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Reverse Advent Calendar Bags are due January 6th

Advent is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming.” It is a season at the beginning of the Christian calendar every year that many Christian churches observe as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

You have heard of Advent calendars where each day you open a window for a surprise picture or in some cases a piece of chocolate. The calendar helps to build the excitement as we count down to the greatest gift the world has ever received – the birth of Jesus, which we celebrate December 25th each year.

This year, the Student Ministry would like to challenge you to consider preparing for the commemoration of the birth of Jesus by using a “Reverse Advent Calendar Bag.” A Reverse Advent Calendar Bag is the idea of instead of receiving a surprise or small gift each day of Advent, you fill a shopping sized bag with small practical gifts for someone in need.

Rev. Turner found most of the items for her bag in her house; some items could be purchased affordably. You can make your bag personal with non-perishable foods, clothing or hygiene items; they will be distributed in our local community through the Baileys Crossroads Shelter or ACCA Food Pantry, depending on their contents. We have bags with directions available in the church office and in the Fellowship Hall.

Bring your bag to the Fellowship Hall by January 6th. Thank you; please join us in using this Reverse Advent Calendar Bag idea to make a positive difference in our local community and bring a new personal experience to the meaning of Advent this year!

UBC Students Being Christian “Out Loud”

~ Motivated by God’s Holy Spirit of Generosity to meet local needs.


There are many weekly activities scheduled for Fall Semester. Please contact our office  (703.256.5900) or our Minister with Students, Twyla Turner (email link on Staff Page) to find out new schedule. Bible Study, Mission projects, fellowship, movies, food and fun! Calendar is also published in The Vision Newsletter and Sunday Bulletins.  


Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, TS Jose, Katia and Maria

Storms off the Caribbean created havoc throughout that area, the southeastern United States and her territories in August and September. The US Virgin Islands, particularly St. John, were hit by the full fury of Irma as a category 5 storm. Friends of Rev. Turner, who have lived there for the past 10 years, blessedly survived along with their 4 young children.  They left St. John with literally the clothing on their backs, and are gratefully heading back to family on the U.S. mainland.

In light of the devastation of these storms, Virginia Baptist Disaster Response was called in to help with feeding, providing shower facilities and assisting with home clean up called “mucking out” homes.  As a result, BGAV sent out a call for “Flood Buckets of Love” from Baptist churches in Virginia, as they did after the floods in West Virginia.  Disaster Relief teams go out in communities, door to door, offering assistance to homeowners with clean-up.  Sometimes people do not want or need help, but they are always offered a “Flood Bucket of Love” which is filled with all the basic disinfecting products they need to at least get started with their clean up. 

Our Youth have and will continue to collect donations and fill buckets with these supplies for the foreseeable future.  We need your donations to be able to do this project. Lists of the specific items needed and their item number at Home Depot are on the shelf by the elevator, if you would like to pick up these items yourself.  OR a donation of $50.00 will fill a complete bucket through the BGAV. We are asking you to help in any way you can with any amount you can give. Put in offering plate or mail to church office, with check payable to The United Baptist Church and memo line "Flood Buckets".

This is an on-going project until further notice.  Perhaps you can invite neighbors and friends to help out or donate as well.  This is a concrete way to help out and to make a difference in the lives of people in need. 

If you give as you are able, I will guarantee that you will indeed feel the peace and joy that Dr. Yawn so often speaks of during worship.  That peace and joy comes from using the Holy Spirit attitudes of love, kindness, generosity and goodness -- the basis of this project.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration and assistance.

Box Tops for Education Mission Project

The Youth of UBC are still collecting “box tops” for their on-going mission project.  This project doesn’t cost anyone anything, except a minute of your time.  All you need to do is to check on the labels or boxes of items that you normally purchase to see if they have a pink “Box Tops for Education” label.  If so, just cut the label off of the item and bring it to church any time.  There is a pink box in the Fellowship Hall, in which to drop the labels.  Each label we collect is worth $.10 to the school that receives it.  The labels can be used to purchase playground equipment, supplies, or computers for the school which turns them in.  We are currently collecting for the Amerikids Preschool located in our church building. 

Hygiene Kits for the Homeless

Our Students continue to collect travel size soaps, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes to make hygiene kits for distribution at the Bailey’s Crossroads Shelter.  Please remember to collect these items at hotels when you are traveling and bring them back to donate for our project.  Thank you for helping us help our less fortunate neighbors.


September 2017

A letter of gratitude received: 

Dear Ms. Carole, Ms. T.. Mr. Tom & United Baptist Church Youth ladies; 

On behalf of the Nurturing Parenting Program I would like to tell you how grateful we are for the wonderful spaghetti dinner with salad and garlic bread you provided to us Monday night (September 25, 2017) during the parenting program at Fairfax Church of Christ.  It was absolutely delicious.  Also, it was so smoothly and "effortlessly" done -- it's clear you are real professionals at doing such things.   Again, thank you for the incredible dinner and the brownies for dessert as it was done with finesse!  We at the Nurturing Parenting Program -- as well as the families attending the program -- are very appreciative of all your support. 

We hope to see all of you again soon for another delicious dinner and gathering.   


Debi Hackney Birney 
Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Nurturing Parenting Program

July - August 2017

THANK YOU FOR LIVING “OUT LOUD” YOUR AUTHENTIC KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY! This summer, we collected almost 16 backpacks full of SCHOOL SUPPLIES to be given to local elementary school students whose families have difficulty providing them with the necessary items. The students sorted, packaged and delivered them to Westlawn and Braddock Elementary! You met a community need and probably enjoyed doing it! Thank you!  

June - July 2017

As you may have read in The Vision, our young people have been working on making about 200 summer themed sun-catchers for the past month.  They recently completed this part of their mission project. The second part of the project is to distribute these small gifts. They will work on this during the summer. This is a tangible demonstration of our UBC Students’ spiritual gifts of kindness. Their actions reached out to fill a need to those who are often forgotten within our community, with a Holy Spirit attitude. 

April/May 2017

Our Students helped with Palm Sunday and Easter. They served an amazing breakfast Easter morning for the church, family and friends. On May 14, they helped to distribute small gifts to Mothers and all women in our congregation. Also, students are collecting Box Tops for Education. See the project above.

March 2017

During the month of March, our students created St. Patrick’s Day room decorations for part of their mission project. These decorations included wall hangings and sun-catchers.

The second part of their mission project was to distribute these small gifts to some residents of the Golden Living Center, a nursing home just down Columbia Pike from our church.

This is a tangible demonstration of our UBC Students’ spiritual gifts of kindness. Their actions reached out to fill a need to those who are often forgotten within our community, with a Holy Spirit attitude.

February 2017

The contributions of The United Baptist Church were recognized at the monthly ACCA Board Meeting. Our students delivered over 350 pounds of food in 10 bags. There were 229 items. Our February Communion Benevolent Offering raised $265.00, and was donated to ACCA as well. This is one tangible demonstration of our church and UBC Students’ spiritual gifts of generosity. Their initiative empowered you to fill community needs in with a Holy Spirit attitude. 

Also, our students baked and decorated Valentine’s Day cookies as their mission project.

The second part of their mission project was to deliver their creations to the local Police and Fire stations. This is a tangible demonstration of our UBC Students’ spiritual gifts of love.

Their actions reached out to fill a need of giving thanks in recognition of these public safety workers and the risks they encounter on a daily basis to keep our community safe, with a Holy Spirit Attitude.