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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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How a Coffee Cup Almost Lost a Soul

Having been an ordained pastor for nearly 30 years, I have had many wonderful experiences in the churches I have served.  One that I treasure above the rest involved playing a role in leading a man to Christ and watching him change in front of me.  But I almost missed the opportunity because my first response was to reject him rather than convert him.  I believe the Holy Spirit stayed my hand so that the Spirit could work on him and bring him to the Truth.  Here is how it happened.

The church I served was very new as churches go.  The facility was only a month old when I arrived.  One of the things we wanted to do was preserve the “newness” and make sure that no food or drink went into the new Worship Center/Sanctuary.  The ushers were good at guarding the “room” from violators but the balcony was hard to police.  I noticed that a man and woman started attending and each week they would sit in the balcony. He always brought a huge coffee mug with him and would stand during the songs and drink away.  During the sermon I could see him gulping down coffee or whatever throughout.  At first I was irritated by him and even complained to one of the ushers to tell him to leave his mug outside. The usher said that it was really hard to police the balcony but he would try.  Nothing changed and week after week this guy came in with his mug. 

One Sunday I looked up in the balcony and did not see him.  The next Sunday I did not see him.  I began to miss him because he and his mug were there every Sunday prior to that time.  I figured he had decided that church was not for him.  I looked up for several weeks only to see an empty pew where he and his wife sat.   I wondered, “Did we offend them or did someone say something about his coffee mug in church.  Now, neither he nor his coffee mug were there.  I then began to wonder if I had been wrong to not welcome him and his coffee mug into worship.  At least he could hear the Word and maybe the songs and prayers would touch him. 

A few weeks passed and one Sunday I looked up and saw him and his wife and his coffee mug in their regular place.  They were back and I was excited to see them – and his mug!  I made a point to stop them on the way out of the service and let them know that I missed them and was glad to see them back.  I even joked about missing seeing his coffee mug.  He smiled genuinely and thanked me.  They were back the next Sunday and the next. 

Every 12 weeks we offered a new members class for prospective members who had been visiting our church.  As the next class met for the first time, my coffee mug guy and his wife AND HIS MUG walked into the class.  I was pleasantly surprised! 

One of the classes was devoted to sharing the Gospel plain and simple.  The night I did that, I watched him and I saw him “get it.”  His facial expression changed, his eyes literally grew wider and I saw the Holy Spirit come over him and he was converted right there in the class that night.  I can still see him to this day.  It is the most wonderful feeling in the world to see a person come to Christ.  I shutter to think that I almost let a cup of coffee stand between a soul and a Savior. 

Don’t hesitate to be a Matthew whenever you get the chance.  I want each of you to know the joy of leading someone to Christ.  Don’t let anything stand in your way.  Be a Matthew and invite someone to Christ.  It is the greatest feeling in the world!!

Be a Matthew and share the Hope of Christ – you will never regret it if you do and you will always regret it if you don’t!

 

From a fellow Matthew,

Pastor Ron

 

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