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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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Pastor Ron's Story

Everyone has a different faith story.  How we come to Christ is unique to each of us.  I love to hear the many ways God reaches out and pursues people even when we are busy ignoring Him.  He never seems to give up on us.  And I am truly grateful to Him for not giving up on me.  Here is my faith story:

I grew up in the church and in a Christian family.  My father was a committed follower of Jesus Christ and although I had a good example in him I did not choose to follow his faith walk.  

As a child I had a great uncle that was the most devout and model Christian I had ever met.  He was well up in age and he had white hair and and a long white beard.  As a young child I was certain that he was one of the Old Testament prophets but I was not sure which one!  He was highly respected by everyone and many people came to him for advice and counsel.  I remember sitting and listening to him speak and I would marvel at his wisdom.  I really felt he was a holy man.  And although he and my father were great influences on me, I never made a profession of faith.  

In 1967 I was drafted into the army and after basic and advanced training, I was sent to Vietnam. I arrived in Vietnam in August of 1968 and my best friend, Gary Gray Throckmorton, followed me a week later.  Three months later he was killed in action in a firefight in I Corps.  I requested to accompany his body back to the States but my request was denied.  Soldiers coming home during that time period were ridiculed and even spat upon by protesters.  I grieved even more over the fact that he had to come home alone and that he was rejected by those he gave his life for.  I made a commitment in those jungles in Vietnam to honor Gary's life by not wasting mine.  And I have tried to remain faithful to that promise for all these years.  When I went to Vietnam I was not a Christian and when I came back I was not a Christian.

After returning from my tour in Nam, I came back to Charlotte.   After a month's leave, I first served my remaining year on active duty in Fort Riley, Kansas and then at the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia.  I was honorably discharged in November of 1971.   Eight years later in August of 1979, I attended a worship service at Hawthorne Lane UMC here in Charlotte and although I had heard the Gospel a hundred times before, it was at that service that I connected my experience with Gary to that of Christ.  For the first time I understood the magnitude of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.  

For all those years I grieved over how people treated Gary.  That day, when I heard the Gospel, for the first time I understood how much worse people treated Jesus.  For the first time in my life, "I got it!"  I was converted that day and I gave my life to the service of The Lord.  Shortly thereafter, I entered into full time ministry.  And like the commitment I made to Gary 10 years before, I made a commitment to Christ to "Honor His life by not wasting mine."  I have tried to remain faithful to Him all these years and everyday I try to Honor His life by not wasting mine.

Winfield Scott Smith (my Great Uncle), Walter Wayne Smith (my Father), and Gary Gray Throckmorton (the second best friend anyone could ever have {Jesus is the Best}, all helped prepare me to one day "hear the Gospel and personally know Jesus Christ."  I am forever grateful that they are a part of "my faith story"!!  I am also grateful that they are going to be a part of my faith story on the other side as well!  

Pastor Ron

 

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