September 4, 2017 

Twenty-Third Sunday
in Ordinary Time
September 10, 2017

Worship 11:00 a.m.

Matt Gaventa continues the sermon series "Preaching through Exodus:

Sermon text: Exodus 3:1-15

Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.
UPC Fellowship Hall
Music This Sunday
UPC Chancel Choir sings "When Israel Was in Egypt's Land," arranged by Melva Wilson Costen. Text can be found in Glory to God, Number 52.

Laudate Children's Choir
meets Sunday in Room 210 at 9:15 a.m. All school-age children through 7th grade are welcome to join Children's Choir Director Austin Bradley for rehearsal. Then, the Laudate Choir heads over to the Youth Room at 10:00 a.m. for The BIG Hello. Children's small groups meet at 10:15 a.m. Come Shine Your Light this Sunday!
Welcome (Back), Students!
The UPC UKirk Committee welcomes our new students (and their families if they are still in town) and welcomes BACK our returning students, with a brunch in the Fellowship Hall after morning worship, September 10. See you at noon Sunday!
UKirk Dinner, Evening Worship
All college students are invited to share a meal each Sunday during the academic year. Join us in the UPC Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m. this Sunday. Following the meal, you are invited to evening worship at 7:00 p.m. See you Sunday!
Considering joining the Chancel Choir? You'll be most welcome !
Join choir members at the first rehearsal of the fall, this Wednesday, August 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. Parking is free in the UT Co-Op Garage; enter the building through the portico doors at the north end of the central courtyard. 
Presbyterians continue recovery effort in Houston following Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey
LOUISVILLE – The high water from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey may be subsiding, but the long-term threat in Texas is far from over. In the Houston area, emergency crews are still going door-to-door looking for people who may still be in their homes. As the water recedes the threat of mold and contaminated water supplies from local chemical plants and refineries continues to complicate recovery efforts.

Louisiana National Guard members from the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assist the Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with the evacuation of a nursing home in Orange, Texas, on Aug. 30. (Louisiana National Guard photo)
"Sweaty Sundays" Gifts of the Heart Project to Aid Harvey Victims
In light of the immense devastation brought to Texas by Hurricane Harvey, the UPC Service Committee is organizing a significant response effort to support the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). And thankfully, Christian Formation oversees a program where just such an effort can be launched:  Sweaty Sundays. You can help build clean up buckets and hygiene kits for those directly affected by Harvey by participating.

Sweaty Sundays is an inter-generational service project time, 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., open to all UPC members and friends. We will be assembling  Gifts of the Heart Clean-up Buckets & Hygiene Kits in the Youth Room September 10 and 17.

Our buckets and hygiene kits will be collected by Mission Presbytery and used in areas along the coast once recovery starts. We need in-kind donations to build these kits; please  download the PDA Gifts of the Heart shopping list and bring any of the listed items to the Youth Room Sunday mornings, or bring them to the church office anytime during office hours.
  • Sweaty Sundays program participants (children, youth, and adults welcome!) will work to assemble these buckets from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. September 10 and September 17. A reminder that the Laudate Children's Choir begins at 9:15 am and other adult education classes begin at 9:30 am, so if you're looking for something to do during that time, join us in the Youth Room for Sweaty Sundays!
  • Please consider donating items each week so we make sure our supply levels remain adequate to complete these projects.
  • Feel free to get your neighborhood or workplace or school involved in collecting these materials! UPC is happy to provide documentation to employers or schools about the nature of this project. 
  • Please do not donate supplies that are not on these lists or that vary from any item-specific requirements. 
  • Contact the church if you have any questions

Gifts of the Heart Kits made by UPC will go directly to smaller coastal town in Texas, along with other kits made by churches across Mission Presbytery.
Gifts of the Heart Cleanup Bucket

1 — 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid*(Value $75)
5 — scouring pads
7 — sponges, assorted sizes
1 — scrub brush
1 — pkg. cleaning towels (18 reusable, like Easy Wipes®)
1 — box dry laundry detergent, 50-78 oz.
1 — liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol®), 12 oz.
1 — bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn®), 24-28 oz.
1 — 1 pkg. clothespins, 48-50 Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
5 — dust masks
2 pair — latex gloves (like Playtex®)
1 pair — work gloves
1 — 24 to 28 count roll heavy-duty trash bags (30-45 gallon, remove from carton)
1 — bottle insect repellant (pump, drops or lotion; not aerosol), 6-9 oz.

