WE HAVE MOVED!
This should not be a surprise to many since its customary for our ministry, from our inception, to move every year. Moving 4 times has not been very fun. We have moved from a church in Waukesha, to a Night Club in Milwaukee, to a condemned warehouse in the South Side, to a borrowed church space in downtown Milwaukee.
In all these moves God has been more than faithful and gracious to our nomadic church. Though there’s a huge spirit of adventure in our ministry, all these changes have been frustrating and in some instances heartbreaking. Since we started UP Church, all we have ever wanted to do is serve this great city; simply, because we love it. We started with the idea that we were going to serve the Walker’s Point community and the doors closed there. From there, we stopped the idea of a focused area and thought that our motivation was then going to target the South Side of Milwaukee. That was short-lived when we were required to move abruptly from our location in the South Side and ended up in the northeast side of Milwaukee (Downtown area). I used to joke that if you can find where our church is you can worship with us!
In the midst of these moves, God kept reminding me of an axiom that we often use in our ministry, which is that we are a “movement of hope.” That is literally, what we are doing––moving and dealing hope everywhere we end up. Today, I’m excited to say that we are no longer intimidated by being moved because no matter where we end up, we are going to offer the hope of Jesus Christ to that community. And because we have moved to different spots of this city, we have been able to break through the lines of segregation and reach this multicultural, multiracial, and multigenerational city.
I’m excited to announce that the time of being a nomadic church is over, for God has provided! In July–exactly 3 years after we started the ministry–a building that belonged to Aldersgate United Methodist Church became available as the faithful servants of that church could no longer keep up with the demands of maintaining the edifice. The Wisconsin United Methodist Conference decided to transfer all the assets of the building to our growing congregation and we became proprietors of a 200-seating worship hall. This building is located on 8801 W. Lisbon Ave. Milwaukee WI 53222.
We renovated the building and moved on October 8,2017! We had an amazing service with our church family! (See Pictures Here). We believe that God intended for us to call this area home. We are going to continue to break barriers by helping people who are far from God experience His hope regardless of race, social or economic status. God is giving us an opportunity to go into a new community and neighborhood that needs a judgement-free community of faith and a fresh expression of ministry. We love this challenge and hope that many in the Northwest side of Milwaukee will join us in this great movement of hope to the city of Milwaukee. Join us for our Grand Opening and Harvest Fest, schedule for October 29th at 10:15AM!
The best is yet to come!