ITLOTC 11-17-17

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Ordinary Time (not for long though)

(Pictures edition) 

Jamie's Top 5 Albums of 2017

I’ve been working through a newsletter series on prayer.  There’s probably one more entry in that series.  But I’ll shoot you straight: I forgot it was my week to write the newsletter (November is weird), and I didn’t want to frantically hammer out a post about something that requires some intentional thinking.  So you’re going to get this instead:

2017 is almost over (which is totally fine with me), so I thought I’d do a post on my 5 favorite albums that came out this year.  If you don’t care about what music has infused my life with meaning in the past 12 months, scroll on through to the announcements!  This just so happens to be a year where several of the bands that have meant the most to me over the years have released new albums, so this list was easy to make.

1) David Bazan— Care

This man is an unstoppable force.  He puts out albums faster than I write songs.  And when I say "puts out albums," I don't mean that he wrote a single and phoned in 9 more songs so he would have an excuse to release something--he has a prolific output of excellent songs.  Bazan has always had a way of expressing existential/theological questions with vulnerability and precision, and this record is no exception. Favorite Songs: Permanent Record, Lazerbeams, Keep Trying

This man is an unstoppable force.  He puts out albums faster than I write songs.  And when I say "puts out albums," I don't mean that he wrote a single and phoned in 9 more songs so he would have an excuse to release something--he has a prolific output of excellent songs.  Bazan has always had a way of expressing existential/theological questions with vulnerability and precision, and this record is no exception.

Favorite Songs: Permanent Record, Lazerbeams, Keep Trying

2) Manchester Orchestra— A Black Mile to the Surface

This is the band that made me want to make music.  When I was first attempting to do that, I just covered as much of Manchester Orchestra’s material as I could learn.  To say that this is band is special to me is a vast understatement.  I was nervous about this album because I only just barely liked their previous one, but it might be their best record in 10 years.   Favorite Songs: The Silence, The Parts

This is the band that made me want to make music.  When I was first attempting to do that, I just covered as much of Manchester Orchestra’s material as I could learn.  To say that this is band is special to me is a vast understatement.  I was nervous about this album because I only just barely liked their previous one, but it might be their best record in 10 years.  

Favorite Songs: The Silence, The Parts

3) Julien Baker—Turn Out The Lights

Julien Baker is like if David Bazan and Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra’s frontman) had a baby.  Her first album was incredible (and devastating)—it sort of played like a worship album about addiction, abandonment, and depression.  This one is pretty much the same, but with higher production value, more songwriting experience under her belt, and tear-inducing strings. Favorite Songs: Appointments, Claws In Your Back

Julien Baker is like if David Bazan and Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra’s frontman) had a baby.  Her first album was incredible (and devastating)—it sort of played like a worship album about addiction, abandonment, and depression.  This one is pretty much the same, but with higher production value, more songwriting experience under her belt, and tear-inducing strings.

Favorite Songs: Appointments, Claws In Your Back

4) John Mark McMillan—Mercury and Lightning

John Mark has always had a knack for writing "Christian music" that you don’t have to be embarrassed to say that you listen to.  I looked forward to this album for over a year.  When I first heard it, I absolutely hated it.  Fast-forward a couple of months, and I love it.  Which probably means that it’s ahead of its time and worth a few listens. Favorite Songs: Raging Moon, Magic Mirror,  Death In Reverse

John Mark has always had a knack for writing "Christian music" that you don’t have to be embarrassed to say that you listen to.  I looked forward to this album for over a year.  When I first heard it, I absolutely hated it.  Fast-forward a couple of months, and I love it.  Which probably means that it’s ahead of its time and worth a few listens.

Favorite Songs: Raging Moon, Magic Mirror,  Death In Reverse

5) Iron & Wine—Beast Epic

If you’ve followed Iron & Wine for any amount of time, you know that his sound has continually evolved.  I’m in the camp that has pretty much loved everything he’s done to date, but I was still pleasantly surprised to find a return to form on this record.  It’s wonderful. Favorite Songs: Claim Your Ghost, Bitter Truth, Our Light Miles

If you’ve followed Iron & Wine for any amount of time, you know that his sound has continually evolved.  I’m in the camp that has pretty much loved everything he’s done to date, but I was still pleasantly surprised to find a return to form on this record.  It’s wonderful.

