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This Week at UBC

Updated every Monday

“Advocacy is not just a task for charismatic individuals or high-profile community organizers. Advocacy is for all of us; advocacy is a way of life. It is a natural response to the injustices and inequality in the world.”

― Alice Wong, Disability Visibility : First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century - Happy Disability Pride Month!

This Week: A note from Anne

It might seem like little is happening here while we are worshipping at First Congregational Church these two weeks but that is not the case! Ivan and Erik have moved in and are settling into the apartment. Their story was on MPR last week and can be heard here. Russian trans man who fled to Minnesota reunited, remarried to his husband. They've expressed much appreciation for the warm welcome from UBCers. They could use help getting laundry done, if you have time to run a load home and bring it back, that would be appreciated. Let me know and I can connect you to Joe, who is helping them to navigate this new chapter. 


The sanctuary will be full of music this coming weekend when shape note singers are gathered for the Shenandoah Harmony All-Day Sing. Details are below. Shape Note Singing is a unique form of musical expression that originated in colonial North America. It is a full-body experience and you need no experience to join in! 


On Sunday, my friend and fellow Quaker chaplain, Maia Twedt, will preach at FCC. The text is Ecclesiastes 9: 1-10. Ecclesiastes urges us to examine meaninglessness in order to arrive at joy- how can we navigate that process with integrity to God and ourselves? Her sermon title is: Navigating Divine Fate using a Compass of Joy. 




This week's info:

Garden Team — Thursdays at 9am. We are looking for new members as well as only occasional participants. We are doing mostly weeding or whatever else needs to be done. We usually work for about two hours. No prior experience or knowledge are necessary; we will provide instructions as needed. Bring work

gloves and tools for weeding and pruning if you have them. Questions: contact Betsy Kerr at or 612-877-2018.


July 10-14 LGBTQ Choral Festival in Minneapolis — GALA Choruses is holding the world's largest LGBTQ+ singing event in Minneapolis on July 10-14 with over 7,000 people attending and 122 LGBTQ+ choruses performing from all over the world! Events take place at the Convention Center, Central Lutheran Church, and Orchestra Hall. Local choral fans can attend hundreds of ticketed and free events as part of the Festival or join us as a volunteer for the GALA LGBTQ Choruses Festival 2024 and be part of creating an unforgettable celebration of LGBTQ choral music. Questions - please email: Find more info at


UBC-FCC Daytime Handcraft Group - July 10 (usually 1st Wednesday), 10am (note earlier start time) at First Congregational Church (500 8th Ave. SE) in the Parlor. Bring your craft project and lunch if you like. If you are interested and want to be on a distribution list, please let Marilyn Burns (from FCC) know at or see Chris Follett for questions.


Caregiver Support Group - July 11 (usually 1st Thursday), 6:30pm. UBCers who have an elderly family member meet for support. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Lubke at


Join the Shenandoah Harmony All-Day Sing this coming weekend. 

Come and the Lord shall feed our souls, with more substantial meat. With such as saints in glory love, with such as angels eat. (180 Vermont) 

Friday night, July 12, 6-7:30pm, University Baptist Church  - singing school led by Nathan Berry

Saturday July 13, 9:30am to 3pm, UBC all-day singing from the Shenandoah Harmony starts at 9:30, registration starting at 9:00 am.

Saturday July 13, 6-9pm: social at a singer’s home in NE Minneapolis

Sunday July 14, 11am to 3pm: social at a singer’s home in St. Louis Park

Kat and Suz are coordinating the food. If you can add to the bounty, or have food-related questions, please reach out to Kat ( or Suz (  


Sunday Worship:


July 14 at FCC - 500 8th Ave SE, Minneapolis 55414

9:30 a.m. – Coffee time


10 a.m. – Worship in the FCC sanctuary

The service bulletin is here:


Or join via Zoom

(No password should be needed, as it is embedded in the link. However, if you are asked for one, it is: 890967)

To dial in Zoom by phone call 1-312-626-6799. When prompted, enter 839 2872 7469#. Next, you will be prompted to enter your participant ID or to push #; simply push # again.


Or join via livestream: on the FCC YouTube page.


11:15 a.m. – Coffee time & Family games gathering



Meal Trains

As many of you know, Doug had his surgery this past week to remove a tumor next to his pituitary gland. While they don't need a lot of meal support, here's a Meal Train link: They don't really have preferred day of the week preferences, so feel free to reach out to them to arrange a day that works for you! View his Caring Bridge here.


Nancy Myers is also home from her quintuple bypass followed by a stay in a Transitional Care Unit. Her sister Carol will be in town until July 2nd, so she'd appreciate meal support after that. Days are also flexible, so feel free to reach out to her to arrange a different day if that works better for you. Here's the link to her Meal Train:


If you have any difficulty working with Meal Trains, please reach out to Trish Donley at 612-386-2856 for assistance.

Please note:


Doug’s Medical Leave — June 18-July 14. 

Rev. Anne Supplee will be on call for pastoral emergencies (612) 715-1705.  

The preachers will be: 

June 30 Anne Supplee 

July 7 Paula Moyer (at First Congregational Church) 

July 14 Maia Twedt (at First Congregational Church)



UBC & FCC Schedule

During the summer, we worship with First Congregational Church during the month of July. The first two weeks, we'll go there. The second two weeks, they'll come to UBC. Please join us at FCC (500 8th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414) at 10 am on July 7 and July 14.

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