Pathways Winter 2022

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PATHWAYS FOLLOWING JESUS ONE STEP AT A TIME Winter Quarter JAN-MAR 2022 FIND A WAY TO BE TOGETHER!

New Offerings! FRIENDSHIP IN THE WAYSIDE FOR 55+

Something for You MEN, WOMEN, PARENTS, YOUTH AND MORE


In This Issue ADULTS

ConneXions Bible Study For All Faith & Lit Equipping Meet the Pastors Friendship in The Wayside (55+) Re-New Your Marriage Alpha Rooted Essentials “Julian”

MEN & WOMEN

Women’s Bible Study Men’s Monday Morning Bible Study Men’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study Mingle at The Well The Well Women’s Small Group MOPS The Den

YOUTH & CHILDREN

Cornerstone (Grades 10-12) The Rock (Grades 8-9) Foundation (Grades 5-7) Campfire (Grades 1-4) UPPC Kids Sunday School Early Childhood (4mo-K) Sunday Care Solid Ground on Sundays High School Small Groups Mission 2022: June 23-29 Confirmation (Grades 8-12)

LENT & EASTER

Mark your calendars for Lent and Easter opportunities!

CARE & OUTREACH

Special Needs Parent Support Group Women’s Cancer Support Group ESL Friendship Class Divorce Recovery Specials Divorce Recovery

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For all activities on campus, please wear your mask!


WORSHIP

TOGETHER SUNDAY MORNINGS

9:30am Classic Worship 11am Contemporary Worship ON LINE

ON CAMPUS

Watch live streams of all services every Sunday!

Gather in person for worship on Sundays!

Visit UPPC.Online.Church to connect with your community and engage in service.

If you’ve been waiting to come back to inperson worship, we are ready to welcome you!

New Series Starting January 9


ADULTS

ONGOING ConneXions: The Gospel Inside & Out Sundays 9:30-10:30am ConneXions is a weekly, open fellowship of people who want to grow in faith together! This winter session we will be looking at our relationships with each other, society and the ways in which we use and understand scripture to clarify truth and enable grace among us. Meeting at UPPC. No registration needed. 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. Meeting in Room 121. Faith & Literature The group explores main ideas in classic and contemporary literature and also in non-fiction writings. Participants get to share their opinions as well as consider how their faith impacts their understanding of what they read. If interested in more details, contact Marion Tilley at davemannie@comcast.net.

Meet the Pastors Sundays 1/23, 2/27 & 3/20 | 12:30pm New to UPPC? Have you been attending online or just not had a chance to meet our pastors? There’s a monthly opportunity to do just that, as well as to meet others in the UPPC community. Join us at The Wayside café for a cup of coffee after the 11am service. No registration necessary.

FEBRUARY Re-New Your Marriage Tuesdays February 1-March 8 Having a mutually enriching marriage is one of the greatest challenges we face as Christians. This course will deal with practical challenges and insights that can enrich our marriage relationships and our growth in faith. It will be taught by our pastors and some lay leaders who are experienced in the field of Christian marriage. Details and registration at UPPC.org/events.

JANUARY Equipping: Get equipped for your journey with Jesus Sundays January 9-30 | 2-3:30pm Did you know that being a Christian is actually a skill? Equipping is a brief, 4-week small group led by Pastor Mike Moffitt about the four Discipleship Fundamentals. Each week you’ll get an actual piece of discipleship “equipment” and an overview of the basic skills needed for following and deepening your relationship with Jesus. (We recommended people experience Alpha prior to Equipping.) Meeting at UPPC.

We have used RightNow Media several times with the couples group. We used the “Alpha Marriage Course,” the Parrott’s “Love Talk,” and two “Marriage Night” videos. Using the videos with the Zoom groups have been great! - Amanda Wood


Rooted Sunday February 6 | 5:30-7:30 Come to this launch event to meet your group, get your materials and enjoy dinner. Rooted is a 10-week experience that will teach you how to practice rhythms essential to a healthy and active relationship with Jesus. Participants will establish daily Bible reading habits and personal reflection practices, then come together weekly to share and listen in a space where they are safe and known. Go to UPPC.org/events to register. Childcare provided with registration. (We recommend people experience Alpha and Equipping prior to Rooted).

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Essentials Wednesday February 16 | 5:30pm UPPC has a place for you! Explore the meaning of membership as you learn about the history, theology, and values of UPPC. We’d love for you to be part of our community! Childcare and dinner provided upon registration. Our optional dinner will be served at 5:30 and class will start at 6. Sign up at UPPC.org/events.

