Sunday Mornings: Sunday School at 9:30; Worship Service at 10:45
This year's Vacation Bible School theme is Maker Fun Factory: Created By God, Built for a Purpose, and we've had a great week so far! We have about the same number of kids we’ve come to expect in recent years, but most of them are NEW kids! How fun!
Our VBS Offering this year is called “Water for Peru.” (Click on the link, if you’d like to hear more about it.) Basically, $5 can bring clean drinking water to a Peruvian child for a year. How do they DO that?!?
On the first night, the kids set their own offering goal of $130 for the week, but came back the second night a little downtrodden when they realized how few kids $130 would help. They now have a goal of surpassing their goal! (Did we mention these are GREAT kids?!) By the end of Thursday's VBS, the children had collected $155.18!
We want to give you a chance to help these kids reach/surpass their goal and also give you a chance to help out this ministry. If you’d like to give to this offering, you may drop your offering off at the church or send an email with your “pledge amount.” We’ll add the pledges to our total (so the kids can see) and you can leave the actual offering in the offering plate (marked "VBS Offering”) the next time you come to church.
If you’ve been a part of VBS 2017, many thanks and keep up the "great work”! The kids are really hearing us and are really hearing God’s messages!
If you are able, come to our Ice Cream Social on Friday (6/9) at 8:00 PM. This is a time when you can be a part of VBS, if you haven't been able to participate during the week. Feel free to bring cookies, cake, ice cream or toppings, and your offering for "Water for Peru" - we hope to see you then!
In January, we began working together with St. Paul Catholic Church to prepare and serve the community meal at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Fifth Sundays of 2017 in months which have five Sundays. At that first Feast, we helped serve close to 150 meals!
In April we served 146 plates and prepared 45 to-go trays of a nutritious and delicious meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, salad, bread, and vegetables. Among other comments, we heard: "Exquisite—you should cook this on Good Morning America" and "I'm gonna pray you people aren't raptured—this food is too good to miss."
For each Feast, we need people to purchase and prepare food in advance, and then to help with set-up, service, and clean-up on the day of the Feast. Our next Fifth Feast will be on July 30 and, because some of our workers will be out of town, we will need extra hands to help!
Besides giving hands-on help, you can also help by contributing to the Fifth Feast fund via the offering plate. If you are interested in learning more, read our Fifth Feast FAQ, online.
Habitat for Humanity: Builder's Blitz
Throughout the early months of 2016, we worked towards sponsoring the building of a house through Monroe County Habitat for Humanity, as one element of celebrating our 50 years together as a church.
Thanks to some very generous monetary gifts to the church, and thanks to the 2016 Summer Builder's Blitz program, we accumulated enough funds to support building a house!
At the March Church Council meeting, the church voted to participate in this project. After the check was sent, the work proceeded in a truly blitz-like manner. Many types of tasks gave us opportunities for hands-on participation:
Gatorade purchase and delivery: We provided the daily Gatorade break to workers on all three Blitz houses every afternoon of the build. That's ten days of Gatorade for lots of workers - around 600 bottles! And every weekday two people delivered coolers of Gatorade to the build site and iced drinks in coolers for the next day.
Construction Days: We participated in two construction events - the Floor System Work Day in May and the Warehouse Work Night in June. On the Floor System Work Day, volunteers worked on the house foundation and also as site hosts in the hospitality tent and by providing snacks for the day or preparing and serving lunch at the site. On the Warehouse Work Night, volunteers painted baseboard and trim.
The house was completed on time and dedicated on Friday, June 17, with the new homeowners sharing delicious food with everyone who attended.
Many, many thanks to everyone who was a part of this project!
Global Women’s Gathering is UBC's ministry of hospitality. We host international women and kids every Tuesday afternoon 1:00-3:00 through the school year, to make friends, practice English, and have fun together.
We always need refreshments for the group. Talk to Julia Bebeau, Heidi Daugherty, Lisa Williams or Joyce Cookman to become involved. For more info and a list of some of our programs, see our main page and scrapbook page.
We collect food for Monroe County United Ministries the second Sunday of every month. For more information click here.
Our next drive: June 11
In 2015, we surpassed our 2850 lb. goal by 81 lb. for a total of 2931 lb. Our 2016 goal was 2940 lb. The last collection of the year, on December 11, enabled us to exceed our goal by 105 pounds!
For the first time ever, our contribution total for the year was over 3000 pounds. The December collection totalled 437 lb, and it became one of six months in the past nine years in which we have collected over 400 lbs.
In some months we exceed our monthly goal, and that helps us maintain good momentum even when our total is less. For a detailed month-by-month report, go to the MCUM collections page.
Check here periodically for updates on the total amount of material goods we have given to help meet needs throughout our community.
Goal for 2017: 3060 lb. (averaging 255 lb./month)
Received - January 2017: 263 lb.
February 2017: 545 lb.
March 2017: 268 lb.
April 2017: 260 lb.
Total to date: 1336 lb.
Wednesday Night Supper
Please join us for these once-a-month get-togethers! Wednesday Night Supper is usually held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:00. Our next Wednesday Night Supper is May 24.
EVERYONE is welcome to participate. Just sign up with the number attending and there will be plenty of food for everyone! We ask for a goodwill donation of $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family, and college students always eat for free!
Lunchtime Bible Chat
We hope you will bring your lunch and join the discussion on Thursdays, 11 AM-12 noon, as we gather with Pastor Annette to share our thoughts about the upcoming sermon passages. Join us on Thursdays to discuss the Bible and today's world.
Sermon Page Upgrade
Have you missed seeing Pastor Annette's sermons here on the website each week?
They are coming back! After a hiatus of several months, the sermons are being added back - a few at a time - to her preaching page. Check back periodically to see if your favorite sermon has appeared, and recommend them to your friends who appreciate thoughtful, insightful study of Scripture for today's Christians.
There is no shortage of ways for you to be involved in the life of UBC. Besides our Worship Service, Sunday School, & various ministries, we have several committees gathering year-round, each with varying ways to participate in our church family!
- Building & Grounds -- are responsible for the recent cleaning and staining of our building's exterior. Thank you!
- Church Council -- Church Council meets the third Sunday of most months at 12:30.
- Deacons -- Deacons are available for prayer needs, benevolence requests & congregation news.
- Missions -- Check out the bulletin board in the foyer for information on our long-term mission, the Kenyan School Project.
- Outreach -- Check out the other bulletin boards in the foyer for our focus on ministry and service opportunities.
- Personnel -- We're working on hiring a part-time pianist.
- Social -- What's up next? Watch for announcements of our times of fellowship.
- Worship Committee -- We work with Pastor Annette to take care of details of our worship services.