A Word from Us…

Below you will find thoughts, updates, and articles from our staff.

Pentecost Sunday, May 24

PentacostGraphicSermon: “Spirit for All” – Dr. Michael Cheuk.  Taken from Acts 2:1-21

“Godspeed” to the Badgetts!

Badgett.B&PphotoWhat a wonderful evening we had celebrating Bob Badgett’s retirement last Wednesday!  Over 170 people gathered in the Fellowship Hall for a delicious fried chicken dinner and ice cream sundae dessert (Bob’s request).  After dinner, folks expressed their appreciation for Bob and Patti’s ministry with us for the last twelve years.  Former Senior Minister Tom Leland, Betty Barker, Lindsay Marshall, Barbara Phipps, Barbara Newlon, Ray Gaines, Seamore Zhu, Diane Mundell, Chris Owens, Alba Beasley, and others spoke about how much Bob and Patti meant to them.

During the ceremony, I presented to Bob and Patti a church gift of season tickets to attend the UVA 2016 baseball games.  Another gift is a framed photograph of the church with its mat filled with our comments and well wishes.

As many of you know, we are also collecting a love offering for the Badgetts. So far, over $2,500 has been received, and we will continue to receive donations until this Friday.  Checks made out to UBC can be mailed to the church office, or you can donate via our webpage:  http://universitybaptist.org/resources/giving/.  We will present the love offering check and the framed picture at a later date.

At the end of the evening, Bob gave this advice to our young children and even to our adults:  “Just be yourself. God made you the way you are.  You are wonderful.  You’ve been wonderfully made and created.  Allow the Spirit of God to express your self and your gifts in the way that God made you. . . . My philosophy of life has always been: ‘It’s no big deal.’  We serve a God who is sovereign, who knows everything about us.  He made this day, and He knows everything that is going to happen in it, so we don’t need to make it a big deal…  It’s no big deal.  It’s going to be OK.  God will provide for you, even after we’re gone.”

It is a big deal that Bob and Patti Badgett will no longer be with us.  We will dearly miss them.  But we trust that God will provide for us in the coming days as we continue the ministry and service that the Badgetts so faithfully offered to UBC for the glory of God.

~Blessings, Michael

A Word from Michael

Friday will be Bob Badgett’s last day with us before his retirement.  I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Bob and Patti for their ministry at University Baptist.

In his almost thirteen years as Associate Minister, Bob has served faithfully in the area of Christian education.  As the years went by, he became the “utility infielder” among the staff, taking on a wide variety of tasks with a joyful and willing spirit for the good of UBC.  In doing so, he has endeared himself to all of our members, but especially our children and senior adults.

Similarly, Patti has educated a generation of our young children in Sunday School and has been a stalwart member of our Sanctuary Choir.  Furthermore, every Sunday morning, you will find both of them setting up our “breakfast table” — making coffee, putting out donuts and baked goods — so that all of us can enjoy a time of fellowship before Sunday School.

Although I am grateful for all the things the Badgetts did for UBC, I am most grateful for who they are.  UBC will not be quite the same without “Mr. Bob” and “Miss Patti.”  We will miss their bright smiles, their playful sense of humor, but most of all, their abiding faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Even though we are sad to see them go, we wish them God’s blessing and grace as they enter into a new phase of their lives.  We celebrate the fact that they will now have more time to travel to see family, to be more involved in the lives of their grandchildren, to do more things as a couple.  I pray that this will be a deeply freeing and enriching time for them both.

Sunday, at the end of worship, I presented to Bob a picture of UBC with a wide matte for members to sign their names.  That picture will be available this Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall and this Sunday in the main lobby for people to sign their names.

Finally, I hope you can attend the farewell reception for the Badgetts this Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. held in our Fellowship Hall.  Let us all take this opportunity to express our personal thanks and well wishes to Bob and Patti.  Godspeed in the next chapter of their lives!

~Blessings, Michael


Welcome, Rev. Rachel Johnson – Sunday May 10

Photo of Rev Rachel Johnson

Rev. Rachel Johnson

Our guest minister on Sunday, May 10, will be Rev. Rachel Johnson.  Rev. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree from UVA and an MAR in Theology from Yale Divinity School.

