Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church     August 27, 2018
New Brand Identity Introduced at Rally Day
It gives me tremendous pleasure to introduce our new UPC logo, which we debuted in our Sunday bulletin on Rally Day and which we will roll out throughout our community in the next weeks and months.

At the end of 2017, the UPC session commissioned a task force to work on our UPC visual identity, in coordination with a professional graphic artist — who specializes in working with churches — named Lauren Wright Pittman. The process began with Lauren asking a wide variety of questions about the nature of our community, the symbols we value, and the sorts of feeling we wanted a logo to communicate. In response, the task force pulled from material generated during the pastoral search, photos and descriptions of central UPC visual features, as well as its own sense of the UPC community.

From the beginning, we suspected that we would end up with something involving a tree — both because of the “Rooted, Growing, Connecting” language in our mission statement, but also because of the twin Texas oaks that anchor our courtyard.

What I did not imagine was that the trees, the archways, the stained glass, and the city of Austin itself could be combined into something that feels to me as open, joyful, and faithful as what you now see before you.

At its regular August meeting, the session unanimously approved the adoption of this new logo, and moreover offered its commendation upon all of the members of the task force that worked to bring it to life: Lynn Bridge, David Chao, Alison Harris, Stephanie Morris, and Elaine Wagner, alongside oversight from ACT chair Brad Turpin and staff leadership from Krystal Leedy. I join session — as I hope you will — in offering my profound thanks to this group.

We’d love to put this new logo on everything we can. It will take some time. For today, I hope you are as excited as I am, and that you can sense the energy and excitement of your church leaders as we enter into this new year together!

Sign UP to Cook Dinner for UKirk!
UKirk means “University Church,” and it is the campus ministry at UPC. We are so excited the students are here because this church’s founding is as an outreach to the University of Texas. We welcome all college students to our Sunday evening program. In the coming weeks, our regular schedule will be

5:00 p.m. Bible study in the UParlor
6:00 p.m. dinner in Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm. worship in the FH chapel.

On September 2, we'll give students another chance to get to know one another. Full program begins September 9.

One of the best ways to get to know our college students is through cooking dinner for UKirk on Sunday evenings, when we have our campus ministry. A member of our UKirk Committee will gladly greet you on Sunday nights and help get some of the auxiliary stuff set up for dinner like plates and napkins, and serving dishes.

We are starting a new program for Bible study, so that each week we are doing a different activity. If you sign up for the FIRST Sunday of the month, know that those Sundays are the ones where we are cooking with the students beginning at 5:00 p.m. You will get a special note from our seminary intern Alex Pappas if you sign up for one of those Sundays.
 Anything that you want to cook is fine, but please also provide a vegetarian option as we have at least one vegetarian student. We serve dinner on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m., and we do our best to be prompt. After you cook or bring dinner, we would love for you to sit with our students as we get to know them together.
Want to sign up? Just Click here.

Thanks, and let me know if you have questions!
-Pastor Krystal
UPC History Collection Now Live!
The Heritage Ministry Team conceived of the UPC History Collection, a digital archive of UPC’s documents, photographs, audio and video files, as part of our 125th anniversary in 2016. Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the Heritage Ministry Team was able to partner with Heritage IT and launched the history collection project that year.

Our goal is to make UPC’s rich archival collections accessible to and searchable by church members and the public at large. This is a long-term master project of the UPC Heritage Ministry Team.

To access the beta version, go to upcaustin.historyit.com

Clicking the “Learn More” link takes you to the ABOUT page, explaining features such as the Time Line, Themes, and Items. Available materials will continue to grow over time, so make regular visits to investigate new facets of University Presbyterian Church history.
You Can Help the History Collection Grow!

TECH TEAM: seeking volunteers to provide hands-on services such as the creation of meta-data for digitized documents and photographs as well as digitizing and uploading materials. Skills needed include familiarity and comfort with basic computer technologies and interest in learning to use new technologies.  
Contact Carol Keller 623-680-3864.

