Theology of Identity Series
Last October, Pastor George told us that we don't really know who we are, that while the culture tells us to look inside ourselves to discover our identity, Jesus tells us to look to him, to look upward to learn our true identity, for our lives are hidden in Christ (Col 3:3).
In an effort to help us do that we are launching a series of lectures by guest theologians who will explore what it means to find our deepest identities in Christ. Throughout this year and next we will explore sexuality, spiritual friendships, leadership and gender, ethnic identity, and much more through the leadership of these esteemed theologians and pastors.
Here's who we've scheduled to join us so far:
Rev Dr. Laurie Brenner:
Sundays, January 12, 19, 26 at 3:30pm, Geneva
A three-week study on Sexual Ethics
Rev Dr. Wesley Hill:
Wednesday, February 12, 7pm, UPC Sanctuary
Spiritual Friendship—Finding love in the church as a celibate gay Christian.
Rev Dr. Nicole Massie Martin:
Sunday Worship, Feb 23, all services
Monday, February 24, 10am–12pm, Seminar in Geneva
Leadership and Women in Leadership
Rev Dr. Esau McCaulley:
Wednesday, March 18, 7–8:20, Sanctuary
Ethnic Identity and the bible and issues of justice
Formissional Communities: Find more at upc.org/formissionalcommunities
New Formissional Communities Interest Meetings
Second Sundays, 10am & 11:30, Geneva B
Connect with an emerging Formissional Community in your neighborhood! Each month, we will have a Sunday for new FCs to gather around the table, do some planning, and meet others who share the same neighborhood. Check outside the door to see the list of neighborhoods and come on in!
Join us every second Sunday: Feb 9, March 15, May 10
Formissional Community Leadership Cohort
Second Tuesdays, February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, 6:30-8:30pm, Calvin
The FC Leadership Training Cohort will meet once a month on Tuesday nights over dinner in Calvin. Please RSVP so we can plan for food. Questions? Contact Polly: Pollyy@upc.org
We will also have one half-day cohort gathering on Saturday, May 9, 9am–3pm.
Street Youth Ministries Hygiene Drive
Now – January 31
Street Youth Ministries strives to meet every day needs of homeless youth in our area. SYM is able to provide food, beverages, hygiene supplies, art supplies, socks, and underwear to youth due to the generosity of various groups that get together and gather much-needed items for the young people we serve. Items often needed are men & womens underwear, bras, deodorant, hand warmers, blankets, backpacks, coats, feminine hygiene products, disposable razors, toothbrushes & toothpaste. You can drop off items at the UPC kiosk. Contact: Rowena Harper
Global Friends Lunar New Year Party and Talent Show
January 24, 6 pm in Larson Hall
Come celebrate the Year of the Rat with a night of hotpot, entertainment, and dessert at Global Friends’ annual Lunar New Year event! Wear red or your traditional attire. Tickets are $10/person, and are available online. Space is limited, so buy yours today!
The Balkan Task Force: Guest Speaker
January 29, 7pm, Rainier House
We will be hearing from Bojan Ruvarac, Director of ROM (Renewing Our Minds) and Christian ministry partner from Serbia. All interested are welcome! Contact Ken for more info.
Youth Mission Auction: Donations Needed!
Sunday, March 1 in Larson Hall, 9:30am–1:30pm, 6:15–7pm
Live auction at 11:33am
Donate to our live and silent auction to support the important work our youth are doing locally, nationally, and globally. We are looking for donations of new items, gift cards and services—check the website for specific donation ideas! upc.org/auction
UPC Men's Retreat 2020
March 28-29, 2020, Islandwood Retreat Center, Bainbridge Island
Join UPC men for an overnight event at the Islandwood Retreat Center on Bainbridge Island. Enjoy a time of reflection on God’s word in the community of fellow brothers in Christ as we explore how we grow in our faith through relationship. UPC’s Pastor of Adult Discipleship, Aaron Williams, and Chris Nichols, Executive Director of Ministry, will be our speakers. Come enjoy fellowship, food, and fun with men of all ages. Cost: $195. Carpooling and scholarships are available. If you have questions or would like to inquire about scholarships, please email Stephen Hodges (Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org). Registration link coming soon!
Holy Land Tour
April 25–May 2, 2020 (Register ASAP to reserve your spot)
The Holy Land Task Force invites you to visit the Holy Land April 25 to May 2nd, 2020. This tour is arranged through Mejdi Tours, an organization jointly owned by an Israeli and a Palestinian. This trip is happening in partnership with Bellevue Presbyterian Church and University Congregational Church. ALL are welcome regardless of church affiliation.
If you want to register or have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Classes: Find more at upc.org/classes
Sunday, January 5–April 5, 10am, Calvin
The Psalms: Jesus’ Hymn Book. Jesus prayed - and sang - the Psalms. To understand them brings great joy that changes our hearts and minds.
Financial Peace University
Thursdays, January 9–March 5, 7pm, Knox
A nine-week class on finances. Giving you tools and skills to reduce debt, build a budget, and help you move towards financial peace. Register at fpu.com/1105206
Estate Planning Seminar
January 26th at 10 am in Geneva A
Attorneys Nancy Cahill and Alexandra Keller will provide an overview of the main elements needed in an Estate Plan, including a discussion of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, and use of beneficiary designations on IRAs and retirement accounts. Contact TIm Snow
More events and ways to connect
UPC Family Wednesday Nights
Find more ways to connect for kids, youth, and families at upc.org/families
Sunday Night Fellowship (& more)
Are you a 20 or 30-something looking for community? Plug in with our Young Adult community. Stay up-to-date on all the exciting events happening soon.
Ministry with Internationals
Check our page for all the exciting opportunities coming up this Winter!
Second Wind 50+
Lots of hiking, biking, and service opportunities for active 50+ adults. More info on our page.
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