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The Window: July 8, 2021




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The Pane: It’s All Connected to Thriving

What are your thoughts on puzzles? I will buy a challenging puzzle with high hopes of completing it.

What I love most about a puzzle is not necessarily completing it but the beauty of how each tiny piece is intricately connected to others.

Have you ever considered that the thriving of a church results from intricately connected pieces that are eagerly placed together?

The difference between thriving and languishing is whether or not people see and engage the purpose behind why the church does what it does. Moreover, the difference between thriving and languishing is whether or not each church member considers the importance of themselves as part of the congregation.

Have you ever nearly finished a puzzle only to find a piece or two missing?

Each of us has a part to play in the thriving of University Baptist Church. Each one of us can bring our piece of the puzzle, helping build a complete picture of what God desires for us.

Sometimes the piece we need to add to the puzzle is merely letting others know that you will attend a Gathering because we realize that this two-hour event can build stronger relationships and trust that leads to the development of an authentic community.

Sometimes the piece we need to add is sharing one Friday per month to care for UBC kids because we realize that creating a space for Young Adults to build relationships will spark outreach and evangelism, leading to the growth of our church.

Sometimes the piece we need to add to the puzzle is greeting merely letting others know that you will attend a Gathering because we realize that this two-hour event can build stronger relationships and trust that leads to the development of an authentic community.

Sometimes the piece we need to add is sharing one Friday per month to care for UBC kids because we realize that creating a space for Young Adults to build relationships will spark outreach and evangelism, leading to the growth of our church.

Sometimes the piece we need to add to the puzzle is greeting others as they arrive on Sundays with hospitality and love because we realize that the first experience of a guest will determine their return and the church's subsequent growth.

Everything that we do as a church has a purpose. Our willingness to add our piece to the puzzle will determine our capacity for thriving.


Summer Gathering & Kids Club, July 11

Join our first Summer Gathering and Kids Club on July 11th at 4:00 pm.

Kids, ages infant through 5th grade, will enjoy activities, crafts, games, lessons, and dinner. Drop off will occur at the Children’s Branch entrance. Register here by July 8th.


Adults can pick one of the following activities: art, beginners’ yoga, board games, or cooking. A dessert social will wrap up the event at 6:00 pm. Please sign up for one of the activities by clicking on this link or calling the office: https://www.ubc-br.org/post/sg-kids-club-july-11


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.


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.


Senior Luncheon with Tanya, July 14


Noon Summer Book Club, Next Meeting is July 8th

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 8th. Please read pages 107-140 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.


Audacious Series Daily Prayer

This Week’s Prayer is one of: Restoration

Prayer written by Martin Luther.

Behold, Lord, An empty vessel that needs to be filled.

My Lord, fill it. I am weak in faith;

Strengthen thou me. I am cold in love;

Warm me and make me fervent That my love may go out to my neighbor.

I do not have a strong and firm faith;

At times I doubt and am unable to trust thee altogether.

O Lord, help me. Strengthen my faith and trust in thee.

In thee I have sealed the treasures of all I have. I am poor;

Thou art rich and didst come to be merciful to the poor.

I am a sinner;

Thou art upright. With me there is an abundance of sin;

In thee is the fullness of righteousness.

Therefore, I will remain with thee of who I can receive

But to whom I may not give. Amen.


Sunday School Classes Can Return to Regular Rooms


Many Sunday school classes have already returned to their regular rooms on campus. If you haven't, your regular room is available for you, with the following exceptions:


Lydia Class will meet in Room F107 in the Fellowship Hall

Happiness Class is currently in transition. Two classes you may want to check out are the Hope Class led by Renee Rodi (Room F110 in the Fellowship Hall) and the Lydia Class led by Dawn Ryan (Room F107 in the Fellowship Hall)


Please let us know if you have questions as we continue to adjust to our new normal!


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 11: One of the common strengths of our existing groups is formation. Formation is the ongoing process of becoming more like Jesus.

What examples of formation can we identify in our group? How do those examples help us become more like Jesus?


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.


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).



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