ITLOTC 2-13-15


(In The Life Of The Church)

Ordinary Time 


Dan is the Man ... and so are You!

When I first began this newsletter I compared it to a small town newspaper.  I grew up in a small town with a newspaper.  It was fantastic ... kind of the like a print version of a family discussion board.  Said differently, it was a place where silly, quirky and mostly charming gossip about our community members was published.  That's my long introduction to justify singling out my friend.  In last weeks newsletter I introduced you to Dan Vinzen.  Dan has been volunteering (for free) as our youth minister for about the last year and a half.  He's that kind of guy.  

For about two years I have identified that I needed to create a work day or even carve out an afternoon in my own schedule to clean up the area by the loading dock and the dumpster.  A job made less enticing by the fact that homeless folks sometime treat these areas as outhouses.  Monday I pulled up to church and there was Dan ... with broom, shovel and trashcan in hand cleaning those areas.  No one asked him to do it.  He just did it.  



This happened the morning after our volunteer appreciation banquet.  Dan's actions made me reflect on the hundreds of you who do the same things in a different space.  You change stinky diapers. You bring the house lights up at the right time.  You mop floors during the week.  You clean mugs after church.  You make coffee before church.  You lead a mi casa.  You serve on one of our committees.  The danger of starting to make a list like this is that you inevitably leave out the hundred other jobs and people that also contribute. 

Paul tells me that the church is like a body with many parts.  We all need eyes, ears, and a nose.  It doesn't make sense for the hand to get mad at the foot or for the heart to be jealous of the brain.  Because without any of them, we can't function 100% as a whole. 

At our volunteer appreciate banquet on Sunday night Toph created a space for volunteers to share about serving at UBC or just about their experience at UBC in general.  Bridget Heins, shaper of young minds and shepherd of post adolescent wayward souls, shared about how she loved that maintenance and cleaning the building falls into the hands of the people and not into the hands of a hired janitor.  For her, it is about ownership and connection.  I have to confess, on more than one occasion ... usually when picking up dead cockroaches or staying late to clean up after a love feast, I have dreamed about having a paid janitor among other resources.  But Bridget's comment and Dan's selfless work reminded me of something important about our community.  The church belongs to us, and there's something special when that's embodied.  

Not everyone who we had on our volunteer list was able to make the banquet, and the truth is there are probably more of you who we either forgot or have no formal volunteer role.  But you are part of the body that makes this body work.  So on behalf of the staff and the rest of the body, I want to say thank you.  Thank you for giving of your self.  Thank you for being faithful on Sundays when you wanted to sleep in.  Thank you for caring enough to not just give your money, but also yourself.  Thank you for being a part of the body.  We'd have trouble getting anything done without you. 


Meet Our Newest UBCer 


Thomas James DePalma 

Birthday: 1-30-15

Weight: 8lbs 4oz 

Height: 19 3/4 inches

Enneagram Number: 5

Love, Lovefeast - 2-15-15 - 6:00 PM 

This Sunday night is the Love Lovefeast!  Bring the food you love the most, and enjoy tasting the dishes everyone else loves as well.  The Lovefeast starts at 6pm, so don’t be late.  If you want to bring a dessert, make sure to sign-up in the lobby after church on Sunday.


Thailand Mission Trip - May 18-31, 2015

The deadline to sign-up for the Thailand Mission Trip is February 22nd.  To sign-up, you need to email with a confirmation, and a $500 deposit is due on the 22nd.  If you have any questions, please contact Toph.


Ash Wednesday Services

We will have an Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 AM and 5:30 PM on Wednesday. Join us as we enter the Lenten season together.

Two Announcements from Craig 

1. Because of our two Ash Wednesday services, there will be no communion next Wednesday at noon. Communion will be observed at both of the Ash Wednesday services.


2. This Sunday will be the last week of Winter Sunday School.  Beginning on February 22nd, the "Life Together" class will be led by Sharyl Leoung, who will share with that group her lessons on "The Outsiders of the Bible." Craig Nash will be leading a special Lenten Bible Study during that time.


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Finance Team

UBC is looking for a new finance team member.  If you would like to nominate someone for the finance team you can do so by emailing the name of that nominee to  Here is some information about the role from the bylaws: 

(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.

f.      To advise the church body on all matters relating to stewardship, financial integrity, etc.

(A)  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.

Work is Worship 

Greeters: Tessa & Leigh 

Coffee Cleaners: Chad & Joel 

Mug Cleaners: Sara & Vince 

Shutdown Team: Golden Glitter Girls 


  • Sunday Sermon Text: Psalm 131 … “Humility”

  • Love Feast will be Sunday February 15th at 6:00 PM

  • Q is coming to Waco, check out this video.

Do you have an Emergency? Do you Need to talk to a Pastor?:

254 366 9779

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: Teri Walter:

Jana Parker

Kristin Dodson:

Kaley Eggers:

David Wilhite:

Byron Roldan:

UBC Finance Team

Do you have a question about UBC’s financial affairs? Please feel free to contact any of your finance team members.

Tom Haines:

Josh McCormick:

Chris Kim:

Hannah Kuhl:


If you have concerns about staff and would like contact our human resources team, please feel free to email any of the following members.

Maxcey Blaylock:

Mathew Crawford:

Callie Schrank:

Jeff Walter:

Michael Heins: