April 30, 2018
Graduation Recognition Sunday
May 6, 2018
Worship 11:00 a.m.
Krystal Leedy preaching
Sermon text: John 15:9-17

Evening Worship
7:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Music This Sunday
The Chancel Choir sings the Thomas Tallis setting of words from John’s gospel, “If Ye Love Me”. Miriam’s Daughters sings the Grace Hegy song, “Children of Light”.
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Lectionary Readings
The Presbyterian Mission Agency offers daily and Sunday readings online, based on the Revised Common Lectionary.

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
In case you missed it . . .
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.  
Photography: Usama Malik
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 returns. 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.

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.
Julie Miller
Chair, Staff Support Committee
A Trip to the Blanton: Why Yellow?
The students and I went on a trip to the Blanton Museum of Art, and Eric and Mary Wall joined us for this wonderful experience. We were able to see the thought process of Ellsworth Kelly who created  Austin , an art piece that is a minimalistic chapel, highlighting the inspiring and important elements of Christian art in a colorful and bold way. 
Personally, I struggle with understanding modern art, but at the UKirk students’ urging, we went to the exhibit. I was overwhelmed after seeing the explanation of how Kelly was able to explode the images and colors of worship spaces in a seemingly reductionistic way. Because in the end, it wasn’t reductionistic at all. It was mesmerizing. I could have stared at those colors all day—making meaning and whispering questions with my friends. Our UKirk students were my teachers that day at the Blanton, so I of course had to buy them some ice cream sandwiches at Moojo afterward. We had so much fun.
The question that struck me and still strikes me is why the color yellow is at the pinnacle of each element. Yellow seemed to hold a special place in the heart of Ellsworth Kelly, and I wonder if yellow represents something more than just that it is the brightest on the color wheel and as a symbol of the resurrection. If you have a better explanation, I may buy you a Moojo ice cream sandwich.
Wrapping up a semester with these bright students is always difficult, especially having to say goodbye to our graduates, but I am inspired by their artistic minds. So, I look forward to incorporating the elements of  Austin  into our UKirk chapel space and UParlor as we move into the 2018-2019 school year, with yellow always at the top. Because even when we don’t understand things fully, we still confess them, and our community helps fill in the gaps. 

Special thanks to Alex Pappas, our seminary intern, who led a Bible study about reflecting on the exhibit, and Eric and Mary Wall for supporting UKirk and taking our picture. 
UPC, You Rock!!!!
I will bet that most, if not all UPC parents have spent some time thinking about their children’s post high school education – particularly paying for it. But I would also bet that none of us worried about paying for books, supplies, and shoes so that our children could attend first grade.  

I want to share the news that you – this congregation - have made a huge difference in the lives of many parents and their children. Your purchases of fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, almonds and Palestinian olive oil each week have made this difference!
Recently, I received an email from Bethany Karbowski at Equal Exchange. EE is the for-profit, fair trade company that has a relationship with our denomination, as well as UPC. 

“With great pleasure, we wanted to let you know that for the 2017 sales year, University Presbyterian Church is in the top 2% of nearly 6,000 faith based groups who ordered from Equal Exchange. You're actually #36 out of the 5,898 churches and groups. Amazing!”
Cathy Morgan
Dementia Support Group to Meet May 5
The UPC Dementia Support Group has moved it monthly meeting to first Saturdays so that more folks can come. The group is open to all, not only UPC members, and offers support and ideas for those caring for family experiencing memory loss.

The next meeting is Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at La Madeleine at Mueller. Please share with family and friends!

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 - 12:30 pm
Ages:    3 years - 5th grade
Cost:    $25 per child
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
  • Bag of brown sugar
  • Diced tomatoes, canned - not Rotel
  • Bag of white rice 
  • Large jar of jelly or preserves 
  • Breakfast bars

Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC mission!!
Adult Christian Formation Classes Resume Sunday, May 6
The Present Word
Room 3, Lower Level
Sundays @ 9:30 a.m.

Background material is provided by the curriculum that gives the class its name. By using the provided scripture readings, we ensure that we are engaging with the whole Bible over time. However, this is not a Bible study class. The scriptures and weekly lessons are our starting point for lively discussions that include the week's events, current issues and our own Christian journeys.

Our spring quarter topic is "Acknowledging God." We will be looking at different interpretations of what it means to give praise to God through our hearts and our actions. The class is led by Roscoe Overton. We would love to have you come learn, share, and pray with us.
& Faith
Room 1, Lower Level

Please join us May 6, as Margaret Aymer continues her discussion of the book  Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey. This is a continuation of last week's discussion in the Racial Truth, Justice and Reconciliation series.”
Faith & Life
Room 201, Upper Level
9:30 a.m.

This Sunday, we begin a new 4-part series led by our own Sharyn Reynolds.

Part 1 will cover “The Spiritual Migration, from a System of Beliefs to a Way of Life”. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in class for $12.75 Please make checks payable to UPC.

All are welcome to explore where we are heading at UPC, in our denomination, and in our personal beliefs. Come early for coffee and fellowship!
The Way class resumes Sunday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. 

We will return to the Parables of Jesus. In subsequent weeks, we will cover: Communion, the Presbyterian liturgy, and the Next Church.  If the class continues after that, we will cover: Angels, the Historical Jesus, Folk Religion and Civil Religion, as well as issues and questions suggested or requested by the class. 

Email Jon Eddison or call 512-988-0333 if you are interested or just show up. No preparation or reading required.
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 p.m., arrietta.allen@austintexas.gov 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 !
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
Prayers of thanksgiving:

A note from the Phillips Family
David's cancer treatment is WORKING! We met with his oncologist this morning to learn the results of tests and scans done last week, and the growth/spread has not only halted (which was the hope), the lesions are actually shrinking. The masses in the liver and lymph nodes are 10-50% smaller in size! His doctor was actually giddy. And “giddy” doesn’t event begin to describe our feelings. Praise God!

David will continue the current course of treatment - chemo infusions every 10-days, for the next 14 weeks. Then more scans will be done. 

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 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.
Download the Celebrations & Concerns folder for Sunday, April 29, 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.