Please purchase all liquids in plastic bottles. Send only new, unopened materials. Put all items in the plastic bucket, packed securely to avoid damage during shipment, and seal lid with packing tape.

*Some local fast-food restaurants are willing to give pickle buckets (or other 5-gallon buckets with re-sealable lids) or offer them for a small fee. These can be washed out and used for the cleanup buckets.
Gifts of the Heart Hygiene Kit

(Value $15)
1 — hand towel (approximately 16" x 28", no fingertip or bath towels)
1 — washcloth
1 — wide-tooth comb (remove from package)
1 — nail clipper (UPDATE: nail clippers with metal files or emery boards attached are now accepted; remove from package)
1 — bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)
1 — toothbrush (in original packaging)
10 — Band-Aids® or other adhesive bandage strips
Please do not add toothpaste to the Hygiene Kit. Toothpaste which has an extended expiration date will be added to international Hygiene Kit shipments just prior to shipment. Seal all items in a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure.
Ways to Give to PDA Harvey Disaster Relief
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) continues to be in touch with presbytery leadership in New Covenant, Mission, and South Louisiana Presbyteries. National Response Teams are being deployed into the affected regions when it is safe to do so.
Please designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey. You can give online  HERE. Giving information (where to send checks, how to give via phone, etc.) can be found  HERE. 

To send a check, please designate where you want your gift to go on the memo line and mail to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
Be sure indicate that your PC(USA) congregation when you donate online or send a check.

You can also Text "PDA" to 20222 to give $10 or c all 800-872-3283 to give by credit card.
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. Check your UPdate next Monday for what to bring that Sunday and let's fill the shelves so that UPLift and Micah 6 can help feed people here in Austin.
Martha Circle begins our new schedule on Saturday, September 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the church. Eve Lawrence will be our hostess and Karen Grice will lead lesson one in the Horizon study "A Cloud of Witnesses."
Study books are $10 this year. If you have questions, please call Karen at 512-926-7844 or e-mail .   
"Anchored in Hope"
Faith & Life Class
  Hebrews 6:19:  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

The anchor is one of the oldest symbols of the Christian faith, suggesting steadfastness , and stability in times of turbulence and change. Through the centuries the anchor became the symbol associated with Hope.

In the Faith and Life Class this fall, our theme will be Anchored in Hope , as we are reminded by the writer of Hebrews that our hope in Christ is the anchor of our souls. We will be exploring how that hope may strengthen us in five dimensions of our contemporary world: memory, truth, community, suffering, and solidarity.

Join us on September 10 for a continuation of the discussion of the recent session of the Texas Legislature led by Bee Moorhead, Executive Director of Texas Impact, and Pastor Krystal Leedy. We’ll look how our faith has an impact on legislation, and how we speak truth to power. 

The Faith & Life class meets in Room 201, upper level. Join us for coffee and fellowship beginning at 9:00. a.m. Lecture and discussion begins at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome!
Tuesday Evening Bible Study News
Rally Day has come and gone. Hurricane Harvey is slowly leaving. Labor Day is here. Tuesday Evening Bible Study will resume for the fall on Tuesday September 19, at the usual time and place (7:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall). Our curriculum is the Parables, all of them. If a parable appears in more than one Gospel we will read them together. I will bring in Bill Greenway’s fascinating reading of some of the parables, as well as the commentary of a Jewish scholar of Christianity, in addition to my usual sources.

For openers I am planning on reading and discussing three parables per class. We may go slower or faster, and of course some parables are more difficult or more important than others. The goal is to read and discuss them all thoughtfully before Thanksgiving week. This should be a fun semester. Bring your friends.

Jonathan Eddison
We invite those who are mourning to attend the Faith & Grief Gatherings to join us for the Austin Gathering the second Thursday of the month from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall located at 3208 Exposition Boulevard. This month's meeting will be held on Thursday, September 14.

