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).


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.

-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

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!

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.