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“They came to the tomb...They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them...The men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you... that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’” —Luke

24:1-7 (NRSV)

April 2013 OUR VISION: To become a disciple making church

OUR MISSION: To make disciples by Loving God, Growing in Christ, and Reaching Out to Others

OUR CORE VALUES:

University City United Methodist Church 3835 W WT Harris Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28269 phone: 704-369-8000 fax: 704-369-0481 www.ucumc.org facebook.com/ucumc1 twitter: @UC_UMC Worship Times: 9:45am - Traditional 11:00am - Contemporary Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm


A message from Pastor Ron...Easter People I am writing this on Easter Monday while the celebration of Easter is still fresh in our minds. Yesterday we had nearly 1500 people come to worship the “One who gave His all for us.” That is nearly double our regular attendance. The message yesterday focused on “The Empty Promises of Easter” (the empty cross offers us the promise of forgiveness; the empty tomb offers us the promise of a new life; and the empty burial cloths offers us the promise of a new (resurrection) body.) Ironically, the Sunday after Easter is called “low Sunday” because, historically, attendance on the Sunday after Easter is the lowest of the year. One would think that the Sunday after Easter would also be high in attendance and the Easter Message would still have “draw power.” But the world has “draw power” too. The world draws us into day to day living again and “Easter People” can become “everyday people” all too quickly. Being “Easter People” all year long takes the kind of “radical” living that Christ lived. At Easter we celebrate the fact that Jesus displayed a life of Radical devotion to the Father and lived out a life of Radical love to the world. One of our classes at UCUMC is studying David Platt’s book Radical. Reggie Enthat is in the class and he recently shared the following quote: ‘You and I have an average of about 70 or 80 years on this earth. During these years we are bombarded with the temporary. Make money. Get stuff. Be comfortable. Live well. Have fun. In the middle of it all, we get blinded to the ‘eternal’. But it’s there. You and I stand on the porch of eternity. All of us will soon stand before God to give an account for our stewardship of the time, the resources, the gifts and ultimately the gospel he has entrusted to us. When that day comes, I am convinced we will not wish...... we had made more money, acquired more stuff, lived more comfortably, taken more vacations, watched more television, pursued greater retirement, or been more successful in the eyes of this world. Instead we will wish we had given more of ourselves to living for our Savior who delights in radical obedience and the God who deserves eternal worship.’ (David Platt in Radical) The difference between living as “Easter People” rather than “everyday people” is basically the ability to choose the eternal over the temporary. Those choices will define who we are. Dan Schaeffer in Defining Moments, reminds us of the importance of our decisions in life that have the potential to be what ultimately defines who we are. Easter is a reminder that one of those decisions will last forever if that decision is to follow Christ. We must make the choice to “take up our cross daily and follow Jesus.” Note that Jesus said we must do that daily. As we grow and live as “Easter People” we have Jesus and many others to guide us. Schaeffer writes: Our character is the scene of great battles. In the last analysis, it will nudge us in one direction or another. Fortunately, we can learn from those who have gone before us. The Bible is full of defining moments, both good and bad. Real people, in real-life situations, just like us. From their examples we can learn how to prepare for our own defining moments. Schaeffer’s comment reminds me of what Socrates once said, “Devote yourselves to the (lives) of others so that you may come by easily what they have labored hard for.” Easter calls us to devote ourselves to Christ so that we may come by easily what He labored hard for! Likewise, Easter calls us to devote ourselves to those recorded in the Bible who struggled with their defining moments so they will help us in our defining moments and the choices that create them! We are committed to Growing In Christ (our second core value). So I will see you in a LIFE group, in a SS Class, in a small group, see you in the Bible, and see you in Church as we learn to live every day of our life as

“Easter People.”

Ron Smith, Senior Pastor rsmith@ucumc.org, 704-369-8005


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Unlimited Hospitality

Uplifting Passionate Worship

Committed to Growing in Christ

Called to Serve

Missions Focused

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Unlimited Hospitality I came to give life – life in all its fullness…” John 10:10 Unlimited Hospitality is extending God’s love, love that He so freely gives to us, to others by words and by actions. The coffee cup image on the Unlimited Hospitality core value logo is a symbol of warmth and the relational aspect of sharing a warm drink with someone. In the special moments of spending time with another, relationships are built, care and concern is shared, and a connection is deepened. Coffee (Tea or Hot Chocolate) is far more than a warm beverage - it is an invitation to relationship, disguised as a cup of warm liquid. When someone invites you to get coffee, it isn’t because they’re thirsty; most likely, it is because they want to spend time with you. Coffee is an experience, an offer, a rite of passage, a good excuse to get together. The goal of this cup & time together is to celebrate life….to say YES to being more loving, more caring, and more gracious to others. (parts of text from “Fresh Brewed Life” by Nicole Johnson)

Praise The Lord: We had a wonderful celebration of our first quarter of 2013 at UCUMC during Celebration Sunday on April 7th. 17 people chose to take the next step in their spiritual journey with us here at UCUMC by committing to membership! We welcome Bert, Mara, and Logan Miller, John, Janice, and Trinity Cloninger, Dan and Rhonda Frisina, Jim and Carol Body, Lamar, Danielle, and Caleb Phillips, Zach and Amanda Fisher, Francis and Mary Kesseh, Alma Millhouse-Brown, and Ben Brown. 5,000 Easter postcards were distributed to our surrounding communities, through our Weekday school, and through David Cox Elementary School. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped with this effort!

New Members

We welcomed over 30 guests during the month of March (including many on Easter Sunday!) and we’re grateful to have the opportunity to minister to them.

New Believers! Is this you or someone you know at UCUMC? Please let us know so we can partner with those who are on this new & exciting spiritual journey. We want to celebrate and rejoice as well as provide some special materials we’ve put together just for a new believer (all ages). Contact Tammy Cline - tcline@ucumc.org or 704-369-8018, or Kristen Hickling - khickling@ucumc.org or 704-369-8029.

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Upcoming Events: Getting to Know You – April 14 after each Worship Service, Hospitality Suite This is an informal way to meet Pastors and learn more about UCUMC. Bring any and all questions and we’ll do our best to answer them! You will also have an opportunity to sign up for the upcoming Beginnings class. Beginnings class! The next Beginnings class begins on April 21 from 5-6:30 pm. Sign up HERE for this 8 week session of our Intro to UCUMC/Membership class – I promise it will be worth your time!

New Guests – make sure to stop by the Guest Café after worship service so we can provide information to you on the great things happening at UCUMC! We want to answer your questions and help you connect further here. Also, check out the “I’m New” section of our website – www.ucumc.org.

Mark your calendar! State of UCUMC – Sunday, May 5. This will be a special, all church meeting where our church vision will be expounded upon and ministry and financial information will be shared. This is the “Unleash the 800” meeting, previously mentioned, and combined with a church council meeting. Church leaders and staff will be present. All church members & regular attenders - Please plan to come to this! Time is from 12:30-2:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall, with lunch & childcare included (with prior signup for both). Click Here to register.

Beginning May 5 at UCUMC My Hope with Billy Graham is a massive effort to reach people across the United States and Canada with the love and hope of Jesus Christ. Following a simple biblical model, this effort combines the reach and excitement of a nationwide media event with the power of personal relationships. Since its implementation in 2002, this same project has been conducted in 57 countries of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. More than 305,000 churches and 4 million homes have participated, and over 10 million decisions for Jesus Christ have been recorded. 2013 is a monumental year for North America, being the first time BGEA has brought this tremendous outreach effort to this part of the world. It will be culminating with a very special message from Billy Graham himself in November. (For more information, see www.myhopewithbillygraham.org) UCUMC has a unique opportunity to participate in this initiative, which will provide us with knowledge and tools on how to reach out to our surrounding community to share the hope and love of Christ. Be on the lookout for • Special training sessions to be held in May and in the Summer • LIFE Groups in the summer that will tackle subjects such as – Sharing My Faith Story, Relational Evangelism, Prayer, & more! • Youth & Children to begin learning about sharing their faith. Further details to come in May! Wonderful Wednesday Meals - Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm Each week UCUMC hosts a meal prior to Wednesday night activities. Come out for a great time of Fellowship! Click Here for meal registration. Reservations are due at noon on Monday prior to meal. Price: Adult - $6, Child - $3 Tammy Cline, Director of Evangelism tcline@ucumc.org, 704-369-8018


