The Window: December 30, 2021




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The Pane: UBC, A Year in Review

We’ve all said it before, but it still doesn’t change the fact that it is hard to believe that another year has come and gone.

Looking back over 2021 as a church, God has done some pretty remarkable things in and through us.

Ministry has been at the center of our year. In January, we provided dozens of people experiencing homelessness coats, sleep bags, and other winter gear in the Staying Warm Initiative. In addition, we continued our 30+ year partnership with Highland Elementary School, gifting hundreds of new books to students and providing 25 families with Thanksgiving Meal Kits.

We hosted three drive-in movies and three large gatherings, connecting with the greater community around UBC.

We saw over 150 children participate in two Soccer Academy seasons.

We kept the highest level of standards, never once having to shut down the Mother’s Day Out program due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

We saw an increase in participation in our Spiritual Formation and Sunday School classes.

We hired a new Minister of Children and Retirees, Tanya Parks, all the way from Slovakia.


We’ve seen the Youth Ministry quadruple in size.


We expanded the MDO, adding a new classroom and opening Friday hours to younger children.


We managed a campus-wide electrical and air condition failure, replacing the systems and getting a new roof along the way.

We stayed financially solvent because people saw the worth of our mission and vision.

We have yet to highlight so many things, but the message is clear: God is doing extraordinary things in and through University Baptist.


It is a new chapter to see that while the world is changing around us, we are uniquely placed in this location with these people in these circumstances to reach more people than we thought possible. It is a new chapter to grow the capacity of our faith community to lead new people to Jesus.


Year-End Contributions


Early Registration for Soccer Academy Now Open

The UBC Soccer Academy is back for another set of 6-sessions, February 26 - April 2. Early registration opens December 6 and closes January 6 for $10 off.


Instead of trying to schedule your entire week around scattered soccer practices and games, especially if you have more than one kid playing, register your kid(s) for a series of 1-hour sessions on Saturdays for six weeks. Your child will learn the fundamentals of soccer through fun activities and a scrimmage at the end of each session, all in the comfort of one hour per Saturday for six weeks.


For more information about the Soccer Academy and to register, visit www.ubc-br.org/academy.



UBC Stained-Glass Christmas Ornaments

For informant how to purchase your ornament, click the image above.





MISSIONS



Ecuador Support Project

All contributions should be labeled “Ecuador Support Project.” You can also donate online by clicking on the image above.


Save the Date for the Ecuador Fundraiser on February 6th

The Ecuador Mission Team will host a fundraiser meal on Sunday, February 6, along with a silent auction. Circle, highlight, and hold this date on your calendar to help raise support for the 2022 Ecuador Mission Immersion.


Mission Sunday, January 30

UBC will worship on January 30 by loving our neighbor by engaging in several missional projects around our community. The projects will be designed to incorporate all ages and abilities within UBC, providing an authentic way to meet the needs of our neighbors and create space for intergenerational connections.

If you are interested in helping plan or lead one of the missional projects, please contact Andy by phone or email (andy@ubc-br.org).




RELATIONSHIPS




Barnabas Project Sunday, January 9th

For January, our Barnabas Project will be moved to January 9, not the first Sunday as is typical.




SPIRITUAL FORMATION




Thursday Prayer Group is Back!

The group meets every Thursday over Zoom at 12:30pm. We will be reading The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J.M. Nouwen.


Join us on Zoom.


Zoom ID: 570-645-5793

Password: ubc


VOLUNTEERING


We Need Your Help as Our Church Grows

As out church continues to grow, we need your help. Consider volunteering for one of the above.


Choir Returns in January

Contact justin@ubc-br.org for more information.



CHURCH OF THE NATIONS




Worship in the Chapel this Sunday

Contact eric@ubc-br.org for more information.




KIDS



Spiritual Formation Series

Please bring your children to join us for our current Spiritual Formation Series, “God’s Story for You and Me.” The series takes place in the Children’s Branch during Sunday school.



GENERAL UPDATES



Save The Dates


How To Give

GIVE: https://www.ubc-br.org/give


Mask Policy Update

Click on the image above to review our updated mask policy.