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.

Alba

 

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, July 2, in the Fellowship Hall starting at 5:30 p.m.

P{lease bring a main dish, a side dish, or a dessert to share.

Starting at 6:15 pm, reports will be given on our Vacation Bible School and the on the highlights of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly.

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.

 

Welcome Rev. Brian Williams

Brian WilliamsOur guest preacher on Sunday, June 15, will be Dr. Brian Williams, Pastor of Missional Communities at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Ruckersville. He has served as pastor of churches in Hampton Roads along with serving as an adjunct professor of biblical studies at Bluefield College, Regent University, and the John Leland Center for Theological Studies.

Brian earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in biblical studies from Baylor University. He is married to Donna, and they share in the joy of two grown daughters and a grandson.

We welcome Brian to the pulpit this Sunday.

 

“Spring into Motion!”

It’s Spring!  And on Wednesday nights from April 30 through May 28, we will “Spring into Motion.”  After dinner, at 6:15 p.m., we will leave the dinner table and go to the activity of our choice.

Choose a different activity each week, spend a couple of weeks at a couple of activities, or spend all five weeks at the same activity.

When you arrive for dinner, sign up for the activity of your choice for that night.

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Staff Anniversaries

April is a special month at UBC as we acknowledge as a church family the wonderful contributions of these two dedicated staff members:

Sue Walton (30 years)
Barbara Taylor Moore (27 years)

We thank Barbara and Sue for their many years of loyal and cheerful service. We are truly grateful for the special talents and loving spirit that each brings to the life and work of University Baptist Church!

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.

FRIDAY:

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.

SATURDAY:

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:

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.

 

UBC Variety Show

Everyone is invited to attend our fun-filled UBC Variety Show, Saturday, March 22, 7 p.m., in our Fellowship Hall!  Enjoy acts performed by our members. Indulge in desserts! Hope to see you there!
UBC Variety Show - March 22, 7 pm

 

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