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Costa Rica Mission Trip Update

Hello Friends! Here is our 1st and most recent update due to a lack of internet connection down here!

We arrived at 3am in Costa Rica (4am IL time) Tuesday morning after traveling since 8am Monday morning. Ray and Kristi were gracious to encourage us to sleep in so our Tuesday morning wake-up call was 10am. We had devotion time and prayer and headed to the old church to see the vision for changing it into a community Youth Center. We immediately jumped into the project. The boys worked on tearing down a wall and the girls began scraping the walls, followed by sanding the newly created pits in the wall, and then spackled by Dan. By the end of Tuesday night we had successfully… cleared out the benches, tore down the wall, completely prepared for painting, and cleaned out the office and organized all of the items that were in it.

Wednesday morning was a 9am “go-time” after devotion and prayer. We immediately set to work taping EVERYTHING to prepare for painting, followed by some serious (ALL DAY LONG!) “cutting” (as we discovered is another term for “edging”) and LOTS of rolling. Pretty much… we painted all day. The men also had to attack a cement wall that almost had them beat, but they came out victorious in the end. Our night ended with a trip to Ray’s parents’ church in Santiago for Caritas Felices. It’s an Awana-like program that Ray’s mom created. It was great to be involved and see the different ministries already taking place here in Costa Rica.

Today we spent many, many hours touring the “Highlights” of Costa Rica. The adventure included breakfast on the terrace at Siempreverde coffee plantation, a hike to the Poas Volcano, and a visit to the La Paz Lodge and Waterfall which included many sights and sounds of the Costa Rican Rainforest! Tomorrow brings the Youth Night “Extreme Games” and Saturday morning brings the Family Fun Day “fair.” Please pray for us as we have a LOT to do tomorrow to prepare for these two main events. We will update again as time allows to fill you in on what the Lord is doing!

Love you all and are so appreciative of your support!

Costa Rica Mission Trip Team

Unity Baptist Church to Send Mission Team to Costa Rica

Date: Monday, June 13, 2011
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica

In less than one week, a Missions Team from Unity Baptist Church will be heading to San Jose, Costa Rica. The purpose of this Missions Trip is to visit our missionaries, Ray and Kristi Rhoton, to help, encourage, and support them in their ministry to the people of Costa Rica. During the trip, the team will helping the Rhotons minister through children’s programs, youth events, and a family fun day to help evangelize the area. They will also help begin the process of turning an old church building into a youth center for the teens in the surrounding areas. They’ll be working hard to transform this building into a place that teens will feel safe and comfortable.

This is a great opportunity that the Lord has provided to work in hearts and change lives in people from Champaign, IL, all the way to San Jose, Costa Rica. Please keep this team of short-term missionaries in your prayers by praying that the Lord keeps them safe, uses them mightily, and brings them back to Illinois more on fire for the Lord than before. Here are the names of the team members so that you can pray for them specifically [picture: left to right, top to bottom]: Pastor Dan Neighbors, Lyle Shallenberger, Ed Kennedy, Laura Neighbors, Samantha Gray, Priscilla Kennedy, Katie Sapp, Rufina Ebes.

Unity Baptist Church is excited to see how the Lord will use the Mission Team for His glory! We’ll pray you there and back and look forward to hearing the great things the Lord will do!

Softball: Unity Baptist vs. Savoy UMC

Date: Monday, June 13, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Dexter Field

Our softball team lost a hard fought battle on Monday to St. John’s Chapel. The final score was 9-10 in favor of St. Johns Chapel. We’re looking forward to this week’s game coming up on Monday against Savoy UMC. We’re hoping and planning to bounce right back with an exciting win. The game will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at Dexter Field. Please come on out and cheer us on to win!

Summer Prayer Meeting

Date: Every Wednesday Throughout the Summer
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Unity Baptist Church

With summer upon us and AWANA Clubs finished for the summer break, Unity will be opening its doors to anyone who would like to come to our Summer Prayer Meetings. This is a prayer meeting that is focused solely on prayer. We will meet for an hour every Wednesday evening to simply pray for our people, our church, our ministries, our nation, and the world. We will petition our God and Savior to be active and influential in our lives! So if you would like to join us in prayer, we would love for you to come. We will be starting our Summer Prayer Meeting next Wednesday, June 15, at 6pm. The prayer meetings will continue at the same time and place throughout the summer. We look forward to praying with you and for you!

Father’s Day

Date: Sunday, June 19, 2011
Time: 10:15 am
Location: Unity Baptist Church

Father’s Day is coming up in just a few short weeks! Have you taken some time to think about how to make your father feel appreciated and loved? Unity Baptist Church will be recognizing and encouraging all fathers that come to our services on June 19. If you are a father, our church would love to invite you and your family to join us for our worship service at 10:15 a.m. on Father’s Day! We are thankful for all fathers and the role that they play in raising the future generation for the Lord!

Final Costa Rica Missions Bake Sale

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Unity Baptist Church

You can help in getting our mission team to Costa Rica this coming June by buying some bake sale goods in the church lobby NEXT SUNDAY! All funds raised will go toward the expenses of the mission trip to Costa Rica in June, 2011 and to support our missionaries, the Rhotons. Anyone willing to volunteer to provide items for the next bake sale please see Laura or Priscilla today!

Softball: Unity Baptist vs. St. John’s Chapel

Date: Monday, June 6, 2011
Time: 9:00 pm
Location: Dodds Park Field #1

There were no softball games this week due to Memorial Day, but games will start up again like normal on Monday, June 6th. Unity Baptist Church will be playing St. John’s Chapel this Monday. The game will start at 9:00 p.m., and we’ll be playing at Dodds Park Field #1. Please join us on Monday in cheering on our team on to victory!

Tickets Still Available for Deeper Still Women’s Conference 2011

Date: June 10-11, 2010
Location: Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky

A group of women from Unity Baptist Church will be heading down to Louisville, KY, on June 10-11, 2011, for the Deeper Still Women’s Conference, and we would like you to come with us! We have 6 tickets available and would love for you to take one of them. This will be a Biblically challenging women’s conference that God could possibly use to change your life. There will be great Bible teaching by Kay Arthur, Beth Moore, and Priscilla Shirer, so it will be a conference you won’t want to miss! Please see Melissa Sprouls or contact us if you have any questions or would like to purchase these tickets. For more information about this conference, please click here.

Deeper Still – Denver CO from Rich Kalonick on Vimeo.

Teen Summer Camp

Date: Monday, June 27, 2011

Teen Summer Camp is coming up soon! Can you believe it? The school year has flown by and we are thrilled to be able to go to camp again this year! All parents of teens should have received information about camp from their teenager.  We’ll be heading towards Traverse City, MI, for some real outdoor camping adventure right on Lake Michigan. This should be an unforgettable week filled with everything that makes summer so special. If you did not receive the information, please see Pastor Dan and he will get you a registration form and fill you in. The cost of camp is significantly lower this year so if you are interested at all please let us know! We will need your registration forms turned in by Sunday, June 12th so don’t wait!

Baptismal Service to be Held

As a church, we are going to be having a baptismal service in the next month or so.  If you have trusted Christ as Savior, but have never been baptized Scripturally (by immersion), and would like to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism, please talk to Pastor Brady.

Though baptism doesn’t save us, it does picture our salvation (I Peter 3:21), and is an important step of obedience in our relationship with the Lord. In our church, when a person is baptized under the authority of UBC, they automatically become a member of our congregation. If you would like to talk to Pastor Brady about baptism, you can set up a meeting by either speaking to him personally after the service, or calling the church office at (217) 378-5278.