July 16, 2018
Ninth Sunday
after Pentecost
July 22, 2018
Worship 11:00 a.m.

"God's Promises Unfolding"
Summer Sermon Series

Krystal Leedy preaching on the Call of Jonah

Sermon text:
Come Sing in Summer Choir!
Summer Choir Singers are any singers who wish to sing in the choir on any Summer Sunday morning they choose. If you'd like to sing this summer, come to the Chancel promptly at 10:00 a.m. and rehearse the morning’s anthem. Summer singers wear no robes, sing the anthem, then join family and/or friends in the congregation for the remainder of the service. All singers are welcome!

This Sunday: " Prayer," by Lloyd Pfautsch. The text is by Dag Hammarskjöld, from a journal entry in "Markings”, translated to English by Leif Sjöberg & W. H. Auden.
Hear Matt's Sermon
Sunday, July 15, 2018
The Wisdom
of God
Detail from the mural created by UPC Youth during the Great Vigil of Easter 2018.

Our summer sermon series, "God's Promises Unfolding". stories of the Easter Vigil, continues with Pastor Krystal preaching on "Call of Jonah." Next week, guest preacher Fred Morgan brings a message on "The Valley of Dry Bones." Come worship with us!

A Message from Matt
We are in the quietest corner of the church year, and so I’m about to head out of town for a bit of family vacation. Sarah, Charlie, and I are going to join my parents on the Maine coast, and then we’ll spend some time with a gathering of some of my good college friends and their families. When I get back, John will also be back, and we’ll be very quickly deep into organizing for Rally Day and for the fall — amazing how quickly the months go by!

Before I go, I wanted to let you all know some of the ways in which last spring’s Christian Formation series on racial justice has continued to linger in our congregation. Last week, your session formally received the report of the Social Witness committee that organized that series — which we are making available to the entire congregation. As I heard it, what emerged time and again was how many words of gratitude we heard for the opportunity to wrestle with this kind of thorny and pressing issue even within a family of faith. Nobody has easy or obvious solutions, but I thank God for the work of the Spirit that calls us into tough conversations together. 

That report includes a number of potential recommendations for steps that UPC could take as we discern our role in confronting racism. While session has not yet formally acted on any of those specific recommendations, it is our hope to devote some significant time in the coming months to doing some creative discernment and some engaged listening for how God is calling us into this work. We are not done with this conversation, and if you have particular ideas or concerns that you’d like to share with myself or with one of your session elders , please know that we are eager to listen. Click here for the list of 2018-2019 Ruling Elders.
One final recommendation. In the course of compiling their report on the spring series, the Social Witness committee unearthed a 2006 UPC session resolution entitled “ A Resolution to Affirm University Presbyterian Church as a Multicultural Church , “ copies of which we will also make widely available. Some of you may remember working on this language, and for others it will be brand new, but I commend it to your reading (or re-reading) regardless. In some ways it’s a humbling reminder that this struggle is not a new one, though we may close our eyes to it from time to time. In other ways it’s a reminder, embedded in the resolution itself, that the church is “open to all who respond in trust and obedience to God’s grace in Jesus Christ.” 

And “all” means “all.”
To find out more about the spring series "Racial Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation, " click here.
Click here to download a copy of the Report on the Racial Truth, Justice, & Reconciliation Series by the Social Witness Committee.
To download the 2006 resolution affirming UPC as a Multicultural Congregation, reaffirmed in July 2018, click here.
UPC Session July 2018
  • Heard a report from Madelyn Mitchell about the UPLift Plus 1 program through Austin Energy, and approved UPLift to reapply for that program for the next year.
  • Heard a report from Debbie Russ about the June Presbytery meeting, and encouraged session members to attend the meeting at First Presbyterian Church Mission at the end of October.
  • Received the report of the Social Witness committee on the racial justice series this past spring. The session moved to receive the report.
  • Approved motions from the Worship and Music committee a) reaffirming our current communion schedule, which is a session responsibility; b) approved Fred Morgan to preach on July 29, and c) approved the baptism of Reese Sanchez , granddaughter of Craig and Lydia Deats, on Sunday, August 12, Josh Hsu as sponsoring elder.
  • Rey Legett reported that the Bevo Lot Task Force has met for the first time and elected Michael Dodd and Stephanie Morris as co-chairs.
  • Rey also reported that we have been approached by the contractors for the upcoming construction across the street on the Baptist Student Mission site. This is being substantially negotiated and considered by Rey and some of our resident lawyers, including Michael Dodd and Max Werkenthin.
  • Jan Hames for designing the program for worship.
  • Madelyn Mitchell for her work with the Plus 1 Program through Austin Energy.
  • Meghan Swartz for her new job.
  • Christian Formation Committee commends all the people for their tireless efforts in planning, preparing and running a successful BS program: Meghan Swartz for her leadership of VBS; Jennifer Bradford and Stephanie Morris for their work on the planning team; Debbie Beares from APTS for her work with Bible storytelling during VBS week; and all of the awesome volunteers who made VBS happen: Julienne Thorpe, Karen Miller, Austin Bradley, Jennie Elliot, Daylia Vaughan, Natalie Holmsten, Edith Holmsten, Amy Toulouse, Debbie Beares, Stephanie Morris, Sarah Gaventa, Karen Werkenthin, Matt Gaventa, Frank Adkins, Kellie Watson, Shelley Kilday, Stephanie Holmsten, Jennifer Bradford.
  • Adrielle Chew for her wonderful work with children’s. youth, and adult educational programs during John Leedy’s sabbatical.
The Present Word
Room 3, Lower Level
Sundays @ 9:30 a.m.

The Present Word Class will continue to meet every Sunday through June and July. 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. Our summer quarter topic is "Justice in the New Testament." 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. This topic seems especially relevant in this heated political climate. The class is led by Roscoe Overton. We would love to have you come learn, share and pray with us.
For this week's grocery cart
  • Large jar peanut butter (not organic)
  • Large jar preserves or jelly
  • 10 lb box oatmeal (not instant)
  • Large box raisins
  • Breakfast bars
Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC mission!!
Class schedule for July:

July 22
“Inequality in the United States.”
Click here for a NY Times article on American exceptualism..

July 29
the Christian understanding of women’s sexuality

For more information about the class, email Jon Eddison .
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

The Reh family , refugees relocated to Austin, as they settle in to their new life.

UPC and Westminster Presbyterian Youth and sponsors , working this week in Corpus Christi as a PDA group providing Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email   upc@upcaustin.org .
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 download the "Celebrations and Concerns" folder for Sunday, July 15, 2018, click here or pick up a copy in the church office or in the narthex.