Favorite Songs: Claim Your Ghost, Bitter Truth, Our Light Miles

-JM

Study Hall

Do you love pancakes?  Do you love snacks? Do you love groovy atmospheres to study in?  then study hall might be for you.  UBC will open it's doors to studiers of all stripes on December 5/6.  Doors will open at 10:00 AM and close at midnight.  

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Advent Workshop

On Sunday December 3rd, UBC will be having our annual children's advent workshop.  If you would like to sign up please email josh@ubcwaco.org.  

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Backside (you were wondering about this picture, weren't you)

Champions! are you awesome at art, music, stand up comedy, or some other talent that might be put on display?  Well then, the backside event might be for you.  It will take place on November 30th 2K17 at 7.  Please email jamie@ubcwaco.org if you want to participate.  

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Thanksgiving Lovefeast

Start your turkey eating season with us on Sunday November 19th, 2K17.  We will gather at UBC at 5:57 PM CST for a feast mimicking the one the pilgrims had with the indians back in the day.   UBC will provide the turkeys and you will provide the sides (i think, i haven't actually talked to Toph about any of this).  

Also, I've included a picture of a turkey below. 

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Work is Worship

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Greeters: Richardsons 

Coffee Makers: Jacob & KT

Mug Cleaners:  Maddie S. 

Money Counter:  Anna T. 

Announcements

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  • Youth Sunday!!!! This Sunday!!!
  • finance team meeting 12-something 
  • Christmas Eve Service 12-24 

Do you have an emergency and need to talk to a pastor? 

254 413 2611

Leadership Team

If you have a concern or an idea for UBC that you’d like to share with someone that is not on staff, feel free to contact one of our leadership team members. 

Chair- Emma Wood:  emmaj.wood@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Stan Denman: Stan_Denman@baylor.edu

Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Sharyl Loeung: sharylwl@gmail.com

Jon Davis: jdavis83@gmail.com

Student Position: Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position: Leah Reed: Leah_Reed@baylor.edu

UBC Finance Team

Do you have a question about UBC’s financial affairs? Please feel free to contact any of your finance team members.

JD Newman: JD_Newman@baylor.edu 

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Anna Tilson: Anna_Tilson@jrbt.com

Doug McNamee: douglas_mcnamee@baylor.edu

UBC HR Team

If you have concerns about staff and would like contact our human resources team, please feel free to email any of the following members.

Rob Engblom: Rob_Engblom@baylor.edu

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

Liturgy 11-12-2017

This blog is a record of the call to worship, Scripture readings, and prayers from our Sunday liturgies.  If you are interested in writing something for the liturgy, or if you have a concern about any aspect of our liturgy, please email jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Call to Worship

we have gathered to devote our attention
to the One who draws near to the afflicted

the One who desires justice
more than religious gatherings

to hear the story of God

and find ourselves drawn into it

until our desires are re-shaped
by the desires of Christ

and our lives are driven
by the hope of Resurrection.

Amen.

Scripture

Joshua 24:1-3, 14-15

So Joshua summoned all of the tribes of Israel together at Shechem, all the leaders, judges, officers, and elders, and they stood in the presence of the True God.

Joshua: The Eternal One, the True God of Israel has told me to give you this message: “Many years ago, your ancestors, Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River where they served other gods.  But I took your father Abraham and led him over the river and into the land of Canaan, and I made his descendants numerous.

So remember: fear the Eternal and serve Him sincerely and faithfully. Put away from you any gods your ancestors served across the Euphrates River or in Egypt, and serve only Him.  

If you decide that you’re not willing to serve Him, then today is the day for you to choose whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors bowed to in the land beyond the great River, or the gods of the Amorites whose country you possess. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Eternal.

Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus: Or picture the kingdom of heaven this way. It will be like ten bridesmaids who each picked up a lantern and went out to meet a certain bridegroom.  Five of these women were sensible, good with details, and remembered to bring small flasks of oil for their lanterns.

But five of them were flighty, too caught up in the excitement of their jaunt, and forgot to bring oil with them. The bridegroom did not turn up right away. Indeed, all the women, while waiting, found themselves falling asleep.  

And then in the middle of the night, they heard someone call, “The bridegroom is here, finally! Wake up and greet him!” The women got up and trimmed the wicks of their lanterns and prepared to go greet the groom.  The five women who had no oil turned to their friends for help.

Ill-prepared Bridesmaids: Please give us some of your oil! Our lanterns are flickering and will go out soon.

