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Who We Are

Learn About Uptown Church

Uptown Church is a new church forming in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. We believe God is calling us into existence to disrupt suffering in our city and to help mend broken lives and relationships with the hope of Jesus. We desire for everyone to discover hope in Jesus, deepen their relationship with God and others, and display love to everyone around them.

 

What To Expect

We meet every Sunday morning in the Wilson Abbey, which is located near Wilson and Sheridan in the Uptown neighborhood. We share our entrance with Everybody’s Coffee, making it convenient to grab a drink and a snack before entering the service. We also provide free drip coffee from Everybody’s Coffee in our welcome area.

Our service starts at 10am and lasts about an hour and a half. At our services, you will see that our church is made up of residents from Uptown and the surrounding neighborhoods, members of Jesus People USA, and people from other parts of the Chicagoland area. We have no dress code and most people choose to dress casually.

We provide childcare for infants and toddlers throughout the service and offer classes for elementary kids up through 5th grade. Because your child’s safety is our top priority, we background check all of our volunteers and we require two adult workers in every classroom.

Please join us for service at 935 W. Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (enter through Everybody's Coffee).

Meet the Pastor

Jeremy and Cara Falk - Jeremy and Cara both have mid-west roots with Jeremy growing up in the Chicago area and Cara in the Detroit area. They have one daughter, Cecilia, who is 7 years old. Jeremy and Cara have been in ministry together since 2003, pastoring in St. Louis, MO, Rapid City, SD, and Ann Arbor, MI. Most recently, they moved to Chicago in 2011 for Jeremy to pursue his Masters of Divinity at North Park Theological Seminary. Upon graduating, they felt the call to plant Uptown Church here in Chicago. If the weather is good, you will find Cara playing volleyball at the beach. Jeremy will probably be running, watching the Cubs, or putting his sommelier training to good use at Brindille restaurant.

 
 

What We Believe

Uptown Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Our own statement of beliefs lets others know who we are, what we believe, and what we stand for.

About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27: 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven where he reigns as King and will return again to earth someday to reign in the fullness of the Kingdom.

Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men and women aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He empowers every believer with spiritual gifts. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Galatians 5:25; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18

About the Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our lives.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

About Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into one's life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:2; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; Romans 10:9-10

About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9