Celebrate the Light

It is a UBC tradition to engage with some of our local ministry partners during the holiday season.  We want to provide opportunities for groups to serve together and to participate with staff members and clients from those agencies with the overall goal of sharing together the joy that is “God with Us”, Emmanuel.  We call this endeavor “Celebrate the Light,” which reminds us of our past history with “Lighthouse of Hope” while also pointing us to a new era of intimate, group-based involvement through service, hospitality, and giving. 

In addition to the on-location celebrations, we want to celebrate God’s work with core staff members (office personnel, social workers, case managers) from the four partner agencies.  This event will take place at UBC and will involve serving a meal, showing hospitality at the tables, and thanking agency staff members for the great work they do to support children and families in our community. 

The following are the dates and descriptions of each event.  Each location needs a “Site Coordinator” that is the point-of-contact between the serving team and the UBC serving pastor as the specific details and arrangements for the event are made.

The agencies we will be involved with this year are Beltway 8 Crisis Pregnancy Center, Anchor Point, Bay Area Turning Point (BATP), The Mercy Tree, and The Bridge Over Troubled Waters.  Each one is dedicated to supporting healthy communities.    

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Here is a list of all Celebrate the Light events:

 

Partner Appreciation Dinner

Date of event: November 16th (Thursday) 
Event time (not including prep): 6-8pm  
Location: UBC Chapel

Event Description: Host 100 staff members from four agencies (Bay Area Turning Point, The Bridge, Beltway 8 Crisis Pregnancy Center, Anchor Point) for a meal and an appreciation event that celebrates the good work they are doing on our behalf as the hands and feet of Jesus. Hear stories from workers and volunteers through a short, inspirational program. 

Goals of Event:  To communicate to the guests that we value their selfless service to families in need. To celebrate some of transformational stories of God’s work in the agencies. To give UBC members an opportunity to learn more about the four partners agencies on our “home turf.”

Table Decorating Crew
  •  Job description: Decorate approx. 20 tables for the partner staff dinner – to be done morning or afternoon on day of event (Nov 16th).
  • Volunteers needed:  5
Hospitality Crew
  • Job Description: Prepping food with kitchen staff, serving food to guests, hosting guests at the tables, eating with guests, clean up crew afterwards.
  • Volunteers needed:  30

 

Christmas Store: Bay Area Turning Point (BATP)
Decorating Crew (Christmas Store)

Date of event: December 17th (evening decorating) 
Event time5-8pm (or earlier if finished)
Location: Webster Civic Center

Goals of Event:  To experience one of the joys of the Christmas Season (decorating and gift-wrapping). To help facilitate an empowering environment that gives parents an opportunity to shop for their children.

Job Description:  Need a decorating team to create a “Christmas Store” in the Webster Civic Center where BATP clients can come and shop for their children.  Set up displays and add a little holiday “touch” to the environment.

Volunteers needed: 10

 

Hospitality, Sorting Gifts, Wrapping Gifts

Date of Event: December 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd
Event Time: Two shifts daily. Shift 1 from 8am-12pm, Shift 2 from 1-5pm
Location: Webster Civic Center

Goals of Event:  To experience one of the joys of the Christmas Season (decorating and gift-wrapping). To help facilitate an empowering environment that gives parents an opportunity to shop for their children.

Job Description:  Need people to welcome customers, sort the gifts, and keep the displays looking organized. Need people to gift-wrap presents.  BATP staff will also be present to guide volunteers.

Volunteers needed: 4 per shift

 

The Bridge Christmas Party

Date of event: December 1st  (Friday)
Event time:  4-7pm
Location: The Bridge Over Troubled Water – Shelter located in Clear Lake area (address classified, but will be released to the group participants)

Event Description:  Pizza party and cookie decorating with mothers and children at The Bridge. Other craft stations like Dry-Snow globes, Christmas cards, etc…

Goals of Event:  To experience one of the joys of the Christmas Season (baking) with mothers and children who might appreciate a nice holiday diversion.  To engage volunteers in the valuable ministry of presence.  To create space for mutuality and relationship through participation in an enjoyable activity. 

Job Description:  Bring supplies needed for baking, bake on-site and decorate cookies with clients, bring supplies for gift-wrapping cookies (like cellophane and ribbon), clean up afterwards.

Volunteers needed:  20 all ages welcome (total would be an adequate balance between adults and children)

 

Anchor Point Decorating Party

Date of event: December 1st  (Friday)
Event time:  5:30-7pm 
Location: Anchor Point - 103 Davis Rd, League City, TX 77573

Event Description:  Use existing decorations and/or bring more to spice-up the Anchor Point office and client meeting rooms for Christmas! Anchor Point has an open house for the community on December 15th (volunteers welcome to tour the facility on that day as well). They would like to have things looking festive for that event and for the whole month of December as we anticipate the birth of Jesus.

Goals of Event:  To experience service as a small group from UBC. To give to people who won’t even know your name or see you serving them!  To support our valuable Anchor Point partner in ministry.   

Volunteers needed: 10-15 all ages welcome

Job Description: Hang things, set up a Christmas tree, holiday decorating.

 

Happy Birthday Jesus Party

Date of event: December 12th  (Tuesday)
Event time:  (5-6 pm setup, 6-7:30 serving food at event, 7:30-8 cleanup)
Location: Beltway 8 Crisis Pregnancy Center – 10851 Scarsdale Blvd # 800, Houston, TX 77089

Event Description: Our service will enable CPC BWY 8 to offer a larger Christmas party for their clients and for former clients who have given birth within the last year. 

Goals of Event:  To serve others who are on the new, sometimes scary and difficult path to parenthood.  To give back to the community and to support our CPC BWY 8 partners who are celebrating the LIFE that God reminds us of through the physical birth of Jesus.

Job Description:  Two teams needed.  Team 1: Photo-booth team of 3-4 people to take pictures of families as they arrive, print photos in a separate room, frame photos, and give to families as they leave event.  Team 2: Serving team of 15 people to serve a meal to the guests “restaurant-style” during the party.  Team 1 &  2 help with general clean-up after event. 

Number of Client-participants: (30 families)

Volunteers needed: 20 high school to adult ages

Photo-booth team

  • December 12th  (Tuesday)
  • Job Description: Photo-booth team of 3-4 people to take pictures of families as they arrive, print photos in a separate room, frame photos, and give to families as they leave event.

Food-serving & Programing Team

  • December 12th  (Tuesday)
  • Job Description: Serving team of 15 people to serve a meal to the guests “restaurant-style” during the party and to EAT with client-families.  Also plan short Christmas devotional and/or leading in the singing of a few Christmas carols.

 

Mercy Tree Christmas Party

Date of event: December 14th  (Thursday)
Event time11:00 am–1:30 pm
Location: UBC Choir Room

Volunteers needed: 15 for party

Job Description:  Light decorations for tables, assembling gift bags, helping serve meal, eating and good conversation with clients.

Number of Client-participants: Approx. 15-20

Event Description: Festive party with Mercy Tree friends.  Good holiday food.

Goals of Event: To show our friends that they are valued, children of God.  To celebrate the Christmas season with folks who need encouragement.