July 17, 2017  
Seventh Sunday
after Pentecost

July 23, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.

"A Glimpse of the Kingdom"
Krystal Leedy preaching

Sermon text: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

Come sing with Summer Choir!

Summer Choir Singers are any singers who wish to sing in the choir on any chosen Summer Sunday morning. They are welcome to come to the Chancel promptly at 10:00 a.m. and rehearse that 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, the choir sings "Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates," arranged by William Mathias.

WUFPC Youth Mission Team Serving in Urban Gaps Outreach Ministry This Week

Follow the youth and sponsors from Westminster, University, and First Presbyterian Churches as they serve in multiple outreach missions in Fort Worth.

Follow their blog each day at WUFPCyouthmissions.blogspot.com/2017

Supper & Substance Monday, July 24
First UP: "Fences"

2017 marks the tenth year for our summer dinner and movie discussion at UPC! This year, the Christian Formation Committee offers four movies--all illuminating themes of life and faith, and serving as visual parables that help viewers see how God’s messages of hope and love are revealed through contemporary films. Dinner is prepared by different groups at UPC, and donations go to that group’s chosen special service project. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m., with discussion following at 6:30 p.m. A separate movie event is offered each Monday for children. Cost for the dinner is $7.00 for adults, and $3.00 for children ages 3-12.

You must sign up and pay for dinner in advance! This is important, as those preparing the meal must know how many to prepare for! Look for the sign-up table in the courtyard after church on Sundays. And of course you are welcome to come for the discussion if you do not wish to join us for dinner!    

If you want to participate in the first Supper & Substance and will not be in church Sunday, July 16, please email the church office at upc@upcaustion.org by this Friday. You may pay at the door July 17.

UP next, on July 24, is Arrival, an emotionally gripping science fiction movie from 2016. Arrival tells the story of a huge global event, personalized through the experience of one character. Louise (Amy Adams) is a linguist and university professor who, we learn through a series of introductory scenes, has suffered an intense personal loss. When 12 strange alien ships appear at seemingly random spots across the globe, Louise is hired by the army — along with a physicist, Ian (Jeremy Renner) — to translate the interstellar visitors’ speech, communicate with them, and understand the purpose for their visit. Scenes of Louise at work are intercut with her memories, which influence her ability to understand the aliens, called Heptapods. The discussion will be led by Pastor Matt.


Supper & Substance Schedule 2017

July 17: Fences

July 24: Arrival

July 31: Hell or HIghwater

August 7: Moana

Church Stories in the Bible
Summer Sermon Series
You may have noticed in the last few weeks, UPC pastoral staff are a bit outside of the lectionary texts appointed for Sundays, offering sermons from the Bible about how the church is called to be the church.

As you travel this summer, don't miss an "episode" in this series. There are three ways to hear again past episodes:

Subscribe to the UPC Sermon Podcast

Hear again the sermons from our summer series (full text included):

June 18:

June 25:

July 2:
Waiting Tables - John

July 9:

July 16:
Transaction Fees - Matt
Thank You!

The Congregational Committee extends many thanks to the following:
Linda Templin—Session Commendation for extended years of service on the Membership Ministry Team

Ken McWilliams—Extended years’   service coordinating Courtyard Rangers

Liz Wright—Designing and continuation of staffing Welcome Wagon and preparation of Visitors Welcome Gifts

Tyson Payne—Organizing the new Congregational Connections Committee as Co-Chair

We have exciting plans for 2017-2018. Watch for opportunities to get involved.

Heritage Ministry Team
A vital part of the Congregational Connections Committee is the Heritage Ministry Team, with early work by Rosanne Becker as founding chair, and continuing with Sharyn Reynolds as current chair.