Committed to Growing in Christ Praise The Lord: We just celebrated Easter and it was a wonderful time! I struggle with the way all of our holidays have become so commercialized but I am thankful to leaders in our church, parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, youth ministry leaders, worship leaders and many others who work so hard to make sure we remember the reason that we celebrate Easter…the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and that He offers eternal life and salvation to us all!! Now that is something to get excited about!! As I saw on a poster…Jesus was looking at a rabbit and the caption read, “Silly bunny, Easter is for me!” I like that! I want to share a special “Thank You!” to Ceil McGee, Megan Leap and Tim Patrick. They have all been working extremely hard in their respective ministries by seeking God’s guidance and direction for their ministries and then pursuing new opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus and helping those in their ministry areas to grow deeper in their faith and serve others. It is a blessing to work and serve with them! Way to go!! I’d also like to thank the following church members: Brian Baylor, Kris Baylor, Bill Benson, Edith Blafield, Mark Cook, Raina Cook, Gayle Dixon, Nancy Hall, Sean Higbea, Erwin Kayton, Sherry Lail, Joanne Layel, Cindy Leap, Linda Long, Steve Maynard, Chris Miller, Kristi Miller, Drew Nivens, Heleena Tapp, Michelle Travis, Sam Wermuth for participating in a pilot class focusing on the Core Values of UCUMC. We finished up our class in March and after receiving insight/feedback from these participants we will be making some changes to the curriculum and format with the intent of sharing this class with the majority of the congregation in the future. I truly appreciate their time, effort and input!

Finally, as we look ahead to April and May, I’m very excited about Youth Sunday which will take place on April 28th…it is always a wonderful worship experience when our teenagers lead worship for us and I hope you will make plans to join us on that Sunday. Also, on May 12th, our Confirmation students will join the church at both worship services. This is always an exciting time for each confirmand, their families and the entire church!! Have a great month!

Bert Giles, Director of Discipleship Ministries

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Bert Giles, Director of Discipleship bgiles@ucumc.org, 704-369-8020


adult ministries Praise The Lord: Tuscaloosa Mission Trip: March 24-30: A team of 6 adults (3 from Assurance UMC and 3 from UCUMC: Rob Rayner, Dawn Isley, and Ceil McGee) travelled to work with First UMC in Tuscaloosa on tornado rebuild. UCUMC once again partnered with Assurance UMC and our team worked on several sites, laying sod, pulling electrical wires, insulating and hanging drywall. The highlight of the week was meeting homeowners May & Ed, who were in the hallway of the original home during the tornado, the only part of the home left standing afterwards. They kept expressing their thanks to God for sparing their lives, and for sending volunteers to build their new home. A big thanks to First UMC Tuscaloosa for hosting us Wednesday and Friday for lunch and wonderful prayer services. Mission trips have blessings and challenges. The blessings are the kindnesses of the people you are there to serve, the morning devotionals that inspire, the site supervisors that encourage those challenges of trying something new or climbing the scaffolding. Mission trips help you discover that you are truly reliant on God for strength, and the helping hands of others. Thank you for those who kept us covered in prayer. My prayer is that others will continue to respond to the call for mission teams, whether it’s actually going on one or supporting through prayer and finances. You can make a difference in the lives of many others.

Upcoming Events:

Autobell Carwash - His Helpers Ministry (David Cox Elementary School Backpack Ministry) and the Adult Mexico Mission Team will be selling Autobell Car Wash tickets during the month of April as a fundraiser. The coupons can be used at any Autobell location in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. The $14.95 cost includes a full service car wash with no expiration date. Look for members throughout the campus or visit the Connection Desk starting on April 14th.

Attention UCUMC Women! The 9th Annual Women’s Luncheon will be held this year on Saturday, April 27 at noon in the UCUMC Fellowship Hall. The theme for this year’s luncheon is Hooray for Hollywood. There will be a wonderful meal, door prizes, and fun entertainment. There will be a hat contest with prizes given for best theme, most colorful, and best child’s hat. Remember to bring your camera for all the great photo opportunities! Don’t miss out on this great afternoon; buy your tickets early! Tickets are $20 and will be available at the Connecting Center between services beginning March 24. You can also purchase tickets by contacting Marie Mosley at 704-947-0438 or Lance Boutwell at 704-494-3187. Reserved seating is also available for those who purchase a table for 8. Invite your mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends to join you for this afternoon of fun, food, & fellowship! The luncheon is sponsored by the Covenant Keepers Sunday School Class; proceeds are used to fund mission & church projects throughout the year!

