June 19, 2017  
Third Sunday
after Pentecost

June 25, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.

"No Stone Unturned "

Matt Gaventa preaching

Sermon texts: 1 Samuel 7:3-14
1 Peter 2:2-10

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! 

Click photo to hear Miriam's Daughters - Meg McReynolds, Liz Wright, Jennie Chao, and Kim Vitray - sing "Down In the River to Pray" on Trinity Sunday. Video by David Chao

This Sunday, all the congregation joins the Summer Choir at the beginning and end of the anthem "Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation," arranged by John Rutter.

A Note from Matt

This summer is a “Get to Know You” summer at UPC, as you and I take the time to get to know each other, to spend some time in fellowship together, and to begin to hear each other’s dreams for the future of our congregation. But getting to know each other isn’t just about meeting the new pastor. It’s also about reminding ourselves about the ministries and vitalities already alive in our congregation. In that spirit, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about a couple of things to expect on Sunday mornings from now until Rally Day.

The first, in the spirit of getting to know the church, is that this summer we will depart from the regular lectionary calendar to hear Bible stories about church. Of course, Bible stories about church take place in all kinds of ways. Last Sunday we heard about teenage Jesus making his home in the temple, and down the road we’ll hear about worship on the fields of battle, about Jesus driving the money-changers out of the temple, and even about that one time that Paul’s sermon put his audience to sleep and sent one of them out a window (circle Sunday, July 31 for more information). 

Also on Sundays, we’re going to take some time to hear from our own church leadership about the work that they do and the ways in which they feel called. Last Sunday, we began by hearing from Becky Pigott of the Building & Grounds Committee, and from Brad Turpin of the Administration, Communication, and Technology Committee, each of whom gave beautiful voice not only to what those committees do but more importantly to why they do it, to what God is up to here at UPC.

That’s the big goal of course: not just that you get to know me and vice versa, and not even just that we get to know each other, but that as we go along, we might even get to know how God works in our midst. I’m excited for the journey, and I’ll see you along the way!

UPC is Hero Central
June 26-30

UPC kids are headed for awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and will discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God.  VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God!

Hero Central is at UPC June 26 through 30, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bring your own sack lunch. Snacks are provided.

This year there will be an “Extended Care Option” for Kindergarten through 5th Grade children from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Costs are $25 for a Kindergarten through 5th grade child (completed), $20 for a 3-4 year old child, and $20 for the Extended Care option (K-5th only). Limited scholarship is available.

Online registration has ended. If you have a child who would like to participate, email 
Pastor John or Summer Intern Alex Pappas.

Want to be a hero, too? Contact the church office to find out about ways you can help make VBS a success. 

email upc@upcaustin.org

Texas Strings Camps Returns to UPC
For the third consecutive year, Texas Strings Camp returns to UPC, from June 15 through June 25. Texas Strings Camp is all about encouraging, empowering, and immersing our students in the fun and beauty of music. Their goal is to show students that anything is possible with hard work and dedication. Students are guided by top notch faculty from across the country that have made careers as Soloists, Chamber Musicians, and Orchestral players, and teachers in major conservatoires.

The 2017 camp features the Ariel Quartet as artists in residence. The Quartet was formed in Israel sixteen years ago when its members were young students and have been playing together ever since. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts – a remarkable achievement for an ensemble so young.

TSC presents five concerts this week in the UPC sanctuary. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Concert Schedule:

June 21 – Rising Stars Soloists in Concert – 7 pm
This is your opportunity to hear solos played by some of the top members of the festival.

June 22 – Faculty Concert, featuring festival Quartet in Residence, Ariel Quartet – 7 pm

June 23 – Student Chamber concerts – 7 pm

June 24 – Student Chamber concerts – 7 pm

June 25 – Final Orchestra Concert – 1:30 pm
Featuring the both the Rising Starts and Young Artists Divisions

The Lutherans Are Coming!
The Lutheran Campus Ministry Network - LuMin - will hold its national staff conference here in Austin June 21 through June 24. Headquartered at the Dobie, LuMin will hold workshop sessions and meals at various locations in the west campus neighborhood, including UPC this Thursday and Friday.

The Austin LuMin Campus Ministry program has held its student meals at UPC for the past few years while their new building has been under construction at 2100 San Antonio. UPC is happy to extend hospitality to some 100 LuMin campus ministers and staff from around the country as they conference together.

LuMin is a network of inclusive faith communities on and near campuses celebrating God’s love and grace at over 240 colleges and universities across the country. Rooted in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), LuMin celebrates their partnerships with other traditions and welcomes people from a variety of faith backgrounds.

Manos De Cristo
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 9. Please also consider volunteering – you will be glad you did!

Donations needed by Sunday, July 9. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  to sort and distribute supplies July 24-28. Please contact Lily Lombardi at 512-477-7454 or llombardi@manosdecristo.org 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 210-882-6400.

Children's Summer Fellowship Hour
This Sunday, we invite children of all ages to meet in the youth room 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!

There are still spaces in the following Thursday coffees with Matt this summer:

July 13 – 10:00 a.m. 
August 24 – 10:00 a.m.  

Additionally, space is available at the July 15 brunch. Email Stephanie Morris or call 512-415-9797.

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

A variety of needs:

  • snack or breakfast bars
  • travel size toiletries
  • large jars of jelly or preserves
  • dried beans (pinto, kidney, navy)
  • small cans of tomato paste

Celebrations & Concerns
Prayers of thanksgiving for

Please pray for

The family of Edith Ferguson, who died May 30.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 24, 3:30 p.m. in the UPC sanctuary, with a reception to follow.
Obituary may be found here. 

Courtney Long, niece of Karen and Max Werkenthin, daughter of Marie Long, who has been moved to Cornerstone rehabilitation facility. 

Mission Presbytery as it meets this week in San Antonio. In addition to our pastoral staff, UPC will be represented by Commissioners Bob Bridge, Linda Evans, Meg McReynolds, Tommy McReynolds, and Debbie Russ.
If you'd like to be part of UPC's Prayer Chain, please  email the church office.
You will receive emails asking you specifically to pray for people who have requested prayer support.

Click here to download Celebrations and Concerns for June 18, 2017 or pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.

To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email  upc@upcaustin.org.
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2203 San Antonio Street
Austin, Texas  78705

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