Other Heritage Ministry Teams members include Carol Keller, Suzanne Wofford, Johnnie Overton, Eve Lawrence, Betsy Boyt, Karen Werkenthin, and Madelyn Mitchell. In our 125th anniversary year, they have begun a locator project for memorial items like brick pavers in the central and north courtyards, collected and archived historical documents and photographs, and outfitted a Heritage Room on the Lower Level to preserve and curate UPC records. They have exciting plans for providing digital access to UPC records later this year. The Heritage Committee represents connecting the past with the present and looking toward the future - a real Congregational Connection!!

- Luther Parker, CCC Chair

Children's Summer Fellowship Hour
We invite children of all ages to meet in Room 206 on the Upper Level from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. for a time of playing games, service projects, and a Bible story of the week. Breakfast snacks will be provided. 

Adult Summer Sunday Fellowship Hour 
All adults are invited to gather in Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats, and conversation each Sunday this summer from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The Present Word class continues to meet at 9:30 a.m. Room 3, lower level.  See you Sunday!
UPC at
Round Rock Express
Sunday, August 6
Are you ready for a night at the ballpark?! Sign up for the Round Rock Express game for  Sunday, August 6,  at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $11 each. We have 25 seats, behind home plate and in the shade.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Look for a Congregational Connections team member after church this Sunday in the central courtyard.

Please make checks out to UPC. We'll have your tickets at the gate. Looking forward to singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with y'all!
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.

Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC mission!!
For this week's grocery cart

Thanks to your generosity, we have enough food for a couple of weeks. That said, our clients can use

  • snack or breakfast bars
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste (regular size)
  • bar of soap (regular size)
  • feminine products
  • razors
  • deodorant
Hygiene Supply Summer Drive

The UPC Youth Ministry collects travel sized hygiene supplies year round, but the summers are a great time to help us stock back up. When you're traveling this summer either for vacation or for work, please remember to collect the travel sized hygiene supplies—from hotels, airplanes, wherever—and drop them off in the basket outside John Leedy’s office. These supplies go a long way to help those in need. Our VBS kids made up more than 60 hygiene kits last week—thank you, Heroes!—so our supply levels are a bit down. Please be sure that bottles are unopened / unused and that toothbrushes are individually wrapped. Thanks for your help!

SAVE THE DATE—Micah 6 Sunday, July 30!
On July 30, University Christian Church will host the Annual Meeting of Micah 6 of Austin with a reception at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Micah 6 Board Members and members of the Micah 6 congregations are invited to gather at UCC to celebrate the M6 Food Pantry and the Sunday Street Youth Drop in Center. Did you know that the M6 Food Pantry is the largest in Travis County? And the Drop in Center has served more than 7,800 hot meals to Austin’s street youth? You will learn even more about this vital ministry at the reception. We will also get a chance to meet the new M6 Executive Director, the Reverend Barry Smith.
The reception will be hosted by UCC. We need volunteers to bring finger sandwiches, chips, veggies, and / or cookies. Please let Sandy Hardin (UCC) know what you will be able to bring. You can email her at docnsand@austin.rr.com. These are exciting times in the Micah 6 ministry. We look forward to seeing you at the reception!
Celebrations & Concerns
Prayers of thanksgiving for

Josiah Hao-Yu Hsu, born Friday, July 14. Josiah and mom Jessie are home from the hospital with dad Josh and big sister Juniper. Everyone is doing well!

Please pray for

Linda Evans, diagnosed with an agressive form of brain cancer. Linda is now at home and will begin treatment to reduce the tumor in a few weeks. To keep updated with Linda's progress, go to 

The Deacons have organized a care calendar for Linda and David. To access their CareCalendar site, visit  carecalendar.org/logon/25674 and enter the following information in the appropriate spaces:

    Calendar ID   :   257674
    Security code :   8994

Please pray for

The friends and family of UPC member Frankie Lee, whose graveside service was today in Manor.
Please pray for

Matthew Garcia-Bragiel, husband of Catherine Reppert, both naval officers. When deployed, they are each in harm's way. Catherine is the god-daughter of Nancy Barnes.

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 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 July 16, 2017, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
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Austin, Texas  78705

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