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The Window: June 3, 2021

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The Pane: But What About You? How Can You Share Your Best Self with UBC?

Over the last several months, I have written extensively on what facing “next” as a faith community will require of us. You’ve probably participated in the ongoing Together After conversations in your Sunday School and Spiritual Formation groups, considering challenging questions about “next.”

What is difficult is to consider now is what you as an individual can offer to help us boldly step into this new reality.

For some, we don’t consider what we can share because we don’t think we bring anything of value. For others, we are maxed out in all areas of our life and don’t think we have anything left to give. For some, we look at our age or station of life as a hindrance to sharing.

But what if I told you that if each person shares just a little bit of themselves with UBC, then collectively, it doesn’t take much to help us meet next with bold faithfulness and experience success?

The key is that each person shares some of their strengths, passions, resources, and time.

What this moment requires of us is a collective sharing of our best selves for the success of our vision.

So, I’m issuing a challenge to you. Prayerfully consider what you can share of yourself with your faith community.

And as you pray, let me share some of the tangible ways you can volunteer.

  • 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

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.

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:

HOPE Grief Support Groups, starting July 15th

Graduation Recognition, June 6th


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 ( and Eric (

June 6: Why is this small group important to me?

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.