“Through the Door” Documentary

On this Wednesday night (February 26, 2014), we will be screening “Through the Door,” a documentary that explore issues of faith and the prison system.  It is produced by the Center for Christian Ethics, and it tells stories of what goodwill Christians and faith-based organizations are doing in Indiana, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia to minister to prisoners, and their families inside and outside prisons.

Come this Wednesday night (6:15pm to 7:00 pm) in our Fellowship Hall to view a 30-minute clip of this documentary and to discuss and explore ways to do our part in putting our faith in action in this important justice issue.

Below is an online trailer for the documentary:

“Through the Door” ~ Online Teaser from EthicsDaily on Vimeo.

For more information, please visit Baptist Center for Ethics’ website.

A Word from the Finance Committee

As most of you are aware, the congregation recently voted to continue the 2013 budget for the first 3 months of this year rather than adopt a reduced budged for 2014.  This delay is to provide time for us to respond to a challenge from UBC leadership to raise an additional $75,000 in pledges for 2014.

Our January 2014 monthly budget needs were $55,839 and contributions were only $39,810.  Clearly we have a challenge to raise our commitments by increasing our pledges or pledging for the first time.  While we have this challenge in front of us, we have God behind us, helping us to meet it.  UBC has a history of “stepping up to the plate” when called upon to do so.

We have been blessed in so many ways and have been given abundant resources with which to achieve our mission as a church.  Now we need to renew our spiritual commitments and prioritize our financial resources to allow UBC to be the “vehicle” that God needs.  In his sermon on Sunday, Michael clearly portrayed the church not as a destination, but rather as a vehicle on our journey to spread the message of Christ.

The Finance Committee will revise the 2014 Proposed Budget during March based upon the projected revenues from the pledges, which I am confident will increase as a result of prayerful consideration from all of us.  We can meet the challenge of raising the additional $75,000 in pledges.  The UBC “bus” is continuing on its journey to spread the message of Christ.  Will you be on it?

                  ~ Larry Martin, Finance Committee Chair

Let’s Increase Our Budget by $75,000!

At our church conference on Sunday, February 9, the church voted to postpone a vote on our 2014 budget so that we can respond to a special challenge to raise our pledges by $75,000 by February 28, 2014. For more information about this stewardship challenge, please read Michael’s column and Michael’s sermon.

Please participate in this challenge by filling out the pledge form below. Please be assured that information from this web form goes directly to Sue Walton, our office manager. No one else will access this information.

Thank you for your participation in what God is doing through UBC to share the love and grace of Christ to the university community and beyond!

Get Your Act Together!

UBC Variety ShowThe Fellowship Committee will sponsor a Variety Show with wonderful entertainment and luscious desserts for the whole family on Saturday, March 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

If you would like to perform in this year’s show, contact Larry Johnson (lajohnson1950@gmail.com) or Laura Morris (lmorris@k12albemarle.org).


Welcome, Rev. Allison Jackson

Rev. Allison JacksonOur guest preacher on February 9 is Rev. Allison Jackson.  She is a staff chaplain with Centra Hospice in Lynchburg, Virginia, serving people from Lovingston to Gretna.

Allison was born and raised in a small town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been a Baptist for as long as she’s been breathing. She went to Wake Forest University where she studied chemistry and biology intending to be a doctor.  Her plans changed when she met Patrick Jackson, who did became a doctor.  Allison was called to divinity school in her senior year and went to Yale Divinity School.  She was ordained by Wedgewood Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May of 2011 and married Patrick in June of that year.

Allison did her Clinical Pastoral Education (pastoral care boot camp) at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville.  She is Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains and Endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists.  She and Patrick live in Charlottesville with their two cats.

We welcome Rev. Allison Jackson to the pulpit this Sunday!



(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

Youth Ministry Meeting for all Parents & Youth

There will be a brief meeting — 12:15 – 12:45 — Following the church service on January 12th. We’ll meet in the Choir Room on the 2nd floor to discuss a few things about 2014 and turn in/fill out updated Youth Activities Consent forms. The forms can be found at the bottom of the Youth’s Church Webpage if you wish to complete it ahead of time.


Church Cancellation Policy

In the event of bad winter weather, announcements of any cancellations or changes in worship or church activities will be made via these media outlets:

On our local TV stations: NBC29, and Newsplex stations CBS19, ABC16, Fox27

Radio AM WINA 1070, and ESPN 1450

Radio FM WVTF 89.7, Z95.1; 3WV 97.5 and The Corner 106.1

On the home page of our website

In our phone greeting message at 293-5106.

We will make an announcement usually no later than 8 am Sunday or 1 pm for Wednesday evening activities.


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!

Global Missions Christmas Post Office

The Christmas Post Office for Global Missions, sponsored by the Kittie Colvin Trail Circle, will open Sunday, December 1. This is a way for you to exchange Christmas greetings with other church members and regular attenders and to support Global Missions at the same time.

The “post office” box is located on a table in the first floor lobby. Write the names of the recipients on your cards and place them in the appropriate alphabet slots. Please do not include cards for members who do not attend regularly or have moved away.

Deposit 45¢ per card (and any additional contribution) into the container on the table, or give it to any Kittie Colvin Trail Circle member.

Then check the post office regularly for cards to you from your friends. The last day for putting cards in the post office is Christmas Eve.

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