The following brief information will give you a small taste of the life of the UPC, Flanders family:
UPC has a wide variety of musical groups that lead in worship at least once a month, including NewSong contemporary worship band, Chancel Adult Choir, Alleluia Children’s Choir, Bell Choir and an occasional youth band. A youth drama group also presents skits on a regular basis and during the Christmas and Easter seasons. A guitars-fiddle / mandolin group often leads our initial gathering songs. Once a year we hold a Coffee House to raise funds for a good cause, inviting music talent from the church and the community to share their gifts.
We highlight the various seasons of the church year in several ways: An Advent Afternoon music and variety hour in early December and three services Christmas Eve; We begin Lent a joint Ash Wednesday service with a neighboring church and meet weekly on Wednesdays for conversation over a simple meal of soup and bread; Holy Week Services including a Maundy Thursday Service of Shadows and a Good Friday Youth Drama. This Spring season the UPC Softball team is already well underway playing other church teams in the area.
Annual highlights of our church calendar include a Stewardship Brunch in November, a Super Sub Sale on Super Bowl Sunday, annual church picnics in June and September; our annual Apple Festival Fundraiser and Community Festival in late September; our Passover Seder Meal on Palm Sunday to kick off Holy Week; Confirmation Sunday in early June; outdoor services in our backyard Pavilion in July and August; Men’s and Women’s Retreats in February and May, respectively; our Family Retreat in late January at nearby Presbyterian Camp Johnsonburg.
Spiritual Formation and Nurture
In addition to our weekly rotation-style Sunday School classes, we hold a large and energetic Vacation Bible School for the community in early August; the Jesus’ Café meets before worship over coffee for adult faith conversations; youth activities for 4th grade and up include regular outings and hang-out / conversation time in our Youth Garage. Periodic mid-week small group opportunities for fellowship and nurture also find their way onto our calendar.
UPC is also involved in our neighborhoods and beyond. In addition to participating in local projects, we send a large group to Appalachia each year through the Appalachian Service Project to work on homes. Several of our members travel regularly to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Kenya for extend the reach of Christ. Our Board of Deacons is active in providing concrete material assistance to local residents as needs are made known to them.
UPC, FLANDERS, IS AN ACTIVE, VIBRANT CONGREGATION. YOU ARE WELCOME!