Rachel has worked with churches, non-profits, denominational groups, and political organizations to develop strategic outreach campaigns on a wide range of issues, including creation care and climate change, nuclear security, human rights, international development and peace building, domestic poverty, healthcare, and the intersection of faith in the public sphere.

Beginning in June, Rachel will join the senior staff of the Riverside Church in New York to head up their communications and press work.

We welcome Rev. Rachel Johnson to the pulpit this Sunday.


Hope in the Living God

HopeWhat an amazing “Operation Mission Madness” we had last weekend! Around 230 youth and their chaperones descended upon UBC Friday night and spent an incredible 48 hours worshipping, working on twenty-nine mission projects throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle county, prayer walking around UVA grounds and the medical center, and just having fun.

This weekend would not have been possible with the leadership and participation of many people. Many thanks to Mark Snipes of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia for providing organizational leadership in this their sixth year of offering Mission Madness. Many thanks to Erin Brown, Phil Woodson, and John and Sarah Buchanan for taking the lead in organizing UBC’s part of hosting a Mission Madness site this year.  They did an amazing job morphing our traditional “Operation Inasmuch” day of community service into this much larger event.

I cannot even begin to name the many volunteers who spent parts (or all) of the weekend registering and feeding our guests, loading and unloading supplies, taking out trash, serving as site leaders, and working alongside the youth. In this Word, you’ll find a selection of pictures and a list of projects accomplished this weekend.

The theme this year was “Hope,” and throughout the weekend, during worship times and out in the community, we were all invited to see how the hope of the risen Christ is made known. It reminded me that Christian hope is not passive, merely waiting for God to work, but dynamic and active.

Finally, in light of Bob Badgett’s resignation letter last week, I want to express my deep appreciation for Bob’s faithful ministry at UBC for these past twelve and a half years. Bob’s can-do attitude, good humor, and faithful servanthood will be greatly missed. We wish Bob and Patti the best, and I encourage all to express your thanks to the Badgetts when you have a chance. We thank God for the Badgett’s joyful labor among us, that witnesses to their hope.

In light of Mission Madness and Bob’s announcement, we remember the words of 1 Timothy 4:10: “That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” Let us continue to put our hope in the living God!

~ Blessings, Michael

From Mr. Bob…”On a Personal Note”

Bob BadgettOn Wednesday of last week I gave Pastor Michael notice of my intention to retire after 36 years of church ministry, including almost 13 years at University Baptist.  I have been blessed to have worked in three wonderful churches during these years.  In return, these churches have been family for me and my kids . . . And at UBC even my grandkids.  That being said, the time is right for me to join my wonderful wife in retirement (I’ve been jealous of her status over the past six months!).

Patti and I plan to take time over the next year to look for a new church home as we begin a new chapter in our lives.  UBC has been a very loving and generous church to us, and we are grateful to have been a part of a church that demonstrates the caring and love of Jesus on a daily basis.  We will probably still show up at UBC for special events.

My last day at University Baptist will be May 15.  Thank you for the privilege to serve and the opportunity to make many wonderful new friends in our time together.

~Blessings, Bob


Join us to celebrate Bob and Patti Badgett

It is with sadness that we hear of Bob’s news, but we are excited about this new chapter for him and Patti.

In light of Bob Badgett’s resignation, the Personnel Committee will give a brief report this Wednesday night (4/15) regarding how the committee will proceed during this transition.

There will be a Called Church Conference on Wednesday, April 29 to officially accept Bob’s resignation.

Please plan to attend a Farewell Celebration in honor of Bob and Patti Badgett on Wednesday, May 13, from 5 to 7 pm in Fellowship Hall!


Holy Week & Easter Services


Please join us for worship this Holy Week!

Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.

You are invited to a Maundy Thursday Service and Communion here at UBC, this Thursday, 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Maundy Thursday commemorates the last supper that Jesus ate with his disciples, and the commandment that he gave to them to “love one another.”


