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!

State Mission Offering

Alma-HuntDuring September we will be collecting the Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions and the Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia, Inc. (specifically, Chaplain Julie Perry at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women).

Our 2014 goal is $4,000, to be divided evenly between these two mission efforts.So far, we have collected $2702.

For more information   go to chaplainservice.org/ and


You can make a donation during the worship service, by check, or by online-donation.


WMU School Supplies Project

The WMU is collecting money to purchase school supplies for the low-income children at Woodbrook Elementary School.

This project is coordinated by Love INC in cooperation with city and county schools’ Family Support Workers.

You can make checks payable to UBC and earmark them for “School Supplies.”


The Youth’s March Mission Madness Trip

Every spring the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia sponsors about 4 different mission weekends at locations all over the state. This year, our youth attended the one located in Blacksburg, VA.


When we arrived on Friday evening we were greeted with the castle-like campus of Virginia Tech, which prompted many UVA inspired comments and discussions from the youth about what we would all be wearing tomorrow (i.e. a Cavalier shirt or something else that was specifically blue and orange instead of maroon and orange)! We made our way up the street to Blacksburg Baptist Church which sits directly across from the Tech campus in a very much the same way our own church sits in relation to the UVA campus.  We stepped out of our cars and stretched before being welcomed and herded down into their fellowship hall to an outstanding dinner of burgers and hotdogs. Everyone from our group was really just excited to see that we wouldn’t be eating pizza and we quickly devoured our meals. The evening then moved into a time of worship and we gathered in the sanctuary for prayer and song. We were also excited to meet our work team members and get into our work groups for the next day.


Once our rooms at the Super 8 motel were sorted out, we all pretty much went to sleep, but since the first night in a hotel is always the roughest there were a few that ventured out early in the morning to track down a Starbucks. We traveled back to Blacksburg Baptist and heard a very moving story from Mark Snipes that provided some perspective for the day. One of the big take-aways from his sermon was that “it’s not about reaching down to help someone up to where you are, but recognizing that we are all equal in the eyes of God and it’s about meeting people where they are to be Christ to them when and where they need it.”

Our Youth were split up into 6 different groups and sent out to worksites all around the great Blacksburg and Christiansburg area. For most of the day our youth worked on the following projects:

  • Wheelchair Ramp/Platform – An elderly woman had been “trapped” in her home for about 2 years and had no means to get outside her house without some serious assistance. She had paid someone else to build her a ramp about a year ago and while they delivered some materials to her yard, they never even started on the construction. Working alongside a “Hearts & Hammers” program we built a ramp from her side door down into her yard. Another group worked to dig out a reasonably sized hole so that a concrete pad could be poured that would allow another woman to easily access transportation at her home. They also did a large amount of cleaning and yard work.
  • Retreat Center / Households – There is always much work to be done when any outdoor area is opened again in the spring, and our youth worked to paint and clean up a retreat center for the local community to use. There are also many people that need some assistance with painting, yard work, organizing, or general cleaning tasks around their homes and our youth were there to help them as well.
  • Pregnancy Center – We sent a group to a Pregnancy counseling center where they did a lot of cleaning and organizing. They also helped in stuffing envelopes and assisting with the mailing of information and materials that will hopefully be helpful to women who are struggling with difficult decisions.

Our Saturday concluded with a very filling pasta dinner and another worship service. Once back at the hotel we all debriefed and shared our experiences from the day and then most of us went to bed….   J


Sunday morning we rolled out to our final service at Blacksburg Baptist, worshiped with their 8:30 morning service members and made our way back home. A very successful trip for all involved!

It is only through the continuing support of the members at UBC that these types of opportunities can be offered to our youth. Not only are they growing and moving along their own spiritual path but they are also positively affecting the lives of all the people they interact with along the way. Thank you for your support of the youth ministry!


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CBF Easter Offering

Through the end of April, we will be collecting contributions for National Missions, with a goal of $3000.  UBC is again designating our Easter offering to the work of Paula Settle, CBF Associate in Nada, Kentucky.  This area is one of our nation’s 20 “pockets of poverty” identified by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship over a decade ago.

