February 5, 2018
Transfiguration
of the Lord
February 11, 2018
Worship 11:00 a.m.

Matt Gaventa preaching
"The Long Way Around"
Sermon text: Mark 9:2-9
Music This Sunday
Continuing its observance of Black History Month, the Chancel Choir sings “Follow Jesus”, a setting by John Purifoy of three Traditional Spirituals.
15th century painting
by Theophanes the Greek.
Chancel Choir Presents Spirituals in Observance of Black History Month
Once again our Chancel Choir will be singing African-American Spirituals 
for its anthems during February, annually designated as Black History Month. This year’s offerings include 
February 11: “Follow Jesus (Three Spirituals),” arranged by John Purifoy; 
February 18: “I Was Glad,” a setting of Psalm 122 by David Hurd
February 25:“Order My Steps,” by Glenn Burleigh
Did you know? Many of the Chancel Choir's anthems are on YouTube? Search for UPC Chancel Choir Austin TX for a selection.
Click here for more celebrations of Black History Month in and around Austin
Why I Sing
by Carol Keller
UPC has been a part of my life since 2002. Three years ago, when a friend invited me to sing in the summer choir, I thought why not: no Wednesday evening rehearsal, no robes; simply arrive on Sunday, practice the anthem, and sing.

While I love to sing, I do not read music well and had not sung in a choir for many years. But singing in the summer choir was a joyous experience. When asked to remain as a member, I was pleased as well as daunted. Me, an untrained musician, sing full-time among accomplished singers? Yet I was genuinely welcomed and assigned a chair between gifted second sopranos. With the exception of our talented section leaders, each choir member is a dedicated volunteer. I am honored to be part of this creative and committed group.

I continue to sing because I love to learn. Our extraordinary director, Ara Carapetyan, has over sixty years experience as a choral conductor and church musician. Ara illuminates the meaning and historical context of each anthem. Experiencing a variety of anthems makes me aware of the liturgical calendar and the essential role music serves in the life and breath of the church.

Singing in the choir brings rhythm to my life, musically and structurally. Not only do I know where I will be on Wednesday evening, during the week I listen to our anthems and sing along with YouTube versions Ara selects.
Music is with me at home, in the car, or wherever I choose to listen and learn. I look forward to the August choir retreat at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary as a time for fellowship and learning. Ara introduces the year’s program, we practice, break for lunch, practice, then wrap up at a member’s home for a potluck dinner. Sunday we return to sing in the lovely Shelton Chapel.

Finally, I sing because I am grateful to be part of the musical fellowship and congregational outreach our voices create each Sunday. As I look out over the congregation, your faces affirm the joy the gift of music brings to worship.
There are many chairs in our UPC chancel choir. Do you see one for you?

Come Sing with Carol

Call Director of Music Ara Carapetyan at 512-795-8699 or speak with any choir member. The Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday mornings in the chancel at 10:15 a.m. You’ll be most welcome!
Ben Johnston-Krase at UPC
This Sunday, February 11
We are excited that former UPC Associate Pastor Ben Johnston-Krase will be visiting Austin this Sunday! 
Many are aware that Ben was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer last November. There will be a potluck in the Great Hall after worship to give members time to visit with him.
Please email Suzanne Freeman to let her know what you’re bringing or to help at freeman.suzanne@gmail.com
New Adult Series Begins February 18
"Ferguson, Cleveland, Baltimore, Charlottesville, Prairie View, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Austin, Black Lives Matter, Good People, Those Countries.” What do these words conjure up in your mind? They may mean many different things to each of us, often depending on our own cultural background, where we were brought up, what our parents taught us, who we choose to associate with, and even what our religion teaches us.

UPC’s Social Witness Committee, the Christian Formation Committee and the Faith & Life Class are joining together this spring to present nine weeks of classes during the Sunday school hour for a series called Racial Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation. We have a variety of teachers for these classes, ranging from an associate pastor here at UPC, to members of our congregation, to professors from Austin Seminary, to a Vice President of Austin Community College.
We hope to explore and discuss many aspects of race and the church’s response. Please join us beginning Sunday, February 18. Classes will meet in the Great Hall and will start at 9:30. Look for details in the weekly UPdate e-newsletter and on the UPC Austin Facebook page. Please join us.
-Marvin Wofford
Chair, Social Witness Committee

Click here for the sermon podcast
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Text: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

The Gospel gives Paul freedom to be what the people need. That same freedom is ours. The Gospel demands that we the Church confront the things Jesus confronted.
Is UPC an important partner in fair trade?

