Real Ministry during Real Life

Last Sunday, our youth had the chance to prepare and serve dinner at both the Ronald McDonald House and the Hospitality House. It was a wonderful chance to learn about and serve with some of the ministries in our immediate community, as well as a chance to have fun and challenge the inner chef in all of us!

At the Ronald McDonald House, 2 adults and 6 youth had one hour to make tacos for 40 people. Our two sixth-grade boys bravely took on the task of cooking 9 pounds of taco meat. Despite the fact that it was by far the hottest job in the kitchen, they worked cheerfully and neatly the whole time. And by neatly, I mean that at least 85% of the taco meat actually made it to the serving tray. Not too shabby!  :)  The rest of us prepared rice, corn, chopped vegetables without losing anyone’s fingers, used more plastic gloves than anyone thought possible, and generally had a blast working together in the kitchen.

The staff person working that night took some time to explain to us about who the house serves, and we learned that it is not only children undergoing cancer treatments and their families, but also children awaiting heart and other transplants, and families at the hospital for other medical emergencies. As we served dinner that night and talked about the experience later, it hit home for the youth that even though we had a ton of fun cooking together, the meal we prepared was meeting a real need for families going through very difficult times, and several teenagers asked when we can go back and serve again.

At the Hospitality House, some of our older youth prepared spaghetti for the guests. After teaching one high school junior the important life skill of how to boil spaghetti noodles, and after said high school student sent shards of uncooked spaghetti flying all over the kitchen, the meal went pretty smoothly! One of the guests who ate dinner at the Hospitality House that night told our youth that she had just spent all of her money for the rest of the month on supplies for her child who is in the hospital. Before she got to the house, she didn’t know if she would get anything to eat that night, and was thrilled to arrive and find a spaghetti dinner waiting for her. When our group got back together later Sunday night, the youth who served her were excited to share with the others how they had seen God at work in that situation!

Overall, we were thrilled to serve at both the Ronald McDonald House and the Hospitality House this week. We had fun cooking together, and we also learned from the sobering but meaningful encounters with families we served. It hit us that there are so many families in great need, literally right around the corner from our church, and in one evening we were able to minister to them in a simple but significant way. We are grateful for the experience, and hope to serve in this way again soon!

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Holly Edwards to Speak this Wednesday

Holly-EdwardsHolly Edwards will be the speaker this Wednesday evening, October 22, at 6:15 as a part of our “Welcome to the Neighborhood” series. She will be sharing information about the Parish Nursing Program.

Edwards moved to Charlottesville in 1991 after accepting a nursing scholarship at the University of Virginia. She has worked as a nurse with the Jefferson Area Board for Aging at the Crescent Hall and Westhaven public housing sites. She also served as a program coordinator with Public Housing Association of Residents.

Holly is a former member of the Charlottesville City Council, serving from 2008 to 2011. She lives in Belmont with her husband and four daughters.


Lunch for Search Personnel

Next Thursday, October 23, UBC is partnering with “Help Save the Next Girl”, a nonprofit organization coordinating meals for law enforcement personnel searching for Hannah Graham.  We will be providing a meal for approximately 40 searchers at the National Guard Armory, the headquarters for the continued search. While Hardees has graciously volunteered to donate chicken, we still need a few volunteers to provide side items/desserts. You can sign up by clicking here or contact Sarah Wilson or Erin Brown if you have any questions. All food should be in containers that do not need to be returned. There is also a need for donations of tinfoil, plastic utensils and condiment packets, as well as blaze orange clothing. Please drop all food items and other donations in the UBC kitchen no later than 10am on Thursday, October 23.

Thank you for joining with us as we continue to pray for Hannah Graham and her family and friends, and as we join the community-wide effort to Bring Hannah Home.

Garrett Trent to Speak on Venable Neighborhood

GarrettGarrett Trent will be our guest speaker this Wednesday night as part of our “Welcome to the Neighborhood!” series.

Garrett is a deacon at All Souls Charlottesville helping to facilitate Shalom partnerships in the community.

