Outreach Missions | University Baptist Church

Responding to the Call of God through Missions, Ministry and Service

The UBC family supports many different mission programs during the year.  Listed below are many of the opportunities available.  Some programs involve financial support, such as mission offerings collected at Easter and Christmas; others involve giving of time and talent, such as working in VBS.  Some are ongoing, year-round programs such as the Food Pantry, and others are held during a specific time of the year, such as Warm Nights.  A list and short description is below, along with the name of the UBC member who works with the program.  

Shawl Ministry (Susan Harris)

The Penny Project (Curtis Ramsey-Lucas)

Food Pantry (Donna Beard)

Congregations United for Compassion and 

    Empowerment (CUCE) (John Burns)

Warm Nights (Karen Krueger)

Mission Offerings (Church Council)

Community Cafe (Kenny Swift)

College Outreach (John Burns)

Souper Bowl Offering (Rick Anderson)

Youth Passport Mission Camp (Youth Leadership Team)

Vacation Bible School (Mark McIntyre) 

Refugee Ministry (Craig Warner)

SHARE Food Distribution (Bill Smith)

Shawl Ministry (Susan Harris)

A small group knitters knit or crochet prayer shawls for members of our congregation who are ill.  The shawls are dedicated periodically in worship.

The Penny Project (Curtis Ramsey-Lucas)

The Penny Project is sponsored by National Ministries and is a unique mission effort to raise money for and awareness of child poverty in the United States.  UBC is actively supporting this ministry with members bringing not only pennies, but also "spare change" to church.  All proceeds will be sent to National Ministries to help in this ministry. 

Food Pantry (Donna Beard)

The pantry serves as an extremely needed food resource in the College Park community.  UBC's pantry, part of the Help By Phone food network in Prince George's County, is open two hours a day, Monday through Thursday, and staffed by volunteers from our congregation.

Congregations United For Compassion and 
    Empowerment (CUCE) (John Burns)

CUCE is an organization consisting of congregations in a sector of Prince George's County.  These faith communities pool their resources to aid residents of the county through financial blessings.  The chief project of CUCE is to operate a day shelter for homeless people on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the University Christian Church 6800 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville.  Churches including University Baptist provide volunteers, canned food, shower supplies and a meal on each day.

Warm Nights (Karen Krueger)  

Sponsored by the Community Ministry of Prince George's County, UBC's members have become involved in a program that houses and feeds the homeless community in our church fellowship hall for one week during the winter months of the year.  Church volunteers are coordinated into services of feeding, sleeping among and having conversations with the homeless population. Download the Warm Nights Handbook here.

Mission Offerings

There are two major mission offerings collected during the year at UBC.  The December offering is taken to be used by ministries around the world.  Another offering is received during the Easter season and is distributed among mission endeavors here in the United States.  The D.C. Baptist Convention, the Alliance of Baptists and the American Baptist Churches distribute the church's donated funds for the appropriate purposes.

Community Cafe (Kenny Swift)

The cafe is a lunch program sponsored by Community Ministries of Prince George's County, and  serves a hot meal to needed residents every day except Thursday.  University Baptist Church serves the meal six times a year.  The number of people fed daily can average as many as 100.

College Outreach  (John Burns)

The church provides Bible Studies, mission events and social opportunties for students at the University of Maryland or other colleges and universities in the region.

Souper Bowl Offering (Craig Warner)

The youth in our church are very involved in mission efforts.  During the weeks prior to the annual Super Bowl our teenagers collect an offering for national hunger.

Youth Passport Mission Camp 

Annually, our church youth travel to other cities to work with Christian young people from across the country on a coordinated mission project.  Activities include ministry opportunities that greatly aid the local neighborhoods.  The teens become involved in scraping and painting houses, clearing high grasses and bushes in fields, participating in arts and crafts endeavors with children in public housing, or working in nursing homes with senior citizens.  UBC teens also have worship experiences, daily devotionals and many good times that focus only on teenagers. 

Vacation Bible School (Mark McIntyre)

During one week in the summer, UBC reaches an average of 50 children.  Youngsters (children of UBC and our surrounding community) participate in Bible study, worship, arts and crafts and musical experiences.  Each year has a different theme.

Refugee Ministry (Craig Warner)

Throughout the year, a ministry team provides services and support to refugees in our community by taking them to get vaccinations for school, helping them purchase school supplies and uniforms, providing clothing from a clothing closet and gathering food when needed.

SHARE Food Distribution (Bill Smith)

Twice a year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, the church provides baskets of food for those in economic need.  The congregation donates money to provide enough food to feed a family for several days plus a grocery card that allows them to purchase a turkey or ham for a holiday meal.  Volunteers pack and disperse the baskets on specific days preceding each holiday.

To learn more about any of these ministries, contact the person listed as the mission coordinator or call the church office weekdays at 301-422-1430.