The Window: July 15, 2021



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The Pane: Celebrating Our Spiritual Formation and Sunday School Leaders

Have you ever looked back over a significant change or crisis in your life to figure out what sustained you throughout the experience?

I shared with you before the crisis year that was 2013 in which we decided to sell our house and build a new home, have the house go under contract only to have the buyer get fired from his job when he was supposed to be signing papers at the closing. What sustained us was the family and friends that helped us move everything back into our original home and then move it all back out when the house sold five months later.

When we look back at this pandemic experience as a faith community, many things sustained us, such as our flexibility, trust, commitment, and hope. Additionally, so many people stepped up to help lead in their way. I’d like to specifically highlight the leadership of our Spiritual Formation and Sunday School groups.

If you recall, on March 14 of 2020, we made a congregational decision to follow the recommended stay-at-home order, canceling our Sunday worship gathering. However, by the following Wednesday, we had organized a way for each of our Spiritual Formation and Sunday School groups to meet via Zoom, a word most of us had never used unless referring to working the camera lens.

It wasn’t easy. There were was a big learning curb. And yet, it was the leadership of our Spiritual Formation and Sunday School leads that transitioned our classes into the online realm.

Many of our groups have experienced high attendance, with many people rejoining their classes for the first time in years. For other groups, this was a time of growing, inviting new faces to their group.


These weekly group meetings hosted a space for frustration, anxiety, hope, encouragement, connection, and relationships. As a result of these extraordinary groups, we are striding out of this pandemic together with great anticipation of what God has in store for us.

Please join me in thanking all our Spiritual Formation and Sunday School leaders, including Trippe Hawthorn, David Patterson, Julia Sears, Dawn Ryan, Rosalie Bivins, Millicent Hopkins, Renee Rodi, Aaron Biggers, Dave Mixon, John Hightower, Bob Hawthorn, Chuck Goodwin, Vaugh Crombie, Ken Tipton, Deb McElgin, Eric Fulcher, Michal Skinner, Ladonna Williams, Chuck Rea, Herb Bennet, Ron Perritt, Wunmi Olanrewaju, and Martha Forbes.


Young Adults Night Out, July 23rd, 5:30 PM

Join our Young Adults Night Out on the third Friday, 5:30-8:00 pm. This month, we will meet on July 23rd.


The group will gather at a local restaurant for dining. Realizing not everyone can arrive by 5:30 pm, plan on joining the group as you are able. If you have kids, you can drop them off at the church, beginning at 5:15 pm, for dinner and activities for $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child.


Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 13th here: https://form.jotform.com/211795585027160. The restaurant location will be texted to you.


Join us For Communion this Sunday

Soccer Academy Early-Bird Registration Opens July 6th

We are excited to announce the return of UBC's Soccer Academy for six one-hour sessions in September and October for children ages three to ten years old.

Early Bird Registration opens on July 6 with savings through August 2nd.

The six-week academy begins on Saturday, September 18. The academy dates are September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, and 23.

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.


Welcome Tanya Parks by Signing Up for a Care Week

We want you to be a part of welcoming the Parks family to South Louisiana with hospitality and care. You are invited to sign up for one of ten care weeks. This is an opportunity to bring a meal or care package to the Parks family. You are encouraged to approach this with your unique personality and giftedness.


Each week has two spots available to allow more members to share hospitality. Sign up for a care week by clicking on this link or calling the office: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4da8a82aa5f85-care1.



FORMATION


Audacious Series Daily Prayer

This week’s prayer is one of: Confession

Prayer written by hymnist George Matheson.

Oh! You who have come to seek and to save lost things, buried things,

I lift my eyes to you.

Many have offered me a golden tomorrow;

you alone have offered to retrieve my yesterday.

Restore to me the waste places of my heart.

Reveal to me the meaning of my failures.

Show me that there was manna in my desert that even Canaan did not hold.

Then shall mine be a harvest joy,

a resurrection joy,

the joy of gathering the buried past.

Then shall my heart be satisfied that the travail of the soul was autumn’s gain.

In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.


Noon Summer Book Club, Next Meeting is July 22nd.

Join our Noon Summer Book Club for a bi-weekly conversation about Jemar Tisby’s new book, “How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice,” continues on July 22nd. Please read pages 141-180 before meeting.

The group will meet in-person and online in the Fellowship Hall on the Second and Fourth Thursday of June, July, and August.

Purchase the book on Amazon in digital, audio, and hardback editions.

