April 24,  2017  
Congregational Meeting Sunday, April 30, Noon
UPC Session has called a congregational meeting in the sanctuary immediately following worship Sunday, April 30, 2017, for the purpose of electing new Deacons and Ruling Elders. The following candidates have been presented for consideration by the Nominating Committee:

Ruling Elders         
Class of 2018 (unexpired term):
Max Werkenthin
Class of 2020:           
Suzanna Caballero, David Chao, Lorraine Haricombe, Stephanie Holmsten, Dave Jensen and Clint Wenk

Class of 2020: Richard Faidley, Eddie Hays, Ellen LeBlanc, Maggi Miller, Randal Whittington  

For lists of current members of Session and Deacons, click here.
Then click the links to the left on the page.
Third Sunday of Easter
Sunday School for all 9:30 a.m.

Worship 11:00 a.m.
Matt Gaventa preaching

The Chancel Choir sings “Hallelujah”,
an Easter-text Spiritual adapted by Robert De Cormier.

Taizé Worship 7:00 p.m. 
UPC Sanctuary

Lectionary readings for April 30, 2017
Graduate Recognition Sunday May 7
Attention parents (& grandparents): 
If your youth or young adult will be graduating from high school, college, or university at any degree level this year, please send the following information to the church office at upc@upcaustin.org
no later than May 1:

Name of Graduate

  • Name of school / degree
  • Any special graduate honors
  • Post-graduation plans (college name, work, etc.)
  • A headshot or casual photo at least 500 x 500 pixels
Graduates will be featured in upcoming UPdate e-newsletters.
Be sure to join us in worship at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, as we celebrate our UPC graduates!
A Conversation on Immigration
Sunday, May 7, 2017 
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
UPC Great Hall
Light lunch provided
Sponsored by the UPC Social Witness Committee
As a follow on to our three-part series, “Welcoming the Stranger” last February, the Social Witness Committee invites you to participate in a deliberative dialogue on the topic of immigration. Bee Moorhead, Texas Impact executive director and a UPC member, will facilitate a panel discussion with experts on the topic; however, most of the meeting will be focused on table discussions with you—the members of UPC. 
We want to know what you think about this topic. Are there actions we could or should take as individuals or as a church community? Your conclusions will be incorporated into the Social Witness Committee’s immigration report to Session.
  • Approved minutes of the March stated meeting and the called meeting of April 2nd
  • Approved Matt’s salary to be split at $42,000 for housing and $57,00 salary
  • Approved the creation of a Building Use Task Force – overseen by Michael Dodd and Rey Legett – to address in greater detail who pays and who doesn’t when outside groups use our facilities. The Task Force should include representation from the Building & Grounds Committee and the Finance Committee and such others as the Session deems appropriate.
  • Approved changing the language in the Financial Disbursements Policy regarding paying sales tax on transactions
  •  Approved amending the policy regarding who signs checks to require that the second signature on all UPC checks be either the Treasurer or the Assistant Treasurer. 
  • Approved allowing Katie Henderson, a UKirk Student and future YAV, to raise money for her year of mission work 
  • Approved Endowment Policies for Campus Ministry and Mission Endowments 
  • Approved Congregational Meeting for April 30 for election of new officers 
  • Approved $500 to be taken out of reserved funds to pay for reception for Matt’s installation 
  • Nominees recommended by the Officer Nominating Committee: Elders – Class of 2020, Suzanna Caballero, David Chao, Lorraine Haricombe, Stephanie Holmsten, Dave Jensen and Clint Wenk; Max Werkenthin to fill a vacated 1-year term
    Deacons: Class of 2020, Richard Faidley, Eddie Hays, Ellen LeBlanc, Maggi Miller, Randal Whittington
  • Choir members for helping to set up and take down the Taize adornments for the March 26 Taize service
  • Jon and Diane Eddison for preparing and serving Sunday night dinners for UKirk once a month this academic year
  • Everyone who helped with IHN: Janice Brown, Mark Baxter, John Leedy, the Youth, Suzi Parker, John Parker, Randal Whittington, Tim Trickey, Betsy Brown, Doug Brown, Lee Helms, Jennie Elliott, Craig Deats, Scott Jenkins, Gretchen Stone, Bill Grub
  • Mission Trip Participants: Craig Deats, John Parker, Noah Parker, Krystal Leedy, Christa Jeffers, Patrick Jeffers, Brooks Jeffers, Charlotte Jeffers, Weslee Jeffers, Walker Jeffers, David Phillips, Allison Phillips, Ellie Phillips, Lucy Phillips, Sally Phillips, Liam Phillips, Wake Bowser, Meghan Swartz, Kathleen Turpin, Amy Toulouse, Allene Evans, Lizzie Herod
  • Ann Lowry for the palm arrangements on Palm Sunday and Ann & Tim for sanctuary flowers for Easter
  • Carol Fowler for the Hot Cross Buns and Easter lilies and sanctuary flowers for Easter
Parenting & Faith Social Opportunities
We have some exciting events lined up in the next couple of weeks, so take a look and mark your calendars!
Sunday, April 30 – LUNCH & PLAY FOLLOWING WORSHIP Please join us for burgers, hotdogs (vegan offering too!) and fun on the bouncy slide at the Morris House immediately following worship. Dress your kids casual or bring play clothes to change into for some fun! Please  RSVP to me by this Thursday, April 27, if you can at stephanietmorris@sbcglobal.net or 512-415-9797.
Saturday, May 13 -- Parent Social at the home of Sarah & Byron French -- Potluck dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. Watch for an invitation with more information to come. RSVP / questions, email Sarah: sbradbur@alum.trinity.edu.
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Room 1, Lower Level

