May 28, 2018
Second Sunday
after Pentecost
June 3, 2018
Worship 11:00 a.m.

Matt Gaventa preaching
"Wordfall"
Sermon text: 1 Samuel 3:1-20
Love hearing our Choir?
Why not join them?
Summer Choir Singers are any singers who wish to sing in the choir on any chosen Summer Sunday morning. If you'd like to sing this summer, come to the Chancel promptly at 10:00 a.m. and rehearse the morning’s anthem. Summer singers wear no robes, sing the anthem, then join family and/or friends in the congregation for the remainder of the service. All singers are welcome!
First UP, June 3: " My Eyes For Beauty Pine," by Herbert Howells
Lectionary Readings
The Presbyterian Mission Agency offers daily and Sunday readings online, based on the Revised Common Lectionary.


Hear Krystal's Sermon for May 27, Trinity Sunday,
God For Us

A Message from Matt
Many of you know that one of the formative moments in my early ministry was the opportunity to travel to South Africa in the Fall of 2014 with a group through the PC(USA) Peacemaking Program. About 15 of us went, on the 20th anniversary of the fall of Apartheid, and met with church groups, faith-based-activists, and others working in the landscape of racial reconciliation, ten days that were both exhilarating and sobering. I came home with an expanded imagination for what racial reconciliation looks like, and also renewed energy for the work left undone here in the States, which of course, includes the wonderful and appropriately challenging conversations that we’ve had here at UPC over the past few months. 

Your Social Witness and Christian Formation Committees are to be commended for the fabulous work they did in creating and organizing the recent series on Racial Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation , and I know that they are working on follow-up steps for us as a congregation. For me, however, this series also prompted a very specific desire to return to South Africa and feast again on the rich spirit of reconciliation that moves through that country. And so, with the blessing of both of those committees, I have begun to dream about organizing a study trip to South Africa for the UPC and Austin Seminary families, probably in January of 2020. This is not a mission trip . The purpose of this trip would be to go and learn so as to better equip ourselves for the work of reconciliation that awaits us here in Austin. 

We wouldn’t have to do this alone. The strong potential exists to conduct this trip in partnership with Austin Seminary, and the PC(USA) liaison in South Africa, who traveled with me in 2014, is ready to do so again. There are lots of good reasons to think that this can work, and I’d love to tell you more about it. Specifically, I’d love to get a sense of whether or not there’s enough interest in this idea for us to move forward with planning and logistics. So, let's have an open conversation during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, June 10, with anyone who might be interested. At that time, I can say a bit more about my hopes for such a trip, our conversation partners, and also the details involved. 

Of course, if you’re interested in learning more but can’t make it on June 10, please let me know. We are nowhere close to asking for commitments or opening registrations. I’m simply trying to gauge interest so that we can make an educated determination about whether or not to proceed with planning. Many thanks, and I’ll look forward to where this conversation goes!
New Volunteer Opportunity:
Designated Hitters
We’re rolling out a new kind of volunteering, sort of like the designated hitter role in baseball. You’re in the line-up at a designated time.

To be an UPLift volunteer, you do not have to show up at UPLift every Tuesday morning, although it’s great if you can. Here are some options for you, and please know that any commitment to this mission you can make is needed and useful .

This invitation is to everyone associated with University Presbyterian Church – member or not, student, retiree, inquirer, or anyone who just wants to do something to help. We will provide you with all the training and support you need to get started. You will be assigned to a mentor, and you will have access to a printed manual that describes every task we do. 
Click here to download a volunteer form. Then, drop your form in the offering plate or the office. Questions? Call Madelyn Mitchell, Bobbie Sanders, or any other UPLift volunteer you know for further information!

For this week's grocery cart
  • Large jar peanut butter (not organic)
  • Large jar preserves or jelly
  • 10 lb box oatmeal (not instant)
  • Large box raisins
  • Breakfast bars
Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC mission!!
Summer Fellowship
Sundays @ 9:30 a.m.
The Faith & Life and Parenting & Faith classes invite you to gather informally in Fellowship Hall for coffee and conversation any Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Regular Sunday morning classes will resume September 2, 2018.
Class will meet in the UParlor @ 9:30 a.m. June 3, 10 and 24.

On June 3, we will start “Reading the Newspaper in One Hand with the Bible in the Other” by trying to think like a Christian about the problem of America’s gun culture and gun violence.

Pastor Matt will teach on NEXT Church one Sunday in June. The assignment for that class will be to read up on the Next Church on the PC(USA) website and come to class with a good question.

No class June 17 or July 1. I am open to suggestions about issues that concern you, but my next scheduled subject is “folk religion” and American Evangelism.
The Present Word
Room 3, Lower Level
Sundays @ 9:30 a.m.




The Present Word Class will continue to meet every Sunday through June and July. Our background material is provided by the curriculum that gives the class its name. By using the provided scripture readings, we ensure that we are engaging with the whole Bible over time. Our summer quarter topic is "Justice in the New Testament." However, this is not a Bible study class. The scriptures and weekly lessons are our starting point for lively discussions that include the week's events, current issues and our own Christian journeys. This topic seems especially relevant in this heated political climate. The class is led by Roscoe Overton. We would love to have you come learn, share and pray with us.
June 2
10:00 a.m.
La Madeleine Bakery & Cafe 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Building 11, Austin, TX 78723
The UPC Dementia Support Group meets on the first Saturday of the month to offer support and ideas for those caring for family experiencing memory loss. All are welcome to join us.
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

Jane Craig , who is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

Baby boy Greif, son of Katie Greif, who will be in NICU for four to six weeks while he grows a bit. He's able to breathe on his own, and all tests are good, He is the grandson of Karen and Bill Greif.

The family of the Reverend William Matthew "Bill" Harris , who died May 23. Lydia Deats is Bill's daughter.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 28th at Weed-Corley-Fish North Lamar. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at St. John's United Methodist Church. 
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.
Download the Celebrations & Concerns folder for Sunday, May 27, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.