(In The Life Of The Church)
Hello all - Taylor here. We have entered the month of November. (It’s hard to believe because August was approximately yesterday, but it’s true.) And I must admit that November has a special place in my heart because I have always loved Thanksgiving.
In her book An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor says, “My life depends on ignoring all touted distinctions between the secular and the sacred, the physical and the spiritual, the body and the soul. What is saving my life now is becoming more fully human, trusting that there is no way to God apart from real life in the real world.” And I love this reminder that we are moved towards God in our real every day lives. So often when I am in reflection or prayer I feel an old temptation to say or think just the right thing. As if saying or thinking the exact right combination of words will make my thoughts some how more holy. But the fact of the matter is that there is no combination of words or actions that I can complete that make me more holy. And the fact of the matter is that God has not asked for the holiest version of me. But God has asked for all of me, just the way that I am, and right now. And God has promised to take care of the rest.
So, this year I have decided to take some time every day in November to think about what I am thankful for in my real every day life and I thought it might be fun to share those things with all of you! Here are the 5 things I have been thankful for so far in November:
1) River by Joni Mitchell
For most of my life people have been telling me about how beautiful Joni Mitchell’s music is but it’s only really recently that I have begun listening to it for myself and this song in particular is so beautiful and haunting and feels particularly seasonally appropriate somehow. And I am always thankful for music that makes me feel something.
2) Ben Platt
I recently watched Ben Platt in The Politician on Netflix and he is just so talented in a million different ways and yet he still seems like he is a nice person. And also The Politician is phenomenal – please go watch it and then let’s go get coffee and talk about it because it is a show that is asking a lot of big questions and I want to talk about it forever.
3) Ruthie! (my dog)
I am always and forever thankful for Ruthie because she is the best girl and I love her so so so much!!
4) Breakfast Tacos
I’ve just really been on a breakfast taco high recently. I tried a new restaurant for some breakfast tacos (Spiciness Mexican Grill – down Valley Mills) and they were delicious!! But honestly – all breakfast tacos are delicious! And I am so thankful for that.
This might seem corny, and I guess it is but it’s also very true. I have been feeling especially thankful for this place and for all of you. On Sunday morning I felt (as John Wesley once did also) that my heart was strangely warmed by being together with all of you. I am thankful for this place and all of the people who call it home. Thanks for being a part of UBC – I am thankful for you.
So those are the things I am thankful for! I would LOVE (and I mean this so sincerely) to hear about the things that you are thankful for! And so if you feel like sharing you can tag me or UBC on social media or email me at email@example.com and I’d love to hear what you’ve been thankful for in this season!
UBC has recently assembled a marketing team to address internal and external connection barriers. As part of the effort, the UBC marketing team (AKA the righteous gemstones) is sponsoring an instagram photo contest. Here are the rules. UBCers are encouraged to take a photo at UBC that is swanky and hip and then hashtag it with #ubcmyphoto. The winner of this contest will either get Lizzo tickets or a $20 Pinewood gift card.
Image to Generate Clickbait Traffic
Meet Our Newest (Student) Lead Team Member
Our leadership team met on Sunday October 27th and selected the remaining vacant spots for leadership team. This week and next week we’ll introduce you to them.
Why are you in Waco:
I’m in my senior year at Baylor as an Environmental Studies major.
Bible verse/chapter/book you like:
Something we’d never know about you:
I’ve played more than 30 hours of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic since starting college.
Jesus Said Love and Pies!!!!
We are looking for some volunteers to donate some pies! We need your help for JSL’s annual pie outreach, will you sign-up using link? You can either sign-up as an individual sign up or sign-up with friends. Either way we would so appreciate any help you can provide! We need them by 11/14 and in individual boxes. They can be homemade or store bought! Here is the sign up link: https://jesussaidlove.com/pie-donations
If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Night Of Belonging - 11/14 - 8pm
We are having our last gathering for college students and young adults this semester next Thursday night at 8pm. Come join us as we discuss hospitality and immigration and the call of the church. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Youth Word of the Week
The word of the week was “consternation”. I did not successfully use this word. Looking back, I think an ideal place to have located the word would have to describe Zacchaeus’ decision to climb the tree as one of consternation, or full of consternation.
Parishioner of the Week
Jamie McGregor for fixing the copy machine and also the bathroom nozzles.
Sermon Text: Luke 20:27-38
Night of Belonging 11-14 6:00 PM
Thanksgiving Love Feast 11-24 6:00 PM
Work is Worship
Coffee Makers: Davis Family
Mug Cleaners: Ron Miller
Money Counter: Ballas
If you have a concern or an idea for UBC that you’d like to share with someone that is not on staff, feel free to contact one of our leadership team members.
Chair: Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu
Byron Griffin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeremy Nance: Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com
Joanna Sowards: email@example.com
Kathy Krey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Zuniga: email@example.com
Taylor Torregrossa: Taylordtorregrossa@gmail.com
Student Position: Davis Misloski
Student Position: Maddy O’Shaughnessy
UBC Finance Team
Do you have a question about UBC’s financial affairs? Please feel free to contact any of your finance team members.
JD Newman: JD_Newman@baylor.edu
Catherine Ballas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Carron: email@example.com
Mike Dodson: firstname.lastname@example.org
George Thornton: GeorgecCT1982@gmail.com
UBC HR Team
If you have concerns about staff and would like contact our human resources team, please feel free to email any of the following members.
Erin Albin: email@example.com
Sam Goff: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebekah Powell: email@example.com
Kristen Richardson: firstname.lastname@example.org