It’s August, which usually means getting geared up for the fall semester. But what that semester looks like varies depending on school district or college decisions. We know that it is going to be far from normal (maybe far from normal is our new normal). As we contemplate returning to our church building in the coming weeks, the Worship Planning Team and the UBC Council would like your input. They have come up with a survey. You can access it here: https://forms.gle/bYKTkpfViPUvCcCw7
It should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Please fill it out before August 17th. If you would like a hard copy, please let me know and I’ll mail one to you. Thanks.
We just learned that Francisco Diaz’s flight from Nicaragua has been cancelled because of COIVD concerns. He and his father were scheduled to have arrived on Friday of this week. Francisco and Anielka Montiel’s wedding (originally scheduled for April and rescheduled for August) is now planned for December 26th. Hopefully, we will have a better national and international plan for dealing with this virus. Let’s keep our masks on and slow the spread.
The Garden Team will continue meeting on Wednesdays from approximately 10am-noon. It’s great to visit with each other and work together outside (appropriately distanced, of course)
At the end of the service, Amanda picked from the Grab Bag a request to hear a sermon about “Jesus’anger” We often see Jesus as a wise sage, teaching in parables and being endlessly patient with structures and people who are markedly dense. There is one depiction of Jesus getting angry, turning over the tables of the moneychangers. But was that the only time? Reza Alsan in his book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” imagines that the back story of Jesus was much more revolutionary than the Gospels depict. Someone who was zealous, would have gotten angry and showed it. According to Aslan the stories in the Gospels, written a few generations after Jesus’ death and resurrection, were more a description of the Jesus that inspired a movement. His radical thoughts against Rome, for instance, were directed at Jewish leaders instead of the occupiers. About what might Jesus be angry these days? Where do we direct our “holy rage?” Kathleen Tice will be the worship leader and Jean Lubke will play piano.
Sunday’s service is available on Facebook Live. In case you missed it, here it is:
Here are the links for the zoom meetings for this week:
Saturday— Anti-Racism film discussion about A Fiery Unrest: Why Plymouth Avenue Burned (MPR article and link to audio documentary) (4-5pm).
Meeting ID: 817 0832 6607
Sunday - UBC Joys and Concerns / Worship (9:00 Joys and Concerns; 10:00 worship)
Meeting ID 839 4725 7444
The Facebook Live link will not be sent out as an email on Sunday morning. You can view the service anytime after 10am Sunday at the UBC Facebook page, just look under videos for the 8/2/20 service. We will have instructions on the UBC web page, too.
Blessings and Peace,