January 21, 2018
Fourth Sunday
after Epiphany
January 28, 2018

Worship 11:00 a.m.

Matt Gaventa preaching

Taizé Worship
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary
Music this Sunday
The Chancel Choir sings words from the Book of Common Prayer set to music by the 17th C. English organist and composer John Loosemore.

For the introit during the 11:00 a.m. service, the Laudate Children’s Choir sings Frank Hernandez’s praise and worship song “A Gift to You” accompanied by Anna Bradley on guitar. Please come to rehearsal at 9:15 a.m., Room 210 on the upper level, to prepare to lead worship!
Please make plans to remain in the sanctuary after worship this Sunday, January 28, 2018, for a Congregational Meeting, called by the UPC Session at their last stated meeting January 17, 2018.

For details about the meeting, read the message from Pastor Matt below.
Why I Sing by Marcus Corley

Come sing with Marcus!
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!
Message from Matt
Last fall, as we approached the end of our stewardship season, I stood in the pulpit and talked about the desire of the session of UPC to go “all in,” to fully commit to the ministries of this church to which God is calling us in this time and place. And I asked for your support, financially and otherwise, so that your session could have the resources that it needs to make those commitments.

You responded. Powerfully.

This past Wednesday, at its regular January meeting, your session approved a budget for 2018 that shows a substantial year-to-year increase in pledged giving. This increase allows us to ensure the health of a variety of ministries, and supports key staffing needs like our new sexton and the hopeful return of our handbell choir. 

Most notably, however, this budget includes room to return Krystal Leedy to full-time ministry. Simultaneously, it allows us to move her from the Presbyterian title of “Designated Associate Pastor,” which is a short-term role generally appropriate for interim periods, to the regular role of “Associate Pastor.” Your session and I are both eager to fully support all the ways in which God calls Krystal into ministry here at UPC, in and through our campus ministry, but of course also through her worship leadership and her support of our mission and outreach.
To these ends, the session has called an  annual congregational meeting for this Sunday, January 28 . The meeting will take place in the sanctuary immediately after worship. The purpose of this meeting is threefold:

  • To present the 2018 budget
  • To seek congregational approval for changes to Krystal’s Terms of Call, including moving her from the role of Designated Associate Pastor to Associate Pastor
  • To hear a report from the UPC Nominating Committee, then vote on a slate of elders, deacons, and nominating committee members for the next year.

I hope you will be able to join us this Sunday for this important moment in the life of our church. Please also know that this meeting does not conclude the work of our church going “all in!” Your session still has quite a few budgetary priorities that have not yet been met, and ministries that still dearly need support. We continue to count pledges as they emerge, and we are not done allocating ourselves to the work of 2018. But for today, we are eager to gather with you, to thank you for your support, and to share with you about this moment in our life together.
Last Wednesday at its January meeting, the UPC session approved a resolution re-affirming the Belhar Confession, and particularly lifting out certain key points from it, in light of the the racially polarizing climate in which we find ourselves. You can download the session resolution here.

You'll find the full text of the Belhar Confession itself, formally adopted by the PCUSA in 2016,  here .

In some ways the language of Belhar feels remote. The confession was originally written in opposition to South African Apartheid, and it speaks to a time of structurally enforced racial segregation, and to a church that willfully and intentionally endorsed every inch of it.
In other ways, of course, Belhar still feels absolutely vital: as I mentioned in yesterday's sermon, we still have our own work to do, and particularly as a people of faith, Belhar helps remind us that the unity we have in Jesus Christ is both “a binding force” and “something which the people of God must continually be built up to attain.”

By reaffirming this language in this time, we are reminding ourselves of the work that we still have to do, one step at a time. As we approach Lent, and as we begin to approach a season in our Christian Formation calendar of thinking about racial justice and racial reconciliation, I hope that the language of Belhar will echo as much for you as it does for me.
Sign UP for the Annual All-Church Retreat
Each spring for decades, the UPC family has gathered in the Hill Country at Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Assembly to study, worship, and play together.

Dates for the 2018 Retreat are April 20-22. Our program leaders will be Eric and Mary Wall, so plan to come with a song in your heart!

A registration fee of $35 ($10 for children / youth) per person covers program costs. Meal cost is $45 ($32 children 4-11) and does not include dinner Friday evening. Housing options are Pheasant Run @ $240 or Manor House @$350 per family staying in room.

