January 8, 2018
Second Sunday
after Epiphany
January 14, 2018

Worship 11:00 a.m.

Theological Education Sunday

The Reverend Dr. Margaret Aymer preaching

No Evening Worship
Music This Sunday
The Chancel Choir sings “The Road Home”, with words by Minneapolis poet/librettist Michael Dennis Browne, and an adaptation of an early American folk-tune from Southern Harmony by the late Minnesota composer, Stephen Paulus.
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!
January 14, we celebrate Theological Education Sunday in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Please join us in praying for the Church’s future ministers, and look for opportunities to mentor those among us who may be considering a call to seminary. The Church supports future ministers who are Presbyterian students at PC(USA) seminaries through The Theological Education Fund (TEF). Recently housed at the Presbyterian Foundation, the TEF channels gifts of Presbyterians and their congregations to Presbyterian seminaries and, thereby, invests in the future of Christ’s church. To donate and find out more about the Theological Education Fund here: presbyterianfoundation.org/tef
Margaret Aymer to Preach January 14
The Reverend Dr. Margaret Aymer, The First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, D. Thomason Chair of New Testament Studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will preach on January 14 as part of UPC’s observation of Theological Education Sunday.

Dr. Aymer, an active member of the UPC community and mother of Gabriel Oget, joined the Austin Seminary faculty in 2015. Previously, she taught at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned the PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity at Union Theological Seminary and the BA in U.S. History from Harvard University. She was honored in 2013 with the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC.
Aymer has published four books: First Pure, then Peaceable: Frederick Douglass, Darkness and the Epistle of James, (T&T Clark, 2008), James: Diaspora Rhetorics of a Friend of God (Sheffield Publishing, 2014), Fortress Commentary on the Bible (Fortress Press, 2014), and Islanders, Islands and the Bible: Ruminations (Society of Biblical Studies, 2015).
 
UPC Welcomes New Members
On Sunday, January 7, 2018, Session met to receive into membership Madilyn and Cody Jarman. Madilyn comes by transfer of letter from Cripple Creek Presbyterian Church in Readyville, Tennessee. She is a student and environmental educator. Cody, received by reaffirmation of faith, was previously a member at Lee's Chapel Church of Christ in Southside, Tennessee.

Welcome! We're glad you've joined us!
Madilyn & Cody Jarman
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:

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
This coming Sunday, January 14 th , we have UPC member Amy Praskac joins us. Amy, who started   On the Record Advance Planning to help you create a road map for your family and to be prepared for the future. Amy gives great advice on how to plan with your family, both immediate and extended, and what resources you can use to help in this process to make this organizational process smoother and easier.

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.
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.
Tuesday Evening
Bible Class
Tuesday Evening Bible Class meets January 9 in Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact Jon Eddision at jbeddison@mac.com  or 512-988-0333.
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
Dementia Support Group
The UPC Dementia Support Group for those who are caring for family with memory loss, meets at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 13. For location information, please email Susanna Cabellero or call her at 512-917-5419.
Circle Meetings
The Ruth-Dorcas Circle
meets Tuesday, January 9, at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Dottie Penn.

The Martha Circle
meets Saturday, January 13, at 11:30 a.m. in the UPC Fellowship Hall.
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

The family of Dr. Suanne Roueche , who died on Christmas Eve. February 3, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in the Renaissance Hotel in the Arboretum. Obituary may be found here.

The family of Travis Turner, who died January 4, 2018. Great-nephew to Ann and Morris Winkle. Obituary may be found here.

Jordan Thomas Parker , who deploys with his 1/124 Cavelry Squadron tomorrow - ultimate destination Egypt after further preparation at Ft. Bliss. Jordan is the grandson of Mary Ann and Luther Parker.
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 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.
To pray for those on our prayer list, download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for January 7, 2018, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
Contact
University Presbyterian Church
2203 San Antonio Street
Austin, Texas 78705
512-476-5321

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