The Advent and Christmas Season offers many opportunities for fun, fellowship, worship, and reflection as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. UBBC has many wonderful Christmas traditions and activities to bring peace and joy to your holiday schedule. Friends, family members and neighbors are welcome!
Saturday, December 7
Hanging of the Greens, 1:30 – 5 pm
Kick off the Advent – Christmas season by helping to decorate the sanctuary. Bring a snack or beverage to share if you wish.
Sunday, December 8
Alternative Christmas Fair & Children’s Fair, 11 am – 2 pm
Come and choose a gift of a charitable donation for your loved one that supports the programs of local, national, and global nonprofits. Enjoy a tasty lunch during your visit! The Children’s Fair runs from 11 am – 1:00 pm on the 2nd floor of the Christian Education wing, where crafts, activities, games, and food are provided. Funds raised are used to sponsor a child from Save the Children.
Sunday, December 22
Christmas Play & Brunch, 9:30 am
This year during worship our children will present The Legend of the Poinsetta based on the book by Tomie dePaola, adapted and directed by Kimber Hershberger. Greet the children during the Christmas Brunch downstairs after worship. Bring a finger food, appetizer or favorite Christmas treat to share.
Monday, December 23
Christmas Caroling to UBBC Homebound, 6 pm
Join us to stroll and sing carols to our homebound members and friends. Gather in the Fireside Room at UBBC for caroling route directions and carpooling.
Tuesday, December 24
Family Christmas Eve Service, 4 pm; Candlelight Service, 7 pm
The 4 pm service, offered for families with young children, will include Christmas songs, the Christmas story, and an opportunity to bring a gift to honor baby Jesus. Canned food and dry goods will be collected and donated to the State College Food Bank. The Sanctuary Choir will offer music at the 7 pm service of candles and carols as the Christmas story is shared.
Tuesday, December 31
First Night Soups and Sweets Café, 4 – 8 pm
As you enjoy the community First Night activities on New Year’s Eve, plan now to have your choice of homemade soups, sweets and coffee in the Fellowship Hall. Soup and bread for $3 / bowl; desserts for $2. Beverages will be provided. This is a fundraiser for UBBC youth attending Summer Work Camps and the COB National Youth Conference at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO.
A number of media reports have incorrectly identified University Baptist and Brethren Church (UBBC) at 411 South Burrowes Street as the church that fired Ken Kline Smeltzer for officiating a same-sex marriage on August 19, 2013 at the request of State College Mayor Elizabeth Gorham. This is not the case. Bonnie Kline Smeltzer is the pastor at UBBC, where the congregation has expressed appreciation to her husband, Ken, for an act of conscience consistent with the following statement of mission and welcome adopted in 1999:
Woven Together in love,
We seek like Jesus
to serve God’s world
Believing that God’s unbounded love and grace are offered to all and meant to be shared and celebrated by all, we embrace persons of every age, race, sexual orientation, ethnic and religious background, and economic means as vital and integral members of God’s family. We welcome EVERYONE to participate in all aspects of the worship, membership and life of our church.
UBBC is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA and the Church of the Brethren and is a member of two organizations representing congregations whose welcome clearly includes gays and lesbians: the Supportive Communities Network of the Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Interests and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.
Pastor Bonnie Kline Smeltzer
Human communities generally tend towards leaders with strength and wisdom. But today’s prophetic text points to the particular power and wisdom found only in a vulnerable child, and the unexpected movement of God’s Spirit through a newly visioned leader, guiding us to a time when predator and prey gently coexist, when power is finally equalized. Advent invites us to revisit the ways power is defined.
Upcoming Campfire Kids Events (for kids of all ages!):
Bike Ride & Picnic on Sunday, June 30th at 4 pm. Join us on a bike ride on the one of PA’s Rails to Trails the Lower Trail. We’ll meet at the beginning of the trail at Alfarata Station near Waterstreet and Alexandria, see this website for directions: http://www.rttcpa.org/lower.shtml. We’ll bike for about an hour, stop for a picnic dinner, and then bike back. You’ll need to bring a picnic dinner and drinks for you and your family. Please rsvp to email@example.com.
Swim & Picnic at Greenwood Furnace on Saturday, July 20th @ 2 pm. Bring a picnic dinner. Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Backpacking Trip in Rothrock State Forest on Saturday, August 24-25. This trip is designed for all to participate. If you’re interested please contact Karen Moser at email@example.com.
Campout at Camp Blue Diamond on Saturday, August 31st to Sunday, Sept. 1st: We will gather on Saturday, Aug. 31st at 11:00 am, enjoy boating and swimming during the afternoon, have a campfire in the evening, and sleep in the 2 newer cabins. We’ll be finished on Sunday, Sept. 1st by 10:00 am. The lodging costs are: $21/adult and $10/child ages 3-10 years. We will be organizing and bringing our own food. If you’re interested in attending, please let me know, because space is limited. Lodging payments need to made by August 15th, checks payable to “UBBC” and given to Karen Moser.
They’re back! Y’all Come and Ring VIII will be held on Sunday, August 18th during worship. If you would like to experience playing handbells in worship, this is your big chance. While prior experience is not necessary, a basic awareness of music reading would be helpful. We pick a straight forward piece to play and rehearse from 8:45-9:15 am immediately before worship and then play during the service. If you would like to play, please contact Chris Kiver at firstname.lastname@example.org or 235-4864 before August 11 so he can plan accordingly.
Y’all Come and Sing VIII will be held Sunday, August 25th during worship. No previous experience necessary, just show up at 8:45 am for a rehearsal.
Sanctuary Choir will resume weekly rehearsals on Thursday, September 5th, from 7:00-8:30 pm in room 205. We are always pleased to have new folks come along. We also rehearse on Sunday mornings from 8:45-9:15 am. You can sing during worship as long as you have sung in one of the rehearsals that week. With busy schedules, there is no expectation for you to attend every rehearsal and service. While no previous experience is necessary, basic music reading skills are helpful. For more information, contact Chris Kiver.
If anyone is interested in playing in Adult Handbells in the fall, please be in touch with Chris Kiver. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:00-6:45 pm, and performances during worship occur once every six weeks or so. Regular attendance at rehearsals is required. While no previous experience is necessary, basic music reading skills are helpful.
Pastor, Bonnie Kline Smeltzer
In this most confusing parable often called “The Parable of the Dishonest Manager” one thing is certain. Jesus challenges all to decide who they will serve – God or wealth? What does that challenge mean for us?