May 2021 Newsletter
Uptown Kids Summer Term
OK, so it's not summer YET ...  but "Summer Term" starts May 16! 

This means:  
  • Nursery at BOTH services
  • Sunday School at 9am for Uptown Kids
  • Worship Training at 10:30am for PreK through 1st Grade
TUNE IN TO UPTOWN HALL on MAY 3 AT 8:00 PM for more details. 

Summer Term also represents a shift in the way we schedule adults to serve in Nursery & Uptown Kids: you'll be able to sign-up to teach, nurture, and serve on a quarterly basis. So for Summer Session 2021, you sign up for 5 services that fit your schedule and your summer. The same will happen for Fall Term, Winter Term, etc. These volunteer signups will determine the number (and eventually the size) of classes we are able to open each Sunday. 

WE CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU. Partnering with us, remembering those baptism vows, joining with your church family (and building community in the process!) is the way we can offer this to your kiddos. 
Please email Ashley if you don't get the Planning Center signups!
BYO-Picnic! BYO-blanket or chairs! BYO-lawn/outdoor games! 
Come (anytime 4-7) join other families in the beautiful field behind the Buchanans' home in Marvin. (No rain date... pray for a beautiful afternoon.) 
Snow cones for dessert!
Coming in June is another opportunity for true gospel hospitality: Backyard Bible Clubs! Our vision is to bring the quality resources and experiences of traditional Vacation Bible School to your neighborhoods in a 3-day, backyard-size package, with the goal of reaching those with whom we interact on a daily basis.

If you'd like to be involved or want to make sure you hear about specific clubs, please reach out to Bailey to find out more! 
Elizabeth Ashworth
Claire Bernd
Pierson Brisley
Powell Brisley
Margot Day
Elizabet Garrison
Behr Holliday
Amos Ross

Things we're loving
this month

Moms... what a treasure you are, what a job you have. Happy Mother's Day! The End of Me is a new book that encourages us as mothers to depend on Christ when we reach our limits. It's refreshing to honestly acknowledge that it can be awfully hard, no matter the stage... but as one of the chapter titles asserts, "Weak and Needy Is Perfect." AND we always always recommend 5 Things to Pray. (Have copies of this one for free if you need one.) Not trying to give you more to do, just to encourage you toward the One who enables us in what He's entrusted us to do. 

The actual goal

Vulnerability alert. 

When I once heard a pastor say, “You should want your children to go into the mission field, even if it’s to a dangerous place,” my heart skipped a beat. If I’m being honest, I can tend to want other things more for my children. I want spouses for them and lots of children; I want their security and happiness; I want long life and health. Ultimately I want them to eulogize me at my funeral, not the other way around. 

We recently had a memorial service for my brother, who passed away at 45 after a very long battle with brain cancer. What came up over & over again was how, with unabashed credit to the Holy Spirit inside him, my brother used his suffering to further the Kingdom of God. The man my parents had to eulogize gave most of his life to evangelism and ministry. When Tripp couldn’t drive because of seizures, he rode the city bus and saw it as a ministry opportunity for entering into people's lives who were different from him. Several “bus ministry” friendships lasted many years. Later, because of his own familiarity with death, he embarked on a career as a Hospice chaplain so he could be near to hurting people and tell them about Jesus as they approached their own earthly ending. Mingled with the intense grief I still feel is SO MUCH gratitude for the example he set. And conviction and exhortation to both live my own life differently and to check my goals for my kids. 

What do we really, really, deep-down want for our children? Oh, friends. Let us encourage one another to want and pray for the right things: A walk with Christ. A secure eternity, even if it means suffering. A heart for the lost. No matter the cost. 

We love you and your children and we are here to serve your families. If you are needing community, please reach out! 
Ashley, for the Uptown Kids team

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