Movie night! this Friday March 3

Church of the Nations is planning on movie night this Friday March 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. (Please note this is earlier than when we usually start Movie Night. This is so that younger children can come.) We will turn the chapel into a giant movie theater! Free drinks, snacks, and delicious popcorn. This activity is free! Families and children are welcome.   We will have English Conversation on Friday March 10, 17, and 31.

For legal reasons we cannot say on our website what movie we will show. (Because of license and advertising law. It is difficult to explain.) If you ask us we can tell you. It will be a movie that is good for children and adults.) Also we have not chosen the movie yet.

Maybe… might be something else… we will choose and update by *Wednesday*

We are not able to pick up people with the church bus. If we can pick up people and you need a ride… you must email us by Thursday so someone can meet you at one of the “bus stops” on this list. We no longer go to every stop on this list. It will help if you know someone who can give you a ride. It is usually not a problem to take people home. If you need a ride… the time will be *60 minutes earlier* than the time for English Conversation. Simple. See our English Conversation schedule. One hour earlier.

University Baptist Church in the “chapel”
5775 Highland Road, 70808

203 Leeward Drive chapel

Directions from Louisiana State University (very easy and close to LSU):

  1. Drive southeast along Highland Road
  2. Drive past Lee/College Drive
  3. Turn left onto Leeward Drive (first road on left after digital sign)
  4. Turn left into the second parking lot (the “back” side of the church facility)
  5. The “chapel” is at the back… on the left… near the church bus

Activities for children and teenagers

 

There are many 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)

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

Youth (= middle + high school)

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).

Join us for activities this Sunday

Note – Rick and Armetta Wright invite internationals to their home for a simple lunch after worship. If you plan to come please reply to this email and let us know – that will help us know how many are coming. Come for our regular activities this Sunday! 

  • Bible study* at 9:15 a.m. 
  • 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.
  • Etta and Lee Drive – the parking lot between Jimmy John’s and Caliente restaurants at 9:00 a.m. See Google Maps picture

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!

Sermon = Subamos, entramos… y seamos salvos (Go up, go in… and be saved) (Exodus 24)

HESDIN of Amiens (C. 1450-55) from a “Biblia Pauperum” (Bible of the Poor) (manuscript “Den Haag, MMW, 10 A 15”)

Sermon = Go up, go in… and be saved
Text = Exodus 24

Theme = Sinai experience invites us to go up and enter and be saved as we enter the season of Lent

Introduction

 

  • Jewish people are afraid of our own mysticism
  • Rabbi and professor Elliot Wolfson
  • Cornell University
  • 1987
  • Today one of the most important scholars of Jewish religion in the United States

 

  • When he says this I wonder
  • What? What does he mean? Today I understand a little
  • Mysticism is a difficult word
  • Means something like direct knowledge or experience of God
  • So this famous and brilliant Jewish scholar tells his students
  • Jewish people are afraid of that part of their own religion
  • That emphasizes how we know God and experience God directly
  • Know about… think about… talk about… read about God… debate theology…
  • Many Christian people seem comfortable with that
  • And less comfortable with even the idea that we can know God and experience God directly
  • [Someone in UBC once said “we don’t know very much about God” – how sad]
  • Is the Christian church afraid of our own mysticism?

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Sermon = Welcoming (the) fire (1 Corinthians 3) (delivered in San Jose, Cuba)

(Not entirely happy with this choice of picture. Will keep looking.)

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Sermon = Welcoming (the) Fire
Text = 1 Corinthians 3

Nb = Delivered at Iglesia Bautista “Comunidad Cristiana Emanuel” in San Jose de las Lajas, Cuba, Sunday, February 19, 2017. Did not use presentation because (1) seemed distracting (2) did not have access because it was composed on my Chromebook, not having regular access to internet meant more difficult to access my Google Drive. Got good feedback. Improvised a couple times to make clear the “warning” was not directed toward this church or its pastor – I was simply talking through the text and tried to focus on encouraging these dear friends in Christ.

