The Window: October 28, 2021


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The Pane: New Sermon Series Starts Sunday, “The Little-Big Things”

Eighteen months into this pandemic, we have seen the loss of over 13,000 Louisianians to the virus, with 4.5 million deaths around the globe.


Such devastating sickness and death take a toll on the soul of a community. It is unimaginable and incalculable to know the impact of this pandemic on those who have contracted, died from, lost a job, or experienced isolation from this virus.


The reality of life is already so challenging when you face sickness, setbacks, and the unexpected death of those you value. To be in a relationship with others opens our hearts and soul to unimaginable grief when we lose those we love.


It is no wonder that our faith fore-bearers created an annual day for us to remember those who have gone before us. Whether it be All Saints Day, November 1, or All Souls Day, November 2, the church has set a day apart from all others to memorialize those who brought formation to our lives.


I invite you to reflect on the people of faith that inspired your journey. Consider those that took the time to teach you about the way of Jesus, who showed you what it looks like to serve others and those that gave the best of themselves for the work of God through the church.


As you think about such extraordinary people, consider how you are the living legacy of their story. How might their lives continue to inspire and empower you to become more like Jesus, in word and deed?


I love how the writer of Hebrews so beautifully put it, “Therefore, since such a great cloud of witnesses surrounds us, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (12:1-2).


We will celebrate All Souls Sunday on November 7. As you are given space to reflect on those that have enlightened your faith, we will provide you with a chance to honor them by lighting a candle in their memory. For those joining worship from home, we invite you to set a candle out for the worship experience.


Mask Policy Update

Click on the image above to review our updated mask policy.


“The Little-Big Things” Sunday School & Spiritual Formation Question of the Week

Click on the image above for more information.


Fall Gathering Follow-Up

What an extraordinary gathering we had on Sunday with ample opportunities for intergenerational connections, fostering relationships, volunteering, and reaching out to the community.


It is incredibly humbling to have so many of our members share their time to lead the various activities, hayrides, meal, setup, breakdown, parking, and the chili cook-off. Thank you to the many who shared their best selves with UBC to make this significant event a reality.


MISSIONS


Reading Friends Volunteer Training - November 14th

The training luncheon for Highland Elementary’s EveryBody Reads program has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 14th after the service.


To sign-up, click on the image above.


Highland Thanksgiving Meal Project

For information on how to help, click on the image above.


UBC Stained-Glass Christmas Ornaments

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



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.


UBC Choir is Back- Everyone's Welcome

The choir is back! We are currently rehearsing Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. All are welcome. Previous experience not required. Safety precautions include masks and distancing. Join us!


Contact justin@ubc-br.org for more information.


RELATIONSHIPS



Grand Re-Opening of the Family Tree Café

After months of closure, the Family Tree Café will reopen on October 4th with a creative redesign.


We are still looking for volunteers in the café on Mondays-Thursdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.


Learn more by clicking the image above.


Barnabas Project Sundays

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


Click the image above for more information.



Young Adults Night Out - November 12th

For information and to sign up, click on the image above.



SPIRITUAL FORMATION



Thursday Prayer Group Returning TODAY!

Starting on October 21, the group will meet every Thursday at 12:30pm over Zoom. We will be reading The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J.M. Nouwen.


Zoom Information:


Zoom ID: 570-645-5793


Password: ubc


Even if you miss the first meeting, you are welcome to join at any time!



CHURCH OF THE NATIONS



Worship in the Sanctuary this Sunday, October 31st

Contact eric@ubc-br.org for more information.




KIDS



Bring Supplies for Kindness Bags this Sunday, October 31st

This week we'll be practicing what we've been learning by making Kindness Bags to share with the people in our city.




YOUTH


Save the Date for Youth Fundraiser Sale Begins THIS SUNDAY, Oct. 31st

UBC's youth will be offering crafts, plants, and baked goods for sale on the Sundays above. All proceeds will go to support hurricane relief.


GENERAL UPDATES


Save The Dates


How To Give

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