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This Week at UBC

July 10, 2017

Hello Friends,
 
Today, four members of our sister church in Leon, travelled to the US Embassy in Managua to secure visas for their visit in August.  Only one of the four (Napolean) was granted a visa.  That means that three others (Patricia, Esther and Mercedes) were denied visas.  Patricia and Esther were denied for a second time. You may recall that back in March all six were denied visas.  We decided to reapply and this time three of the six were approved (Mercedes replaced Oscar who was initially denied in March).  This is unprecedented in the many years we have facilitated these exchanges.  The decisions seem arbitrary and usurious.  It costs UBC $160 per visa application plus transportation to and from Managua. But more costly is the disappointment, humiliation and shame that those denied need to absorb. We will joyfully welcome Napolean, Isabel and Anielka from August 18-28. We will also continue to pray and work toward a more just visa policy for foreign nationals. 
 
As always, we are enjoying our combined services with First Congregational Church. This week we move back to UBC for the last two services in the series.  We’ll continue to look at the wonder women listed in Matthew’s genealogy.  We have already looked at Tamar and Rahab. This week, Clyde Steckel will preach on Ruth and then next week, Mary Kay Sauter will preach about Bathseba.  I always find joy in working and worshipping together with my friends at First Congregational.
 
I won’t be at UBC for the next two Sundays as Deidre Druk and I will be representing UBC at the annual summer conference of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America~Bautistas Por la Paz.  The conference will be held in Mexico for the first time ever.  It will give me an opportunity to work on my Spanish in anticipation of the visit of members of our Nicaraguan sister church in late August.
 
The gathered Sacred Harp singers gave so many compliments to the gardeners.  Thanks so much for your work. The Garden Team will be meeting on Friday mornings through the summer, and all are welcome! No experience necessary! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information, or feel free to just show up! Gloves and tools are available in the shed. If Fridays don't work for you, feel free to pull a few weeds, take some flowers home, or pick some raspberries on Sunday mornings or whenever you might be at UBC during the week.
 
Time to Collect School Supplies for our Sister Church in Nicaragua.  As we will be having a delegation from our sister church here in August - including the school's director Isabel Lanza - we want to be able to send the delegation back with school supplies for the students; and the timing is perfect for our back-to-school sales! Many stores (Office Max/Depot, Target, Walgreens, etc.) have weekly specials to entice shoppers to back-to-school sales.  Office Max/Depot often have weekly specials of multiple items for pennies. Needed school supplies include: spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, erasers, scissors, rulers, construction paper, glue, tape, folders, English/Spanish dictionaries - any items / any quantities are welcome.   Also, any books written in Spanish are always appreciated. (No 3-ring binders please.) Please bring any donated school supplies to UBC by Sunday, August 20.  We will need to inventory and pack the items during the week of August 21st.  If you would rather donate money, checks can be written to UBC and designated to the Colegio Bautista (school).  If you have questions, please ask Jean Lubke.  
 
When you come to UBC next time, you’ll notice new LED light bulbs throughout the building. These will be brighter and use much less electricity.
 
This Week:
Monday: 7pm UBC/FCC knitting group hosted by Jean Lubke;
Tuesday: 5:30-7:30pm Sacred Harp,
Friday: 10am Garden Team,
Sunday:10am Worship (at UBC),
 11am Refreshments,
 4-7pm Sacred Harp.
 
Next Week:
Monday: 6:30pm Grace in Contemporary Literature by Women hosted by Nancy Myers
Tuesday: 5:30-7:30pm Sacred Harp,
Friday: 10am Garden Team,
Sunday:10am Worship (at UBC),
 11am Refreshments,
 5-7pm Sacred Harp.
 
Blessings and Peace,
 
Doug Donley