May 15,  2017  
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 21, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.
Matt Gaventa preaching
"For Us the Living"
Sermon text: John 14:1-14 
Sunday School for all 9:30 a.m.

The Chancel Choir sings Thomas Tallis’s brief setting of words from John’s gospel: “If Ye Love Me”. 
From my first Sunday, through to Holy Week and Easter, the All-Church-Retreat, and now my Installation Service — it’s been a busy season, and I am excited for the chance, with summer coming, to have some time to reflect, plan, and, most importantly, continue getting to know you all in the congregation of UPC.
To that end, I’d like to extend to you an invitation. A series of get-to-know-you conversations has been organized over the course of the summer, chances for all of you to come and spend some time hearing from me and sharing with me a bit about yourselves and about the life of the church. Some of them will be hosted at the church on Sunday mornings, some mid-week, and some in church member’s homes around Austin.
If you’re interested in having some time to chat and reflect, and to break bread with other members of your church family, I hope you’ll sign up for one of these conversations. Each one has a limited number of slots, but if we run out of space, we’ll start scheduling more, into the fall. We want to make sure that everybody who wants to come has a chance!
Sign up began last Sunday, May 14. This Sunday, we will continue sign-ups until all spaces are filled. I’m so looking forward to this chance. It’s one thing to shake hands at the door after worship on Sunday, but of course it’s entirely another to have the time to share stories, to share hopes and dreams, and to share time with one another, and I hope to have the chance to do so with all of you over the coming months.
Dates & Locations 
Coffee with Matt at UPC
Sunday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. 
– 12 spaces
Thursday, June 1, 10:00 a.m.
– 12 spaces
Thursday, June 29, 10:00 a.m.
– 12 spaces
Thursday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. 
–  12 spaces
Sunday, July 23, 9:30 a.m. 
– 12 spaces
Thursday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. 
– 12 spaces

Dinner with Matt & Sarah
Saturday, June 24 – 10 spaces
at the home of Kay Bryant & Ted Wardlaw 

Sunday, July 9 – 10 spaces
at the home of Kendal & Ken Gladish 

Sunday, July 23 – 8 spaces
at the home of Julie Miller & Brian Bedford 

Brunch with Matt, Sarah & Charlie
Saturday, August 19 – 2 to 3 families
at the home of Sally & Thomas Baskin

For the dinners and brunch, the host will supply the main dish and guests will bring sides.

If you are unable to sign up at church, beginning Sunday, May 14, please contact Stephanie Morris at or 512-415-9797 for scheduling, comments or questions to these conversations.
Thank You for a Fabulous Fundraiser!

Many thanks to all the youth and parents who helped make the Mother's Day Brunch happen and to the members who supported the Youth Mission Fund!

Click here for photos of Sunday's UPC Youth fundraiser
Please Support Katie
UPC’s Own YAV!

The Young Adult Volunteer program of PC(USA) is a one year service opportunity for young adults from 19 to 30 years. YAVs live in intentional Christian community, deepening and developing their faith while serving alongside partners in sites across the United States and around the world. YAVs serve for one academic year, August—July, as they explore God’s calling in their lives.

Volunteers are placed in community agencies or local churches, with jobs depending on the needs of partners and the skills of the Young Adult Volunteer. YAVs are exposed to some of the hardest problems in the world—poverty, violence and reconciliation, and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ—while living and reflecting with other volunteers on the meaning and motivation of their Christian faith.

Katie Henderson, an active member of UKirk at UPC, graduates from UT this month. In August, Katie will begin her year as a YAV, serving in Glasgow, Scotland. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), supporting congregations and presbytery, and some placement agencies share funding YAVs. All volunteers are required to raise some of their financial support.

Click Katie's picture to go to her YAV fundraising page.  

You can support Katie this next year through your prayers and financial contributions. Please make checks payable to UPC and note Katie Henderson YAV in the memo line.

To donate directly to Katie's support, click here. Be sure to indicate that you are a member of UPC Austin.

Follow Katie this next year as she serves Christ through the YAV program at  

VBS Registration Ends May 21. Sign UP Today!

It's time to register for VBS 2017, June 20-23, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Click here to add your child, child's friend, or grandchild to the roster. You can also make secure payments and sponsor another child's participation.

Please also complete and turn in the two page registration form for each child attending.

VBS 2017 Registration Form

Contact Pastor John Leedy or
512-476-5321 ext 204

Greetings UPC Family from South Carolina!
I wanted to  send a short note to send my heartfelt thanks for the generous love offering retirement gifts! I am extremely blessed to have had the pleasure of supporting the UPC family over the last ten years. This congregation's passion, outreach, music, love and volunteerism are so strong! I will cherish the friendships and memories I have made over the years! Thank you again!  Blessings to you all!

- Sandie
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Room 1, Lower Level
May 21 – MARIT WEISENBERG’S UPCOMING BOOK RELEASE – Join class member, Marit Weisenberg, as she tells her story of writing her first novel, working with an agent and publisher and what is in store for her future with a second book in the making!
May 28 – STEPHANIE HOUGHTON TO TEACH – more to come on her subject.
June 4 – DISCUSSION ON RECENT VISITS TO CUBA – Join Shelley Kilday and Margaret Aymer as they discuss their experiences while recently visiting Cuba on separate trips.
For more information,
contact Stephanie Morris at .

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Coffee 9:00 a.m.

Room 201, Upper Level

Dr. Bill Greenway continues leading our discussion of his book, A Reasonable Belief:  Why God and Faith Make Sense.

May 21: Chapter 9, Resurrection, Universal Reality and Creaturely Diversity, and Jesus on the Essence of Saving Faith, the parables of the Sheep and the Goats and of the Good Samaritan

May 28: Overflow material and discussion

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 peanut butter – shelf stable
  • large jars of jelly or preserves
  • dried beans (pinto, kidney)
  • small cans of tomato paste
  • snack/breakfast bars 

Celebrations & Concerns
Prayers of thanksgiving for

The marriage of former member Glenn Joy, April 8, 2017.

Layne Wilson, who has returned safely from Afghanistan. Friend of Lindsay Wenk.

Please pray for 

Linda Conway-Correll George , who has been hospitalized. Linda is a friend of Elaine Wagner

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.

Click here to download Celebrations & Concerns for May 14, 2017, or pick up a copy outside the church office.

To request prayers, email

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