ITLOTC 5-24-19

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church)

Easter

Lasts

May is like December. It’s a month of goodbyes and lasts.  

Last day of school. Last practice and game. Last test. Last time I see my friends who are graduating.  

I remember the last time I was on my college campus as a student. I loaded my car and drove around campus one last time with the Braveheart soundtrack serenading my sad soul.  

But I’ll tell you something I like about lasts. They give us a chance to reflect and be thankful.  

My son Roy has been playing soccer since he was four. He did one season at Midway and then we moved to the H.O.T. league. It just so happened that he had a few school friends who played on the same team, and when word got around that Roy had entered the draft, the coaches picked him. So Roy and about five friends have played together for six years and 13 seasons.  

Here’s another fact about Roy’s team, the Tigers: they’ve never been good. They had one miracle season when they almost finished .500, but most seasons have been filled with one or no wins. They are a kind of like the Bad News Bears.  

Now let me say a word about their wonderful coaches. Roy’s coaches (a married couple and parents of one of Roy’s friends/teammates) are some of the most loving, committed, and passionate people I have ever met--the kind of coaches who make you feel bad for not being more into your child’s athletic career because you fail to match their own enthusiasm. On top of that, and most importantly, they love our kids.  

This last Saturday I saw something I had never seen in his coaches. After the opposing team scored about their fifth goal, our coaches sat down. I’d never seen them do that. I could tell something was different. They had given up. I couldn’t blame them; they have been so generous in caring for and teaching our kids all these years without much return in terms of victory.  

The following day, they had an end-of-the year soccer party. After handing out trophies and encouraging the boys, the coaches reported through tears that this was their last season. They said they had taught the kids everything they knew, they hoped the boys kept playing, but they couldn’t coach anymore.  

I wasn’t there. Lindsay reported it to me. I knew how hard that decision was for them.  

Because of a rain reschedule, the Tigers had one more game on Tuesday. So this game had the unique quality of the players all knowing that this was the last one. Roy was wearing the pain of this last. With Lilli and Mabel’s help, I made signs that said things like “Thanks for the Memories,” “Started as Boys, Finished as Men,” and “Left It All on the Field #4” and I brought my boom speaker to the game. When the last second ticked off the clock, the parents and siblings marched across the field toward the players to the beat of “The Mighty Rio Grande” by This Will Destroy You. At first people chuckled at me, but the mood turned out to be too perfect.  With the help of a perfect sunset and my Friday-Night-Lights-kind-of-music, soon everyone was crying. Was it manipulative? Yes. Was it wrong? No.

Lasts are gifts, and we have to open them. We have to make friends with our potential pain and bless the fact that it comes from the beauty of what was.

  • My children had their last day of school this week.

  • My wife had her last day of her first pre-K class.

  • My daughter may have danced her last dance at her current dance studio.  

  • This is my last Sunday before sabbatical.  

Some of you may have lasts too. At UBC or outside of it.  

If you do, my prayer is that you are able to bless and be thankful for what was. Your attentivenes to the moment can be a prayer to God.   

Meet Our Newest UBCer:

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Name: Simon Luther Raley
Birthday: April 30th, 2019
Birth weight: 8 Lbs
Birth height: 20.5 Inches

Enneagram Number: 7

MealBaby Need:

At UBC we put together meal calendars for our families who have just had babies or who might need a little extra help for one reason or another. We are currently running three different calendars for families with new babies and have several more starting very soon!! We could really use your help to make sure that we can serve our families during these transitional seasons! If you are interested in serving in this way please contact Taylor at taylor@ubcwaco.org



Summer Lovefeast - June 2 - noon


It is finally summer!!!   To kick off the summer, we are having a lovefeast after church next Sunday.  We will have some yard games set up, as well as a classic summer movie playing.  The theme for this lovefeast is a summer picnic, so bring your favorite picnic foods: fried chicken, potato salad, sandwiches, fruit salad, etc....  UBC will provide the drinks and a bunch of fried chicken (but we will need more).  If you have any questions email toph@ubcwaco.org



Summer Book Club


To kick off the summer, we are going to do a book study together.  The book for the month of June will be: Understanding Gods Will by Kyle Lake.  We will read the book during the month of June, then we will have a time to get together and discuss it at the end of month: June 26th.   We have copies of the book available, so if you don’t have the money to buy it, no worries.  If you have any questions, email toph@ubcwaco.org


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Parishioner of the Week

Kareem Shane. After church this Sunday I, Josh, left all the coffee mugs and coffee carafes to clean up on Monday. When I came in the kitchen on Monday I discovered that someone came up Sunday afternoon and washed all the mugs by hand and cleaned up the kitchen.

Announcements

  • Text: Acts 16:6-10 “To Troas”

  • SWCC summer movie days 6-5, 6-26, 7-10, 7-24

  • UBC VBS 6-11-13

  • Young Adult/College Lake Retreat 7-12

Work is Worship

Greeters: Blaylocks

Coffee Makers: Kareem

Mug Cleaners: Kareem

Money Counter:  Jen Carron

Leadership Team

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- Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@gmail.com

Kathy Krey: kathykrey@gmail.com

Student Position, Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position, Anna Carol Peery: anna_peery@baylor.edu

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: catherine@refitrev.com

Jen Carron: jen.carron78@gmail.com

Mike Dodson: financeteammike@gmail.com

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.

Josh Blake: joshnblake@gmail.com

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

UBC’s Formal Announcement

Friends, as many of you know this last Sunday UBC announced its decision with regards to her discernment process with the LGBTQ community. The following is the formal letter that was drafted and read by the leadership team on Sunday. An audio version of the letter and the sermon that followed can be found here.

UBC Policy Announcement

 

Four months ago, the leadership team stood before you and asked for your prayers and your voices regarding building use and pastoral autonomy for same sex marriages. We believed then, as we do now, that UBC is a place that celebrates intellectual and theological diversity, but felt that our ambiguity on these policies had the potential to create harm for those in the LGBTQ community. 

It has felt, somehow, like both a long and short amount of time to spend in prayerful contemplation and action on such important matters—but, In these months we have been touched, time after time, as we have received your prayers and heard the many,  and varied,  perspectives of the people who call UBC home.  

 

In this season of devoted listening—as your leadership team

We have tried to hear God through prayer and presence

We have tried to hear new perspectives from experts on our resource list and in our learning sessions 

We have tried to hear the heart and the desires of the pastors and the people of UBC 

 

In the midst of this, we have experienced so much charity for differences and so much, hope for unity --without uniformity. And still, we imagine our process in this season of discernment has been imperfect –and so we mourn for any voiced or unspoken hurt, we may have contributed to. 

Today though, we enter a new phase of this conversation as we come to you with the decisions you have been waiting to hear.

 

On the matter of building use for same sex marriages, we have voted yes

On the matter of pastoral autonomy with regard to performing LGBTQ marriages we have voted yes.  

 

Though it is not our polity at UBC to take congregational votes, In January we said that it was our aim to come to our best collectivetheological conclusions on these decisions, and so it is important to share that our votes were consistent with both congregational and pastoral feedback. 

 

We know that for some this announcement comes with great joy and we sit with and among you today. 

We know that for some this announcement comes with loss, and we sit with and among you today,

We know that for many this is a day of uncertainty or ambiguity, too much, not enough, or some other singular or mixed emotional highs and lows --and we sit with and among you too. 

 

Our work here is not done, and no one, no leadership team member, nor pastor understands it to be. In fact, the pastors will talk later about dates and times for meetings and plans moving forward, so know that timelines and logistics will be addressed today. 