His day job is working as the Volunteer Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.

Garrett has lived in Charlottesville for 8 years, first attending UVA and then working for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship with Greek IV.  He currently lives in the Venable neighborhood.

Fun Fact: Garrett was a member of the Black Voices Gospel Choir during his time at UVA.

Circle of Caring 2014

circleofcaringThe “Circle of Caring” is a UBC-Deacon led Team Ministry serving the UBC family, friends, and community.

It is an opportunity for church members to share their gifts, talents and passions with others in the church and in the community.

If you want join a team, please call the church office (434) 293-5106, or email Circle of Caring.

Below are the teams and team members for 2014-2015.

Bereavement Ministry

This team works with the ministerial staff to offer support, comfort and fellowship to our members as they go through times of grief or loss. In each situation a team member will contact the family to seek out how they might assist them, pray with them, listen to them, and determine how the church might help.

Leader: Martha Wood
Members: Colleen Baber, Patti Barretta, Alice Batten, Pam Beasley, Sima Brown, Nettie Chewning, Marcia Parker, Randy Scruggs, Clara Belle Wheeler, Margie Howell

Celebrations Ministry Team

The Celebrations Ministry seeks to acknowledge the many causes for celebration that arise in the lives of our church members. We recognize such causes for celebration and thanksgiving as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, births, baptisms, graduations and other joyous events by sending cards, making phone calls or through other appropriate actions. This is a ministry of rejoicing!

Leaders: Martha Ballenger & Lynne Gardner
Members: Diana Ames, Charlotte Bailey, Betty Bromwell, Shirley Clark, Gail Ellen, Audrey Garnett, Pam Hallissy, Sterling Hudson, Pam Johnson, Mary Jo Licero, Mary Ella McCauley, Louise Marchi, Aimee Marshall (Youth),
Donna Marshall, Karen Minor (Youth), John Morse, Margie Morse, Judy Shah, Anne Smith, Nell Tiller, Shirley Wagoner, Anne Wilkerson.

Comfort Food Ministry Team

This team will provide food and paper products to UBC families who are focused on other issues in their lives. We try to minister to these members in their time of need; our goal is to help take some of the stress off of them in their time of need.

Leaders: Donna Marshall, Michelle Proffitt
Members: Mary Baldwin, Martha Ballenger,Jen Bates, Debra Bryant, Sarah Buchanan, Shirley Clark, Katherine Hamel, Linda Hendon, Sterling Hudson, Larry Johnson, Carolyn Lowry, Sandra Manning, Lynn Martin, Rachel Miller, Margie Morse, Barbara Murray, Judy Scruggs, Linda Smith, Ji Song, Lynda Tweel, Nelda Vaughan, Jennifer Wagoner, Sarah Wilson

Congregational Care Ministry Team

The purpose of this team is to stay in touch with our members by phone, email or visit as requested. The team will also follow up with visitors, contact those who have been frequently absent on Sunday mornings, and help with orientation of new members.

If you want to have a team member assigned to you, either call the church office or contact Debra Bryant at (434) 295-6754. If you thought you were signed up, but have not been contacted, please also call the church office.

Leader: Debra Bryant
Member: Jo-Ann Averill, Erin Brown, Shirley Clark, Judy Gough, Jackie Lockwood, Donna Marshall, Judy Shah, Mildred Spicer, Lynda Tweel, Nelda Vaughan

Homebound Ministry

This team seeks to serve and communicate with confined members on a consistent basis. We will ensure that homebound members as well as people in nursing facilities are contacted through the following modes of communication: personal visits, notes and cards and/or phone calls.

Leader: Jackie Lockwood
Members: Betty Barker, Alice Batten, Cindy Bryant, David Hendon, Gail Ellen, Sterling Hudson, Debby Johnson, Lou Long, Jeanne Nye

Hospital Visitation Ministry

This is a ministry of visitation for those in the hospital for short or long-term stays. The team assists the ministerial staff by visiting members in the hospital. After a visit the member will report to the church office about the visit and whether any other teams need to be involved. They will also attempt at least one follow up visit or call to the home or rehabilitation facility.

