ITLOTC 6-23-17


(In The Life Of The Church) 

Ordinary Time

"Why We Will Miss UBC. You Won't Believe #5!" by Melinda Tweedt

Over the course of the summer, UBC will say goodbye to four families that have been part of our community for some time.  I've asked each of them to write something for the newsletter about their experience at UBC and something they learned.  This second entry is by Melinda Tweedt.  




We moved here in August 2010 when we had only 2 girls; we will leave in August with 2 girls and 2 boys. On our first Sunday in Waco, Chris said we should go to UBC, because David Crowder was playing that week. I reluctantly agreed, explaining that I was NOT going to pick a church because of the band. I can't even remember what Josh preached about, but I remember being impressed and looking forward to the next Sunday. Chris's favorite thing to say about UBC is, "We came for Crowder, but we stayed for Carney." We never even visited other churches; we never needed to.

Chris is graduating from Baylor with his Ph.D. in Philosophy, and we're moving to Virginia so he can teach there. I was honestly more excited to see him on the stage at UBC for the Mr. Rodgers Sunday/Commissioning Sunday than I was to see him walk across the graduation stage at Baylor. But as it turns out, he was out of town on Commissioning Sunday, and I never got to see him up on stage. I had waited for 7 years for something that simple to happen, and I'm surprised to see how sad I am that it never did. Nonetheless, Chris got a job, we have to move, and there's a lot I'm going to miss.

I'm going to miss things like the Love Feasts and the fact that our potlucks are called "Love Feasts." I'm going to miss seeing Josh greet my kids, each by name, with great big hugs. I'll miss people who volunteer in the children's ministry who make my kids feel like UBC is for them, too. I'll miss my Mi Casa, which feels like an extension of my family. I'll miss going to and helping out with the Community Center Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween Festival. And I'll miss the few Sundays where it's pretty quiet and empty because so many people have gone back to their homes. But we were still there because UBC is our home. My family has gotten to see the seasons change literally and figuratively and here it feels like home. Is UBC perfect? No, but we grow together, learn from each other's mistakes, and are there for each other along the way. I can't describe my time in Waco without including UBC. I'm jealous of the people who get to stay. UBC has introduced me to some of the best friends I've ever had, friends I wouldn't otherwise have found. 

I want to give some advice to those staying at UBC. Being a care-receiver is a normal part of life, but at some point, you have to be a caregiver, too. You don't have to do this by joining committees or being on stage. You can do it by caring for others and by being a part of their lives. Go to the Love Feasts not only because you need to get something out of it, but because you can give to someone else who needs something, too. Take a meal to someone even if you don't know them. It might be a little uncomfortable, but you're helping to bring together the community as a whole and not just for yourself. (Trust me, new parents seriously feel the love when you bring them some food.) Share life together. Have meals together or watch a movie, watch other people's kids for them, and help with community events. Community doesn't happen just because you show up. Help your community to happen by offering whatever it is you have to give: your time, your friendship, your money, your talents, your listening ear, your presence. 

Change is good. Change keeps us moving forward and allows us to better our lives and the lives of people around us. Unfortunately, knowing that doesn't make me feel better about the changes my family is now facing. It's amazing how deeply community can form after only a few years. I will miss you a lot, UBC.


Meet Outer (Other) Pastoral Associate


Name: Dilan Braddock

Why are you in Waco:  I saw RG3 play in the Texas Bowl down in Houston my Junior year of high school. Baylor Lost the game pretty badly, but they won me. Came to Baylor back in 2012, and stayed for Truett in 2016. Lived in Waco for 5 years now, and I am currently loving it more than ever. I am working on my Masters of Divinity while making Ice cream at Heritage creamery, and leading UBC’s The Order. 

Verse, Chapter or Book of the Bible that is meaningful to you: Personal top 3 are Psalm 19, Romans 8:38-39, 1 Corinthians 10:31. The Corinthians verse was specifically formative for me coming into college and tying to navigate what my own personal faith would look like. 

Best Waco Restaurant: Clay Pot, but Torchy’s also gets me going. 

Movie or Show: This is a real tough one show would probably be Lost, Game of Thrones, or Friday night Lights (seasons 1,3,4,5). Fav movies Drive, LaLa Land, or Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Books You Love: The Road by Cormack McCarthy,  Garden City by John Mark Comer, and all of the Chronicles of Narnia series.

UBC Will Start On Time 

Below is a gif from Dumbo.  Dumbo sits wrapped tightly in these swaddling clothes as he awaits delivery to his mother.  This gif turned metaphor represents UBC's long history with church starting time.  It repeatedly drifts later and we then realize this and pull it back.  As a fair warning, we are implementing the motion of the stork pulling the Dumbo package and setting it on the cloud ... aka starting on time .. this Sunday.  Wink Wink.  


HR Team Member Needed

We are proud and grateful for the work of Mathew Crawford and Maxcey Blaylock who both rotated off the UBC HR team.  That means we are looking for two new members of our community to serve on that team.  If you have HR or related experience or know someone who does, you can nominate them or yourself to work on the HR Team.  Nominations should be sent to  Selections will be made at our July leadership team meeting.  Below you will find some information on the HR team from our bylaws.

(A) Purpose.  The Human Resources/Staff Support Team shall exist for the following purposes:

a.     To establish procedures for the hiring of ministerial and non-ministerial staff, and to enact those procedures when advised by Leadership Team to do so.

b.    To advise Leadership and Finance teams on issues regarding long-term staff needs.

c.     To create and implement staff review procedures.

d.    To advise Leadership and Finance teams on matters regarding staff compensation, benefits, grievances and termination.

e.    To be a liaison between the congregation and staff during times of conflict after all attempts at personal, one-on-one resolution has been made. 

(C) Qualifications.  HR/Staff Support Team members shall have been an active participant in the life of UBC for no less than one year, have received a bachelor’s degree (or roughly an equivalent amount of experience in personnel management, ministry, or other related field,) and have a demonstrable understanding of organizational management. 


Work is Worship

Greeters: Blaylocks 

Coffee Makers:  Pereiras 

Mug Cleaners: Noel C

Money Counter: Josh M


  • Sunday Sermon: Genesis 21:8-21
  • Tuesday Dives Location: Portofino's 
  • 6-25 OOTP Picnic (BYOLunch) After Church Redwood Shelter 
  • 7-1 OOTP Girls/Boys Night 5-9 P.M. Meet @ UBC
  • 7-10 OOTP Go Bowling 5:30-7:30  @ Baylor SUB
  • 7-16 Town Hall After Church 
  • 7-?? Summer Event Dos ... more info to come 
  • 7-21: Summerside (Open Mic)
  • 8-6 OOTP Pool Party After Church @ Baylor SLC 
  • 8-13 OOTP Parent Meeting After Church @ UBC
  • 8-23 OOTP First Meeting!!! (Welcome 5th graders!) 6-8 P.M. @ UBC

Do you have an emergency and need to talk to a pastor? 

254 413 2611

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- Jon Davis:

Byron Griffin:

Stan Denman:

Adam Winn:

Bridget Heins:

Sharyl Loeung:

Emma Wood:

Student Position: Samuel Moore:

Student Position: Leah Reed:

UBC Finance Team

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

Josh McCormick:

Hannah Kuhl:  

Justin Pond:

Anna Tilson:

Doug McNamee:


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

Rob Engblom:

Ross Van Dyke:

Jared Gould: