This Week at UBC

Hello Friends:

I missed seeing many of you on Sunday.  The Bell Choir was well received at Frist Congregational Church and I understand that Rev. Jane McBride preached a fine sermon at UBC.  I’m looking forward to seeing you again on Sunday.

A handful of choir members went to Walker Place after church to sing for and with Vicki Wilson, Bob and Lu Carman, and Harriet and Cork Johnson. I received an email this morning from Harriet saying: “We were moved and restored by the visit here yesterday.  It was just a gift to us to be with UBC folks again and a special treat to have Vicki here, too…please pass along our thanks to all for making the extra effort to come all the way out here and spread the joy to us.”

Tonight, we will have our third session on the “Cross and the Lynching Tree” by James Cone.   There are books available at UBC if you haven’t gotten a hold of one yet. We’ll again meet at 6pm for a simple dinner and discussion. We have secured free parking from our Mormon friends next door.  I look forward to seeing many of you tonight.

We’re also holding Lenten Lunches at noon every Wednesday in Lent. We meet in the lounge for a short service of prayerful reflection on a different scripture each week. Again, we have secured free parking from our Mormon friends for these Wednesday lunch services as well.

I have collected enough sap to make the season’s first batch of maple syrup.  I’ll be boiling tomorrow (Tuesday).  Please feel free to stop by.  It looks like the weather is going to get warmer and stay above freezing after tomorrow, which may make the maple sugaring season shorter than usual.

On Sunday, I’ll be back at UBC preaching this week about Delilah, the lover and foil of  mighty Samson.  She is an unlikely hero and the Bible certainly paints her with a negative brush.  But what if she was a freedom fighter for her country’s cause?  What if she not only spoke truth to power but found a way to beat the seemingly unbeatable foe?  What are our vulnerabilities?  Where are the chinks in our armor?  You can find the story of Samson and Delilah in Judges 16:4-22.  My sermon is entitled, “Hair”. Lauren Thrift will sing a solo from the opera Samson and the UBC Chorale will sing. Steve Schmidgall will be the worship leader.

Speaking of Steve, Saturday is his annual "shameless gospel" sing.  In honor of his birthday and in memory of his father, Steve puts on this raucous annual singing of gospel favorites.  It will take place in room 303 from noon-3pm on Saturday.  Free parking is available in the Mormon lot next door.

Saturday is also the April Newsletter deadline.  Please submit your pictures, stories and items to Chris Follett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This Week:

Monday: 6pm “The Cross and the Lynching Tree” dinner and discussion,

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

Wednesday: noon Lenten Lunch, 5:45-7:15pm UBC Chorale, 7:30-9pm Carillon Bell Choir rehearsal

Saturday: 7pm Bell Choir Performance at Prospect Park UMC,

Sunday: 10am Worship Service,

              11am Refreshments,

              11:30am Sunday School, Forum: “The Color of Compromise” with Mindy Lee,

              12:45pm UBC Council,

              5-7pm Sacred Harp.


Blessings and Peace,

Doug Donley