SCRAPBOOKING:  seeking individuals with experience scrapbooking or those interested in learning, as we have over a dozen old scrapbooks in fragile condition which need to be restored and revitalized. 
Contact Karen Greif 512-656-7587

Print Archives are housed in the Heritage Ministry Room (Room 2, lower level). 
Anyone with items to contribute, questions or interest in exploring these materials, 
contact Sharyn Reynolds 512-695-3387
UPdate from the
Refugee Welcome Team
The children of our refugee family dressed in their new school clothes, outfitted with back packs and school supplies greeted the Welcome Team with big smiles when we arrived to accompany them to their first day of school in Austin!

Thanks to the Welcome Team who made numerous car trips to get the family ready for school - driving them to get school clothes, purchasing school supplies and back packs with your donations, registering them with AISD, getting their immunizations and teaching them the way to the bus stop and classroom. The schools were well acquainted with each of our students prior to their first day.

Congratulations to the children who have now mastered the route from home to bus stop and from bus to classroom. They looked confident and eager that first day.
The next step for the Welcome Team is to facilitate the family's communication with AISD – taking them to Back to School night and teacher conferences and providing them with the support needed to be successful in school. We are currently enrolling the mother in ESL classes at Covenant Presbyterian Church (Manos de Cristo sponsored).

The family will continue to need our support as the father gains work experience and the mother prepares herself for employment.
Call for Volunteers

The Welcome Team needs more volunteer drivers. If you are interested, please call Robin Dennis at 512-434-0163 or contact any member of the Welcome Team.
Parenting & Faith

As parents, we are all striving together toward one goal - to raise our kids the best we know how and to stay sane doing so. Parenting can be tough - that's why we need one another. Parenting can also be hilarious, exhausting, joyful, heartbreaking, confusing, and sometimes, just plain weird. That's why we hang out together. But Parenting & Faith is so much more than just another class here at UPC. We look out for each other. We are there for each other. We celebrate together. We struggle together. We are Team Parenting & Faith.

I am so excited to be working much more closely with this team this year, and am incredibly grateful for the amazing leadership of Stephanie Morris who has worked tirelessly to build such a great group. Please plan to join us Sunday, September 2, from 9:30 to 10:40 a.m. on the Lower Level in Room 1. 

Our first gathering will be an informal time of catching up and welcoming some new faces to the team. And who knows, maybe we might just bring in a free catered breakfast from RISE Biscuits & Donuts that morning??

As a (relatively) new parent myself, and as this is the first adult ministry group I've lead here at UPC, I can tell you from the beginning that I don't have all the answers and may need a few weeks to get my feet under me. But I can promise you that I'm with you. Part of the team. And together, we're going to make Parenting & Faith the best team it can be.
-Pastor John
The Present Word
Room 3,
Lower Level
Sundays 9:30 a.m.

The Present Word Class returns Sunday, September 2. Our background material is provided by the curriculum that gives the class its name. By using the provided scripture readings, we ensure that we are engaging with the whole Bible over time.

Our fall quarter topic is "God's World and God's People." In Genesis, the book of beginnings, God is revealed as the Creator, Sustainer, Judge, and Redeemer, who brought all things into being. The fall quarter surveys the Book of Genesis in developing sessions on God’s creation of the universe, earth, and people. It also details how God continues to co-labor with sinful humanity in reconciling and re-creating order in all things.

The class is led by Roscoe Overton. We would love to have you come learn, share and pray with us.
Reclaiming Jesus:
A Confession of Faith
in a Time of Crisis

The UPC Faith & Life Class invites you to join with them Sundays in September as Dr. Fred Morgan leads us in a discussion of faith in Jesus in modern times.

September 2:
Civil Discourse & Followers of Jesus
September 9:
Jesus is Lord: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis
September 16:
To Protect & Seek Justice
September 23:
Truth Is Morally Central to Our Personal & Public Lives
September 30:
Change the World Through the Life & Love of Jesus Christ

Join us for coffee and fellowship beginning at 9:15 a.m., with discussion beginning at 9:30 a.m., Room 201, Upper Level.
Tuesday Evening
Bible Study Returns October 2
UPC Fellowship Hall, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Bible study in Fellowship Hall on Tuesday evenings is a long standing tradition at UPC. This fall, the study begins on the first Tuesday in October, so mark your calendars.

We will study,Corinthians I and II and then the history of the Bible as we have it today from its known origins and sources. The study moves at the class’s preferred speed. All are welcome!

