movie theaters, coffee shops, Amazon, Target, etc. Contact kari_coppinger@yahoo.com with questions.

Prayers:
-Falon & Nate Barton, preparing to move to Uganda.
-Carlton Powell, in the loss of his father, Henry Powell.
-Paula Bryant, Haley Love’s mother, recovering from surgery.
-Sammy Maiorca, Steve’s father, who is living with ALS.
– Rob Terrell, needing healing from cancer.
-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).

The Week Ahead:
–March 15: Kids Club
-March 15: The Well
-March 16-18: Youth Group Winter Retreat
-March 18: UCC 101 Lunch & Class

Upcoming Events:
-March 23: Young Adults to Baseball Game (Pepperdine @ LMU)
-March 25: Missions Sunday & Palm Sunday
-March 26: Welcoming Justice with John Perkins
-April 1: Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Sunday
-April 7: Women’s Tea at the Warwars
-April 8: Servant Leaders Meeting
-April 15: Kids Club Year-End Extravaganza!
-April 22: All-Church Pancake Breakfast
-April 29: Summer Bible classes begin
-May 1-4: Harbor: The Pepperdine Bible Lectures
-May 20: Summer in Stauffer begins
-May 25-27: All-Church Camping Trip
-June 3: Youth Group Summer Parent Meeting

Stats:
Attendance (March 11): 204
Contribution (March 11): $5,186.90
Weekly Need: $8,231.76
Weekly Average (YTD): $6,879.37

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

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)

Humans of UCC // Meet Kari Coppinger!

kari
1. What is your favorite thing about our church?
I love our church family. Some I have known for more than 25 years and others I haven’t met yet, but I know that all of us love the Lord and I am so glad that we get to worship together. The relationships that we are blessed with continue to bring us the 40+ minute drive every Sunday. I encourage anyone who is new to say hi to people and find a way to be involved. You will not regret this relationship investment in this congregation!

2. What is the best part about leading the prayer ministry?
I love meeting people I don’t already know and getting to know them by praying for them.

3. What are some words of encouragement you can give others struggling in prayer?
Sometimes I have more faith and understanding of the what and why of prayer than other times. For the times of doubt, I am drawn to Mark 9:24, “Lord I believe. Help my unbelief.” It’s such a raw confession of trust and uncertainty and I appreciate that they are not mutually exclusive, but rather are sort of like partners.

I love what Mrs. Murray says in “A Wrinkle in Time” about an inexplicable event. “I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.”

When we are doubting or are uncertain of how/what/why to pray, it is best to stay tightly tied to our Christian communities and to share how we think, not hide behind a facade of everything being “ok.” Like the friends who brought the paralytic to Jesus and lowered him through a hole they cut in the rooftop, I am thankful for friends who brought me/bring me to Jesus in prayer and I am always honored to do the same for those around me.

4. What is one thing you want people to know about you that maybe not many people do?
I’m in my 4th year as a volunteer art “teacher” for my kids’ elementary school. I am not a formally trained artist or teacher so I learn first and then present artists and projects for 10 weeks each spring. I enjoy the personal learning and growth almost as much as getting to teach my kids and their friends.

Praise Team Announcement from Scott Reynolds

I’d like to start off with a bit of a story.

I grew up in a Southern Baptist environment. We were at church almost every time the doors were open – this was made easier because my friends group revolved around church, and it was a great outlet for singing.

Fast forward a bit to college, and I sought out similar types of Baptist churches. I shopped around the first year or so before having one of my best friends, both then and now, John Calhoun, hand me a Won by One CD (yes, it was 2004 and back then I had a computer capable of even playing a CD). Anyway, I played that CD day and night all summer long. I’d never heard anything like it. For me growing up in a Baptist environment, the acappella style was not really framed as something cool or contemporary but more like something relegated to barbershop quartets. College is such a formative time for young adults, and like many I was making my faith my own for the first time. Acappella worship quickly became the catalyst and the core of that journey.

Please indulge one more quick story about the power of acappella. Claire and I met in VA, and at the time I had been singing tenor at the local Fairfax CoC for a couple months. Claire knew this and decided to preview the church without me one week while I was, serendipitously, out here for the LA auto show.  Like my story from college, she was unfamiliar with the CoC and wanted to see what it was all about.  The service back in VA ran its normal course I assume, and weeks later Claire came clean about the sneaky move. More importantly, she also came clean about being moved to tears during one of the songs. To me this was an incredible reminder of the powerful ways God works and touches us through this worship style. The way music can speak to people has to be cherished, and the way we specifically do it here has the power to move, inspire, convict, and connect us with one another and with the Lord.

