Uptown Updates: August 8th
Christ is our complete Savior. The world longs for a savior who can help them with their sin, help them approach God, help secure their future. As our complete Savior Christ is the perfect sacrifice who removes all our guilt and restores us forever to God. Christ is our perfect High Priest who allows us to enter the presence of the living God with confidence. Christ is the perfect assurance that our future will be spent in heaven with him. The Book of Hebrews extols the completeness of Christ as our Savior, which becomes a certain hope for all of God’s people. 
Sunday, August 11th
Don’t Forget the Main Point: Jesus is Better
Hebrews 13:7-16
Community Picnic - September 8th - 5pm
Join us Sunday, September 8 at 5pm at Independence Park for our annual Community Picnic - and invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers! This picnic is geared toward outreach and designed to be an easy, friendly way to introduce others to the Uptown Church Community. We'll provide the food and drinks; you bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and any other accessories you need to picnic well. Take a postcard or two from the welcome table to invite others and help us spread the word. We will need help with setup, cleanup, and at a welcome table, so email Cheryl Anne if you are interested in volunteering.
Gathering Mercy Event
Uptown's Young Adult Ministry (The Gathering) will be serving with the Charlotte Dream Center from 11am - 2pm on Saturday, August 17th during their Back to School Bash in Reid Park. We will plan to meet at 2945 Ross Avenue. The Dream Center is still in need of additional paper, folders, and backpacks for the kids so please plan to bring some of those items with you if you are able to! Thanks and we hope to see you there!
Women's Mentoring Groups
Registration for 2019-2020 Women's Mentoring Groups is now OPEN! Mentoring Groups are small groups led by wonderful, wise women that meet monthly to study a topical issue. This is a great way to meet new women at Uptown! This year, we have groups studying topics like parenting teens, hospitality, finding rest from anxiety, hope in suffering, and many more! Register now to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Please e-mail Ginni Fischer with any questions.
CRM-August Donation Drive
Please support Uptown’s August 2019 donation drive for critical needs for the men and women at the Charlotte Rescue Mission (CRM) Rebound and Dove’s Nest Programs, one of Uptown’s Mercy Partners. The men’s top needs are: Bar Soap, Deodorant/Antiperspirant, Flip Flops (9-11) and T-Shirts/Boxer Shorts Medium size and up. The women’s top needs are: body wash, plastic water bottles and combination locks. This year we are providing two ways to donate: 1) CRM collection barrels outside the Uptown Church office August 1-31 available during office hours and on Sundays, and 2) Amazon via AmazonSmile using this link below. Deliver to CRM. Purchasing through AmazonSmile results in a monetary donation to CRM of 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
Election of Deacons - August 25th Congregational Meeting
As members of Uptown Church you have the privilege and responsibility as a congregation to approve and elect the officers that will serve as elders and deacons. The session has examined the candidates as to their theological and biblical knowledge as well as their character, relationships and leadership qualities. The session unanimously approves and presents these candidates for your prayerful consideration: The candidates for Deacon are Sumner Andrews, Ed Barnes, & Will Eubank. At this time there are no candidates for Elder being recommended. A Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, August 25th immediately following the 10:30 AM worship service for the election of officers. 
Sumner Andrews
 Birthday: 9/21/1986
Hometown: Charlotte
Joined Uptown: 2009
Contact info:   
Phone: 704-654-7215
Email:Sum981@gmail.com
How did you first come to faith in Christ?  Growing up in a believing home I can’t point to a time when I first came to faith, however, I can look back and see fruit in my life that isn’t my doing but Christ in me.
What do you do for a living?  Credit UW
What other Christian leadership positions have you held? 5th grade SS teacher, mentor group leader, roadies coordinator, LG leader.
Why do you believe you are being called to this office?  Attending Uptown I’ve grown to appreciate the Church’s importance in the life and calling of the believer, I want to help build the Church up.
Ed Barnes
Birthday: 10/2/1964
Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
Joined Uptown: 2003
Contact info:
Phone: 704-451-1637
Email: ebarnes@rts.edu
How did you first come to faith in Christ? I grew up in a Christian home and a PCA church. I was converted at a young age. In many areas and even for prolonged periods of time, I have fallen well short of God’s glory in my walk with Him, but I have never not felt His hand in my life and the assurance of salvation.  
What do you do for a living? I am Vice President of Development for Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) Charlotte. I help raise funds for student scholarships, core ministry and campus development at RTS Charlotte.  
What other Christian leadership positions have you held? Husband to Wallace. Dad to Edwin, Anna and Milling. Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC. Executive Director of Westminster Ministries Foundation. Participant in Charlotte Leadership Forum.
Why do you believe you are being called to this office? For as long as I can remember, I have felt awe, love and a sense of duty towards the church of Christ. I think most everyone wants to be part of something bigger than their self, and the church has consistently been that for me. At the denomination level, I’ve known the PCA since it was formed and am thankful for its consistent handling of cultural and church issues from its inception to the present. At the individual church level, I believe Uptown Church administers preaching, teaching, discipline and governance as well as any church I know. Serving in the church world for most of the last 30 years, I have seen the messiness of fallen man’s imperfect exercise of God’s will for the church. Despite that, and fully aware that I am as fallen and imperfect as everyone else, I feel called to serve Uptown Church and its community of members as an officer.
Will Eubank
Birthday: May 17 
Hometown: Charlotte NC - Born and Raised! 
Joined Uptown: 2016
Contact info:
Phone: 704-533-0379
Email: william.m.eubank@gmail.com
How did you first come to faith in Christ? By the faithful nurturing of my godly parents at a young age. 
What do you do for a living? I work for a operations and logistics task force within The United States Department of Justice.
What other Christian leadership positions have you held? I have lead and co-lead multiple Bible studies and am co-leading a life group now. I am also involved in the ministry at CRM (Charlotte rescue mission) where I will on different occasions lead worship with music and teaching. I am assisting the church now in better security practices. I also am a member of the welcome team and Music teams. 
Why do you believe you are being called to this office? When I was growing up, I had two very godly men in my life that I looked up to, my grandfather and my uncle. Both were at times deacons and then elders in the church I grew up in. There were many qualities that I admired in them, but one that stood out was how much their love for God showed through their service for the church. As I grew and understood more of what it meant to serve as an officer in the church I felt the pull on my heart to serve as they did. This grew to the point of nomination, and as I thought and prayed about it, I said I would serve as far as could. I took the class, spoke about it with my prayer triad, and then with the elders. They were all very helpful in affirming externally what I was feeling internally. 
Welcoming Bailey Greaves - New Children's Ministry Co-Director
Bailey grew up moving all over the country but claims Georgia as home. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in Child and Family Development. While in college she met her husband, Jake, through their involvement in a campus ministry, Cru. Following graduation, Bailey and Jake worked for Cru for several years at Georgia Southern University and Mississippi State University. In July of 2018, the Greaves moved to Charlotte as Jake started his career in the supply chain industry, and Bailey began taking classes at RTS in biblical counseling. The Greaves have an adorable 4 month old son, Asher. Bailey loves hanging out with friends, Jake and Asher, and her dog, Georgia! The Greaves have loved spending the past year at Uptown! Bailey can’t wait to get started working with the sweet children and families of Uptown Church!
Last SNF with the Gathering
Get to know other young adults at Uptown Church as we study the book of 1 John. Invite a friend and come join us!

