Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  December 4, 2018
DECEMBER 9, 2018
The Reverend Matt Gaventa
preaches from

"Two Coats"
The Chancel Choir sings a setting of a 4 th Century poem by Prudentius arranged by David Willcocks: “Of the Father’s Heart Begotten”.

Matt Gaventa's sermon on the first Sunday in Advent:

You can find other UPC sermons at
Pick one up in the narthex or on the table outside the church office. The devotional, from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, is  Unwrapping Advent: Questions & Answers for Contemplation at Advent & Christmas.
Join us as we go caroling to our friends around town. We'll leave from UPC following the Alternative Gift Market and a light lunch on December 9.

This is a great way to inaugurate the Christmas season and a nice gift to our fellow members who aren't able to join us in worship. Don't miss it!
On Reign of Christ Sunday, a hearty crowd stayed after worship to help us decorate the church for the Advent and Christmas season, and if you were among them, you may know that our beloved UPC Chrismon Tree is getting harder and harder to assemble. This tree has served us well for many years, but what gets lost underneath the lights and decorations are the layers of wire, tape, and dreams that are holding it together. 

Your Worship & Music Committee would love to offer this tree a gracious retirement and order a new one at the conclusion of this Christmas season. However, these sorts of trees are expensive. We think we’re looking at a minimum of $3,000 for something that will work in our space. If you would like to make a donation towards our new Chrismon Tree fund, please leave a check in the offering plate, with "tree project" in the memo line, or get in touch with the church office. Thank you!
Many thanks to all of you who have made pledges of financial support for the ministry of UPC in 2019! To give you a bit of an update: after counting up all of the pledges made before and right after Thanksgiving, we’ve received pledges from about three-quarters of our normal pledging households. That translates to budgeted pledge income for 2019 (so far) of about $625,000, compared to the budgeted pledge income for this past year of about $707,000. So, we are well on our way!

But we still need everybody’s help — no matter the size of the gift — to grow our ministry over the next year. If you haven’t yet had a chance to pledge, you can still drop a pledge card in the offering plate or click “Pledge Now” on the UPC website. And if you have any questions about your pledge, don’t hesitate to contact the church office. Thank you again for all of the ways in which you support our ministry!
Please note that contributions to the 2018 operating budget must be postmarked by December 31. Contact Trudi Capotosto if you have questions about your 2018 pledge. Thank you for your generous support!
You, the congregation, have blessed UPLift with your generosity. Thus, our list for this week is very short. 

To make the soup that is served each week, we use 

  • 8 (14-oz) cans or 4 (28-oz) cans of diced tomatoes   
  • 3 to 4 (10-oz) cans of Rotel tomatoes
  • bag of rice

For peanut butter sandwiches:
  • jars of preserves or jelly

Thank you!!!!
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Room 201, Upper Level

December 2 – 23, 2018
Advent draws us into a time of reflection, thanksgiving, and joy. We will be asking four questions to guide our reflections.

December 9: Sarah Gaventa Mysterious Beings: What do we know about angels?

December 16: Matt Gaventa Prophecies and Hopes: What are the ways people (and Jesus himself) viewed his coming?

December 23: Bill Gaventa What Child Is This?: “Who do you say that I am?” 

Join us for coffee and conversation at 9:15 a.m., with presentation and discussion beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Needleworkers Group Expanding

Needleworkers wish to invite anyone who might be afraid of needles or considers themselves ill equipped to do stitching hand work but might be open to “cutting up” or just “sticking around” to join us for fellowship and handwork with paper!

Starting Thursday. December 6 at 7:00 p.m., we will have a table set up in the upstairs parlor to work on a UPC scrapbook from the 1940s which is being restored by the Heritage Team members. 

We can use additional hands and hearts for cutting out borders or newspaper articles and pasting or sticking them down on pages. We'll also need help coming up with a new name! Join us for fellowship and fun!
Advent: Incarnation & Compassion
Parenting & Faith
Sundays 9:30 a.m.
Room 1, Lower Level

We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Bill Greenway to the Parenting & Faith class for three weeks beginning Sunday, December 2, for a new series entitled "Advent: Incarnation & Compassion."

Dr. Greenway is the Professor of Philosophical Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a fellow UPC parent, and is a speaker not to miss! Join us as we take a deeper look into what Advent and the coming of Jesus Christ is all about.
The Present Word
Room 3
Lower Level
Sundays 9:30 a.m .

The Present Word winter quarter topic is "Our Love for God." As we were taught as children, "We love because God first loved us." The lessons in this quarter challenge us to examine what this amazing grace means for each of us and what God's love may be calling us to do as individuals and as a church. We would love to have you come learn, share and pray with us.
Please pray for those who will be in need of cold weather shelter in Austin this season. Last year, there were 14 Cold Weather Shelter nights declared in Austin, where the temperature was 32 degrees or lower (35 when raining). St. Andrews Presbyterian Church is seeking a cold weather shelter supervisor for this season. For more information, email edwardkopas@gmail.com and mention "CWS Supervisor" in the subject line.
To download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for Sunday, December 2, 2018, click here . You may also pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.
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.