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good-friday-smGood Friday Service

Friday, April 3, noon

We will hold a Good Friday Service on Friday, April 3, at 12 noon.  This service remembers the death of Jesus on the cross for the forgiveness of our sin and the redemption of the world.

Afterwards, there will be a soup and bread lunch served in our Fellowship Hall.


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Easter SundayEaster Sunday Service

Sunday, April 5, 11:00 a.m.

You are invited to attend our Easter Sunday Service, April 5!

In addition to celebrating our risen Lord, we will also celebrate Communion and the Baptism of a new disciple of Jesus.

Parking Easter Sunday

Please park in the 14th Street Parking Garage or at Stacey Hall if you are able to walk those distances. Remember that the front parking lot at the church is reserved for visitors, those with walking difficulties and parents with small children.


A Note from Alba

JubilateTour2015It seems that every year I tell you that “this year’s Jubilate Tour was the best ever!”  In some ways, that has always been true, and a lofty goal for us each year.  That I will make this claim again concerning this year’s tour should come as no surprise to you.

We were “weathered-out” of our two pre-tour concerts — the time that we get the experience to go out and sing the program with confidence.  When we missed these chances, it was with a great deal of concern that I left the church on Saturday morning, March 7, headed for Pittsburgh.

The next morning, having traveled the day before and lost an hour as we entered Daylight Saving Time, I was amazed that the choir came rested and ready to sing.  They truly led us in worship that morning!

That night, in Toledo, again they lifted the congregation to an experience of worship that was inspirational.  After the service, someone placed a note in my folder that said, “Dear talented young people – Today was a sad day for my family.  But we decided to come tonight in hope of some light and comfort.  We found it!  Thank you and best wishes to you all.  You do not know who and how your music will touch.  Keep singing!

This was the case for the four concerts we sang along the tour.  On Monday and Tuesday evenings, both church Senior Ministers shared that their church had never hosted a traveling choir, and that the experience with Jubilate had opened a door of possibilities for them in the future.  I received an email from one of the organists at Christ the King Lutheran Church, where we sang on Tuesday night:  “You and the choir made a deep impression on all of us in so many ways!  If any other church or concert venue has an opportunity to have Jubilate perform, I suggest that they jump at the chance!

We will be leading in morning worship here at UBC this Sunday, singing selections from our tour program.  We hope that you will also come to the Homecoming Concert on Sunday, March 29, at 5:00 pm to hear the entire program.

Thank you for your prayers and support for Jubilate this year and all the 42 years the choir has been ministering to people wherever they sang!  Soli Deo Gloria!



Engaging in Ministry

SeekGodIn this Monday’s devotion in our Seek God for the City devotional guide, we are called to seek God on behalf of ministries.  Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 3:1, “Finally, brothers (and sisters), pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified.”

As you know, there are many ministries taking place at UBC.  This week, Alba, Barbara Moore, Robby Gough, and Anne Keith are leading Jubilate on their spring break tour.  Alba recently posted an article on our website about Pam spending her snow day cooking for a pre-tour Friday night dinner, students taking tests on the bus via wi-fi while traveling to Pittsburgh on Saturday, and Alba scrambling to teach alto parts to some sopranos because of last- minute drop outs.  In all this, Alba finds joy in investing “in the lives of some of the brightest and best college students ever.”  You can read Alba’s full article on our website: http://wp.me/p3JX6D-162.

Similarly, last weekend, Erin Brown led a lock-in for twenty-one youth.  They cooked breakfast for the church, and held their own worship/prayer time during the 11 o’clock hour.  Erin’s report, pictures, and thank-you note can be found on our website: http://wp.me/p3JX6D-178.

Starting this Wednesday, we will set up a volunteer sign-up board for Mission Madness (April 17-19).  Please consider helping this exciting ministry as we host over 250 youth from all over Virginia to engage in mission and service projects here in Charlottesville!

As UBC seeks God for the city, we the church staff greatly welcome your prayers, not only for us but also or especially for our church community engaged in ministry.  May the word of the Lord spread and be glorified!

~Blessings, Michael

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