UBC Fall Family Festival

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

Contact Bob Badgett if you can help with this event.

Yo’ Mama.

With Jubilate out of town for UVA’s fall break – the youth resorted to our finest foraging skills and made our way down the corner to Christian’s Pizza (see picture). It’s difficult to feed 14 people for $6/person and fresh hot pizza is always hard to turn down. Aside from the pizza promotion – I would like to take moment to address the catchy headline that I’m sure brought you to this post.

Tonight’s Youth Real Life topic was: “Yo’ Mama… and probably Yo’ Daddy

Yes, tonight we talked about our parents. We talked about the things we liked and loved about our wonderful providers and about the things that occasionally seem to creep under our skin… Needless to say, it was very engaging and lively discussion, all of which I have promised not to reveal too much of – but, I would like to highlight a bit of what was covered.

Indeed there are many positive aspects being kids that were offered forth – food, housing, a protective environment, an ever-present source of financial support, and LIFE ITSELF were all major points of agreement.  Likewise, we were able to concur on some of the common not-so-pleasant aspects of being an offspring – feeling ignored, unheard, over-protected, embarrassed, and bossed around. These themes, of course, run rampant in every generation as parents do their best to provide guidance and training for their children while, as we all know, children know everything they need to after the age of five!  All joking aside, the youth had an excellent moment of camaraderie and story telling, (which generally turns out to be the best part of my job – these kids are hilarious) each of them drawing closer to the others in the sharing of mutual struggles that are associated with being a child.

After our sharing time we addressed the different ways that we might navigate this relationship. It’s not often that we think about our parental relationships – for some of us they are as natural as breathing and something that just happens, while for others – they can be difficult and painful, fraught with fear or disappointment. We discussed our interactions with adults that we interpreted to be poor parental figures, our interactions with the children of these types of parents, and how the relationship between the parent and child is often crucial to the well-being and success of the child.

We then took some time to seek God’s word on the subject. After reading through a few choice verses from Proverbs and Deuteronomy (we decided we didn’t want to be stoned, or have our eyes pecked out by vultures for being bad kids) we settled in with Ephesians 6:1-3

  • Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” – which is the first commandment with a promise – “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Through discussing this verse, we were able to tie back to our earlier conversation about the kids who didn’t listen to their parents and some of the youth were able to share stories of drug abuse, and social/emotional problems that they saw in their classmates or friends.  God clearly has a plan for our familial relationships and any deviance from this plan can be disastrous.

Finally, we brainstormed ways to engage in God’s word and shared ideas for how we can honor our fathers and mothers. I think it’s safe to share this full list:

Way’s We Honor our Parents:

  • By what we wear
  • How we act (publicly)
  • Using our manners
  • Listening
  • Respecting their decisions
  • Being Truthful
  • Self Controlled
  • Open minded
  • Write a letter or email instead of continuing an argument
  • Being the Adult
    • We acknowledge that our parents are only human and may not always behave in the same manner that they expect from us…   

All in all, we had a very productive evening of fellowship and discipleship. I continue to be impressed by the level of maturity and engagement of all youth and feel blessed to be a part of this ministry. They are fine example of – and tribute to – the many wonderful families and parents we have at UBC.


Youth Pizza



Jubilate Variety Show

Jubilate Variety Show 2013

Jubilate, our collegiate student choir, presented their annual fundraiser this past weekend. The theme this year was “Broadway,” and they sang songs from well-known musicals such as “Godspell,” “Cinderella,” “Matilda,” and others.

For pictures, visit UBC’s facebook photo album.

William Underwood and Libby Grammer

UnderwoodWill&LibbyGrammer_directory croppedWe welcome William Underwood and Libby Grammer, a young married couple who joined UBC this past Sunday by transfer of their memberships from another Baptist church.

