Spring PATHWAYS 2023

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Spring Quarter



New Offerings!



In This Issue


“The Discipleship Journey”

» Alpha

» Essentials

» Equipping

» Rooted

» Flourishing

Meet The Pastors

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)

Bible Study For All

Faith & Literature

Special Needs Parent Support Group

Intergenerational Service Trip to Mexico

Friendship in The Wayside (55+)


Women’s Cancer Support Group

Men’s Prostate Cancer Support Group

Friendship & ESL Group


Man Camp

The Den

Men’s Monday Morning Bible Study

Men’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study

The Well



Women’s Thursday Bible Study


UPPC Day Camp

Youth Summer Camps

Intergenerational Service Trip to Mexico

Cornerstone (Grades 10-12)

The Rock (Grades 8-9)

Foundation (Grades 5-7)

Campfire (Grades 1-4)

Early Childhood (4mo-K) Sunday Care

Elementary Sunday School (Grades 1-4)

Solid Ground on Sundays (Grades 5-9)

High School Small Groups




9:30AM Classic Worship

11AM Contemporary Worship


Gather in person for worship on Sundays!

We are here to welcome you! Worship opportunities available at both services for kids Pre-K through Grade 12.


Worship with us via the LIVE stream for both services on Sundays! Visit

UPPC.org/live to connect with community and engage in worship. New Series Coming April 2023

Meet the Pastors

Sunday April 16 & May 14 | 12:15pm

New to UPPC? We would love to get to know you. Meet the pastors, staff and others in the UPPC community in the Family Worship Room directly after the 11am service. Coffee is on us! Questions? Contact Kathy Goertz | kgoertz@uppc.org. No registration necessary!

Bible Study Fellowship

Mondays 6:45pm

Tacoma area men’s group, women’s group and kid’s programs all meet at UPPC. This is a great opportunity for the whole family. In person and online option available. Men contact Bob Somerville | bsomerville777@gmail.com. Women contact Jackie Jones | jackie.jones98@yahoo.com.


Sundays in May | 4-7pm

This brief small group led by Pastor Mike Moffitt is about the four Discipleship Fundamentals. Each week you’ll get an actual piece of discipleship “equipment” and an overview of basic skills for following Jesus. Light dinner and childcare provided. Recommended prerequisite: Alpha.

Intergenerational Service Trip Info

Sunday June 4 | 10:45 & 12:15pm

Do not miss the chance to learn more about this life-changing opportunity to serve. Join us for an informational meeting to hear the exciting details of this cross-cultural, all-ages service trip through our mission partners in El Nino, Mexico February 15-19, 2024. Meet in the Youth Room directly after both sevices or email Rob Clark with questions. | rclark@uppc.org.

Contemporary Worship Choir

Bible Study for All

Wednesdays 10-11:30am

Come as you are, no sign-up necessary! Join Gwenn Robertson and friends in this weekly exploration of the Bible through video lessons, discussion, prayer, and fellowship. Contact Gwen with questions. gwennandbenny@gmail.com

Wednesdays | 6pm-7pm

Our contemporary worship team is creating a worship choir! Rehearsals are every Wednesday in the Sanctuary. Contact Loren Tucker for more information. | ltucker@uppc.org

Faith & Literature

This book discussion group is open to all readers of good literature. Meeting bi-monthly on the first Wednesday of every other month, in person with a zoom option. Discussions are in person only April, June and August. For details, contact Marion Tilley | davemannie@comcast.net.

Friendship in The Wayside! (55+)

Thursdays 4/20, 5/18 & 6/15 11:15AM-1:15PM

Special Needs Parent Support Group

Sundays | 12:45-2pm

This group welcomes parents with children any age, living with special needs, different abilities or sensory issues. We look to offer insight, encouragement and support to take better care of ourselves and our “kids.” Questions? Contact Martha Greene | mgreene@uppc. org. Contact Amanda Wood | thewoods97@comcast. net for zoom information. 4/16 & 5/21

Hosted by the Deacons. Enjoy snacks, drinks and the opportunity to support youth missions by purchasing coffee from The Wayside café. We’ll have devotional time, table conversation and fellowship with each other. If you need transportation or have questions, please contact Jill McMullen | (253) 564.2522 x139 | jmcmullen@uppc.org.

No registration necessary.


The courses offered at UPPC have made me challenge myself and others about what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Over the past couple years, I’ve taken Essentials, Alpha, Equipping, Rooted and Flourishing. I’ve embraced the five core values of UPPC that are taught in Essentials; we are in this together, make room, love kids, create, and embrace messiness. I still fall short in my walk with Christ.

Alpha is a course I’ve taken several times, both online and in-person. I recommend in-person to receive the full impact of the fellowship and good meals. Alpha is structured around nonbelievers, and struggling believers alike. It focuses on the individual relationship between Jesus and the disciple.

