e-communications from University Presbyterian Church February 26, 2020
MARCH 1, 2020


the Reverend Matt Gaventa preaching
"All the Kingdoms of the World"
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The Chancel Choir sings the Olivier Messiaen setting of the Communion text attributed to Aquinas, “O Sacrum Convivium” (O Sacred Banquet) .

Our friends at Austin Seminary, who enrich our worship life in so many ways, have prepared a series of video conversations with faculty members to help us on our Lenten journey. Here's the video for Ash Wednesday, with Jennifer Lord.
To watch the video for the first Sunday in Lent, with Bobbi Kaye Jones, go to
February 23, 2020, the Reverend Matt Gaventa, Ready or Not

February 16, 2020, the Reverend Matt Gaventa, The Name on the Front

February 9, 2020, the Reverend Matt Gaventa, Packing and Unpacking

February 2, 2020, the Reverend Krystal Leedy, Do, Love, Walk

January 26, 2020, the Reverend Karen Greif, Witness to the Light

January 19, 2020, the Reverend Rykie Marx, Comfort My People

January 12, 2020, the Reverend Matt Gaventa, The Repair Shop

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Sunday, March 1, 2020
Inter-generational CROP Walk 2020

Families with children and youth of all ages are invited to join us for this year's CROP Walk! This coming Sunday, March 1, we will meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church after worship - around 12:30 p.m. for lunch, then walk over to Camp Mabry around 2:00 p.m. for the pre-walk festivities. The walk begins at 2:30 p.m. and lasts about an hour.

Lunch is free, but we ask families participating in the walk to bring a small donation to benefit the CROP Walk.

Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 3208 Exposition Blvd, Austin, TX 78703. When you arrive, please park behind the church in the big parking lot. UPC is not providing transportation to or from this event.

An RSVP is required for this event!
To RSVP, please click the button below.

For more information about the CROP Walk, please visit crophungerwalk.org/austintx/
Want to know more about Amplify Austin? Go to amplifyatx.org. Look for our other ministry partners, like Micah 6 of Austin, Manos de Cristo, Presbyterian Children's Home and Services, and Austin Seminary, while you're on the site.
Christian Formation:
GENDER JUSTICE March 1, 2020
"Biblical Interpretation"
the Reverend Bridgett Green

The UPC Christian Formation Committee is excited to host a new spring adult education series called “Gender Justice.” Continuing this Sunday, March 1, the six-week series features an incredible line up of speakers who will guide us in exploring a range of topics related to gender in the church and our culture. Throughout the series, we will explore issues related to dismantling patriarchal systems of sexism and gender discrimination, feminist biblical interpretation and theology, Womanist and Latina theology, toxic masculinity, and more. All adults and youth are welcome to this class series.

All classes will be held the UPC Great Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Refreshments will be provided. Members of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary community are also invited to attend.

For questions about the Gender Justice Series, please contact the Reverend. John Leedy at associate@upcaustin.org.

Missed "Orientation & Seeing the Patriarchy" with the Reverend Dr. Cindy Rigby & the Reverend Krystal Leedy?

Dr. Rigby and Pastor Leedy led a thought-provoking discussion last week that helped us begin to understand what the patriarchy is, and how we all participate in it, to the detriment of all people. Don't worry if you missed it, though. Read Professor Rigby's notes and a glossary of sexism from She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry by Karoline M. Lewis
March 1: Biblical Interpretation with the Reverend Bridgett Green
The Reverend Bridgett Green joined the Austin Seminary faculty in 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree (psychology, Spanish) from Davidson College (2000) and her Master of Divinity degree (pastoral care and New Testament studies) from Princeton Theological Seminary (2005). She earned the Master of Arts from Vanderbilt University where she is completing candidacy for the PhD. She gained teaching experience at Chicago Theological Seminary (2014-15) and Vanderbilt (2011-13). 

Since 2013, the Reverend Green has been the biblical studies acquisitions editor at Westminster John Knox Press (WJK), and she has contributed to Connections: A Lectionary Preaching and Worship Resources (2019), the joint project between WJK and Austin Seminary. 

Her academic experience was rewarded by numerous prizes and fellowships, including, at Vanderbilt: The Forum for Theological Education (FTE) Dissertation Fellow (2015-16), Theology and Practice Fellow (2009-2015), The Luke-Acts Prize (2014), and FTE Doctoral Fellow (2009-2011); at Princeton: The Jagow Preaching Prize and Seminary Fellowship; at Davidson: Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges (2000), and John I Smith Honor Scholar, Arnold Snider Scholar, and Samuel R. Spencer Jr. Scholar (1996-2000).
Alongside her scholarship, Green has also been involved in the ministry and work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She was ordained in 2005 as a teaching elder (minister) by the Presbytery of Charlotte, and she has served on the staff of the PC(USA), beginning as associate for the Racial Ethnic Young Women Together project (2005-2008) and then as coordinator in the Office of Women’s Ministries and Racial Justice (2007-2008).She has served on the boards of Montreat Conference Center and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and serves as committee assistant to the General Assembly of the PC(USA).

