March 27,  2017  
April 2, 2017
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Sunday School for All 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
The Reverend Matt Gaventa Preaching

Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.
UPC Fellowship Hall

The Chancel Choir offers a prayer setting by Bob Chilcott, “Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts”.
Scenes from the Border
Now that our wonderful Border Mission Trip team has returned from Reynosa, they thought you'd like to see more of what they accomplished during spring break. It was an amazing trip!
"Institutional Knowledge" Sunday, March 26

Full text of Matt's sermon from Sunday, based on John 9:1-17; 24-41

Sermon for Sunday, March 26, 2017 (audio available March 28)

Did you know?

The UPC sermon podcast is posted on our Facebook page each Tuesday. Be sure to like our page!

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.

Welcome Carl Floto to UPC Staff

We are pleased to welcome Carl Floto to UPC as Financial Manager (part-time). Carl is the Director of Fiance at our service partner Manos de Cristo, and currently serves as Treasurer at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church.

Sandie and Trudi have graciously agreed to train Carl in the ways of UPC finance over the next few weeks, until Sandie retires in mid-April (more on celebration of Sandie's 10 years of service to UPC a bit later.)

If you're in the church office in the next few weeks, and Carl's in training, stop by and say hi!

- Julie Miller,Chair UPC Staff Support Committee

A Bit about Carl

 "I’ve attended Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian for 17+ years; my wife of nine years has been an Elder at SHPC; I currently serve as Treasurer, Elder and teach 5th grade Sunday School on Sunday mornings.  David Evans is one of our favorite Pastors!

My wife Ruth Ann is the Advanced Placement US History teacher and Department Head at Bowie High School; she has been at Bowie for 24 years!

Ruth Ann and I have 5 children between us – Grace 16 year old junior at Bowie, 22 year old Michael Sr. at TAMU- Chemistry, 24 year old Marianna – married serving on Campus Crusade staff in Athens, Greece, 26 year old David USAF Kirtland AFB Command Post Albuquerque, NM and 28 year old Emily – CPA with KPMG in Zürich, Switzerland. 

It was great to meet my new UPC best friends today, especially Sandie and Trudi - I hope they like me a lot and want to teach me everything they know!!  (do they like cookies; maybe I should bring them cookies?!)"

- Carl Floto

UKirk Spring Program: Thank You!
We've had great response for UPC hospitality to our UKirk students for the spring semester. Sunday evening cooking opportunities are now completely booked! Thanks!  

A special thanks to choir members and others who stayed after worship Sunday to set up for Taizé this past Sunday.

If you'd like to help, there are still a few openings:
  • Cooking for Sandwich Thursdays— April 6, and April 27
  • Setting up for our last Taizé service of the semester, April 30
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Session Meeting Held March 15, 2017
UPC Session welcomed Session Moderator Matt Gaventa to his first stated Session meeting Wednesday, March 15.

Essential business was quickly dispatched so that Ruling Elders and Matt had time to begin to get acquainted.

  • Approved minutes of the stated meeting of February 15, 2017
  • Approved baptism for Julie Marcella Houghton, daughter of Adam and Stephanie Houghton, for March 26, 2017
  • Approved baptism for Charles Simeon French, son of Byron and Sarah French, for April 16, 2017 


  • Everyone who helped with the Retirement Reception honoring Danny Dennis: Suzi Parker and her team; Building and Grounds Committee, Rey Legett and John Parker, and many others who helped and contributed for the reception.


Matt as our new pastor!

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Room 1, Lower Level

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
Church Women United Meets
April 7

Church Women United will hold its April Forum at Unity Church of Austin, 5501 West Hwy 290, on Friday, April 7, 2017. You are invited to join us as we “Kindle New Fires in New Places” when our guest presenter, Penny Smith-Kerker, addresses refugee resettlement.
Our April Charitable Action Project will support Refugee Services of Texas. Bring diapers sizes 4 to 6, HEB gift cards (any amount), and monthly bus passes (also available at HEB)

Johnnie Overton, President
CWU in Austin

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, …) 
  • bar of soap 
  • dental floss 
  • snack bars 
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for 

The family of Mary Earle Williams, who died March 21 in Albuquerque, NM. San Williams is Mary's son. Condolence cards may be sent to San and Jan at

240 Bushnell Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212

The family of Felicitas Williams, who died March 22, in Seatle, WA. Remie Martin is Felicitas' sister.

Bob Inman, who has entered into hospice care in Grand Rapids, MI. Bob is the father of Joyce Inman. Joyce travels to Grand Rapids on April 9 to spend time with him.

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 26, 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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