October 30, 2017
Thirty-First Sunday
in Ordinary Time
November 5, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.

Matt Gaventa Preaching

Called Session Meeting 
for New Members
12:00 p.m., UPC Library

Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.
UPC Fellowship Hall
Music This Sunday
The Chancel Choir sings the well-known gospel tune, “Unclouded Day”, by Rev. J.K. Alwood in an arrangement by Shawn Kirchner.
Stewardship Storytellers

& Patrick Jeffers
"It was easy to fall in love with UPC, as it offered the perfect blend of a diverse congregation, a beautiful setting, and a strong sense of mission. But, as we have all come to realize, the real beauty of UPC lies in its people." 

Why I Sing by Jay Brees
I don’t recall ever making a decision on the matter. I don’t remember not singing. Before I started elementary school, Mrs. Walker, my Sunday School teacher and the preacher’s wife, asked me to sing in the Christmas program. At the designated time, I stepped up onto the platform. I locked my gaze on my toes. I sang Frosty the Snowman. I don’t remember much else about it. 

When I started elementary school, I joined the school choir as soon as I could, third grade, as I recall. Then I was in choir in Jr. High School, High School, and, College. My church growing up didn’t have a children’s choir. I started singing in the church chancel choir while I was in Jr. High. There was then a period I didn’t sing in an organized choir. While on active duty in the service, I didn’t attend church. 
Back in Texas a few years later, a beautiful daughter came into our lives. I felt she had to be raised in a church family. When Grannie Fry heard we were going back to church, she scolded me, “God gave you a gift, you have to share it.” So going back to church meant singing in the church choir. I’ve sung in church choirs and community choirs since.
So, I sing because it is very satisfying to be part of a meaningful worship service. I know my singing doesn’t touch anyone in the congregation individually. But I also know most in the congregation are touched by our entire choral effort. 

And, I sing because Grannie Fry told me to.
-Jay Brees
Come sing with Jay!
Call Director of Music Ara Carapetyan at 512-795-8699 or speak with any choir member! The Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday mornings in the chancel at 10:15 a.m. You'll be most welcome!
Childcare Hours Change
For the remainder of the semester, there will be no Wednesday evening childcare on the first and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Childcare will be provided from 5:15 - 9:30 p.m. on the second and third Wednesdays through December 2017.

To make a special request for childcare on a Wednesday not scheduled, please email Pastor John Leedy one week in advance.
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 @upc austin.org or call the church office.

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.

It's Almost Tamale Time!
brought to you by Manos de Cristo
Beginning in early November, you can order delicious Manos de Cristo tamales for the holidays. You may order tamales in one of two ways:

  1. If you prefer to order and pay on-line, go to manosdecristo/tamales 
  2. Look for Karen Grice in the courtyard after worship Sundays through December 3.

To pick up online orders at the church, be sure to scroll down and choose University Presbyterian Church.
Tamales come in 5 flavors: pork, jalapeño pork, chicken, bean, and vegetarian. The cost is $15 per dozen and $8 of each dozen goes to Manos de Cristo to support their many programs. 
Fresh tamales can be picked up at UPC after 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 8. The reset will be available cold or frozen on Sunday, December 10. Order lots, they are delicious and help raise money for Manos de Cristo!

Questions? Call Karen Grice at (512) 926-7844 or e-mail kwgrice@grandecom.net
Thank you!
Join us this Sunday as Jon Holmsten leads us in a discussion based on psychologist Neil Brown’s study on ending the parent-teen power struggles. 

"I was thinking of Psychologist Neil Brown on preventing parental burn-out. It was interesting but I liked Brown's previous interview on ending the parent-teen power struggles last year. Here is a link to both of those interviews: 

There are some other good parenting books that I've been reading lately that I could present on. While a lot of these books are for parenting with teens (which is older than most of our P&F members) I find to have good relationship/communication with your teens really helps if you've already established a good foundation when they are younger, and if you haven't, then trying to develop good communication with your teens is much harder."
Welcome to The Way!
The Way is a new Sunday School class that offers an introduction to the Bible and is open to all.

The Way meets at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall. For more information, email Jon Eddison or call 512-988-0333.
Faith & Life Series:
Focus on Community
During November, the Faith & Life Class will be discussing community.

Our first speaker is Sharyn Reynolds, MDiv, Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Sharyn will speak on "The Importance of the Community (Past, Present, and Future) in Maintaining Hope."

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!
Circle Meetings in November
Martha Circle will meet at the church on Saturday, November 11 at 11:30 a.m. Rosanne Becker will be the hostess and Sharyn Reynolds will lead Lesson 3. If you have any questions, call Karen Grice at (512) 926-7844 or e-mail kwgrice@grandecom.net

Ruth-Dorcas Circle meets Tuesday, November 14, 2:30 p.m., at the home of Dottie Penn. For more information, please call the church office.
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!
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for the family of Chris VanderSlice, who died last Saturday. Joyce Inman, Chris' aunt, Joyce Inman, shared this note of thanks:

"Thank you for your nearly 4 years of prayerful support for my nephew-in-law, Chris VanderSlice. His battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia ended Saturday, October 29 th . Please continue to pray for my niece Tonya and her two daughters, Hannah and Elizabeth, and the extended VanderSlice family. Their faith throughout his journey has been inspiring.

With Gratitude,
Joyce Inman"
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.
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email  upc@upcaustin.org.
To pray for those on our prayer list, download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for October 29, 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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Austin, Texas 78705

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