April 23, 2018
Fifth Sunday
of Easter
April 29, 2018
Worship 11:00 a.m.
Matt Gaventa preaching
Sermon Text: Acts 8:26-40

Please join us for the final
Taizé Worship
of the academic year
7:00 p.m., UPC Sanctuary
Music This Sunday
The Chancel Choir sings words from Psalms 84 and 90 as set by Ralph Vaughan Williams: “O How Amiable”.

The UPC Handbell Choir presents the prelude, offertory, and postlude in worship:
"Kingsport Procession," by Kathleen Wissinger.
"Be Thou My Vision," arranged by Lloyd Larson
"They'll Know We Are Christians," by Peter Scholtes and Michael Akers
Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunich icon, Chora Museum, Istanbul
Lectionary Readings
The Presbyterian Mission Agency offers daily and Sunday readings online, based on the Revised Common Lectionary.


Hear again the sermon by guest preacher, Al Krummenacher, " Stay in the Boat ."

Click here to subscribe to the UPC Sermon podcast.
Racial Truth, Justice & Reconciliation
April 29
"Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America"
UPC’s Social Witness Committee, the Christian Formation Committee and the Faith & Life Class invite you to the final formal class in our series on racial injustice and reconciliation.

Margaret Aymer, the first Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, D. Thomason Professor of New Testament Studies, Austin Seminary, leads our discussion about raising white children in a racially unjust society.
Join us in the UPC Great Hall this Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Invite your friends!
from the Staff Support Committee
Sabbatical Approved
for John Leedy
The session voted unanimously last week to approve a well-earned Sabbatical for John Leedy. John has met the eligibility requirements, having served with us for over six years now. How time flies! We are delighted to offer him this much deserved time to rest, reflect, and refresh! 

John’s sabbatical will be from May 21 through July 31, which allows him to complete this program year, including the confirmation of the 2018 confirmands. As expected, John wants to make sure that things go smoothly in his absence, so has created a plan to make sure that happens. He has developed the position of Summer Program Manager. Key duties include:
  • assisting with worship
  • administration of the youth mission trips, as well as attending as a sponsor
  • Vacation Bible School preparation.  

John has recruited Adrielle Chew as our Summer program manager. You should already know Adrielle. She’s a sophomore at UT studying Education, a member of UKirk, and has been with us since August helping with our children and youth programs. Adrielle will be with us from May 16 through August 16, allowing overlap with John when he returna. She will able to help him get quickly up to speed and will assist him in preparation for the new program year at UPC. 

Adrielle has a previously-planned trip which will not allow her to be in town for the week of VBS. So, John created the VBS Program Manager position and recruited Meghan Swartz to that role.
Photography: Usama Malik
Meghan is also familiar to us, as she is a UT senior majoring in Secondary Education. She is also a member UKirk and currently serves in our nursery. Meghan went with the Border Mission team to Reynosa over spring break. She will work with us as VBS Program Manager before, during and after to ensure the VBS program is a success.  These positions are being funded by money that was budgeted for an unfilled summer intern position, so they are within the 2018 Staff Support budget.
Love Offering for John on his Sabbatical
Session approved the collection of a love offering for John to use on his sabbatical. We hope to send him off with money in his pocket which could help him plan an international pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago in Spain or to learn more about the cities of the Reformation in Germany and Switzerland. John has been such a treasured part of our church’s ministry for more than six years. Please join me in making a contribution to say thanks! Make check payable to UPC and note in the memo line sabbatical. Please make your contribution by Sunday, May 13, so that we can give the offering to John before he leaves.
-Julie Miller, chair Staff Support
A Letter
from Pastor John
The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When you enter the land that I am giving you, the land shall observe a sabbath for the Lord. For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in their yield; but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of complete rest for the land, a sabbath for the Lord: you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard.
-Leviticus 25:1-4 NRSV
There are many metaphors I have found helpful over the years as I learn to live into this pastoral vocation to which I have been called. The pastor as shepherd, or more specifically, the youth pastor as shepherd of cats. The pastor as fisher of people, again in my case, the youth pastor as fisher of possums out of church basements. The pastor as healer, one who works alongside God to heal the invisible ouchies on a child’s finger or the hurting heart of a teenage breakup. But as I enter my seventh year of ordained ministry at UPC, I find the metaphor that speaks most to where I am is pastor as soil, the raw material into which God plants inspiration and creativity and from which God yields good and nourishing fruit. I don’t know much about farming, but I do know that allowing the land to rest every now and again helps the soil stay fertile for the long-term harvest. God knows this too, having been the one who created soil in the first place. In the book of Leviticus, God commands the people to work the land for six years and to rest the land on the seventh, allowing the soil to replenish the things necessary to sustain life and growth and health. After six years of tending this holy soil of ministry, I am grateful that I have come to this moment of rest in my Sabbath year.

