Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  February 6, 2019
FIFTH SUNDAY
AFTER EPIPHANY
FEBRUARY 10, 2019

WORSHIP 11:00 AM

Pastor John Leedy preaches about
"Deep Water"
Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah 6:1-8
Gospel Reading:
Luke 5:1-11

MUSIC THIS SUNDAY

The Laudate Children’s Choir sings the African-American spiritual “Somebody’s Knockin” by Ken Berg. The Chancel Choir sings words by Albert Schweitzer set to music by Dallas composer, Jane Marshall: “He Comes To Us”.
RECENT SERMONS

February 3, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa

January 20, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa

January 13, 2019, Pastor Krystal Leedy
LECTIONARY READINGS
FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019
WHERE TO FIND UPC SERMONS
Subscribe to the UPC podcasts of sermons and other pertinent information. You can subscribe to our podcast through

AUSTIN MARATHON IS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
UPC TRAFFIC GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
Sunday, February 17 is the date set for the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. This year, the race event planners have created special traffic guides for each church affected by the route. Plan now your best route to church that Sunday.

General Tips

  • Assume you can’t cross the course. Crossing the marathon course with a vehicle is extremely difficult, and should be avoided. The Austin Police Department will only allow crossings at major intersections, and only when there are no runners present.

  • Park strategically: If your trip starts or ends near a section of the course, sometimes the best option may be to park on the more accessible side of the course and walk. For example, if you live on southbound Chicon St., park on the northbound side of the street so that your vehicle is on the side of the street that is open to vehicle traffic.

  • Use MoPac, Lamar Blvd., & I-35: These roads are unobstructed for northbound and southbound travel.

  • Use Ben White Bvld. (Hwy 290) and FM 2222 (Koenig Ln.): These roads are unobstructed for eastbound and westbound travel. Also, 45th St. is open westbound between Red River & Guadalupe.

  • Use Google Maps & Waze: On race day, real time traffic information can be found on sites and apps like Google Maps and Waze . The Austin Marathon street closures are submitted to these programs in advance, and they will display the closures and the associated traffic.

SEE YOU SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17!
THANK YOU FOR A GREAT CONGREGATIONAL MEETING!
Session called a Congregational Meeting Sunday, February 3, 2019 for the purposes of

  • hearing a report on the success of our 2019 Stewardship Campaign, "Planting Seeds, Harvesting Hope"
  • hearing a report on the approved budget for 2019
  • voting for a cost of living increase of 3 percent for pastoral staff and
  • electing a slate of officers for the class of 2022 and any vacant unexpired terms

The vote to increase pastoral terms of call for Matt, Krystal, and John passed overwhelmingly, and the slate of officers, who take office in June, were elected by acclamation.

Many thanks to David Evans, who moderated the vote on terms of call. To see the full agenda, which includes the budget, new terms of call, and slate of officers, click here.
In recognition of Black History month, the Social Witness Committee of UPC is pleased to host a series of classes on Encountering Racism in Our Community, Our Church, and Ourselves. The four-week session will be held every Sunday in February in the Great Hall and will begin with breakfast at 9:15 a.m. All ages are welcome.

The class continues the conversation we began last spring with the series on Racial Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation. This year, we will explore racism in our community – both in the past and the present, and we will confront how even religion has been used and misused as a tool for racial domination. Most importantly, we will discuss the roles of forgiveness and grace in finding ways for more inclusive living and loving that allow us to transcend and transform unconscious racism in our community, church and homes.
Sunday, February 10

Racism in Education - Yesterday and Today

Kevin Foster, Ph.D., Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Foster is an educational anthropologist and founding director
of the Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships, which works with students, conducts research and leads professional development workshops in central Texas schools. His passion is to bring research, teaching and community services together to improve
academic outcomes for African American and other students. In 2005, he founded COBRA, the Community of Brothers in Revolutionary Alliance, a leadership group for high school boys. In 2006, Dr. Foster was named the LBJ Presidential Library faculty volunteer of the year. In 2009, he received the Aikins Award from Austin Independent School District.
Sunday February 17

UPC members share their experiences with racism
Sunday, February 24

Transforming Unconscious Racism: Acts of Faith, Freedom, and Love

Stephanie Hawley, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Equity and Inclusion at Austin Community College
Dr. Hawley is Director of ACC’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. She facilitates workshops about forgiveness, race relations and social justice issues. At ACC, she’s working to improve equity in
enrollment, inclusion, retention and completion through increased leadership development, community collaboration and systemic change. She was awarded Austin’s YWCA 2017 Legacy Award for racial equity work in the community. In 2018, she received the Equity Champion Award from the City of Austin and
the NAACP Outstanding Leader Award.
PARENTING & FAITH SERIES: NEW DATES!
SUSAN & ROB COTTRELL , freedhearts.org
UPC Youth Room, 9:30 a.m.
This special series got off to a good start last Sunday. Please note the slight adjustment in the calendar below. You are welcome to join the conversation any time.

