Divorce Recovery

Divorce happens for a variety of reasons. When it does, two questions always seem to rise to the surface, “How deeply has this affected me?” and “How will I ever recover from it?” Both questions are critically important to answer, because answering both will bring the kind of growth and insight that is so crucial to growing through the experience of divorce. It takes great courage and humility to confront those two questions. Imagine never asking or answering them at all! Many people who go through divorce never will, and as a result, they easily fall into another relationship that is early-on postured to fail. Because their own hearts, experiences, and expectations remain unexamined, they remain blinded by their own pain, fears, and lack of trust.

The Divorce Recovery experience at UPPC, while it is about many things, is about reflecting upon and responding to those very important questions. It is a safe place to unpack thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It’s a place to gain healthy insight and courage to begin to move ahead. While it is difficult to risk when your life and world has been cast into turmoil and chaos, this is one risk—one opportunity—that will be the beginning of a new way of living and hoping!

OUR NEXT SESSION WILL BE THIS WINTER: Thursdays February 7-March 21, 2019 from 6:15-8:30PM.

Register HERE. Read our brochure for more information HERE.

Cost is $50. Fee includes dinner and a workbook. If you'd like to register at the door, the cost is $60.

If you would like more information please contact Jill McMullen, Care Minister, at (253) 564-2522 ext. 139, or send her an email at jmcmullen@uppc.org.

“We are not yet what we shall be but we are growing toward it.” –Martin Luther

Memorial Services

UPPC holds memorial services for members and non-members. Please call the church office to schedule: (253) 564-2522. In order to help your family better plan for your loved one's service, please download our Memorial Planning Guide here.


UPPC is a praying church. If you would like to share a prayer request or praise, please feel free to do one of the following:

  • Fill out the online Prayer Request Form. Upon request, prayer concerns can be listed in the Sunday worship bulletins for the congregation to read on Sunday mornings.
  • Fill out a Connect card located in the pew rack on Sunday
  • Email prayerrequests@uppc.org
  • Call Jill McMullen at 253.564.2522 ext. 139 or email her at jmcmullen@uppc.org

We also have multiple opportunities to be prayed for or to pray for others.

  • Deacons are available to pray with you following communion on the first Sunday of each month. They are also available to pray with you throughout the week, at church or anywhere! Please contact Jill McMullen if you're interested in that.
  • Prayer Chain: This group prays for requests that come in through prayerrequests@uppc.org. If you are interested in joining in the prayer chain, please contact Jill McMullen.
  • Thursday Morning Prayer: This group gathers Thursday mornings to pray for the church and its ministries. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Michelle Gray.

Stephen Ministry

UPPC has had a thriving Stephen Ministry program for over 25 years. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private. UPPC has a lasting commitment to providing care to the congregation and the community. Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. 

To learn more about it, click HERE.

Support Groups

Women's Cancer Support Group: This group meets once a month (the second Tuesday) at 1:00 PM in Room 8. Women touched by cancer or caring for a cancer patient are invited to attend for a time of mutual sharing and listening, support and prayer. Questions? Contact Jill McMullen.

Tacoma Prostate Cancer Support Group: This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:00-8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall. To learn more about this group and contact the leadership, click HERE.

We also have access to support groups for grief and for caregivers. Please contact Jill McMullen for more information.