8/11 - 1209 Bellemeade Ln. (6:30 - 8:30pm) - 1 John 5

**Throughout the summer, The Gathering also meets every Wednesday night around 6:30pm by the volleyball courts at Freedom Park to play volleyball, frisbee, soccer, etc. Hope to see you there!
New Women's Bible Study
Uptown's Women's Ministry will be launching a new Bible study beginning in September! Join other Uptown women as we grow together through the study of the Psalms! This study will run for eight weeks in the fall (Sept. 19-Nov. 14) and spring (Jan. 23- Mar. 12), and will meet on Thursday mornings from 10:00-11:30 in the Foxcroft neighborhood. Childcare will be offered. Registration will begin in mid-August so mark your calendars now! E-mail Ginni Fischer with any questions!
Registration will begin next week.
Volunteer Opportunities
Nursery
Children's Ministry
Missions Committee
Bagel Team
Roadies
Welcome Team
Adult Ed Classes July/August
Hot Topics in the PCA
Teachers: Mike Kruger & Tom Queen
Where: 3rd Floor Boardroom

Over the years, our denomination (the PCA) has continued to struggle over hot theological issues. Some of these are old and some of these are new. This class will examine each of these hot theological issues in detail, including roles of men/women, same-sex attraction, the Revoice Conference, Worship and Sabbath Day, Federal Vision, and Social Justice/Mission of the Church.
On the Shoulders of Giants
Teachers: Chris Van Roekel, Will Brisley, Bryan Zumbach, Caleb Standafer  
Where: Resource Center

Hebrews 12:1 says that we are to run the Christian life “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.” This class will take a look at some of these great witnesses who have gone before us and lived remarkable Christian lives that have changed the world forever. These include Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, William Wilberforce, Elisabeth Elliot, and many others. Come join us for this class where we can be encouraged and motivated by examining the lives of those believers who have lived faithful lives for Christ.
Coming Soon
Volunteer with
Charlotte Fellows

2019-2020 school year

Contact Laurabeth Harris to hear more about this 9-month vocational leadership program and how you can get involved helping these young professionals learn how to live a life of faith in the workplace. Option include housing/hosting, mentoring, and serving on the board.
Visitor's Lunch
September 22nd
no RSVP necessary

Inquirer's Class
September 27: 7-9pm
September 28: 9am-noon
This is a prerequisite for membership at Uptown and is held 3 times each year. The next class will be held Feb. 7-8, 2020. Registration required.
Celebrating 25 years of Uptown Church

Thursday, October 17th
Byron's South End
Online Giving is now available