February 10
Dismantling & Deconstructing: Unclobber the clobber passages -- faithful responses to the common arguments that hard LGBTQIA persons

March 3
Following Up & Stepping Up - open discussion and Q&A
RETREAT SIGN UPS IN THE COURTYARD THIS SUNDAY AFTER WORSHIP
Plan now to attend UPC retreats this winter and spring. Beginning this Sunday, February 10, you can sign up for the All Church Retreat, April 26-28, 2019 at Mo-Ranch.

Women of the church can also sign up for the annual Women's Retreat, March 1-3, at John Knox Ranch. Don't miss the opportunity for Christian formation, fun, and fellowship!
SPRING BORDER
MISSION TRIP
March 17 March 22, 2019

Please mark your calendars now and plan to participate in UPC’s Border Mission Trip scheduled for Spring Break 2019, Sunday, March 17 to Friday, March 21. Working with Faith Ministry, we will travel to Reynosa, Mexico and build a simple cinderblock/concrete home for a family that currently has no or inadequate housing.

How can you help? Two ways. First, come with us. You don’t need ANY construction skills. This is a wonderful way to experience God’s love working in the world, and to learn about our brothers and sisters in Christ from our neighbor to the south. Talk to any past participants about their own experiences, and you will learn it is a faith-enriching experience. To sign up, simply notify Craig Deats at: cdeats@ddollaw.com, or 512-567-1419.

Second, please contribute to help with trip expenses. Construction materials cost $6,250; add travel, housing and food, and it’s a lot. We need your financial help. Place contributions in the offering plate clearly marked for the “Border Mission Trip,” or give them to the church office or Craig Deats. Any contribution, large or small, is greatly appreciated. And those who contribute $250 or more will receive a “thank you” email mid-week from a trip participant.

Questions? Talk to Craig Deats whenever/wherever you see him, email at cdeats@ddollaw.com or call him at 512-567-1419. Thanks to all for your continued support of this important mission effort.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING CHALLENGE RESULTS:
2,097 CANS!!!!
A HUGE thank you to everyone who brought canned goods and helped the UPC Youth count and organize them this past month for our Souper Bowl of Caring Challenge. Our final can count was 2,097! We came in second; a big congratulations to the Youth Group at Shepherd of the Hills. But really, everyone wins. Thank you all for helping feed the hungry in our community!
A FRIENDLY REMINDER FROM YOUR FINANCE OFFICE
If you are planning to make a stock transfer, please send an email to financial@upcaustin.org and include the following information: 

  • date of gift
  • stock name
  • number of shares. 

Stock transfers into our Schwab account do not include the donor's name, so the only way you can get credit for your gift is to email us separately so that we know a transfer has occurred and that it was from you. Thanks!
LEARN HOW TO AMPLIFY UPLIFT
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Fellowship Hall Following Worship
What does UPLift do? How much money is involved? What do the UPLIft volunteers do?
What is Amplify UPLift and how do I participate?

Join us February 17 after worship in Fellowship Hall for UPLift snacks, lottery prizes, and a Big UPLift Welcome! Then, you'll be ready to Amplify UPLift on Amplify Austin Day, February 28!
The UPLift team wants to share information with you about the service you make possible for UPLift clients. Watch this space for monthly reports. Click the table to see January's summary.
UPLIFT NEEDS THIS WEEK

  • Snack bars
  • Small healthy snack packs
  • Peanut butter / cheese cracker packs
CELEBRATIONS & CONCERNS
Celebrations and Concerns of the congregation are published weekly and include prayers and people to pray for. You can download the folder here for Sunday, February 3, 2019 . You may also pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email   upc@upcaustin.org .
To have a deacon pray with you, look for the  Deacon of the Day  on the pulpit side front of the sanctuary any Sunday following the postlude.
UPC's Prayer Chain is a group of faithful prayer warriors who committed to praying for people throughout the week. If you'd like to be part of the Prayer Chain, click the button below. You will receive periodic emails (no more than one per day), with specific requests from members to pray. Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer.