January 15, 2018
Third Sunday
after Epiphany
January 21, 2018

Worship 11:00 a.m.

Matt Gaventa preaching

"Long Day's Journey"
Sermon text: Jonah 3 :1-5, 10

Evening Worship
7:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall
Music This Sunday
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, the Chancel Choir sings “MLK” , a memorial song by U2, as arranged by Bob Chilcott, and with an addition spiritual as performed by the University of North Texas Choir directed by Dr. Jerry McCoy. Dr. Margaret Aymer speaks words by Dr. King, and Caleb Jackson is Soloist.

Sunday's prelude, offertory, and postlude also honor Dr. King: "Great Day," setting by Adolphus Hailstork, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," setting by J. Stuart Archer and "Deep River," setting by David Hurd,
All children in 1st through 8th grade are welcome to join Laudate Children's Choir and you are invited to bring your church, school, or family friends. We rehearse at 9:15 a.m. every Sunday morning! We would love to have all children join us as we praise God through song in worship. Laudate Choir sings the Introit at worship Sunday, January 28!
As part of PC(U.S.A)'s “ Facing Racism” campaign, the denomination issued a call to action that recalled a turning point in the struggle for Civil Rights and the inclusion of a broad swath of mainline Protestants, including Presbyterians, in the work of creating what Dr. King called “the beloved community.”

Key events include a Sept. 21, 1966, speech where 3,000 people packed the Hartley-Woods Gymnasium of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Presbyterian Historical Society uncovered a tape of this recording at the seminary, along with his August 1965 speech at Montreat and another recording of a 1967 interview with the Christian Broadcasting Associates radio program, which are available for  listening at this link .
Plan Now
for the Spring Break Border Mission Trip
Information meeting following worship this Sunday, January 21, Fellowship Hall
Please mark your calendars now and plan to participate in UPC’s Border Mission Trip, scheduled for spring break 2018—Sunday, March 11 to Friday, March 16. This will be a combined UPC/Campus Ministry trip involving both regular church members and our college students. Working with Faith Ministry, we will travel to Reynosa, Mexico and build a simple cinder block / concrete home for a family that currently has no or inadequate housing.

How can you help? Two ways. First, come with us. You don’t need ANY construction skills. This is a wonderful way to experience God’s love working in the world, and to learn about our brothers and sisters in Christ from our neighbors to the south. Talk to any past participants, and you will learn it is a faith-enriching experience. To sign up, simply notify Craig Deats at: cdeats@ddollaw.com , or 512-567-1419 .
A second way to help is contribute toward trip expenses. Construction materials cost $6,250; add travel, housing and food, and it’s a lot. We need your financial help. 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 sharing about their experience.

Questions? There will be a “no pressure” informational meeting in the Fellowship Hall Sunday, January 21, immediately following worship. Food will be provided. We’ll try to answer all your questions. Or simply talk to Craig Deats whenever / wherever you see him. Thanks to all for your continued support of this important mission effort. 
Why I Sing
by Marcus Corley
It is hard to express the feeling when you finally get the note right, the timing is confident, you are immersed in a sea of sound, and the harmony is impeccable. You truly lose yourself, though you are part of the sound. You are part of something larger, greater. Harmony with others, in a simple duet, a choir, band or orchestra, when it is right is not just a great source of satisfaction, but also of energy you give to each other and all who listen.

People say, when they hear a truth spoken, “that just struck a chord in me.” When a string on a piano is played, if there is another piano close by, the same string starts to vibrate and play. I used to teach physics, so I know this to be true. That is the nature of the physical universe we live in. There is a spiritual dimension that is somehow similar, I believe. There is a transfer of energy, joy giving and up lifting, that comes from harmony. Since I first experienced that in childhood, I have been lucky to find good choirs. Good choirs make you better. UPC choir was a little daunting to me at first because I was rusty. The music seemed to challenging. But I was so warmly welcomed! There’s no judgment. If you can sing, you will get better. You can lean on your section leader for a while. Like me, you’ll find you receive more than you give. That’s the nature of God’s universe.
The last and most personal reason to sing in the UPC choir is the people. I now feel I am a part of a special “congregation,” one who serves, side-by-side with some of the most remarkable and wonderful people you can be around: part of the whole UPC, but a special part. And believe me when I tell you, as a would-be musician, there is no better experience than to learn at the feet of a true master, one who almost miraculously brings us together musically to serve the Church.

