Uptown Updates:
November 27th
God sends all of his people on a mission for him. Each of us has a different mission call, a distinct place of service with our own particular mission field. The book of Jonah demonstrates God’s heart for missions, our reluctance to follow God’s call, and God’s work in helping us, finally, answer his call to our own mission field.
Sunday, December 1st
Jonah 3:1-4
A Greater Deliverance
This weekly devotional is intended to help you fix your eyes upon Jesus, by providing a personally selected scripture passage and a song or hymn aimed at reminding you that Jesus is your rock, your redeemer and your healer. 
"Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God." Psalm 42:5

"Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Ps. 73:25-26
Psalms of Lament continue to give words and sentiment to the varied emotions I have been feeling through this time of change - feelings of being cast down, in turmoil, confident, and hopeful all at the same time. Psalm 42 and 73 remind me to put my hope in God, knowing He is the strength of our heart and worthy of our praise, always. Whom have we in heaven, but you O Lord? 

And, oh, my soul, put your hope in God
My help, my Rock, I will praise Him
Sing, oh, sing through the raging storm
You're still my God, my salvation

Marianne Carpenter, marianneheis@gmail.com

Youth and their Families: Outdoor Ice Skating at the Whitewater Center
After second service on Sunday, December 1, youth and their families are invited to to the Whitewater Center for outdoor ice skating. Pack a lunch and enjoy an outdoor picnic with us! All families - including friends and relatives in town for the Thanksgiving holidays - are invited. RSVP to Matt Arends.
An Update from the Session
The session and deacons are currently getting to work as a part of three subcommittees, here is a summary of each of the committees and their objectives:

Congregational care: Making recommendations for how to best care for the congregation. 
 
Staff Planning and care: Making recommendations for how to best care for the staff and helping make overall staffing decisions.
 
Preaching and worship: Covering all issues related to preaching and ongoing leadership at Uptown, including the preaching plan (topics and schedule moving forward), consideration of hiring an Interim pastor and research for best practices for pulpit committees (a search committee for Uptown's next Sr. Pastor).
 
These subcommittees will be making their initial presentations and recommendations at the next called session meeting on December 2.
 
Please keep our leaders and their work in your prayers.  
Lessons & Carols is on SATURDAY, December 14th!
Lessons & Carols is coming up soon on Dec 14th with services at 2 PM and 6 PM. Please make note that this is a Saturday. Take the opportunity to invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to come enjoy the music, art and beauty, but more importantly to meet the Christ-child. Christmas is a time when people are more open to attending religious events like this, so don't let the opportunity pass you by!

Receptions will follow both services. Childcare is provided by reservation for the 2 PM service only.

For more information and to reserve childcare for the 2 PM service, please visit uptownlandc.com.
Save the Date:
2020 Mens Retreat
Save the Date for Uptown's 2020 Men's Retreat, March 27-29, 2020 at Montreat Conference Center. Details and registration to follow!
Current Adult Ed Classes November/December
Galatians: Living in line with the truth of the Gospel  

Teachers: Caleb Standafer, Andrew Holmes, Ryan Bowen, Aaron Kees 
Where: 3rd floor boardroom 

The book of Galatians is Paul's loving and unapologetic correction to the church in Galatia as they had contorted the gospel by insisting that keeping the Old Testament ceremonial law was required for salvation. Like many of Paul's letters, Galatians reinforces the true Gospel and in many ways lays the foundation for the core tenets of Christian theology. This corrective letter is an excellent resource for both believers and nonbelievers, as it challenges and encourages us to pursue the holiness that only unmerited grace provides the true freedom to pursue - please join us!
Practicing the King's Economy 

Teachers: Drew Harris, Adam Dyer, Matt Taylor, Michael Richter, Grae Garrison
Where: Resource Center 

Are you looking for a class on budgeting strategies? Well, this class may not be for you. However, if you are looking for ways to think about how and why you spend your money and what our Lord might think of our economic priorities, well this is the right place! Based upon the book “Practicing the King’s Economy,” we will examine some of the principles and practices for how our economics can align with the Lord’s.
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