(In The Life Of The Church)
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.
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,
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
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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Work is Worship
Greeters: Ricky and Rose
Coffee Makers: Dilan and Hannah
Mug Cleaners: Cooleys
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