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The Window: March 3rd, 2022




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The Pane: Investing in a Bright Future Through Shared Conversations

Have you found yourself thinking really hard on whether events that took place were this year or last year? I have painstakingly called these moments “Pandemic Brain,” as so much of the previous 24 months seems to blend together.

I’ll be the first to admit that when news of the virus first hit the American media circuit, I thought we would get through this in a few weeks or months max. But, boy, was I wrong.

And yet, despite all of the ups and downs, twists and turns, our faith community has thrived throughout this process. Of course, that doesn’t mean that we haven’t had learning curves and made a few mistakes along the way. But who can say that they excelled with perfection throughout this entire chaotic and unimaginable crisis?

One of the primary reasons we have thrived is directly correlated to our willingness to process this experience through open dialogue at all levels of leadership, among our many small group ministries, and in the worship space. We’ve asked some tough questions about ourselves and our church, considering what God is doing and how we might follow God’s leadership through this.

We are not out of this yet, and the future is unpredictable. But what we can continue to do is open our minds to God’s good creative potential and embrace a sense of togetherness as we strive forward.

We can intentionally do this through this Sunday’s shared Spiritual Formation and Sunday School hour. Led by Dr. Brian Foreman, UBC will engage in shared conversations of re-imaging the church after this pandemic as a companion to our Little-Big Things Expressions (relationships, formation, missions, intergenerational connections, volunteering).

Foreman is Campbell University's Executive Director of Community Engagement & Leadership and a congregational consultant for the Center for Congregational Health and CBF Global.

We hope your Sunday School and Spiritual Formation class will join in this interactive conversation both in-person and online (Zoom ID: 923 023 2464, pass "UBC") at 9:00 am on March 6th.

Donuts and coffee will be available.

Dr. Foreman will also preach in worship, kicking off the Lenten season.

Let us continue to invest in a bright future with shared conversations.





RELATIONSHIPS


Barnabas Project Partners Meet on First Sundays


Are you in a Barnabas Projection connection? The Barnabas Project is an intergenerational connection between retirees and children with their families at UBC.


The first Sundays of the month will be dedicated to these connections during the Coffee & Community hour (10:00 am). Participants will meet with their Barnabas Project partner, engaging in fun activities, and building stronger relationships.


To start your Barnabas Project connection, reach out to Tanya, Minister of Children and Retirees, at 225-766-9474 or tanya@ubc-br.org.



Young Adult’s Night Out


Our Young Adults Night Out will be on March 18th, 5:30-8:00 pm. This month, we will meet on November 12th.

The group will gather at a local restaurant for outdoor 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 Wednesday, March 16th here: https://form.jotform.com/220605939059158

The restaurant location will be texted to you.


Important Retirees' Luncheon Update


Save The Date For UBC's Spring Gathering

UBC will host its annual Spring Gathering on Sunday, April 3, on our Highland Road front lawn. This year’s event will feature a Meadow Ride, Bunny Hop (Trunk or Treat style egg share), lots of games, a free meal, and a silent bake auction.

Participants are encouraged to bring an Easter basket to collect all the goodies and a generous heart to contribute to the silent bake auction, benefiting our mission partnership in Ecuador.

This free experience is designed for all ages to enjoy, so please come and invite friends, family, and neighbors.

Parking will be available on the ball field parking lot with limited parking on the Highland side of the campus.



MISSIONS


Ecuador Support Project

All contributions should be labeled “Ecuador Support Project.” You can also donate online here: https://form.jotform.com/213325214630140




Pick Up Your Kindness Bags

Over 300 Kindness Bags were made at the January 30th Missions Sunday. They are simple food and hygiene kits you can keep in your car to give to someone in need.


Pick up a bag at the office during the week or grab one in the Narthex on Sundays.




UBC Stained-Glass Christmas Ornaments

For informant how to purchase your ornament, click the image above.





SPIRITUAL FORMATION


Thursday Prayer Group is Back!

The group meets every Thursday over Zoom at 12:30pm. We will be reading Walking The Way by John Dear.

Join us on Zoom.

Zoom ID: 570-645-5793

Password: ubc



VOLUNTEERING


We Need Your Help as Our Church Grows

As out church continues to grow, we need your help. Consider volunteering for one of the above.



Soccer Academy Volunteers Needed

UBC's Soccer Academy returns in February. We need 12 different volunteers each Saturday to make the Academy function.

Sign up to help for one or as many Saturdays as you can. Volunteers can sign up here for set-up, player check-in, group guiding, coaching, snack distribution, and participant care: https://form.jotform.com/212913959293163.




Volunteers Needed for UBC’s Spring Gathering