But for now, as we enter the teaching moment, we would like to leave you with a blessing –the message of which might feel very near or very far today, for any number of reasons, but I will speak it over you now, that we might hear the truth of it together. 

 

We are thankful today, for a God who sees us, 

our comings and our goings,

our fears and our longings, 

our convictions and confusion

our whole selves our broken selves. 

 

We are not invisible, overlooked, or alone. 

We are believers and receivers of Immanuel—God with us. 

May we, in our humanness- minds, mouths, bodies, be now the physical manifestations to one another of these spiritual truths –

today, and each day, moving forward. 

Amen.

ITLOTC 5-17-19

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church)

Easter

*Yes, this is a day early. Wanted you to get it before weekend email shutdown mode begins because this is an important one.

A Decision

I will have pastored for 12 years when August 19th rolls around. In that 12 years I guesstimate that I’ve done 50-60 weddings. As a rule, I try and steer engaged couples away from selecting 1 Corinthians 13 as a wedding text. Because the text is cliché?  Nay, the opposite. It looms so large I dare not taint it with the wedding planning that hasn’t been thoughtful. 1 Corinthians 13 is completely appropriate for marriage. Maybe the most appropriate. Marriage is a difficult relationship that requires the kind of love that can, hope, believe and endure all things. And then sometimes marriage requires even more than that. If we worked harder to offer real images of marriages before people got married, then using 1 Corinthians 13 at weddings would feel more appropriate. But I concede my thinking on this to Stanley Hauerwas who once said, “we can’t possibly know what we mean when we say our wedding vows.”

In her book Still, Lauren Winner has a chapter called “Reading the Bible In Eight Places.” The chapter is about dislocated exegesis, or reading the text in places where its salience might be felt more poignantly. Winner writes, “My colleague is in the habit of taking a Bible and a group of students to a bank and there reading Jesus’ words about money … On one occasion, I am outside an insurance building in Hartford, the insurance capital of the world, reading Jesus’ injections in Matthew : ‘Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.’” You get the idea. I suppose that applying a bible text to a church situation is not dislocated at all. The scriptures are the words for the church. But I have noticed something powerful about locating 1 Corinthians 13 in this moment instead of a wedding.

This Sunday the leadership team will announce the conclusion they have come to with regards to UBC’s relationship with the LGBTQ community. More particularly, they have reached a decision in answering the two questions we have been asking. As I said at the beginning of this process when I wrote a similar newsletter to introduce this moment, I’m sure you are eager to know what those answers are. But I’m going to ask instead that you come to church and we have this moment together. Our leadership team has been resilient, but they carry the weight of this hard work that we’ve asked them to do. A way for you to honor them and that work, is by not bombarding them with a thousand phone calls and texts between now and Sunday.

Now that we are nearing the conclusion of this process I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for coming with me. Thank you for doing this together. It is on this moment that I want to locate 1 Corinthians 13. Because you have endured, hoped, and believed all things for the sake of love, and for that I’m forever grateful.


Sarah Bessey Care

Friends, you may remember that Sarah Bessey came to preach at UBC for women’s month in 2017. As such, we consider her a friend. You may have also observed that in these last few weeks Sarah has been working tirelessly to support Rachel Held Evans and her family. Someone in our community suggested that we offer a token of our appreciation to Sarah. So we will be getting Sarah a small gift and would like to send her some encouraging notes. If you’d like to express your appreciation to Sarah, you can do so by writing a note here.

Meet Our Newest Finance Team Member

George Thornton

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What do you do in Waco:  Director of Operations for Intrepid Development Group - an owners representative firm for capital construction projects. 

Do you have a favorite Bible verse, chapter book?:  Proverbs 24:3-4

Best Waco Restaurant:  Bangkok Royal

Current Show:  GOT, Billions 

Something we’d never know about you:  attended a military middle and high school

Why UBC?:  The fellowship and diversity within the community. 

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Parishioner of the Week

Lacy McNamee. Please read the following from the Baylor_comm instagram account:

Dr. Lacy McNamee has had a big week! 🎉 On Tuesday, she was named the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Partner by Baylor Student Life! 🏆 Then today, she was announced as the NEW#BaylorCommGraduate Program Director, effective August 1st! Dr. McNamee is taking over for Dr. Mark Morman who has served as our GPD for the last 11 years. We are very thankful for Dr. Morman’s dedicated service over the last decade+ and the growth our program has experienced during that time! 💛 Warmest congratulations and well wishes to Dr. McNamee on this new appointment (and on her recent award)!! We are extremely lucky to have her as a member of our faculty. 🙌🏾

Announcements

  • Text: Ezra 3:10-13 “All the Joy & All the Pain.”

  • SWCC summer movie days 6-5, 6-26, 7-10, 7-24

  • UBC VBS 6-11-13

  • Young Adult/College Lake Retreat 7-12

Work is Worship

Greeters: Richardsons

Coffee Makers: Oliver & Michael

Mug Cleaners: Aleigh Ascherl

Money Counter:  George Thornton

Leadership Team

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- Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@gmail.com

Kathy Krey: kathykrey@gmail.com

Student Position, Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position, Anna Carol Peery: anna_peery@baylor.edu

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: catherine@refitrev.com

Jen Carron: jen.carron78@gmail.com

Mike Dodson: financeteammike@gmail.com

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.

Josh Blake: joshnblake@gmail.com

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

5-10-19

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church)

Easter

Breathe

When is the last time you felt calm? 
Have you listened to your breath in the last week? 
How fast have you been moving through this week, and can you take some time to slow down this weekend?

When I teach yoga we begin each class focusing on our breath so that we can leave everything else outside the room and be present. Can you take 5 minutes today or tomorrow or Sunday, maybe even 5 minutes each day, to listen to your breath?

You may be feeling stressed from finals or work, anxious with the church decision or life in general, or you may not be feeling anything in particular. Come back to your breath, come back to what God breathed inside of you, inside of all of us at the point of creation. Feel the presence of God in each inhale you take, and relax in God’s presence with each exhale. 

Inhale. Exhale.
Inhale. Exhale.
Inhale. Exhale.

We are rarely aware of this simple rhythm of life. The rhythm that helps us live and move and be. 
So breathe, and be aware of God in your midst. Just like your breath, God is always there. 

Grace and Peace,
Kim

Last Order of Phoenix Meeting

Parents the last spring meetings for the order of the Phoenix will be (5-6 grade) this Sunday, May 12th and (7-12) the following Wednesday, May 15th.

Meet Our Newest Finance Team Member

Name: Mike Dodson

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What do you do in Waco?: For many years I was in the music scene - David Crowder Band, The Digital Age...right now for the foreseeable future, I manage a veterinary hospital that my wife Kristin and I purchased a few years ago - Hewitt Veterinary Hospital.  I’m passionate about helping our staff realize that who they are is enough and that they have incredible inherent worth. They pour so much love and energy into the pets that come through our doors that I’m constantly floored. 

Do you have a favorite Bible verse, chapter, book?: Luke 10:25-37.   I love this one because it explores the concept of exactly who a neighbor is - the one that we are to love as ourself.  We learn that it includes the person who people avoid, are afraid of, or fear coming into contact with. This person is our neighbor, and I am asked to love him or her as myself.  Sounds like there are some fears I had better get over soon.  

Best Waco Restaurant: I’m gonna have to do top 3 - 135 Prime, Moroso, Ninfa’s 

Current Show: Nothing to see here...just rewatching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel over and over until they come out with a new season. 

Something we’d never know about you: I began keeping honey bees very recently I’m incredibly fascinated with them.  They are so interesting to watch.

