Fall is here, and each year at UPC we take time in the month of November to learn more about Stewardship. If everything we have belongs to God, how does that impact what we do with what he's given us?
This year we are excited to be more specific in the ways we include all ages and stages of our UPC family into these conversations and practices of generosity.
Here are just some of the ways you'll see and hear about stewardship throughout the UPC community in November:
At times this year, the news has felt overwhelming as we've learned of hurricane after hurricane, along with devastating earthquakes and fires. I’ve been impressed by this congregation's eagerness to respond. I'm pleased to report that already, UPC members have given significant financial contributions toward disaster relief! More than $44,000 was received, which has been distributed to the following areas:
Dear UPC Family Member, I've got great news for you: Rev. Aaron Williams will join us as Pastor of Discipleship this January! Pastor Aaron is already well-known and loved by many at UPC. He is the original instigator of many new Kindred relationships at Mount Zion Baptist Church and Evangelical Chinese Church. And he has great affection for you.
By Rev. Ken Sunoo “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:19 University Presbyterian Church has a wonderful ministry with the many international students and scholars who come to Seattle each year. This ministry has profound ripple effects around the world, as individuals become believers at UPC and then, when they return to their home countries, they end up in positions of influence. In February, Stephanie Lam (UPC Executive Assistant) and I (Rev. Ken Sunoo) visited five of our returnees in Seoul, Korea: Juhee Jeong, Catherine Joo, Lily Moon, and Youngwook & Heather Park. We hosted them for a reunion dinner, and they shared with us how they were impacted by their time at UPC.
An Article by Richard Stearns This week Iraqi forces and their allies are fighting to take back the city of Mosul from ISIL, who have held it since 2014. It’s happening in an area of biblical significance: Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city of some 1.5 million people is in modern-day Nineveh. We remember Nineveh from one of the most popular stories of the Old Testament in which the prophet Jonah reacted badly to a command from God. He had been tapped to go to Nineveh, the prosperous and powerful center of the Assyrian empire. The people there had become so wicked that God wanted to destroy them unless Jonah could preach some sense into them. But Jonah had his own view of the Ninevites, that they weren’t worthy of God’s compassion. Instead of obeying God, he ran away.