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5 More ULCS Graduates

Our five latest graduates celebrated their accomplishments on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Pictured above are: Hannah Gertling, Mrs. DeWitt, Ethan Karaman, Mrs. Greer, Isabella Lictro, Justin Puhalski, Mr. Justice, Alex Scheduling, Mr. Barton and Ms. Smith.

Highlights from our 2022 Graduation Speaker, Mr. Danny Ecker:

Proverbs Chapter 9 describes a decision point. In every decision we can choose God's way or the world's way - and both look attractive.

Mr. Ecker challenged the graduates (and all of us) to not wait until we arrive at that fork in the road. The world has a way of making their way look very inviting: "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!" (Proverbs 9: 17)

As our PE teacher and coach, his illustration came from baseball, of course! A baseball player trains and practices, and then in the game he hits the ball. He doesn't have to stop and think about which way to run. It's so ingrained, he drops the bat and runs to first base. Our choice for God's way should be so ingrained in us we don't even have to stop and think.

This is what we do at Upton Lake. From Bible verse memorization, class discussions, Bible classes every year, and individual discussions with teachers to help build a strong foundation. Our prayers go with you, graduates, as you head out on the next phase of your journey!

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Be still

December 17, 2021
By Guest author: Carol Burke

Dear ULCS family,

Psalm 46:10 "Be Still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"

During this Joyous Christmas I wanted to share with you a prayer put to song; a favorite of mine throughout the year, one that is sung in my church often. It is popular at funerals, but I find it so inspiring during life, really driving home God's promise to us. When I first heard it, it touched my heart more than any other.

In what seems to be a difficult time in our lives; there have always been difficult times. This morning I feel a sense of peace and optimism, the holy spirit reminding me of God's promise.

Be Still, My Soul" is originally a German hymn which reads in German, Stille meine Wille, dein Jesus hilft siegen. The author was Katharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel (1697-1768).

The English version that we have now is the fruit of the work of Jane Laurie Borthwick (1813-1897) who translated it in 1855.

It is a prayer to patiently put our trust in the LORD even in the day of adversity. It shows us that no matter what we go through ultimately there is a joyful end to our sufferings.

May this be the prayer of everyone else: be still, my soul, the LORD is on thy side. That ought to give us a blessed assurance that no matter what God is on our side. He always has been and He always will be.

Below are the lyrics of this hymn.

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide,
who through all changes faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2 Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future surely as the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
his voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

3 Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
when we shall be forever with the Lord;
when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Please check it out on youtube,  Hymn "Be Still My Soul" Traditional.

Carol Burke is our main office secretary, where she answers phones, manages the mail and permission slips, staffs the snack shop, handles purchasing and supplies, and in all ways does so much for so many! Upton Lake is proud of our Christian staff and faculty.






"One perk of being a small school is that we are not only a school community but a family. This family has never failed to encourage each other in bad times, laugh with each other in the good times, and push each other to become better... Yes, this school has brought me great memories, amazing friends, academic knowledge, life lessons, and much much more, but the most important thing is how it aided me in making my faith my own."
~ Jennifer Puhalski, Salutatorian, ULCS '20