Youth Ministry Meeting for all Parents & Youth

There will be a brief meeting — 12:15 – 12:45 — Following the church service on January 12th. We’ll meet in the Choir Room on the 2nd floor to discuss a few things about 2014 and turn in/fill out updated Youth Activities Consent forms. The forms can be found at the bottom of the Youth’s Church Webpage if you wish to complete it ahead of time.

 

Children’s Church Schedule Winter 2013-14

This is the proposed children’s church schedule for leaders and helpers for the next three months. If the time you are scheduled doesn’t work please try to switch with someone. Please let me know if you have to switch  or can not get a substitute. So that the correct names will be in the Sunday bulletin and I can see that you have the right material. I suggest that the leader contact the helper for their Sunday to make sure that they remember.
 
                   Leader                         Helper
Dec. 1        No Children’s Church
Dec. 8        Jeannette May                       Seamore Zhu
Dec.15       Peachie Mays                        Caroline Wagoner
Dec. 22      Erin Brown                              Javaneh Brown
Dec. 29      No Children’s Church
 
Jan. 5        No Children’s Church             
Jan. 12      Katherine Hamel 9                 Seamore Zhu
Jan. 19      Debby Johnson 4                  Emily Morris
Jan. 26      Catherine Cooper                  Caroline Wagoner
 
 Feb. 2        Pam Dean                              Anna Dean
 Feb. 9        Cindy Bryant                          Katherine wagoner
 Feb. 16      Laura Morris                          Emily Morris
 Feb. 28      Beth Cheuk                           Javaneh Brown

I want to remind everyone that we are now using a walkie-talkie

In the children’s church room in case of an emergency. The ushers will put it in the room and turn it on. They will also return

it to the nursery. I would be a good idea to check with the ushers to be sure that it is in the room before you go up.

 

Youth Christmas Party

Sunday, December 15, 6-8 pm
Youth Christmas Party at the Woodson’s

For our gift exchange this year I would ask that we do a Dollar Store Christmas! This means that everyone is allowed to spend $1 and should bring the greatest thing they get for a buck!   Questions?  Contact Phil Woodson.

Youth Shopping Day

Saturday, December 14, 10 – 12:00 am

We will meet at Fashion Square Mall – Red Robin Entrance. This is time for the youth to do their own holiday shopping & we will also be shopping for our snowflake kids – so youth should bring funds for personal and charity purchases!   Questions?  Contact Phil Woodson.

A Quiet Place to Study

University Baptist Church opens its doors December 8-16 from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm to all students, both undergraduate and graduate, as “A Quiet Place to Study.”

Hot and cold drinks and light snacks provided. Wireless and plug-in available. Classrooms available for group study. Rides back to dorms available after dark, upon request.

Volunteers are needed to host students in Fellowship Hall each day as they prepare for exams. If you can be there for a couple of hours or prepare snacks and goodies for the students, check the sign-up board or contact Alba Beasley.

Ongoing Activities in December

Please join us in any of these activities this month as we celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas!

* Global Missions Post Office —
A way for you to exchange greetings with UBC members and support Global Missions; Located in First Floor Lobby

* WMU Christmas shopping —
UBC items on sale 1st Floor Lobby:  Cat’s Meow building, Christmas ornament, Plate, Cookbook

* Christmas Dinner in a Bag —
1 box stove-top stuffing mix
1 box instant potatoes
1 jar gravy
1 lg can sweet potatoes
1 lg can green beans
1 can cranberry sauce
1 box Jiffy pie crust mix
1 can pie filling
The WMU will add a Food Lion gift card for a ham or turkey.
Bring filled bags to the stage in the Fellowship Hall.

* A Quiet Place to Study (AQPTS) —
Need volunteers to help Dec. 8-16

* Children’s Christmas Shop —
Items due by December 8

* Intergenerational Mission Trip —
Registration due mid-December

* Shoe collection —
ends December 29

* Battle Building Update —
W. Main St. traffic lanes in front of the building reduced to one west-bound lane 6:00 am Fri., Dec. 6, through 12:00 pm Sun., Dec. 8; all access to JPA from 11th St Garage blocked, and plaza between Blake and UBC closed in December

* PACEM collection items —
foot powder, deodorant, disposable razors, new athletic socks (white, black or gray), word-find puzzle books, batteries (AA & AAA), stamps, envelopes, note pads, soft-side travel bags, adult-size backpacks

For more info about these activities and a complete Advent/Christmas schedule see THE WORD  Nov. 26.

You can pick your friends…

There was, admittedly, some initial hesitation in proposing a combined youth/parent lock-in, but as I watched 5 adults slowly dancing around our Senior Pastor – who was wrapped up in a sleeping bag – gently showering him in colorful feathers – all to the sound of an extremely cheesy version of Kumbaya playing softly in the background, all of my misgivings melted away. Regrettably, this was also the point in the evening where my camera died.

The night of the youth/parent lock-in, however, was not all fun and games – mostly fun and games – but not all fun and games. Here’s a rundown of our evening and the next morning.

