On Friday, September 6th all 6th – 12th graders were invited to our 1st Annual Youth Retreat! This retreat time focused on acclimatizing our newest youth members into the group and engaging in three distinct ministry areas – Inward, Outward, & Upward!
- Inward: Our group paired up and toured the church to scout out great hiding places for sardines. While touring each pair shared something that they struggle with spiritually. Some of the groups shared that they struggle with prayer, reincarnation, or other aspects of our faith. After this talk, each pair joined together with another and painted images of hope and inspiration. It is our plan to hang these paintings in the youth rooms to remind us that it’s OK to struggle – and it’s OK to doubt. Our faith is a journey. We are here to help and support each other – not to judge or condemn. Many aspects of our faith can be difficult to comprehend or practice – but we always have our friends and family to guide and comfort us along the way.
- Outward: Our youth were tasked with making table decorations for the dining area at the Haven Day Shelter. Using talents from within our group we constructed some beautiful origami flowers and wrote prayers along with words of encouragement and hope on each of the flower petals. It is our prayer that the people who read these messages will know that they are loved by God and by each of us!
- Upward: For the youth who were able to remain through mid-morning on Saturday – we spent some time in quiet contemplation and focused our thoughts and prayers on meeting and engaging with God. We listened to music and sculpted a scene or symbol of where we want to – or need – God to meet us. Many youth created sports symbols or school items to request that God be present in that aspect of their lives!
Of course there were the mandatory rounds of “Sardines.” – but we also added in a few games of Capture the Flag! These epic events took over the entire church and I think the remnants of one rocket battle can still be seen in one of the stairwells! This was a great time for all involved – Thanks to everyone who came out and participated
The Monday Adult Bible Study will resume meeting on Monday, September 9, at 10:30 am at Rosewood Village on Greenbrier Drive with our Associate Minister for Education, Bob Badgett, leading the group. All adults are welcome to attend this weekly Bible study. Communion is served every second Monday. Form more information contact Mister Bob.
Friday, September 13-Saturday, September 14
Jubliate (pronounced yoo-bi-lá-tay) is our auditioned choir for both undergraduate and graduate students. Jubilate performs a wide variety of Christian music. The group performs regularly at University Baptist Church as well as churches throughout Virginia. They undertake a spring tour each year and have performed in New York City, St. Louis, Baltimore, Houston, Dallas, Denver, and many stops in between.
New voices are always welcome. For more information or to audition contact Alba Beasley.
On Friday, September 6th all 6th – 12th graders are invited to attend our youth retreat! This retreat time will focus on acclimatizing our newest youth members into the group. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. Please bring all appropriate church lock-in materials (i.e. sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, etc.). The retreat will start at 6:00pm on Friday and be over at 12:00 on Saturday.
Please Contact Phil Woodson with any questions.
On June 16 nine members of our youth group along with Larry Johnson and Laura Morris traveled to Raleigh, N.C. with YouthWorks for five days to be the hands and feet of Christ. On Wednesday, September 4, the participants in this mission trip will share pictures and stories about what they accomplished for Christ and highlight the work and fellowship that took place on this trip.
As you hear humorous tales and possibly some of Mr. Johnson’s slight exaggerations, I want you to know that it was your generosity that made this trip possible for our youth. Through the donations you made at the Children’s Musical and the funds that you placed in the baskets after a Sunday service, you made it possible for our youth to participate in a life-changing event. That’s a big deal. The cost of participation and travel is a large part of the youth budget and it took a substantial showing of altruism to ensure that this vital ministry opportunity be available to anyone who desires to serve.
Please know that your continuing support of UBC’s Youth Ministry has been inspiring and that your kind words, prayers, and financial support have been an ENORMOUS blessing to both the youth and myself.
During September we will be supporting the Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions and the Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia, Inc. (specifically Chaplain Julie Perry at the Fluvanna Correction Center for Women).
The Alma Hunt offering supports ministries in and missionaries from Virginia.
The Chaplain Service has changed the lives of thousands of offenders throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia by distributing Bibles, conducting worship services, providing counseling and coordinating volunteer programs.
Congratulations to Michael Cheuk on his First Anniversary as the Senior Minister at UBC. Wow, how time flies when you are having fun! Many thanks for a wonderful year of leadership and ministry. We extend our thanks also to Beth, who has been a wonderful addition to UBC. And we’re glad Thea and Wesley are here!
Congratulations to Bob Badgett on his 11th Anniversary as the Associate Minister for Education at UBC. We are grateful for the special talents and loving spirit that you bring to the life and work of University Baptist Church. We’re glad you and Patti are here!
Congratulations to Phil Woodson on his 2nd Anniversary as the Coordinator for Youth. Your hard work and many talents have been a real blessing to our entire congregation.
During September we also acknowledge as a church family the special contributions of Thomas Hill, our custodian, a very dedicated staff person who is celebrating his 31st Anniversary at UBC. Thank you, Thomas!
I was born and raised in a Christian home — that is where my story begins but that is only the beginning. I have been blessed in so many ways: Christian parents, sisters who love me, two grown children and five grandchildren. I have had my difficulties and disappointments in life: divorce, disease, depression, and the death of loved ones.
Through the ups and downs of life I have always known to seek God; I have done this better at some times than at others. But, a verse in the New Testament, James 4:17, especially speaks to me: “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” (NIV) This has meaning to me because I have not always done the good that I know I ought to do; I have veered off the straight and narrow path more times than I care to remember.
Thanks to many prayers and reminders that I am a child of God, I have made it through some rough times in life. I know that God has been and will continue to be there for me. One of my favorite scripture passages from the Old Testament is Psalms 121:1-2, “I lift my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of Heaven and earth.” (NIV) I know God loves me and sent Jesus to suffer for my sins by dying on the cross.
Jesus wiped the slate clean for me once and for all; He came to show me how to live and how to treat others. I know that no matter what happens in my life I have a faith that will stand up to time and to evil. I know that I will spend eternity with the LORD.
Would You Like to Make New Friends and Deepen Current Relationships?
After a long hiatus, this fall we would like to resume “Community Dinner Groups.” Dinner groups will consist of 8-10 people, from a variety of ages and walks in life, for a once a month dinner. Generally the way it works is to rotate homes, the hosts provide the main dish, with other group members providing sides and dessert. Dinners can be any night of the week the group chooses, and even Dutch-treat at a restaurant.
If you would like to be assigned to a dinner group, complete the form below, or call the church office. If you have questions contact the church office.