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.
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."
News from Our Blog
Theology Commitment to Development-Pt IV
One-Kingdom living. What does that mean or what does it reference? When we go to the most fundamental question, we find ourselves looking at the question, “Who is in charge?” It’s as old as going back to the Garden.
Two-Kingdom living can be identified by the fiefdom that comes into being, which we establish with ourselves in charge. For this discussion, we are looking at money and possessions as the topics to be identified. We go back to the idea of ownership of material possessions versus the stewardship of those possessions.
How do we want to handle material possessions? Do we want material possessions to handle us? We remember that Jesus told us that in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” And Paul tells us, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. … Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil….” I Timothy 6:6-10
How does God, the owner, want us, the stewards, to use our possessions? We need to ask Him and get His direction. I believe that we can receive some good guidance in the book of Proverbs, too. You may find it somewhat surprising how much Proverbs speaks of generosity (you will probably have to search out various word usages such as generous or liberal or refreshes others, depending on the translation). In reading those passages, I find it helps my perspective to not clutch onto the material but be willing to let it go. Further, it is an ongoing thought process that I need to renew and remind myself of on a continual basis.
Have I built a fiefdom and do I need to regularly dismantle it? Do I need to inquire of the owner how He wants me to steward His resources, whether for this ministry or another, and then proceed as He directs?
(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