August 21, 2017 

Twelfth Sunday
after Pentecost

UKirk Kick-off Sunday
August 27, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.

"Voice Lessons"
Matt Gaventa preaching

Sermon text: Romans 16:1-16

Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.
UPC Fellowship Hall
Mid-Year Report on UPC Finances
Summary: Good news! UPC is meeting the balanced budget projections that we established at the beginning of the year. Year-to-date expenses are as planned. Income is coming in earlier than expected, with year-to-date income currently $50,000 ahead of our projections. We currently expect to end the year without a deficit. The most significant risk is that our plan depends upon the usual pattern of significant pledge income being received in December before the end of the fiscal year.

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Welcome (Back), Students!
The UPC UKirk Committee welcomes our new students (and their families if they are still in town) and welcomes BACK our returning students, with a brunch in the Fellowship Hall after morning worship, August 27! See you at noon on Sunday!
Music This Sunday
UPC Chancel Choir, at its annual retreat at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary this Sunday, returns to the chancel Sunday, September 3. Eric Wall, Assistant Professor of Sacred Music and Dean of the APTS Chapel, will be at the organ. Mary Wall, UPC soprano, is providing special music.

Laudate Children's Choir
begins this Sunday in Room 210 at 9:15 a.m. All school-age children are welcome to join Children's Choir Director Austin Bradley for rehearsal. Then, the Laudate Choir heads over to the Youth Room at 10:00 a.m. for The BIG Hello. Children's small groups meet at 10:15 a.m. Come Shine Your Light this Sunday!
Considering joining the Chancel Choir? You'll be most welcome !
Join choir members at the first rehearsal of the fall, next Wednesday, August 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. Parking is free in the UT Co-Op Garage; enter the building through the portico doors at the north end of the central courtyard. 
Session Meeting
August 16, 2017
  • Approved minutes of stated meeting of July 19, 2017 and called meeting of August 6, 2017
  • Approved communion to be served at the Choir Retreat on August 26-27, with Paul Hooker presiding
  • Approved the Christian Education curricula for the 2017-2018
  • Carl Floto gave a financial report
  • Krystal Leedy for her sermon on Sunday, August 13, 2017
  • John Leedy for his Children’s sermon on Sunday, August 13, 2017
  •  Clean & Shiny Team, for their work on August 14: Lee Helms, Carolyn McFarland, Richard Moore, Karen Grice, Becky Pigott, Suzie Parker, John Parker
  • Building and Grounds Committee for being conscientious good stewards
  • Building and Grounds in preparing Session in advance of projected needs
Commendations (continued)
  • Session cooperation and staff performance in sending packets out on Monday prior to meeting
  • Those who helped with VBS: Kellie Martini, Julienne Thorp, Amy Toulouse, Debbie Warden, Jennifer Bradford, Michelle Habibnia, Gretchen Stone, Karen Miller, Austin Bradley, Alex Pappas, Jessie Hsu, Stephanie Morris
  • Those who help with C.R.U.D. Week: Stephanie Morris, Baker and Adele Morris, Natalie and Edith Holmsten and Stephanie, Julienne Thorp, Joseph Thorp, Alex Pappas, Karen Miller, Karen Grice, Madelyn Mitchell, Anthony Collins, John and Suzi Parker, Robin and Danny Dennis, Jan Hames, Dave Jensen and Finn, John Leedy

-submitted by Helen Ingram, Clerk of Session
Ushers Needed
Please consider volunteering to serve on one of UPC's teams of ushers. There are four teams that serve three months each every year.

We have one opening for the team that serves in October, February, and June, but are always looking for anyone interested in any of the other teams.

If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact Rey Legett at 512-848-5548 or
New Adult Christian Formation Class
This fall UPC will offer a new Adult Christian Education course-- The Way -- which is what some early Christians called Christianity before it became Christianity. The class will meet every Sunday from August 27 to December 10, and from January 14 to May 27, 2018. Classes will be held in Fellowship Hall and run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Jonathan Eddison will lead the class.

"Anchored in Hope"
Faith & Life Class
  Hebrews 6:19:  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

The anchor is one of the oldest symbols of the Christian faith, suggesting steadfastness , and stability in times of turbulence and change. Through the centuries the anchor became the symbol associated with Hope.

In the Faith and Life Class this fall, our theme will be Anchored in Hope , as we are reminded by the writer of Hebrews that our hope in Christ is the anchor of our souls. We will be exploring how that hope may strengthen us in five dimensions of our contemporary world: memory, truth, community, suffering, and solidarity.

First up on August 27 is Dr. Ted Wardlaw, President, Austin Presbyterian Seminary, whose topic is memory.

The Faith & Life class meets in Room 201, upper level. Join us for coffee and fellowship beginning at 9:00. a.m. Lecture and discussion begins at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome!
Please join the Parenting & Faith class this Sunday as we gather to discuss our fall class schedule (almost completed!), discuss a date for our fall social hosted by Sarah and Byron French and catch up with each other after a fun filled summer! Hope to see you soon!
-Stephanie Morris, Parenting & Faith Coordinator
September Sundays in the Mosaic Room
Our community mosaic in the Great Hall, a modern depiction of The Feeding of the Five Thousand,
will be completed with a sixth and final panel.
Tile laying on panel six has begun, and you can help. The studio will be open each Sunday in September from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Space is limited, so you must sign up ahead of time.
Please contact Lynn Bridge at 512-970-9121 or email .
The Present Word Study
"Covenant with God"
This quarter, The Present Word class offers studies on the theme "Covenant with God." It considers the major covenants that God makes with people on behalf of the earth and the human community. Beginning with Noah, God promises benevolence toward creation. Similar commitments are made with Abram, Phinehas, and Ezekiel. Ultimately, the covenant forms the foundation for the coming Messiah and salvation for the world. Unit I, "Signs of God's Covenants" Unit II, "Called into Covenant with God" Unit III, "An Everlasting Covenant."

The class is led by Roscoe Overton, and meets in Room 3, lower level, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to participate!
There will be one more “Coffee with Matt” this summer, Thursday, August 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the UPC Fellowship Hall. Room is still available, so come and join in on the “conversations” with Matt!

Please contact Stephanie Morris if you plan to come that morning:
Stop the Merry Go Round
I Want to Get Off!
Austin Cluster Presbyterian Women Meeting September 9
Greetings from your Austin Cluster Co-leaders! We wanted to personally invite your church ladies to the  Austin Cluster of Presbyterian Women 2017 Fall Gathering. The gathering will be held on September 9, 2017 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1705 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, TX 78664 from 8:30 - 12:00 PM. Breakfast will be provided by Grace. 
Lori Black, Grace Presbyterian Church Round Rock
Linda Walicek, First Presbyterian Church Elgin

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
Staples for our "brunch":

  • 10 lb box of oatmeal
  • (oatmeal for 2 weeks) 
  • large bag of white rice
  • large jars of jelly or preserves
  • large jars of peanut butter
  • (not organic) 
  • breakfast/snack bars
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

John Lauffer, the father of a friend of Elaine Wagner, experiencing health issues.

To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email

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 August 20, 2017, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
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2203 San Antonio Street
Austin, Texas 78705

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