September 18, 2017

Twenty-fifth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
September 24, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.

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

Sermon text: Exodus 14:19-31

Taizé Worship 7:00 p.m.
UPC Sanctuary
Music This Sunday
Laudate Children’ Choir sings our Introit, “For the Fruit of All Creation,” a Welsh melody set to words by Fred Pratt Green. The Chancel Choir sings “Even When He Is Silent”, a recent anthem by the Norwegian composer, Kim André Arnesen.
Taizé Service Sunday
in the Sanctuary
During the academic year, UPC offers a contemplative Taizé service on the last Sunday evening of each month where all are welcome. This service consists primarily of scripture, song, and prayer, and the music is led and accompanied by cantors and instrumentalists.

Our first Taizé service is this Sunday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. Come and worship with us!
Taizé Musicians Needed
Taizé music is simple, melodic, and repetitive—if you can sing the melody line of a hymn, you can lead Taizé music! And all kinds of instruments are welcome.
I invite you to consider contributing your talent, as a singer and/or instrumentalist, even if only occasionally, or just once to give it a try.
If you are interested in being part of the Taizé musician team, please contact Kim Vitray at or 512-658-8587.
All I want for Christmas is to make a difference!
Would you like to sell something for your favorite nonprofit charity?  The Alternative Gift Market provides an opportunity for life-changing, life enriching items to be purchased to benefit people who really need them and to support great causes around the world.  Great vendors make a great Market!  If you want to participate, contact Kathleen Turpin 
Save the Date: 
Alternative Gift Market
December 3, 2017 
Sunday, September 24, Let's Overflow the Cart!
Each Sunday during our offering time, UPC Youth bring around a shopping cart for in-kind donations to the UPC UPLift financial assistance program and the Micah 6 food pantry.

September 24 will be a special celebration and dedication of these ministries, and we want everyone to participate. When you're shopping this week and next, pick up a few items from the lists below and let's fill the shopping cart to overflowing on September 24. Thanks!
UPLift List
  • Snack or breakfast bars
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (regular size)
  • Dental floss
  • Bar of soap (regular size)
  • Feminine products
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Travel-sized toiletries
  • 10-lb. box of regular oatmeal
  • Brown sugar
  • Raisins
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Peanut butter (not organic)
  • Jelly or preserves
  • Sugar 4-lb.
  • Bags of dried beans
  • Cans of diced tomatoes
  • Cans of Rotel tomatoes
  • Cans of tomato paste
  • Oregano
Micah 6 Food Pantry List
  • Items with intact, unopened consumer or commercial packaging
  • Items with non-breakable packaging (no glass, please)
  • Food within the expiration date food from your community or backyard garden
  • Healthy, non-perishable food
Most needed:
  • Canned meats like SPAM, tuna, stew and chili (pop-tops preferred)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Beans
  • Healthy cereals
  • Peanut butter
  • UHT packaged milk and juice that requires no refrigeration—(Ultra High Temperature, or long shelf storage packing
New IHN Volunteer Coordinator Opportunity Beginning January 2018
UPC's Service Committee is looking for someone who will take on the coordinating duties of the IHN Volunteer Coordinator. Please consider this opportunity! The IHN program is the only program in Austin that serves FAMILIES in need of temporary housing. The IHN (or Family Promise) program falls under the umbrella of the Foundation for the Homeless. The FFH also rents three houses, and many of the families in the program are able to stay in these houses. However, some families do not have the resources or capabilities to stay in the houses, and need (for various reasons) to be housed in participating churches, instead. For those families, University United Methodist Church and UPC partner together to provide housing, meals, and companionship. FFH provides transportation and caseworkers.

The IHN Volunteer Coordinator duties are

  1. Four times a year, UPC partners for one week with University United Methodist Church to co-host families who have been admitted into the Interfaith Hospitality Network.
  2. The coordinator sends an email to recruit volunteers for the next IHN co-hosting. (usually about 3 weeks ahead of time) Jenny Whitten has a detailed list of volunteers, their emails, and their phone numbers, along with the schedule UPC has followed in the past.
  3. The coordinator schedules volunteers to fill the shifts.
  4. The coordinator sends out a final schedule a week ahead of the hosting, with a list of volunteers and their phone numbers.
  5. The coordinator checks with the coordinators at UUMC periodically during the week, and is available to the volunteers for trouble-shooting (along with the UUMC coordinators, and the FFH liaison.) The coordinator secures a seasoned volunteer to work with any first-time volunteer, if possible.
  6. After the hosting, the coordinator thanks the volunteers, reminding them of the next co-hosting date!
Thirty-three folks in the UPC congregation regularly volunteer to help with the Interfaith Hospitality Network! Coordinating the volunteers for IHN brings challenges and joy!
Take the challenge!!! You will not regret serving with these wonderful volunteers and making a difference to families in need!!
The Heart of a Servant :
IHN Austin
Foundation for the Homeless IHN is a shelter program based on a national model (Family Promise) that provides emergency shelter for children and their families experiencing homelessness. Host churches, synagogues and support congregations work in collaboration to provide year round shelter, meals, and a caring supportive environment.

We serve families that are experiencing the trauma of homelessness. This service is both an honor and an opportunity to use our time,treasure, and talent to help families move from homelessness into safe, and stable housing. By volunteering we play a vital role that opens doors to change lives for the better. Congregations typically serve three families at a time for one or two weeks, with housing, food and companionship. The number of families in congregations can change rapidly as we all work to assist the transition from homelessness into housing. These are opportunities for celebration but can result in fewer families for volunteers to serve. We look forward to rolling-up our sleeves with you and working together as we guide families home. In everything we do the most imprint role is that of family and children, those that we serve with our mission.

For more information, visit Foundation for the Homeless
Save the Date!
Sunday, October 8
Stewardship Kickoff Potluck
The UPC 2018 Stewardship season kicks off October 8 with a potluck after worship. Sign UP in the courtyard after worship beginning this Sunday, September 17, to let the Stewardship Committee know what you'll be bringing to share.

Look for Suzanne Freeman after worship September 17, 24 and October 1.
Tuesday Evening Bible Study First Class Begins September 26
The first Tuesday Evening Bible Study on the Parables has been postponed to Tuesday September 26.

The class meets at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. My apologies, I will be out of town September 19. See you then.
Jonathan Eddison
Sundays in the Mosaic Studio
There’s lots of work to be done in the mosaic studio. Please sign up to work any Sunday in September, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Let’s see how far we can get before October comes around!
Or, call her at 512-970-9121.
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
Please join us as Kellie Martini leads us in our third and final discussion of Growth Mind Set vs. Fixed Mind Set . Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success and professor at Stanford University, has researched “growth mindset” - the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. This is a huge concept for parents to think about for their children, but also as adults…are our brains “fixed” or do we have the mindset for “growth”? The below links give you a quick peek into Carol Dweck’s research and results.
Kellie will be providing suggestions to us on how we can promote a growth mind set in our children….and ourselves. Come with your questions and comments. We look forward to seeing you!
-Stephanie Morris, Parenting & Faith Coordinator
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

Karen Moore, on a recurrence of cancer
(submitted anonymously via prayer card) 

To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email
To pray for those on our prayer list, download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for September 17, 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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