Why UBC?: I’m a little known UBC old-timer - started coming in 1997, when UBC was filled with orange pews, cargo pants, and Dave Matthews Band CDs.  Anyways, I think UBC is one of the unique places that really does try to live out the Good Samaritan story.  It tries to live in the space in between the many extremes which demand exclusion - not the “safest” place to be, that’s for sure.  Sometimes that is difficult, because culture often wants you to choose a side or banish the unloveable or the unloving, but I think UBC tries to choose to examine, question, and discern instead of to blindly adhere to the way things have always been for the sake of safety.  What I’m trying to say is UBC tries to be like the man who helps the injured man on the road while others, including the religious elite cross the road to avoid those people.  That’s what I like about the place.  UBC doesn’t always succeed in every effort, but its intentions are good and it also isn’t afraid to try, fail, learn, repeat and celebrate the successes along the way - I love that.


Mother’s Day Night Out

This year - in an effort to show gratitude for the mothers of UBC - we are going to be having a Mother’s Night Out! TONIGHT from 6pm-9pm we will be having Mother’s Night Out at UBC. If you are going to bring your children or if you are would like to volunteer because you love your own mother or all mothers - please send an email to Taylor here. Mothers - please feel free to use this time any way you want!! Do you, boo.

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Announcements

Text:

Work is Worship

Greeters: Ricky and Rose

Coffee Makers: Dilan and Hannah

Mug Cleaners: Cooleys

Money Counter: 

Leadership Team

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- Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@gmail.com

Kathy Krey: kathykrey@gmail.com

Student Position, Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position, Anna Carol Peery: anna_peery@baylor.edu

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: catherine@refitrev.com

Jen Carron: jen.carron78@gmail.com

Mike Dodson:

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.

Josh Blake: joshnblake@gmail.com

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

Liturgy 5-6-2019

This blog is a record of the call to worship, Scripture readings, and prayers from our Sunday liturgies.  If you are interested in writing something for the liturgy, or if you have a concern about any aspect of our liturgy, please email jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Call to Worship

we have gathered to worship the Living God

to direct our attention to the Risen Christ

to enter the story of God and the people of God

and find our own stories changed

seeking the Spirit of God
to form us into Resurrection people

that we might reflect the light of Christ
in our ordinary lives

amen

Scripture

Psalm 30

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.

O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.

For his anger is but for a moment;
his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord,
you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.

To you, O Lord, I cried,
and to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the Pit?

Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!
O Lord, be my helper!”

You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

Acts 9:1-20

Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do."

The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." He answered, "Here I am, Lord." The Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight."

But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name." But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name."

So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God."

Setlist 5-6-2019

This past Sunday was the third Sunday of Eastertide, and our songs were gathered with this in mind.  Below, you’ll find the list of the songs and artists. Clicking the song titles will take you to the lyrics.  Below the songs, you can find a brief example of one way you might think of these songs. If you want to talk about any of these, feel free to comment at the bottom of this page or email me at jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Songs:

Wild One by Jameson McGregor

Wayward Ones by The Gladsome Light

Death In His Grave by John Mark McMillan

Inbreaking by Jameson McGregor

Pulse by ubcmusic

Doxology

How They Fit In:

There are many ways to think about the significance of songs and the way they fit together–-this is simply one way you can look at these songs in light of this week’s theme. 

Wild One: We sang this song to celebrate God’s not being bound by our expectations of who God is.

Wayward Ones: This is our communion hymn, and it contemplates Christ's self-giving love that is displayed and remembered in the eucharist.

Death In His Grave: We sang this song to rehearse the death and Resurrection of Christ.

Inbreaking: This song is a petition for the Slaughtered Lamb to work Resurrection in our midst.

Pulse: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week’s songs. This is what we said about Pulse then: This song is a petition for the Spirit to work Resurrection in our hearts and form us in the way of Christ.

Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.

ITLOTC 5-3-19

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church)

Easter 

During this Easter season I have been doing a lot of reflecting. Reflecting about the way that my life ought to look in light of the things I profess to be true. I think Easter can sometimes be a challenge for me – not because I don’t enjoy it, I think the Easter season is full of joy and beauty – but because I often struggle to understand what work is mine to do in the Easter season. 

The work that is mine to do in Lent seems obvious. Lent is a season of reflection and preparation and sacrifice. A season in which we ready ourselves to celebrate Easter. I am very comfortable thinking about the ways in which I come up short. I am constantly doing self-assessment and measuring the ways in which I could be a better Christ-follower (and a better pastor and a better friend and a better daughter and a better person, but I digress). And so Lent comes pretty naturally to me.

But Easter is a little more foreign to me – what does it mean to live into Christ’s victory over sin and death? What does that look like? How can I live that out?

There’s a Barabra Brown Taylor reading that Jamie uses at Ash Wednesday and Good Friday every year – and I think it has helped me to make sense of this in some ways. Here’s a bit of it: 

“I remember being at a retreat once where the leader asked us to think of someone who represented Christ in our lives. When it came time to share our answers, one woman stood up and said, "I had to think hard about that one. I kept thinking, ‘Who is it who told me the truth about myself so clearly that I wanted to kill him for it?"’ According to John, Jesus died because he told the truth to everyone he met. He was the truth, a perfect mirror in which people saw themselves in God’s own light. 

What happened then goes on happening now. In the presence of his integrity, our own pretense is exposed. In the presence of his constancy, our cowardice is brought to light. In the presence of his fierce love for God and for us, our own hardness of heart is revealed. Take him out of the room and all those things become relative. I am not that much worse than you are nor you than I, but leave him in the room and there is no place to hide. He is the light of the world. In his presence, people either fall down to worship him or do everything they can to extinguish his light.”

I think that Easter is confounding to me because it can sometimes feel like the equivalent of a spiritual sunburn. It is my own personal struggle to constantly be comparing myself against the people around me – constantly trying to work for self-improvement in ways that are ultimately meaningless. Because in the light of the goodness and greatness of the risen Christ it becomes clear that none of that comparison matters. The only thing worth striving for is Christ-likeness. The only image we should be looking to be formed into is the image of Christ.

Sometimes in Scripture God is compared to a refiner’s fire – a fire that burns out impurities. And I have certainly experienced in my life seasons of refinement – when it felt as though God was burning things out of my life and out of me left and right. But I have also, often, been surprised by those seasons. Been surprised by the things within myself that have been refined – sometimes they were things I considered good, holy even. Friendships, relationships, hobbies, vocational pursuits, passions – all of these things have been refined in my life, not because of my own self-assessment but, because they were laid bare in the light of Christ.

During Easter we celebrate that Christ is risen and among us. That we do not walk this earth alone and without hope because Christ has already won the battle for us. And this has deep implications for how we live our lives. So friends – as I figure this out for myself I would love to hear from you – how are you living this year in light of the risen Christ? How are you acting, thinking, or behaving differently because Christ has shown God’s truth on your life? Please let me know. Send me an email here: taylor@ubcwaco.org. I look forward to hearing from you.

Meet Our Newest Finance Team Member

Recently some of our fearless champions Doug McNamee, Hannah Kuhl and Justin Pond finished their terms on the finance team. Thanks Doug, Hannah and Justin. They leave our financial situation the best it has ever been. We are grateful for your service and care to UBC.

In light of these transitions, we’d like to introduce you to our new finance team members over the next few weeks.

Name: Jen Carron

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What do you do in Waco: I work at Baylor leading enrollment management.  Basically, we have a huge team of amazing people working to recruit, admit, provide aid, enroll students- and keep them until graduation!

Do you have a favorite Bible verse, chapter book?: Numbers 6:24-26

Best Waco Restaurant: currently- Alpha Omega. It’s delicious, but not too fussy so you can bring the kids!