To register for this month’s Gathering, to go

The Mission of Faith & Grief Ministries   is to provide ongoing comfort to 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. For more information, go to
New Adult Christian Formation Class
This fall UPC will offer a new Adult Christian Education course-- The Way -- which is what some early Christians called Christianity before it became Christianity. The class will meet every Sunday from September 3 to December 10, and from January 14 to May 27, 2018. Classes will be held in Fellowship Hall and run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Jonathan Eddison will lead the class.

The Present Word Study
"Covenant with God"
This quarter, The Present Word class offers studies on the theme "Covenant with God." It considers the major covenants that God makes with people on behalf of the earth and the human community. Beginning with Noah, God promises benevolence toward creation. Similar commitments are made with Abram, Phinehas, and Ezekiel. Ultimately, the covenant forms the foundation for the coming Messiah and salvation for the world. Unit I, "Signs of God's Covenants" Unit II, "Called into Covenant with God" Unit III, "An Everlasting Covenant."

The class is led by Roscoe Overton, and meets in Room 3, lower level, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to participate!
Please join the Parenting & Faith class this Sunday as we gather to discuss our fall class schedule (almost completed!), discuss a date for our fall social hosted by Sarah and Byron French and catch up with each other after a fun filled summer! Hope to see you soon!
-Stephanie Morris, Parenting & Faith Coordinator
Stop the Merry Go Round
I Want to Get Off!
Austin Cluster Presbyterian Women Meeting September 9
Greetings from your Austin Cluster Co-leaders! We wanted to personally invite your church ladies to the  Austin Cluster of Presbyterian Women 2017 Fall Gathering. The gathering will be held on September 9, 2017 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1705 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, TX 78664 from 8:30 - 12:00 PM. Breakfast will be provided by Grace. 
Lori Black, Grace Presbyterian Church Round Rock
Linda Walicek, First Presbyterian Church Elgin

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!

Wear your old clothes and your sturdy, enclosed shoes. You’ve got the fingers? We’ve got the band-aids!!! Come on down!
Or, call her at 512-970-9121.
For more information about  The Feeding of the Five Thousand , go to Broken and Mended: New Life from Shards.

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
  • cans of diced tomatoes
  • large bag of raisins
  • large jars of jelly or preserves
  • brown sugar
  • breakfast/snack bars
Celebrations & Concerns
Prayers for Those Affected by Harvey
Prayers Submitted during Prayers of the People on Facebook Live
Prayers for all working for the safety and security of those in harms way, that we may be reminded that through the love of God, we are not strangers but friends and beloved siblings in Christ. Meg Vail

Please pray for our grandson, Jordan, serving with National Guard, helping with the flood situation in Rockport and Port Aransas. Mary Ann Parker

For clergy in all the affected areas. For Kai Ryan and all those affected by flooding. For Marla Huseman Grace and all affected by tornado warnings. Sarah Gaventa

My brother and sister-in-law are with me from Rockport waiting to see if their home is ok. Jan Brees

Prayers for the evacuees in Austin facilities Amy Toulouse

Prayers for all those who are in need of rescue today Krystal Leedy

Prayers for my family in La Marque and League City Amy Toulouse

For Presbyterian Disaster Assistance as they assess the damage Krystal Leedy

Prayers for Victoria & the Gulf Coast as well Kathy Anderson

For all worshipers of God in Houston + + +
Ara Carapetyan

For all affected by this storm. Patricia Combs
My friends and family in Corpus Christi and in Houston. Nicole Taylor

For family in Houston and Bastrop Ara Carapetyan

For Jordan Parker. 1st responder! Robin Parker Birdwell

My friends in Houston Patricia Combs

For those on the coast Krystal Leedy

For all students Krystal Leedy

For Kathy in Victoria Randal Whittington

Cousins in Houston Karen Miller

Prayers for my sister & brother-in-law & kids as their home has flooded in Houston. Kathy Anderson

For all situations surrounding Harvey hurricane. For healing in our country in the world. For Peace. Mallory Blair Randal

Prayers for all first responders - risking their lives for the lives of others. Mary Dodd

For family and friends in the Houston area Jennie Elliott

Deanna, who lost her Rockport house. Lynn Bridge

For Mission Presbytery Krystal Leedy

All those in Houston Mary Dodd
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email

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.
To pray for those on our prayer list, download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for September 3, 2017, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the church office.
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