We’re Not Racist, Are We?

im not racistLast Thursday, the film “I’m Not Racist, Am I?” was shown at the Paramount Theater downtown. The documentary follows a diverse group of 12 New York City teenagers as they engage in a yearlong process examining racism in their lives and communities. Six of our youth attended the showing (along with hundreds of other local teenagers and adults) and were so moved that they asked if they could share what they had learned at our next Real Life meeting.

This past Sunday evening, after we engaged in some general antics of merriment (devouring pizza, popping balloons, imitating both Taylor Swift and the author of Genesis, etc.), the youth who attended the film shared some of the stories and questions of the teenagers in the documentary, as well as their own reactions to the ideas presented in the film.  For the rest of Real Life, the group then embarked on an hour-long discussion of racism: examples of racial prejudice in their own lives or the lives of friends, the prevalence of racial slurs and why that is problematic, whether racism is an individual reaction or systemic throughout society, and what our role is as Christians, as followers of Jesus, in addressing racism in our community.  The youth asked great questions, answered honestly and thoughtfully, shared openly and poignantly, and throughout our conversation addressed an incredibly complex idea with amazing insight and maturity.

Long story short, UBC has an amazing group of youth. And when I say amazing, that’s an understatement.

 

 

D.C. Mission Trip, July 2015!

city-gate-banner1This summer, UBC is planning an intergenerational mission trip to Washington D.C! We would love for any and all of you to join us! Learn more and sign-up below!

Our trip will be July 26 – July 31. We will be working with a mission program called Urban Hands, part of City-Gate Ministries. City-Gate was founded through Calvary Baptist Church in downtown D.C., and coordinates programs allowing church groups to engage with inner-city populations through a number of different mission projects. Our group will work with a children’s summer camp, engage in building improvements, and work at community centers, shelters, and soup kitchens that serve those who are currently homeless. More information about Urban Hands/City Gate can be found here: http://www.city-gate.org/cg/index.php/programs/urban-hands

In addition to the hands-on mission projects, our group will have a daily reflection time, engaging with a devotion series that has sessions to prepare us for the trip ahead of time, as well as sessions to help us reflect on our experience after we return. There is also an educational component of the trip during our time in D.C. to help us better understand the needs/lifestyles of people living in poverty, allowing us to better relate with those whom we will serve during the week.

Some Logistics/Details:

Transportation: We will drive personal vehicles to and from D.C., and to our worksites each day during the week. If you are willing to drive your own car, please indicate this on the sign-up form!

Accommodations: We will be staying in a hotel near our worksites, 4 people to a room. Breakfast will be at the hotel, lunch will be bagged lunches, and dinners will be coordinated through the Urban Hands program (all meals are included in the price).

Cost: $275 per person. The church will cover part of the cost, but we will also have a couple of fundraisers, and ask that each family contribute to the cost of the trip.

Who can come? Anyone! Because this is an intergenerational trip and because there are different types of work available, anyone can join us. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To sign up for the trip, please:

  1. Complete this short online form:  Sign-up now!
  2. Secure your spot with a $50 deposit. You can turn it in to Erin or the church office.

Please complete your registration by the first week in March!

Sunday, February 15

Sunday, February 15, the Youth will be meeting at 5:00 pm

to cook and serve dinner at the Ronald McDonald House and the Hospitality House.

 

Youth Super Bowl Party

This Sunday, February 1st ! 

5:30 – End of Game – At Carter Groff’s House

Pizza dinner provided. Please bring a snack/appetizer or dessert.

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Souper Bowl of Caring – Sunday, February 1

SouperBowlOfCaringThe Youth will be collecting money for Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1.

Checks can be made to UBC and earmarked Food Bank.

 

Youth Evangelism Conference

Youth-Evangelism-Conf-2015Led by Youth Ministry Coordinator Erin Brown, thirteen of our youth and two chaperones attended the Youth Evangelism Conference at London Bridge Baptist Church in Virginia Beach January 16-17.  Hundreds of youth from across the state gathered for worship and fellowship with music by Leeland.

Let Them Eat Cake!

This Sunday, the youth celebrated the start to the New Year by baking and decorating some resolution-busting cakes for the staff at the Battle Building. To continue UBC’s ministry engaging with and supporting the hospital staff, our youth made and decorated four cakes that were delivered Monday to the staff lounges on each floor of the children’s hospital. In between mixing batter (and forgetting the eggs, and re-mixing the batter), spreading icing (and eating icing), and showering the cakes (and the floor) with sprinkles, the youth found time to pray for health and endurance for those working in the Battle Building.  (To be completely honest, we also found time to eat homemade pizza, and play a game of life-size battleship). Included with the cake delivery were about 80 cards written by the youth, thanking the staff for their hard work, letting them know our church is praying for them, and wishing them the best in the New Year!

Exciting News about OIAM!

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!

Youth Cookie Give-Away!

On Monday, November 3, the youth got together at church to make 6 giant batches of chocolate chip cookies (don’t worry, we cleaned the kitchen)! Then we gave them away to people walking by the church, students on the Corner, and employees and patients leaving the hospital. What a great way to spend the day off from school: spreading a little bit of edible joy and love on a Monday afternoon!   :)

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