The Vikings last-second win on Sunday certainly offered a blessed distraction from the shameful shenanigans of some of our elected officials this past week. We need to keep pushing for a more moral and inclusive country. I’m choosing to focus on those who are doing good work for justice that respects all people. That is the greatest part of America.
Our sister church in Leon, Nicaragua report that the second floor addition to their building is proceeding well. They plan to have it ready for the February start of school. Betty, Shaw, Lisa Robinson and Grace Robinson will be visiting them next week. We look forward to their reports. The second floor was funded by generous UBCers and will add three badly needed classrooms to the school, Colegio Bautista.
Today marks the start of the second semester and you can feel the energy in Dinkytown as people get back in to the routine of school work. Members of Phi Beta Chi sorority are looking forward to providing childcare for us once again on Sunday mornings.
Our first Roots Cellar concert of the New Year will be held this Saturday night at 7pm. We are welcoming back Stillwater-based singer/songwriter Peter Mayer. Here’s the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1561275367255050/ We’re expecting a pretty big crowd on Saturday, so plan accordingly. We will again have free parking available in the UBC lot, the LDS center next door and the SE library. The show starts at 7pm. Tickets for this concert at $20 general and $15 for students and seniors.
Sunday is our annual Sacred Harp Sunday morning service. We will set up the chairs and a few pews in a tight square toward the front of the sanctuary. All of the music will come form the Sacred Harp hymnal. We’ll likely be joined by the singers who faithfully sing this music every Tuesday evening at UBC. It’s a very energetic musical style and will make for a memorable worship experience. My sermon is entitled, “I Saw the Light”. The scripture reading from Mark 8:22-26 speaks of Jesus healing someone who has been blind. The person does not understand what he sees at first. He says that people look like trees. Something is still obscuring his sight. Sight is likely a metaphor, as are many of the healing stories. What might blur our vision? What might we not see clearly? What is still an illusion in our lives? Lots to think about. John Medeiros will be the worship leader.
After church, we will have our mid-year budget review as our forum.
Tuesday: 4:45pm Pastoral Relations, 5:30-7:30pm Sacred Harp,
Wednesday: 5:45-7:15 UBC Chorale, 7:30-9pm UBC Majors Bell Choir,
Saturday: 7pm Peter Mayer plays at the Roots Cellar,
Sunday: 10am Worship (Sacred Harp Sunday),
11:30am Education hour, Adult Forum: Mid-year budget review,
12:45pm UBC Council,
4-7pm Sacred Harp