July 24, 2017  
Eighth Sunday
after Pentecost

July 30, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.

"The Show Must"
Matt Gaventa preaching

Sermon text: Acts 20:7-12

There's Room for You in 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 "Soon Ah Will Be Done," by William Dawson.

Texas Interfaith Lobby Day
August 1, 2017

Mainstream faith communities affirm the shared values of respect, dignity, and welcome for every person. Texas Impact invites you to join people of all faiths at the Capitol on Tuesday, August 1, for a press conference, legislative update and meetings with your lawmakers! Speakers will include Bishop Erik Gronberg, Presbyter Sallie Watson, and Mufti Mohamed-Umer Esmail.

Press conference begins at 10:00 a.m.

For more information and to register, click here.

Supper & Substance Monday, July 31

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 Supper & Substance and will not be in church Sunday, July 30, please email the church office at upc@upcaustion.org by this Friday. You may pay at the door July 31.

UP next, on July 31, is Hell or High Water, nominated for the 2016 Academy Awards Best Picture. Supper provided by the Service Committee. Tommy McReynolds leads the discussion.

"Furnished with faces as beaten as the vehicles the brothers drive and discard, “Hell or High Water” is a chase movie disguised as a western. Its humor is as dry as prairie dust (“Y’all are new at this, I’m guessin’,” remarks an unruffled bank employee, wryly observing the robbers’ unrefined technique), and its morals are steadfastly gray. The setting seems frozen in time, but the economic decline it showcases could not be more contemporary. As the brothers head toward Oklahoma, the resigned ranchers and deserted strip malls they encounter speak to a vanishing way of life, their journey becoming a parable of corporate exploitation and bleed-them-dry greed."

- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times


Supper & Substance Schedule 2017

July 31: Hell or High Water

August 7: Moana

Session Highlights
July 19, 2017
  • Approved updated Social Witness Committee Description
  • Received report from UPC Service Committee
  • Received report from June 23-24 Presbytery meeting in New Braunfels
  • Carl Floto, Financial Manager, gave a finance briefing
  • Adopted policies from the Final Report and Recommendations on Immigration:
    - Policies:  Affirm to the congregation UPC’s support of the 222nd General Assembly’s “Resolution Reaffirming the Ministry of Sanctuary by Congregation.”           
    - Be intentional about working with Mission Presbytery and with other churches and faith-based groups on the issue of immigration and other societal issues.
    - Preach and teach UPC’s commitment to helping immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
  • Staff Support Committee reported on updated job descriptions
  • Approved guidelines for Congregational Care Committee
Session Commendations
  • Hal Hopson for writing a song for UPC’s 125th Anniversary
  • Debbie Russ for doing the towels for the elders and deacons
  • The staff, Julie Miller, Brian Bedford for their ideas to help UPC to be a more welcoming church
  • Social Witness Committee Members:  Mary Dodd, Chair, David Berkman, Suzanna Caballero, Robin Dennis, Jon Eddison, Sarah French, Eve Lawrence, Krystal Leedy, Shannon Middleton, Bee Moorhead, Roscoe Overton, David Perry,  Bobbie Sanders, Marvin Wofford
  • Craig Deats for his commitment and dedication as acting Service Committee chair over the past 6 months during an unexpected transition in leadership
  • Robin Dennis for her help in coordinating food collection and donations for the Youth Mission Trip

- submitted by Helen Ingram, Clerk of Session  

Social Witness Report
on Immigration

For the past year, the Social Witness Committee of University Presbyterian Church has been studying the topic of immigration. This is an issue that has been on the front pages of newspapers and on the minds of millions of people in our country. Our committee presented our Final Report and Recommendations on Immigration to the Session on July 19.

There was robust discussion by nearly all members of the Session. We encourage all members of the congregation to read this report. The section of the report that required a vote by the Session was a motion to adopt three policies:

  1. Affirm UPC’s support of the 222nd General Assembly’s “Resolution Reaffirming the Ministry of Sanctuary by Congregations” 
  2. That UPC be intentional about working with Mission Presbytery and other churches on the issue of immigration and other societal issues, and
  3. That we preach and teach our commitment to helping immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

The Session voted to adopt these policies.

It is important to understand that the Session did not vote to have UPC become a sanctuary church. The General Assembly’s resolution simply affirms the denomination’s support for churches who do choose to offer this ministry. Offering sanctuary at UPC was not one of the recommendations from our committee and was not under consideration by the Session. However, our report does recommend several activities that members of our church might choose to be involved in. Among these is an opportunity for members to become trained to visit women asylum seekers detained at the T. Don Hutto detention facility in Taylor. For information on this opportunity or on any of our recommendations, please feel free to contact a member of the Social Witness Committee, and look for more information from us as our work continues. The committee deeply appreciates the tremendous interest and participation shown by members of UPC during this past year.

- submitted by Marvin Wofford,
Social Witness Committee Chair
and Mary Dodd, Past Chair

What's Before Rally Day? CRUD Week!
Rally Day, the UPC fall kickoff, is Sunday, August 20. You can help get ready by participating in CRUD Week, August 7-10. CRUD— Clean, Reorganize, Update, Dedicate—is a week of service projects at UPC for the whole family. Shifts are 2.5 hours, and there are plenty of jobs for kids and teens! On Thursday, we’ll dedicate our labor with a prayer walk and celebration at 3:00 p.m.

Stop by the CRUD table in the courtyard on Sunday after worship. Thanks!  

To download the CRUD Week plan (and pick your favorite project) click here.
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!
New Underwear Collection
For the next few Sundays, the Service Committee will be collecting packs of new underwear (men's and women's in any sizes) to donate to the young men and women of the Street Youth Ministry, which meets weekly at UPC. These young people are outside in the heat all day and do not have access to places to do laundry, so having a supply of clean undergarments is essential in these hot summer months.
If you are able to bring in some new underwear in a plastic bag to donate, it will be collected during the offering in the shopping cart that gets pushed down the center aisle. Thank you!
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

Staples for our "brunch":

  • 10 lb. box of oatmeal
    (oatmeal for two weeks)
  • brown sugar
  • white rice
  • large jars of jelly or preserves
  • breakfast / snack bars
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!

Panoramic Voices Concert August 12

Panoramic Voices will present Bach’s Mass in B Minor at the AISD Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m.! We are also thrilled to offer a world premiere of The Elephant in the Dark from UT alumni and Houston-based composer Joel Love.Tickets are available now, premium seating $30 and general admission $15.

Get your tickets here!

  "I commend this concert to all. It is one of --if not THE --greatest musical moments of all time"
-- Ara Carapetyan 
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!

Thank You from Ricardo Medrano


Celebrations & Concerns
Prayers of thanksgiving for

The ministry, fellowship, and fun experienced by the youth and sponsors on the WUFPC Mission Trip last week.

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

Allison Phillips has posted a new announcement for David Phillips' Family & Friends. Please check the calendar for new dates to support the Phillips family with meals.

Please pray for

Jeri Hunt, who had emergency surgery Sunday to remove fluid from around her heart. She in now in ICU in Michigan and will be there for a few days. Jeri is the sister of Jennie Elliott.

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 23, 2017, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
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