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Ceil McGee, Adult Ministry Director cmcgee@ucumc.org, 704-369-8006


youth ministries Praise The Lord: All of March was a “Small Group Month” for us, meaning that every Sunday night in March, students met by grade & gender, to focus on topics chosen by the group. Among the topics studied were bullying, missions, modesty and fashion, girls of grace, the book of Daniel and spiritual disciplines. We had college students come speak to the senior girls about transitioning into college and a guest speaker for some of the high school guys who shared about bullying. Some groups went off campus for fellowship or to serve others. We had a great month at FUSION! On March 24th we hosted the annual Mexico Mission Trip Luncheon. We raised just under $2000 for our high school mission trip to Mazatlan, Mexico, July 6th-12th. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported us! The youth ministry is grateful for a church body that supports it in so many ways!

The 8th grade Confirmation class continues to meet—learning more about and growing in their faith. Those 34 students are currently participating in individual interviews as they prepare to join the church on May 12th. Please pray for the Confirmation Class as they retreat this weekend - April 12th-14th. There will be 54 people (youth and adult leaders) on the Confirmation Retreat at Camp Cedar Grove in Kannapolis, NC Confirmation Class on 2/10.

Upcoming Events: Coming Up: April 28th Youth Sunday – the youth will lead worship at both services – Don’t miss it! Youth Missions Golf Tournament - May 11, 2013 Join us for a morning on the links to benefit this year’s Youth Mission Trip to Mazatlan, Mexico! We’ll be playing a Captain’s Choice Tournament at Tradition Golf Course. Cost is $80 per person; includes golf cart, bucket of range balls, raffle prizes, and boxed lunch. Check-in starts at 7:45am; Shotgun Start at 9:00am. For more information Click Here or contact Megan Leap, mleap@ucumc.org or 704-369-8014. Deadline to sign up is April 28th. Confirmation Sunday - May 12th 9:45am & 11:00am Help the most recent FUSION Confirmation Class celebrate their journey this school year during either Sunday morning service. Practice for the Confirmation class will be the day before at 10:00am.

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Megan Leap, Youth Ministry Director mleap@ucumc.org, 704-369-8014


children’s ministries Praise The Lord: Family Fun Film Night was a cinematic success! We had over 80 people sharing laughs, popcorn, drinks and snacks together! We enjoyed a funny cartoon, coming attractions and a wonderful Pixar movie! Sleeping bags and lawn chairs covered the gym floor and all in attendance had fun, as evident from the BIG applause that started as soon as the movie ended!

Super Hero Central – 1st service continues to be a special program on Sunday mornings for our kids and teachers! Live drama, games, lessons for large and small groups are what we get to experience each week! Puppets, special singers, silly string and more are what we experience at other times. So, come by and see for yourself all that’s happening and volunteer to help while you’re here!

W.O.R.K.ZONE

W.O.R.K.ZONE – The Spirit is moving and we are growing! We are having a great time learning about worship: what worship is, where, when, how we worship and Who we worship! Join us each week as we continue to have fun learning more about: God, each other, our families and our world! Volunteer and have a blast!

Children’s Ministries 11:00am Worship Service

Scout Troop 13 Celebration - Troop 13 congratulates Matthew Keeley on earning his religious emblem. Matthew completed the God and Family program on January 31, 2013. The God and Family program uses the making of a pizza to focus on relationships. Each family (pizza) is unique with different talents (toppings) with the best pizzas having a good crust (foundation in God). Matthew’s favorite part of the class was the family time. Matthew completed the 6 lesson program then met with Pastor Chad Cozad to review what he had learned. Pastor Chad presented Matthew with his award at the March 26th Troop 13 Court of Honor. Matthew Keeley is the son of UCUMC members Richard and Kami Keeley. Pastor Chad Cozad and Matthew Keeley.