Current Show: RE-watching every season of the Office

Something we’d never know about you: so many things? I have photic sneeze reflex and 50% of my children have it too. ☺

Why UBC?: Because Burt Burleson told us to…

Study Hall

It’s that time of the semester, and you UBC is here for you. We will be open from 10am-midnight on Dead Days (May 6 and 7). We will have the usual: snacks, drinks, coffee, wi-fi, and fun. On the 7th at 9pm, we have surprise this year that you definitely don’t want to miss out on. If you have any questions, email toph@ubcwaco.org.

Mother’s Night Out

This year - in an effort to show gratitude for the mothers of UBC - we are going to be having a Mother’s Night Out! On Friday May 10th from 6pm-9pm we will be having Mother’s Night Out at UBC. If you are going to bring your children or if you are would like to volunteer because you love your own mother or all mothers - please send an email to Taylor here. Mothers - please feel free to use this time any way you want!! Do you, boo.

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A brief word on the images whose purpose is to generate clickbait traffic. Of all the series of pictures of have done (1980s toys, 1990s bands, etc.) riddles have generated the most feedback. Some of you have expressed frustration either through the internet, email or in person, suggesting that you would like to see the answers. So I have decided to add a feature to this section where you can click here to see the answer.

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Work is Worship

Greeters: Ricky & Daniel

Coffee Makers: Clarks and Co.

Mug Cleaners: Order of Phoenix

Money Counter:  Hannah

Leadership Team

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- Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@gmail.com

Kathy Krey: kathykrey@gmail.com

Student Position, Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position, Anna Carol Peery: anna_peery@baylor.edu

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: catherine@refitrev.com

Jen Carron: jen.carron78@gmail.com

Mike Dodson:

George Thornton:

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.

Josh Blake: joshnblake@gmail.com

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

Liturgy 4-28-2019

This blog is a record of the call to worship, Scripture readings, and prayers from our Sunday liturgies.  If you are interested in writing something for the liturgy, or if you have a concern about any aspect of our liturgy, please email jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Call to Worship

we have gathered to worship the Living God

the One whom death could not contain

to enter into the story of God and the people of God

and find our own stories there

that we might learn to love our neighbor as our self

and to join in the work of Resurrection
in our ordinary lives

Amen

Scripture

Psalm 118:14-29

The Lord is my strength and my might;
   the Lord has become my salvation.

There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly;
   the right hand of the Lord is exalted;
   the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.”

I shall not die, but I shall live,
   and recount the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord has punished me severely,
   but did not give me over to death.

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
   that I may enter through them
   and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord;
   the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me
   and have become my salvation.

The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
   it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day that the Lord has made;
   let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
   O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
   We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God,
   and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
   up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
   you are my God, I will extol you.
O give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good,
   for the steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.

John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."

After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."

When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe."

Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Setlist 4-28-2019

This past Sunday was the second Sunday of Eastertide, and our songs were gathered with this in mind.  Below, you’ll find the list of the songs and artists. Clicking the song titles will take you to the lyrics.  Below the songs, you can find a brief example of one way you might think of these songs. If you want to talk about any of these, feel free to comment at the bottom of this page or email me at jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Songs:

Hope by Jameson McGregor

All Creatures of Our God and King by David Crowder* Band

Pulse by ubcmusic

Eternal Anchor by Jameson McGregor

Mystery by ubcmusic (adapted from Charlie Hall)

Doxology

How They Fit In:

There are many ways to think about the significance of songs and the way they fit together–-this is simply one way you can look at these songs in light of this week’s theme. 

Hope: This song proclaims the hope of Easter, that the Living God is working to redeem the entire cosmos.

All Creatures of Our God and King: We sang this song to join our voices to all of creation in celebrating God as our Creator, Sustainer, and Re-Creator.

Pulse: This song is a petition for the Spirit to work Resurrection in our hearts and form us in the way of Christ.

Eternal Anchor: This song is about the Living God’s saving love for God’s creatures, and God’s making all things new.

Mystery: We sang this song to celebrate the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.

ITLOTC 4-26-19

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church)

Lent

In the Night (by jamie)

Several people have asked me this past week if we have a recording of In the Night (that’s the song we add pieces to each week of Lent and play in full on Easter Sunday). We do. We technically have two. One of them was recorded “live” in a studio several years ago, and the other was recorded live at church last year. I’m partial to the church one, so I’m going to link that below—you can download it from soundcloud if you so desire. I also wanted to say that we are going to have a proper studio version on ubcmusic, vol. 2, which I’m guessing will be out around October.

Anyway, here it is:

Backside

We’re having a Backside on Friday, May 3rd, at 7pm. If you are interested in playing music, reading poetry, etc., email jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Study Hall

It’s that time of the semester, and you UBC is here for you. We will be open from 10am-midnight on Dead Days (May 6 and 7). We will have the usual: snacks, drinks, coffee, wi-fi, and fun. On the 7th at 9pm, we have surprise this year that you definitely don’t want to miss out on. If you have any questions, email toph@ubcwaco.org

Cuba Partnership Informational Meeting

We are headed to Cuba this summer in late July, and there will be 2 one week trips. We are having an informational meeting this Sunday after church in the Piano Room. If you can’t come to the meeting, but would like more information, email toph@ubcwaco.org


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Parishioner of the Week

Adair McGregor, for creating an “A” game flower extravaganza for the day of celebrating the risen Lord.

Announcements

  • Sermon: Mr. Rogers Sunday

Work is Worship

Greeters: Blaylock

Coffee Makers: Oliver & Michael

Mug Cleaners: Bri Childs

Money Counter:  JD

Leadership Team

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- Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@gmail.com

Kathy Krey: kathykrey@gmail.com

Student Position, Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position, Anna Carol Peery: anna_peery@baylor.edu

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 

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Doug McNamee: douglas.mcnamee@gmail.com 

Catherine Ballas: catherine@refitrev.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.

Josh Blake: joshnblake@gmail.com

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com


ITLOTC 4-19-19

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church)

Lent

The Case for Rebuilding Notre Dame in a World of Suffering

I make lists of everything.

My favorite form of art is architecture.

As you might imagine, I have a list of favorite cathedrals.  You can quit holding your breath. Here it is:

  1. Notre Dame

  2. Sagrada Família

  3. St. Basil’s in Moscow

  4. Hallgrímskirkja

  5. Westminster

Or so I think; I haven’t seen them all in person.

When I saw Notre Dame burning this week i thought, “Oh shoot, when I have time and space to catch up to this tragedy emotionally, this will be sad because that’s my favorite cathedral.”  

Then I thought, “I bet I’ll write the newsletter about this.”

Then everyone wrote about Notre Dame.  There is nothing left to say. Or at least nothing I can think of that you haven’t read.  

Let’s highlight some of the things you’ve read about:

  1. We need beauty

  2. The Catholic Church is rich

  3. Other churches burned in Louisiana and you didn’t care

  4. Trump gave money to this, but not pipes to fix Flint’s water problem

  5. The cross is still standing inside the cathedral, that’s a miracle*

  6. This all happened during Holy Week … OMG what does that mean!!!???!!!

Because it’s Good Friday, i’d like to take on the “Don’t save Notre Dame, save the _____________” argument.

Here’s a quintessential expression of this argument:

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That’s hard to argue with.  We even have a pretty direct analog in the temple and Jesus.  The Jewish devotion toward the temple supersedes our care for Notre Dame.  And yet, as the Debbie Downer meme suggests, I think you’d be hard pressed to convince Jesus that the temple mattered more than people.  Especially the people on the margin.