October 2 class will cover

  • Catching Up and Travel Stories
  • Paul generally
  • Pauline letters generally
  • Paul and the Church in Corinth
  • Corinthians I, Chapter 1

For more information, contact
Jon Eddison at 512-988-0333 or jbeddison@mac.com
September 1
10:00 a.m.

The UPC Dementia Support Group meets on the first Saturday of the month to offer support and ideas for those caring for family experiencing memory loss. All are welcome to join us.
Sign UP to Lead!

Dear UPC Adults,

It's time to say YES! Our children need your help to lead their Sunday School classes! We have several different kinds of leadership roles that we are looking to fill and several dates still open - especially for these first few Sundays this fall! Help our children have a strong start to the year in Sunday School by clicking the YELLOW button below to sign up. Clicking the button will take you to an easy to use Google Doc. You do not need a Google account to use this feature. Sign up instructions, a full list of dates, and descriptions of the various leadership roles are provided on the form. Thank you for faithfully living into your baptismal promises to nurture our children in faith.
Wait!! Before you scroll past the sign up button...

We try hard to make leading Sunday School as easy and stress-free as possible. Click the GREEN button to see just how simple leading our kids can be. Also, if you would like to sign up but are worried about using the Google Doc, please c ontact Adrielle Chew at growing@upcaustin.org or Pastor John at associate@upcaustin.org .
On behalf of our UPC children, thank you in advance for saying YES!
Pastor John, Adrielle, & the
Christian Formation Committee
Still Time to Join Chancel Choir!

It's now the 2nd-best time to join the Chancel Choir. First Wednesday rehearsal is September 5, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. NOT this Wednesday, but the following one. Come sing with us!
Ara Carapetyan
Calling All Bakers!

We are welcoming college students and visitors to UPC with cookies, and need some willing bakers to help us out on the following Sundays: September 9 and September 16.

If you can bake 2 dozen cookies and get them to the church on either of those dates, please contact Liz Wright at 512-934-2248 (call or text), or elisabethw2013@gmail.com

Thanks for all you do!
Hello to all you handbell ringers out there!

If you used to play, or would like to try playing, or have ever even thought or wondered about playing, we'd love to have you in the UPC Handbell Choir. We only have enough ringers to play three of our five octaves right now, so more ringers would mean we could play more octaves and have more fun!

Our fall start-up rehearsal will be Sunday, September 16, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. If you have questions, need more info, or would like to attend, please contact Kim Vitray, 512-658-8587 or kimvitray710@gmail.com
For the UPLift Grocery Cart:

  • 10 lb box oatmeal (not instant)
  • large jar preserves or jelly
  • large cans of diced tomatoes
  • large bag white rice (not instant)
  • breakfast bars

Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC ministry!
Micah 6 of Austin Reception, Annual Meeting
Sunday, September 9, 12:30 p.m., All Saints' Episcopal Church
On Sunday, September 9, All Saints' Episcopal Church will host the Annual Meeting of Micah 6, with a reception at
12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Micah 6 Board Members, staff, members of all Micah 6 congregations, and volunteers are
invited to gather at All Saints’ to celebrate the work of Micah 6 in our community.

Micah 6 of Austin has served the central Austin community for the past 15 years! This organization provides what has become the largest food pantry in the area, offers a Sunday Day Shelter for street youth under the age of 30, facilitates a Women’s Resource Group for homeless young women, and supports a meal for those who are hungry in our community each Friday.

The Reverend Barry Smith, executive director of Micah 6, will present the annual report of the ministry's activities in and for the community. Representatives from each Micah 6 program will share brief highlights.
We would love for Micah 6 volunteers especially to attend. If you can bring simple foods such as finger sandwiches, chips, veggies, fruit, or cookies to serve, please let Kelly Barnhill, Micah 6 board representative from All Saints', know what you can provide. You can email her at kbarnhill@johnsoncenter.org .

Thank you so much for the support of the Micah 6 ministry and its various programs, and we look forward to seeing you
in September.

David Wofford
Micah 6 Board Representative
Celebrations & Concerns
Today, we celebrate the anniversaries of

Rosanne and Laurence Becker, who have been married for 58 years today.

Jane and Tyson Payne , who today celebrate their 70th anniversary. They are 91.
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 .
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 download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for Sunday, August 26, 2018, click here or pick up a copy in the church office or in the narthex.