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Welcome to our Guests!

Welcome to University City UMC! Here at UCUMC we strive to be a welcoming congregation to our community and especially to our guests. Our hope is that you will know that you are always welcome here just as you are, whether you have been away from church for a while, or never affiliated with any church. Whether you're married, single, divorced, or in transition, you truly matter to us because you matter to God. We would be honored to have you become a part of University City United Methodist Church!


worship_visitingtab.jpg Worship Opportunities:

Sunday
 9:45 AM - Traditional Worship - Sanctuary
11:00 AM - Contemporary Worship - Sanctuary  

Please check the upcoming week's bulletin on our Media Page for specific worship details.

Sunday Morning Inside the Worship Center...
Upon entering the Worship Center upper level, you will notice a Welcome Center to your left and smiling Greeters ready to say hello and help you find your way around the church campus. You may visit the Guest Kiosk, which will be to your right upon entering, to receive valuable information designed just for you, our guests!  Check out our Café for coffee and a relaxing place to fellowship with our church community. . 

Be sure to let us know you visited by:
Filling out a communication card, a tear-off card located in the Worship bulletin.
Asking us questions - we love to answer them!
Completing our 1st and 2nd time guest surveys: Click Here for First-time Guests; Click Here for Second-time Guests. 

 

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University City United Methodist Church
3835 West W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28269
(Corner of WT Harris & W. Sugar Creek Rd.)
Google Map Directions 
CLICK HERE for Campus Map 

Phone: 704-369-8000 • Fax: 704-369-0481
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Finding Us
Enter the church parking lot from either Brookstone Drive or WT Harris Boulevard and you will find signs directing you to the Guest parking, located in the Upper parking lot.  If you are looking for a meeting, or the adult Sunday school classrooms you will want to park in the Lower paring lot and walk into the Church Office entrance. If you are looking for youth or children Sunday school classrooms, you will want to park in the Lower parking lot, closest to the Disciple Center and enter that building.

While we believe there are many unique things about UCUMC, we hope you will find our warm, welcoming
 attitude towards our guests sets us apart.  Many of us remember how it felt to be a newcomer to church, and we want to make your time with us comfortable and inviting.  Our hope is that you will know that you are always welcome here just as you are, whether you have been away from church for a while, or never affiliated with any church. Whether you're married, single, divorced, or in transition, you truly matter to us because you matter to God. We would be honored to have you become a part of University City United Methodist Church!

Once you enter the church parking lot from either Brookstone Drive or WT Harris Boulevard, you will find Guest reserved parking in the upper level parking lot, closest to the front doors of the Worship Center.  Lower level parking leads to the Adult Sunday school classrooms (Lower Level Worship Center) and Children and Youth Sunday school classrooms (Disciple Center).  CLICK HERE for campus map.

Upon entering the building, you will notice our Guest Information kiosk and smiling Greeters ready to say hello and help you find your way around the church campus.  We will gladly walk with you to show you where you may need to go on campus. Visit the Guest Café  designed just for you, our guests!

While you are with us...

Enjoy one of our Sunday worship services - 9:45am with choir, or 11:00am with band.
Make sure you fill out a communication card, located in the Worship bulletin, so we know you are here.
Ask questions - we love to answer them!
Give us feedback - fill out our First-time Guest Survey or Second-time Guest Survey to tell us what you thought about your visit. 
Find out more about what is going on in and around UCUMC by picking up our weekly UCUMC News.

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You can worship with us, join one of our many L.I.F.E. Groups or other small groups, join a Sunday School class, or serve in our ministries, just to name a few. We, at University City UMC, are passionate about helping you find your place here. Check out ways to get plugged in below!

Get to Know our pastors & staff. 
Learn about Getting Started at UCUMC
Find an Adult Small Group opportunity that fits your lifestyle
Connect with our Youth Ministry - FUSION (6th-12th grades)
Hang out with our Children's Ministry - UC Kids (birth through 5th grade)
Discover a Serving Opportunity within our congregational body or outside the body.
Find a Support Group designed to help with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. 

 

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God Is in Control

By Anne Churchill, member of the 2016 Nicaragua Mission team.

I have always wanted to go on an international mission trip and after REACH 2015, I knew I had to go somewhere. The list of 2016 mission trips came out and my heart was pulled towards Nicaragua and the Hope Project. I had heard Farrell Burton, founder of the Hope Project, speak at REACH and was captivated by his stories and wanted to learn more about the work he does in Nicaragua. I signed up for the trip, God provided the money, and I was on my way.

I was ready. Our team had the supplies we needed. My suitcase was packed. I had prayer warriors back home. I was prepared for the culture difference. I was prepared for the poverty I was going to see. I was prepared to say yes to whatever God asked of me and of my team. I thought I was 100% ready.

But our first day serving with the Hope Project was so hard for me. I thought I was 100% ready, but I found myself in an unfamiliar place surround by an unfamiliar language and relying on others to transport me, speak for me, and provide my food. I was not prepared for the helplessness I felt. I am usually a very independent person and don’t like relying on others. The frustration and fear of being helpless overshadowed the experiences I was having on my trip.

As I was processing these feelings, a story Farrell told came to mind - the founding of Samaritan’s Feet (another organization that attended REACH 2015). A man gave a boy a pair of new shoes and a word of encouragement. Years later that boy remembered the gift of shoes and decided to do the same for people around the world. 13 years later, Samaritans Feet has touched millions of lives all over the world all because a man gave a boy a simple pair of shoes.

That was God’s whisper, reminding me that he is in control. It didn’t matter that my Spanish was terrible. It didn’t matter what the translators thought of the prayer I was saying. It didn’t matter that I was the Gringo that stuck out like a sore thumb. It didn’t matter that I was bad at winging it. God was in control of the situation and he will control what people remembered.

I can’t control what people think, but I can control what I say yes to. I can control how much effort I put intowashingfeet_AC_Nica a project. I can control my reactions to God’s calling. If God calls me to wash the feet of a child that is crying and doesn’t understand my words of comfort, I can do that. If God calls me to paint an elderly lady’s fingernails just to show her someone is paying attention to her, I can do that. If I need to build a bunk bed without blueprints, I can do that (with the help of my team). If God calls me to stand in the middle of chaos while children do crafts, I can do that.

Will these things change a life? Maybe, maybe not. But God will take care of that. I just have to say yes. If he calls, he will give me the strength.  

That reminder changed the rest of my trip. Instead of counting down the days, I was sad about the days that had passed. I was not (as) worried about what people around me thought of what I was doing. I tried to jump in with both feet and handle things as they came. And that allowed me to see more of what was happening around me. The people the Hope Project serves are poor and live in situations we cannot imagine. But these same people show love with abandon. They have strong faith and find hope in the worst circumstances, and they changed the way I think.

I am so blessed to have been able to partner with the Hope Project as they provide simple solutions every day. I am so blessed for the lessons God taught me. I am so blessed to have served with my team. I am so blessed to have the memories I take from this trip. I pray I never forget my experiences. 

Anne Churchill

TO BE A DISCIPLE MAKING CHURCH

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