April 30 – BORDER MISSION TRIP DISCUSSION – Please join Craig Deats, Krystal Leedy, Christa Jeffers and Allison & David Phillips as they discuss their spring break mission trip giving perspectives from “El Jefe” and parents with children of ranging ages.
May 7 – BOUNDARIES WITH KIDS – Beverly Larkam, licensed social worker and family therapist, and Lynn Bridge (both UPC members) will offer words of wisdom based on the books Boundaries  and Boundaries with Kids by Henry Cloud and John Townsend.
May 14 – MOTHER’S DAY – Come relax and enjoy some easy conversation and breakfast bites with your fellow parents OR sleep an hour later! No set class itinerary.
May 21 – MARIT WEISENBERG’S UPCOMING BOOK RELEASE – Join class member, Marit Weisenberg, as she tells her story of writing her first novel, working with an agent and publisher and what is in store for her future with a second book in the making!
May 28 – STEPHANIE HOUGHTON TO TEACH – more to come on her subject.
June 4 – DISCUSSION ON RECENT VISITS TO CUBA – Join Shelley Kilday and Margaret Aymer as they discuss their experiences while recently visiting Cuba on separate trips.
For more information,
contact Stephanie Morris at stephanietmorris@sbcglobal.net .

Faith & Life: "A Reasonable Belief" with Bill Greenway

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Coffee 9:00 a.m.

Room 201, Upper Level

Dr. Bill Greenway joins us for four weeks beginning Sunday, April 30, to discuss his book, A Reasonable Belief:  Why God and Faith Make Sense.

"In this confident and sensitive book, William Greenway carefully guides the reader through the developments in Western intellectual life that have led us to assume that belief is irrational. He starts by demonstrating that, along with belief in God, modern definitions of human rationality have also rejected free will and moral agency. He then questions the Cartesian assumption that it is our ability to think that makes us most human and most real. Instead, Greenway explains, it is our capacity to be grasped by the lives and needs of others that forms the heart of who we are. From that vantage point we can see that faith is not a choice we make in spite of evidence to the contrary; it is, rather, wholly rational and in keeping with that which makes us most human. Every person who either has faith or is contemplating faith can be assured that belief in God is both reasonable and good. Greenway embraces both contemporary philosophy and science, inviting readers into a more confident experience of their faith."

An Invitation from the Present Word Class
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Room 3, Lower Level
Please join The Present Word class on Sunday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m., when class member Dr. William Martin will make a special presentation on his most recent paper. Entitled "Consuming the Earth so that There Is No Place Left to Live: Illustrating Isaiah's Contribution to the Ethos of Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship," Dr. Martin's paper will be presented at the international meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Berlin next October.
Dementia Caregivers Meets Second Saturdays
The newly formed Dementia Caregivers Support Group plans to meet regularly the second Saturday of each month at Bribery Bakery Mueller. The next meeting is Saturday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m. For more information, email Suzanna Cabellero at skycabgm@gmail.com
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.

Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC mission!!
For this week's grocery cart:
A variety of needs:

  • peanut butter – large jar
  • oatmeal – 10 lb box (found at big box stores)
  • dried beans (pinto, kidney, black, navy, lentils, …)
  • large jar of jelly or preserves
  • snack bars

Salon Concerts Presents the Miro Quartet
Noon, April 25, UPC Sanctuary
Salon Concerts invites you to their season finale FREE lunch hour concert with the Miro Quartet. Take a break from your work or school day and enjoy some gorgeous music.

Two String Quartets of Antonin Dvorak, Op. 34 and Op. 105

This is one of our favorite events of the year and not to be missed. Event is FREE and open to the public. Parking is free in the University Co-op garage with proof of program.

Miro Quartet: Daniel Ching, violin; William Fedkenheuer, violin; John Largess, viola;
Joshua Gindele, cello

Join Collegium Musicum this Spring as they present "A Moment of Hope." This concert will feature works by Tormis, Poulenc, Chilcott and more, including a world premiere of a new work by one of their Artistic Directors, Curtis White. 
Mary Grasso, Artistic Director
Curtis White, Artistic Director
Collegium Musicum -- UT's premiere a cappella choral ensemble

Admission is free. Free parking in the UT Co-op garage.

Thursday, April 27th at 7:30 pm
University Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
2203 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas 78705
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for 
Seána Flanagan,who had emergency surgery yesterday. Debra Flanagan is Seána's mother.

The family, friends, and faithful caregivers of Mary Crum, who died peacefully at the age of 101 on April 18. A graveside service was held April 21, at Austin Memorial Park.

To download the Celebrations & Concerns folder for April 23, click here or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.

If you'd like to be part of UPC's Prayer Chain, please email the church office.
You will receive emails asking you specifically to pray for people who have requested prayer support.

To request prayers, email upc@upcaustin.org
University Presbyterian Church
2203 San Antonio Street
Austin, Texas  78705

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