For those joining via Zoom, use the Mtg ID: 314 698 8114.

Please contact Andy via email (andy@ubc-br.org) or phone (225.766.9474) if you plan to join.


Ecuador Mission Trip Exploratory Meeting

UBC is heading back to Ecuador in 2022 for a one-week mission immersion.


If you are interested in joining the team, please join the July 25th Exploratory Meeting in the Heritage Room after worship. We will discuss the trip details, the types of ministries involved, requirements for the trip, and costs.


If you cannot join in person, you can join via Zoom, using the Mtg ID: 314 698 8114.


Why Sunday School & Spiritual Formation Groups? A Weekly Dialogue

One of the successes we celebrate about UBC is the health of our Sunday School and Spiritual Formation Groups. We’d like to explore why.


Each week, we ask these groups to spend five minutes at the beginning of their meeting to discuss a provided question. Insight from the group’s discussion can be sent to Andy (andy@ubc-br.org) and Eric (eric@ubc-br.org).


July 18: One of the common strengths of our existing groups is relationships. Relationships consist of meaningful connections with others.


What are ways that relationships have started or deepened as a result of connection with this group? Why do you think this happens?



VOLUNTEERING


Help With Sunday Worship Stream Quality

Volunteers can help with many different aspects of the project including planning equipment, software, and workflow upgrades; equipment installation; running a camera; or just being part of a rotation that monitors the soundboard or keynote during worship on Sundays.


Prior experience in video production, live sound, or social media is welcome, but not required. We are willing to provide training, if needed. To volunteer, please contact Justin (justin@ubc-br.org).


We Need Your Help

As we step into this new normal, we need your help. Consider volunteering for one of the following:

  • Greet one Sunday per month before Sunday School or Worship: a 20-minute commitment once per month

  • Assist with children one Sunday per month: a 1.5-hour commitment once per month

  • Learn to run the worship cameras one Sunday per month: a 1-hour commitment once per month

  • Join the Care Team in creating a welcome environment on Sundays: a 1-hour commitment once per month

  • Help with childcare one Friday per month as we rebuild our young adult ministry: a 2.5-hour commitment once per month

  • Participate in an upcoming Gathering: a 2-hour commitment once per month

  • Teach toddlers or children once per month: a 1.5-hour commitment once per month

  • Invite a friend to join you for worship or at UBC event: a 10-minute commitment

  • Join the Retiree Team in creating opportunities for connections: a 1-hour commitment once per month

  • Join the Connect Group Team in creating like-interest opportunities: a 1-hour commitment once per month

To Get connected, please reach out to Andy at andy@ubc-br.org or 225-766-9474.



RELATIONSHIPS


Summer Gathering & Kids Club Follow Up

What a brilliant evening building relationships, intergenerational connections, and formation. Thank you to all those who were able to attend. We are especially grateful for those that lead the various opportunities. Our next Summer Gathering & Kids Club will be on August 8.


The Summer Gatherings are intended to be a time to build stronger connections within and through UBC. We hope you will not only participate but invite others to join you.


Musicians Ice Cream Social

Join Bob and Kay Hawthorne at their house on Saturday, July 24th at 3:00 p.m. for music and ice cream. No RSVP necessary.


Sunday Name Tag Project

Get to know new and unfamiliar faces on Sundays by picking up a name tag as you enter the worship space. The name tags will be in the Narthex center table. Write your name and answer each week’s conversation starter question.



HOPE Grief Support Groups




YOUTH


Youth Summer Event Schedule

For more information, contact Eric at eric@ubc-br.org or visit www.ubc-br.org/youth


KIDS



CHURCH OF THE NATIONS


Return to Chapel for Worship

We have returned to the chapel for in-person worship! We hope you will join us on Sunday morning at 10:30am!


This week’s topic: Humility -- It’s Not Just About You

Scripture: Luke 18:1-14



GENERAL UPDATES


Return of the Normal Sunday Schedule

At the beginning of the pandemic, the Sunday School and Spiritual Formation start time changed to 9:15 am to allow for less time for excessive contact before worship.


On Sunday, June 20th, we will return to a 9:00 am start time for our Spiritual Formation and Sunday School groups and bring back the 10:00 am Coffee & Community time in the Heritage Room.

Sunday participants are encouraged to pick up a coffee and treat while utilizing the Heritage Room, Narthex, Sanctuary, and Courtyard for conversations during Coffee & Community.


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