All classes meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Great Hall, and you may join the class at any time. Upcoming classes include

March 8: Theology – Feminist, Womanist, Latina
Dr. Jennifer Owens-Jofré

March 15: Toxic Masculinity, Microaggressions, & A New Vision
the Reverend Dr. Phil Helsel

March 29: Gender Justice in the Church
The Reverend Dr. Karoline Lewis

April 5: Conclusions & Where Do We Go From Here?
the Reverend Dr. Cindy Rigby & the Reverend Krystal Leedy

Saturday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.
UPC Great Hall
The Christian Formation Committee of University Presbyterian Church is thrilled to welcome the Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis for a Gender Justice Special Event on Saturday evening, March 28 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the UPC Great Hall. This event is open to everyone in the UPC and Austin Seminary communities, as well as local area pastors, church staff, and elders. This is a free event with dessert provided. We ask that you RSVP by Sunday, March 22 so we know how many to plan for. And download the poster to share with your friends!
The Reverend Dr. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary and she previously taught at Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Augsburg College. Lewis is the author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD) and John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries , as well as numerous articles for The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, Currents in Theology and Mission, Lutheran Forum, Word & World, Abingdon Preaching Annual, and Odyssey Network’s ON Scripture .
She was one of the 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign . Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics). She has served as Treasurer of Academy of Homiletics and Regional Coordinator for the Upper Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Lewis is a regular preacher/presenter at the Festival of Homiletics and leads conferences, workshops, and retreats internationally on the Gospel of John, the New Testament, interpreting the Bible, preaching, leadership, and women in ministry. She is a contributing writer for Working Preacher , author of the site’s Dear Working Preacher column, and co-host of the site’s weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave . Visit karolinelewis.com for resources on preaching and being a woman in ministry.
We’ve had a great response so far, with a large group planning to go. The trip dates are Spring Break 2020 (Sunday, March 15 - Friday, March 20). The trip is a wonderful way to experience God’s love working in the world, and to learn about our brothers and sisters in Christ living and working in Mexico. It’s not too late to sign up (if your passport is in hand)! If you are interested in going but haven’t yet signed up, please contact Craig Deats for details. He can be reached at: cdeats@ddollaw.com , or call his cell at (512) 567-1419.

Contributions still very much needed!! If you have not yet done so, please consider contributing to help with trip expenses. Construction materials are $6,000 per house, and this year we are building TWO houses; add travel, housing and food, and it’s a lot. We really 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 needed and appreciated. Those who contribute $250 or more will receive a “thank you” email mid-week from one or more participants about their experiences.
March 1 is the last Sunday to sign up for the All Church Retreat. Spaces are going fast, so if you're planning to go, but haven't yet signed up, stop by the table in the central courtyard after worship this Sunday, or download the registration form and email it to Pastor John at associate@upcaustin.org.

The Reverend Julie Emery has been serving as the minister/head of staff of another Westminster: Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford, CT, since October 2014. Before her call to Connecticut, the land of “steady habits”, Reverend Emery served churches in New Hampshire and New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from the University of Michigan and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2004. Between her undergraduate work and heading to seminary, Julie worked at the Domestic Violence Project (SAFE House) in Ann Arbor, Mi and spent a year as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer serving in Juneau, Alaska.

Julie currently serves as the co-moderator of Roundtable, the governing board of the Presbytery of Southern New England, and has served as co-chair of the Committee on Representation for the last two years. She served as a commissioner to General Assembly in 2018 in St. Louis, and recently presented at NEXT Church on the value of Intergenerational Christian Education. She was recently accepted as one of a cohort of twenty into the Pastoral Innovation Network of New England. 

Julie and her husband, Jason have two boys, Aiden (13), and Chase (11), a black Labrador retriever named Juneau and two crazy kittens, Ben and Tate. A proud “hockey mom,” she can be found throughout the fall and winter at various Connecticut ice rinks watching her boys play. Julie’s heart for justice, creative worship, authentic faithful expression all help feed and fuel her ministry.
On Sunday, March 22, the Heritage Ministry Team seeks to connect the heritage of our January 1892 founding "roots," with our "growing" present. Our old fashioned potluck luncheon will emphasize a Heritage Food & Fellowship theme.

Have a favorite family recipe from a treasured church or community cookbook? Text your mom, call your grandma, or pull out that old church cookbook and plan to make your favorite dish (vintage or newer) that means (church) family to you. Here's one of Beverley Larkam's recipes. Named for a village on Vancouver Island, these bars sound delicious!
The Heritage Ministry Team serves under the Congregational Connections Committee (CCC). For more information, contact Carol Keller at carolaskeller@gmail.com 

One more time, UPC has been amazing! Our new supply of gently used dish towels and oven hot pads is fabulous! We have enough to last for numbers of months. Thank you!

Current needs at UPLift:

  • Strawberry Ensure
  • Strawberry Preserves

Thank you so much for your participation in UPLift with your donations.
Please pray for

Jo Berkman, who fell last Friday, breaking her collarbone and fracturing several vertebrae. After a short stay at Seton Central, she was transferred Monday to Brookdale Westlake. She would appreciate phone calls: 512-329-9256.

the family of Hazel Grice, who died peacefully Thursday, February 20, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Neal Grice is Hazel's son and Karen Grice her daughter-in-law. Obituary may be found here.

the family of Sarah Youngquist, who died Saturday, February 15, 2020. Suzanna Caballero is Sarah's sister. A memorial service is planned for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Berkeley UMC, 2407 Berkeley Ave, Austin, TX 78745

the family of Elizabeth Jepson, who died Friday, January 31, 2020. Bryan Jepson is Elizabeth's husband; Linda and George Henderson are her parents. A service in witness to the resurrection will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in the UPC sanctuary, with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall. Obituary may be found here.
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. Download Celebrations & Concerns for Sunday, February 23, 2020, or pick up a copy in the narthex or outside the library.
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.