MARCH “Julian” - a performance Saturday March 26, afternoon matinee Experience the spiritual life of Julian of Norwich in this one-woman play performed by Linda C. Loving, actress and retired pastor. Q&A and refreshments with Ms. Loving to follow in the Wayside. Look at UPPC.org/ events in February for tickets and times.

Friendship in The Wayside! (55+) Our December event was so much fun we want to do it again! Due to the uptick in Covid infections, we’re going to hold off and take it month-by-month to determine when we will resume this fun event.

I loved the documentary “Godspeed” and think often about the pace of our lives as Christians. RightNow Media provides so many options for so many people and situations! - Pastor Mike Moffitt

ADULTS

Alpha Sundays Feb. 6-May 1 | 5:30-7:30pm Get acquainted with the landscape of Christianity. As the world begins to emerge from one of the longest lockdowns in history, more people than ever are asking big questions about the meaning and purpose of life. Alpha is a safe, welcoming place where those questions can be examined through videos and small group discussion. Come enjoy dinner, make new friends, explore meaning, faith and the basics of Christianity for eleven weeks this winter and spring. Learn more at UPPC.org/alpha.


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


Thank you for supporting

Community Christmas! Thanks to your generosity, we were able to provide Christmas dinner and gifts for families in need in our community.

Thank you so much for the love from God’s people, we pray for bountiful harvest and good health to everyone [giving a] smile to others this Christmas. Pass our gratitude [on] to the organizers and those who sacrificed for us to get the gifts, indeed this [is a] real show of God’s love through his people. - Community Christmas Recipient

[The mom] told us how much this delivery would help them in a critical time of need. She was more than appreciative. We once again, were blessed. - Karen & Toby Ek

Thank You!

181 Families 495 Kids

I feel so grateful for being an ambassador for UPPC. I expressed to each family that UPPC was grateful that they reached out to us. Makes me weepy thinking about the fact that we, UPPC, can make their holidays brighter. - Carol Velez

God bless you. This is a big help to our family since we are starting fresh here. I promise to pay it forward when I can. Merry Christmas!! Thank you. - Community Christmas Recipient

I was so overwhelmed and stressed and wondering why I took on one more “thing to do.” When I saw how meaningful it was to these families, my selfishness melted away and I felt such joy to have participated! - Volunteer


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Men & Women

BIBLE STUDIES Women’s Bible Study Thursdays 9:30-11am, beginning 1/13 Join us for an exciting and creative look at Jesus and his followers via the popular video series, The Chosen. 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. Contact Bob Mohr, bobmohr1942@gmail.com, for more information and the Zoom link. 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. Email Bob Mohr with questions and for the Zoom link: bobmohr1942@gmail.com.


Mingle in The Wayside Every other Wednesday | 6:30-7:30pm 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16 & 3/30 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 The Well Every other Wednesday | 6:30-7:30pm 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23 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, prayer and great fellowship! We will begin by gathering together at The Wayside café at 6:15 to socialize and grab a drink or snack. We will then move downstairs to Fellowship Hall for our learning and discussion time at 6:30. Come as you are, when you can! We’d love to have you join us! Meeting in Fellowship Hall.

Women’s Small Group Every other Monday | 1:30pm 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 3/7, 3/21 Join us as we discuss life issues from a Christian point of view. We are currently reading and discussing the book “Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life” by Thibault and Morgan. Meeting at UPPC. Contact Pam Wheeler at p-n-bwheeler@comcast.net MOPS 2nd & 4th Mondays | 9:15-11:15am Jan 10-May 9 Gather with other Mothers of Preschoolers to connect, eat and find encouragement and support in a welcoming and friendly place. If you need childcare, contact Kallie Williams at mattiesgirl79@hotmail.com. Meeting in Fellowship Hall. Register at UPPC.org/adults. The Den Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16 & 3/30 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 Guy Berry at guyberry767@gmail.com. Meeting in Fellowship Hall.

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“We really enjoyed “Have a Good Fight with your Spouse” by Les & Leslie Parrott. Every couple fights and that’s okay - it’s not wrong or unhealthy to argue. They gave great tips on how to fight in a way that will strengthen your relationship and marriage, and not cause more hurt. - Kate & Jeremy Evarts

Men & Women

GROUP GATHERINGS


NEW SERIES COMING MARCH 2022

LEARNING HOW TO FORGIVE


JANUARY

Special Needs Parent Support Group Second Sundays | 12:45-2pm 1/9, 2/13 & 3/13 This group welcomes parents of special needs children of any age on the second Sunday of every month. We look at a different aspect of challenges we face and offer insight, encouragement and support to help us take better care of ourselves and our “kids.” Please contact Martha Greene at mgreene@uppc.org with questions or to receive our emails. Meeting via Zoom.

