June 25, 2018
Fifth Sunday
after Pentecost
July 1, 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: " Credo," by Jane Marshall. The text is from an inscription found in a Cologne cellar where Jews hid, based on Mark 9:24.
The Testing
of Abraham
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 Testing of Abraham." Next week, Matt brings a message on "The Deliverance of Israel." Come worship with us!
Read Krystal's Sermon
" Take Care "
Sunday, June 17, 2018
VBS All This Week!
June 25 through June 29
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
At Rolling River Rampage VBS, UPC kids will experience an interactive, energizing program that leads them to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! They'll become spiritual Rafters and explore how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives.

Rafters will participate in a variety of activities: a high-energy Opening Assembly, Bible stories, making art projects at the Craft Station, singing new songs at the Music Station, exploring the wonders of creation at the Science Station, playing fun and relevant games at the Recreation Station, and enjoying tasty snacks at the Snack Station. Along the way, Rafters will hear about their mission project and will be invited to put their faith into action!

Friday there will be a cookout and water play, so get ready to have some fun!

UPC, please pray for the VBS leaders, helpers, and Rafters all this week.
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 10.
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
Changes in the
UPC Neighborhood
Since becoming a member of UPC 60 plus years ago, and growing up a few blocks away, I have witnessed a multitude of unpredictable changes in Austin, and our UPC neighborhood. Almost all of the changes are for the greater good, but there always seems to be inconveniences along the way. For me, weaving through the construction barriers is becoming tolerable.

The newest change coming to the UPC neighborhood will be right across San Antonio Street. The Baptist General Convention of Texas (Baptist Student Ministry) will soon start construction on a new 18-story building. The 18-story structure will house the BSM offices and meeting areas on the first two floors, with the other 16 floors providing student housing. No retail operations are planned. There will also be four levels of underground parking.
Demolition of the current BSM building at 2204 San Antonio Street should start this August, with ground-breaking starting in September. The construction timeline is anticipated at 22-24 months to completion.

Representatives of BSM, and the construction contractor, have considerately reached out to UPC to solicit input on how to minimize any inconveniences to UPC. They have promised to “keep us in the loop” and promised they will respond promptly to UPC questions or requests. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me at rlegett@gmail.com or 512-848-5548.

Yours in Christ
Rey Legett, Chair
Building & Grounds Committee
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 1
No class

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 family of Adele Black Silvus , sister of Marilla Black King, who grew up in University Presbyterian Church. Adele died Tuesday, June 19. Her memorial service is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church.

The family of Vera Bruns, 98, who died Wednesday evening, June 20, at her home in Nebraska. Julienne Thorp is Vera's granddaughter.

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.
Download the Celebrations & Concerns folder for Sunday, June 24, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.