July 2, 2018
Seven Sunday
after Pentecost
July 8, 2018
Worship 11:00 a.m.

"God's Promises Unfolding"
Summer Sermon Series

Matt Gaventa preaching
"The One You Love"

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: " Hallelujah, Amen," by G.F. Handel. The text is by the Reverend Thomas Morell, from “Judas Maccabæus”
The Deliverance
of Israel
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 Matt preaching on "The Deliverance of Israel." Next week, Matt brings a message on "The Wisdom of God." Come worship with us!
Read Matt's Sermon
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Thank You, VBS Volunteers!
It was an amazing week! Thank you to everyone who made such a great experience possible, for all the kids. Click the picture to view the Google photo album.
Meghan Swartz
Young Adult Gathering
Thursday, July 12
6:00 p.m.
You are invited to an event for Presbyterian Young Adults that are in Austin. We have teamed up with Westminster Pres, Central Pres, and First Pres, along with other Presbyterian churches in the area so that we can get together as many young adults to fellowship with one another. Come with your ideas of what you need from a group of like-minded peers! We hope to make this a semi-regular/regular meet-up, so come on Thursday, July 12, at 6:00 p.m. at Easy Tiger, and let’s see what this could be! Let me know if you have questions: ukirk @upcaustin.org
Please let us know you'll be joining us. Click here for the Facebook event page.
Last Sunday to Donate through UPC!
Manos de Cristo
Back to School 2018
Manos de Cristo is gearing up for its annual Back-to-School Program. Last year BTS provided more than 2,000 pre-K through 5th graders with two sets of clothing, backpacks, supplies, and books. To help serve more children this year, please donate through UPC! Just make the check out to UPC, and indicate "Manos de Cristo Back to School Drive" on the check or envelope, and place it in the offering by Sunday, July 8. Please also consider volunteering – you will be glad you did!  
Financial donations needed by Sunday, July 8.
Volunteers Needed
July 30 – August 3, 2018
Please contact apuckett@manosdecristo.org  
or 512-628-4205 to volunteer.

Want to learn more about how Manos de Cristo serves our community? Contact Sarah French to learn more or take a tour: sbradbur@alum.trinity.edu or
Sexton’s Corner
Making a
First Impression
You all know the old adage that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Along with our smiling, welcoming faces, our building and grounds are a huge part of that first impression. Keeping our space here on San Antonio Street as part of our ministry of hospitality is a huge undertaking. But, I was once told as a child that many hands make a light load.

That’s why we have two opportunities for you to participate in this ministry:

  • Courtyard Gardening Team
  • Clean and Shiny Team

The central courtyard is bare and needs some attention, and the north courtyard, where our service program guests to Street Youth Ministry. Tuesday UPLift, and Micah 6 food pantry all come every week is looking bedraggled.
Summer is a great time for clearing out and making the ground ready for the cooler fall weather. We’d like to organize one or two short early morning work days before Rally Day.

The Clean and Shiny team meets two or three time per year to spruce up the sanctuary. We polish all of the wood in the chancel and take care of any scuffs on the pews.

If you are interested in helping with these important projects please email Frank Adkins at frank@upcaustin.org, or sign up on the volunteer form outside the church office. We will schedule one or two Courtyard Gardening and Clean and Shiny dates before Rally Day, August 26.Thanks!
— Frank Adkins
Summer Fellowship
Sundays @ 9:30 a.m.
The Faith & Life and Parenting & Faith classes invite you to gather informally in Fellowship Hall for coffee and conversation any Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Regular Sunday morning classes will resume September 2, 2018.
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.
Class schedule for July:

July 8
“Punishing the Poor.”
July 15
Please join Faith & Life to hear Paul Hooker’s report on the General Assembly, Room 201, Upper Level
July 22
“Inequality in the United States.”
July 29
the Christian understanding of women’s sexuality

For more information about the class, email Jon Eddison .
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!!
2019 USA Mission Experience to Finger Lakes Region, New York
Standing on the shoulders of empowered women

A group of Presbyterian women will travel to the Finger Lakes Region of New York, July 12–22, 2019, for PW’s fifth USA Mission Experience . They will explore the rich history that Presbyterian women have in the women’s and civil rights movements. These women will also have the opportunity to learn more about themselves and about the people of the Finger Lakes Region, including migrant workers and Native Americans. Highlights of the journey will include a day in Seneca Falls at the Women’s Convention at the National Women’s Hall of Fame; a visit to the Susan B. Anthony home; and a visit to the Harriet Tubman House.

The USA Mission Experience equips women with an understanding of the region’s history and culture, the existing ministry of the church there and the challenges faced by women and children living in the area. Participants serve as ambassadors for the region during two years of itineration following the experience.

Apply now to join the 2019 USA Mission Experience to the Finger Lakes Region . Applications and reference forms must be submitted to PW in the Synod moderators by August 15, 2018. 

Synod of the Sun Moderator:
Carol Davis
2515 Cezanne Circle
Missouri City, TX 77459
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

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