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? 

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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