October 2, 2017

Twenty-Seventh Sunday
in Ordinary Time
October 8, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.

Matt Gaventa continues the Sermon Series, "Preaching through Exodus: A Homecoming Journey"

Sermon text: Exodus 17:1-7

Evening  Worship 7:00 p.m.
UPC Fellowship Hall
Music This Sunday
The Chancel Choir sings the 1970s-style musical narrative, “Moses,” by the blind musician Ken Medema. The music was a gift to the choir from former long-time member Lillian Garman.
Stewardship 2018 Kickoff
Potluck after Worship Sunday, October 8, UPC Great Hall
During this 500 th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 125 th year of University Presbyterian Church, we are encouraged by our history and look forward to an exciting future. With worship at the center of our church activities, we continue to grow the mission, service, and discipleship at UPC through the grace of God and through your service and faithfulness.

Please plan to bring a dish to share on Sunday and help us kick off the 2018 Stewardship season as we begin writing the next chapter in the story of UPC's service to Christ in this place.
Call for Volunteers
This Sunday
The Stewardship Committee needs help with the potluck on Sunday, setting up tables and chairs in the Great Hall before worship. After the potluck, the chairs and tables will need to be stored so that the Great Hall is ready for UPLift volunteers to set up for Tuesday.

If you can help either before or after the potluck, please contact Sarah French at sbradbur@alum.trinity.edu.
Welcome, New Members!
Sunday, October 1, Session welcomed three new members to UPC.

Sarah Fife joins by transfer of membership from Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas. She came to Austin as a UT student. She participated in UKirk while a student, and has been active in the Young Adult Ministry since graduating in May 2016. Sarah is an actuarial analyst.

Elizabeth Kay Marshall joins by profession of faith. She is a senior at UT, in the process of applying to advanced degree programs in Occupational Therapy. She dreams of being a pediatric occupational therapist to combine her passions of special needs kids and science. "I decided to join UPC because I agree with what is said and feel God's spirit in the sermons and community here."

Pamela (Pam) Brubaker joins by reaffirmation of faith. Formerly a member of Gratis Church in Ohio, Pam is a retired professor. She has previously been a Sunday School teacher and served on multiple committees and ministries.
Be sure to say hello to our newest members on Sunday!
We have two dates set for "Conversations with Matt" this fall:

  • Coffee Thursday, Oct. 12, at UPC
  • dinner on Sunday, October 15, in the home of a UPC member

To register for either event, contact Stephanie Morris at 512-415-9797 or email stephanietmorris@sbcglobal.net .
UPC to Host A Deliberative Dialogue on Safety and Justice October 24
UPC, together with  Community Advancement Network and Interfaith Action Central Texas (iACT), will host a Deliberative Dialogue on the topic of Safety and Justice at UPC on October 24. The dialogue will focus on how we can increase trust and goodwill between citizens and law enforcement to ensure everyone feels safe in our community. The UPC dialogue is one of several that will happen in Austin. Others will take place at St. Edward's University and Huston Tilotson University. Please plan to join us!
Watch the trailer for the video Safety & Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?

Interested in a Harvey Recovery
Mission Trip?
Because so many communities are still in the relief stage, is has been too soon for recovery volunteers to help rebuild. But soon enough, we'll have more details regarding dates, times, and locations. The Presbytery will let us know as soon as our help will be most productive. If you would like to be on a UPC list of potential volunteers for Harvey cleanup, please email Craig Deats at cdeats@ddollaw.com .

The Mission of Faith & Grief Ministries is to provide ongoing comfort t o persons who have experienced the death of a loved one. As we prayerfully discern our mission, we value most the gifts of the Holy Spirit’s gentle and restless source of comfort; community that understands grief and mourning; compassion revealed in silence, listening, tears, and surprising laughter; stories that speak truth in love and promote wholeness; and collaboration that joins strength to strength.

The Austin area Faith & Grief Gathering occurs October 12 at noon, Westminster Presbyterian Church. For more information, go to www.faithandgrief.org .

Church Women United in Austin will meet Friday, October 6, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., Crestview United Methodist Church , 1300 Morrow Street. You are invited to help us “Kindle New Fires of Hope” and witness the presentation of our Human Rights Award recipient. We “HOPE” to see you there.
Johnnie M. Overton, President
CWU in Austin
New Faith & Life Series:
The Reformation - 500 Years and Still Going!
This promises to be such an exciting series with a line-up of incredible speakers - Paul Hooker, Dave Jensen, Laura Lincoln, and Cindy Rigby. Please join us Sunday morning, October 8 as Paul Hooker opens our four week series with his class, "The Hope of the Reformation." 

The Faith & Life class meets in Room 201, upper level. Join us at 9:15 a.m. for coffee & conversation, 9:30  a.m. for class.
See you Sunday!
Please join us in October as we begin a month long discussion on technology and how it works within our families.

We welcome UPC’s own Katherine Barnhill this coming Sunday as she presents on child brain development. Understand how and when our child’s brain develops is fundamental to understanding how to “teach/guide” our children as they use/play and engage on today’s technological devices.
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

the families of those who died in Las Vegas, for the injured, for the first responders, and for those who care all those affected by this tragedy.

the Young Adult Volunteer program of PC (U.S.A.), which will benefit from your generosity in the Peace & Global Witness offering.

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 worship. This Sunday's Deacon is David Wofford.
To pray for those on our prayer list, download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for October 1, 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 that you pray specifically for people who have requested to be on the prayer list.
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2203 San Antonio Street
Austin, Texas 78705

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