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Welcome to University Baptist Church (UBC). Located adjacent to  the University of Minnesota, we are linked with the University community and beyond to the greater Twin Cities. An intentional focus on inclusiveness, peacemaking, and social justice guides our worship and ministries.  Fine music is integral to our worship, with varied ensembles for self-expression.

Our affiliations are not only American Baptist but across denominations.... all are welcome here.  We are intrigued and captured by the challenge and the whimsy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, while seeking to live out this Good News in our individual and collective lives.

Our mission at UBC is:

  • to be a loving and inclusive community
  • seeking faith, joy and action
  • nurtured by the biblical traditions, the teachings of Christ, and God's continuing revelation.

Our congregation includes all ages from varied walks of life.  These multi-talented, dedicated participants greatly enhance the life and ministries of UBC.  Please browse through the website to learn more about UBC, our ministries, programs and educational opportunities.  Better yet, come and visit us in person.  We'd like to get to know you.

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October 2014 Mission Offering PDF Print E-mail

The October 2014 Mission Offering goes to the World Mission Offering and the Ministry of Ruth Mooney
Rise to the Challenge! “Come Over … and Help Us!”
ACTS 16:9b
Acts 16:9-10 (NRSV)
9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.
Back in the first century Paul, Silas, and Timothy were frustrated by their inability to to travel and preach in the provinces of Asia and Bithynia.  When the plea came to Paul he was ready to rise to the challenge.   Verse 11 and 12 tells how they made a straight course to Philippi stopping at a couple of other cities on their journey.  No planes then, walking was the main form of transportation.  Bet they hit their 10,000 steps those three days!  They also had the first recorded convert in Europe, a lady named Lydia.

International Ministries (IM) was formed in 1814, a rise to the challenge of fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).  IM was formed to coordinate support for the first U.S. missionaries, Adoniram and Ann Judson, already serving in Burma. In 2014 American Baptists are entering a third century of participating in the international dimension of Christ’s mission. There are 114 long-term IM missionaries and more than 1,800 short-term missionaries and volunteers working together with more than 200 partner organizations in more than 70 countries.

Also in 2014 IM is ready to rise to the challenge of spiritual need in Macau.  This Chinese island—home to one of the largest casino gambling industries in the world—may look thriving and prosperous. But appearances are deceiving. Beneath all the glitter and glamour is a dark story of addictions, crime, prostitution and broken families. IM was able to rise to the challenge through the work of Emerson and Ivy Wu.  They are providing crucial pastoral, counseling, and teaching leadership.

A few years ago IM challenged all American Baptist churches to help support individual missionaries.  UBC was able to rise to the challenge and now helps support Ruth Mooney and Dan Buttrey.  Ruth is also a recipient of our October mission offering.  She was guest preacher at UBC in August.  She is currently visiting churches in the Midwest through October.  She will then be teaching courses in a number of places until returning to Costa Rica in December.  I don’t want to take attention away from Ruth but while doing research for this piece I read a very thoughtful journal entry by Dan on the IM website.

And so here is the crux of my piece.  It is now time for each of us individually to rise to the challenge.  To be successful the World Mission Offering requires money to continue meeting the needs of many missionaries around the globe.  Ruth Mooney requires money to continue her ministry in Costa Rica.  The challenge to each of us is to prayerfully consider how much money we are willing to share to further God’s work.  










 
Special Fellowship Offering PDF Print E-mail

Special Fellowship Fund Offering Each communion Sunday (first Sunday of the month) UBC collects a special offering for persons who come to us with personal and immediate need. These needs are met by the gifts you place in the Fellowship Fund Offering boxes at the front and side doors of the sanctuary each communion Sunday. Thank you for all the ways you care.