Introduction

  • Most of their home was ruined by the flood
  • It is difficult and deeply painful
  • Some people welcome the chance to make changes and build again
  • Some know about the great flood of 2016
  • One weekend during August last year
  • Great storm over south Louisiana
  • It rains + rains + rains…
  • Many areas in Baton Rouge and the towns around Baton Rouge – are under water
  • Many homes + businesses + churches are flooded
  • UBC is working with Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church in Baton Rouge
  • Church buildings flooded – including the large building where they gather to worship
  • Ministers and families work together to tear out everything that has water
  • We meet with them to talk about how they can build again
  • We talk about plans and building materials and contractors
  • That church family lost so much
  • They are still a church family
  • Now they think about how they can build again
  • 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled[a] master builder (architect) I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
  • 10 Según la gracia que Dios me ha dado, yo, como perito arquitecto, puse el fundamento, mientras que otro sigue construyendo encima, pero cada uno debe tener cuidado de cómo sobreedifica. 11 Porque nadie puede poner otro fundamento que el que está puesto, el cual es Jesucristo.
  • The apostle Paul was talking about food and farming
  • Suddenly he talks about building (verb) and buildings (noun)
  • He speaks to the Christian community
  • And says you (plural-Ustedes) are the building of God
  • You (plural-Ustedes) are the temple in which the Spirit of God dwells
  • Seven years ago I go to a conference for biblical scholars
  • I see a friend who now has a doctorate and teaches at a seminary
  • His dissertation is about how the New Testament describes the Christian church
  • What the temple was… the Christian community is
  • God does not live in a place but in a people

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Free meal and regular activities this Sunday

Please join us for free lunch this Sunday February 26 starting at 11:45 a.m. after our morning worship! We also have our regular Sunday morning activities including Bible study (in simple English) and worship (in simple English).

  • Bible study* at 9:15 a.m. 
  • 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.
  • Etta and Lee Drive – the parking lot between Jimmy John’s and Caliente restaurants at 9:00 a.m. See Google Maps picture

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!

Mardi Gras!?! at English Conversation – Friday February 19

Note = (1) Do not bring young children to English Conversation. We have good reasons for this rule. (2) If you have a name tag… bring it.

Come practice your English and learn about American life and culture at English Conversation this Friday March 3 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of =

[Rick Wright is “catching up” after returning from Cuba. He needs to confirm (3) do we have English Conversation this Friday? and (4) where? We will update the website as soon as we have correct information.]

You can drive yourself or ride on the bus. Important noteSend us an email by *Thursday* that you plan to come and need a ride. It is a little difficult to organize cars and rides for English Conversation students. And traffic on Friday evening is bad. We want you to come… we want to help give rides… and we need your help. If we do not hear receive an email from you… then we will assume you do not need a ride and a car will not come. 

Extremely important! Note new and updated times when we can stop to pick up people! The “old” schedule has too much time between some of the stops. We almost never go to Edward Gay apartments (no one who lives there needs a ride).

  • Boone (next to Place du Plantier apartments) at 6:55 p.m.
  • Highland Plantation (now The Hub) bus stop (the bus stop that is not next to WalMart) at 7:00 p.m.
  • Milford + Gourrier (between El Cid + Embassy apartments) at 7:05 p.m.
  • Tigerland (bus stop on Alvin Dark across street from store) at 7:10 p.m.
  • Brightside bus stop (across from Circle K gas station – outside The Blox) at 7:10 p.m.
  • Etta Street + Lee Drive at 7:15 p.m. Parking lot between Caliente + Jimmy John’s. This is a new stop on a very bus road and we want to find a good place to stop and pick up people. A place that is (a) safe and (b) a car is about to stop and pick up someone and (c) the car can go back to the road and continue to the location. See Google Maps picture

Directions from Louisiana State University (a little tricky – take a map with you!):

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Hebrew notes = Exodus 24

Specifically 24:12-18. The Septuagint variations are interesting. Moses and Joshua.

Exodus 24 (DOCX)
Exodus 24 (PDF via Google Drive share)

Hebrew notes = Isaiah 58

Needs text critical notes

Isaiah 58 (PDF)
Isaiah 58 (DOCX)

Hebrew notes = Deuteronomy 30

Needs text critical notes. Seems a little thin.

Deuteronomy 30 (PDF)
Deuteronomy 30 (DOCX)