The Window: October 7, 2021


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The Pane: The Fall Gathering, a Worthwhile Investment in Relationships and Intergenerational Connections

Two of the most beautiful expressions of University Baptist Church are relationships and intergenerational connections. It’s a key reason why our church is thriving.

But why are these expressions important?

As author Tony Hiss wrote, “Human beings have always been an unfinished species, a story in the middle, a succession of families, tribes, and societies in transition to new awarenesses.”

When we invest time, presence, and intentionality with one another, we grow and experience the transforming power of God’s good work through us. And it is pretty remarkable what we can learn about each other and ourselves when we cross-pollenate our time with others, not in the same station of life.

And so, yet again, I am inviting you to invest in relationships and intergenerational connections through UBC. To be clear, I’m inviting you, not an assumption that others will participate in your place.

At the end of this month, we have a profound opportunity to spend time together through the Fall Gathering safely.

At first glance, this event looks like something for children and young families. But that’s a terrible assumption. The Gathering is designed for all ages to have fun, make strong connections, and fill their bellies with good food and treats.

Why not find yourself playing games among children of all ages, riding a hayride through the front lawn, or taste-testing chili from the cook-off? Why not dress up and have a little fun?


The event will kick off with games, hayrides, a free dinner, and a chili cook-off from 4-5:30 pm. Then, at 5:40 pm, we will host a Trunk-or-Treat.

Help raise money for our partnership in Ecuador by purchasing a $10 sampling pass for the chili cook-off. You can also purchase three voting tickets for $5 to help decide the winner of the contest.

While you can participate, you can also share your time by volunteering for one of the many aspects of the event here: https://form.jotform.com/212695418485062

We hope to see you on October 24th.


World Communion Sunday

On October 10th, we will host World Communion Sunday in worship. Join us for a celebration of the diversity of the Kingdom of God and the inclusiveness of Jesus table for all. For those joining from home, you are encourage to line up the elements of communion before worship begins.


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.


Reading Friends Volunteer Training

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


To sign-up, click on the image above.


Young Adults Night Out

Join our Young Adults Night Out on the third Friday, 5:30-8:00 pm. This month, we will meet on October 15th.


Click on the image above for more information.


2022 Governing Board Nominations

To submit nominations, click on the image above.



MISSIONS



Ecuador Mission Immersion

The invitation is open to join the growing team heading to Ecuador in July of 2022.


Form more information, click on the image above.


Hurricane Ida Collection

We are collecting items for disaster relief efforts in Houma. If you are able to bring any of the following items to the church office. For information on what to bring, click on 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



Fall Gathering Save the Date

UBC will host its annual Fall Gathering on October 24th with an afternoon of hayrides, games, trunk or treat, and chili cook-off for all ages. We hope you will consider now inviting others to attend, volunteer for an activity, or enter the chili cook-off competition.


Fall Gathering Volunteers Needed

With UBC’s Fall Gathering right around the corner, we need a lot of volunteers to make the event a reality.


Click the image above for information on how to sign-up.


Fall Gathering Chili Cook-Off

Click the image above to sign-up.


Thursday Prayer Group Returning October 21st

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


Retirees' Luncheon

Retirees- Join us for a fun-filled luncheon on Wednesday, October 13th at noon. Tanya will be hosting “Family Feud, UBC Edition.”


Bring your own lunch and Dessert will be provided.


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.


Stop by the Soccer Academy

The UBC Soccer Academy is underway. With over 60 children participating, we have the unique opportunity to be the presence of Jesus to dozens of families. Even if you are not volunteering, you are invited to stop by on a Saturday, 9-10 am, to connect with participants.




CHURCH OF THE NATIONS



Worship in the Sanctuary this Sunday, October 10th

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




KIDS



Spiritual Formation Series

For more information on the series, click on the image above.



YOUTH


Save the Date for Youth Fundraiser Sale

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



STAY CONNECTED DURING THE PANDEMIC


Mask Policy Update


UBC once again recommends both vaccinated and unvaccinated participants wear a mask while indoors on campus.


We invite you to sign up to provide a care package for one of these 41 staff members. The care package should include candy, a $6 gift card to Lighthouse Coffee or CC’s, a small hand sanitizer bottle, lip balm, and something fun of your choosing.


We want to equip you to be the hands and feet of Jesus by pouring time, care, and attention into making one of these packages. This is why we are asking you to prepare the packages versus donating to the project.


Once you have purchased the items, drop by the church office to fill one of the official package bags, and write a personal note to put on the finishing touch. The office will be open on Sundays 9-11:30 am, and Monday through Thursday, 9 am-4:30 pm.