March 13, 2017
Yesterday, the UBC community overwhelmingly voted to become a Sanctuary church. We are joining a movement that builds on our practice of welcoming and affirming all people. We see this as an extension of our long-held stance as a church that we enter into community with people who are the most vulnerable in our society. We are establishing a team that will lead this ministry. Let me know if you want to be a part of this team. At present, we are committed to hosting people in our building or supporting other faith communities that are hosting people. This feels like a Spirit-led Kairos moment for our church. I feel very blessed to be a part of this great congregation.
Last night, Virginia Lindell, the mother of Shirley Roy passed away at the age of 98. She attended UBC many times over the years along with Mel and Shirley. It was a peaceful passing and Shirley was especially blessed to have had her living with them for the past several years. No memorial service is planned, but you can send condolences to Mel and Shirley at 107 Bernard Drive #B106, Belton, MO 64012.
Our second Lenten Lunch and presentation by Seminary Intern Salai Mang will take place this Wednesday at 12:30. Thanks to the Tices and Johnsons for providing lunch. Mang says of his presentation this week: “Burmese Christianity is not Western, but global, and Burmese Christians are not followers of the West, but Burmese who remain as loyal to their homeland as do their fellow Burmese.”
On Saturday, we will have jazz artist Zacc Harris’ American Reverie at the Roots Cellar. Here’s a link to the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/756565654518461/
As always, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. The concert starts at 7pm.
On Sunday, my sermon is entitled, “The Woman at the Well.” This well-known story from John 4 merits revisiting during women’s history month. Jesus is at his boundary-crossing best when he engages in some truth-telling with the unnamed Samaritan woman. She was “other” and as a good and faithful Rabbi, Jesus should have stayed away from her. But he defied the law, saw her as a person of dignity, valor and even insight. Imagine if we took Jesus’ example and embraced the outcast. That’s obedience to a different kind of executive order. The UBC Carillon Bell Choir will play, Jim Williams will officially join the church, and Karen Swenson will be the worship leader.
Speaking of the Bell Choir, they will be leaving for a tour of Germany and France on Monday, March 20th. We’ll return on April 4th after playing concerts in Caputh, Berlin, Braunschweig, Konigslutter, Saarbrucken, Normandy and Paris. There will be a farewell concert on Sunday at 1:30pm in the UBC sanctuary. Grab some lunch after church and come back for the concert and send us off well. Here’s the Facebook event for the concert: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725030444479755/
I will not be sending these weekly emails while I am out of the country. Jane McBride from First Congregational Church will be on call for Pastoral emergencies. Nadean Bishop will preach on March 26th and Karen Swenson will preach on April 2nd.
Monday; 7pm UBC/FCC knitting group hosted by Joanne Rohricht;
Tuesday: 5:30-7:30pm Sacred Harp;
Wednesday: 12:30pm Lenten Lunch, 5:45-7:15pm UBC Chorale, 7:30-9pm Carillon Bell Choir;
Saturday: 9:30-12:30 Bell Choir Rehearsal, 7pm Roots Cellar Concert;
11:30am Education hour, Forum: All About You: Jim Williams,
1:30pm UBC Carillon Farewell Concert,
4-7pm Sacred Harp.
Blessings and Peace,