But the five women who’d come prepared with oil said they didn’t have enough.

Prepared Bridesmaids: If we give you some of our oil, we’ll all run out too soon! You’d better go wake up a dealer and buy your own supply. 

So the five ill-prepared women went in search of oil to buy, and while they were gone, the groom arrived. The five who stood ready with their lanterns accompanied him to the wedding party, and after they arrived, the door was shut.

Finally the rest of the women turned up at the party. They knocked on the door.

Ill-prepared Bridesmaids: Master, open up and let us in!

Bridegroom (refusing)I certainly don’t know you.

So stay awake; you neither know the day nor hour [when the Son of Man will come].

Prayer

This week's prayer was taken from An Iona Prayerbook (26), and is labeled as being from the Philippines.

Lord, in these times
When we fear we are losing hope
Or feel our efforts are futile,
Let us see in our hearts and minds
The image of your resurrection,
And let that be the source of courage and strength.
With that, and in your company,
Help us to face challenges and struggles
Against all that is born of injustice.

Amen.

Setlist 11-12-2017

This was the twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.  Our songs were gathered with this in mind.  Below, you’ll find the list of the songs and artists. Clicking the song titles will take you to the lyrics.  Below the songs, you can find a brief example of one way you might think of these songs. If you want to talk about any of these, feel free to comment at the bottom of this page or email me at jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Songs:

Hope by Jameson McGregor

Up On A Mountain by The Welcome Wagon

There by Jameson McGregor

Wearing Thin by Jameson McGregor

Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher

Doxology

How They Fit In:

There are many ways to think about the significance of songs and the way they fit together–-this is simply one way you can look at these songs in light of this week’s theme. 

Hope: This song is a declaration of hope against hope.  It offers us language to acknowledge God's presence in the midst of pain, and to raise the stubborn cry that all of this is headed toward a day where every broken piece finds its place again.

Up On A Mountain: We sang this to proclaim Jesus' solidarity with us in suffering, the depths of human pain, and the ongoing presence of God with us via the Spirit.

There: This song locates God as an Anchor over and above every source of anxiety in the world, and reminds us of the good news that God's commitment to be God for us outlasts the world itself.

Wearing Thin: This song is about the wearing thin that comes with facing the myriad seemingly unsolvable problems in the world, and turns to a petition for God to enable and embolden people to rise to challenges that seem insurmountable.

Lord, I Need You:  We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs.  This is what we said about Lord, I Need You then: We sang this song to begin our time together with a confession of our dependence upon God to transform us into people who live as the presence of Christ in our particular time and place.  These words offer us a chance to rehearse a prayer that might be offered in some way or another every day.

Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.

-JM

ITLOTC 11-10-17

ITLOTC

(In The Life Of The Church) 

Ordinary Time

Building Update

UBC Champions,

At our last town hall I did not have very good information to give you.  I promised that when I got that information I'd begin to pass that along.  I'd like to update you on a few things. 

First, I got some initial sketches and quotes back from our architect.  He estimated that doing an addition on the 18th st. side of the building out into the parking lot would run about $150-175 a square foot.  Let's say we did an 8,000 sq ft. children's center.  On the cheap side that would come to about 1.2 million dollars likely more if we have to plumbing.  In addition to this we'd need to acquire, shutdown and redo Flint St. as well at prepare the lot purchased across the Flint St. on the 18th side for parking.  In all that looks like a 1.5 million dollar project. 

At last Sunday's leadership team meeting, the l-team asked me to investigate the potential cost and loss of putting the Brazos Electric Company proper on La Salle under contract.  My insider business people tell me that number is about 10K.  5K of earnest money which could be refunded if the deal doesn't work out and 5K which we'd have to spend on environmental studies and other research measures to determine if it would be feasible for us to purchase that building.  

On Tuesday last week i had a meeting with smart business people.  In that meeting we talked about a lot of things including different ways to structure our offer with the Brazos Electric Co., possible strategies for getting into the BEC property debt free, and strategies for getting accurate assessments.   We also talked about good contacts from the community for me to get a better idea of estimates.  

So this week I asked the leadership team to vote on spending the 5K/10K to put the Brazos Electric Co. under contract and they voted in the affirmative.  It is common for these options periods to last about 90 days.  So please be in prayer that once we put the property under contract (if we can agree on an offer) that all of our research partners and firms are able to do good work in a timely matter so we can make a wise final decision.  Thank you for your patience.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email josh@ubcwaco.org.  

