Touch-A-Truck 2015 Recap!

On Saturday our church co-hosted a Touch-A-Truck event for families in the community, partnering with the UVA Hospital and Shenanigans toy store. It was a huge success. There were well over a thousand people who came to the event over the course of the morning. Wow! This event exceeded all of our expectations!

We had eight trucks at the event, three across the street and five in our front parking lot, and everyone had a blast exploring those trucks. Yet, as fun as the trucks were, it was even more exciting to see hundreds of children and their families just walking through our parking lot and interacting with our church members.

We celebrate the success of the event, and we thank all the volunteers who made it possible. Over twenty UBC members helped in a variety of ways: welcoming children and giving them passports for the event, helping kids in and out of trucks, distributing free T-shirts, supplying coffee to the parents, giving away prizes, showing the way to our church restrooms, helping with crafts, and more! Thank you all for your help on Saturday! In addition, we thank the entire UBC congregation for their prayers and financial support, which made this event possible.

Finally, one of the most exciting parts of this event, from my perspective, was that it was truly a partnership with the hospital: a bridge reaching across West Main Street. Last fall, as our church began exploring ways to do more with the UVA Hospital, I began having conversations with Jan Allaire at the Battle Building. We talked about the possibility of doing something together as neighbors, and I mentioned this idea of hosting a Touch-A-Truck. In the months to follow, others at the hospital came on board, and the event began to take shape. My hope is that this event will be the beginning of a stronger and deeper relationship with the Battle Building and all of our neighbors in the UVA Health System.

NBC29 covered the event (see below or click on this link).

Thank you all for your help this weekend! Below are a few pictures from the event… enjoy!

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PACEM at UBC – 2015

PACEM

PACEM
(People And Congregations Engaged in Ministry)
January 31 – February 13, 2015

PACEM is a collaboration of congregations in Charlottesville that provides shelter at night during the winter months for people who have nowhere else to sleep. For two (2) weeks UBC will open Fellowship Hall from 6:00 pm until 7:00 am for 45 men to have dinner, take showers, socialize, and spend the night. We will be joined by Crossroads Community Church, who will help with meals and spend time with the men.

Top 10 Ways You Can Be Involved

10. Donate items (or money to purchase) the following: new athletic socks (white, grey or black), foot powder, deodorant, disposable razors
9. Donate soft-sided travel bags, adult-size backpacks, word find puzzle books
Collection boxes are located in the First Floor Lobby and in Fellowship Hall

8. Take clothing donations to the CVBA Clothing Center on Bolling Avenue. The men will receive vouchers to get needed items at no cost.
7. Help set up cots in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, January 31.
6. Help remove and transport cots on Saturday, February 14.
5. Work with a group to prepare and serve a meal. Menus, guidelines, and money will be provided.
4. Come one evening during activities time.

Chat with the men.
Watch a movie with them.
Play a card or board game.
Work a jigsaw puzzle.

3. STILL NEEDED: Volunteer to stay overnight. Two (2) volunteers (plus a PACEM staff person) must be on site from 9pm until about 7am.
2. STILL NEEDED: Pick up clean linens at The Crossings and/or help transport dirty linens to the jail.

1. Pray for this important ministry.

Do you need more information?

Come to the Orientation on Wednesday, January 21, at 6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall.

Handouts with guidelines for each area of volunteering are available.

A Signup Board will be available in Fellowship Hall (Wednesday nights), in the vestibule (Sunday mornings) and in the church office (during office hours).

Contact Lynn Martin: Lmartinx2@comcast.net 434-977-8090

PACEM at UBC

PACEM

PACEM
(People And Congregations Engaged in Ministry)
February 1-14, 2014

PACEM is a collaboration of congregations in Charlottesville that provides shelter at night during the winter months for people who have nowhere else to sleep. For two (2) weeks UBC will open Fellowship Hall from 6:00 pm until 7:00 am for 45 men to have dinner, take showers, socialize, and spend the night. We will be joined by Crossroads Community Church which will help with meals and spend time with the men.

Top 10 Ways You Can Be Involved

10. Donate items (or money to purchase): new athletic socks (white, grey or black), foot powder, deodorant, disposable razors
9. Take clothing donations to the CVBA Clothing Center on Bolling Avenue. The men will receive vouchers to get needed items at no cost.
8. Donate soft-side travel bags, adult-size back packs, word find puzzle books, stamps, batteries (AA), envelopes, note pads
7. Help set up cots in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, February 1.
6. Help remove and transport cots on Saturday, February 15.
5. Work with a group to prepare and serve a meal. Menus, guidelines, and money will be provided.
4. Come one evening during activities time.

Chat with the men.
Watch a movie with them.
Play a card or board game.
Work a jigsaw puzzle.

3. Volunteer to stay overnight. Two (2) volunteers (plus a PACEM staff person) must be on site from 9 pm until about 7 am.
2. Pick up clean linens at The Crossings and/or help transport dirty linens to the jail.
1. Pray for this important ministry.

Do you need more information?

Come to the Orientation on Wednesday, January 15, at 6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall.

Handouts with guidelines for each area of volunteering are available.

A Signup Board will be available in Fellowship Hall (Wednesday nights), in the vestibule (Sunday mornings) and in the church office (during office hours).

Contact Lynn Martin. Lmartinx2@comcast.net 434-977-8090

Virginia Glee Club Christmas Concert

Virginia Glee ClubCome ring in the holiday season with the Virginia Glee Club as they present their 73rd Annual Christmas Concert here at UBC this Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 8 PM.

There will be music to delight every ear as they offer their unique renditions of  holiday favorites or the Virginia Glee Club’s own traditional holiday pieces, such as the Biebl Ave Maria.

General Admission: $15
Students: $5

To purchase tickets, please visit UVA’s Box Office.

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