Equipping is a shorter course that equips you with the basic tools. It also goes into detail about how and why Christians pray, and helps interpret the word of God.

Rooted offers a deeper dive into the seven rhythms of Christ. The seven rhythms are daily devotion, prayer, repentance, sacrificial generosity, serving the community, sharing and worship.

Flourishing is a course that encourages service and shares opportunities and resources to serve in the community.

All these courses have a common theme focused around being local, spontaneous, intentional, and tangible. -Karl Sachs

ALPHA Explore life, faith and meaning
Develop discipleship habits in a small group
Learn the tools for meaningful faith
Incorporate life and faith into community FLOURISHING Join God’s work of healing and hope in the world.

UPPC Day Camp

July 10 -14

Online registration for campers and volunteers opens May 1st

Stellar will will rocket kids on an out-of-this-world adventure that’s light years of faith-building fun!


July 17 - 21

For kids ages 3-5

Online Registration for Stellar Day Camp opens April 11 at sunsetchristianpreschool.com

Women’s Cancer Support Group

2nd Tuesdays | 1-2:30pm | zoom

We support each other and watch the Holy Spirit at work among us. All women who are in the midst of treatment for cancer and women who have survived cancer are welcome. For more information and for those who wish to meet in person for fellowship and prayer, contact Sue Walen | frogfingers@comcast.net

Friendship & ESL Group (English as a Second Language)

Open to all adults, the purpose of this weekly class is to help participants improve their use of spoken and written English. Students with both beginning and advanced English proficiency are welcome to join. Contact Marion Tilley | davemannie@comcast.net

Men’s Prostate Cancer Support Group

4th Tuesdays | 6:30-8:30pm | zoom

The meeting is devoted to interactive discussion among attendees to share information and ask questions. Contact Bob Freeeborn | raf0444@comcast.net.

Pick-up Sports:

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6-8pm UPPC


An easy-going and fun environment to learn and play indoor volleyball, soccer and pickleball. Must be 13 years or older. Any skill level welcome.

A UPPC Podcast on life, the Bible and faith. Join Mike Moffitt and weekly guests for conversations that are improvised and sometimes unusual - just like jazz! Care
& Outreach
Available from your favorite podcast outlet.

Men & Women

The Well

1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30pm

Join other women as we gather to learn, support one another and explore the HOPE and TRUTH in God’s Word for our REAL, daily lives. Our time together includes video, group discussion, and prayer. Come early and grab a drink at The Wayside café! Register online for childcare. Come as you are, when you can! Questions? Contact Kathy Overlease | bravofam2018@gmail.com. Meeting in Fellowship Hall.

Mingle in The Wayside

2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30pm

Join other women for an informal time of connection and conversation. Mingle with friends you know, and meet new ones! A great way to spend an hour while your kids are at youth group. Contact Jenn Boucher with questions, jennifer-boucher@hotmail.com.


2nd & 4th Mondays | 9:15-11:15am

Gather with other Moms of Preschoolers to connect, eat and find encouragement and support in a welcoming and friendly place. Registration goes live in May to secure your spot for next fall. For more information contact Kallie Williams | mattiesgirl79@hotmail.com.


The Den

2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30pm

Join with other guys to tackle some of life’s challenges together. The Den is about men helping men to be better, godly men through a Gospel-centered vision of life. Contact Bob Baker | rbaker315@gmail.com. Meeting in Fellowship Hall.

Man Camp

April 21-23

Calling all men! Washington Family Ranch is hosting this year’s Men’s Weekend, Man Camp 2023: Into the Deep. Damon Gulick is our point man for this trip. Please contact him at damongulick@gmail.com if you can be a driver and for details about transportation. To register visit UPPC.org/events.



Women’s Thursday Bible Study

Thursdays 9-11am

Join us for an exciting and creative look at the book of James. Led by Sharon Moffitt. Drop-ins welcome. Meet in Fellowship Hall.

Men’s Monday Morning Bible Study

Mondays | 6:30-7:45am

Start your week off with a fellowship of praying and devoted men as we read and discuss the Bible. For more information, contact Bob Mohr. | bobmohr1942@gmail.com

Men’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Wednesdays | 9-10am

Join a mid-week pick-me-up of prayer and fellowship as we seek to grow through reading and discussing the Bible. For more information, contact Bob Mohr. | bobmohr1942@gmail.com

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Youth & Children


Cornerstone (Grades 10-12)

Wednesdays 8-9pm | Youth Room

Hang out with friends, de-stress, sing, and play exciting games. Discover who God is and explore the life tools to build an identity around the true cornerstone: Jesus Christ.

Foundation (Grades 5-7)

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm | Youth Room

Come have fun, make new friendships, and deepen existing relationships. We’ll have lots of fun and discover together who God is and how your story intersects with His story.

