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The Window: February 17th, 2022

Updated: Feb 18, 2022





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The Pane: Bear the Sign of the Cross on Our Foreheads in Solidarity for the Sacrifice of Christ

In college, I let my suite mates convince me to join them in painting our chests and faces with our school colors before the big game. It was a painful experience as the hot climate of Campbell University’s basketball arena produced sweat on my forehead, causing the paint to run into my eyes. Getting the paint off was an exercise in patience, taking nearly three days to get it all off the hard-to-reach places.


What is about our favorite sports teams that cause us to pay thousands of dollars in tickets, gear, tailgating, and maybe a little body paint to cheer them on? What makes those crazy Green Bay Packer’s fans stand out in subzero temperatures with their shirts off?


As much as I love my favorite teams, I often reflect on how much time and energy is spent on them in comparison to, let’s say, my outward devotion to Christ. Sure, I study the Scriptures daily, have spiritual conversations, pray, and worship. But am I willing to mark my body out of devotion to Jesus?


Ash Wednesday is one of those rare days that we are invited to mark our foreheads with the sign of the cross out of solidarity for the sacrifice of Christ. The marking of the body with ashes reaches back thousands of years, as people did so as an emotional and spiritual symbol of humility, repentance, and mourning. See the story of Ester (4:1), Job (42:6), Jonah (3:5-6), Moses (Exodus 9:8-10), and Isaiah (61:3, 44:20) for starters.The usage of Ashes continues into the New Testament and in the early church writings of Tertullian and Eusebius. The “Day of Ashes” ritual is found in the earliest editions of the Gregorian Sacramentary, which dates at least to the 8th century.


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, in which we are invited to spiritually sojourn with Jesus to Jerusalem and his ultimate crucifixion. It is a spiritual season of reflection, prayer, confession, sacrifice, and growth.


Being marked with Ash is an outward symbol of an inward spiritual commitment. It is a way of saying that we are finite creatures, “Remember you are dust, and dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19), loved by an infinite Creator who calls us to change our way of thinking and living each day through Jesus. The ashes used come from the burned branches of Palm Sunday mixed with oil.


I invite you on this Lenten journey, beginning with Ash Wednesday on March 2. At noon, we will gather in the Chapel for a time of fasting for lunch, meditating, praying, and receiving ashes. We invite you to come into the worship space in quiet contemplation.




Communion



Soccer Academy Volunteers Needed

UBC's Soccer Academy returns in February. We need 12 different volunteers each Saturday to make the Academy function.

Sign up to help for one or as many Saturdays as you can. Volunteers can sign up here for set-up, player check-in, group guiding, coaching, snack distribution, and participant care: https://form.jotform.com/212913959293163.



RELATIONSHIPS


Save The Date For UBC's Spring Gathering

UBC will host its annual Spring Gathering on Sunday, April 3, on our Highland Road front lawn. This year’s event will feature a Meadow Ride, Bunny Hop (Trunk or Treat style egg share), lots of games, a free meal, and a silent bake auction.

Participants are encouraged to bring an Easter basket to collect all the goodies and a generous heart to contribute to the silent bake auction, benefiting our mission partnership in Ecuador.

This free experience is designed for all ages to enjoy, so please come and invite friends, family, and neighbors.

Parking will be available on the ball field parking lot with limited parking on the Highland side of the campus.


Volunteers Needed for UBC’s Spring Gathering

To help make the Spring Gathering a reality, we need your help. Sign up by using the following link above, click image, or by contacting the office.


Save the Date for Retirees' Outing

You may choose to meet us at the church or meet at the museum. We’ll leave from the church at 12:15 and be at the museum by 12:45. The Planetarium show is at 1:00. After the show, you’ll be free to walk around the museum.


The group cost is $8. You may sign up as a couple by just putting both first names in the First Name section. You will need to pay for each person visiting so I can pay for it as a group on the 24th. Feel free to email Tanya or call the church office.



MISSIONS


Ecuador Support Project


All contributions should be labeled “Ecuador Support Project.” You can also donate online here: https://form.jotform.com/213325214630140


Pick Up Your Kindness Bags


Over 300 Kindness Bags were made at the January 30th Missions Sunday. They are simple food and hygiene kits you can keep in your car to give to someone in need.


Pick up a bag at the office during the week or grab one in the Narthex on Sundays.



UBC Stained-Glass Christmas Ornaments

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




SPIRITUAL FORMATION


Ash Wednesday


We will host a brief and meaningful Ash Wednesday service at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, March 2, in the chapel.

Participants are invited to begin the season of Lent by fasting for lunch, meditating, praying, and receiving ashes.



New Lenten Study

New Lenten Study starting Thursday March 2!


Join us for this six-week study as we consider Jesus' nonviolent ministry, his journey to the cross, and what this means for our lives as his disciples.


Every Thursday over Zoom from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Email eric@ubc-br.org by March 1 to register, or if you have questions!



The Little-Big Things Question of the Week

During our upcoming “The Little-Things” series, Sunday School and Spiritual Formation classes are invited to engage in a weekly dialogue about how their small group can help UBC thrive by living out these expressions: Spirit-Led, Formation, Relationships, Volunteering, Intergenerational Connections, Missions, and Holy Imagination.

The hope is that your group will center the brief conversation on practical and tangible goals for your specific group.



Thursday Prayer Group is Back!