I am grateful to God for six wonderful years of ministry at UPC and for the people, adventures, challenges, worship, formation, and mission that make this little acre of God’s kingdom the joy that it is. I am grateful for my co-workers in ministry, for Pastors Matt and Krystal, the Session of UPC, the WUFPC Youth Alliance and the UPC Christian Formation Committee who have supported and encouraged me in the discipline of Sabbath keeping. My Sabbath time this summer will be used primarily to rest. For me, resting looks like a week of crashing on the couch and catching up on Netflix and movies. After getting bored of that, I plan to move on to things that are both restful and restorative - trying new recipes, family time, working out, a Doctor of Ministry class, organizing the house and the like. In July, I hope to walk the last 100 miles on pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. I love to travel and this is just the kind of soul-restoring adventure my heart needs. I also plan to travel back to St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana for the completion of my novitiate and celebration of my investiture as a Benedictine Oblate. I look forward to sharing insights from my adventures with you all when I return in early August.

Speaking of my return, because I will unplugged from email, phone, social media, and the routine of the church office, I thank you all in advance for your patience as I take the time to get back up to speed and return communications as I am able.

Once again, I want to thank Pastors Matt and Krystal, as well as our new summer program and VBS staff, and the UPC members who will all take on additional leadership and labor this summer to cover in my absence. My gratitude for this gift is beyond measure. Also, remembering that all of us are created from the earth and soil, I encourage you to join me in the intentional keeping of Sabbath this summer and to find time to rest, worship, and play each day and week. It is hard for me to step away from work, as it can be for all of us, but we trust in God and not ourselves as the one who is ultimately in control. As I look forward to this time of Sabbath rest, I also find myself looking past the summer and on to the next chapter of my ministry at UPC, renewed and restored and ready to continue in the good work God is doing in our church for years to come. 
UPC Session Meeting April 18, 2018
Highlights
  • Examined Allison Harris for the office of Elder
  • Roscoe Overton gave a summary of the UPLift Jazz Festival
  • Carl Floto gave a financial report
  • Frank Adkins gave a report on the flood damage
  • Approved Sabbatical for John Leedy – May 21 ending July 31, 2018. John gave a review of what his plans were for this time
  • Approved taking a “love offering” to help with expenses for John
  • Approved minutes of the March 21 Stated Meeting

Commendations
  • Frank Adkins for his handling of the flood issues. Getting the appropriate people involved so pastors would be minimally impacted during Holy Week. Getting the carpet replaced within a week and working to get insurance to cover the costs. Realizing that there were scheduled road closures for Holy week that would have negatively impacted all the churches on our street and going to city hall to get street closure issues resolved and organizing a staff party with Franklin’s barbecue and a cake to recognize Matt’s anniversary with UPC, Krystal’s ordination anniversary, Ara and Jan’s birthdays
Commendations (continued)
  • John Parker and John Leedy for their help with the flood issues
  • Caroline for her preaching and leadership
  • The staff for the link to quarter pledge statements
  • Marvin Wofford for all his work for organizing the Sunday School Class
  • Roscoe Overton for proposing the UPLift Concert, organizing the team, and making it a reality: Richard Faidley, Tom Sadler, David Chao, Maureen Carlson, Karen Miller, Doug and Betsy Brown, Robin Dennis, Melinda Wofford, Madelyn Mitchell, Jan Hames, Christa Jeffers, Elaine Wagner, Katherine Ray, Keith Womer, Jennifer Whitten for putting on the show! Publicity, booking and selecting the bands, setting up and selling tickets, providing refreshments, coordinating the event
Refugee Welcome
Team UPdate
The UPC Refugee Welcome Team will be furnishing our family's apartment in north Austin this Saturday, April 28. Please bring your promised donation to the UPC office by Friday or call Robin Dennis if you won't be able to deliver by then. 

