OIAM (Operation Inasmuch) has become a signature ministry of UBC over the past several years. Each spring, members and friends of our congregation come together to serve our neighbors through painting, building, gardening, cleaning, and more.
Another annual tradition that occurs each spring is Mission Madness, a program of the CBF of Virginia that organizes local mission sites around the state, providing the opportunity for youth groups to engage in service projects similar to OIAM. Youth from UBC have attended the past two years, and this year UBC has been approached about hosting one of these events, which usually bring 200-250 youth from across the state.
With the blessing of the UBC leadership, the Missions/Ministry Committee, and the leaders of OIAM, we are excited to be hosting Mission Madness this year at our church on April 17-19, 2015. This is a major undertaking, but it will enable us to make a dramatic impact in our community.
We will be combining this Mission Madness event with our regular OIAM, so please note that OIAM will be taking place a few weeks earlier this year! Many of the work projects will be similar, but there will also be new opportunities that are unique to the larger scale of this joint endeavor, such as preparing food for our many volunteers.
Expect to hear more about this in the coming months, but we encourage you now to begin thinking about how you might participate. In addition to the logistics of feeding everyone, we will need experienced UBC folks to lead project sites, overseeing the work of the youth, who can do the “heavy lifting.”
Finally, with so many volunteers this year, we will need to find quite a few worksites, so if you have ideas for projects, please share those with Erin Brown or Phil Woodson, who are helping to coordinate this event.
What an exciting weekend this will be, combining our well-established OIAM day with the energy and enthusiasm of Mission Madness! Imagine what we will be able to do for our community together!