Christmas Season Worship Gathering Schedule

We hope you will join us for our weekly Sunday worship gatherings during the Christmas Season. Here are a few schedule changes to make note of.

December 10, 2017 2nd Sunday of Advent
2nd Sunday of Advent worship gatherings at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 5:00 p.m.

December 17, 2017 3rd Sunday of Advent
No worship gathering at 9:30 a.m. (children’s program rehearsal)
Children’s Christmas Program at 11:15 a.m.
3rd Sunday of Advent worship gathering at 5:00 p.m.

December 24, 2017 4th Sunday of Advent
No worship gathering at 9:30 a.m.
4th Sunday of Advent worship gathering at 11:15 a.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight worship gathering at 6:00 p.m. (not 5:00 p.m.)

December 31, 2017 1st Sunday after Christmas Day
No worship gathering at 9:30 am
Covenant renewal worship gatherings at 11:15 a.m. and at 5:00 p.m.

When We Give To The University Church…

When we give $1.00 to The University Church, it is like throwing a pebble into a pond. The ripple extends the effect of the pebble far across the pond.

The University Church has an operating budget of approximately $250,000. We are currently experiencing a deficit in funding. Our operating budget is designed to keep the building open and welcoming, facilitate community outreach programs, and pay the staff who guide and support the life of the church, thus enabling God’s word to be preached on Sundays and lived out through the week.

With a fully funded operating budget, the church is empowered to facilitate a range of community outreach programs. Each of these outreach programs has received substantial funding from sources outside of the church, but depend, in varying degrees, on leadership and support from the church to operate.

These programs include:

  1. Reynolds Elementary School Afterschool and Summer Programs
  2. Reynolds Elementary School Mentoring Program
  3. Rogers High School Afterschool/Mentoring Program
  4. Community Garden Program
  5. Community Health Worker Program
  6. Third Thursday Outreach Program
  7. Nation and international mission funded through apportionments

Our community outreach programs will receive approximately $600,000 in grants and other external support in 2018.  100% of this will go to run these programs, pay for program staff, and support the work of many unpaid volunteers and interns. The church operating budget does not receive any of the $600,000 that supports these programs.

When was the last time you spent $1.00 and received an additional $2.40 in value? This is how it works when we support The University Church’s operating budget. Each $1.00 given to the operating budget leverages an additional $2.40 in grants and other external support which, in turn, keeps our outreach programs up and running, and allows God’s word to be lived out in the community. With enough pebbles thrown into the pond, we can really make some waves.

Please be generous. Donate online.


By financially supporting the operating budget of The University Church, we fulfill our mission in many ways.


  • We keep the church building open all week long as a gathering place in our community.
    Who might you see at the church during the week? Little children from our neighborhood school programs, the participants in our Third Thursday Outreach Program, our AmeriCorps VISTA members, Community Garden volunteers with special needs, people gathering for Bible Study, and so on. The list is very long. The University Church building and grounds provide a gathering place for growth, compassion, and building a loving community.


  • We facilitate outreach programs.
    Although each of our major outreach programs receives funding from grants, sponsors, and partnerships, all of these programs rely, in one way or another, on the leadership and support provided through the church. Our small church budget provides the axle that connects the many spokes of a much larger wheel.



  • We support the communal life of the church family, enabling God’s word to be preached on Sundays and lived out through the week.
    Providing for the staff members who keep the restrooms clean and welcoming through to our pastor who encourages our walk with Christ, the church operating budget enables us to grow together as a church family. Our church operating budget funds our children’s ministry, our music program, and pays the bills for utilities and all of the other costs associated with being in community together.


Third Thursday Outreach – December 20, 2017


On the third Thursday of every month our church building transforms into a community center, complete with food pantry, personal needs supplies, and access to certified Community Health Workers. Please join us as a volunteer at a Third Thursday Outreach Ministry night. There are a variety of ways to participate and we are always looking for new faces. Even if you can only come for part of the time, your service will be greatly appreciated.

Please contact Nathan Chambers at for more information about volunteering. As a church family, we are so thankful for the opportunity to serve our neighbors. We hope you will join us

third thursday september 2016

Interested in financially supporting the Third Thursday ministry?

  • Follow this link to give online.
  • You may donate by text. Simply text 419.987.4075 the dollar amount you’d like to give and the word “Missions”. For example: $10 Missions.
  • Send your donation to The University Church at 4747 Hill Ave. Toledo, Ohio 43615. Please label your donation “Third Thursday”.

Thank you for supporting this work in the neighborhood.

Garden Update December 2017

Although the Community Garden just wrapped up the 2017 growing season, we’re eagerly looking ahead to 2018! 

Our dedication to providing our community with fresh, local produce has us already planning the next season’s church garden. All of our current Community Garden plots will remain plus we’re adding some much needed growing space for our Third Thursday Outreach and for our local neighborhood distributions. 

We are working through the exciting details of our new U-Pick CSA Farm Membership program; the purpose of which is to help the Community Garden become more financially sustainable. (More information on our U-Pick CSA Farm Membership program to come!)

We are continuing the Agripreneurship program in 2018 and in the new year it will function more formally as an urban agriculture business incubator.  An urban agriculture business incubator is a new term that is defined as a place where community members can expand their agricultural business potential. At The University Church Community Garden this means using our shared outdoor space to create meaningful, environmentally friendly, and economically viable jobs! 

Our new Farm Manager, Tyler Freeman will be working to keep the church and community informed about all of the new adventures we are planning here in the Community Garden. If you haven’t met Tyler yet, please stop by the garden. He would be happy to meet you.

Most importantly, we want to welcome you to join us and get involved in all of the exciting things happening right here in the neighborhood. We welcome your participation, thoughts, hard work, and volunteering abilities. 

Merry Christmas and Peace to All!

Amy Raymond, Jennifer Green, Kat Pappas, and Tyler Freeman

Congratulations – LEAD at Rogers High School!

A student hard at work

For years now, The University Church has supported outreach efforts at Reynolds Elementary School. Under the leadership of Tiffany Ways, our church outreach has gone from volunteering in the school library a few years ago to having comprehensive after-school program for K-8th grade. Last spring, we applied for a 21st Century Grant to expand programming to Rogers High School. Since receiving the grant, Josh Davies, who moved from Reynolds to Rogers to start the new program, and Erin Lein, the newly hired Site Coordinator, have been working full time at Rogers to run LEAD.

Since October 2nd, LEAD has provided a well-rounded after school experience for students at Rogers High School. Every Monday-Thursday, students are able to come to LEAD to get help with homework, engage in hands-on learning activities, interact with speakers from various careers, play ping pong, talk with friends, and enjoy a nice meal.

The response from the Rogers community has been very positive. To date, over 100 students have applied to be part of LEAD, and roughly 25 students come on any given day. In addition to Josh and Erin, LEAD has four tutors and three Rogers teachers who stay after school throughout the week to work with students. Students who show significant improvements in their grades, attendance, or behavior receive gift cards as incentives to sustain their good work.

Career speakers so far have included a social worker, blood spatter analyst, dental hygienist, plastination scientist, college admissions officers, and cosmetologists. LEAD students have enjoyed exploring possibilities as they plan for their futures.