June 4, 2018
Third Sunday
after Pentecost
June 10, 2018
Worship 11:00 a.m.

Matt Gaventa preaching

Sermon text: Mark 3:20-35
Love hearing our Choir?
Why not join them?
Summer Choir Singers are any singers who wish to sing in the choir on any chosen Summer Sunday morning. 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: " Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending" 18th C. English, arr. R. Vaughan Williams & J. Rutter.
Lectionary Readings
The Presbyterian Mission Agency offers daily and Sunday readings online, based on the Revised Common Lectionary.

  • 1 Samuel 8:4-11 (12-15) 16-20 (11:14-15)
  • Psalm 138:1-8
  • 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
  • Gospel Mark 3:20-35

Hear Matt's Sermon
Ordination Sunday, June 3, 2018

Why I Sing
by Frank Adkins
I have been singing all of my life. Music has always been very important to my family. My grandmother was the church organist at first Presbyterian Church in Beaumont, Texas, before moving to Seguin, so church music has always been an important part of my family. My first choir experience was with the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Seguin, Texas. I joined that choir at the age of 14, and I sang the tenor part. Ever since then, I have been in a church choir. To me, singing praises to God warms my heart. I was told once as child that when you feel depressed and down in the dumps just start singing and soon you will feel better. It really works! 

Singing in the UPC Chancel choir is extra special because our choir is like a family. We all take care of each other. We share in each other’s joys as well as their heartaches. I would say that I am just an average singer. Some music is very easy to sing, and some of our music is very challenging. You really do feel a big sense of accomplishment when you finally master a hard piece of music. Ara is really great at mixing our musical repertoire with challenging pieces as well as fun and easy pieces. I especially enjoy singing during February, when we traditionally sing spirituals  in honor of Black History Month. I also enjoy the Good Friday Service of Darkness. The music makes you feel as if you are there, witnessing the crucifixion of Christ. Then, Easter Sunday arrives and you can literally feel the power of the risen Christ. 
Singing in the choir helps you to realize the power of the Holy Spirit. There have been numerous times when the choir will struggle with a piece of music, but come Sunday morning, the miracle happens and the choir sings the anthem flawlessly.

I sing because God has been so merciful to me, and in some small way I feel that singing God’s praises gives me the chance to say thanks for everything that God has done for me. Singing speaks directly to my soul. Sometimes I don’t remember the spoken word during a Sunday service. I always remember the music. I invite all of you to come experience this wonderful joy of music with the UPC Summer choir. I promise you will not be disappointed!
Frank Adkins
Come sing with Frank!

Contact Ara Carapetyan, or speak to any member of the Choir. You can also simply come to the chancel any Sunday this summer at 10:00 a.m. to learn the anthem for the day. After the anthem, the Summer Choir returns to sit with friends and family. We'd love to have you join us!
Summer Sermon Series
God's Promises Unfolding
One of the most unusual and vivid worship services of the year at University Presbyterian Church is the Saturday Easter Vigil, a service that spans multiple locations, multiple generations, and includes all of the creative energy we can muster.

Central to that service is the recitation of a series of stories from the Old Testament, stories of God’s promises unfolding across generations, stories that anticipate the glory of Easter morning — and, this summer at UPC, we’re going to preach through those stories.
Starting on June 17, we’ll be preaching and worshiping through the stories of the Easter Vigil, all summer long. In the spirit of the Vigil, however, this won’t simply be a sermon series. It’s a chance to incorporate the creative elements of the Vigil in as many ways as possible. Whenever we can, we’ll be using the musical elements of the Vigil service in our Sunday mornings; in addition, we’re taking the massive cloth mural that the UPC Youth created live during this past Vigil service and bringing that artwork, story by story, into your Sunday bulletin. This will, in turn, make the bulletin feel a little different for the summer, part of a season of play and wonder as we celebrate again the unfolding of God’s promises. Come, join us!
Toys for Vietnam Workshop
June 10, 9:30 a.m.
UPC Youth Room
Children, youth and adults! Want to make a difference in the lives of others this summer and have fun? Please plan to come to the UPC Youth Room on June 10 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.. Use your gifts and talents to make recreational and learning materials for people of all ages living at the St. Francis Shelter in Vietnam. They are underserved and lacking access to interesting/stimulating activities. Adults are requested to accompany children under the age of 12. If you can cut, paste, trace around a shape, sew (even if not a perfectly straight line), work a glue gun, we can use you. And when you finish, you can even try out the toys! 
See the effect of your work in 2017 for children at the St. Francis Shelter for Children in Vietnam. Watch the slide show here.
Thanks to Suzi and John Parker, most of the materials for the workshop will be provided. You can help by bringing
  • Old CDs
  • New or used small “hot rod” cars
  • White twist on tops from water, milk, or juice boxes
  • Mostly YOURSELF and the willingness to give to others
South Africa
Information Meeting
Sunday, June 10, 12:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Your Social Witness and Christian Formation Committees are to be commended for the fabulous work they did in creating and organizing the recent series on Racial Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation. They are working on follow-up steps for us as a congregation. With the blessing of both of those committees, I have begun to dream about organizing a study trip to South Africa for the UPC and Austin Seminary families, probably in January of 2020. This is not a mission trip . The purpose of this trip would be to go and learn so as to better equip ourselves for the work of reconciliation that awaits us here in Austin. 

The strong potential exists to conduct this trip in partnership with Austin Seminary, and the PC(USA) liaison in South Africa. I’d love to get a sense of whether or not there’s enough interest in this idea for us to move forward with planning and logistics.
So, let's have an open conversation after worship on Sunday, June 10, with anyone who might be interested.

 Of course, if you’re interested in learning more but can’t make it on June 10, please let me know. We are nowhere close to asking for commitments or opening registrations. I’m simply trying to gauge interest so that we can make an educated determination about whether or not to proceed with planning. Many thanks, and I’ll look forward to where this conversation goes!
VBS Volunteers Needed
June 25-29, 2018
Free lunch on Friday!
The good news?
We have 26 kids signed up for VBS. The even better news?
You can help!!!
We need adult and youth volunteers (6 th grade and up) to help us out the week of June 25 - 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. We have many different jobs to choose from (snacks, recreation, crafts, mission projects, registration, music, small group leaders, and more!) and we can't wait to have you on the team. Even if you can't commit to helping every day or for the full morning schedule, still let us know when you're available and we'll get you plugged in.
Never helped with VBS before? No worries! Our team will make sure you're fully prepared so you can don your life jacket before the first kiddo arrives.

To sign up or for more information, please email our summer programs director Adrielle Chew at summerprograms@upcaustin.org .

Let her know if you have a specific job in mind and when you’re available. Thanks!
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
UPC Circle Meetings

Summer is a great time to check out the Martha Circle ! They meet at restaurants and have lunch together. The next meeting is June 16 at Quality Seafood, 

The Ruth-Dorcas Circle meets Tuesday, June 12, at the home of Dottie Penn. For more information, contact the church office.
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.
Class will meet in the UParlor @ 9:30 a.m. June 3, 10 and 24.

June 10, we continue “Reading the Newspaper in One Hand with the Bible in the Other.”

Pastor Matt will teach on NEXT Church one Sunday in June. The assignment for that class will be to read up on the Next Church on the PC(USA) website and come to class with a good question.

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!!
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.
UPC Needleworkers
meet this Thursday, at 7:00 p.m., in Fellowship Hall. Bring a bit of handwork, sit comfortably, admire each other's work, and enjoy the fellowship!
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

Newly ordained / installed deacons and ruling elders , who have begun their service to UPC and our community.

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

Ann Jacobi, who fell recently, breaking her hip, femur, and shoulder. Mary Dodd is Ann's daughter.

The family of Phyllis Feener , who died May 27, from complications due to early onset Alzheimers. Alice Meriwether is Phyllis' mother. Phyllis grew up at UPC, and was very dear to many. Services, to be held in Tennessee, are pending.
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 3, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.