March 20,  2017  
March 26, 2017
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sunday School for All 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
The Reverend Matt Gaventa Preaching

Taizé Worship 7:00 p.m.
UPC Sanctuary

The Chancel Choir sings Mack Wilberg’s setting of a hymn by Bernard of Clairvaux, “Jesu, the Very Thought is Sweet”.
What a Glorious Day!
There was much to celebrate at UPC last Sunday as we welcomed Pastor Matt, Sarah, and Charlie into our UPC family. Here are a few photos of the day in case you couldn't be with us. If you have any photos, please share them on our Facebook page:
"It's a Perfectly Good Well" Sunday, March 19

Listen to Matt's sermon from Sunday, based on Luke 4:5-42

Sermon for Sunday, March 19, 2017
"It's a Perfectly Good Well"

Matt's Cast Iron Seasoning Protocol

To season your old cast iron, rub it generously with vegetable oil (or do it the old-fashioned way, with Crisco). Put a sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom rack of your oven. Invert the cast iron over the top rack so that the excess oil leaks onto the foil below. And then turn your oven up to 500 and leave it for an hour, or, better yet, an afternoon. (Caution: too much excess oil may set off the smoke detector…)
Please Join Us for the Christian Formation Town Hall Meeting  

Sunday, March 26, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Fellowship Hall Chapel

As the Christian Formation Committee begins to look at the future of Sunday school at UPC, we want the congregation to be able to add their voice to the conversation. Join us at the upcoming Christian Formation Town Hall meeting. The conversation will be held following worship Sunday, March 26 at 12:15 p.m., in the chapel of Fellowship Hall. If you are a participant or leader in Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, or Adult Education classes, we want to hear from you!  

- Tommy McReynolds, CF Chair  

Nominations for Deacon, Ruling Elder
The Congregational Nominating Committee invites you to submit names of UPC members who meet the qualifications of Deacon / Ruling Elder.

Download Deacon / Ruling Elder definitions from the Book of Order
The deadline for nominations is this Sunday, March 26.

Click here to download a nomination form   and place in the offering plate on Sunday or send to the church office.

Forms must be signed to be considered.

Thank you for prayerfully considering persons to fill these offices.
Summer Mission Trip
Deadline Extended!  
Register by March 26!
Mission Trip to Ft. Worth July 16-22
Urban GAPs Inner City Immersion
plus Fun Day Trip to Six Flags
Grades 6-12 available to register
Cost is only $270! Cheapest trip EVER!
We welcome nieces, nephews, and grandchildren who live out of town! *Only five people registered so far! We have 9 spots left!
Register now! Email Pastor John at  ASAP.  

Find out more about Urban Gaps
Honor or Remember a Loved One This Easter
Lilies will once again grace the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 16.  You may purchase one or more of these plants
“In Memory of” or “In Honor of” someone special for $12.50 each. The flowers must be ordered in advance; deadline to place your order is Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  Following the 11:00 service on Easter Sunday, you may take your lilies to enjoy with your family or take to a friend or loved one. Please fill out the order form and drop it in the offering plate, along with your check made payable to UPC. Please note “Easter Lilies” in the memo line.  

Deadline to order is April 4, 2017.

UKirk Spring Program: How Can We Help?
Hospitality is one of the hallmarks of University Presbyterian Church. 
At this time, we have three ways that folks can get involved with UKirk Austin other than just coming and making relationships with these students (which we strongly encourage!):
  • Cooking on Sunday evenings
    April 23!
  • Cooking for Sandwich Thursdays—March 23, April 6, and April 27
  • Setting up for our Taizé services—help needed THIS Sunday!
If you’d like to help, click the link below. Thanks!
UKirk Logo
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Room 1, Lower Level

March 26 – Gretchen Stone will discuss her latest trip to Vietnam. “I welcome the opportunity to share what it means to work together as members of a faith community.  Photos showing changes at the St Francis shelter are sure to warm your heart.  We will see Vietnamese children holding and playing with toys, books, and positioning cushions made by UPC children and parents.”
April 2 – Matt & Sarah Gaventa will be joining our class to meet us and learn about our families and provide and opportunity for us to meet them! Please join us as we welcome UPC’s newest parents!
**NOTE** This class will begin at 9:35 a.m. as Matt will have leave earlier to prepare for worship.
Palm Sunday – April 9 – Paul Hooker will be leading the Faith & Life Class in part of their Lenten Series. Please join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Faith & Life classroom upstairs.
Easter Sunday – April 16 – NO SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES Enjoy some chocolate Easter eggs for breakfast!
ALL CHURCH RETREAT AT MO-RANCH – April 23 – No Class Scheduled I hope to see ALL of you at Mo Ranch for another great time with our UPC family!

For more information,
contact Stephanie Morris at

The Faith & Life Class invites you to join us during Lent, March 5 through April 16, for six special classes.

“Art and Transformation: Lenten Reflections”

Led by Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary personnel

March 5, 12, 19, & April 2, 9 

Faith & Life Class, Room 201
9:15 a.m. coffee & conversation
9:30 a.m. program begins

Save the Date:
a Conversation about Immigration

May 7, following worship
UPC Great Hall 
The UPC Social Witness Committee has been working with the Faith & Life Class and other groups and classes in the church to learn more about immigration. We will conclude our work in this area with a luncheon and deliberative dialogue with members of UPC about what action we can take as individuals and as a community of faith. We will begin with a light lunch and a panel presentation but the majority of the two hours will be spent listening to YOU, the members of UPC.
  • What are your feelings about this issue?
  • What action do you think we should take as individuals?
    As a congregation? 

Your input will be incorporated into our Committee's final report to the Session. Please join us on Sunday, May 7 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

- Mary Dodd for the Social Witness Committee

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:

  • large jar of jelly or preserves
  •  dried beans (pinto, kidney, black, navy, lentils, …)
  • cans of tomato paste
  • razors
  • feminine products
  • snack bars

Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for 

Alice Meriwether, who has an auto immune skin disease called bulbous pemphigoid. The condition is quite painful, and she has also had several bad falls. Alice's daughter Sherry is in Austin this week caring for her.

Sharon and Jon Bayer. Sharon has been moved to Central Texas Rehabilitation hospital, where she continues to improve. Jon is continuing his chemotherapy treatments on an outpatient basis.

Debbie Warden, who is continuing rehabilitation at Brookdale on Spicewood Springs. Follow Debbie's progress at

Click here to download the full UPC prayer list for March 19, 2017
or pick up a copy in the narthex
or outside the church office.

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.

To request prayers, email
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