October 23, 2017

Reformation Sunday
October 29, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.

The Reverend Paul T. Roberts preaching
"Good Morning"

Special music offered by Dr. Tony McNeill

Sermon Text: Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Taize Worship 7:00 p.m.
UPC Sanctuary
Music This Sunday
For Reformation Sunday, the Chancel Choir is joined by members of the Austin Seminary Choir and a full complement of brass and timpani musicians. The instrumental ensemble offers a brilliant Prelude to worship by Gabrieli, then supports the choir and congregation in its first two hymns, including a recent John Rutter arrangement of the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” The choir also offers a recent Hymn-Anthem by Sally Ann Morris, “It Started With an Idle Tale.”
Stewardship Storyteller

Lorraine Haricombe

UPC’s location so close to the university, its strong footprint in a variety of ministries in the community, UPLift and the Micah 6 food pantry were all factors that made me feel at home. I knew this was the right church for me...UPC offers numerous opportunities to contribute my time, treasure, or any talent I may have through service on committees, session, and in the community and I truly feel blessed to be able to do so. On that Sunday in March 2015 when I became a member of UPC, I joined several church family members in CROP Walk that afternoon. I now serve as a ruling elder and I also serve on the Stewardship Committee.

Here I Sing! The Reformation
and the Church's Music
Hal & Martha Hopson Symposium
Monday, October 30, 2017
7:30 p.m., Shelton Chapel
Free, seating is limited
Your Pledge for 2018
On Stewardship Dedication Sunday, November 12, we want everyone to participate! If you cannot be here to help celebrate, please fill out a pledge card and securely return it to UPC using the envelope included in your 2018 Stewardship packet. Please prayerfully consider what you can afford to support the church in 2018, and bring your card to Dedication Sunday, November 12.

Didn't receive a pledge card for 2018?
or pick one up in the narthex or outside the church office.
2017 contributions must be
postmarked by December 31, 2017.

Celebration Sunday for Stewardship 2018 is November 12.
To pledge online, click the image above and go to our website upcaustin.org

Click the PLEDGE NOW button to submit your pledge online.

Want to schedule your pledges for automatic payment? Click the ONLINE GIVING & PLEDGES button for instructions.

Email Jan Hames: upc @upcaustin.org or call the church office.

Please Register for Tomorrow's Deliberative Dialogue!
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, sponsored by the Social Witness Committee. 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.
Sometimes, the best ideas for solutions come from the community and engaging community members and law enforcement together to find ways forward. The output from these conversations will help inform local policy makers and will also be incorporated into the results from the national conversations.

By Their Fruits, Ye Shall Know Them
Once again, UPC, in cooperation with the Northwest Austin Rotary Club, will be selling oranges and grapefruit to benefit Micah 6 of Austin. Fred Morgan will be in the courtyard on Sundays after worship beginning October 29, November 5, 12, 15, 19 and 26 to take your orders. If you don’t want a personal box of fruit, you may order fruit boxes to be donated directly to the Micah 6 Food Pantry. Those who order can pick up your box of fruit on Sunday, December 10. Micah 6 receives $10 per fruit box ordered. 
UPC / Northwest Austin Rotary Club Fruit Sale To Benefit Micah 6 of Austin
125 th Anniversary Celebration Courtyard Donor Pavers
As part of our 125 th anniversary celebration, the Heritage Ministry Team invites you to add to the church’s history by placing in the UPC courtyard a paver in memory or honor of a person/family who has participated in the life of our church community. A list of each donor courtyard paver currently in place by name and location is available in the church office. The new Courtyard Donor Pavers sale will go live Sunday, November 5.
The mission of the Heritage Ministry is to honor and preserve the past, present and future history of UPC . In 2017, blessed by an anonymous donor, we contracted with HISTORY IT, a digital innovator company, to create a plan to help preserve our archives and digitize selected parts. In early November, materials from each twenty-five year era, 1892-2017, will launch in a digital portal created by HISTORY IT. The portal page will be linked on the UPC website for easy access.
Funds raised from courtyard paver sales will go toward UPC’s continued effort to preserve, archive, digitize and make accessible our stories for future generations.