That being said, I’m now going to put forth my thesis.

We should cheerlead the restoration of Notre Dame, Flint water pipes, Puerto Rico, immigration reform, and all the other things you want to add to this list.  

Why? Because it can all be done.  

Yes, it is disappointing that people care about buildings more than people, but let’s hold out robust hope for all of it anyway.  

Here’s why:

  1. We need beauty.  See the other articles on the internet.

  2. Temples are inevitable.  (Wait, what did you say?)

My friend Wally Brueggemann argues that in the Bible you will find a motif of what he calls structure legitimation and the motif of pain embrace.

Structure Legitimation = David, Zionism, Paul trajectory, or what I like to call the Ronald Reagan tradition.

Pain Embrace = Moses wandering the desert, prophets, Jesus, or what I like to call the Jesse Jackson tradition

One has Jesus, so that wins, right?  Well maybe, but what is heaven and what are we going to do there?  You think those celestial pipe organs are 2nd rate. No, no my friends, eschatology is filled with grandeur and you need a vision for it.  

I could simplify the motifs this way.  The church will always have the prophet and priest.  It will always have moments and institutions. It’s why we have one theology that’s concerned about saving your soul from hell and one theology that’s concerned about saving you from social oppression. It’s Jew and Greek.

The movements are full of conscience and rebuke the institutions.  They gain momentum and then they unionize and formalize and find a leader.  Then they build a building. And then someone comes along someday and rebukes that movement, which has become an institution.  

It’s how it goes. I’m not even going to say that we need both.  Nah, I’m going to say the more honest thing. They are both inevitable.  

So this what you should do. Take $50. Give $10 to Puerto Rico, $10 to Flint Water Pipes, $10 to Louisiana churches, $10 to the social cause that you want to give to, and $10 to Notre Dame because God is interested in all of it.

*footnoted meme below

Town Hall Summary

This past Sunday UBC held a brief town hall to give everyone an update on happenings inside of the church aside from our current LGBTQ conversation, which has taken up much of attention and energy lately. Here is a summary of that discussion.

Finance: We currently have on hand 107K (roughly, as it is subject to change) in checking and 294K savings. We had a banner December of giving with $130K of donations in year end giving. In light of UBC’s recent discussion, the finance team has asked the staff to prepare a budget with a 10% decrease in spending. That budget is being finalized for finance team/leadership team approval this week.

HR: April is the month in which annual reviews are conducted. Those reviews are being conducted this week and next and will be produced for the leadership team by the end of April.

LGBTQ Discernment Process: Leadership team communicated that they would like to reiterate that the timeline for a conclusion to this process is not set in stone. They finished taking opinions on April 7th and are now looking over that data as they being their discerning process and move towards a vote. A question was asked about the disclosure of the information of opinions or a summary of the data. That question is being taken into consideration by the leadership team.

Building Update: For the time being, UBC is suspending pursuing the building project until we have a clearer picture of the financial state of the church after the decision has been made.

Sabbatical: Per the employee handbook, Josh is eligible for a sabbatical this summer. He has written a proposal for June, July and the first two weeks of August that he submitted to the leadership team. That proposal is being reviewed. If Josh is granted sabbatical, his preaching responsibilities will primarily be filled by Toph and Taylor.

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Pastoral Associate Application

Hello potential pastoral associates. If you would like to work with the UBC staff on a volunteer basis for 5-10 hours a week, we’d love for you to consider applying to be one of our pastoral associates. The pastoral associate commitment is a 13 month commitment from June-June in which PAs will help staff with various ministerial tasks and take on formal leadership roles within the church. Please use this link to apply.

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Graduate Luncheon - April 28th

If you are graduating anytime in 2019, we would love for you to stay for lunch after church on the 28th. This will be a special time to reflect on your time at UBC with the staff, and for us to say a blessing over you. You can sign-up in the foyer the next two Sundays, or email toph@ubcwaco.org

Parishioner of the Week

JD Newman, Kathleen Post, Naomi Stevens, Susanna Sage, Jess Engblom, Kelly Homeyer, Andrew Sabonis-Chaffe, Lidia Harris, Brianna McDermott, Ellie Thomas, Emily Clark & Erin Hudgens for coming Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning to help with kids service!

Announcements

  • Mr. Rogers Sunday and Senior Lunch 4-28

  • Backside 5-3

  • Study Hall 5-6 & 7

Work is Worship

Greeters: Richardson

Coffee Makers: Oliver & Michael

Mug Cleaners: Sepanskis

Money Counter:  Hannah

Leadership Team

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- Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@gmail.com

Kathy Krey: kathykrey@gmail.com

Student Position, Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position, Anna Carol Peery: anna_peery@baylor.edu

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 

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Doug McNamee: douglas.mcnamee@gmail.com 

Catherine Ballas: catherine@refitrev.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.

Josh Blake: joshnblake@gmail.com

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

Setlist 4-14-2019

This past Sunday was both Palm Sunday and ubckids Sunday, and our songs were gathered with this in mind.  Below, you’ll find the list of the songs and artists. Clicking the song titles will take you to the lyrics.  Below the songs, you can find a brief example of one way you might think of these songs. If you want to talk about any of these, feel free to comment at the bottom of this page or email me at jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Songs:

In the Night by Andrew Peterson

Here is Our King by David Crowder* Band

Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Fall Afresh by Jeremy Riddle

Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher

Be Thou My Vision

How They Fit In:

There are many ways to think about the significance of songs and the way they fit together–-this is simply one way you can look at these songs in light of this week’s theme. 

In the Night: This song traces the thread of God’s presence within struggle throughout the biblical narrative, and invites us to step into the lineage of hope-in-despair.

Here Is Our King: We sang this song because honestly what other song would you sing for Palm Sunday while a parade of children danced in waving palm branches?

Just A Closer Walk With Thee: This song gets to one of the primary concerns of Lent: being formed in the way of Christ.

Fall Afresh: We sang this song to invite the Spirit to continue to transform us and to guard our faith from complacency.

Lord, I Need You: This song offered us a prayer to carry us through the end of Lent.

Be Thou My Vision: This song will accompany us through Lent, reminding us to turn to God for our vision, wisdom, and security.

4-12-19

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church)

Lent

       Hey Newsletter friends - Taylor here.  This coming Sunday is one of my favorite Sundays of the year – it’s Children’s Sunday at UBC y’all! Our kids are going to be leading us in worship this Sunday and I am so excited about it.  They are going to be helping Jamie lead us in song, they’re going to be reading us Scripture, teaching us about the story, and showing off some artwork that they’ve been making over the past several weeks.

            I would just ask that you be in prayer for our kids and for your own spirit this Sunday! I think our kids at UBC are so smart and caring and kind – and I think that they have a lot to teach us. So I ask that you pray this prayer over the course of the next couple of days – as many times as seems necessary to you:

 

Creator God,

We ask that you ready our hearts for what our children (Your children) might teach us this coming Sunday.

We ask that you would give us ears to hear and eyes to see and hearts to receive what it is that You are trying to teach us.

We ask that you would help us to have grace for moments that aren’t perfect – on Sunday and in every other moment of our lives.

And that we would be formed by the joy and innocence of childhood – so that we might better embody those qualities out into the world.

We ask for courage on Sunday – that all the children who are leading us would sense Your calm presence and gift us with their wisdom.

We thank You for children, for the ways in which they form us as a community, and for the ways in which they will lead us on Sunday. And we ask that Your Holy Spirit would empower us to be led by them.

It’s in Your name we pray.

Amen.

Thank you so much for joining me in that prayer! I can’t wait for you to be formed by the leadership of UBC’s kids on Sunday!

