Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  February 13, 2019
AUSTIN MARATHON THIS SUNDAY!
SIXTH SUNDAY
AFTER EPIPHANY
FEBRUARY 17, 2019

WORSHIP 11:00 AM

Pastor Matt Gaventa preaches about being
"Uncomfortably Full"

Gospel Reading:
Luke 6:17-26

MUSIC THIS SUNDAY

The Chancel Choir’s Anthem is a setting of verses from Luke and Matthew by Russian composer Viktor Kalinnikov, “The Beatitudes”.
LECTIONARY READINGS
FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019
RECENT SERMONS

In last week's sermon, Pastor John promised a three-minute read that will help you start the conversation about coming to church. Click the image above for the article or click here.

February 10, 2019, Pastor John Leedy

February 3, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa

January 20, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa
WHERE TO FIND UPC SERMONS
Subscribe to the UPC podcasts of sermons and other pertinent information. You can subscribe to our podcast through

AUSTIN MARATHON IS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
UPC TRAFFIC GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
Sunday, February 17 is the date set for the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. This year, the race event planners have created special traffic guides for each church affected by the route. Plan now your best route to church that Sunday.

General Tips

  • Assume you can’t cross the course. Crossing the marathon course with a vehicle is extremely difficult, and should be avoided. The Austin Police Department will only allow crossings at major intersections, and only when there are no runners present.

  • Park strategically: If your trip starts or ends near a section of the course, sometimes the best option may be to park on the more accessible side of the course and walk. For example, if you live on southbound Chicon St., park on the northbound side of the street so that your vehicle is on the side of the street that is open to vehicle traffic.

  • Use MoPac, Lamar Blvd., & I-35: These roads are unobstructed for northbound and southbound travel.

  • Use Ben White Bvld. (Hwy 290) and FM 2222 (Koenig Ln.): These roads are unobstructed for eastbound and westbound travel. Also, 45th St. is open westbound between Red River & Guadalupe.

  • Use Google Maps & Waze: On race day, real time traffic information can be found on sites and apps like Google Maps and Waze . The Austin Marathon street closures are submitted to these programs in advance, and they will display the closures and the associated traffic.

SEE YOU SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17!
Welcome Savannah Demuynck!
Our new seminary intern is Savannah Demuynck. Savannah is a North Carolina native and a graduate of the University of North Carolina. Between college and seminary, Savannah spent a year in Miami through the Young Adult Volunteer program working for a local nonprofit called South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice.

Savannah enjoys reading, puzzles, yoga, all things theology, and soaking in the Austin weather. In the winter and spring, you can find Savannah cheering on the Tarheels in basketball, go heels! Savannah and her husband Nick moved to Austin in the fall of 2017 to begin seminary together. She will be serving as our 2019 Supervised Practice of Ministry Intern for both the spring and fall semesters. Please join us in welcoming Savannah to the UPC Staff.
In recognition of Black History month, the Social Witness Committee of UPC is pleased to host a series of classes on Encountering Racism in Our Community, Our Church, and Ourselves. The four-week session will be held every Sunday in February in the Great Hall and will begin with breakfast at 9:15 a.m. All ages are welcome.

The class continues the conversation we began last spring with the series on Racial Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation. This year, we will explore racism in our community – both in the past and the present, and we will confront how even religion has been used and misused as a tool for racial domination. Most importantly, we will discuss the roles of forgiveness and grace in finding ways for more inclusive living and loving that allow us to transcend and transform unconscious racism in our community, church and homes.
Sunday February 17

Everyone is invited to the Great Hall for a panel discussion of UPC members about their personal experiences encountering racism in their lives.
Sunday, February 24

Transforming Unconscious Racism: Acts of Faith, Freedom, and Love

Stephanie Hawley, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Equity and Inclusion at Austin Community College
Dr. Hawley is Director of ACC’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. She facilitates workshops about forgiveness, race relations and social justice issues. At ACC, she’s working to improve equity in
enrollment, inclusion, retention and completion through increased leadership development, community collaboration and systemic change. She was awarded Austin’s YWCA 2017 Legacy Award for racial equity work in the community. In 2018, she received the Equity Champion Award from the City of Austin and
the NAACP Outstanding Leader Award.
PARENTING & FAITH SERIES:
SUSAN & ROB COTTRELL , freedhearts.org
Final Class February 27, 2019

Following Up & Stepping Up - open discussion and Q&A

UPC Youth Room, 9:30 a.m.
UPC ALL CHURCH RETREAT IS APRIL 26-28!
SIGN UP IN THE COURTYARD SUNDAY!
Our theme for the 2019 retreat is Neighborhood. How does God call us to be good neighbors? What does it mean to be good neighbors in a changing neighborhood? And how can the church have a role to play in creating a good neighborhood?