Session Stated Meeting
October 18, 2017
  • Approved Conspirare Symphonic Choir to serve light refreshments, including snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages following the concert on October 27, 2017
  • Elected Allison Harris and Debbie Russ as commissioners to the October Presbytery Meeting in Corpus Christi
  • Approved the revised charter for the Investment Committee
  • Invited Rev. Margaret Aymer Oget to preach at UPC on January 14, 2018
  • Reviewed September 2017 UPC Financial Statements
  • Rescinded the Building Use Distribution Policy approved at the September 2017 stated meeting
  • Presentation of 2018 Budgetary Wish-Lists
  • Approved the Heritage Committee to sell pavers for the courtyard to raise money for the work of the committee
  • Stewardship Potluck: Suzanne Freeman, Betsy Brown, G.G. Savaria, Diane Eddison, plus 17 others pitching in at no cost to UPC and the Stewardship Committee
  • Unit 2 Teachers: Lucy Oglesby,
  • Sarah Gaventa, Margaret Aymer Oget, Randal Whittington
  • Krystal Leedy, for coming to work on a Saturday to make sure all Hurricane Harvey kits and buckets were packed and ready to be delivered
  • Karen Miller, who serves at the Street Youth Ministry program faithfully every week since UPC began housing them
  • The UPC Youth and Rosca Toulouse, for their hard work and inspiration in making Overflow the Cart such a success
  • Jenny Whitten, for years of dedicated and passionate service in coordinating UPC’s involvement with Interfaith Hospitality Network.
- submitted by Helen Ingram,
Clerk of Session
Welcome to The Way!
Join us as we continue to discuss the Reformation: Reformation II - Calvin, Presbyterianism, Anabaptists, Quakers and Celebrating the Reformation

The Way meets at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall. For more information, email Jon Eddison or call 512-988-0333.
No Tuesday Evening Bible Class October 24
Members are encouraged to attend the Deliberative Dialogue event at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Class will resume Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
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.
Sunday, October 29: 
Cindy Rigby, The W. C. Brown Professor of Theology,
“Reformation Re-formation: what Luther teaches us about being Christ’s disciples”

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!
Don't Forget UPLift this Sunday!

Needed this week:

  • Large jar of jelly or preserves
  • Breakfast bars
Save the Date!
April 20-22, 2018
Fall is barely here, and winter has not yet arrived. Still, you’re invited to think "Emerging Spring" in the brilliance and beauty of the Texas Hill Country at Mo-Ranch. This view from the cross is a vivid visual reminder of the creator of this beauty.

As you work on your calendars for 2018, enter the dates of April 20-22 in INK.
And watch for announcement of open enrollment in January to assure your preferred space.
Congregations from University Presbyterian Church have worshiped
at this site at least since 1983.
Thirty-four years of annual All Church Retreats at Mo-Ranch!
Conspirare Symphonic Choir Sings Connection
Friday, October 27, UPC Sanctuary
7:00 p.m. pre-concert talk Chris Johnson
8:00 p.m. Concert
Reception follows, UPC Fellowship Hall

Tickets: $35, $10 students (RUSH only)

Dynamic choral art is 80 voices and 8 instrumentalists joining forces for  Symphonic Choir Sings Connection. What connects us? Song? Text? Country? Disaster? Love? Conspirare’s Symphonic Choir presents a concert examining our impulse for connection. Program includes regional premieres of david lang’s  the national anthems and  Mass Transmission by Mason Bates. The Symphonic Choir will be joined by instrumental collaborators the Artisan Quartet, Austin Haller (organ), Faith DeBow (piano and electronica), Thomas Burritt (percussion) and Utah Hamrick (double bass).
Selections on this program include:

Celebrations & Concerns
A note from Matt:
I am profoundly thankful for the ways in which so many of you have prayed for and cared for and inquired about Linda Evans , especially over the past few days. Linda is resting at Christopher House, a facility of Hospice Austin, where she is surrounded by family and loved ones. The past week has moved quickly, and, much in contrast to our best hopes, it seems unlikely that Linda will make the move back to their home in Dripping Springs.
In the meantime, the family has asked for a bit of privacy as they spend precious days together, but you can always check for news and updates on their CaringBridge website . In addition, I know that we will continue to hold Linda, David, Whitney, Matt, and their entire family in our prayers, and I know that in our prayers is the very hope of the risen Christ. Thank you all for the ways in which you bring this hope to life here in our church family.
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email  upc@upcaustin.org.
Please pray for
John Lauffer, who has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. John is the father of a friend of Elaine Wagner.
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. This Sunday's Deacon is Maggi Miller.
To pray for those on our prayer list, download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for October 22, 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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