Upcoming Events: WinShape is currently registering campers for its 2013 BEST WEEK EVER Camp! If your children are rising 1st through 6th Grade students, they can register NOW for a summer camp experience that can totally change their lives! Simply go to: winshapecamps.org, then put June 17 – 21 on your calendar! Click Here for more info. Click Here to register. (WinShape Camps for Communities)

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Upcoming Family Events: Family Dance & Hula Hoop Night, April 19; 6 – 9pm: $3 per person with a MAX of $10 per family, just to cover the cost of the DELICIOUS MEAL we’ll be having! Register total number attending at: tparick@ucumc.org. Pay when you arrive! Family Feud & Fun Night, May 18; 5 – 8pm: FREE Event with a Covered Dish meal! Please watch for further details forthcoming! Vacation Bible School will get your kids “Movin’ with the Spirit” this summer as Go Fish will once again guide them through the week with great music, fun videos, silly dramas and meaningful lessons about the Fruit of the Spirit! Your kids will have a blast learning more about God, with tons of friends! VBS is: July 15 – 19! Tim Patrick, Children’s Ministry Director tpatrick@ucumc.org,704-369-8023


Uplifting Passionate Worship Praise The Lord: March was a wonderful month in the Worship and the arts Ministry at UCUMC! Pastors Ron and Chad brought message about the importance of worship in our spiritual lives, and guided us along our Lenten journey.

Living He Loved Me: An Easter Musical was presented by 131 people in our Worship and the Arts Ministry ensembles, and was seen by more than 575 people in the audiences. We enjoyed special dramatic effects using our new scrim, which was very much appreciated by attendees.

We celebrated Jesus’ Triumphal Entry in to Jerusalem to mark the beginning of Holy Week with songs of praise, the waving of palm branches in our worship celebrations on Palm Sunday. We had a very special service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae on Maundy Thursday led by Pastor Ron, Lee, The Praise Team, and Tech Team. Our month of worship culminated in our Easter Sunday Worship Celebration. More than 1350 people worshipped the risen Jesus at our Easter Sunday Services.

In April our worship services will focus on Missions. We kicked off the month on April 7 with a special Celebration Sunday. More than 760 people attended this combined service where we celebrated the many ways that God is working in and through the people at UCUMC. There were special musical and video presentations covering many of the ministries at UCUMC. We welcomed 17 new members, celebrated the baptism of five children, and concluded the service with Holy Communion. Following the service there was a time of fellowship and a Ministry fair where people could learn more about ministry opportunities Baptisms at UCUMC. New Members

Upcoming Events: On April 28 we will celebrate Youth Sunday at our 9:45 and 11:00 worship services. The youth will lead all parts of the worship celebration and will teach Children’s Sunday School classes that day. It promises to be a very special time of worship for everyone!

Children’s Spring Musical, GPS God’s Plan of Salvation will be presented by the Children’s MGM Choirs on Wednesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary. Come and support our children as they tell of God’s love for us through singing, dancing, and acting. This is a free concert and a love offering will be received.

Back to top Lee Zeigler, Director of Contemporary Worship, 11:00am lzeigler@ucumc.org, 704-369-8017

We pray that God will bless you and your family in many special ways during this month. We look forward to worshipping with you in April through the Worship and the Arts Ministry.

Matt Guild, Director of Traditional Worship, 9:45am mguild@ucumc.org, 704-369-8011


Missions Focused Praise The Lord:

Room In The Inn In March, UCUMC finished its thirteenth year of support for the Room In The Inn program. This year approximately 150 UCUMC volunteers provided 170 beds and 510 meals to our neighbors over 17 nights. UCUMC represents over 1% of the total Urban Ministry RITI effort. Thanks to all that supported Room In The Inn at UCUMC. Through your actions, you provided critical support to our homeless neighbors and glorified Him.

Saturday, March 30: Love INC Ramp Build - Members from the UCUMC funded and supported the building of a wheelchair ramp for an elderly and/or disabled person that was referred to our Christian outreach partner, Love INC. It was scheduled for March 23rd but due to weather was moved to March 30th thus, some that were signed up couldn’t make it but Kevin and Lauren Gedney were there and obviously did some nail-gunning. The mission of Love INC (In the Name of Christ) is “to mobilize believers in Christ and to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor, elderly and disabled in our community”. Over the years, UCUMC has funded and built more than a dozen wheelchair ramps with Love INC. They supervise the build and provide the tools while we supply the people with a serving heart. Tuscaloosa Mission Trip: March 24-30: A team of 6 adults travelled to work with First UMC in Tuscaloosa on tornado rebuild. UCUMC once again partnered with Assurance UMC and our team worked on several sites, laying sod, pulling electrical wires, insulating and hanging drywall. Read more... David Cox Elementary School Support: On April 7th at our Celebration Sunday service a 4th grader from David Cox Elementary School, Hasan Howard, spoke about how UCUMC is making a difference at his school. Click Here to watch the video of his speech.