Equal Exchange Financial Facts
2016 purchases: $6,871.20

"Your church sales put you as #42 of 7,475 churches and organizations across the US who participate in our Interfaith Program and #6 out of the 844 Presbyterian congregations. Very impressive – you’re consistently in our top supporters category!"
Bethany Karbowski - Community Events Coordinator/ Co-Owner at Equal Exchange
Don't forget to stop by the Coffee Cart in the central courtyard after worship every Sunday for your coffee, tea, and chocolate!
Epidemic:
a modern examination of the medical realities & theological implications of infectious diseases

Our series concludes with "Modern Medicine: from "Before You Take that Medicine" to "May I Pray with You?"
Led by Dr. Jamie Evans. The Faith & Life class meets at 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning for coffee and conversation. The presentation and discussion segment begins at 9:30 a.m. Please join us in Room 201, upper level of the education building. All are welcome!
Welcome to The Way!

The Way is a new Sunday School class that offers an introduction to the Bible and is open to all.

The Way meets at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall. For more information, email Jon Eddison  or call 512-988-0333.
The Mission of Faith & Grief Ministries is to provide ongoing comfort t o persons who have experienced the death of a loved one. The Austin area Faith & Grief Gathering occurs February 8, at noon, Westminster Presbyterian Church. Lunch will be served, but registration is required. To register, go to faithand grief.org
The Present Word
Room 3, Lower Level
Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
The Present Word Class is a discussion-based class that meets in Room 3 in the lower level from 9:30 to 10:45 every Sunday. Our 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.

During the winter quarter our guiding topic is "Faith in Action." We will be looking at different interpretations of what it means to live out our faith in Jesus Christ. The class is led by Roscoe Overton. We would love to have you come learn, share and pray with us.
Dementia Support Group Meets February 10
The UPC Dementia Support Group meets this Saturday, February 10, at 10:00 a.m. Meeting location varies; email Suzanna Caballero at skycabgm@gmail.com
UPC Circle Meetings
The Martha Circle meets Saturday, February 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the UPC Fellowship Hall
The Ruth-Dorcas Circle meets at the home of Dottie Penn Tuesday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m. Please email the church office for directions.
Texas Early Music Project Concerts at UPC
Texas Early Music Project presents “It’s About Time: Companions”.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7 PM
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3 PM
Both performances will be in the UPC sanctuary.

Expect the unexpected as we explore the musical and theatrical dreamscape a girl who dreams of encountering her love in different times and places throughout history. The centerpiece of its 2017-18 season, Texas Early Music Project’s staged concert (with historical dances choreographed by Toni Bravo.) Plain-chant, viol consorts, folk music, opera, jazz, and more, all with an early music twist, feature in a musical mash-up of epic proportions. 23 singers and 12 instrumentalists perform music by 20 different composers. Sometimes seemingly disparate composers are juxtaposed, as are musical genres: 19th-century Bizet with 16th-century Sephardic, 18th-century J.S. Bach with 1940s Americana, and much more.

The concert will feature numerous talented musicians, mostly Austin-area TEMP members, with a few guests coming in just for this, including New York singers Ryland Angel (countertenor), Peter Walker (bass), and Seattle-based mezzo Erin Calata.
Join us for musical journey through time and a dreamer’s journey throughout history.
Tickets: $30 General, $25 Senior, $5 Student (with valid ID at door). Tickets available via cash, check, or credit card at venue or online at  TEMP It's About Time Companions
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!!
Celebrations & Concerns
Prayers of thanksgiving that Dorothy Adkins has rebounded from complications following surgeries and is back enjoying her activities and friends. Dorothy's daughter, Rosca Toulouse, is grateful for prayers and support while she recovered.

Please pray for

Jim Quick, who is now at home under hospice care.

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 4, 2018, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.