UBC Foundation Report

The UBC Foundation has been busy funding scholarships and ministries. In addition, the Foundation had another successful Dine Out to Donate and will be hosting the Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, November 5.



A generous donation in 2017 enabled an increase in the number of student scholarship recipients from 4 to 5 and an increase in the amount of scholarships from $1,600 to $2,000per student for 2018.  The deserving recipients include:  Cassidy Jordan, Katy Pyle, Evan Albright, Sara Vogel, Amaryst Wynn and David Pughreceived the Bob Wall Orchestra Scholarship. Congratulations to these students!



The Foundation is privileged to award the first two Ministerial Education Scholarships to Rachel Halloran and Josh Mobley who will each receive $2,000.
Rachel Halloran will be attending George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Baylor Law Schoolpursuing a joint masters degree with Masters of Divinity and a Juris Doctorate.  The degree takes 5-6 years to complete and is designed to bring together the skills needed to pursue a calling to advocacy, which in Rachel’s case involves work with displaced refugees and immigrants.
Joshua Mobley will be attending Durham University to pursue a PhD program in theology.Upon completion of his degree, Josh plans to serve the church through the academic study of theology to deepen its faith and faithfulness through researching, writing and teaching at the university/seminary level.



Dr. Steve Laufer partnered with a Baptist church in Udonthani, Thailand and the greater Southeast Asian Christian community this past June to provide a 3-day Pastor’s theological conference. The conference provided education and training pertaining to the biblical interpretation, ministry application and preaching of the first five books of the Old Testament. Travel expenses for pastors from Thailand ad Laos to attend was entirely funded by a grant from the UBC Foundation. 



UBC hosts a local ministry called The Mercy Tree each Thursday for lunch.  This is a feeding program with local homeless folks (12-24 people any given day).  Aaron Glenn has developed a good relationship with the ministry leader, Gina Evans, and UBC has a dedicated group of 5-7 people who engage in this luncheon regularly. Aaron calls this a “ministry of presence” because volunteers and homeless clients sit and eat together and discuss important biblical and life themes. UBC will provide lunch on Wednesdays.



Ben Sandstrom will be building a new stage set build for the contemporary service to change up the visual aesthetic for worship. Ben has built all the previous sets and most current set himself and they have to be transportable and able to set up in 10 minutes. It will be great to have something new to use in our worship services.



Aaron Glenn identified two Spanish-speaking interns recommended through Baptist Student Ministries at UT Rio Grande Valley in McAllen with a geographical tie in to our Buckner partnership. Each student received a stipend of $1,000 with an additional $100/week going to each host family to cover expenses. These college interns, Abel Santos and Gabriela Hernandez, helped UBC and the Spanish-speaking WBS group, “Vastago de Gracia,” VBS, Sports Camp, and Harvey Relief where they they connected with Spanish speaking individuals.



UBC has a WBS group called “Vastago de Gracia” (Rod of Grace) that meets in the chapel at 9:30am every Sunday.  This group attends the 11am worship service where one of their members provide simultaneous interpretation with ear-devices.  This WBS group participates in Wednesday evening bible study and worship as well.  They are a dynamic group relating well to the Hispanic/Latinos in the Clear Lake area. Additionally, a few of their members have been on serving trips to Los Angeles and to the Rio Grande Valley with Buckner. In September, the group will hold a marriage retreat at an encampment within driving distance of UBC. The group contributes their own financial resources in order to do this type of thing.  Funding from the Foundation will help with costs and provide scholarships for others to attend.



The Foundation held its 2nd annual Dine-Out-to-Donate event on May 21. With approximately 9 local restaurants participating and a successful turnout, the UBC Foundation was encouraged to hold two events per year.  Details for the Fall Dine-Out-to Donate to follow
The annual UBCF Golf Tournament will be held at Bay Oak Country Club on Monday, November 5, 2018.



The Foundation is partnering with Crescendo Interactive to help launch the UBCF planned giving efforts. A new website is in the works and marketing materials will be created to educate UBC members regarding giving gifts through their estate plans.


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