ITLOTC, July 4, 2014...


(In the Life of the Church)

June 15, 2014

(While Josh is away on sabbatical, Craig will be writing the newsletter.  Which means you should expect less Harry Potter and more Hank Williams.)



Last week I wrote about Austin Tiffany and his time on UBC's Leadership Team. Members of our Leadership Team serve in that capacity for up to three years. As Austin rotated off the group last week, Jamie McGregor takes his place as a member this week.

Jamie is from Clarksville, Tennessee and a graduate of Carson Newman University. He is married to Adair. Many of you will know him as the bearded guitar player who sings next to Tye on Sunday mornings. He is an incredible musician and songwriter. Jamie has released a couple of EP's, one of which is often on constant repeat in my car. It is titled "Never Get Gone" and you can download it here.

I asked Jamie a little about himself...

Age? 25

What do you do? I go to seminary and play in a rock band.

How long have you been at UBC? 3 years exactly

What do you love most about our church? Authenticity and liturgical effort

What would you like to see different about our church? More attention to newcomers

Favorite restaurant in Waco? Taqueria No. 9

Please be in prayer for Jamie as he takes on this important role.

jamie mcgregor


Independence Day

If you've been around UBC for very long, you know that many of us are leery of mixing nationalism/patriotism with our lives as followers of Jesus. A thought provoking blog about this can be found here.

However, with that said, this creates a tension when it comes to recognizing and blessing those who serve in the armed forces. Regardless of your politics or theology with regards to this, I believe that at the very least we can acknowledge that anyone who voluntarily gives their lives in service to their fellow humans are worthy of our thanks and prayers.

Over the past few years we have had several soldiers from Ft. Hood worship with us. A couple of them have stuck around and have been a part of our community through Sunday School, worship and a Mi Casa that meets in the Temple/Belton area. They are Ryan Spangler and Ben Speckhart. Ryan has recently finished his tenure with the Army and has moved to Longview with his wife Lisa (who is great with child at this present moment.) Ben is still hanging around.  Please take a moment this week to pray for both of them and, if you see them, to let them know you appreciate what they do.

ryan spangler

ben speckhart



Last week I had the pleasure of representing UBC at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual General Assembly in Atlanta. A story about the closing night can be found here. Next year's General Assembly will be in Dallas and I would love to take a contingency of UBC'ers to find out about the good work that we support through the CBF. Be on the lookout early next year for information on this.


No Sunday School

As a reminder, there will be no Sunday School on July 6th. We will resume all our Summer Activities on Wednesday, July 9th.


Garage Sale

This year's Garage Sale will be August 16th, 18th and (if we have anything left,) 19th. Because we had such a great response to sorting time this past Sunday, we will be using every other Sunday as sorting times. On July 13th, 27th and August 10th we will meet after church to work on sorting. The week of August 10th we will be sorting all through the week.  Please put these dates on your calendars!


Work is Worship

 Our new "Work is Worship" board for July-September is up and located next to Josh's office. It would be great if we could have that whole thing filled up by the end of Sunday!

For this Sunday...

Making Coffee-- Marygayle Martin

Greeting People-- Haylee.  (We could use one or two more for this!)

Cleaning Coffee Mugs-- Haines'


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: Jana Parker

Kristin Dodson:

Kaley Eggers:

David Wilhite:

Jamie McGregor:

Byron Roldan:

Teri Walter:

UBC Finance Team

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

Tom Haines:

Paul Taft:

Josh McCormick:

Chris Kim:

Tom McCarty:


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

Lacy McNamee:

Callie Schrank:

Jeff Walter:

Michael Heins: