Movie Night this Friday May 19 – Ideas for movie night?

We are having Movie Night this Friday May 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the “chapel”. Free snacks, drinks, delicious popcorn. It is difficult to find a movie that is good for children and adults. Click on this to learn more about the movie. If you plan to come and need a ride – and live on or near LSU campus – you must send us an email by Thursday. Pick up times are one hour earlier than for English Conversation.

LONG WAY NORTH is set in the late 19th century Saint Petersburg. Sacha, a young girl from the Russian aristocracy, dreams of the Great North and anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, Oloukine, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to conquer the North Pole. Sacha has always been fascinated by the adventurous life of her grandfather and has the same calling as Oloukine to be an explorer. But Sacha’s parents, who already made arrangements for her marriage, strongly disapprove the idea to say the least. Defying her destiny, Sacha flees her home and launches an adventure-filled quest toward the Great North in search of Oloukine and his ship.

(1) We are having a Movie Night on Friday May 19.

(2) It is difficult to find movies that are good for children and adults. Some movies are too “children” and most are too “adult” (violence monsters horror and violence).

(2b) A few months ago we had a lesson about movies. And we shared the idea for an “international film festival” during the summer. Yes we know Cinemark at Perkins Rowe already does this. But how about a series of movies from other countries? that “express the culture, beliefs, and dreams of your people”? For example – if someone says “what movie from the last 10-15 years represents Nigeria / China / South Korea / Russia / Japan / Brasil / Iran / India / Mexico?” what answer might you give? We do not know if or when we will do this “film festival”. However…

(3) Please share with us your ideas for Movie Night. Even share with us your ideas for a movie… from your home country… that would be a good choice for an “international film festival”.

Activities for children and teenagers this week

There are activities for children and youth* during the school year. You can see the complete calendars for children (5th grade and younger) and for *youth (6th-12th grade) at www.Ubc-br.org. To learn more contact (1) Deb McElgin at Deb@Ubc-br.org for children or (2) Anna Wright at Youth@Ubc-br.org for youth.

Children (= elementary and younger)

Saturday June 3 at 3:00 p.m. Superheroes of Kindness.

This is all the information we have – contact Deb McElgin for more details. Or visit the UBC website.

Youth (= middle + high school)

Saturday June 3 – Youth service project.

Every Sunday evening = Click here for youth activities calendar! 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the youth area (upstairs in education building).

Note = Anna Wright is the interim minister with youth (teenagers).

Free lunch this Sunday (plus other activities for internationals)

Please join us for free lunch this Sunday May 28 starting at 11:45 a.m. after our morning worship! If you can please bring something to share with the church family. But most of all bring yourself and a friend! We also have our regular Sunday morning activities including Bible study and worship. 

Come for our regular activities this Sunday!

  • Bible study* at 9:15 a.m.
  • Worship together at 10:30 a.m.

We have a Bible study class for beginners in simple English and a class for people who know the Bible well. There are also special classes and activities for children and youth.  

If you live on or near Louisiana State University… and you need a ride… please contact us and let us knowWe are no longer able to pick up people with the church bus. So if you plan to come and need a ride… send us an email… and we will find someone who can come and pick you up in a car. Very important! Please pay attention to the updated schedule! There was too much time between some of the stops.

    • Highland Road bus stop (the new bus stop near the The Hub sign not the bus stop near WalMart) at 8:50 a.m.
    • Gourrier (near El Cid and Embassy apartments) at 8:55 a.m.
    • Tigerland (on Alvin Dark across from Circle K) at 9:00 a.m.
    • Brightside bus stop (near Brightside View, also outside The Blox) at 9:00 a.m.

Please allow 5-10 minutes for the bus or car to arrive because of weather or traffic. You can also drive yourself. We are at 5775 Highland Road, 70808. If you drive yourself turn into the back parking lot.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

FYI = Science Saturday! at LIGO Livingston – Saturday May 20

This is not a Church of the Nations activity. We are sorry but we are not planning to take a group. We simply want to let everyone know about a great opportunity to learn about exciting science every month. 

Okay… many of you heard remember the news. That LIGO detected and confirmed gravitational waves! But did you know… one of the two LIGO facilities in the United States is “down the road”… about 30 miles away… in Livingston Louisiana? One of the most important discoveries in cosmology and physics happened in our “backyard” right here in Louisiana. Gabriela Gonzalez – the spokesperson for LIGO Livingston – is a professor at Louisiana State University!

LIGO Livingston has a Science Saturday the third Saturday of every month. In which the facility is open to the public. There are science demonstrations… science exhibits… all (most?) of which people can touch and work with them… a video that explains LIGO… and a tour of the facility including a visit to the control room. Maybe you will notice another gravitational wave! This month it will be 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tours of LIGO are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. We know some families who visit LIGO Livingston every month because they and their children enjoy it so much. Tomorrow the theme for Science Saturday will be “space and time” = Lobby activities will be all about space, time and space-time.  Explore ways of measuring space and time. Come take the time to explore space, and we’ll give you the space to spend time.  (Ha ha. Ha ha ha.)

