Important Kickoff Sunday Information; Peace & Justice Ministry; RSVP for Adult Bible Class; House Groups Signup; School on Wheels; Labor Exchange Party (UCC Family News, 8-23-18)

Kickoff Sunday Poster

Important Kickoff Sunday Information:

  • Bible Classes at 9am! The adult Bible class will be a welcome class for college students in the Fireside Room, and the children’s classes will feature the annual Rising Up Ceremony.
  • Morning worship at 10:15am in Elkins! We anticipate a large crowd, so please arrive early and welcome new students!
  • Dessert reception after morning worship! Please bring finger food desserts for the welcome reception in the plaza following morning worship.
  • Evening worship at 5pm in Stauffer! We launch our evening worship option this Sunday. Worship music will be led by Joshua Altrock and Taylor Begert for this inaugural service.

Peace & Justice Ministry
Contact if you are interested in being a part of a church ministry that engages in regular conversations about peace and justice issues in our community (and world) and takes action. We hope to launch this “peace & justice ministry” in the next few weeks once we have a core group identified. All are invited and welcomed.

Please RSVP: Fall Semester Adult Bible Class (August 26 – December 16)
In what way is the Bible a guide for the church in its organization, worship, and mission? The members of UCC represent a wide array of backgrounds and approaches to Bible study, and it is critical for us to better understand one another as we collectively approach God’s Word for guidance both now and in the future.  The elders have requested that the adult education program focus on this sole topic for the fall semester, and all college student and resident adult members of the UCC are encouraged to be a member of this class.  To that end, members (and interested non-members) are asked to RSVP and commit to the class, which will include (i) praying for the class; (ii) attending the class; and (iii) maintaining a weekly journal about the class. There will be an introductory class in Fireside Room at 9am on August 26, but subsequent classes will be in Payson Library (Kresge Reading Room) beginning on September 2. Please RSVP to

Fall Semester Bible Classes for All Ages
In addition to the adult Bible class, we are excited to announce plans for our teen and children’s classes!
-The youth group will continue the Survey of the Old Testament at Dusty’s condo.
-Our children’s classes will study the Old Testament prophets:
* Cradle roll: Emily & Jason Jarvis (Plaza 191)
* Preschool: Rachel Jolly (Plaza 190)
* K-3rd grades: Julia Held (Plaza 189)
* 4th-5th grades: Corinne Le (Plaza 188)

House Groups Signup
Sign up to be a member or host of a house group at!

School on Wheels
There will be a big basket at the right door facing Elkins for School on Wheels school supplies this Sunday. Envelopes with checks inside made out to School on Wheels, with school supplies in the memo section, are also acceptable. Our congregation is always generous as we remember those students in kindergarten through high school who are homeless. School on Wheels, formerly headquartered in Malibu, but now in Ventura, serves homeless students all over Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Yes, some right here in Malibu. If you are interested in serving one or two hours per week as a one-on-one tutor for a homeless child, please e-mail or sign up at or call 805-641-1678.

Labor Exchange Party
Everyone is invited to the 25th Anniversary Celebration Party of the Malibu Community Labor Exchange hosted by Martin Sheen this Saturday from 6-9pm (23595 Civic Center Way—Malibu Library parking lot). This free open house party is a great opportunity to visit if you have never been before! Come enjoy the mariachi music, food, and fun!

Christmas Run
Please email if you are interested in joining a UCC team for either the 5k or 10k option of the Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run scheduled for Saturday morning, December 15. We can get discounted entry fees for signing up as a team before the end of August, so let Al know as soon as possible. We already have 15 people signed up! All skill levels welcomed, including walking the flat and beautiful course!

-Ornelas-Trisler family, mourning the loss of Annette’s father
-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 26: Fall Kickoff Sunday & Dessert Reception
-August 26: Fall Semester Bible Classes Launched (9am)
-August 26: Evening Worship Option Launched (5pm in Stauffer Chapel)
-August 27: New Office Hours (8am-10pm weekdays)
-September 7: UCC Young Adults to UCLA for Pepperdine Soccer (& Diddy Riese)
-September 9: Seniors Ministry Lunch & Discussion
-September 16: House Group Hosts Training
-September 17: First Week of House Groups
-September 23: All-Church Potluck
-September 30: Sara Barton Preaches
-October 21: Leadership Retreat (Elders, Ministry Staff, Servant Leaders)
-October 28: All-Church Harvest Party
-November 4: Benevolence Sunday
-November 10: Men’s Ministry Go Ruck Challenge
-December 16: All-Church Christmas Party

Attendance (August 19): 227
Contribution (August 19): $6,284.08
Weekly Need: $8,231.76
Weekly Average (YTD): $6,804.98

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

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

UCC Contact Information / Social Media:
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– Instagram: @UCCMalibu
– Facebook Page: University Church of Christ (Malibu)
– Phone Number: 310.506.4504