Simplistically, having a team lead the University Church of Christ worship portions of our time together allows for fuller tone and for all parts to be represented. When I accepted the role of leading worship, it was not out of excitement for being able to single song lead every week, it was because I personally know what life changing, and even better – life giving, impact that communal acappella worship can bring. Claire and I are proof points for the power of this musical tradition.

All that being said – It’s time for a UCC worship team 2.0, reborn, re-imagined, or whatever buzz word you like most…

Starting when students return in August of this year, it is our goal to resume having a five member worship team lead singing every Sunday morning.  Our goal is these five are THE team, and that the same individuals are leading consistently every week.

I will continue to lead the team through song selection, encouraging/executing practice, introducing new songs, and leading the singing on Sunday mornings.  Here are some additional thoughts that are paired with this vision:

  • As mentioned, the same five team members should, largely, be singing every Sunday together.  Rotations and subs should be the exception, not the norm. This means we will need a committed soprano, alto, tenor, and bass passionate about being part of singing every Sundaymorning
  • The team should reflect our congregation and would then ideally be composed of a diverse mix of full time members as well as students.
  • In terms of time commitment, we will practice every Sunday immediately following the service.  Songs for the following week will already be selected, and we will practice for 30/45 mins at this time in addition to meeting at 9am on Sunday mornings for a final run through.
  • We will learn and introduce our church to cool, current, contemporary songs without losing the soul and core of acappella worship and reverence for timeless hymns.  We will seek to find ways to crossover with the Well and reestablish consistency with our long time members while increasing appeal to our important student population.
  • Finally, the team begins in August, and I’ll single song lead though the summer.  Based on possible team composition during holidays and summers, single song leading will be the default during those times.

If any or all of this sounds interesting to you, that’s a great thing. Starting today and going through the end of March, we would love to gather the names of any and all who are interested in being part of the worship team. Please see me, Al, an elder, or a church staff member and give them your information by Easter SundayApril 1, so that selections may be announced before Seaver students leave in late April. At this time, there are no tryouts, there is no pressure – we just want to capture interest.

An important final note: If you’re not able to be part of the team week in and week out but are still interested in singing, please also let us know as we certainly will need the support of subs from time to time. Even if you have led singing in the past, please consider the slate clean, and see me or one of the other leaders mentioned to register your interest level as well.

Thank you for your kind attention and consideration.

Sunrise Worship; Youth Group Winter Retreat; Missions Sunday; Women’s Fellowship Event; All-Church Camping Trip (UCC Family News, 3-8-18)

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Sunrise Worship
Campus Ministry is hosting a sunrise worship Friday, March 9 (tomorrow), at 6 AM. Join us bright and early on Alumni Park for a time of worship and fellowship as we admire God’s beautiful creation.

New Prayer Request
Rob Terrel, Pepperdine alumnus and frequent guest at UCC, is fighting pancreatic cancer. Rob is a high school teacher in south central LA with plans to be a missionary in Central America. He asks us to pray for his healing.

Youth Group Winter Retreat
The Youth Group Winter Retreat at Big Bear is less than a month away on March 16-18! The cost is $145. 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. We will host “missions moments” each Sunday morning in March leading up to the collection. Please be praying and preparing for this important day! Here are the missionaries that we support: 2018 Missions Contribution Flyer

Women’s Fellowship Event
The ladies of the church are invited to attend a tea party to be hosted at the Warwars’ house on Saturday, April 7th, at 11am (ages 6 and up are welcome). If you are planning to attend the event, please fill out this short survey by March 23rd: https://goo.gl/forms/ugT2soEIVTosfBx33 

All-Church Camping Trip
Save the date for our second annual all-church camping trip: May 25-27th at the Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula, CA.

Prayers:
-Falon & Nate Barton, preparing to move to Uganda.
-Carlton Powell, in the loss of his father, Henry Powell.
-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).