Where is it? How do you travel there? It is about 30 miles away – usually it takes 45 minutes by car. Click here for directions.

Lections = 7th Sunday of Easter (A)

Texts_07EasterA_20170528 (PDF)
Texts_07EasterA_20170528 (DOCX)

Hebrew notes = Psalm 68

Verses 1-10, 32-35 specifically. Some odd linguistic features in this psalm. Almost certainly late. Arguably “northern” although see Richard Wright, “Further Evidence for North Israelite Contributions to Late Biblical Hebrew,” in Biblical Hebrew: Chronology and Typology, ed. Ian Young (Sheffield, 2004): 129-148.

Psalm 68 (PDF)
Psalm 68 (DOCX)

SERMON = Building the temple / Household of God (1 Peter 2)

Les trois mages (three wise men), Jesus Mafa (website no longer available)

Presentation_1Peter2_Household_05EasterA_20170514 (PPTX)

Sermon = Household of living stones
Text = 1 Peter 2

Theme(s) = (1) Peter challenges us with vital understanding of church as household of God (2) need to grow living stones that God builds into temple

Link to recording of message

Introduction

  • Oh yeah? When I was growing up we do not take off our winter coats during worship!
  • Eight years part of Ithaca Baptist Church
  • Meets in old community center
  • Two rooms = upstairs + downstairs
  • Walls are orange and brown
  • A few broken windows
  • Old metal chairs
  • During winter turn on the heat
  • By time worship begins… 40 degrees
  • We wear our winter coats
  • It was a very beautiful church
  • How about Comunidad Cristiano Emanuel
  • In San Jose, Mayabeque, Cuba
  • Small town 30 kilometers from Havana
  • Church building is a house
  • Pastor Emanuel Delgado tells us when first the church buys it
  • Full of termites and falling apart
  • Bible study for youth meet upstairs on the roof
  • Pastor’s office is the space under the stairs
  • A very beautiful church
  • Why? What makes a church beautiful?

Like new babies desire pure spiritual(?) milk so that by it you will grow up into your salvation now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him the living stone – rejected by human beings but chosen by God and precious to him – like living stones let yourselves be built into a spiritual house(hold)…

  • Our Bible reading this Sunday < 1 Peter 2
  • Peter writes people who live in place not their home (! like internationals?)
  • From different places and backgrounds
  • Born anew through resurrection to a living hope into an inheritance kept in heaven for them
  • Peter writes to encourage them because new faith in Christ
  • In a way 1 Peter = welcome! Introduction! So you are a new Christian!
  • Experience hostility from surrounding culture
  • Neighbors + friends + even family do not understand what is wrong with them
  • Why must you be different?
  • Peter writes also to teach them about their new life as followers of Christ
  • In Christ God creates – or invites them to safe(?) place for those who do not have a place
  • Place is not a building
  • Place is a community
  • Not a social club – not simply a collection of people who are friends and do things together
  • The divine family we call the Christian church

Continue reading ‘SERMON = Building the temple / Household of God (1 Peter 2)’

Activities for internationals this Sunday

Church of the Nations will be in the “chapel” this Sunday.

  • Worship together at 10:30 a.m. 

If you live on or near Louisiana State University… and you need a ride… please contact us and let us knowWe are not able to pick up people with the church bus right now. So if you plan to come and need a ride… let us know… and we will find someone who can come and pick you up in a car. Very important! Please pay attention to the updated schedule! There was too much time between some of the stops.

    • Highland Road bus stop (the new bus stop near the The Hub sign not the bus stop near WalMart) at 8:50 a.m.
    • Gourrier (near El Cid and Embassy apartments) at 8:55 a.m.
    • Tigerland (on Alvin Dark across from Circle K) at 9:00 a.m.
    • Brightside bus stop (near Brightside View, also outside The Blox) at 9:00 a.m.

Please allow 5-10 minutes for the bus to arrive because of weather or traffic. You can also drive yourself. We are at 5775 Highland Road, 70808. If you drive yourself turn into the back parking lot.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Special music concert – Sunday May 21

 

 

Sunday May 21 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the “big sanctuary” at University Baptist Church. The combined choirs of (1) Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette and (2) University Baptist Church. We are very excited about this special concert of music and song. If you plan to come… and live near Louisiana State University… and need a ride – send us an email. We will try to organize someone who can come and pick you up for the concert.

 

 

Lections = Ascension (A)

Because everyone observes the Feast of the Ascension right?

Texts_AscensionA_20170525 (PDF)
Texts_AscensionA_20170525 (DOCX)