Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  January 22, 2019
JANUARY 27, 2019


Pastor Matt Gaventa preaches from


The Chancel Choir’s anthem is a setting by Edward Elgar of words from Isaiah 61 : “The Spirit of the Lord”.

January 20, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa

January 13, 2019, Pastor Krystal Leedy

January 6, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa

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Technicolor Jesus is a podcast about movies and ministry for pastors, preachers, and Sunday school teachers, hosted by Matt Gaventa and Adam Hearlson. You can find it at The Christian Century online. This week's movie is Roma .
7:00 PM
Pastor Krystal Leedy leads the first UKirk Taizé service of the semester, Austin Seminary

Taizé evening worship is offered as part of the UKirk campus ministry program the last Sunday of each month while school is in session.

Upcoming Taizé services are February 24, March 31, and April 28, 2019. Taizé services are in Shelton Chapel on the Austin Seminary campus.
Everyone is welcome!

The UPC Session has called a congregational meeting following worship Sunday, February 3, 2019, for the purposes of

  • presenting the approved 2019 budget
  • voting on a clergy cost of living adjustment, and
  • hearing a report from the Nominating Committee with a new slate of elders and deacons.

Please plan to attend.

Photo credit: Every Member Canvas, UPC 1953. For more historical photos, visit the UPC History Collection .
February 3, 10, 17, and 24
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
UPC Great Hall
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.

February 3
Nelson Linder, President Austin NAACP, "Racism in Austin - Yesterday and Today"

February 10
Kevin Foster, Ph.D., Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin, "Racism in Education - Yesterday and Today"

February 17
UPC members share their experiences with racism

February 24
Stephanie Hawley, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Equity and Inclusion at Austin Community College, "Transforming Unconscious Racism: Acts of Faith, Freedom, and Love”
The spring semester is upon us, and we invite you to come cook and share a meal with the campus ministry of UPC, UKirk. As UPC continues to understand what it means to be a hospitable and welcoming church, we hope that you will take this opportunity to make a meal that we can share together on Sunday evenings.

You may cook whatever you wish! Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m., and we invite you to sit with and converse with our lovely college students. We have enjoyed a wide variety of intergenerational conversations over the years, and we look forward to many more.

If you have questions, please contact Kay Bryant, a member of the UKirk committee, the coordinator of these meals. And thank you! 

Click the button below to sign up for a Sunday this spring.

It's a new year for young adults who are Presbyterian in Austin, and we're getting together!

Join us on January 24 at Easy Tiger at the Linc for drinks, food, friends, and fun times! If you identify as a young adult, live in or near Austin, and want to hang out with some cool Presbyterians, we hope you will join us!

No childcare available at this event, but we're hoping to put together some family friendly events this year in addition to monthly happy hours.


February 28- Darcy’s Donkey @ 6pm 
March 28- Contigo @ 6pm
April 11- Special Lenten Vespers (time TBA)
May 23- Yard Bar @ 6pm
June 27- Austin East Ciders @6pm
July 25- Austin Beer Works @6pm
Aug. 4 - RR Express @ 6:05pm
Aug. 22- Bangers @ 6pm
Sept. 20-23- Mo-Ranch Young Adult Weekend
SUSAN & ROB COTTRELL , freedhearts.org
UPC Youth Room, 9:20 a.m.
Next Sunday, the Parenting & Faith class welcomes Susan and Robert Cottrell of FreedHearts for a five Sunday series entitled "From Argument to Affirmation: Loving Our LGBTQIA Neighbors Well." NOTE: This is one week later than originally scheduled.

January 27 - Discovering: Her story.
February 3 - Defining: What does real love look like? What does God call us to do?
February 10 - Deconstructing the arguments against full inclusion of LGBTQIA
February 17 - Dismantling the clobber passages that are used to condemn LGBTQIA
February 24 - Defending the cub: unleashing your inner mamabear

To watch Susan's TEDx talk, click the image below.
Please bring your donations to church for the shopping cart on Sunday. All UPC donations will go to UPLift and the Micah 6 food pantry. Remember, canned goods, and canned goods only, count toward the challenge. Winner will be announced the afternoon of February 3. Let's help the UPC Youth Group become the 2019 champions!

The City of Austin plans to close the alley behind the church for 6 to 8 weeks in order to bury upgraded utilities. This means that the Central Texas Food Bank will be unable to deliver food to the pantry Thursday mornings.

The food pantry has an immediate need for two volunteer groups:

  • 2 drivers with pick up trucks to meet at the food bank Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m., load the food purchased by Micah 6, and deliver it to UPC
  • 2 to 3 volunteers to receive the food beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thursdays. This shift will last about an hour.

To sign up for either of these opportunities, for one or more Thursday shifts, click the button below.

The good news? You don't have to arrive before 6:00 a.m., like John Parker, David Wofford, Byron French, and the rest of the Early Bird Team has for years!
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
  • Leftover ham bones (Leave in downstairs freezer)

For peanut butter sandwiches:
  • jars of preserves or jelly

Don't forget: the cans count in the Souper Bowl of Caring challenge. Thank you!!!!
Please pray for

The family of the Reverend Dr. Donald Bobb, retired teaching elder who served in the Congo and led mission trips there that included several UPC members. Don's wife Mary Ellen "Sissy" was a member of UPC from 2002 until her death in 2007. More details will be forthcoming.

Todd Nunnally, hospitalized following a serious car wreck. Todd, who is cousin to Melissa Glouchkova, is facing multiple surgeries and will be in the hospital for at least two weeks. Please pray for quick healing and for Todd's wife and son.
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 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 download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for Sunday, January 13, 2019, click here . You may also pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.