This Week at UBC

Hello Friends:

Most Mondays, you receive an email from me that tells of the events coming up this week and a teaser for Sunday’s service.  In-person meetings are not going to happen this week or for the near future.  I am coming in to the office a couple times a week to distribute mail and check on the building.  I even went to a small Dinkytown restaurant for takeout. Anything to help us all weather this storm.

On Sunday, we added to our live stream of the worship service. It’s now available on two live formats. You can access it through the UBC Facebook page or via Zoom.  The sound quality is not perfect and we may experiment with a different camera and streaming service. Jim Ross takes high quality videos of each service, but it can’t be broadcast live. I’d love your feedback and ideas.  The live options allows interaction on both Facebook and Zoom.  Several of us met via zoom at 9am for joys, concerns and prayers prior to the service. We kept the zoom meeting open throughout the service and afterwards. Not surprisingly, people took the after-worship time to have more conversation and connection. It was great to see people worshipping with their pets.  We’ll do this again on Sunday.

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Here’s the schedule for the zoom meetings this week:

UBC Joys and Concerns / Worship Service - Sundays - 9:00am / 10:00-noon

     meeting ID 276-167-242

     https://zoom.us/j/276167242

UBC Connect - Wednesdays - 12:00-1:00 p.m.

     meeting ID 598-038-763

     https://zoom.us/j/598038763

Beginning Spanish - Mondays - 6:00-7:30 p.m.

   meeting ID 903-435-216

   https://zoom.us/j/903435216

Intermediate Spanish - Wednesdays - 5:15-6:30 p.m.

    meeting ID 644-740-560

    https://zoom.us/j/644740560

The Red Cross Blood Drive scheduled for March 31st WILL be happening at UBC.  There is a severe shortage of blood and the Red Cross assures us that they will exercise safe practices so that healthy people can give precious blood resources to those in need.  To sign up, please click here:

https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time

Tell your friends and co-workers, too.  There’s plenty of room and a great need.

Matty Strickler shared with us a prayer.  Enjoy this as you reflect this week.

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now, 
on trying to make the world
different than it is. 
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
 
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
 
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
 
–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

Blessings and Peace,

Doug Donley