Uptown Updates - December 6
Sermon Series
What role do we play and what role does God play in our salvation? That question has divided Christians for centuries. Yet understanding the Bible's answer to that question helps us more deeply appreciate how great a salvation God has given us in Christ and just how securely, and assuredly, we can rest in his power to save us to the uttermost.
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Perseverance: Live For Eternity Now
John 10:27-29
Women's Christmas Party - Tonight!
All Uptown women are invited to join the Women's Ministry at our annual Christmas Party! We will enjoy food, fellowship, and games as we celebrate the Advent season. The party will be on Thursday, December 6th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Erin Corwin's home- 3670 Pelham Ln, Charlotte, NC 28211.
with any questions! Hope to see everyone there!
L & C Reception Set-up & Serve
Calling all lovers of festive Christmas fun!
Are you looking for a way to plug in and serve in some way at church but not sure where? Do you enjoy making and sharing your favorite holiday treats? Can you stack a chair? Does dressing up a table with linens and candles make you happy?
Uptown's Lessons & Carols services and receptions are a feast for the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and heart, and is one of our biggest outreach events of the year! And it takes many hands working together to pull it off. Come join us on December 8th and/or 9th, while we crank up the music, dress up the cafe and get ready to celebrate and share the glorious Good News with all who attend this fun event! 
Thursday, Dec. 13, 3-5 pm @ Brookstone
Volunteers Needed for BPFJ
We are still in great need of volunteers to help run BPFJ... 5-10 in fact. Any help would be appreciated, for any amount of time between 2pm and 5:30pm. Teenagers, Adults, and/or families are welcome!
Advent Childcare
We will be offering childcare for our Advent services as follows:
Lessons & Carols - 4 pm service ONLY - for children ages 3 and under . RSVP by Sunday 12/2. NOW CLOSED.
Christmas Eve Service - 5 pm - for children ages 2 and under . RSVP by Monday 12/17.
Please note that space is limited and registration will close when full, moving to a waitlist. In order to accommodate guests, Uptowners are encouraged to arrange their own childcare if possible. Contact Rebecca Latham or Lisa Ellis at nurserycoordinator@uptownchurch.org with questions.
Granada Mission Trip Interest Meeting
Upcoming Mission trip to Granada Spain - July 2019. Join us Sunday, Dec. 16th, in the Resource Room right after the second service to hear about serving at an English camp in Granada this summer. This is a great opportunity for families to get involved with Missions at Uptown Church and serve together!
Advent Giving Reminder
During this Advent season, the deacons would like to encourage you to prayerfully consider giving to Uptown Church as part of your year-end giving plans. Please drop your check in the offering plate, or send in the mail by 12/31 to be considered a 2018 gift. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Staff Changes at Uptown
New Event & Volunteer Coordinator
Welcome to Cheryl Anne Butts, who is our new Event & Volunteer Coordinator! Cheryl Anne grew up in Charlotte and attended Furman University for college. She returned to the Charlotte area after graduation in 2007 and taught elementary PE for three years. David and Cheryl Anne married in 2009 and shortly after moved to Lake Lure, NC to work for Camp Lurecrest Ministries. They returned to Charlotte this past summer when David took a new job as a commercial property manager. They have two daughters, Jane (4) and Margaret (2), and have enjoyed settling back into Charlotte and putting down roots in the Uptown Church community. Cheryl Anne is looking forward to serving on staff at Uptown and joining in the task of bringing the gospel to bear on church fellowship and events.
Thank you to Brook Harding for her service as our Event Coordinator this past year. We appreciate all she did to create fun-filled and memorable events for the people of Uptown. The Vision Banquet, retreats, and Lessons & Carols would not have been the same without her last year.
Thank you to Braden Benson for his service as the Adult Education Intern for the past several years here at Uptown. He and his wife Victoria will move to Auburn, Alabama in December and are expecting a baby boy due in February. Braden will be a Pastoral Counselor for The Owen Center.
Welcome to Austin McCann , who is our new Adult Education Intern! Austin was born and raised in Memphis, TN and graduated from Mississippi State University (Go Dawgs!). After graduation, Austin worked for two years with RUF as an intern at Auburn University. During that time, he married his best friend, Alexandra Kwasny McCann. Austin and Alex moved to Charlotte in May and will be joining the church in December. Austin is a student at RTS Charlotte pursuing his MDIV degree and Alex works as a nurse on the Labor/Delivery floor at Novant Hospital. They have felt so welcomed at Uptown and are excited to get to know more members! 
Current Adult Ed Classes Nov/Dec
In the Fullness of Time-
An Advent Story
Teachers: Jon Levy & Derek Rogers
Location: Resource Center

Angels announced it. A king and his advisors were perplexed by it. Wise men and simple shepherds were compelled to worship because of it. Even his own mother had a hard time believing that she would give birth to a savior. The birth of Jesus was an event unparalleled in human experience. This class will explore the history and theology of the greatest miracle ever: God the Son taking on flesh to save his people from their sins. Join us as we study the incarnation and birth of Jesus and are reminded of the wonder of Christmas.
Awe: Reorienting Our Captivation in a Fallen World
Teachers: Drew Harris, Chad Kraska, & Braden Benson
Location: 3rd Floor Boardroom

When was the last time you were struck with awe? Was it the trip you took to the mountains? The birth of a child? A wonderful work of art? We as humans were created by God for his worship, but because of the fall, our worship is now flawed. We love to be amazed by so many things, but often forget where our capacity of awe comes from. This class will address our fallen self-focus and help reorient our worship to the One who surpasses all others: God Himself.
Stay tuned for details regarding Inclement Weather this weekend!
Save the Date
2019 Vision Banquet
Friday, January 18
The Terrace @ Cedar Hill
Church Retreat
Lake Junaluska
Conference & Retreat Center
March 8-10