Divorce Recovery Special Evenings Thursdays Jan 20-Feb 3 | 6:30-8PM This winter, join us for three Divorce Recovery special evenings. We’ll cover topics we don’t get a chance to talk about in our regular seven-week experience. Childcare is provided with registration. Come for one or for all three! January 20: Being Single Again January 27: Co-parenting February 3: Domestic Violence and Its impact Register at UPPC.org/care.

Women’s Cancer Support Group 2nd Tuesdays | 1-2:30pm The Women’s Cancer Support Group welcomes all women who are in the midst of treatment for cancer and women who have survived cancer. We are there to support each other and watch the Holy Spirit at work among us. Contact Sue Walen, frogfingers@comcast.net. Meeting online. ESL (English as a Second Language) Friendship Class 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.

FEBRUARY Divorce Recovery Thursdays Feb 24-Mar 31 | 6:15-8:45pm Gain healthy insights and the courage to move forward on the journey of healing from divorce. This is one opportunity that can be the beginning of a new way of living and hoping! Register at UPPC.org/care. We are now pleased to offer an opportunity for children experiencing divorce while parents are caring for themselves. It’s a place where your children can play and learn with other children going through divorce. Your children will have free time to play with other kids as well as structured physical activities, crafts, activities and discussions to help them understand their feelings and discover different ways to process and express those feelings. This is a safe place for your children ages 5+ to share their experience with other children who are experiencing divorce. (Childcare is available for 4mo4 years as well.) Register at UPPC.org/care.

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Care & Outreach

ONGOING


Youth & Children

ONGOING

NO REGISTRATIONS NEEDED!

Cornerstone (Grades 10-12) Wednesdays 8-9pm, beg. 1/12 Hang out with friends, de-stress, and play exciting games. Discover who God is and give students the life tools to build an identity around the true cornerstone: Jesus Christ. Meet in the Youth Room.

Foundation (Grades 5-7) Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm, beg. 1/12 Discover who God is and what that means for you. Hang out with friends and play fun games! Meet in the Youth Room.

The Rock (Grades 8-9) Wednesdays 8-9pm, beg. 1/12 Hang out with friends and play fun games. Discover who God is and who you are in Christ. Meet in The Lodge.

Campfire (Grades 1-4) Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm, beg. 1/12 Campfire is our mid-week program where students learn about Jesus, play crazy games, and create art. Meet in The Lodge.

UPPC Kids Sunday School Sundays 9:30 & 11am Every Sunday morning children will participate in a fun Bible lesson, sing worship songs, and engage in other fun activities. It’s our goal to make learning about Jesus an exciting and interactive experience. This year we are using a curriculum based on The Jesus Storybook Bible. If you are worshiping from home, children can follow along with our Sunday School lessons using our year-long schedule. Please contact Julie Mangrum at jsmangrum@uppc.org if you would like a copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible! Early Childhood (4mo-K) Sunday Care Sundays 9:30 & 11am 4mo-3yrs in the Nursery, 4yrs-K in The Lodge Our adult, trained staff will nurture and love your children so you can relax and focus on your time in the worship service. Not comfortable leaving your child during service? We have a Family Worship Room off the Upper Lobby where you can comfortably participate in worship without worrying if your child is making noise or moving about. Solid Ground on Sundays Grades 5-9 | 9:30 & 11am Students gather together in the Youth Room for a service designed for youth. Students will be challenged to learn more about Jesus together. High School Small Groups Sundays | 9:30-10:30am All High School Small Groups will be meeting at 9:30 on Sunday mornings at UPPC. We’ll meet at The Wayside café, have small group, and then attend the 11am UPPC church service together for whoever is able. Small groups are a great chance to dive deeper into your faith with others who are interested in learning more. These groups offer an opportunity to grow closer to others and God. Join us anytime!


