UPC values, appreciates, and respects men. If you’re willing to put yourself out there and get plugged in, we believe you’ll be glad you did. Hundreds of men call UPC their church home and find it to be a place where they have been able to make friends, use their talents and abilities to serve, and experience the joy of spiritual growth. Below are some ways men are able to connect and grow spiritually at UPC.
ways to Connect
"Men in the Lion's Den":
Join us on Saturday, May 26, at 4:00 p.m. here at UPC for tailgating and a cookout (no alcohol please). We will then carpool to the Orlando City vs. Chicago soccer game at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each (includes food and game); $20 for college students. Tickets are on sale now - register online today!
Men's Fellowship Lunch:
If you're looking for an easy way to meet some guys that attend UPC, drop in on our weekly men's fellowship lunch. The group meets at the Waterford Lakes Gators Dockside every Friday at noon. While this lunch isn't a Bible Study, it is an opportuinty to hang out with some of the men at our church who are very welcoming and excited to help new guys find genuine community at UPC. For more info contact Eglin.
Forge - Weekly Bible Study:
On Tuesday mornings at 7am, roughly 100 men from the East Orlando area gather for the Forge Men's Bible Study at Canterbury Retreat Center (1601 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765). Each week they hear an engaging speaker teach on a topic relavent to men and then they discuss what they've learned in smaller groups. Several of UPC's men attend each week. If you come, just ask where the UPC table is. You don't need to bring anything except a Bible and a desire to learn. For more info, you can email Pastor Matt.
Work Matters - Monthly Business Lunch:
Every month we host a lunch for business men & women in the East Orlando area. This month we are meeting at Freddy's on University Blvd on Friday, May 4, at 12:00 p.m. Come enjoy a lunch with a brief Bible Study on a topic relevant to people in the working world. It’s a great easy step toward finding friends and fellowship at UPC. Click here to sign up for the upcoming lunch. Or text the word "work" to 407-984-4880.
WAYS TO grow
At UPC, one of our core values is genuine community. One of the best ways to experience this at UPC is to join one of our Life Groups. These groups are UPC’s primary means of shepherding our membership and building genuine community. Many of our groups are a mixture of singles and married couples. We've designed them to be a place for anybody to find the genuine community we all long for. To join a group, fill out an online registration form. You can also visit our Life Group Finder to contact a Life Group leader in your part of town.
Most of today's mature Christian men have benefited greatly from the time-tested, biblical (2 Tim. 2:2), experience of one-on-one (or life-on-life) discipleship. If you've never had someone intentionally mentor you and teach you how to follow Jesus, you likely have no idea just how life-changing this kind of discipleship can be. It provides a safe environment where men can ask hard questions and get truly helpful answers. It also provides a clear path to spiritual maturity. A spiritually mature man is filled with joy, meaning, and purpose. If you want to be discipled in this way, contact our Pastor of Discipleship, Mike Osborne.
"The Gathering" is the name of our adult education program on Sunday morning. We are currently offering two adult learning communities:
1) "Christian Apologetics: How to Defend Your Faith in Changing Times" led by Frank Markle in Room 1.
2) "Reluctantly Devoted: The Message of the Book of Jonah" led by Justin Kuiper in Room 2.
The Gathering is a place of connection where you can enjoy a cup of coffee, share, and get to know people better. It's also a place of spiritual growth where you can study God's Word in an interactive setting. Pick one of the classes and join us Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Education Annex.