Time to Rally; New Website Launched; Return to Elkins; Adult Bible Class in AC 290; Servant Leaders Meeting; Wedding Shower Invite (UCC Family News, 8-9-18)

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A picture from Jody Sturgeon atop Mount Whitney! Our team of mountain climbers returns today from their adventure!

Time to Meet the Challenge
As Regan said last Sunday, it is New Year’s Eve for our church family! New students and new Pepperdine employees will arrive soon, and we pray for numerical momentum for our church family in the year to come. Our Sunday morning attendance has declined rather dramatically each year over the past several academic years—the average fell from 326 just four years ago to 206 this past year, and that was before several wonderful families moved away this summer. In addition, we are well under budgeted contributions for 2018—to be specific, over $44,000 behind in just over half the year. But we do not lose heart! As has happened over the life of this wonderful congregation, God has provided and inspired us to step up to face challenges. Please join us in prayer and in action as we move into the year ahead with confident expectation!

New Website Launched!
Huge thanks to Cecily Breeding for her fantastic work in redesigning our church website! The beautiful new site is located at www.uccmalibu.com – bookmark it and spread the word!

Updates for Sunday (August 12)
-Our morning worship returns to Elkins Auditorium at 10:15am this Sunday when we are pleased to welcome a large number of student leaders on campus for training.
-Our Sunday morning adult Bible class will be in AC 290 this Sunday and will be taught by Rick Gibson.
-Following morning worship our servant leaders will meet in the church office.

Wedding Shower
Please come and bless Hannah Perrin and Kyle McFarland at a special wedding shower on Saturday, August 18, 2018, 2:00pm-4:00pm, at the home of the Le Family (24349 Baxter Dr). Lucy and Tim will be there as well. It will be a special time of blessing and celebration. RSVP to sara.jackson@pepperdine.edu. Hannah and Kyle’s registry can be found by clicking here.

Cloud of Witnesses Teachers
Here are the teachers for the remaining Cloud of Witnesses adult Bible class sessions this summer (9am on Sundays):
August 12: Rick Gibson (location AC 290)
August 19: Jason Jarvis (location AC 290)

Kickoff Sunday Dessert Reception
Please make plans to bring plenty of finger food desserts to share as we welcome incoming students to our worship services on Sunday, August 26.  The receptions will take place immediately after the worship services (note: we will store the desserts left over after the morning service for the evening reception). Contact Dusty with questions.

New Songs to Practice
Here are links to practice songs introduced in worship last Sunday:
Good Good Father
King of My Heart
Reckless Love

Prayers:
-Lou Archer, as she recovers at home.
-Sion Sameto, David and Pat Dowdey’s friend.
-Bernice Evans James, Bernie James’s mother.
-Sammy Maiorca, Steve’s father, who is living with ALS.
-Rob Terrell, for healing from cancer.
-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).

Upcoming Events:
-August 10: Young Adult Beach BBQ
-August 12: Return to Elkins for Morning Worship
-August 12: Servant Leaders Meeting
-August 12: Seniors Ministry Lunch & Discussion
-August 26: Fall Kickoff Sunday & Dessert Reception
-September 17: First Week of House Groups
-September 23: All-Church Potluck
-October 28: All-Church Harvest Party
-December 16: All-Church Christmas Party

Stats:
Attendance (August 5): N/A
Contribution (August 5): $7,811.00
Weekly Need: $8,231.76
Weekly Average (YTD): $6,798.41

New Servant Leaders (2018-2019)
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:

Servant leaders related to our Sunday gatherings:
Acappella Music:  Scott Reynolds
Adult Education:  Dave Lemley & Robby Schaffer
Hospitality:  Greg Warwar
Technology:  Randy Coppinger
Worship Coordinator:  Shannon Warwar
Worship Design:  Sara Barton & Eric Wilson

Servant leaders related to our family life:
Benevolence:  Katy & Peter Thompson
Families:  Brad & Liz Mancuso
Finance:  Paul Jones
Life Together:  Steve Rouse & Kanet Thomas
Men’s & Women’s:  Lee Morgan & Jenny Parmelee
Missions:  Susan Giboney (interim)
Prayer:  Kari Coppinger
Seniors:  David Baird
Young Adults:  Phill DuVentre

Summer Classes (Sundays at 9am)
This summer’s topics, teaching lineups, and locations:
– Adults: “Cloud of Witnesses” (multiple teachers)
– Teens: “Survey of the Old Testament” (Dusty Breeding & Joel Foster) – Cafeteria
– Children: “Old Testament Kings” – Plaza classrooms
* Cradle Roll: Brad & Linn Griffin
* Preschool: Kari Coppinger & Jenny Parmelee
* K-3rd grades: Diana Maiorca & Lydia Folkerts
* 4th-5th grades: Corinne Le

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