Celebrate the Light

Where will you Celebrate the Light this Holiday Season? The following are highlighted opportunities through the UBC Serving Ministries Office where you can make a difference with our partners in November and December.


Tapestry Dinner Table Servers

November 8, 5:30–7 pm
UBC Fellowship Hall and Chapel
Men volunteers only, need 25

Description: The annual Tapestry Dinner sponsored by UBC Women’s Ministries is a great connecting and outreach event. This year, Anna Kang, from our church-planting partner in Los Angeles, will be the keynote speaker. We will also be hosting staff members from our area women’s shelters and crisis pregnancy centers at the event. We need a few good men to serve meals to the ladies during the meal portion of the evening. 



Veterans Day Benefit Concert

November 16, 5–8 pm
UBC Pavilion
Participants needed: unlimited

Description: Our friends from The Mercy Tree were inspired to host a Veterans Day Benefit Concert for the community at the UBC Pavilion. Many clients from The Mercy Tree are veterans themselves, and they wanted to both acknowledge veterans among us while creating a fun atmosphere for socializing and mingling. Live music will be provided by the Mercy Tree veterans. All that is needed are folks from the community (and of course from UBC) who want to get to know others and have a good time. Bring your lawn chairs. Smoked brisket and sides will be available for a donation.

The UBC boy scout troop and color guard will be there to help with a few acknowledgments and short ceremonial aspects of the evening. This is a great opportunity to connect to others in the community. Donations of new socks and underwear (men and women) will be collected at the event to be distributed to homeless folks downtown at a later date.

No RSVP necessary. Questions? Contact  


“Second Thanksgiving” 

Dates: November 22, 23, 24, 25

Description:  After your family has gone home, have a second Thanksgiving (leftovers are OK) with UHCL international students. Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, host two or more students. Introduce a uniquely American holiday to someone who has never celebrated Thanksgiving, and also learn about their culture. Information about the students and Thanksgiving history “Talking Points” are provided. 

Contact: Jeff Newpher at 281-989-2589 or  


The Bridge and Destiny Village Christmas Party

November 30, 5-8 pm
3811 Allen Genoa Rd, Pasadena, Texas 77504
Volunteers needed: 40

Description: Our partners at The Bridge Over Troubled Water (women’s and children’s domestic violence shelter) will be blessed to have a great Christmas party hosted by UBC. We will also host many from the longer-term housing next to The Bridge called Destiny Village. The event provides supper, craft tables, cookie decorating, Christmas music, and more. 

We need volunteers to help with these different activities and to socialize with the mothers and children during the event. 

RSVP and questions: Sonja Johnson  


Serve at 1000 Hills

December 5, 6:30-9 pm 
Houston’s Third Ward
Volunteers needed: unlimited

Description: Serve food, hot chocolate, hand out packages of new socks and underwear, lead Christmas carols, and pray with and for homeless friends in the Third Ward this Christmas season. Come for an evening unlike any other. 

Encourage others and spread holiday cheer. Meet at the parking lot of Gateway Church on Clear Lake City Blvd. to leave at 6:30 pm sharp!

No RSVP necessary. Questions? Contact  


Crossing Cultures

Date: You decide the date

Description:  Host an international family for Thanksgiving or Christmas! UBC is a friendly place to dozens of international families through our Crossing Cultures ministry. Many of these families are here related to the petro-chemical industry or through graduate studies. They often have young children who would love to learn about our holiday traditions. Consider hosting one or more of these families at a group party or at your own house during Thanksgiving or Christmas. Nothing says, “Welcome to America” like a White-Elephant Gift exchange!

Contact:   if you would like to be matched and introduced to a family

Happy Birthday Jesus Party

December 11, 6-8:30 pm 
Beltway 8 Crisis Pregnancy Center10851 Scarsdale Blvd # 800
Houston, TX 77089Volunteers needed: 12-20

Description: Current clients (within the past year) are invited to celebrate a birthday party for Jesus at this annual CPC festive event. We need servers to deliver food to the participants. We also need volunteers to take pictures of families a la “Olan Mills” at a designated area in the building. Also needed are volunteers to lead Christmas carols and to participate in the festivities. 

To volunteer in any capacity, please contact:  


Bay Area Turning Point (BATP) Shop Keepers

December 17 – Set upStore hosting 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, Shifts vary (contact email below)
December 26 – Break down
Location: Webster Civic Center, 311 Pennsylvania
Volunteers needed: 4 per shift

Description:  Our partners at Bay Area Turning Point host a store each holiday season where their clients can shop for themselves and for their children at a discounted rate. It is empowering for these women to be able to pick out a gift for their own children for Christmas. BATP needs people to run this “pop up” store. They need people to set it up, tear it down, and to be helpful retail hosts and hostesses to the clients as they are shopping. This is a fun and meaningful opportunity. There are morning and afternoon shifts available and they usually prefer to have at least three or four volunteers per shift. Volunteers can work out those details and sign up for shifts by contacting BATP.



Apartment outreach for Spanish Ministry

Date: December 19 outreach and December 24 bilingual service

Description: Help our UBC Spanish-speaking ministry, Vastago de Gracia (Rod of Grace), promote the December 24th bilingual family service at UBC (5:30-6:40pm)! On December 19th, we need people to hand out invitations to the Christmas Eve event in local apartment complexes. No Spanish-language necessary! We also need people who are interested in bringing holiday sweets to share at an informal cookie-reception following the service on Christmas Eve. 

Contact: If you are interested in knowing about the group, Vastago de Gracia, or would like to volunteer for one of these activities, please contact .



Angel Tree

Dates: Tree is up on 11/4 and 11/11. 
Stop by and choose an angel or two. 
Gifts due back at UBC by 11/18,   
Gift wrapping will happen on 12/10 (You can wrap other people’s purchases!)
Delivery volunteers pick up packages on 12/12 and coordinate with families to deliver them on that date or at a date soon-after.

Description: Help an incarcerated parent send a gift to his or her kids this Christmas! The parents have chosen the gifts they’d like to send, and we will hang them on the Christmas trees outside of the sanctuary (second floor) on November 4th and 11th. Volunteers purchase the gifts they choose from the tree and return them to the Angel Tree boxes by November 18th. We also need volunteers to help wrap the gifts on December 10th. 

We especially need volunteers to deliver the packages to the families on December 12th. This is a special opportunity for people of all ages. For specific event times (like wrapping and delivering), contact Jill Tatum. 

Contact: Jill Tatum at  


Coats for Katya

Collection dates: December

Drop off children’s coats in the designated boxes during the month of December at various locations in the fellowship hall, at entrances, and in children’s areas at UBC.

Description: Coats for Katya is a yearly tradition at UBC that provides children’s jackets and coats for three orphanages in the Ukraine. Named after a sweet Ukrainian girl named Katya, this effort was inspired by UBC members who have supported and promoted these orphanages and the children for several years. Coats and Jackets can be new or gently used.