June 12, 2017  
Congregation Meeting Sunday, June 18, 2017
The UPC Session has called a Congregational meeting Sunday, June 18, 2017, for the purpose of electing Deacons. The meeting will be held immediately following worship in the UPC sanctuary. Please plan to attend.
Second Sunday
after Pentecost

June 18, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.

"The Last Place You Look "

Matt Gaventa preaching

Sermon text: Luke 2:41-52

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! 

This Sunday's anthem is "Sing to the Lord," arranged by Alice Parker.

Lectionary readings for June 18, 2017

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. This week's  Fellowship Hour is staffed by our summer seminary intern, Alex Pappas.

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!
Meet APTS Intern
Alex Pappas!
We're so pleased to have Alex Pappas as our summer intern from APTS!  Alex was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She is a lifelong Presbyterian and grew up
at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. In 2013, she graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. The summer after her freshman year of college, Alex served as
a small group leader at Junior High Jubilee at Mo-Ranch, which was when she first felt called by God to serve the church. After graduating from college, she moved to New Orleans to serve as a Young Adult Volunteer. What was supposed to be a single-year commitment turned into a three-year stay and a lifelong love of the city of New Orleans. 

While in New Orleans, she worked at Project Homecoming as the volunteer program manager for the summer youth mission program. She also served the Presbytery of South Louisiana as the Youth Coordinator, creating presbytery wide events for 6th‒12th graders.

 After three years in New Orleans, Alex made the decision to attend Austin Seminary. Alex enrolled at Austin Seminary last fall; she is a rising middler with plans to pursue the Dual Degree program, completing school with a Master of Divinity as well as a Master of Science in Social Work degree. Last fall, she began volunteering with UPC’s UKirk campus ministry chapter. When Alex is not studying, she enjoys pottery and trying all the taco stands in Austin.

Be sure to wear your name tags so that Alex can get to know who you are!

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

UPC Celebrates Pentecost!!!
Last Sunday's Pentecost celebration was in the UPC tradition of pizza and homemade cookies for everyone. The celebration was heightened by the first appearance at UPC of the Austin Presbyterian Seminary Jazz Band, “Faculty Meeting.” Their performance confirmed John Leedy’s representation of the Seminary group as “one of the coolest bands.”

The audience enjoyed having Paul Hooker (guitar), Margaret Aymer (vocalist) and Wakie Chao (sax) from our congregation,  along with other talented seminary faculty. Their melodies and danceable repertoire seemed endless. Charlie Gaventa, young son of our Pastor Matt and Sarah, was one of the most tireless dancers!

Liz Wright and her team of volunteers greeted all arrivals with a luscious spread of cheese, pepperoni and vegetarian pizza, with mounds of delicious cookies, created by our members. Thanks to Carol Fowler for assistance with arrangements and for her support.

Participation of the congregation at the celebration, revelation of the Holy Spirit, installation of new deacons and elders, was outstanding – many decked out in flaming red.

The series of receptions enjoyed together this year are a gift of hospitality arranged by the Congregational Connections Committee for the Session. The hospitality extended is a statement of AGAPE LOVE which Jesus commanded.

- Luther Parker for
Congregational Connections

Thank You, UPC!
June 9, 2017
Dear UPC friends,

Melissa and I want to thank your for your recent donation in support of our work in Zambia. Gifts such as yours are a reminder of how many people are part of our journey in answering God's call to serve here.

Melissa and I attended a Congo Mission Network mini-conference at UPC in 2012, I believe, just before my first trip to DRC.  Of course that trip, and subsequent trips to Congo played a big part in our discernment to enter full time mission service.  Bottom line, UPC was there in the beginning, and we thank you.

For more information about the mission ministry of Charles and Melissa, click here.

Melissa and Charles Johnson

Mission Co-workers serving in Zambia
Serving at the invitation of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Zambia Synod

Contact Charles Johnson 
Contact Melissa Johnson 

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.

Work has begun on Panel 6 of "The Feeding of the Five Thousand" community mosaic, which will complete this wonderful installation. YOU can be part of the process!

Next Mosaic Marathons:

June 15, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
June 17, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Email Lynn Bridge or call her at 512-970-9121 for details.

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

June 29 – 10:00 a.m.
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.

It's time to pick up materials to enter the 100% Community Art Exhibit, proceeds of which benefit the George Washington Carver Museum.

If you'd like to submit an original painting or drawing, contact the Carver at 512-974-4926 to reserve an artist packet. Deadline for pickup is June 16. All entries must be returned to the Carver Museum by June 26, 2017.

Questions? Call Johnnie Overton at 512-482-8921.

Click here to download the flyer.

Mo-Ranch Fall Quilting Retreat
September 18-22, 2017
A community of quilters join together in the beautiful fall setting of the Texas Hill Country! Unleash your creative spirit in a large workspace with other fellow quilters. Join us for this retreat and be prepared to experience fellowship, worship, relaxation and fun!

For more fun things to do at Mo-Ranch this summer and fall, click here. 
Celebrations & Concerns
Prayers of thanksgiving for

Jon Bayer, who is home from the hospital and in great spirits.

Mikayla Harris, who is out of her boot and doing well.

Karl Travis, now back at  work at First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth.

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. 

David Phillips, who will be starting treatment for cancer of the esophagus

UPC Pastoral Staff, engaged in continuing education pursuits this week.

Courtney Long, niece of Karen and Max Werkenthin, daughter of Marie Long, who has been move to Intermediate ICU care. 
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 11, 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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