February 26, 2018
Third Sunday
in Lent
March 4, 2018
Worship 11:00 a.m.

Krystal Leedy preaching
Sermon text: John 2:13-22


Lenten Theme:
Spirit, Open My Heart

Music This Sunday
The Chancel Choir sings the familiar hymn-anthem, “Draw Us In the Spirit’s Tether”, in its setting by Harold W. Friedell.
Lectionary Readings
for Lent III
The Presbyterian Mission Agency offers daily and Sunday readings online, based on the Revised Common Lectionary. For Lent, we are exploring various settings of the Psalms. This Sunday, read Psalm 19:1-14.

Sundays, February 18 - April 29, UPC Great Hall, 9:30 a.m.
Please come at 9:15 a.m. for a hot light breakfast
provided by the Faith & Life class

Click here to download the flyer . Please share with friends!

March 4, the Reverend Krystal Leedy continues the conversation about " Waking Up White " by Debbie Irving
Sunday, March 11, small group discussions on the first three sessions.
Amplify UPLift Starts Thursday!
It’s almost time to AmplifyATX , & UPLift is counting on your support!

Our goal is $12,000.00 – to help our neighbors with some basic needs - rent, electricity, water, gas, eyeglasses, transportation, and more!

Help us Amplify UPLift!
6 pm March 1 – 6 pm March 2 !

And remember to encourage your friends and family to Amplify UPLift!!

THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT!
Here's How to Amplify Your Gift to UPLift

  • Donate during our Power Hour, 9-10 a.m., Friday, March 2. The small nonprofit with the most DONORS wins $1,000!
  • Schedule you gift today ! It’s easy, go to amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/UPLift
  • Check for corporate matching funds from your employer! UPLift received more than $1,000 in corporate match funds in 2017!
More than 30 Headed for the Border!
We have a great combined UPC / Campus Ministry group planning to attend the annual Border Mission Trip this Spring Break (March 11-16). If you are interested in going, but have not yet decided, please contact Craig Deats -- 512.567.1419 or cdeats@ddollaw.com - ASAP to let him know.

Info Session. There will be a final trip planning session in the Fellowship Hall immediately following worship on Sunday, March 4 . If you’re going on the trip, or just interested in hearing about it, please plan to attend. Food will be provided. Thanks to all for your continued support of this important mission effort. 
Donations Needed!
Due to our group’s size (30+), we will be able to build two houses this year. This is wonderful news, but places added stress on our finances. The cost of two houses exceeds $11,000, plus the cost of housing, feeding and transporting the group. We need your financial help .

If you have not yet done so, please consider a financial contribution . 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 youth/college participant describing their experience.
Let's Get Ready
for Easter!
Come join our sexton Frank Adkins and members of the Building & Grounds committee for the next Clean and Shiny Team meeting:

Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

We will deep clean the sanctuary and do a bit of landscaping, so whether you’re an indoors or outdoors person, there’s a job for you! The more people that volunteer the easier the work will be, for many hands makes for light work!
Saturday, March 3, 9:00 a.m.

  • Come for whatever time you can
  • Bring the family
  • Garden crew led by Remie Martin
  • Polishing, polishing, polishing!
  • Lenten discipline of service
  • There might be donuts (but only if you haven't given them up ;-)
UPC Session Meeting February 21, 2018
Highlights
  • Approved Mary Dodd, Lorraine Haricombe, Tyson Payne & Debbie Russ as commissioners to the March 2-3 meeting of Mission Presbytery
  • Approved the baptism of Hope Baxter, April 29, 2018
  • Invited Caroline Barnett, APTS Intern, to preach at UPC on Sunday, April 8
  • Invited the Reverend Al Krummenacher of Austin Seminary to preach at UPC on Sunday, April 22, during All Church Retreat weekend
  • Approved revised job description for Krystal Leedy, Associate Pastor
  • Approved minutes of stated January 2018 meeting, Congregational meeting of January 28, & called meeting of February 4
  • Authorized transfer of funds from the Campus Ministry Fund, $47,145, for 2018 budget & Mission Endowment Fund, $4,636.45, for 2018 budget.
  • Approved amended budget
  • Approved one time expenditures for: web site update, audio visual upgrade, upgrade windows on alley, door from Krystal’s office to hallway & safety windows in classroom doors
Commendations
  • Frank Adkins & Danny Dennis for taking down and storing the Advent decorations
  • Sunday night meal providers for UKirk: Carolyn McFarland & Marilla King, Stephanie & Jon Holmsten, Suzi & John Parker, Jon & Diane Eddison, Sarah Fife
  • John Leedy for leading UKirk Bible study
  • Unit 5 Teachers: Suzanne Wofford, Randal Whittington, Eddy Hays, Jenny Whitten, Maureen Carlson
  • Austin Bradley & the Laudate Choir
  • Racism series team & Krystal for kicking off the series
  • Hector & G.G. Saravia as they move on to Chandler, Arizona. Hector was Moderator of Deacons & faithful choir member
  • G.G. is a faithful hostess for all events
  • Craig Deats, Jim Deats, John Parker & John Caballero for an additional trip to First Presbyterian Church in Taft to help with building repairs from Hurricane Harvey
  • Elaine Wagner for doing the posters & flyers for the Racial Justice series
  • Frank Adkins for cleaning & clearing the south stairwell
Hello to all you potential handbell ringers out there! If you used to play,  or would like to try playing,  or have ever even thought or wondered about playing, we have the perfect opportunity for you. There will be a handbell choir organizational lunch and brief practice on Sunday, March 18, after worship from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.. You're invited! If you'd like to attend, please contact Kim Vitray, 512-658-8587, kimvitray710@gmail.com , so we can be prepared for you. 
Tuesday Evening Bible Class February 27
continues in Part 2, Chapter 4 on the Resurrection. Class meets at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. For more information, email Jon Eddison or call him at 512-988-0333
Come Serve with the Courtyard Rangers!

Perhaps your Lenten discipline is to reach out more to others. Become a Courtyard Ranger and practice Sundays in Lent!

All you have to do is seek out visitors after worship (they're usually the ones with a bag of brownie mix!) and say hello! Ask if they have question or want to know more about life at UPC.

Interested? Email David Wofford or call him at 512-323-2944 .
UPC Needleworkers
meet in Fellowship Hall Thursday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. Bring some handwork, and enjoy the comfy couches while we catch up on what's happened and dream about the future!
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
  • 10 lb box of oatmeal (not instant)
  • large bag of raisins
  • jar of jelly or preserves
  • breakfast/snack bars

Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC mission!!
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Celebrations & Concerns
"Thanks for the cards, emails, phone calls, meals. I feel the love from UPC! UPC is such a blessing to Karl and me, and we are grateful for the support."
            Peace,
             Heidi Spock
 
Prayers of Thanksgiving for

Elizabeth Geraldine Blackburn , born January 17, 2018, to Karen and Carter Blackburn, and big sister Lucile.

Please pray for

the family of Emmalie "Lee" Millard , who died at the age of 96 in Dallas. Lee was a UPC member and deacon for many years.

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 February 25, 2018, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
UT Co-OP Garage Code
Coming to UPC for the Clean & Shiny work day? 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.