The Week Ahead:
–March 8: Kids Club
-March 8: The Well
-March 11: Daylight Savings Time Begins

Upcoming Events:
-March 16-18: Youth Group Winter Retreat
-March 18: UCC 101 Lunch & Class
-March 23: Young Adults to Baseball Game (Pepperdine @ LMU)
-March 25: Missions Sunday & Palm Sunday
-March 26: Welcoming Justice with John Perkins
-April 1: Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Sunday
-April 7: Women’s Tea at the Warwars
-April 8: Servant Leaders Meeting
-April 15: Kids Club Year-End Extravaganza!
-April 22: All-Church Pancake Breakfast
-May 1-4: Harbor: The Pepperdine Bible Lectures
-May 25-27: All-Church Camping Trip
-June 3: Youth Group Summer Parent Meeting

Stats:
Attendance (March 4): 189
Contribution (March 4): $8,942.10
Weekly Need: $8,231.76
Weekly Average (YTD): $7,067.42

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

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)

Humans of UCC // Meet Scott Reynolds

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1. How did you get into leading worship?
I grew up singing and lightly involved in leading some youth worship in a southern baptist church, but it wasn’t until I started school at Pepperdine that I really found a passion for acappella worship music. My freshman summer, one of my great friends, John Calhoun, left for a Won by One tour and left me with their CD. I must have listened to that CD a million times before school started up again in August. From there, it was on. We were singing all the time, and I wanted to be, and was so fortunate to be, involved in everything – convo, Wednesday night worship, Sunday chapel, and Sunday morning church. It has been an honor to be involved in UCC as well ever since.

2. What do you enjoy most about leading worship?
The connection that music makes with thoughts, emotion, feelings, and a community makes it so universally loved. I believe we’re fundamentally wired to appreciate music. Music of all types has such power – when it’s directed toward praise and reflection on relationship with the Lord and performed in the acappella style, there is something all the more inexplicably, transcendentally special. On a much more granular, surface level, being in front of a congregation singing back at you is so cool; there is such a fullness to the sound, and all the parts are in there somewhere. It’s a really special place from which to listen to the whole room.

3. If you had to choose your favorite worship song, what would it be and why?
The Greatest Commands. The answer is kind of in the title for this one… The subject and focus on God being love and that we should reflect that in the things we say and do is beautiful and inspiring at the same time. In our worship style, it’s unique and all the more special that it’s sung in a round with such clear, defined parts and harmony – every part has its moment and its message. It also holds such a special place in my heart because we sang this along with all the attendees at our wedding. Every time it’s sung it’s moving, so it will always be one of my favorites for a myriad of reasons.

4. Tell us a random fact about you!
I never thought I’d do any martial arts in my entire life, but since it’s such a passion for my wife, I’ve really grown to enjoy it too. That being said, I will take my black belt test in taekwondo in May.

 

Youth Group Winter Retreat; March is for Missions; Save the Date: All-Church Camping Trip (UCC Family News, 3-1-18)

Staff Retreat
Thanks to Dusty & Cecily and the Collins family for funding a staff leadership retreat to Colorado. Lots of wonderful discussions, plans, dreams, and prayers — plus this amazing snowshoe adventure. This doesn’t look like “spring break” for Seaver students!

Youth Group Winter Retreat
The Youth Group Winter Retreat at Big Bear is less than a month away on March 16-18! The cost is $145. 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. We will host “missions moments” each Sunday morning in March leading up to the collection. Please be praying and preparing for this important day! Here are the missionaries that we support: 2018 Missions Contribution Flyer

Final Call: “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.

Women’s Fellowship Event
The ladies of the church are invited to attend a tea party to be hosted at the Warwars’ house on Saturday, April 7th, at 11am (ages 6 and up are welcome). If you are planning to attend the event, please fill out this short survey by March 23rd: https://goo.gl/forms/ugT2soEIVTosfBx33 

All-Church Camping Trip
Save the date for our 2nd annual all-church camping trip: May 25-27th at the Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula, CA.

Prayers:
-Falon & Nate Barton, preparing to move to Uganda.
-Carlton Powell, in the loss of his father, Henry Powell.
-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).

The Week Ahead:
–March 1: Kids Club

Upcoming Events:
-March 11: Daylight Savings Time Begins
-March 16-18: Youth Group Winter Retreat
-March 18: UCC 101 Lunch & Class
-March 23: Young Adults to Baseball Game (Pepperdine @ LMU)
-March 25: Missions Sunday & Palm Sunday
-March 26: Welcoming Justice with John Perkins
-April 1: Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Sunday
-April 7: Women’s Tea at the Warwars
-April 8: Servant Leaders Meeting
-April 15: Kids Club Year-End Extravaganza!
-April 22: All-Church Pancake Breakfast
-May 1-4: Harbor: The Pepperdine Bible Lectures
-May 25-27: All-Church Camping Trip

 Stats:
Attendance (February 25): 190
Contribution (February 25): $4,045.00
Weekly Need: $8,231.76
Weekly Average (YTD): $6,833.09

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

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)