Registration and payment can be made each Sunday in the central courtyard through February 18.

Questions? Contact Pastor John at associate@upcaustin.org

Registration ends February 18,
so don't delay!
Want to pay online?
There is no online registration this year; every family / participant will need to complete and turn in a registration form in the courtyard.

If you'd like to pay online, please first download, complete, and turn in the registration form. Once you've turned in your form, you may use the Online Giving page at upcaustin.org

  1. Enter the total amount from the form.
  2. Select Operating Fund.
  3. Enter All Church Retreat 2018 in the memo line.
  4. Enter your email; click "Continue"

If you have a myUPC account, you may optionally log in to myUPC. Or, you may simply continue as a guest (this is faster).

On the next screen, enter your credit card information. Please wait until you receive a confirmation message before closing the browser window.
Spring Break Border Mission Trip
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.
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 - 4 Sundays Left!
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.

There are only four spots left this spring, so sign up today! We appreciate you!
Available dates: February 25, March 25, April 8, April 29.

Ben Johnston-Krase
& Family at UPC
We are excited that former UPC Associate Pastor Ben Johnston-Krase and his family will be visiting Austin February 11. We are planning a potluck lunch after worship that Sunday to give members time to visit with the family.

Please email Suzanne Freeman at  freeman.suzanne@gmail.com  to volunteer for any of the following: 

  • Bring a main dish, salad, side dish, bread or dessert
  • Help set up and serve
  • Help clean up after event

Thanks in advance for helping provide a wonderful meal and warm reception for Ben, from the kind hearts and generous spirits of his UPC family. 
Ben was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer this past November. Many are aware that Ben founded a church called Farm Church  - a church that strives to be faithful to the gospel by leveraging the resources of a farm to address food insecurity. Ben's church has created the "Live into Hope" fund to provide benefits and salary to Ben and his family while he undergoes treatment. If you would like to make a contribution, please click here.

To follow Ben's journey, go to practiceresurrection.com
a modern examination of the medical realities & theological implications of infectious diseases

Our series continues with "Evolution 2, from Malaria to Typhus (in Austin)--Animal-borne Infections & All Things Great & Small" 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.
Tuesday Evening Bible Class
Tuesday Evening Bible Class resumes tomorrow, January 23. For more information, contact Jon Eddision at jbeddison@mac.com  or 512-988-0333.
Church Women United will hold its Annual Meeting at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church on Friday, February 3, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 4509 Springdale Road, 78723. You are encouraged to attend and bring a friend. In recognition of Black History Month, our guest presenter is artist Regina Thomas, who currently has an exhibit at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center. You will not want to miss this special program.
Remember to wear your name badge. We want to greet you by name.
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.
Faith & Grief Gathering
We invite those who are mourning to attend the Faith & Grief Gatherings to join us for the Austin Gathering the second Thursday of the month from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall located at 3208 Exposition Boulevard.  To register for this month’s Gathering, Thursday, February 8, go to  FaithandGrief.org/austintx.
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 of oatmeal
  • (not instant)
  • large bag of raisins
  • bag of brown sugar
  • younger and older women’s
  • feminine products
  • breakfast/snack bars
Celebrations & Concerns
Prayers of Thanksgiving:

Hope Janie Baxter, born January 19, 2018, to Claire and Mark Baxter. Everyone is doing well!
Please pray for

Steve Tompkins, who has been released from the hospital for pneumonia, and has returned home.

The family of Mary Ruth Tomkins , who died January 17. SteveTompkins is Mary's son.

The family of John Newton "Jack" Faris , who died January 16 in Amherst, VA. Jack was a ruling elder at Amherst Presbyterian Church, formerly served by Pastor Matt.  Obituary may be found here.

Sylvia Chao , who will be starting radiation treatment next week for a tumor that has not responded to second-line treatment. Sylvia is the mother of David Chao.
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email  upc@upcaustin.org.
Please pray for

John Jackson, who has been teaching for the last two years,in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, who is being transported to the Dell Hospital for emergency surgery to remove a growth in his brain today. John is the son of Nora Jackson, a very close friend of Susan Berlin. 
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 January 21, 2018, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
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Austin, Texas 78705

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