January 29, 2018
Fifth Sunday
after Epiphany
February 4, 2018

Worship 11:00 a.m.

John Leedy preaching

"What the Mirror Says Back"
Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

Evening Worship
7:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall
Music this Sunday
The Chancel Choir begins its observance of Black History Month with William Dawson’s setting of the African-American Spiritual, “There Is a Balm in Gilead”; Nicole Taylor is soloist.
Thank you, Laudate Choir, for a beautiful introit last Sunday!
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
Yesterday was a banner day in the life of UPC! After worship, we gathered for a congregational meeting to celebrate good news on a few different fronts. First, UPC Treasurer Bob Bridge gave us an overview of the 2018 budget, which, many thanks to your generosity, has offered your session some room for helping us grow into our new life together. 

Second, and relatedly: the congregation overwhelmingly approved returning Krystal to full-time status, and to call her as an installed (no longer “designated”) Associate Pastor. In February, session will have a chance to review a new job description to encompass Krystal’s full-time responsibilities, and, in the meantime, we’ll work on scheduling a date for her formal installation into this new role — probably during Sunday morning worship.

Finally, the congregation unanimously approved a complete slate of new UPC officers, presented by Kay Bryant and the Nominating Committee. We will now have a few months to begin to train and equip these wonderful folks for their new ministries before an installation, likely early in the summer. Keep reading for the complete slate.

Grace and peace,
UPC Officers Elected
In its annual meeting Sunday, January 28, 2018, the UPC congregation elected the slate of officers presented by the Nominating Committee by acclamation. Newly elected officers are
Ruling Elders
Class of 2020 (unexpired term)  
Steve Scheibal
Youth Elder (one-year term)  
Anthony Collins
Class of 2021
Kendal Gladish
Allison Harris
Adam Houghton
Debbie Russ
Karl Spock
Suzanne Wofford
Class of 2019 (unexpired term)  
Joyce Inman
Class of 2021
Sarah Garcia 
Amin Habibnia 
Gary Reynolds 
Gretchen Stone
Aaron Thorp
Daylia Vaughan
Nominees to the Nominating Committee
Class of 2019
Kay Bryant     
Tommy McReynolds
Class of 2020
Stephanie Morris 
John Caballero
Please pray for your newly elected officers as they prepare to begin their work later this year.
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.
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
at UPC February 11
We are excited that former UPC Associate Pastor Ben Johnston-Krase will be visiting Austin February 11. We are planning a potluck lunch after worship that Sunday to give members time to visit with him.

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
FREE Noontime Concert
Tuesday, January 30
Please come to hear STRATA ; a coming together of three extraordinary musical talents: Audrey Andrist, piano; Nathan Williams, clarinet; and James Stern, violin and viola. January 30, noon, UPC sanctuary .
Salon Concerts offer world-class chamber music concerts in some of Austin's most beautiful homes. Thanks to a grant from the City of Austin, these musicians bring selections from their program to the UPC Sanctuary on Tuesday following the house concerts. Come for a delightful hour of chamber music tomorrow at noon!
Fun Facts about the Coffee Project by Cathy Morgan
Does our denomination benefit from our Equal Exchange sales?

Yes! Each year, 15 cents per pound of Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and chocolate is sent to the Small Farmer Fund of the PCUSA Hunger Program. In 2016, 844 Presbyterian congregations purchasing products from Equal Exchange were responsible for $11,819 sent to the PC(USA) Small Farmer Fund. That money was used in Nicaragua for a water capture project to provide water for farmers to use during the dry months.
Cathy Morgan runs the UPC Coffee Project
(with a little help at times!) Stop by the Coffee Cart after worship and purchase Equal Exchange coffee, teas, and chocolate.
To find out more about the PC(USA) Coffee Project, click here.
a modern examination of the medical realities & theological implications of infectious diseases

Our series continues with "Evolution 3, from Leprosy to HIV--Immunity and the Unclean" 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.
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.
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 .
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.
Needleworkers Meet
This Thursday
If you do any type handwork - crochet, needlepoint, knitting, hooking (rugs, of course!) - bring your current project to UPC Needleworkers for admiration, advice, and fellowship. We'd love to have you join us!
Thursday, February 1, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Questions? Email Liz Wright or call her: 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 of oatmeal (not instant)
  • large bag of raisins
  • jar of jelly or preserves
  • breakfast/snack bars
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

Ashley and her family. Ashley is cousin to Jessie Hsu. Ashley lost her baby boy January 28 to the flu. He was only one week old.
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 January 28, 2018, 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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