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Who We Are

Learn About Uptown Church

Uptown Church is located in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. We believe God has called us to disrupt suffering and mend what is broken with the hope of Jesus.

 

What To Expect

Due to the pandemic, we currently meet every Sunday using a Hybrid Worship Model with some worship gatherings outdoors and some online. All services begin at 10am and last about an hour and half.

Our outdoor services are on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month on the rooftop deck of the Weiss Hospital Parking Structure. Drive up for free or use the elevator on the northeast end of the garage. Please bring a chair, wear a mask, and adhere to social distance guidelines. There are no public restrooms available at our outdoor services.

All other weeks, our services are offered live on our Facebook page. Join us from the comfort of your home and interact with the Uptown Church family using the emojis and comments section.

We are in-process of renovating 4612 N Clifton to be our permanent home in the neighborhood. We hope to move in Fall 2021.

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. 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