Rooted in Love

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Feb 20, 2019 8:56:04 AM

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:17-19


Getting “out of our comfort zone” is a chance to be challenged and grow, to do things differently in order to make progress. One of the best examples we’ve seen of that is Rooted.

A 10-week Christian experiential process, Rooted brings church members together in small groups to learn and grow in godliness together. Many different groups from local churches have partnered with UGM as part of participating in Rooted.

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Why Get Involved in a Church?

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Jul 19, 2018 1:08:26 PM

Many of those who come to UGM for help have no family, or their families are still stuck in brokenness and addiction. Years of scrambling to survive may have turned their focus inward: “I need to look out for myself, because nobody else is going to do it. I’m all alone.”

When they encounter God’s love and the good news of Jesus, they know they need other believers for encouragement, accountability, and support as they move forward. They need local churches to step up, befriend and embrace them. They need a new family.

But family life isn’t a one-way street. God’s design for the church is for interdependence, with Christ as our head: “From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:16).

The Body of Christ actually needs UGM residents and alums as much as they need it.

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Living As a Mission

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Mar 31, 2015 3:34:00 PM

I'm having a LOT of thoughts lately.

So many in fact, that I'm going to try and write some down. Hopefully others will feel encouraged, assured, challenged and surprised by what they might find here.

I used to live IN a mission. Not the Spanish missions that founded much of the west coast, but a homeless shelter mission. I have much to say about that - now is not the time.

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Going to Church

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jan 20, 2015 3:09:00 PM

By Lynn Swanbom Yount, UGM Volunteer

That's an odd title for a reflection commemorating my Dad's death five years ago today. 

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