Reception for Rick and Armetta Wright – this Sunday June 25

This Sunday June 25 – Church of the Nations will be with University Baptist Church in the “big sanctuary”. Rick and Armetta Wright will speak for a few minutes toward the end of the service. There will be a “sending forth” for them. Rick will begin serving as pastor of Livingston United Methodist Church on Sunday July 2. That is in Livingston Louisiana – about 30 miles away.

There will be a “luncheon reception” in the fellowship hall about 11:45 a.m. to say thank you and good bye to Rick and Armetta. We encourage American and international friends to come if you can.

Activities for internationals this Sunday

Bible Study starts 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.

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!

Topic will be English language! at English Conversation – Friday June 23

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.

You have been learning and practicing English. Wonderful! But what *is* English? Where did it come from? How much is English like other languages? Answers to these questions and more will be revealed this Friday.

Come practice your English, and learn about American culture at English Conversation this Friday June 23 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of:

Bo and Cherry Breland
2242 Palm Hills Boulevard, 70809

2234 Palm Hills 70809

You can drive yourself or ask for a ride. Important note = Please contact us (email works best) by Thursday if you want to come to English Conversation and need a ride. We will pick you up at one of our bus stops (see list below) only if someone says “I need a ride, please pick me up”. We will not go to every stop on this list. Remember that everyone is welcome and we are happy to pick people up… but people must tell us they plan to come and need a ride.

  • 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.
    • The Oliver (4600 Burbank Road) the bus stop in front of the apartments at 7:10 p.m.
    • (For a long time we do not have anyone in Tigerland or Brightside who needs a ride. If you live there and need a ride… let us know.)
    • Tigerland (bus stop on Alvin Dark across street from store) at 7:15 p.m.
    • Brightside bus stop (across from Circle K gas station – outside The Blox) at 7:20 p.m.

Directions (from Louisiana State University – farther than usual this week):

  1. Drive southeast on Highland Road
  2. Turn left onto Lee
  3. Lee becomes College – stay on College
  4. Turn right onto Corporate
  5. After you cross Jefferson look for Palm Hills Boulevard which is the third road on the right
  6. Look for house 2242 on the right

Map of 2242 Palm Hills Boulevard, 70809 at Mapquest

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)

Awesome activity on some date

Children Play – Family Tree Cafe and Indoor Play. Mondays and Thursdays 9:00-12:00 in the fellowship hall. Chapel on Thursdays at 9:40 a.m. For children in elementary school or 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).

SERMON = The secret of ministry with internationals (Genesis 18)

Sermon = The secret of ministry with internationals
Text = Genesis 18
Second Sunday of Pentecost (A)

Note = After 18 years of serving as pastor of Church of the Nations… this is my very last sermon.  

Theme = Secret of ministry with internationals is it is not different or separate from ministry with Americans.

Google Slides presentation 

Introduction

  • June 1999
  • Seminary student and his wife and 2 young children
  • Travel from Virginia
  • To visit a church in Baton Rouge
  • Probably the church will vote and call this person to be their pastor
  • That Sunday was 2nd Sunday of Pentecost – year A
  • Bible reading was Genesis 18
  • Bible reading for 1st sermon
  • Same as Bible reading for last sermon
  • And the Lord appeared to Abraham… when he is sitting at the entrance of the tent during the heat of the day
    • Last December in Christian life magazine
    • Article about a global perspective of Christianity
    • About different churches + people
    • Who minister with internationals
    • At the end of the interview
    • I tell Susan Brown
    • Deep beautiful powerful secret of ministry with internationals
  • Almost everything that is important, that works in ministering with internationals applies to ministry with Americans
  • Many American churches and Christians do not realize this
  • What is good for internationals
  • Is good for Americans
  • Slow down
  • Speak simply
  • Come to my house for lunch
  • Let us be friends
  • Does UBC show CON the life + work of the Christian church?
  • As much as CON shows UBC this is how you do church
  • Perfectly? No – but in many ways
  • This is Christianity
  • What CON is and does is what every Christian church should be and should do
  • We see much of that in our Bible story from Genesis 18

Continue reading ‘SERMON = The secret of ministry with internationals (Genesis 18)’

Lections = 2nd Sunday of Pentecost (A)

Texts_02PentecostA_20170618 (PDF)
Texts_02PentecostA_20170618 (DOCX)

Ed = The exact same Bible readings aka lections when we first came to Baton Rouge back in June(?) 1999 in “view of a call”. No kidding.

Hebrew notes = Psalm 100

Psalm 100 for alone (PDF)
Psalm 100 for alone (DOCX)

Hebrew notes = Psalm 116

Relatively short and simple. Go figure.

Psalm 116 (PDF)
Psalm 116 (DOCX)

Hebrew notes = Genesis 18

Phew! Longer than expected. Who wrote this??? “For alone” means notes intended for my classical Hebrew class at Louisiana State University – which I cleaned up and revised for more personal use.

Genesis 18 for alone PDF
Genesis 18 for alone DOCX

Volunteer! at English Conversation – Friday June 16

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.

Feed the hungry, save the animals, raise money for cancer research, and so on. Several years ago a graduate student from China said she was impressed by how much “volunteerism” is part of American culture. Many Americans give up time, money, and energy to help all sorts of different causes and organizations. Come learn and talk about volunteerism, practice your English, and learn about American culture at English Conversation this Friday June 16 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of:

Ro and Dawn Ryan
10348 Rustic Oak Drive, 70810

(Not completely sure this is the correct house. Rick has been here once.)

You can drive yourself or ask for a ride. Important note = Please contact us (email works best) by Thursday if you want to come to English Conversation and need a ride. We will pick you up at one of our bus stops (see list below) only if someone says “I need a ride, please pick me up”. We will not go to every stop on this list. Remember that everyone is welcome and we are happy to pick people up… but people must tell us they plan to come and need a ride.

  • 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.
    • The Oliver (4600 Burbank Road) the bus stop in front of the apartments at 7:10 p.m.
    • (For a long time we do not have anyone in Tigerland or Brightside who needs a ride. If you live there and need a ride… let us know.)
    • Tigerland (bus stop on Alvin Dark across street from store) at 7:15 p.m.
    • Brightside bus stop (across from Circle K gas station – outside The Blox) at 7:20 p.m.

Directions from Louisiana State University (a little tricky – bring map and directions):

  1. Drive southeast on Highland Road
  2. Turn left onto Oak Hills (turn into Oak Hills neighborhood)
  3. Turn right onto Pastureview (very important! do not miss this!)
  4. Turn right onto Lazy K
  5. Turn right onto Rustic Oak
  6. Look for house 10348 on the right

Map of 10348 Rustic Oak Drive 70810 at Google Maps