Thank you, Ara Carapetyan!


If you'd like to join the UPC Choir, talk to Ara, or any choir member. Rehearsals are Wednesdays and Sunday morning.
Last Chance to Order Brick Pavers
As part of our 125  th  anniversary celebration, the Heritage Ministry Team invites you to add to the church’s history by placing in the UPC courtyard a paver in memory or honor of a person/family who has participated in the life of our church community. A list of each donor courtyard paver currently in place by name and location is available in the church office. Order forms must be submitted and final payment must be made by Sunday, January 28, 2018.


Please look for the Heritage Ministry Team table in the central courtyard after worship Sundays through January 28.
UKirk Sunday Evening Dinners - Please Help!
Cooking for UKirk is a great way to get to know our college students! Many members have said how important it is for them to even cook twice in a semester in order that they can get past those initial first impression jitters. Please consider signing up for at least one of our dinner slots on a Sunday evening, so that you can help build relationships with our students and they can have a home-cooked meal! We appreciate you!
To help with one or more UKirk dinners this spring, click here:

Call for Ushers
A friendly smile, a knowledge of where the nursery is, offering bulletins and children’s bags, collecting friendship pads and the weekly offering—ushering offers a chance to serve UPC members and guests. UPC Ushers work in teams of four or five and serve three or four months throughout the year. If you see yourself in this service role, please contact Rey Legett at rlegett@gmail.com or 512-848-5548 .
Here’s an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a refugee
The Service Committee of UPC is forming a Refugee Services of Texas (RSTX) Welcome Team in partnership with Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church. A Welcome Team is responsible for furnishing an apartment provided by RSTX, meeting their assigned family at the airport, providing the family's first meals, and driving them to appointments during their first week in Austin.

The Welcome Team will be posting specific donations needed as we get closer to sponsoring a family. Before you dispose of used furniture or kitchen equipment, please consider if it would be useful for a refugee family household.  
If you would like to be a Welcome Team member, please contact Robin Dennis.

The next step is to register at rstx.volunteerhub.com/lp/austin/ as a volunteer and sign up for their 2 hour training.

-UPC Service Committee
Epidemic:
a modern examination of the medical realities & theological implications of infectious diseases

Our series continues with "Evolution 1, from Zika to MRSA--Evolving Pathogens" 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!
Stephanie Morris will be discussing the spring line up of classes beginning with a joint Sunday School Lenten series based on the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving , followed by classes with seminarian professors and local community leaders discussing racial truth, justice and reconciliation. 

The Parenting & Faith class meets in Room 1, Lower Level at 9:30 a.m.
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.
NO Tuesday Evening
Bible Class
Tuesday Evening Bible Class will not meet tomorrow, January 16 because of expected bad weather. For more information, contact Jon Eddision at jbeddison@mac.com  or 512-988-0333.
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.
Women Who Work
UPC Women Who Work will meet for a meal and fellowship on Thursday, January 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Central Market. Please contact Liz Wright by e-mail or text if you are interested in attending:  elisabethw2013@gmail.com  or 512-934-2248
All women of the church are invited to participate in the Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering, April 6-8, 2018, at Mo-Ranch. For more information, please click on the following:



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!

Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC mission!!
For this week's grocery cart
  • 10 lb box oatmeal (not quick cooking) We use 5 lbs per week for our clients. 
  • Large jar of preserves or jelly
  • Snack or breakfast bars
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

Heidi Spock, as she continues treatment. Heidi is available for all forms of communication, including visitors, emails, calls, and texts. Please keep up the prayers, which are very important to both Heidi and Karl.
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 January 14, 2018, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
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.
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email  upc@upcaustin.org.
Contact
University Presbyterian Church
2203 San Antonio Street
Austin, Texas 78705
512-476-5321

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