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Pastor's Weekly Message
April 14, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Hello Friends:

Thanks to all who made the Palm Sunday brunch and service so meaningful yesterday.  It’s certainly a labor of love.  So many people commented on the beauty of the Adele Fadden Assembly Room.  It is truly a great resource and space for brunches performances and worship services. What a thrill it was to see so many new faces singing with the choir.  An added bonus to a fine morning.

Now we move into the rest of Holy Week.

Our final Wednesday Lenten Lunch and Service will be this Wednesday.  Gayla Marty will give the reflection on “A Time to Love and a Time to Hate”.  When is it appropriate to hate?  How do we define love?  Come for lunch at 12:15.  Stay for the worship at 12:45.  Walk the labyrinth in the Adele Fadden Assembly Room from noon-5pm.  

On Maundy Thursday, the Wesley Foundation will be leading the worship service at 6pm in the sanctuary.  It will start out with a foot washing and will include dinner as we contemplate the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples.

On Good Friday, we will hold our service at 7:30pm in the UBC sanctuary.  We will be joined by our friends at Judson Memorial Baptist Church.  The combined choirs have been working since January on a Brahms motet that we will sing under the direction of Laura Potratz.  The service will remember the story of Jesus’ last hours on this earth.  We’ll also read the names of the 74 people who were victims of murder in Hennepin County in the past year.  Our friends at the Mormon church have graciously agreed to let us park in their lot on Friday evening, as long as we don’t park in one of their “reserved” spots.  We can also use the Library lot on Friday evening.  Please allow yourself a few extra minutes to find parking on Friday night.

Then on Sunday morning, we will have our Easter service.  We will welcome the news of the resurrection.  We will welcome the return of color to the sanctuary.  The Textile Team has created a new outdoor flag and a new set of banners for the sanctuary.  Flowers will adorn the sanctuary as well in honor or memory of loved ones. If you have not yet ordered your flowers, please send an email today to Sheila at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  My sermon will be entitled “A Time for War and a Time for Peace.”  The resurrection could well have ushered in a triumphant victorious battle cry.  But it did not.  The words of the risen Jesus were always “Peace.”  What does it mean to wage war in Jesus’ name?  How might we wage peace?  The UBC chorale will sing and we will end the service with the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.  Bring your scores if you have them and feel free to sing along with the chorale.

Next week, on Earth Day Tuesday, April 22nd), we’ll welcome singer/songwriter Peter Mayer to the Adele Fadden Assembly Room for an inaugural concert.  The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets Invite your friends.  It will be a wonderful evening. You can find out more about Peter’s music and the concert here:

For the past month, UBC has been hosting rehearsals for a groundbreaking play entitled "The Shadow War".  The play explores the interaction between Hmong, Lao and American perspectives of the CIA's secret war in 1970's Laos.  Five characters' lives and destinies are woven together by the tragic circumstances of the US's shadow clandestine war in Laos, often called the Vietnam War's second front.  With the US Government maintaining the secrecy of its military involvement in "neutral" Laos, the CIA trained the mostly Hmong Secret Army to fight the communist Pathet Lao and repel the invading North Vietnamese Army.  The play is directed by UBCer Teresa Mock.  The play will be performed April 16-27 at the Wellstone Center 179 Robie St. E in St Paul.  Tickets are available at or  You can also call 612-242-6759.

This Week:
Monday: 7pm FCC/UBC knitting group at the home of Barb Franklin;
Tuesday: 5:30-7:30pm Sacred Harp;
Wednesday: 12-5pm Labyrinth; 12:15pm Lenten Lunch; 12:45; 6pm UBC and Judson Choirs rehearsal; 7:30pm UBC Carillon;
Thursday: 6pm Maundy Thursday service;
Friday: 6:30pm Choir rehearsal; 7:30pm Good Friday Service;
Saturday: 11am sanctuary set-up for Easter;
Sunday: 10am Easter Worship;
11am Refreshments;
5-7pm Sacred Harp.

Blessings and Peace,

Doug Donley