So many people have shared tributes on the passing of Nelson Mandela. I remember that he was released from prison on a Saturday night. As a young pastor serving a multiracial church, I threw out my old sermon and preached a sermon on the book of Philemon—Paul’s letter to a faithful Christian slave. Here is a tribute by Maya Angelou who says things much better than I could. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDumMEzYyqk
Those of you in church on Sunday also heard that Lu Carman was in a serious car accident on Friday. She is in North Memorial Hospital with several broken bones (ribs, wrist, pelvis). The breaks are relatively minor, but it makes taking a deep breath very difficult. She is receiving visitors and is in good spirits as she sets her sights on the road to recovery. She and Bob wish to thank the UBC congregation for their support and prayers during this tough time.
It was a bit chilly in the sanctuary on Sunday morning. In addition to the cold weather, it turns out that the main culprit were some windows that had been broken--fallen apart is more like it. Wouldn’t you know that the last couple of windows that have not been replaced or stormed would choose to let in the cold on this weekend. The good news is that the windows will be sealed by the weekend (if not sooner) and the outside temperature will hover around 30 next week. Talk about a heat wave. The sanctuary ought to be much more comfortable next Sunday.
And next Sunday will be another big Sunday. It is the third Sunday in Advent and we are shifting from focusing on the generations to the provocative story of Elizabeth’s pregnancy and her support of her newly pregnant kinswoman Mary. The two wonder about their illegitimate or at least nontraditionally conceived children and what it might all mean. Again this Sunday, the drama will be acted out with UBCers taking the roles of Elizabeth, Mary, Luke, Zechariah, Isaiah, Tamar, Ruth, Rahab, Bathsheba, the Voice of Tradition and the Woman-Reminder. Thanks to Denise Roy for directing; Claire Mavity for stage-managing; Karole Graham and Sue Wester for making costumes; Alan Ehr for running sound; Jim Ross for recording; all of the actors; and of course to Gayla Marty for writing the script. What a talented and dedicated congregation we have.
And if that is not enough to get you to church on Sunday, we will also be having a baby dedication on Sunday of John Lee and Autumn Elizabeth Weinfurter. It seems appropriate that on this Sunday we dedicate children named John and Elizabeth.
On Sunday, the UBC Chorale will sing and Karen Swenson will be the worship leader.
Classes end at the U on Wednesday. So, we are teaming up with Wesley Campus Ministry to present Finals Breakfasts. Come to the basement Assembly Room between 6:30 and 10am Thursday thru Saturday for a free hot breakfast.
Congrats to jay linnell for a fine performance as Scrooge in the Powderhorn neighborhood performance of “A Christmas Carol” this past weekend.
Former Soprano Section leader Lauren Lammers will perform her Master’s recital at 2:30pm on Tuesday, December 10th at Ultan Recital Hall at the U of M.
Interim Organist Joe Trucano will be performing a holiday concert at UBC on Sunday December 22nd at 7pm in the Sanctuary. He is calling the event “Making Spirits Bright” and the event will be free.
Monday: 7pm UBC/FCC Knitting Group at the home of Chris Follett;
Tuesday: 5:30-7:30pm Sacred Harp;
Wednesday: 6pm UBC Chorale, 7:30-9pm UBC Carillon bell choir;
Thursday-Saturday: 6:30am-10am Finals Breakfasts;
Sunday: 10am Worship Service;
11:30am Sunday School, play rehearsal and Adult Forum: “Spiritual Direction” with Kathleen Tice;
12:45pm UBC Council;
5-7pm Sacred Harp.
Blessings and Peace,