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The Window: June 10, 2021




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The Pane: Let Us Celebrate the Brilliant Work of Deb McElgin

The great theologian Thomas Aquinas wrote, “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”

When I think about Deb McElgin, our Minister of Children and Retirees, I am grateful for how she relationally connects with countless members of UBC, the Mother’s Day Out, participants of the Family Tree Café, and the greater community.

Deb is one of the most relationally gifted ministers I have ever met. She generously shares her ears, time, and presence with each person that needs it at the given time. For many, you may not realize that Deb began her time at UBC as a part-time teacher in the MDO program. However, the pastoral staff recognized her gifts and talents as a critical asset to the development of a children’s ministry.

When I was in the process of discerning a calling to UBC, I remember hearing the pastor search team talk about her energy and creativity, starting the Family Tree Café, Parents Night Out, and Dinner & Plays.

While I was heartbroken to see her role change these last few months due to her sensing a calling to helping children at underprivileged schools, I was inspired by how God might use her in the lives of children and families in our community. She is the incarnational presence of Jesus to so many who need it now more than ever.

On June 27, Deb will be stepping away from her staff role at UBC but remaining a part of this faith community.

Deb, thank you for being you and share you with all of us. Thank you for bringing your best self to UBC. Know that your work here will continue to bear fruit for many years to come.

Please join me in celebrating Deb. I encourage you to find ways to thank and encourage her for what she has done and what she will experience next.


New Mask Policy

On May 14, Governor Edwards announced that Louisiana would fully adopt the CDC mask guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals. Those guidelines state that you are no longer required to wear a mask in indoor or outdoor public spaces if you have been vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, you are encouraged to continue to wear a mask to protect yourself and others.


Therefore, if you have been vaccinated, we would like to give you the option to choose whether you wear a mask when attending activities on UBC's campus.

For those working with children and for children under the age of eligibility for vaccinations, mask-wearing will be required.


We recognize that we are all in different places and will take a different timeline in removing masks in shared spaces. If you feel more comfortable continuing to wear a mask, please feel free to do so. We respect your choice.


First Summer Gathering/Kids Club, June 13th

Join our first Summer Gathering and Kids Club on June 13 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 June 10th: https://form.jotform.com/211304851522142 .

Adults can pick one of the following activities: art, beginners’ yoga, board games, or cooking. A dessert social will wrap up the event at 5:45 pm. Please sign up for one of the activities by clicking on this link or calling the office: https:// form.jotform.com/211304748703047

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.


Celebrating Deb McElgin, June 13th 5:30 PM


Return of the Normal Sunday Schedule Set for June 20th

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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Noon Summer Book Club Begins June 10th

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,” beginning on June 10th.

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.


This Week’s Prayer is one of: Intercession


Almighty and eternal God, have mercy on your servants, our friends.

Keep them continually under your protection,

and direct them according to your gracious favor in the way of eternal salvation.

May they desire whatever pleases you, and with all their strength strive to do it.