Thanksgiving Lovefeast

Start your turkey eating season with us on Sunday November 19th, 2K17.  We will gather at UBC at 5:57 PM CST for a feast mimicking the one the pilgrims had with the indians back in the day.   UBC will provide the turkeys and you will provide the sides (i think, i haven't actually talked to Toph about any of this).  

Also, I've included a picture of a turkey below. 

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Book Challenge

This past Thursday, the UBC staff aka UBC #Champions4theLord had our staff development day.  As part of that day we went to Half Priced Books and were allowed to select a book.  Below I will list for you each staff member's name and the titles of the seven books that were purchased.  Should you have a desire to participate you, readers can send me an email (josh@ubcwaco.org) with the subject line "book challenge" listing the book that corresponds with the staff member.  The first email I receive that correctly pairs all the books with their new owners will win a B & N gift card.  

Staff members: Jamie, Taylor, Val, Dilon, Josh, Toph, and Kim

Book titles: 

Ways of Seeing by John Berger

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 

The Story of Edward Sawtelle by David Wrobleski

The Art of Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Dermot Power

The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh by Evelyn Waugh

Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by it's Stars, Writers, and Guests by James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales

Outrageous Acts of Everyday Rebellion by Gloria Steinem

 

McLennan County Orphan Care #3

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We will be hosting our third and final orphan care dinner this Wednesday, October 15.  This time we will be visiting with the folks from CASA about what it means to fight for foster care children in a way other than opening up your home.  CASA is something anyone can do including a college student.  So please come, eat some dinner and fellowship.  Our potluck dinner will start at 6 and discussion at 6:30.  Childcare will be provided.  

 

Work is Worship

Greeters: Ricky

Coffee Makers: Emmy & Caroline 

Mug Cleaners:  Vince & Sarah 

Money Counter: Hannah Kuhl 

Announcements

  • Sunday Sermon: Joshua 24ish
  • Thanksgiving Love Feast 11-19
  • Youth Sunday 11-19
  • Christ the King Sunday 11-26
  • Backside 12-1
  • Advent Workshop 12-3
  • Study Hall 12-5/6
  • finance team meeting 
  • Christmas Eve Service 12-24 

Do you have an emergency and need to talk to a pastor? 

254 413 2611

Leadership Team

If you have a concern or an idea for UBC that you’d like to share with someone that is not on staff, feel free to contact one of our leadership team members. 

Chair- Emma Wood:  emmaj.wood@yahoo.com

Byron Griffin: byrontgriffin@gmail.com

Stan Denman: Stan_Denman@baylor.edu

Adam Winn:  adamwinn68@yahoo.com

Bridget Heins: bheins@hot.rr.com

Sharyl Loeung: sharylwl@gmail.com

Jon Davis: jdavis83@gmail.com

Student Position: Samuel Moore: samuel_moore2@baylor.edu

Student Position: Leah Reed: Leah_Reed@baylor.edu

UBC Finance Team

Do you have a question about UBC’s financial affairs? Please feel free to contact any of your finance team members.

JD Newman: JD_Newman@baylor.edu 

Hannah Kuhl: HannahKuhl@hotmail.com  

Justin Pond: pondjw@gmail.com

Anna Tilson: Anna_Tilson@jrbt.com

Doug McNamee: douglas_mcnamee@baylor.edu

UBC HR Team

If you have concerns about staff and would like contact our human resources team, please feel free to email any of the following members.

Rob Engblom: Rob_Engblom@baylor.edu

Ross Van Dyke: Ross_Vandyke@baylor.edu

Jared Gould: jared.gould1@gmail.com

Rebekah Powell: rpowell671@gmail.com

Kristen Richardson: wacorichardsons@gmail.com

Liturgy 11-5-2017

This blog is a record of the call to worship, Scripture readings, and prayers from our Sunday liturgies.  If you are interested in writing something for the liturgy, or if you have a concern about any aspect of our liturgy, please email jamie@ubcwaco.org.

Call to Worship

we have gathered to worship
the One who hears the cries of the troubled

the One who delivers the distressed

to be drawn into the Story of God

and find ourselves transformed by it

into people who carry
the love and grace of God within us

sowing hope into the depths
of trouble and distress
.

Amen.

Scripture