Thank you to everyone who has donated items. The apartment will be beautiful!
The list of items still needed is short: 

  • Kitchen items: a wok, a mortar and pestle, vegetable cleaver, colander, kitchen shears, vegetable peeler
  • DVDs for children from 8 to 16 years of age, children's magazines
  • booster car seats for 8 and 10 year old children 

If anyone has a coffee table they don't need anymore, we might be able to use it (we need to see the apartment first).  
Sign UP Now for VBS!
Register now for this year's super amazing VBS by going to
 
Dates:   June 25 - 29, 2018
Time:    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ages:    3 years - 5th grade
Cost:    $25 per child
 
DEADLINE TO REGISTER:
Sunday, May 13 (Mother's Day!)
NEW THIS YEAR: Every registered child can bring a friend for FREE!

To register a friend for free, please email Pastor John after you register online with the child's name and grade or age.
UPLift Needs Next Week
Every Tuesday morning, UPC volunteers provide some food and coffee, hygiene items, and occasional financial assistance for our clients. While all donations are welcome at any time, here are some items to consider bringing to worship this week.

Financial gifts which are used for providing work-boots, eyeglasses, and rental or utilities assistance are always appreciated!
For this week's grocery cart
  • peanut butter - large, creamy, not organic
  • jelly or preserves 
  • raisins (for oatmeal)
  • canned diced tomatoes (not Rotel)
  • snack bars


Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC mission!!
The 2018 All Church Retreat
@ Mo-Ranch was amazing! Thanks to Eric and Mary Wall for their leadership in presenting An Easter Hymn Festival and Worship Experience "Beauty Unbounded."

The weather cooperated and everyone had a great time. Let's do it again next year!



Not yet a member of our Facebook group? Email Jan Hames and she'll send you an invitation!
100 % Community Art Exhibition at the Carver
The Carver Museum in collaboration with Jerry’s Artarama and The George Washington Carver Ambassadors, Inc. (GWCA) will host the 12th Annual 100% Community Exhibition and Silent Auction Fundraiser. The exhibition will run from May 31, 2018 to June 30, 2018. The formal opening reception and silent auction will take place from 7:00 — 9:00 pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018. 

Deadline for entering a canvas is Saturday, May 5. Completed canvases must be delivered to the Carver Museum.
Want to enter, but need materials?
Call 512-974-4926 or email arrietta.allen@austintexas.gov to reserve your “Artist Packs” that include one 12” X 12” canvas, acrylic paint set and brushes. “Artist Packs” will be available for pickup at 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, Texas 78702 during the Carver Museum & Cultural Center's regular business hours. But hurry!
All canvases are due May 5 !
Collegium Musicum Spring Concert at UPC
Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29
Free!
Salon Concerts
Noontime Concert Tuesday, May 1, 2018
One of Salon Concerts favorite guest artists, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio returns to play on our season finale along with an all star group of our favorite Austin musicians. Join us for an evening or beautful music and top notch artistry.

Program selections will be made from the following:
Fantasy for Violin and Harp Op.124 -- Camille Saint- Saëns
Cello Sonata -- György Ligeti
Sicilienne , Op. 78, arranged for cello and harp -- Gabriel Fauré
Violin Sonata -- Leos Janácek
Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 -- Bedrich Smetana
Ms Sant'Ambrogio may be joined by the following musicians:

Elaine Barber, Harp
Douglas Harvey, Cello
Colette Valentine, Piano (Smetana)
Kathryn Mishell, Piano (Janácek)

Please don't miss the final free concert of the season!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at noon
UPC Sanctuary
Free parking in the UT Co-Op garage
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

Jeri , sister of Jennie Elliott. Jeri is undergoing a procedure today to remove part of one lung and to biopsy the other in order to determine the best course of treatment.

Jan Williams , who will have knee replacement surgery this Thursday in San Antonio. Jan is the wife of former Senior Pastor San Williams.
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.
If you'd like to be part of UPC's Prayer Chain, please   email the church office . You will receive emails asking that you pray specifically for people who have requested to be on the prayer list.
To pray for those on our prayer list, download the  Celebrations and Concerns folder for April 8, 2018, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
UT Co-OP Garage Code
Need to visit weekdays or evenings? Park in the UT Co-Op garage and use this code to exit for free. The garage exit gate is up until 2:00 p.m. Sundays. Pick up a laminated code in the office or at the hospitality desk.