Paula has identified several areas of need that reflect the positive cultural shift taking place in Nada.  Three years ago Charlene Helton became the first Nada youth to attend college.  This fall there will be 5 college students from the Nada area.  All of these students are working part-time jobs, but Paula has suggested they all could use help with the cost of books, clothes and other supplies.

While our offering for this year is focused on helping the college students, we also want to give Paula the flexibility to continue to help with critical community needs.  Please give a generous gift to our CBF Easter Offering for National Missions.

For more information about Paula Settle’s work through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, please visit this link.




(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

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.

2014 Mission Trip Info & Sign-Up

UBC will sponsor a Mission Trip for all ages to McDowell County, West Virginia, July 27-31, 2014.  We will be helping at a Kids Club and doing work projects in the community.  Registration is due by mid December.  Contact Phil Woodson for more details.


  • 25 University Baptist Church Members – Any Age


  • The programming throughout the week is flexible meaning that, as a church, you have the opportunity to bring all ages with you. We leave some of the structure up you based on your group size and the ages of those attending. Your church group will have the opportunity to serve through facilitating a Kids Club program and through work projects. Work projects may include painting houses, performing minor home repair, cleaning up debris, volunteering in community gardens or other projects in the community. You will also partner with local service organizations that are already doing great work in the community. In addition to serving, you will be learning about the community during the week through the residents of McDowell County as they share their stories and experiences with you.


  • July 27, 2014 through July 31, 2014


  • McDowell County, West Virginia – Once a thriving community, McDowell County spiraled downhill from 1950 to 2000. In that time the population decreased by nearly 75%. By the year 2000 the community had little hope, schools were failing both physically and academically and intervention was needed to avoid a complete collapse of the community. It came in the form of state aid, which brought needed repairs and resources to the crippled school system. Out of that intervention, hope began to grow. Less than a year later those hopes were dashed with two back-to-back devastating flood seasons that wiped out many of the small towns in the county. Several people died or disappeared altogether in the floods and entire towns were demolished. McDowell County residents are working their way out of these challenges with a new resolve to repair their community. “Come Grow with Us” was the motto adopted in 2005 to demonstrate the county’s desire for growth and rebirth after significantly challenging times. In this area of approximately 27,000 residents, the unemployment rate hovers around 11% and the median household income is nearly $25,000 less per year than the national average. The poverty rate remains around 32% of the population. The community has seen some growth and success, particularly with the opening of many new businesses in the area, creating employment opportunities for residents. Growth happens slowly but this community is seeing change and experiencing hope.

How Much:

  • $269/ person – Fundraising and Church-based assistance to be discussed at a later date. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian while attending a Family or Church-Wide Mission Trip.

Deadlines & Sign-Up:

  •  Signing up for the Mission Trip will be a 2-Step process:
    • Please click on this SIGN-UP link and complete the short form by December 20th.
    • Secure your spot with a $60 deposit. Checks can be made payable to U.B.C. with Your Name & 2104 Mission Trip on the Memo Line. This deposit can be turned into the Church Office or given to Phil Woodson.
  • You’re spot on the trip will not be secured until you have completed the online form and turned in your deposit.

Typical Daily Schedule:

  • 6:45 am  –  Breakfast/lunch crews gather
  • 7:15 – 8:00 am  –  Breakfast buffet and self-serve lunches
  • 8:00 am  –  Breakfast cleanup begins
  • 8:15 – 8:30 am  – Building cleanup and prepare for the day
  • 8:30 – 9:00 am  – Daily Devotionals
  • 9:00 am  – Gather for group prayer
  • 9:30 am  – Ministry orientation and departure
  • 9:30 – 2:30 pm  – Ministry sites (with a lunch break at the site)
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm  – Free time and shower time
  • 4:15 pm  – Dinner Crew gathers
  • 4:20 – 4:50 pm  – Leader Meeting
  • 4:15 – 5:00 pm  – Kids Zone (as necessary) led by Youth Works staff
  • 5:00 – 6:15 pm  – Dinner and cleanup
  • 6:15 – 8:00 pm  – Evening Activity
  • 8:15 – 8:45 pm  – The Gathering (evening interactive time led by staff)
  • 9:00 – 9:45 pm  – Church Group Time
  • 10:00 pm  – Late-night snack available and prepare for bed
  • 10:30 pm  – Lights out

Please speak to Phil Woodson if you have any questions!

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.




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