The Rock (Grades 8-9)

Wednesdays 8-9pm | The Lodge

We take a break from the busy week to be together in community, play some games, and discover together what it means to follow Jesus Christ.

Campfire (Grades 1-4)

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm | The Lodge

Campfire is our mid-week program where students learn about Jesus, play crazy games, and create art. Meet in The Lodge. (last meeting June 7th)

Intergenerational Service Trip to Mexico

All Ages | Informational Meeting June 4

Do not miss the chance to learn more about this life-changing opportunity to serve. Join us for an informational meeting to hear the exciting details of this cross-cultural, all-ages service trip through our mission partners in El Nino, Mexico February 15-19, 2024. Meet in the Youth Room directly after both sevices or email Rob Clark with questions. | rclark@uppc.org.

Foundation Summer Camp

Grades 5-7 | July 2 - 8

It’s here - Foundation Summer Camp! This year, we are headed up to Camp Firwood in Bellingham. There is so much to do and we are so excited. Invite friends to come along and experience a God-centered and fun week!

The Rock Summer Camp

Grades 8 & 9 | July 31 - August 4

Are you going into 8th or 9th grade? Sign up for Creekside Young Life Camp with UPPC! This camp is unlike any other; water slides, swimming pool, cliff jumping, basketball, high ropes course and pro gaga ball arena. Each day we will have amazing opportunities to experince God. Don’t miss it!

Mom & Dad’s Day Out Co-op

Need to run errands or just want a few hours to yourself? At MDDO, moms and dads rotate to help our nursery staff each semester - It’s a group effort! To register contact Laura Richardson, Director of Early Childhood at lrichardson@uppc.org.

Learn more and stay connected at:

UPPC.org/cornerstone UPPC.org/therock

UPPC.org/foundation UPPC.org/children


Early Childhood Sunday Care

4mo-3yrs: Nursery, 4yrs-K: The Lodge | Sundays 9:30 & 11am

Our adult, trained staff will nurture and love your child so you can relax and focus on your time in the worship service. We also have a Family Worship Room off the Upper Lobby where you can comfortably participate in worship.

UPPC Kids Sunday School

Grades 1-4 | Sundays 9:30 & 11am

Children in grades 1-4 will worship with their families until released for Sunday School in The Lodge before the sermon. At Sunday School, children will learn a story from the Bible and engage in other fun activities. It’s our goal to make learning about Jesus an exciting and interactive experience and offer resources to help parents reinforce what children are learning as they continue to build their faith at home.

Solid Ground

Grades 5-9 | Sundays | 9:30 & 11am

After worshipping with their families, students are dismissed to gather in the Youth Room and learn more about Jesus together.

High School Small Groups

Grades 10-12 Sundays | 9:30-10:30am

All High School small groups meet at 9:30 on Sunday mornings at UPPC. We’ll meet at The Wayside café, and then attend the 11am church service together. Dive deeper into your faith with others. Contact Lexi Barnett at lbarnett@uppc.org for more information.

Youth & Children

Sunday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 1PM

UPPC Staff


Rev. Aaron Stewart Senior Pastor

Rev. Mike Moffitt Associate Pastor

Worship & Music

Rev. Dr. Diana Greene Minister of Worship

Loren Tucker Dir. of Contemporary Worship & Technical Arts

Melinda Tucker Director of Contemporary Worship

Dan Konicek Director of Media

Lisa Todd Director of Music & Arts Institute

Care & Outreach

Rev. Dr. Martha Greene Parish Associate

Jill McMullen Minister of Care and Welcome & Connect

Kathy Goertz Welcoming Coordinator

Lisa Woicik Minister of Outreach & Mission

Youth & Children

Rob Clark Minister of Youth & Children

Robin Fawcett Director of Middle School

Julie Mangrum Director of Elementary

Laura Richardson Director of Early Childhood

Lexi Barnett Director of High School & Young Adults


Mike Bates Executive Minister

Ashli Veitch Executive Assistant

Lisa Priestley Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Janie Brooksher Scheduler

Kaylee Fowler Financial Administrator

Julianne Bishop Stewardship Coordinator

Campus Care

Taylor Conrad Campus Care & Wayside Café Manager

Chuck Benedict Lead Custodian

Mawiir Deng Custodian


Session Support

Lori Jacoby

Bob Freeborn

Sven Nelson

Carolyn Rzesutek

Worship & Discipleship

Nancy Keay

Ross Parker

Guy Berry

Rick Todd

Care & Outreach

Emily Bosh

Jim Lineweaver

Marty Sanbeck

Jim Goertz

Karen Crosby

Youth & Children

Holly Bray

Mary Pubols


Jim Maxwell

Kathleen George

Cynthia Darland

Krista Wallace

Campus Care

Joel Postma

Dan Small

The Session, comprised of elders, serves as the governing body of the church. Elders are elected, volunteer positions within the church body who help facilitate the leadership and direction of the church.

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