If you have any questions about Children’s Sunday - or if you are a parent who has questions about how your child is supposed to participate - please feel free to email me here. See y’all on Sunday!

Holy Week Schedule

Friends,

As you know, the week in which we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord is almost upon us. As such we have a few extra dates of worship during the week. I’d like to share those with you.

Maundy Thursday: we will gather for a potluck which is intermingled with the reading of scripture and communion. Festivities begin at 5:30.

Good Friday: a Good Friday service will begin at 5:30. I suspect it will run about 35 minutes. There will not be child care for the Good Friday service.

Town Hall

As you might have observed UBC has spent a large amount of effort this semester on our LGBTQ conversation. Alas, there are other things going on in the life of the church. We will have our quarterly town hall on Sunday April 14th after church.

Pastoral Associate Application

Hello potential pastoral associates. If you would like to work with the UBC staff on a volunteer basis for 5-10 hours a week, we’d love for you to consider applying to be one of our pastoral associates. The pastoral associate commitment is a 13 month commitment from June-June in which PAs will help staff with various ministerial tasks and take on formal leadership roles within the church. Please use this link to apply.


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Cuba Partnership - July (two trips - last two weeks - each trip is a week)

We are headed to Cuba this summer, and we will have two teams going.  The dates will be the last two weeks of July, we will finalize exact dates in a few weeks.  There will be an informational meeting after church this week, so please come if you have any questions.  The cost will be somewhere around $1500, which includes everything.  If you have any questions before Sunday, shoot toph@ubcwaco.org an email.

Graduate Luncheon - April 28th

If you are graduating anytime in 2019, we would love for you to stay for lunch after church on the 28th. This will be a special time to reflect on your time at UBC with the staff, and for us to say a blessing over you. You can sign-up in the foyer the next two Sundays, or email toph@ubcwaco.org

Parishioner of the Week

Josh Carney from winning the UBC Satan Slayers NCAA Tourney. Honorable mention to Steve Nelson who won the previous two years and finished second this year.

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Announcements

  • Children’s Sunday this Sunday!

  • Mr. Rogers Sunday and Senior Lunch 4-28

  • Backside 5-3

  • Study Hall 5-6 & 7

Work is Worship

Greeters: Ricky & Rose

Coffee Makers: Clarks & Co.

Mug Cleaners: Cooleys

Money Counter:  Ballas

Leadership Team

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- Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@gmail.com

Kathy Krey: kathykrey@gmail.com

Student Position, Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position, Anna Carol Peery: anna_peery@baylor.edu

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 

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Doug McNamee: douglas.mcnamee@gmail.com 

Catherine Ballas: catherine@refitrev.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.

Josh Blake: joshnblake@gmail.com

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

Liturgy 4-7-2019

This blog is a record of the call to worship, Scripture readings, and prayers from our Sunday liturgies.  If you are interested in writing something for the liturgy, or if you have a concern about any aspect of our liturgy, please email jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Call to Worship

we have gathered to worship the Living God

the One who draws rivers in the desert,
who makes a way where there isn’t one

and to enter God’s embrace

to find rest
renewal
and strength

as we invite the Spirit of God
to transform our hearts and our minds

teaching us to live, to love, and to die
in the way of Christ

Amen

Scripture

Isaiah 43:16-21

Thus says the Lord,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,
who brings out chariot and horse,
army and warrior;

they lie down, they cannot rise,
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.

I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.

The wild animals will honour me,
the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
the people whom I formed for myself
so that they might declare my praise.

Philippians 3:4b-14

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Setlist 4-7-2019

This past Sunday was the fifth Sunday of Lent, and our songs were gathered with this in mind.  Below, you’ll find the list of the songs and artists. Clicking the song titles will take you to the lyrics.  Below the songs, you can find a brief example of one way you might think of these songs. If you want to talk about any of these, feel free to comment at the bottom of this page or email me at jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Songs:

In the Night by Andrew Peterson

Wayward Ones by The Gladsome Light

Wandering by Jameson McGregor

Come Alive by Jameson McGregor

Be Thou My Vision

How They Fit In:

There are many ways to think about the significance of songs and the way they fit together–-this is simply one way you can look at these songs in light of this week’s theme. 

In the Night: This song traces the thread of God’s presence within struggle throughout the biblical narrative, and invites us to step into the lineage of hope-in-despair.

Wayward Ones:  This is our communion hymn, and it contemplates Christ's self-giving love that is displayed and remembered in the eucharist.

Wandering: We sang this song to remind ourselves and proclaim aloud that God is faithfulness is constant when ours falters, and that God is, for whatever reason, choosing to draw us in to God’s work in the world despite how unreliable we can be.

Come Alive: This song is about our coming alive as we learn to do the dance of Christ.

Be Thou My Vision: This song will accompany us through Lent, reminding us to turn to God for our vision, wisdom, and security.

ITLOTC 4-5-19

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church)

Lent

The Daughter that Left

I’ve been thinking all week about MAB’s sermon and how the Father didn’t go after the son. In both the other parables the people search for what was lost, but when the son left by his own choice the father did not chase after him. What does this mean? That God won’t come after us when we leave?

When I finished my junior year at The University of Oklahoma I didn’t believe that Jesus was God. I took a couple classes in my Religious Studies major and couldn’t make sense of anything anymore: Jesus, sin, heaven/hell, etc. I told my Christian sorority, my church, and my parents that I was no longer a Christian. 

I didn’t dabble in anything too serious, but I was the daughter that left. I didn’t want anything to do with my Father’s house anymore, and I didn’t want to pretend to live by God’s rules—which I didn’t believe. I still believed in one God (and almost converted [reverted] to Islam), but I didn’t know what that meant. And I didn’t think I’d ever want to come back home. 

But I did. 

I don’t think God chased after me. I think God waited until I was ready to come back home. And that is beautiful and meaningful and incredibly confusing when we hear that God will come after us and then doesn’t. I think we are granted time for doubt, for complete disbelief, and for running away. But this doesn’t mean God doesn’t want us back—just waiting for us to want to be back. 

So UBC, may you be encouraged when you run away and don’t feel God’s presence. May you be encouraged when you are home and God is blessing your sibling that has come back. May you be encouraged that no matter how long you are gone, God desires you. 

If you want to meet and talk about anything I’ve mentioned, feel free to email me at Kim@ubcwaco.org. 

Town Hall

As you might have observed UBC has spent a large amount of effort this semester on our LGBTQ conversation. Alas, there are other things going on in the life of the church. We will have our quarterly town hall on Sunday April 14th after church.

Children’s Sunday

Parents reminder that children’s Sunday is Sunday April 14th.

Pastoral Associate Application

Hello potential pastoral associates. If you would like to work with the UBC staff on a volunteer basis for 5-10 hours a week, we’d love for you to consider applying to be one of our pastoral associates. The pastoral associate commitment is a 13 month commitment from June-June in which PAs will help staff with various ministerial tasks and take on formal leadership roles within the church. Please use this link to apply.

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Cesar Chavez Support - April 6

Make plans to support the kids and teachers of CCMS on April 6, from 10-12:30.  We will encourage them as they prepare for their state exams, and enjoy some time playing together.  If you have any questions, please email toph@ubcwaco.org

College Retreat - April 12-14th - $30

This will be a relaxing weekend away were we dive into some spiritual practices and work our way through some communal brainstorming as well.  The cost includes lodging and all meals.  Last day to sign-up is on Sunday.  If you have any questions, please contact toph@ubcwaco.org

South Waco Community Center Easter Egg Hunt - April 13, 11am

We are helping out with the annual easter egg hunt for our community at the SWCC.  We need your help.  You would arrive around 10:15am, and we would be done by 11:30am.   Also, they are in need of prize baskets for the Easter Egg Hunt.  We would like to get $20.  See Toph on Sunday morning for a slip to buy and bring it by church next week.

