This Week at UBC

Hello Friends:

As I write this, Hurricane Florence is now a tropical storm that has dumped dozens of inches of rain across several states.  If you are looking for a reliable way to send relief funds, please make a check out to UBC and put hurricane relief in the memo line.  We will send funds to the ecumenical relief agency supported by our One Great Hour of Sharing offerings.

We have hired Trista McGovern to be our new Administrative Assistant.  She is in training right now and will begin her regular hours on September 24th. Her hours will be Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm.  Thanks so much to Karole Graham for doing such a great job as our Interim Administrative Assistant.

Jean Lubke, Matty Strickler and I will all attend the Biennial meeting of the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region from September 20-22nd. This will be the final meeting for Executive Minister Alan Newton. We will vote on the proposed candidate for Executive Minister, the Rev. Sandra Hasenauer.  She preached here at UBC several years ago and is on the denomination’s Women in Ministry staff.

On Saturday, Karole Graham and Margot Garmers are organizing a work day at UBC.  A key portion of the day will be taken up with painting the gym balcony—a job that has not been tackled in several decades.  They’ll be working from 9am-5pm.  Come for a little while or stay the whole day!

On Sunday, we turn our gaze toward another powerful woman at the front of the Bible.  As we heard on Sunday, Miriam was the older sister of Moses who conspired with Bithia and Jochabed to save baby Moses from death in the Nile. Miriam was the first person listed as a prophet in the Hebrew Bible.  She led the Hebrew people in a dance of triumph when they crossed the Red Sea.  But in Numbers 12, she and her brother Aaron questioned God’s preference for Moses over them.  For some reason, Miriam was punished for this, but not Aaron.  Why one and not the other?  Some ancient misogyny? Some warning not to be too uppity?  Or was Miriam really the one people looked to and the narrative needed to minimize her? What do we do with Aaron’s silence?  How quick are we to demonize even the best of our leaders? Deidre Druk will be the worship leader and will tell the story of Miriam.  The UBC Chorale will be making its seasonal debut this Sunday.

This morning’s Star Tribune ran a story about people receiving orders by ICE to attend a deportation hearing, only to hear that their case is not on the Immigration court’s docket.  This is another example of a system that is overwhelmed with conflicting orders and troublesome priorities.  John Medeiros, an immigration lawyer, will make a presentation at Sunday’s forum about the present challenges to immigrants in this current climate.

The annual Sacred Harp Convention will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am-3pm.  The Saturday event will be at Olivet UCC in St. Paul, and Sunday’s event will be at the Landing in Shakopee.

This Week:

Tuesday: 5:30pm-7:30pm Sacred Harp, 

Wednesday: 5:45pm UBC Chorale Rehearsal, 7:30pm UBC Carillon Bell Choir Rehearsal,

Thursday: 10:30am Garden Team,

Saturday: 9am-5pm UBC Work Day,

Sunday: 10am Worship Service,

              11am Refreshments,

              11:30am Education Hour, Forum: Changes in Immigration Policy with John Medeiros,

  5-7pm Sacred Harp.


Blessings and Peace,

Doug Donley