Upcoming Events:

American Red Cross Blood Drive - May 2nd, 3-7pm, Hospitality Suite Support the American Red Cross and help save a life by donating blood. Appointment sign ups with be at www.ucumc.org/ missions two weeks prior to the drive. For more information contact Kristin Gable, kristin@thegablefamily.net. Be sure to stop by the Missions table in the “Hall of Ministries” to get a “Stop Light Pack” to give out to folks in need while you are in traffic or out and about. Thanks so much to the FUSION Guys for assembling the packs!

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Pastor Ray McKinnon, Director of Christian Service rmckinnon@ucumc.org, 704-369-8031


Called to Serve Praise The Lord: Celebration Sunday was a great success! I want to thank each person who helped to make it a success. Celebration Sunday was an opportunity for us to publicly celebrate all that God had done in and through us as a corporate body. We know that God works in all things. I think it is safe to say that through the faithful disciples here, he does some considerable work, as well! There are so many more celebrations to come and YOU are to be a key player in that.

Throughout the month of April we will lean about the role missions should play in the life of a disciple. We encourage you to attend each week and start to pray—now—about how your family and you can live beyond yourself and personify Matthew 25:35: “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.”

Upcoming Events: Service is the anthem of a disciple; it is a distinguishing feature. 1 Peter 4:10 exhorts, “Just as each one has received a gift, [use] it for serving one another, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.”

Celebrate Recovery continues every Friday night at 6pm! Anyone struggling with a hurt, habit, or hangup is welcome! Meet in the Disciple Building, Room 503. For more information Click Here or contact Pastor Ray McKinnon, rmckinnon@ucumc.org or 704-369-8031.

The first step is to determine where you will best fit based on the gifts that have been graciously been given to you by God. We have tools to help you find out your gifts. Please take the Spiritual Gifts Assessment. A copy will be sent to the Christian Service Department who will then be in touch with you on serving opportunities. Find the assessment at: http://bit.ly/UCSHAPE (all caps necessary)

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Pastor Ray McKinnon, Director of Christian Service rmckinnon@ucumc.org, 704-369-8031


Administration Praise The Lord: A Big Thank You to Tim Stokes and Ed Reilly for helping Phil Reed, Facilities Manager, change some of the light bulbs in the Sanctuary!

Thanks to those who stopped by the Administration Table on Celebration Sunday! We had more people sign up for myUCUMC and our email list. We are still reaching towards our goal of having everyone in the congregation using myUCUMC by the end of the year. If you do not have a login for myUCUMC or need to sign up for our email list so you can receive our weekly e-News, monthly Celebration Newsletter and other church updates, please contact Ria Holtzhausen, rholtzhausen@ucumc.org or 704-369-8015.

For Your Calendar...

Upcoming Events: Starting May 1st, 2013 prayer requests will be separated into Public and Confidential prayer lists. Prayer requests specified as Public will be added to a list available to the UCUMC Congregation. Prayer requests specified as Confidential will be added to a list seen only by the UCUMC Staff and Prayer Team. When turning in your prayer requests, either online or on the Communication Card found in your bulletin, please specify your prayer as confidential or public. If you have any questions please contact Brian Baylor, bbaylor@ucumc.org or 704-369-8007.

April 14 - Getting to Know You April 19 - UC Kids Dance & Hula Hoop Night April 20 - FISH Day April 27 - Annual Women’s Luncheon April 28 - Youth Sunday May 5 - All Church Meeting (will replace Church Council meeting for May 6th) May 11 - Mexico Mission Trip Golf Tournament

The next publication of the UCUMC Celebration Newsletter will be May 8, 2013.

Mark your calendars - Sunday May 5th! Our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Gary C Royals, will be preaching on Sunday May 5th at both the 9:45am and 11:00am service. Please join us to hear a wonderful speaker and to show our support!

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Ria Holtzhausen, Administrative Director rholtzhausen@ucumc.org, 704-369-8015


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