Small groups are safe and warm gatherings where members study Scriptures, grow deeper in faith, pray, care for each other and engage in missional outreach. Small Groups promote maturing faith and discipleship. They put into action the focus statement of UPPC: Be the love of Jesus, in a local, intentional, spontaneous and tangible way.

Want to share your small group experience and contribute to the next Newsletter? Recommend a book or a study guide? Send pictures of your group? Contact Anne-Cecile Porter at Read our latest newsletter.

Harvest Bowl

Friday October 14 | 6PM | Fellowship Hall

Bring your small group, or come ready to join one! We’re celebrating small groups in our community with a soup/chili cook off! Sign up to bring a dish or come ready to eat. Contestants will bring a soup and/or chili. Prizes will be awarded based on taste, texture and presentation. If you don’t wish to enter the contest, feel free to bring a dish to complement the dinner such as bread, salad or dessert. Let us know what you will bring when you register. 


  • Bring 5 to 6 quarts of soup/chili. 
  • The name of the soup, its ingredients (please be thorough because of possible allergies among the people who will enjoy your soup) will need to be clearly visible. 
  • Consider also bringing a separate, freezer-safe container of one or two quarts of soup that will be frozen for use at the Family Renewal Shelter. The soup will be offered to families fleeing domestic violence as they arrive at the shelter. (Please do not bring the soup already frozen). 

Register HERE as either a contestant or attendee. 

We have resources to help your group discover a passion for service together. Visit the CONNECT CENTER for printed copies and DVD's!

Or contact Ross Parker (, our Small Groups Liaison to Mission Team, to know more about the needs in our community and find the right match for your small group!

How to START or JOIN a Small Group

  • Attend a Link Up! event.
  • Visit the Connect Center to join new or existing groups. Just ask!
  • Contact Margaret Daubert, 253.759.0505,
  • Form your own group, then register at the Connect Center on Sundays.

How to ENCOURAGE your Small Group

  • Hold one another accountable in love for consistent attendance and open-minded participation in all facets of group life.
  • Maintain a good balance between concern for the group (learning, praying, and caring together) and concern for people outside the group (participating in outreach or service activities and being open to inviting others in).
  • Inquire about resources at the Connect Center: Bible studies and discussion materials; healthy group tips/ practices; leader guides; ideas for mission projects; finding a mentor to help the group with a specific issue or need.
  • Train up leaders within the group and listen for God's urging to be part of starting a new group.

Download the Small Group Handbook

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