Randi McFarland to Preach

Randi_McFarland_webOur guest preacher on Sunday, September 21, will be Randi McFarland.

Randi is a graduate of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and is currently doing an internship here at UBC.

She sings in the Sanctuary Choir (when she’s not preaching!) and is very involved in the life of the church.  She hopes to be ordained soon and wants to get a hospital chaplain residency position.

Randi and her husband, Jim, have three grown children (Mical, Jaime, and Ashley) and six grandchildren (one which just arrived!).

We welcome Randi to the pulpit this Sunday.

St. John’s Illuminated Bible

St. John's BibleThis Wednesday night, at 6:15 p.m., Dr. Tracy Hartman, professor at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, will be displaying and talking about sections from The Saint John’s Illuminated Bible.

BTSR is honored to exhibit the first handwritten and illuminated Bible to be produced in over 500 years, and we are pleased to have them share this treasure with UBC.

The painstakingly crafted, seven-volume project, that involved a dozen artists from around the world in dedicated work for more than a decade, is a rare masterpiece of art and inspiration. Smithsonian Magazine called this project “one of the most extraordinary undertakings of our time.”

The work is breathtaking — people of all ages will enjoy this experience.

Please join us as we explore this fine art edition of the original Bible manuscript.

BibleGateway.com has a nice article about the St. John’s Bible.

Ambassador Howell to Speak this Wednesday

Nat HowellNathaniel Howell, former United States Ambassador to Kuwait (1987-1991), will speak on “Persecution of Christians in Iraq” this Wednesday, September 10, 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. at University Baptist Church.

Ambassador Howell will present 20 minutes of background information on Christian communities in northern Iraq that have existed centuries before those in Europe and the United States. Now, they are being attacked by Islamic extremists and are given the choice of converting or being killed. These Christians are being robbed of all their property and possessions if they are fortunate enough to escape the area, and historic churches and monasteries are being destroyed.

Howell wants to raise the awareness of this dire situation in our churches, mosques, synagogues and other faith institutions, in hopes that we will unite to provide support and assistance to these beleaguered co-religionists.

For more information about Ambassador Howell, visit:

This presentation will be held at University Baptist Church, 1223 W. Main St., Charlottesville, VA, (434) 293-5106.
It is free and open to the public.

(You can download a flyer of this event to distribute and publicize.)

Erin Brown, our new Youth Ministry Coordinator

Erin Brown (right) with her husband Will.

Erin Brown (right) with her husband Will.

We welcome Erin Brown as our new Youth Ministry Coordinator!

Erin Hallissy Brown grew up in Hampton, VA where she graduated as high school valedictorian.  She then attended UVA and graduated with a BA in Psychology & Cognitive Science with Distinction and a Master of Teaching in Early Childhood Special Education.

While at UVA, Erin was a member of Jubilate where she met her husband Will.

In 2011/2012, Erin and Will went to Israel where Erin taught English at the Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Will and Erin returned to Charlottesville and Erin taught Special Education at Murray Elementary.

Erin has worked in youth ministry at churches in Hampton and Orange VA and has experience as a lifeguard and camp counselor.

Erin has been active in youth activities and VBS at UBC and has developed strong bonds with many of our youth and children.

Erin and Will are the proud parents of one year old Luke.

Erin is also the daughter of UBC members Jim and Pam Hallissy.

Welcome back, students!

2013-09-22_StudentLuncheon-webWhether you’re a first year UVA undergraduate or a veteran graduate student, we welcome you to UVA and University Baptist!

We hope that you’ll be our guest in morning worship this Sunday, August 24.

Jubilate, our collegiate choir will be singing, and afterwards, there will be a FREE welcome luncheon for student and their parents in our Fellowship Hall.  We’ll be serving pizza, salad and desserts.

God’s blessings as you start the new academic year!




Wednesday Night Supper Resumes

Wed-Night-SupperOur Wednesday Night Supper and Programming resumes on Wednesday, August 27.  

5:00 pm  Supper: (Come and welcome Sam Lewis back to our kitchen!)

                Meatloaf, Mashed potatoes/gravy, Green beans, Rolls, Pie


  • Discuss and Vote on Ministry Resident Program

 These three documents will be available for review starting Sunday, August 24.

1. UBC Process Map for the Ministry Residency Program

2. Ministry Residency Program Description

3. Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Vote on Nominating Committee Report


New Supper Prices

Adults   $7.00

Senior Adults   $6.00

Age 9 – College  $5.00

Children 8 and under   Free

Family Maximum   $20.00

If you wish to be on the permanent Wednesday night supper list, contact the Church Office (293-5106 or office@universitybaptist.org).

The reservation deadline for the first supper is Monday, August 25, 10:00 am.


Classic Hymns of Our Faith

We will be singing some of the classic hymns of our faith in the morning worship services in July and August. I have been collecting favorites from classes and individuals for several months, and we will feature as many of them as we can during the worship services. Do you have a favorite hymn? Let me know so that I can put them on my list.



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.”


Summer Pot Luck Supper

There will be a summer pot luck supper held Wednesday, August 6, in the Fellowship Hall starting at 5:30 p.m.

Please bring a main dish, a side dish, or a dessert to share.

At 6 p.m., there will be a Town Hall Meeting to present information and invite congregational discussion about our proposed Ministry Residency Program.

Summer Choir Program

Join us this Sunday (June 29)  in worship at 11:00 a.m. as our Sanctuary Choir presents its annual summer choir program!

Four of our former Ministers of Music — Carl Beard, Len Willingham, Mike Norris and Kevin Holland — will join Alba Beasley in directing the choir during the worship service.

It promises to be a wonderful morning of worship through music, and a joyous homecoming for our beloved former ministers of music.


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