The night began with some fun and games – imagine that – and then we split up into three different groups to plan our worship service for the next morning. Each group was tasked with putting together and leading a song, a prayer, and worship session about family.

  • Group 1 put together a great presentation about how even though some of our family members are not always physically nearby – they affect our lives in so many positive ways and there is always a part of them that stays with us.
  • Group 2 was funny to watch as they completely expected Michael to lead everything since he’s the Senior Pastor! Needless to say, he was a great leader in that group and certainly didn’t do all of the work for them. They ultimately put together a great moment where they each talked about the unconditional love and acts of kindness that we receive from our family members
  • Group 3 – Had a bit of a bumpy start as they struggled to find any positive examples of family in the bible. Abraham and Isaac – EESH! Cain and Able – OUCH! Lot offering up his daughters! Esau and Jacob! In the end we recognized that the bible provides us with a somewhat realistic view of familial dysfunction. Each of us is imperfect and will always fall short in showing the same love that we receive from God.  Being part of family can be, and often is, a difficult thing. Thankfully, we have a wonderful loving Father in heaven that can, and always does, provide us with endless grace and love.

After worship planning we put together and decorated the lanterns that were on display in the Sanctuary this past Sunday. While we were decorating the lanterns we each shared stories of our family traditions, some difficulties that relate to our position in our families, and some our favorite things about our family members who were with us that evening. Once we completed our lanterns, we took them out and lit them on the steps of the church. Each lantern was decorated with some of our stories, words of encouragement, and even our personal struggles. It was our hope that the people passing by would see our lanterns, read our messages, and find comfort, encouragement, and a relatable story.

Following our lantern time we spent a good hour and half engaged in a sardines marathon. For those of you who have never played sardines let me assure you that it’s not an eating contest! Sardines is a game where a partner group goes to hide somewhere in the church, and it’s the other partner groups’ job to find the hiding pair and then join them in their hiding spot – packing in tight together like sardines – until everyone has found them. This is all done in the dark and no one is allowed to use their phone lights or turn on any lights in the church. The adults kept saying that they had the best places to hide, but were never part of a winning group – so we might have to give them a chance to hide at another lock-in!

At around 11:00 p.m. we spent some time back in the bible discussing the importance of the various genealogical references (Genesis 5, 1 Chronicles, Matthew 1, etc.) and how your family history was used to help identify who you were, what you did, what your were like, and where you were from. This was followed by Super-Secret-Fun-Time otherwise known as Kids vs. Parents! This was definitely one of the highlights of the evening and I have to hand it to the parents here because it was way past all of their bedtimes but they all did a great job with the skits, challenges, and finally – trivia! I don’t remember the final question but it may have been something about the legitimacy of Owl Cafes – where people can get a cup of coffee and pet live owls or it may have been about the legality of Kentucky’s bathing laws (everyone must take a bath at least once per year)! Our evening started to wind down after this and finally wrapped up with a few more rounds of sardines and a movie.

The next morning began with a breakfast of waffles and sausage biscuits, some quiet time with God in the sanctuary, and then we were off to worship. We hopped in the cars and made our way over to the Monticello Trails at the base of Carter Mountain. A few other parents joined and/or rejoined our group and we made our way up the short distance to the outdoor amphitheater where each group led us in their worship sessions!

All-in-all I would say a great time was had by everyone. I really appreciated the help and support of all the participating parents and it was great to see the youth interacting and guiding their parents through the norms of our lock-in environment. I can totally see this youth/parent lock-in becoming an annual event!

-Phil

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Children’s Christmas Shop

Wednesday, December 11, 6:15 , where children can purchase gifts for their family members  for just 50¢ each.   Proceeds to go UBC Missions.

We are collecting small, attractive gift items (for men, women, and children) that our children can purchase as Christmas gifts for their families.  Bring your donations to the Preschool Department by Sunday, December 8.

 

 

 

UBC Missions and Community Outreach Fair

Sunday, November 10, After Worship

This coming Sunday UBC will be hosting our first Missions/Community Outreach Fair after worship.  Representatives from eleven community agencies and organizations will be stationed in the Fellowship Hall to share information about their mission.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you, your family, and/or your small group to get involved with one these organizations to make a difference in our community.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on the participating agencies click the accompanying link.
Alliance for Interfaith  Ministries (AIM)    aimcville.org
Advancing Native Missions (ANM)    advancingnativemissions.com
Big Brothers, Big Sisters    bbbsocbr.org
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank    blue-ridge-area-food-bank-thomas-jefferson-area-branch
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)    fca.org
Habitat for Humanity    cvillehabitat.org
Hope House    macaa.org/programs/hopehouse
Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ)    loveinccville.org
Meals on Wheels   cvillemeals.org
Ronald McDonald House     rmhcharlottesville.org
WorkSource   worksourceva.org

UBC Fall Family Festival

Sunday, October 27, 3:00 pm
At the home of Robby & Judy Gough
Costumes, Food, Games, Prizes
COME! BRING A FRIEND!

Contact Bob Badgett if you can help with this event.

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