Youth Sunday Night Meals

We are now sharing our Sunday night meals with the wonderful students of Jubilate, and Alba Beasley has been doing a great job of lining up dinner providers.  We have been asked to provide a salad for these meals and I have put together an online sign-up form for our youth parents to help with this meal.  I think Alba will also use this form to help assign the meals but if there are parent volunteers who are willing to bring a salad for about 10-12 people — then we will be set!
SIGN-UP LINK    <—– Click it!
Along with the salad sign-up I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know about a new church policy that involves the safety of our youth.  While it has yet to be approved, the new policy will state that there must now be two adults present at all youth functions.  In the past we have always had two people of the opposite gender present on all trips and overnight events.  However, the new policy states that we would need two people to be present at all youth functions – which would now include Sunday Nights, Youth Pizza Nights, or other day related youth events.  I will meet and speak with the Youth Ministry Council early next month about how to best meet this new requirement — perhaps a rotation of parent volunteers to stay with us during youth events or even the same parent who provides the salad could serve in this role as well.  Something to think about.  Please let either myself or other members of the Youth Ministry Council know if you have any questions or comments about this change to the policy.
I think that’s all for now – please let me know if you have any questions!
Youth Ministry Coordinator

Youth Going Putt-Putting this Sunday

To finish out September,  I was thinking that our Real Life time this Sunday, September 29, should be spent out and about.  So, we will be spending our Sunday evening time at Putt-Putt!  The last time we went we were rained out so I still have our free game tickets and I was thinking we could order some pizza.  There are some drink and candy machines so if everyone could bring a couple bucks for a drink that would be most helpful!   We will NOT meet at the church.  I am asking that everyone be dropped off at Putt-Putt at  6:00 p.m.  and picked up at 8:00 p.m!

Phil Woodson
Youth Ministries Coordinator

Student Luncheon

This past Sunday we hosted a collegiate student luncheon after worship.  About twenty UVA students and our host church members enjoyed a delicious lunch of oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuits plus a variety of desserts.  During the luncheon we also matched students with church families participating in our “adopt-a-student” ministry.  Many thanks to John and Sarah Buchanan for cooking the lunch and for the church members who attended.

Brett and Kate Lissenden

LissendenWe welcome Brett and Kate Lissenden, who joined UBC this past Sunday.  Kate joined by transfer of her membership, and Brett joined  requesting baptism.


Youth Retreat Report!

On Friday, September 6th all 6th – 12th graders were invited to our 1st Annual Youth Retreat! This retreat time focused on acclimatizing our newest youth members into the group and engaging in three distinct ministry areas – Inward, Outward, & Upward!

  • Inward: Our group paired up and toured the church to scout out great hiding places for sardines. While touring each pair shared something that they struggle with spiritually. Some of the groups shared that they struggle with prayer, reincarnation, or other aspects of our faith. After this talk, each pair joined together with another and painted images of hope and inspiration. It is our plan to hang these paintings in the youth rooms to remind us that it’s OK to struggle – and it’s OK to doubt. Our faith is a journey. We are here to help and support each other – not to judge or condemn. Many aspects of our faith can be difficult to comprehend or practice – but we always have our friends and family to guide and comfort us along the way.
  • Outward: Our youth were tasked with making table decorations for the dining area at the Haven Day Shelter. Using talents from within our group we constructed some beautiful origami flowers and wrote prayers along with words of encouragement and hope on each of the flower petals. It is our prayer that the people who read these messages will know that they are loved by God and by each of us!
  • Upward: For the youth who were able to remain through mid-morning on Saturday – we spent some time in quiet contemplation and focused our thoughts and prayers on meeting and engaging with God. We listened to music and sculpted a scene or symbol of where we want to – or need – God to meet us. Many youth created sports symbols or school items to request that God be present in that aspect of their lives!

Of course there were the mandatory rounds of “Sardines.” – but we also added in a few games of Capture the Flag! These epic events took over the entire church and I think the remnants of one rocket battle can still be seen in one of the stairwells! This was a great time for all involved – Thanks to everyone who came out and participated

Some Highlights:

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