Mission 2022: June 23-29 Senior Mission (including “Super Seniors” from 2020 & 2021): June 20-29 Plan ahead for our annual High School Mission trip to the El Niño community in East Tijuana, Mexico! It’s an amazing experience to be a part of. We not only build homes and interact in a different culture, but we are all challenged in our faith as each day we will be serving others in many different capacities. Come and see what God looks like through the eyes of our brothers and sisters in Mexico. Learn more about each group at: UPPC.org/cornerstone UPPC.org/therock UPPC.org/foundation UPPC.org/children Over the past few years I have used RightNow Media videos for my lessons at Wednesday Night Campfire. The creators of VeggieTales have made four series that go through 1 John, Ephesians, Philippians and 1 Peter. These videos pack in a lot of Biblical teaching in a fun and entertaining way. The kids are learning so much and having a great time in the process. - Julie Mangrum

CONFIRMATION COMING IN MARCH

Confirmation is a membership class available to students in grades 8-12. We believe kids and their voices are as vital to the life of the church as every other age group. This class will explore faith on a deeper level, look at what distinguishes our denomination from others, dig into why sacraments are meaningful, and discuss the mission of UPPC and how kids can be an active part of that mission. Upon completing Confirmation, kids will have the opportunity to be baptized (if they haven’t already been) and be accepted as official members of UPPC.

Youth & Children

Family Sacrament Experience March 13 & 20 | 11am-12pm | Grades 1-4 In this workshop, children and their parents will explore the meaning and traditions of baptism and communion, and they will be given the opportunity to participate in the sacraments at the end of the workshop.


Lent & Easter at UPPC

In the daily round of life, dust and cobwebs accumulate in our souls. The hidden corners of our hearts become encrusted with grime or filled with forgotten debris. During the weeks of Lent, God’s Spirit is given opportunity to clear away the clutter, sweep away the dust and wash us clean. We are invited to prepare ourselves…heart, soul, mind and body for the new life of Easter. – - Marlene Kropf, Assoc. Professor Emerita in Spiritual Formation and Worship

Ash Wednesday Wednesday March 2 Ash Wednesday is a time when we can throw away all the “junk” that burdens our lives. It is both an individual and a collective cleansing of the past. We can begin anew with a clean slate: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit with me.” Join us for a service of cleansing and renewal. 40 Days of Forgiveness March 2-April 17 This Lent we are focusing on forgiveness - of others, of our selves. We will be sending regular emails of encouragement as you journey through your own process of forgiveness. Emails will include songs, meditations, prayers and poems. Be sure to look for these in March! Maundy Thursday Thursday April 14 Jesus’ final meal with his disciples was the first communion. At this service, we remember his commandment to gather and take communion in rememberance of Him.

Good Friday Friday April 15 Good Friday is the day that Jesus died on the cross. We mark this remembrance with a Tenebrae service. This service follows a tradition of the Church dating back to the seventh century. From Latin the word Tenebrae means “darkness” and commemorates the final hours of our Lord’s life on earth, as he suffered death upon the cross. As the candles are extinguished, they symbolize the fading loyalty of the disciples and friends of Jesus. The gradual darkening of the church portrays the diminishing light of the world as Christ was departing from it. Join us for this meaningful remembrance.

Easter Sunday Sunday April 17 On Easter Sunday we celebrate our Risen Savior! Invite your friends and family to join you in celebrating Jesus’ resurrection!


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UP PC Staff Pastors Rev. Aaron Stewart Senior Pastor Rev. Mike Moffitt Associate Pastor

Worship & Music Rev. Dr. Diana Greene Minister of Worship Loren Tucker Director of Cont. 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 and 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 Y&C Administrative Assistant Operations Mike Bates Executive Minister Ashli Veitch Executive Assistant Kate Evarts Director of Communications Janie Brooksher Scheduler Kaylee Fowler Financial Administrator Kristen Laramie Stewardship Coordinator Campus Care Taylor Conrad Campus Care & Wayside Café Manager Chuck Benedict Lead Custodian Mawiir Deng Custodian Chris Lange Custodian

UPPC ELDERS Session Support Lori Jacoby Continuity & Communication Bob Freeborn Continuity & Communication Sven Nelson Nominating Carolyn Rzesutek Nominating Worship & Discipleship Nancy Keay Worship Ross Parker Worship Leslie Hensley Discipleship Rick Todd Discipleship Care & Outreach Emily Bosh Outreach & Missions Jim Lineweaver Outreach & Missions Marty Sanbeck Welcome & Connect Jim Goertz Welcome & Connect Karen Crosby Care Mitch Sagers Care Youth & Children Holly Bray Youth & Children Mary Pubols Youth & Children Operations Grant Blinn Human Resources Kathleen George Human Resources Cynthia Darland Finance Krista Wallace Finance Campus Care Joel Postma Facilities Dan Small Facilities

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.