This Week at UBC

Hello Friends:

I understand we had a very nice visit yesterday from members of the Karen community from First Baptist Church of St. Paul.  Not only did their pastor Bill Englund preach a fine sermon and lead the discussion, but they brought a choir with them as well.  I was with our bell choir at First Baptist St. Paul where we were also warmly received.  There is a power in getting to know our neighbors as we explore our commonality and diversity.

Many of you will remember the community Iftar held last year at UBC during Ramadan. It was put on by Masjid ul-Hub, the Mosque of Love.  They have invited us to a similar event tomorrow night. It will not be at UBC this year.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP here:

They will email you the location.  I hope to see you there.

This Sunday will be Laura Potratz’s last Sunday with us.  She will join Ty Wottrich and Rachael Acevedo in a reprise of one of the many songs they have sung here over the past year. After church we’ll have a special coffee hour in her honor.  I hope you’ll come to say thanks for her music and presence among us for these past five and a half years. The scripture reading is from Psalm 2, a Psalm put to music many times by artists across the centuries.  It’s a call to the rulers to take heed to God’s commands.  It’s also a warning to the people to trust in God more than an earthly king.  Verse 4 says God laughs at our throne games. Who is worthy to lead, but one who is humble and wise and who recognizes that true power comes from beyond this earth. My sermon on Sunday is entitled, “Wise and Warned.”  Ginny Gray will be the worship leader.

As I said last week, the Music Search Team has come up with a survey to assess the congregation’s desires for music content and leadership at UBC.  Please fill out the survey by clicking here: The survey ought to take about 10-15 minutes to complete.  If you would prefer, paper copies are available in the narthex.  We have received 17 responses so far and would like to have more responses. The search team will be meeting on Wednesday evening and will report on the results of the survey in a forum on June 2nd.

The June Newsletter Deadline is Thursday, May 23rd. Please submit your articles and pictures to Chris Follett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking ahead, we will be serving meals at Loaves and Fishes on Friday, May 31st.  If you can help out, please contact Steve Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This Week:

Tuesday: 5:30-7:30 Sacred Harp,

Wednesday: 10am Garden Team, 5pm Music Search Team, 6:30pm UBC Bell Choir,

Sunday: 10am Worship Service,

  11am Refreshments and celebration of Laura Potratz,

  5-7pm Sacred Harp.


Blessings and Peace,

Doug Donley