Adult Ed: January Bible Study”Why Can’t We See God?”


If you had to prove that your best friend exists or that your spouse loves you, there’d be something seriously wrong. You don’t prove that friends exist, using theorems and logic; all you have to do is open your eyes and look at them. And you don’t run experiments to prove your spouse loves you; you simply experience that love in living with her or him. (I hope.)

So, why do we talk about “proving” God’s existence, “believing in” God, or “just having faith”? Isn’t this evidence that there is something seriously wrong with our “relationship” with God? Isn’t it evidence that God is fundamentally absent from us and our world? We still want to speak with divine authority about personal, social, and political issues. But how can we if God is always absent?

There are hints in the Bible that God is not absent—that we can literally see God, and experience God’s presence. But how? Come help your sisters and brothers think through the question of God’s presence in the world, and how (if at all) we can experience and live out that presence.

(a list of texts that will be used is on the church bulletin board)

Join us for Adult Ed/Sunday School starting at 9:30am…we’ll have the coffee ready!

Christmas Eve Service


Join us for a very special Christmas eve service tonight, December 24, 7:30 p.m.

Silent Night

Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin , mother and child
Holy infant so, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly, hosts sing Hallelujah.
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

UPCOB Alternative Holiday Fair


Saturday, December 7, 2013 Starting at 9:30am

Come purchase holiday gifts that
support good causes and great non-profit organizations!

Some of the organizations that will be at the fair:
Heifer Project
Dublin Rising
New Community Project
Tatanka Wakpala Model Sustainable Community
Equal Exchange (fair traded coffee, tea, & chocolate)
Bead for Life
The Elephant Sanctuary
Local Artists

AND MANY, MANY MORE!!There will also be children’s cookie baking and a food stand selling polish sausages & veggie burgers, fresh candied nuts, and more.This is a public event and open to everyone!! The more the merrier!
Feel free to invite your friends and family! Share this downloadable pdf, 2013 holiday fair flyer!


Join Us For A Thanksgiving Dinner


Join us for our annual church Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, November 24, 2013 after the morning worship. Bring a side dish and a dessert to share and come reflect on the blessings of our church community. Come even if you don’t have time to make a dish! This potluck style meal always has food and dessert overflowing. Offering thanksgiving for God’s love with the fellowship of a meal has become a meaningful tradition at University Park Church of the Brethren.

We’ll have all the traditional fixings including turkey and stuffing and lots of vegetarian sides and of course pie – lots of pie and dessert!

Worship and Picnic in the Park!


Sunday, September 1
Joint service with Hyattsville Mennonite Church at 11 a.m.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, a dish to share at the picnic, and any games or recreation equipment you’d like to try.

We’ll be at Fletcher’s Park #2, Tanglewood Drive, Riverdale.  To get there from the church, turn right (south) on Rt. 1.  Turn left onto 410 (East-West Hwy.) Turn right at the light on Taylor Rd, then left onto Riverdale Rd.  Just after crossing the river, turn right onto Tanglewood.  The pavilion is on the left.