Leading the retreat is The Reverend Erin Counihan. Erin serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. She’s passionate about building community, engaging in public witness, collaborating with neighbors, and finding free snacks. She recently completed a term serving as moderator of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, is active in leadership with Metropolitan Congregations United, was selected as a member of the founding class of Walker Leadership Fellows at Eden Seminary, and has twice been picked as favorite babysitter by the chickens across the street from the church. She holds a BA in Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. She lives in South City St. Louis with her niece, Tegan, and Eddie, the best dog in the entire world. Don’t miss this wonderful weekend of worship, study, fellowship, and fun!
The deadline to register is Sunday, March 10.

How to register:
  • Visit the table in the UPC courtyard on Sundays before March 10.
  • Fill out the registration form,take one home, or download by clicking the image of the form above
  • Pay for your registration at the table or mail in a check with your completed form

There is a significant decrease in the cost of this year's retreat. That's because the Congregational Connections Committee is now subsidizing the participant fees! For a couple, that's an instant $70 savings. For a family of four, that's a savings of $90! The only thing you have to cover is your food and housing.

For more information about the retreat, please click on the green button below. Registration is first come, first served and spots are filling fast!
WOMEN'S RETREAT POSTPONED

A number of scheduling conflicts has resulted in the postponement of the UPC Women's Retreat, originally scheduled for the first weekend in March at John Knox Ranch. A committee is forming organize the retreat for later in the year. Please email the church office upc@upcaustin.org if you are interested in being on the planning team. Thanks!
SPRING BORDER
MISSION TRIP
March 17 March 22, 2019

Please plan to participate in UPC’s Border Mission Trip scheduled for Spring Break 2019, Sunday, March 17 to Friday, March 21. Working with Faith Ministry, we will travel to Reynosa, Mexico and build a simple cinderblock/concrete home for a family that currently has no or inadequate housing.

How can you help? Two ways. First, come with us. You don’t need ANY construction skills. This is a wonderful way to experience God’s love working in the world, and to learn about our brothers and sisters in Christ from our neighbor to the south. Talk to any past participants about their own experiences, and you will learn it is a faith-enriching experience. To sign up, simply notify Craig Deats at: cdeats@ddollaw.com, or 512-567-1419.

Second, please contribute to help with trip expenses. Construction materials cost $6,250; add travel, housing and food, and it’s a lot. We need your financial help. Place contributions in the offering plate clearly marked for the “Border Mission Trip,” or give them to the church office or Craig Deats. Any contribution, large or small, is greatly appreciated. And those who contribute $250 or more will receive a “thank you” email mid-week from a trip participant.

Questions? Talk to Craig Deats whenever/wherever you see him, email at cdeats@ddollaw.com or call him at 512-567-1419. Thanks to all for your continued support of this important mission effort.
A FRIENDLY REMINDER FROM YOUR FINANCE OFFICE
If you are planning to make a stock transfer, please send an email to financial@upcaustin.org and include the following information: 

  • date of gift
  • stock name
  • number of shares. 

Stock transfers into our Schwab account do not include the donor's name, so the only way you can get credit for your gift is to email us separately so that we know a transfer has occurred and that it was from you. Thanks!
JOIN THE UPLIFT ADVENTURE
LEARN ABOUT AMPLIFY AUSTIN
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Fellowship Hall following Worship
What does UPLift do? How much money is involved? What do the UPLIft volunteers do?
What is Amplify UPLift and how do I participate?

Join us February 17 after worship in Fellowship Hall for UPLift snacks, lottery prizes, and a Big UPLift Welcome! Then, you'll be ready to Amplify UPLift on Amplify Austin Day, February 28!
UPLIFT PANTRY NEEDS THIS WEEK

  • Strawberry preserves - we use a case a month!
  • Snack bars
  • Small healthy snack packs
  • Peanut butter / cheese cracker packs
DON'T MISS THIS FREE ORGAN CONCERT AT UPC!
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 7:00 P.M.
CELEBRATIONS & CONCERNS
Please pray for

Kaye Smith,  who has been hospitalized with the flu and atrial flutter.

Tommy Cadle , who has had surgery today for a hernia repair.

Kaye and Tommy are the parents of Jennifer Bradford.

David Phillips & the Phillips family.
To read the latest note about David's treatment for cancer and sign up to help with meals, go to

You will need to create a free account if you do not already have one.
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. You can download the folder here for Sunday, February 10, 2019 . You may also pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email   upc@upcaustin.org .
UPC's Prayer Chain is a group of faithful prayer warriors who committed 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.