e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  December 11, 2019
DECEMBER 11, 2019



presented by the UPC Chancel Choir
& Laudate Childrens Choir

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols tradition we share each year originated in close to its present form on Christmas Eve at King’s College, Cambridge, 101 years ago. It always begins with the same carol and tells in scripture and song the story of the loving purposes of God from the first days of our creation to the glorious redemption brought us by the Holy Child. We pray your spirits are again lifted and warmed by this year’s retelling of this familiar yet wondrous story. It's a great time to invite friends and family to worship with us! 
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A service in witness to the resurrection and in grateful remembrance of the life of Barbara Ann Litchford will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., in the UPC sanctuary, with reception to follow in Fellowship Hall. Please be in prayer for Barbara's family in this time of loss and grief.
The season of Advent is filled with anticipation and joy as we prepare for the coming Christ child. Our Longest Night service is a recognition that, alongside all of its joyful expectation, Advent can also be a painful time for those of us grieving friends and family members or other losses. So we will gather in worship Wednesday, December 18, 7:30 p.m., in Fellowship Hall for a simple service of music, scripture, and poetry and, a chance, to mourn together even as we look forward to celebrating the incarnation. 
The Faith & Life Class meets in Room 201, upper level.

9:15 a.m. Meet, Greet, Coffee & Eat
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Presentation & Discussion
UPC Deacons are once again planning a Roving Christmas Caroling Experience after worship Sunday, December 22, and want you to join them! Plan to meet in Fellowship Hall for a light lunch, plus special treats from John and Suzi Parker, who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on December 20. Then, we'll head out to Westminster Manor for a big sing. Finally, we'll divide up into smaller groups to visit with our members under Covenant Care and bring a bit of Christmas (Advent) cheer.

Groups will be loosely organized geographically so the caroling will be more or less on your way home. Deacons will be in the courtyard recruiting carolers after Lessons & Carols December 15. Now, that will definitely put you in the mood for more caroling!
All are invited to this year's Christmas Eve Fellowship Reception which will be hosted in Fellowship Hall. Starting at 4:30 p.m., this reception is an opportunity to enjoy some food and celebrate with our UPC community. It also allows our children the opportunity to prepare for their parts in the 5:30 worship service.

This year, we'd love to offer both sweet and savory refreshments. We are asking that church members with last names starting with A through M bring some kind of finger food dessert (cookies, brownies, fruit, cupcakes, etc) and church members with last names starting with N through Z bring a savory finger food appetizer (veggie tray, chips & dip, pigs in a blanket or roll ups, cheese & crackers, etc). Homemade or store bought is fine by us!

Special Note to Parents & Families with Children:
At 4:45 p.m., we will invite any children who would like to be a part of the pageant to Room 210 on the upper level, accompanied by our UPC Christian Formation staff and any parents who'd like to come along, for a brief music rehearsal and to get in their Instant Pageant costumes! The children will be brought back down to the Fellowship Hall at 5:15 p.m. - plenty of time to find your pew in the sanctuary before worship begins at 5:30 p.m. No previous experience in Laudate Choir needed for the music rehearsal! Even if you arrive a bit late and miss the music rehearsal, your kids can still find their costumes for the pageant up in Room 210 at any time during the Fellowship Reception.
As is our tradition, UPC offers two services Christmas Eve. Our early service features an instant pageant, with as many lambs, shepherds, wise men, angels, and stars as the kids choose, plus candles to conclude the service. If you have young family visiting for the holidays, they are welcome to come at 4:45 to Room 210 on the upper level to choose a costume to join in telling the wonderful story.

Then, at 8:00 p.m., we return to the sanctuary for our traditional communion service. We'll share in the light of Christ at the conclusion of this service, then, weather permitting, will process to the courtyard and sing "Joy to the World!" Children are always welcome to worship at UPC. Although there will not be childcare for this service, parents will be able to access the nursery on the lower level if needed. O Come, Let Us Adore Him!

Our annual Border Mission Trip in 2020 with Faith Ministry will again be during spring break. The dates: March 15-20, 2020.

Please consider going with us. If you have any questions, see Craig Deats or call him at 512-567-1419.

Don’t forget: everyone who goes needs a passport. So if you don’t have one, or it’s about to expire, now’s a great time to get a new one; the process takes awhile.
2019 UPC Photobook Now Available for Purchase

Once again, Karen Werkenthin has assembled a beautiful photo journal of our life together at UPC in the past year, from Rally Day through the youth mission trip to Cuba. She has gifted us a copy and you're welcome to stop by the the church office and take a look.

If you'd like to purchase a copy for yourself, you can click the link below. Thank you, Karen!

As the weather turns cooler, our neighbors who come to church on Tuesday mornings seeking food, warmth, and services also need warm knitted hats and gloves. The need is greater for men than for women. Please place items in the box just outside Fellowship Hall. Thank you for considering this opportunity to give to others.

UPC Service Committee
& UPLift Steering Committee
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Please pray for

Charlie French, who is scheduled for a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy Wednesday, December 11, with a planned overnight stay. Charlie is the three-year-old son of Byron and Sarah French. They appreciate prayers for the procedure and for a smooth recovery. 

Patrick Hammontree, who is recovering at home from a blood clot in the lung. His prognosis is good, but he and his family welcome prayers. Patrick is the son-in-law of Neal and Karen Grice. He and their daughter Sarah met in the college group at UPC.
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email   upc@upcaustin.org .
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.
Celebrations and Concerns of the congregation are published weekly and include prayers and people to pray for. Plan to pick up a copy for Sunday, December 15, 2019, in the narthex or outside the library on Sunday.
UPC's Prayer Chain is a group of faithful prayer warriors who commit to praying for people throughout the week. If you'd like to be part of the Prayer Chain, click the button below. You will receive periodic emails (no more than one per day), with specific requests from members to pray. Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer.