March 12, 2018
Fifth Sunday
in Lent
March 18, 2018
Worship 11:00 a.m.

Matt Gaventa preaching

Lenten Theme:
Spirit, Open My Heart

Music This Sunday
The Chancel Choir offers a setting by René Clausen of a “Kyrie” excerpted from his larger work, Memorial .

Hear again Matt's sermon for Lent IV, " Empty to the Sky ."

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Lectionary Readings
for Lent V
The Presbyterian Mission Agency offers daily and Sunday readings online, based on the Revised Common Lectionary. For Lent, we are exploring various settings of the Psalms. This Sunday, read Psalm 51:1-4, 9-12.

Sundays, February 18 - April 29, UPC Great Hall, 9:30 a.m.
Please come at 9:15 a.m. for a hot light breakfast
provided by the Faith & Life class

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Stephanie Hawley, Associate VP of Equity and Inclusion, ACC
“Strength to Love: Race, Racism and Grace”
Stephanie Hawley, Associate Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, Austin Community College
Stephanie facilitates workshops about forgiveness, race relations and social justice issues. At ACC, she’s working to improve equity in enrollment, inclusion, retention and completion for underserved populations. Her office recently established scholarships for students re-entering from incarceration and to support DACA students. She was awarded Austin’s YWCA 2017 Legacy Award for racial equity work in the community.

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
UPC Great Hall
Little Things Make a Big Difference
a message from Pastor Krystal
My dad is a golfer. I personally think golf is pretty boring, but I do enjoy driving golf carts and having conversations with folks while doing some sort of task. Anyway, one thing that is helpful that I learned from golf is that the littlest things make the biggest difference. A slight hand turn, the placement of one’s feet, the angle at which you hit the ball can make a long-term difference because the length of the shot creates exponential effects.

So, going from 2/3-time to full-time may seem like such a minor effect, and if I were planning on making a really short drive, it might be. However, the long-term trajectory of this act is one that has exponential effects.

The difference between golfing and installation into a pastoral position is that when you are a golfer, you have a lot of control. When you are being installed into a pastoral position, you have very little control and are subject to the congregation to which you are being called. It’s like expressing your interest for where you want the golf ball to go and then asking a committee to hit the pin. Well, y’all hit the pin. Thanks be to God.
The question has come: well, how is this practically going to change? What benefit is UPC receiving from bumping you up to full-time?

When you are a part-time person, you must stick to certain hours. I discovered that the only way that I was going to be able to maximize time with the college students was to work the majority of my hours during the school year (29 per week) and allow for summers to be fewer hours (8 hours per week). If I never have to do that again, I will be a happy person.

Now there are lots of opportunities that I gain from being back in a full-time pastoral position. I can have chai tea with students and parishioners (even if they are in South Austin!) I can spend more time recruiting students during the summer at Mo-Ranch and visiting large Texas presbyteries. I have more conversations with staff members, particularly those hallway meetings that I was not able to be a part of before. I am more flexible in having meetings during the week. I do not have to only rely on the Book of Common Worship for my liturgies each Sunday. Relationships and creative acts take time, and the work of a pastor is wrapped in relationships and creativity. By having the gift of more time, I can spend it working on small things that will have large rewards.
Here are some other FAQs:

What’s going to happen to Lorelai?
Lorelai goes to full-time daycare and is well taken care of there. She thrives in her little structured environment of shapes, colors, the alphabet, numbers, and animal prints. She did not ever stop going to full-time daycare even when I was 2/3 time because our daycare is not that flexible.

How much of your time is spent with college students?
A lot, but I am still an Associate of this particular congregation. This is one of the joys of my job for me because many campus ministries do not lend themselves to intergenerational ministry, but UPC does. In addition, I get to be a part of service and social witness as we try to discover what it means to have faith in the public square, which is quickly becoming a passion of mine in ministry. Plus, I am able and have the time to lead Christian formation courses and participate in special worship services, which I also enjoy.

Weren’t you already installed?
Yes, I was previous installed to an Associate Pastor position for a designated period of time, which was two years. This was done because installations for Associate Pastors usually do not happen during an interim pastor time, but it was appropriate to ordain me during the time when there was an Interim Pastor.

Are you still the Associate Pastor for Campus Ministries?
Yes and no. My title now matches my fellow Associate Pastor because I am doing more than only campus ministry at UPC. I am, on paper, “Associate Pastor,” but I may add a modifier when in certain situations. This may seem confusing, but I do want the congregation to know that I’m here not only for the college students, but for all of you..  
Lilies for Easter
It’s time to order a lily for yourself or in honor, memory, or celebration of someone special to you.

The beautiful lilies will decorate our sanctuary Easter Sunday. Afterwards, please take them home to enjoy.

You can place this order form in the offering plate or return it to the church office no later than Sunday, March 25.
Place your orders by March 25.

Note from Staff Support
I think we can all agree that our staff members work tirelessly for the benefit of our church and all of us. Often, their days begin early and end with evening meetings, hospital, or home visits. It was brought to our attention that their schedules make it difficult to get to the gym or otherwise attempt to keep a healthy lifestyle. They wondered if we could create a workout space for staff out of the “junk” room in the basement. We’re happy to announce that with the help of many (mostly our beloved staff), we now have a fully functioning gym designated for use by our staff members! 
We are thrilled to facilitate some much-deserved work-life balance for our staff. John Leedy found a gym that was going out of business and made a deal on some top-notch used equipment. The Leedys and the Gaventas chipped in to purchase the equipment, and John and Frank Adkins hauled it to the church. Building and Grounds — particularly Frank — helped prepare the space, and Frank and John did a lot of assembly. So don’t be surprised in the days ahead to see some healthier, if not a bit sweatier, staff members heading to take a shower!

Julie Miller
Chair, Staff Support Committee
Help the Welcome Team Welcome a Refugee Family to Austin
The Mission and Service Committee, with Session approval, determined to form a “Welcome Team” for Refugee Services Texas. This project takes off from the work of the Social Witness Committee over the past year. The Welcome Team’s mission is to provide certain material and social support for a refugee family upon their arrival in the United States (and for six months following). We have been told to expect a refugee family in late April or early May. The family will probably, but not necessarily, be from Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma or Nigeria. The UPC Welcome Team is working with a more experienced group from Shepherd of the Hills.

Our family will have spent years in a refugee camp somewhere in the world. They have gone through UN and US vetting and are accepted as refugees by the US government. The family will arrive with the worldly possessions that they can carry to start over in a very different culture and environment. They will be exhausted, excited and full of hope. Imagine, if you can, what it would take for you to do the same thing.
Refugee Services will provide an apartment for the family for three months as well as basic furniture. It is up to us to complete the apartment. The Welcome Team solicits donations of all of the basics of apartment life - dishes, pots and pans, sheets, towels, blankets, hangers, dishes, personal hygiene items, cleaning products - just about everything you'd want to set up a new home. 

The complete list of items needed can be found here.  As we get closer to welcoming our family, the list will be updated with items received. The Welcome Team will have a table in the courtyard after worship for several Sundays before the end of April, with the latest list and encouragement. We are blessed and can easily share a portion of our surplus with this family.

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Dennis or Jonathan Eddison.
Hello to all you potential handbell ringers out there! If you used to play,  or would like to try playing,  or have ever even thought or wondered about playing, we have the perfect opportunity for you. There will be a handbell choir organizational lunch and brief practice on Sunday, March 18, after worship from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. You're invited! If you'd like to attend, please contact Kim Vitray, 512-658-8587, , so we can be prepared for you. 

Spring Handbell Schedule (tentative)
Sunday, March 18:
12:30 to 2:00 - lunch, organizational meeting, scheduling, introductory practice
Sunday, March 25:
1:00 to 2:30 - 1st full rehearsal
Sunday, April 8:
1:00 to 2:30 - 2nd full rehearsal
Sunday, April 22:
1:00 to 2:30 - 3rd full rehearsal
Sunday, April 29:
play in worship!

UPC Circle Meetings
Ruth-Dorcas Circle meets Tuesday, March 13, at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Dottie Penn.
Help Needed Arranging Palms
Have you every wanted to try floral arranging, but were a bit intimidated? Try arranging palms! According to Ann Lowry, it's easier because there's only one type of plant!

March 25 is Palm Sunday, and in addition to the palms you will wave triumphantly from the courtyard to the sanctuary, palms will decorate the sanctuary itself. Ann has done this ministry for many years, and would like some help this year. Please call the church office at 512-476-5321 and let us know if you can help. Thank you!
Women Who Work
UPC Women Who Work will meet for a meal and fellowship on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m., upstairs at Central Market (dinner on your own). Please contact Liz Wright by e-mail or text if you are interested in attending:  or  512-934-2248
Come Serve with the Courtyard Rangers!

Perhaps your Lenten discipline is to reach out more to others. Become a Courtyard Ranger and practice Sundays in Lent!

All you have to do is seek out visitors after worship (they're usually the ones with a bag of brownie mix!) and say hello! Ask if they have question or want to know more about life at UPC.

Interested? Email David Wofford or call him at 512-323-2944 .
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.

Financial gifts which are used for providing work-boots, eyeglasses, and rental or utilities assistance are always appreciated!
For this week's grocery cart
  • 10 lb box of oatmeal (not instant)
  • large bag of raisins
  • breakfast/snack bars
  • large jar of creamy peanut butter

Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC mission!!
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

the family of Sue Ann Gearhart, who died February 26; mother of Rob Gearhart. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m., UPC Fellowship Hall Chapel.

Claire and Mark Baxter, as they seek part-time, short-term child care for Hope, who was born in January. They need someone three days a week April -August or June - August. Please email Claire at if you can recommend someone.

Dennis Alvoid, who had surgery last week on a broken elbow. Dennis is the brother of Karen Miller.

To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email .
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 pray for those on our prayer list, download the  Celebrations and Concerns folder for March 11, 2018, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
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.
UT Co-OP Garage Code
Coming to UPC for the Clean & Shiny work day? Need to visit weekdays or evenings? Park in the UT Co-Op garage and use this code to exit for free. The garage exit gate is up until 2:00 p.m. Sundays. Pick up a laminated code in the office or at the hospitality desk.