The Window: June 24, 2021



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The Pane: Welcoming Rev. Tanya Parks and Family to Baton Rouge

On July 1, University Baptist Church will welcome Rev. Tanya Parks to the ministry staff. We are excited and energized by this new chapter of our faith community as we receive Tanya off the mission field, after serving over 8-years in Slovakia.

“I see my first months as a time to listen and learn. I want to connect with people and learn about their stories. I want to hear about their gifts and find ways to see those gifts used in the church,” said Tanya.


Coming to Baton Rouge with Tanya is her husband Jon, their 16-year old daughter Abigail and 15-year old daughter Kaitlyn.


Tanya stated, “Our whole family is looking forward to opportunities to connect with people! We look forward to getting to know people through sharing meals, working alongside people doing projects around the church and community, and just time together.”

Tanya will serve as the Minister of Children and Retirees, a uniquely designed hybrid role. Working alongside children and their families, Tanya will cultivate opportunities for formation, relationships, missions, volunteering, and intergenerational connections. With retirees, she will focus mainly on two monthly initiatives for building relationships and outreach, as well as making intergenerational connections through the Barnabas Project.


“Whether it is children, their parents, or retirees, I look forward to hearing their stories and learning together about how God has gifted them,” added Tanya.


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. Sign up for a care week by clicking on this link or calling the office: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4da8a82aa5f85-care1


As a dynamic, energetic, and gifted minister, I look forward to seeing our congregation and staff benefit from Tanya sharing her best self with us.


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.


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.



FORMATION


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

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.


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).


June 27: What are some useful practices of our small group, and why are these things meaningful?


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).



RELATIONSHIPS


HOPE Grief Support Groups


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.


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.


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.


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


Worship via Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom

Join us for a live-streamed worship service at 10:30 a.m. via any of the following platforms:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ubcbr/

YouTube: http://bit.ly/ubcbryt

Zoom: Join Meeting ID: 923-023-246-4

password is: ubc


GENERAL UPDATES


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. 


How To Give

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


Save The Dates


STAY CONNECTED DURING THE PANDEMIC

How to Live Stream Worship

To view Live Stream worship click on the links below:

YouTube: https://bit.ly/ubcbryt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ubcbr

www.ubc-br.org



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!