A Report on John Upton’s Visit

On Wednesday night, February 25, UBC welcomed John Upton as our speaker. He began by bringing greetings both from the Baptist General Association of Virginia, where he is Executive Director, and the Baptist World Alliance, where he serves as President. In his BWA role, he has been traveling around the world to visit and support Baptist congregations, and he shared about a recent trip to meet with African Baptist leaders, many of whom are serving in difficult and dangerous situations. Upton relayed to us that when these churches are feeling forgotten and alone, the support of their Baptist sisters and brothers around the world is incredibly meaningful.

Drawing on the book of Acts, Upton’s message centered on what we do “together” as the body of Christ. Reporting on the activity of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), Upton described a hopeful and promising time in Virginia Baptist life. In fact, the BGAV’s impact stretches far beyond Virginia: Baptist congregations from seventeen other states and countries have joined the BGAV to partner in the work we are doing together. Even though it may seem odd that churches from other states are joining an organization with “Virginia” in the name, Upton explained that these churches are joining because they agree both with our work in missions and the manner in which we are doing it. He listed five characteristics that draw these churches to associate with Virginia Baptists: being Gospel-centric, being relationally rich, being civil and reasonable, having a heart for the not-yet, and having a sense of mission and call.

Upton emphasized that we as Baptists are not afraid of the future, both because it is “a future that God inhabits” and because we have had a rich heritage in the past. Virginia Baptists continue to adapt and serve God in new and meaningful ways, and the fruit of these efforts can be seen in our campus ministries, new churches being planted, fresh expressions of church, our affiliated colleges and seminaries, our disaster relief work, and countless other ways that we are serving the Kingdom of God in Virginia and beyond.

After a question-and-answer time with Dr. Upton, Michael Cheuk reiterated our church’s support of both BGAV and BWA, and he presented Upton with a check for each organization. These contributions, a supplement to the annual amount we give through our budget, are part of how our congregation voted to use the surplus in our giving from last year. Upton expressed his gratitude on behalf of the organizations he represents, reiterating that the work he described is our work, part of the much larger mission that we as the body of Christ are doing together.

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Town Hall Meeting was held Wednesday, Feb 11th

A Town Hall meeting was held on Wednesday, February 11, at 6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall. 

Topics discussed included:

Mission Madness/OIAM

Ruben Swint’s Report

Hospital Ministry

Summer Mission Trip

 

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.

Persecution of Christians in Iraq

Many thanks to Ambassador Nat Howell for the information he shared with us about the persecution of Christians in Iraq.

The video of his presentation shown below.

 

The Baptist World Alliance has issued a call for Baptists and other Christians to provide funds to help Iraqi Christians displaced by war. The funds are earmarked for food and other urgently needed relief supplies for Christian families who recently fled Mosul and Karakosh and are now in Irbil, a city in Kurdistan.

ISIS fighters have terrorized towns in northern Iraq, amassing power and laying down harsh Sharia law. Christians were given the option of paying exorbitant taxes, converting to Islam, or fleeing. Many families fled their homes without their possessions, including clothing. Money, jewelry and other valuables were stolen or confiscated.

 

On August 29, the Associated Baptist Press published the article BWA allocates funds for persecuted Iraqi Christians.

Donations for this relief effort may also be made to “University Baptist Church” and earmarked for “Iraqi Christians.”

You can write a check to “UBC, 1223 W. Main St., Charlottesville, VA, 22903″ or you can donate online.

All of the money we collect will be sent to the Baptist World Alliance fund for Iraqi Christians.

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

6:15 pm  CALLED CHURCH CONFERENCE

  • 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.

 

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.

“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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Service of Remembrance

Wednesday, December 4, 6:15 pm, in Fellowship Hall
This will be a service to remember our loved ones. Candles will be lit to remember family and friends who are especially in our hearts and minds during this holiday season.

Wed Night Schedule, Fall 2013

September 11                6:15 pm
“Crucial Conversations I” – Michael Cheuk

September 18                6:15 pm
“Crucial Conversations II” — Michael Cheuk

September 25                6:15 pm
“State Missions” — Julie Perry, FCCW

October 2                       6:15 pm
“Gender and the Bible” — Beth Cheuk

October 9                        6:15 pm
“Tradition and Sexuality/Homosexuality” — Michael Cheuk

October 16                     6:15 pm
“Wycliff Bible Translators” — Bob Hallissy; Intercessory Prayer Time

October 23                     6:15 pm
“The OT and Sexuality/Homosexuality” — Mark Biddle

October 30                     6:15 pm
“The NT and Sexuality/Homosexuality” — Scott Spencer

November 6                   6:15 pm
“Modern Experience and Sexuality/Homosexuality” — Dan Bagby

November 13                 6:15 pm
Wrap Up on Sexuality/Homosexuality Conversation — Michael Cheuk

November 20                 6:15 pm
Samaritan Purse Shoe Box Project; Prepare Toiletry Kits for FCCW

December 4                     6:15 pm
Service of Remembrance

December 11                   6:15 pm
Christmas Store for Children

December 18                   6:15 pm
Singing Carols and Sharing Christmas Stories

 

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