ITLOTC 11-10-17


(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  

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. 


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 ( 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



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 


  • 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 

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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:

Byron Griffin:

Stan Denman:

Adam Winn:

Bridget Heins:

Sharyl Loeung:

Jon Davis:

Student Position: Samuel Moore:

Student Position: Leah Reed:

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: 

Hannah Kuhl:  

Justin Pond:

Anna Tilson:

Doug McNamee:


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:

Ross Van Dyke:

Jared Gould:

Rebekah Powell:

Kristen Richardson: