Another Center

Dear Church: The phrase “another center” comes to mind as I contemplate how to encourage you this week. I know I have trouble finding my center these days. Perhaps you struggle, too. The phrase “finding my center” suggests locating a quiet, still point somewhere inside me. It is there for...

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Discernment Update from Jody Joyner

Last week, we discussed how our partnerships with Congregational Church of Austin (CCA) and University Christian Church (UCC) might be further strengthened toward a greater shared ministry in a broad conversation. As an extension of that discussion, about 30 UBC members met on Sunday morning to continue our series of church-wide...

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Jubilate Deo

Good afternoon, everyone! It’s that time of year again! Special Music Sunday! Maybe I’m biased (I absolutely am), but these are some of my favorite Sundays. This week, you will get to hear an exuberant piece of music. Jubilate Deo composed by Dan Forrest. And, as far as I know,...

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Discernment Update from Paul Taylor

For years the Congregational Church of Austin, University Christian Church, and University Baptist Church have cooperated on shared ministries, including our combined youth program, Labyrinth, and Micah 6. On Sunday morning representatives from all three churches met in our Fellowship Hall to consider this question: What are the opportunities for...

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Your Benevolence at Work

As many of you know, our church runs a benevolence program with generous gifts you give to the church.  In addition to the offering we collect on communion Sunday, we have a small budget line that helps to contribute to this fund (sidenote: if you’ve ever wondered why your beloved...

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Discernment Update by Lisa Cauble

I wish you all could have been at UCC as we celebrated Youth Sunday this week. This worship service is one of my favorites of the year. The youth lead every aspect of worship — prayer, readings, communion, preaching. It is like a balm to the soul of those who...

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I Miss the Mountains

Church Family, I just spent five amazing days exploring some of the most beautiful places our nation has chosen to preserve. I camped with friends for two days in Zion National Park and then drove to Bryce Canyon National Park to spend a few hours. (We also made a stop...

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