ITLOTC 11-23-18


(In The Life Of The Church) 

Gratefulness - by Taylor

As previously discussed here on the blog a fan favorite thought exercise among the UBC staff is to ask the question, “What is saving your life right now?” (this comes to us via another fan favorite Barbara Brown Taylor – aka ya girl BBT). It seems to me that this is the perfect question for a day-after-Thanksgiving blog post. Because at the heart of that question is, “What are you grateful for?” and maybe even, “What are you desperatelygrateful for?”

I do my best to develop gratefulness in my life every day – but there is something about the holiday season that really brings it out of me. Maybe it is the extra time spent with family or the number of shared meals – maybe it’s the colder weather or maybe it’s listening to my uncle watch football (it’s the funniest things I’ve ever heard – the best entertainment you could ever want). But I have found that gratefulness comes easy this time of year. And I’d like to bottle it and carry it around with me for the rest of the year.

So without further ado – here are the things I’m grateful for on this day-after-Thanksgiving:

-       For shared meals with friends and family

-       For my house – for keeping me warm and dry and also for being a place where I can spend time with family and friends

-       For the person who invented stuffing (and also the person who added it to the Thanksgiving menu)

-       For a job that I love and enjoy and work that I feel challenged by – and for coworkers who challenge and support me as I do that work

-       For UBC Thanksgiving LoveFeast – and everyone who came! It was such a fun, lovely, dreamy evening!

-       For a car that works and takes me the places that I need to go

-       For the kids of UBC – who make every Sunday so much fun and who bring me so much joy and life. They are truly the best part of my job.

-       For UBC and a church community that is imperfect but constantly striving to love and care for each other as we work together to figure out what it means to be formed into the image of Christ.

I am so thankful for each and every one of you! And as always, I’d love to talk to you about any of this if you have thoughts or questions or just want to get together. You can always email me at

Arrow Christmas Partnership

Friends, as you may remember, last year UBC partnered with Arrow Child and Family Ministries to provide Christmas presents for foster children. We are going to do that again this year. Starting this Sunday we will have tags available for people to take. We need 25 family units who’d be willing to spend $25 to make Christmas better for 25 foster kids this Christmas. Please consider being one of those champions.


Thank you UBC champions. All 25 gift needs were claimed and we had people waiting who did not get a tag. What a great and generous problem to have. Reminder if you did take a tag. We are allowing 2 weeks to return your gifts. So please have them at UBC by Sunday December 2.

Post-Thanksgiving Workout/Benefit


Lost and Found

We will be purging the lost and found at the end of this month. So if you have been missing a favorite water bottle, iPhone, bible, sweatshirt or whatever, please make a point to stop by the lost and found soon. It is located in copy room behind Kim’s office.

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Parishioner of the Week

Gerhard Stueben and Kelsey and Luke Stehr for helping clean up the sewer back up problem. Yeah, that’s love right there.

Work is Worship

Greeters: Blaylock

Coffee Makers: Kim and Toph

Mug Cleaners: Emmy

Money Counter:  Catherine Ballas

Welcome Station:


  • Sermon Text: John 18:33-38

  • 12/5 Pre-Pancake Party Mens and Women’s college group

  • 12-9 Last Sunday of the fall semester/Christmas Youth (5-6)

  • 12-12 Last Wednesday of fall semester/Christmas party Youth (7-12)

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:

Byron Griffin:

Kerri Fisher:

Bridget Heins:

Jeremy Nance: Jeremy Nance

Joanna Sowards:

Student Position: Samuel Moore:

Student Position: Anna Carol Peery:

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: 

Hannah Kuhl:  

Justin Pond:

Doug McNamee: 

Catherine Ballas:


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:

Ross Van Dyke:

Jared Gould:

Rebekah Powell:

Kristen Richardson: