ITLOTC 3-23-18


(In The Life Of The Church) 


Entering In

And just like that, Lent is basically over.  Time is weird.  

As we roll into Holy Week, I want to reassert the charge I offered on Ash Wednesday: put on some intense blinders and ignore that you know how this story goes.  

Enter into the story with the disciples.  

Let yourself really think you understand who Jesus is and what it means for Jesus to be the Messiah—the domination and defeat of the enemies of God and the political re-establishment of the people of God in the world.  

Let yourself feel secure in your decision to fall in behind divine power—to be on the right side of history, so to speak.

Let yourself feel the buzz of anticipation that the wait for a better tomorrow is almost over.

Do this so that the arrest of Jesus on Thursday feels like a gut punch.

Do this so you can carry the hope against hope alongside the disciples that Jesus is simply biding his time as he is tortured and maimed; that he will soon stop it all and kill his oppressors with a wink.

Do this so when you hear that he has been crucified, you want run as fast and as far as you can, feeling like an utter fool for being so wrong and throwing the life you were building away.

Do this so when you wake up on Saturday, meaning itself is shattered and it seems your life is ruined.

Because it is in this despair that we are best postured to encounter the utter confusion, wonder, and hope of Easter.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any of this, feel free to email

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Parishoner of the Week

Natalie Ramirez for leading music and crushing it this last Sunday. 

Lost And Found

As a reminder, the lost and found will be purged on Monday, March 26th.  Please check that bin, located in the copy room behind Kim's office if you think you might have something in there. 

Holy Week Schedule

3-24 SWCC Easter Egg Hunt (see below)

3-29 Maundy Thursday.  Join us for a potluck dinner mixed with the M.T. liturgy.  The service will conclude with communion.  This event will take place in the backside.  This extravaganza will begin at 5:30 P.M. CST

3-30 Good Friday.  This service will take place in the sanctuary.  Service will begin at 5:30pm

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Come out to our annual Easter Egg Hunt with the South Waco Community Center.  The fun will begin at 11am, and we will most certainly be finished by noon.  Please bring your own basket to place eggs in.  The Easter Egg Hunt is on March 24, at 11am.  The address for the SWCC is 2815 Speight Avenue.  If you have any questions, please 

College Spring Retreat

Are you freshman or sophomore who is looking for a great experience at an epic college retreat? Well then look no further than UBC.  Brother Toph will be leading a group of courageous champions like yourself on a two night/three day retreat on April 13/14 2K18.  You can sign up after church or email  

Work is Worship

Greeters: Blaylocks 

Coffee Makers:  Jacob & KT

Mug Cleaners: Youth 

Money Counter:  JD Newman 

Welcome Station: Braodduses


  • Sermon Text:  Val Fisk Preaching for Women's Month 
  • 3-25 Palm Sunday 
  • 3-29 Maundy Thursday Service 
  • 3-30 Good Friday Service 
  • 4-13&14 College Spring Retreat 
  • 4-15 Town Hall 
  • 4-20 Backside
  • 4-22 Children's Sunday 

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- Emma Wood:

Byron Griffin:

Stan Denman:

Adam Winn:

Bridget Heins:

Sharyl Loeung:

Jon Davis:

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.

JD Newman: 

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:

Rebekah Powell:

Kristen Richardson: