March 5, 2018
Fourth Sunday
in Lent
March 11, 2018
Worship 11:00 a.m.

Matt Gaventa preaching

Lenten Theme:
Spirit, Open My Heart

Music This Sunday
Curt Vaughan, bass soloist, sings Heinrich Schütz’s setting of Simeon’s prayer quoted in Luke 2: “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace”, assisted by guest baroque-violinists Stephanie Raby and Bruce Colson. The Chancel Choir sings Sir John Stainer’s setting of John 3:16,17: “God So Loved the World”.
Lectionary Readings
for Lent IV
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 107:1-3 & 17-22.

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

Click here to download the flyer . Please share with friends!

Sunday, March 11, small group discussions on the first three sessions of "Waking Up White," by Debbie Irving
Stephanie Hawley, Associate VP of Equity and Inclusion, ACC
A Message from Matt
Last week, John and Krystal and I spent a few days at the annual gathering of NEXTChurch. NEXT is a few things at once. It’s a network of denominational leaders who are asking many of the same sorts of questions. It’s a gathering of resources for pastors and churches trying to ride the waves of change rippling through our religious landscape. But it’s also these few days every year when a lot of these questions -- and a lot of the folks who ask them -- get to gather in one space and collaborate.

Some of the value of NEXT takes place in formal worship and workshops. John spent some time learning and thinking about intergenerational ministry; Krystal learned from some folks working on public theology and how we carry what we believe into the world around us; I sat with a group of pastors considering how to do ministry in such politically polarized times. But of course much of the value is also in those unscripted moments: the chance to see friends and colleagues; the chance to have valuable time reflecting on ministry with good leaders scattered all across the country; the chance to drink from the same well and come back replenished.
So much of the bandwidth of regular presbytery and General Assembly meetings is taken up with the procedural work of running the church -- not unlike a session meeting, perhaps too full of matters of protocol and not full enough of spiritual food. It’s no wonder that church leaders need to go on retreat every once in a while, to be filled with something beyond the ordinary; in its own way, I think NEXT is a kind of denomination-wide retreat, and for the gifts of the spirit given there, and for the support of UPC that allows us to drink from that well, I am very thankful.
Click here to read coverage of NEXTChurch in the Presbyterian Outlook magazine.
Thank You for Amplifying UPLift!
Thank you to everyone who Amplified UPLift!! The leaderboard shows that at the end of Amplify Day, UPLift had
68 donations for $9,024.45.

And we won the prize for most donors who made their donations between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning. If you planned your gift for those hours, you helped add another $1,000, making our total $10,024.45 raised for UPLift in 24 hours!

The $1,000 prize for the most donors in the small nonprofit category is sponsored by UT Division of Diversity & Community Engagement.
Donations Needed for the Border Mission Trip
We have a great combined UPC / Campus Ministry group planning to attend the annual Border Mission Trip this Spring Break (March 11-16).

Due to our group’s size (30+), we will be able to build two houses this year. This is wonderful news, but places added stress on our finances. The cost of two houses exceeds $11,000, plus the cost of housing, feeding and transporting the group. We need your financial help .

If you have not yet done so, please consider a financial contribution . Place contributions in the offering plate clearly marked for the “Border Mission Trip,” or give them to the church office or Craig Deats. You can also donate online.
  1. Go to upcaustin.online-giving-and-pledges.
  2. Click the Give Now button.
  3. Enter the amount and choose Operating Fund.
  4. Enter Border Mission Trip in the memo line and click Continue to enter your credit card information.

Any contribution, large or small, is greatly appreciated. And those who contribute $250 or more will receive a “thank you” email mid-week from a youth/college participant describing their experience.
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, kimvitray710@gmail.com , so we can be prepared for you. 
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 .
UPC Circle Meetings
Martha Circle meets Saturday, March 10, at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Ruth-Dorcas Circle meets Tuesday, March 13, at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Dottie Penn.
Faith & Grief Gathering
The Austin area Faith & Grief Gathering occurs March 8, at noon, Westminster Presbyterian Church . Lunch is free, but registration is required. Go to Austintx-westminster-presbyterian-gathering
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.

the family and friends of Julia M Penn, who died Mrch 4; friend of Karen Miller.

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 4, 2018, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
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.