Cuba Partnership - July
(two trips - last two weeks - each trip is a week)

We are headed to Cuba this summer, and we will have two teams going.  The dates will be the last two weeks of July, we will finalize exact dates in a few weeks.  There will be an informational meeting after church this week, so please come if you have any questions.  The cost will be somewhere around $1500, which includes everything.  If you have any questions before Sunday, shoot toph@ubcwaco.org an email.

Announcements

Sermon Text: Philippians 3:4b-14

Work is Worship

Greeters: Harris’s

Coffee Makers: Jessica Washington

Mug Cleaners: Order of the Phoenix

Money Counter: 

Leadership Team

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- Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@gmail.com

Kathy Krey: kathykrey@gmail.com

Student Position, Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position, Anna Carol Peery: anna_peery@baylor.edu

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 

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Doug McNamee: douglas.mcnamee@gmail.com 

Catherine Ballas: catherine@refitrev.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.

Josh Blake: joshnblake@gmail.com

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

ITLOTC 3-29-19

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church)

Lent

An Important Announcement About Our Discernment Process

As you may have noticed, over the last few weeks Jamie has used his time during the announcements to stress the importance of you giving your feedback about the following two questions:

1. Should pastors have individual autonomy to decided to preform LGBTQ weddings? and

2. Can our building be rented for LGBTQ weddings.

We now have an official date for the closing of that window for feedback. It is Sunday, April 7th.

Individuals, of course, are free to share their views about these questions at any point during the year, but if you would like to be assured that your opinions will be viewed, thought about and deliberated on, before a vote is taken, then you must submit your feedback by that date.

I would like now to address a few reasons you should share your feedback, if you are not planning on doing so:

  1. the feedback, that “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure,” or “I trust leadership team to do what is best,” is still feedback that we need and want to hear.

  2. “my view won’t matter.” that is not true. your voice matters.

  3. “I’m scared what people will think of me if I share my view.” We have several ways for you to share anonymously.

  4. “I haven’t been going here that long, I don't have a right to speak.” We still want to hear from you.

  5. “someone already said what I have to say.” that might be the case, but if 2 people feel a particular way about this, that’s twice as significant as knowing just one person feels that way.

  6. “my spouse and I don’t agree,” or “my friend and I don’t agree, so we’d just cancel each other out.” that’s fine, we’d still like to know that both your voices exist.

Wednesday Night Educational Moment

Our last Wednesday night educational moment will be this Wednesday April 3 from 5:30-7:00. The format for this last session will be centered around conversing with one another as a community, with the goal of hearing from each other, hopefully with different perspectives. We will sit at tables in small groups and walk through some questions that have been prepared and guided by either staff or leadership team. Child care and food will be provided.

Coffee Makers

UBC champions. I have noticed that I have had relatively few people volunteer to make coffee this Spring. The mugs have been taken care of, but the coffee makers have been scant. If making coffee in the morning from 9:00-10:30 is something you can do from time to time, please let me know. josh@ubcwaco.org.

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Parishioner of The Week

Brother Jameson, who during the week of spring break, cleaned out the music closet behind the stage and spend numerous hours collecting wax from the stage to make new candles and save your hard earned tithe dollars to spend on something more exciting.

Cesar Chavez Support - April 6

Make plans to support the kids and teachers of CCMS on April 6, from 10-12:30.  We will encourage them as they prepare for their state exams, and enjoy some time playing together.  If you have any questions, please email toph@ubcwaco.org

College Retreat - April 12-14

Join us for an all college retreat on the weekend April 12th.  The cost is $40, and that covers everything for the weekend.  Sign-ups will be being this Sunday.  If you have any questions, contact toph@ubcwaco.org

April 4th - 8pm

If you are a college student or young professional, join on us on Thursday evening April 4th for a time to connect, learn together, and grow.  Jamie will be playing some music, Taylor will be preaching, and we will spend some time reflecting on our shared humanity.  You don’t want to miss this.  If you have any questions, please contact toph@ubcwaco.org

The Harris’s

We have some UBC folks who are going to Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific to do some work translating this summer. We as a community are committing to praying for their time there, and if you would like to support them financially you can go to this link: www.wycliffe.org/partner/Harris   If you have any questions, please contact Daniel or Lydia Harris: Daniel_Harris2@baylor.edu lydia_harris@wycliffe.org 

Announcements

Sermon Text: Special Guest Preacher Mary Alice Birdwhistle, to help us celebrate women!

Work is Worship

Greeters: Blaylocks

Coffee Makers:

Mug Cleaners: Andrew S-C

Money Counter:  Hannah

Leadership Team

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- Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@gmail.com

Kathy Krey: kathykrey@gmail.com

Student Position, Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position, Anna Carol Peery: anna_peery@baylor.edu

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 

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Doug McNamee: douglas.mcnamee@gmail.com 

Catherine Ballas: catherine@refitrev.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.

Josh Blake: joshnblake@gmail.com

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

Liturgy 3-24-2019

This blog is a record of the call to worship, Scripture readings, and prayers from our Sunday liturgies.  If you are interested in writing something for the liturgy, or if you have a concern about any aspect of our liturgy, please email jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Call to Worship

we have gathered to worship the Eternal One

the One who created and sustains all that is,
our Desert Stream and Storm Shelter,

to enter into the Story of God

and find our own stories there

that our hearts might be formed in the way of Christ

and our lives might carry the hope
of the Kingdom of God

amen.

Scripture

Exodus 3:1-15

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.

Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them.

So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”

He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'I am has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you':

This is my name forever,
and this my title for all generations.”


Luke 13:1-9

At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them--do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did."

Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, 'See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none.

Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?' He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

Prayer

This prayer written and read by Vanessa Zuck:

Lord, Thank you that we know you and can love you. Thank you for being God three-in-one, for being YHWH, the I Am, the yet to come, the always. Thank you for the all the ways we can know you as our God, our truest love, and thank you for always seeking and reaching out to us.

Help us to keep reaching out to you too. May we continue to find you in familiar and new ways. Open our eyes to see you in all of faces of your beloved, and teach us how to trust that you are who you say you are. May we continue to abide in the light of your love, precious in your sight. Thank you that we are seen and that we can see you. We love you, in Jesus' name, Amen. 

Setlist 3-24-2019

This past Sunday was the third Sunday of Lent, and our songs were gathered with this in mind.  Below, you’ll find the list of the songs and artists. Clicking the song titles will take you to the lyrics.  Below the songs, you can find a brief example of one way you might think of these songs. If you want to talk about any of these, feel free to comment at the bottom of this page or email me at jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Songs:

In the Night by Andrew Peterson

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go by ubcmusic

There by Jameson McGregor

Mother by Jameson McGregor

Be Thou My Vision

Doxology

How They Fit In:

There are many ways to think about the significance of songs and the way they fit together–-this is simply one way you can look at these songs in light of this week’s theme. 

In the Night: This song traces the thread of God’s presence within struggle throughout the biblical narrative, and invites us to step into the lineage of hope-in-despair.

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go: We sang this song as an anchor in the midst of Lent, reminding ourselves that the Living God clings to us despite our shaky discipleship.

There: This song is an anchor of a different kind, reminding us that, while God is present in our suffering, God also stands above and beyond it.

Mother: This is a song about God as Mother, offering comfort and wisdom in the midst of growth and suffering.

Be Thou My Vision: This song will accompany us through Lent, reminding us to turn to God for our vision, wisdom, and security.

