March 26, 2018
Holy Week
Maundy Thursday
March 29, 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday
March 30, 7:30 p.m

The Great Vigil
March 31, 6:00 p.m
begins in the central courtyard

Easter Sunday

Worship & Communion 9:00 a.m
Hot Cross Buns 10:00 a.m.
central courtyard
Easter Egg Hunt 10:15 am.
north courtyard
Worship 11:00 a.m
Music This Sunday
The Chancel Choir sings the Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory setting of the traditional Spiritual, “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down”, assisted by ASL signer Dorothy Radebaugh.

And, as is our UPC custom, both services end with the congregational response to the resurrection of Handel's glorious "Hallelujah Chorus." Please plan to join us on the chancel, we'll have music for you!
Lectionary Readings
for Holy Week
The Presbyterian Mission Agency offers daily and Sunday readings online, based on the Revised Common Lectionary.

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Hear again Matt's sermon for Palm Sunday, "If Not Now"

Click here to subscribe to the UPC Sermon podcast.
Throughout Holy Week, you'll find a Stations of the Cross installation in the central courtyard. We hope that you can take time during the week to walk the stations and pray as part of your Lenten journey. March 25-April 1, dawn to dusk.
One Great Hour of Sharing Easter Sunday
One Great Hour of Sharing is an ecumenical offering that benefits the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the Self- Development of People program, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is the very organization that our youth will be working with this summer when we go to our mission trip in Corpus Christi to work with folks who are still recovering from hurricane Harvey. As we help out many vulnerable people through the One Great Hour of Sharing, I hope all of you children and youth (and those who are young at heart) will remember your fish banks, which are swimming with coins and dollar bills to contribute to this important offering. In addition to collecting the fish banks, envelopes will be provided for additional offerings to One Great Hour of Sharing on Easter Sunday. Thank you to our children and youth for leading us into important acts and good works.
For more information about One Great Hour of Sharing and how it works,

To see an interactive map of where in the world OGHS helps, click here .

To give online, click here .
Be sure to list University Presbyterian Church in Austin as your congregation.
Why I Sing
by Kathleen Turpin
As I kid I loved to sing popular songs, hymns, and silly ditties, but I hated being put in a choir. Smelly boys and being put in the wrong section were my real problems. That all changed at the end of an Easter service about 25 years ago when the choir director invited anyone to come sing the final song and my husband, Brad, grabbed my hand and said, “Let’s go sing the Hallelujah Chorus!” Surprised and slightly panicked, I said, “I’ve never sung it!” “It’s easy. You’ll be fine,” he said. I was willing to try, so I went up, took the music, and nestled into the soprano section. Fortunately I was next to a strong soprano, who pointed to the last measures (a gentle reminder of the Grande pause), and we were off! It was amazing: the group moved and breathed together, the music was so beautiful, and we were all praising God as one. It was a magical moment, and I loved it! I just HAD to join that choir. They sang easy hymns that I knew and more difficult music that I fumbled through, mostly looking at the words, since I didn’t read music, and singing softly while I memorized my part. Still I was hooked. 

When we moved to Austin Brad wanted a church with good preaching and I wanted a church with a good choir to join. We found UPC! I joined the choir right away, finding a strong soprano to sing next to. It wasn’t too long before Brad joined the choir too. Those evenings our two sons came with us and played with the kind caregivers, and later practiced the piano or did homework.
I found that I needed to sing for the health of my body, mind, and spirit, and I needed time to socialize with adults; the choir became family.   Our sons have grown up as choir children; surrounded by music even in the womb, always welcome to come and sing, and supported in all they do in and out of the church. In addition I have received musical and vocal training through the choir, so that now I am better at reading music, counting rhythms, and breathing. Why do I sing in the choir? I sing because I love singing and it feels great to sing with a group of friends who laugh and have fun together, support each other, and praise God together.
Come Sing With Kathleen!

The UPC Cancel Choir is open to anyone who has a sincere desire to serve God and this congregation through choral singing. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday mornings in the sanctuary at 10:15 a.m.
Contact Ara Carapetyan at 512-795-8699, or just ask Kathleen!

Click here to read more stories from the Chancel Choir.
Faith in Action:
Support Our
Refugee Family
Plan to stop by the Refugee Welcome Team table on the courtyard after church on April 8 and 15.  You can sign up to make a donation (in kind or cash) of an item for our refugee family's apartment set up. We have not yet been assigned a family, but our goal is to be prepared for a family arriving the first week of May. Due to a Refugee Services of Texas grant program, we do not have to provide any furniture for the family, but there are still many other items that we do need to provide. 
To see what donations are still needed,


If you see an item that you would like to donate, just enter you name on the document and bring your donation to the church office. Call or email Robin Dennis , 512-443-2989, or Jon Eddison with donation questions.    
Frank wants you to know...
Sexton's Corner
You might notice that birds have decided to make our light fixtures in the Arcade their home. While removing the nest last week, I was stopped by an Austin Parking Enforcement Officer who informed me that I was violating the law by removing the nest. The birds that are nesting are mockingbirds, a protected bird here in Texas. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife department it is illegal to remove or to disturb these birds while they are nesting (building the nest is considered nesting by TPWD). 
The nesting period will end around the first of May, at which time I will remove the nest. I will be making sure that the sidewalk on the Arcade is kept clean of bird waste. Meanwhile, enjoy the many voices of our Presbyterian mockingbirds!

for more about our state bird.
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
  • canned diced tomatoes (not Rotel)
  • 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

Diane Sanders , recently diagnosed with lymphoma; cousin to Johnnie Overton.

the family of Brooke Doss, who was killed in a car accident ; Brooke's grandmother Vivian Whatley is a dear friend of Johnnie Overton.

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.
To pray for those on our prayer list, download the  Celebrations and Concerns folder for March 25, 2018, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
UT Co-OP Garage Code
Coming to UPC for the Great Three Days and (of course!) Easter Sunday? The parking garage exit gate will be open after each service.
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.