May 8,  2017  
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 14, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.
Matt Gaventa preaching
Sermon text: John 14:1-14

The Chancel Choir sings Ralph Vaughan Williams anthem setting of words from Psalms 84 and 90, and from Isaac Watts: "O How Amiable."

Laudate Children's Choir sings "The Fruits of the Spirit" by Terry Kirkland.
Sunday School for all 9:30 a.m.

    Mothers Day Silent Auction Items Wanted
The UPC Youth will be hosting our annual Mother’s Day Luncheon and Silent Auction on Sunday, May 14. All of the proceeds that we raise from this fundraiser go directly to support the Youth Mission & Scholarship Fund. This luncheon is the youth group’s biggest fundraiser of the year and we hope, with your help, we can continue to ensure that no youth is ever excluded from youth ministry activities due to lack of funds.

If you would like to donate an item or experience to the Mother’s Day Luncheon silent auction, please contact Vlad Glouchkov at  or Shelley Kilday at In the past, we have auctioned off works of art, bottles of wine, gift cards, movie/theatre tickets, beauty products, jewelry, handmade items, as well as experiences like a zip lining adventure, a picnic out at Hamilton Pool, and cooking classes. If you would like to donate an experience, be sure to also include any relevant information a bidder might want to know. The winning bidder will have the responsibility to contact you to set up the experience.

Thank you again for considering a donation to the silent auction and for your support of the UPC Youth Ministries!
Getting to Know You:
An Invitation from Matt
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!
There will be sign-up sheets for these events following worship next Sunday, May 14, in the courtyard, and we will continue sign-up from there. 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.
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.
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  

Congratulations, UPC Graduates!
High School Graduates

James Xu Feng
Anderson High School

Hannah Grace Jensen
Liberal Arts & Science Academy
Plans: Vanderbilt, Engineering

Annie Lott
Oona Moorhead
Victoria Twilla
University of Texas
Katie Henderson
B.S., Corporate Communications

Megan Hoffman
B.S., Physics & Astronomy
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Graduates
Jessie Light

Master of Divinity
Called to a Pastoral Residency at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX

Austin Weaver
Master of Divinity
Director of Youth Ministry, Northridge Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX

Meg Vail
Master of Divinity
Seeking a call as a Teaching Elder

VBS Registration Now Open

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

Parenting & Faith Social Opportunities
Our next exciting fellowship event!

Saturday, May 13 -- Parent Social at the home of Sarah & Byron French -- Potluck dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. Watch for an invitation with more information to come. RSVP / questions, email Sarah:
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Room 1, Lower Level
May 14 – MOTHER’S DAY – Come relax and enjoy some easy conversation and breakfast bites with your fellow parents OR sleep an hour later! No set class itinerary.
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

Dementia Caregivers Meets Second Saturdays
The newly formed Dementia Caregivers Support Group plans to meet regularly the second Saturday of each month at Bribery Bakery Mueller. The next meeting is Saturday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m. For more information, email Suzanna Cabellero at
May Circle Meetings
The Ruth-Dorcus Circle meets Tuesday, May 9, 2:30 p.m. at the home of Dottie Penn. Contact the church office for details.
The Martha Circle will meet on Saturday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m., UPC Fellowship Hall. Debbie Russ will be the hostess. We will discuss Lesson 9 of the Bible study: Jesus in Contemporary Culture.
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:

  • peanut butter – large jar
  • oatmeal – 10 lb box (found at big box stores)
  • dried beans (pinto, kidney, black, navy, lentils, …)
  • large jar of jelly or preserves
  • snack bars

Conspirare Youth Choirs Present "Home" at UPC
Friday, May 12, 2017
7:30 p.m.
UPC Sanctuary

Click here to purchase tickets
Always inspired by the power and beauty of nature, CYC’s Spring concert will feature music about flowers, animals, mountains and storms by composers Schumann, Schubert, Hatfield, Holman, and our very own beloved Craig Hella Johnson. Join our beautiful young singers in a glorious performance venue!
Celebrations & Concerns
Prayers of thanksgiving for the service of installation of the Reverend Matt Gaventa as Senior Pastor to University Presbyterian Church in Austin. We are truly blessed!

Click here to download Celebrations & Concerns for May 7, 2017, or pick up a copy outside the church office.

To request prayers, email

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.

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2203 San Antonio Street
Austin, Texas  78705

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