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Special Showing: The Iron Giant (Signature Edition)

See The Iron Giant on the big screen! Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 10 am at Lyceum Cinema in Red Hook. Tickets are $6/person and available at the door (cash) or online (credit or bank account).

This event is open to the public so invite your friends! 100% of your ticket price benefits Upton Lake.

Learn more about The Iron Giant at Common Sense Media or Rotten Tomatoes.

Sponsor a student/alumni running in our Eagles Run 5K!

You can now sponsor a student with an online donation! Our goal is to have every student raise at least $10, and participate in the walk/run on May 20, 2023. Thanks for your support.

If you are a business owner interested in sponsoring - or an employee and your boss is interested - you can do that online now, too! We're looking for sponsors at any level from $50-$5,000. We're also looking for donations in the form of incentive prizes for students who achieve fundraising goals - prizes like free coupons for a  bowling game,  ice-cream cone, french fries, smoothie, donut or bagel.

You can also join us as a runner - registration details coming soon - and design your own fundraising page to get your friends and family to help support you!

In 2022 we raised just shy of $20,000 and our goal for 2023 is a “great big, God is good” goal of $35,000. Will you join us?

Association of Christian Schools International renews ULCS for accreditation for another 6 year term!

Praise God for His sustenance as we worked diligently to prepare ourselves for the site visit by ACSI. Thanks to all of the faculty, staff and board members who led or joined committees, parents and students who contributed - and we even had a parent of an alumni on team 1!

It was a major project and we are grateful for all that we learned along the way. Our new Principal, Elisa DeWitt, and Assistant Administrator, Karina House, were new to their roles for this round of accreditation. “I think it gave us both a better vision for what we are called to be doing here at Upton Lake,” said House as she reflected on the year-long project. “My prayer is that the process taught us all - school board, faculty, parents - things to help us reach more students with the light of Christ."

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Theology Commitment to Development-Pt II

December 23, 2022
By Guest author: Rex Bridges, Director of Development at ULCS

I think most, if not all, of us are familiar with that clarion cry, “Who ya gonna call?”  Of course, we have a source that is infinitely better than Ghostbusters and that is God himself.  We call on God and look for His guidance.

Previously, we looked at the idea of abundance mentality.  In it, we reminded ourselves that God owns it all.  As such, He blesses us with material blessings and we are the stewards of those blessings.  What do we do with those blessings?  What does God want us to do with them?  Clearly, we need to support our church and its ministry.  Beyond that, we need to ask God what He wants us to do?  Is there a special ministry that is high on our heart and mind to support?  Is there a special need that has come up to support?

In our particular case, the school, parents, grandparents, and more, have the common desire to provide a solid Christian education for the students in our charge.  How does that translate to financial stewardship?  That is where each partner will need to ask God what He wants them to do.  As a ministry, we will want to work with you as the Lord guides all of us in our spiritual journeys and provide support where we can.  Whether a partner gives a lot, a little, or nothing at a given time, we want to find ways we can help you in that journey.  The well-known verses of Proverbs 3: 5,6 tell us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  This is guidance that is  good for the individual and a ministry.

As a ministry, we need to trust God and our partners that they will meet our needs and we will all be the stewards God is directing us to be.  II Corinthians 9 tells us several things about giving but for purposes of this discussion, verse 7 says, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give,” and continuing on, “not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  Let us ask God.

(Material from Development 101 by John R. Frank and R. Scott Rodin)
 






"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