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Lent at UPUMC

February 14-March 30

Lent is a soulful journey, beginning with Ash Wednesday and spanning 40 days of introspection and growth leading to Easter. It's not just about giving up something; it's a personal quest for connection. It is a spiritual adventure where prayers become conversations, sacrifices deepen compassion, and self-reflection molds character. This season, we have a chance to rediscover faith, strengthen resilience, and embody the essence of Easter together. We hope you will join us for one or all of our worship services, where we seek moments of self-discovery, grace, and a renewed sense of purpose.

 


 

Juarez Mission Trip

March 9-12  |  Juarez, Mexico

Continuing a 3-decade tradition, UPUMC youth, families, and sponsors partner with Operación Abrigo to build homes and provide food for families and children in need in Juarez, Mexico. For those families unable to provide for themselves a safe shelter, we build a home that will keep them safe for generations to come. Led by Alan Hamilton, Rev. Ricky Harrison, and Rev. Jose Luis Portillo, our group will fly out from Love Field on March 9 to spend 3 days working to build cinderblock homes and joining in fellowship with residents. The cost of the trip is $200/person (covers meals, dorm lodging, and ground transportation) plus airfare. Click the link below for full details of the mission trip, and contact Alan Hamilton or Nate Stinchcomb with additional questions or to register.

Juarez Mission Trip Medication Donations

Even if you can't go on the mission trip to Juarez, you can partner with us to serve the community! We are collecting over-the-counter medications for our group to take with them. These medications will be donated to the local medical clinic to help the same families and other people in the community who might not otherwise have access to any medical care. Check the list to see what medications are needed - these can be dropped off at the table across from the Welcome Desk at the church by March 1.

 


 

Lenten Book Study

Sundays  |  Feb. 18-Mar. 24

4-5 PM  |  Room 103/104

UPUMC's Senior Pastor, Rev. Joe Stobaugh, will be leading an in-depth study of the inspiration for our Lenten Worship Series, Tom Berlin's book, "The Third Day: Living the Resurrection" on Sundays from 4-5 PM, February 18-March 24.

In the book, Tom Berlin uses his gifts of storytelling and understanding the Scriptures to connect the reader to the experiences of several individuals around Jesus in his final days, focusing on new life and redemption rather than loss.

Join Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Thomas as they feel the despair of losing Jesus and the surprise and joy that awaits them in the resurrection. This study traces events around these characters, along with Paul and the disciples at Emmaus, and how the resurrection transforms their lives.

 


 

Early Voting at UPUMC

Begins February 20

Did you know that UPUMC is among the top voting sites in Dallas County? Did you even know that we were a voting site at all? Beginning February 20, we will see thousands of people in our community visit our campus to exercise their civic duty by voting. We have the incredible opportunity to offer biblical hospitality to every one of these persons as we welcome, meet, and assist our guests. We need help at the Welcome Desk to make this happen! Early Voting is Monday through Saturday, February 20-March 1 & 5, with shifts from 9 AM-1 PM and 1-5 PM. If you are available to help, please contact Mary Tabor.

 


 

UWF Sunday and Connected Gathering

February 25-26

On Sunday, February 25, we will celebrate the United Women in Faith in our Sanctuary worship services at 8:45 and 11 AM. As the UWF members assist in leading the worship services, you will be able to learn more about UWF 2024 missions, activities, and resources for growing your faith. Then, on February 26, UWF will hold their quarterly Connected Gathering from 10 AM-12 PM in the UPUMC Activity Center. Bring a dish to share (drinks will be provided) as you meet UWF members and learn more about the missions of UWF. For more information, please contact Reggie Campbell or Diana Wilson.

 


 

2024 Vacation Bible School

June 10-13  |  9 AM - 12 PM

Save the date for VBS 2024 at UPUMC: Camp Firelight! Click below for more information about what to expect as it becomes available or to register when it opens!

 


 

Ongoing Events at UPUMC

Sunday Evenings @ UPUMC

4-5 PM
On Sunday, February 18, we will begin a new time of fellowship, study, and worship for all ages! From 4-5 PM, there will be youth small group programming in the new Youth Center, an all-adult Lenten Bible study on Tom Berlin's "The Third Day: Living the Resurrection" led by Rev. Joe Stobaugh (Room 103/104), and children's free play with our childcare workers.

5:15-6 PM
Also, beginning February 18, we're excited to launch Upper Room Worship, a multi-generational opportunity to worship in our brand-new Youth Center. Join us every Sunday at 5:15 PM for a 45-minute worship service led by our talented youth and Minister to Youth and Families, Colin Craft. This promises to be a spiritually uplifting time for everyone! During this time, we will also have Yoga for KIDS! led by Cherry Fowler. The children will have fun learning yoga poses and breathing techniques through stories, games, and even creating their own yoga poses!

 


 

School of Essential Wisdom Winter Term

December 7-February 29

Our School of Essential Wisdom is gearing up to begin it's Winter '23-'24 Term on December 7. Topics during this term will include Festival of Lights, World Pilgrimages, and a series of lectures by author D. Stephen Long on his book "The Art of Cycling, Living, & Dying: Moral Theology from Everyday Life." You won't want to miss all of our wonderful speakers this term! For more information, please contact Janet Hodge or Mary Jo McCurley.

 


 

UPUMC+WDS Book Study

1st & 3rd Wednesdays of February, March, & April  |  9-10 AM

UPUMC and The Weekday School are partnering to start a new Wednesday morning book study! Led by Rev. Emma Williams, anyone is invited to join as we read and discuss Meredith Miller's book, "Woven: Nurturing a Faith Your Kid Doesn't Have to Heal From" on February 7 & 21, March 6 & 20, and April 3 & 17. In this inspiring parenting book, we'll learn how to create space for our children to get to know God in a way that focuses on trust instead of a list of rigid rules. Childcare is available as requested! For more information or to request childcare, contact Gillian Wiley or Rev. Emma Williams.

 


 

Tuesday Morning Prayer Service

Tuesdays | 9:30 AM | Sanctuary

All are welcome to the Tuesday morning prayer service in the sanctuary. The service is approximately twenty minutes long and includes song, scripture, and communion. Led by church worship staff, this is a time to connect with others over prayer and God’s word. We hope to see you there!

 


 

Yoga

In-Person Mat Classes
Tuesdays | 11 AM - 12 PM | Activity Center or Parlor

Zoom Classes
Tuesday Chair Yoga | 9:30 - 10:15 AM
Thursday Mat Yoga | 9 - 10 AM

Join Cherry Fowler and friends as they practice yoga each week. The first class is free, and it is $10/class for in-person or Zoom classes after. If you have any questions, want to join, or need the Zoom link, please get in touch with Cherry Fowler.

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