Leader: Alan Hendricks
Members: Lori Conklin, Wayne Ferguson, Elsom Johnson, Ed Lowry, Joe May, Sylvie Moore, Laurie Pallini, Lily Pallini, Raynell Stokes

Small Jobs Ministry
This is a ministry to UBC members and individuals who need hands-on help with home maintenance or small repair projects. The team will provide home repairs and maintenance for those with special needs or circumstances. Typical small jobs may include: clean and repair gutters, replace light bulbs and fire alarm batteries, rake leaves, shovel snow, repair steps and railings, etc.

Leader: Larry Johnson
Members: Gordon Anderson, Chris Baldwin, John Buchanan, Sarah Buchanan, Thomas Dykes, Ray Gaines, Robby Gough, Bill Jesser, Jimmy Li, Brett Lissenden, Katelyn Lissenden, Don Long, Page Mann, Scott Miller, Barbara Moore, Jim Moore, John Morse, Tom Mundell, Bill Murray, Ed Smith, Richard Smith, David Wagoner, Barry Wilson

Transportation Ministry Team

This team will help UBC family members and others with transportation in order to attend church services on Sundays and Wednesdays or other special services. The team will also provide, within reason and enough notice, transportation to medical and other important appointments.

Leader: Peter Ohlms
Members: Gordon Anderson Gordon Anderson, Jack Dowdy, Johnny Ellen, Ray Gaines, Brad Groff, Barbara Jesser, Elsom Johnson, Anne Keith, W.C. Keith, Janice Mann, Page Mann, Joe Zhu

Rev. Hodari Hamilton to Speak

Hodari-Hamilton_webWe welcome Rev. Hodari Hamilton as our guest speaker this Wednesday night at 6:15 p.m. as part of our “Welcome to the Neighborhood!” series.

Rev. Hamilton serves as the Senior Pastor of the Historic First Baptist Church on Main Street, the first African American Church in Charlottesville. Under his leadership at First Baptist, many Deacons and Trustees have been added as the membership has more than doubled. Multiple programs have been added including the Summer Enrichment Program, the After School Program, and many other ministries.

Rev. Hamilton earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Morris Brown College and his Master of Divinity from the Virginia Union University, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology.

For almost 13 years Hodari has been married to the love of his life, the Rev. Khadijah Hamilton.  They have four children.

“Fresh Expressions” by Travis Collins

Travis CollinsTravis Collins will be our speaker this Wednesday evening, October 1, at 6:15 in Fellowship Hall. He will be sharing with us information about Fresh Expressions, new forms of church for our changing culture, focusing on people who are not yet part of any church.

Travis Collins serves as Director of Mission Advancement and Virginia Regional Coordinator for Fresh Expressions. He previously served Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, as Senior Pastor from 2002 until March 2014.

Travis’s twenty-five plus years of ministry have included missionary service in Venezuela and Nigeria. He is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and earned the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Travis and his wife, Keri, have three adult children.

Introducing Our New Ministry Resident

Will_BrownWill Brown is our Ministry Resident for 2014-2016.  Originally from Gretna, Virginia, Will came to Charlottesville to attend the University of Virginia, where he received a degree in Religious Studies and Music.  While at UVA, he was involved in the Baptist Student Union, Jubilate and UBC, where he met his wife, Erin, who was also involved with Jubilate and UBC.

After a short time working in the office at UBC, Will attended Yale Divinity School and earned his Master of Divinity degree.  Will and Erin lived for a year in Nazareth, Israel, as Venturers through the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, serving a small Arab Christian seminary before returning to Charlottesville.

After returning to the states, Will completed both a hospital chaplaincy internship and residency at UVA Medical Center.

You will find Will honing his skills in all aspects of pastoral ministry here at UBC.  In addition, Will’s residency project is to help connect UBC to the UVA Medical Center.  We welcome Will Brown to the staff of UBC!

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

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