ITLOTC 3-22-19

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church)

Lent

A Collection for Reflection (by jamie)

Greetings.  Hope your Lenten season is going well.  I don’t know if you are actively pursuing a particular practice or taking up a particular fast this season, but if you are, I hope that it is proving to be meaningful for you.

I’ve put together a little collection here of offerings for reflection, and hope that whether or not you are already engaging in something specific this season, you’ll find what follows to be something meaningful to engage for a little while.

1) This is an excerpt from Henri Nouwen that I found in a Lent and Easter collection of his quotes.

Life is a long journey of preparation—of preparing oneself to truly die for others.  It is a series of little deaths in which we are asked to release many forms of clinging and to move increasingly from needing others to living for them.  The many passages we have to make as we grow from childhood to adolescence, from adolescence to adulthood, and from adulthood to old age offer ever-new opportunities to choose for ourselves or to choose for others.  During these passages, questions such as: Do I desire power or service; do I want to be visible or remain hidden; do I strive for a successful career or do I keep following my vocation? keep coming up and confront us with hard choices.  In this sense, we can speak about life as a long process of dying to self, so that we will be able to live in the joy of God.

2) This is a section from the fifth chapter of David Dark’s incredible Life’s Too Short To Pretend You’re Not Religious (106-107) [note: at some point he refers to “religion” and “bad religion”—he isn’t using that word to specifically refer to what we might think of as organized religions, but rather, more generally, as a controlling story we carry that informs how we make sense of the world and our place in it.]

What I’m up to with my imagination is what I’m up to.  It’s me making do.  And complicatedly—oh so complicatedly—neutrality doesn’t appear to be a live option, because writer Ronald Sukenick was rich: “If you don’t use your own imagination, somebody else is going to use it for you.”  The question of how I imagine myself and others is at the core of my lived life, how I relate (no getting away from relating), the way I dwell in the world.  How shall I go about mattering if not mattering isn’t an option for anyone anywhere anytime?

Slowly and carefully and with a wary eye on all the flashy, artificial offerings that serve to obscure the reality of where I’m sitting, standing or walking.  There is so much that can call me away from a proper estimation of who I am, where I am and what the joys of right relation might yet require of me; so much that draws me into a denial of the reality of my own body, so much that drives me to deny, to my everlasting detriment and that of others, the fact of the living world.  As I see it, we most effectively practice the right of dissent and resistance when we begin to realize that we’re in the thick of a religious quandary, one in which we’re in danger of no longer meaningfully experiencing our own lives.  It’s as if we’re awash in bad ideas that often render us unable to engage with anything larger than our own misperceived egos.  Recognizing bad religion when we see it—and it is coming at us from every angle—can make us more vigilant and alive to the possibilities of genuine consciousness and more wary of the trivializing shallowness into which we’re otherwise unwittingly enlisted.  Amid the static that degrades, how might we access wisdom, compassion, hospitality and other forms of life for which there is no app?

As I see the bad religion situation, the answer isn’t a matter of stepping out and starting new traditions so much as it’s a matter of approaching the currents we’re already in from a different angle, one person, one relationship at a time.  And even putting it this way brings to mind the poet-pastor Eugene Peterson, who once observed that the besetting sin of the American people is probably impatience.  This sounds so right to me, especially when I consider the possibility that there’s hardly a sin I can think of that isn’t somehow born of misperceived need, of haste and its accompanying inattentiveness, of some feverish variation once more of Hurry up and matter!  Being true—ringing true— will have to involve a slow work of recognition and resistance to that mad and nervy, deluding spirit.  To begin to be true is to try to choose—or risk choosing—presence over progress, really showing up and taking the time to wonder what we’re really up to, what we’re doing and why.

3) This is a prayer from Prayer: Forty Days of Practice by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson (Prayer 15):

May my limitations be doorways to partnership and relationship
Rather than reasons to feel shame and isolation.

4) This is a song called Rejoice by Julien Baker:

5) And, finally, Jon Davis took the time to put together a mix of the live recording of last week’s offering song.  The song is called “Acetone,” and it is about God’s dissolving away of the decorative paint we make of our faith, which in some way is what we are leaning in to during Lent.  It also includes the moment a little ubcer concluded the song with “Yay! We did it!” which is wonderful.

Sunday School Resumes This Sunday

9:30am—see you there.

Cesar Chavez Support - April 6

Make plans to support the kids and teachers of CCMS on April 6, from 10-12:30.  We will encourage them as they prepare for their state exams, and enjoy some time playing together.  If you have any questions, please email toph@ubcwaco.org

College Retreat - April 12-14

Join us for an all college retreat on the weekend April 12th.  The cost is $40, and that covers everything for the weekend.  Sign-ups will be being this Sunday.  If you have any questions, contact toph@ubcwaco.org

April 4th - 8pm

If you are a college student or young professional, join on us on Thursday evening April 4th for a time to connect, learn together, and grow.  Jamie (and maybe company) will be playing some music, Taylor will be preaching, and there could be a special surprise.  You don’t want to miss this.  If you have any questions, please contact toph@ubcwaco.org

The Harris’s

We have some UBC folks who are going to Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific to do some work translating this summer. We as a community are committing to praying for their time there, and if you would like to support them financially you can go to this link: www.wycliffe.org/partner/Harris   If you have any questions, please contact Daniel or Lydia Harris: Daniel_Harris2@baylor.edu lydia_harris@wycliffe.org 

Benny Fountain Art

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This week Benny Fountain (Ph.D. art) was teaching our roots class and did some real time story art. here is a sample of his work.

Finance Team Help

Are you good with numbers? Do you have some business experience? Would you love to serve on UBC’s finance team? We’d love for you to do that. Here is some information from the bylaws below. Interested persons should nominate themselves or eligible candidates by sending your nominations to josh@ubcwaco.org.

(A)Purpose.  The Finance Team shall exist for the following purposes:

a.     To serve as the primary advisory group for the Leadership Team in all budgetary and financial aspects of the church.  

b.    To oversee, in coordination with the ministerial staff, yearly budgetary processes, working to create a financial ministry plan in alignment with the ethos, mission and values of UBC.

c.     To advise the staff and Leadership Team on any emergency financial matters that may arise with regards to the physical infrastructure of the church building, as well as those matters pertaining to compensation and benefits of personnel.

d.    To assess the current financial status of the church on a monthly basis and advise the staff and Leadership Team on matters concerning changes in planned ministry expenses.

e.    To advise the Human Resources/Staff Support team on all financial matters regarding new and existing personnel, including available resources concerning salaries, salary increases, insurance, taxes, etc.

(C) Qualifications.  Finance Team members shall have been an active participant in the life of UBC for at least a year, have received at least a bachelors degree level of education (or roughly an equivalent amount of experience in business or finance,) and have at least a basic understanding of financial reports and budgets.

(E)Term.  Finance Team members shall serve for a duration lasting up to five years.  All efforts shall be made by the Finance Team to ensure that no more than two members in a given year rotate off of Finance Team due to duration requirements. While they are encouraged to remain the full five years, members may voluntarily remove themselves from their position at any time.  

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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- Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Kerri Fisher: Kerri_Fisher@baylor.edu

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy.J.Nance@L3T.com

Joanna Sowards: jo.sowards@gmail.com

Kathy Krey: kathykrey@gmail.com

Student Position, Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position, Anna Carol Peery: anna_peery@baylor.edu

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 

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Doug McNamee: douglas.mcnamee@gmail.com 

Catherine Ballas: catherine@refitrev.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.

Josh Blake: joshnblake@gmail.com

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com