Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  January 3, 2019
JANUARY 6, 2019

Pastor Matt Gaventa preaches about the three wise men

"Coming and Going:"


The Chancel Choir offers again the expression of wonder in James Agee’s words set to music by Morten Lauridsen: “Sure On This Shining Night”.  

Pastor Krystal Leedy's sermon on the Canticle of Mary:

You can find other UPC sermons at
Children's Ministry
Laudate Choir, 9:15 - 10:00 am @ Room 210.
Director: Austin Bradley.

Epiphany Celebration, 10:00 - 10:40 am @ Youth Room
ARK & Treehouse kids & Parents welcome!

No Bridge to Worship this Sunday.
Bridge will resume on Sunday, January 13.

Nursery care from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm  is available every Sunday morning on the lower level.

Youth Ministry
Youth Fellowship Group - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm @ Youth Room
The Souper Bowl of Caring’s vision is to use the energy of the NFL’s Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need.

In the same light, the Mission Presbytery Souper Bowl Championship aims to use the energy of the NFL’s Super Bowl to mobilize our local churches in a united regional effort and a friendly competition to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need.

UPC already has a leg up on the competition, since you so generously bring items for the shopping cart every Sunday, and you know how to Overflow the Cart. Beginning this Sunday, January 6, the contents of the shopping cart will be taken to the Youth Room so the youth can count the week's donations. So, keep doing what you're doing (only maybe a bit more in January!). All UPC donations will go to UPLift and the Micah 6 food pantry.

The champion will be determined by which church has the most total number of canned goods, and canned goods only, by Sunday, February 3, at 1:30 p.m. In addition to the trophy and bragging rights mentioned in the video, John has promised a party! (But, just for the kids ;-)

Remember, despite this being a competition, we are united in an effort to care for those less fortunate in our communities. Thank you, and let's go, UPC!
We have scheduled a clean and shiny day for Saturday, January 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We will be focusing on removing all Christmas decorations from the sanctuary, central courtyard, and the decorations through out the rest of the church. We really need your help because we have a memorial service in the sanctuary later in the afternoon, and it is important that the sanctuary be back in order in time for that service.

Please email or call Frank at the church office if you can help make our church ready for the new semester in the new year. Lunch will be provided, along with the usual coffee and donuts. Thank you!
You may have noticed that work is progressed quickly on the construction site across from UPC. The next phase begins this January with the erection of a crane on site. The crane will be delivered in several parts, then assembled on site.

As of this writing, we anticipate the installation to begin Thursday, January 17, and conclude Saturday, January 19. Installation of the crane will require that San Antonio Street be completely closed for up to three days, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Thursday through midnight Saturday. The crane installation should be completed Saturday, January 19, and will not affect access to church on Sunday. The sidewalks adjacent to church property on 22nd Street and San Antonio Street will be open throughout the installation.

During the installation, traffic will be diverted to allow access to the University Co-Op Garage, which will remain open throughout. The church office will be open from 9:00 a.m. Friday until 1:00 p.m., and both the Friday Al-Anon and the Saturday Students in Recovery meetings will be held, as well as both the Thursday and Saturday Micah 6 food pantrys. We encourage all other groups to avoid scheduling meetings at the church during these days. Please check with the church office prior to organizing meetings.

San Antonio Street will be closed from 22nd Street to just south of the entrance to the University Co-Op Garage. From the garage entrance to 23rd Street, San Antonio will be two way to allow for entrance to and exit from the garage. 23rd Street will be one way east bound from Rio Grande to San Antonio Street.

Access to the garage from the south will be from Rio Grande to 23rd, then right on 23rd and right on San Antonio. Access to the garage from the north will be from 24th Street to Nueces Street, then left on 23rd Street and right on 24th Street. Cars exiting from the garage must turn left onto San Antonio Street, then proceed to 24th Street. A left turn on to 23rd Street will be prohibited. Cars exiting from the garage should turn into the right lane on San Antonio, and watch for cars entering from the left.

Please watch your email for any updates to this schedule. Staff is excited to have a front row seat to this event!
UPLift has concluded its program for 2018, and the team is busy planning for a successful 2019. We could especially use H-E-B cards and snack bars to start January off right!
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
  • 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!!!!
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Room 201, Upper Level

For the Love of All Creatures:
The Story of Grace in Genesis  

January 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2019

Bill Greenway
Professor of Philosophical Theology,
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

In Bill's words: "...This is a fairly radical re-reading of the primeval history in Genesis (i.e., Genesis 1–11—Seven Days of Creation; Flood; Tower of Babel). I read as a philosopher (i.e., in the same way I would read Plato, Aristotle, or the Illiad), from a perspective that is affirming of the love for all creatures (i.e., not anthropocentric, which has been the norm); they may note too that the subtitle indicates a direct rebuttal of the common-place and, I think, harmful divide between an OT God of judgment and a NT God of grace (this is a point that, to my surprise and consternation, most every commentator missed—in my book proposal the subtitle and title were reversed). I will not presume anyone has read the book, but with this class there may be some who might want to get it and read it ahead (and the book has more detail and complexity than I will be able to approach in the class)...Thanks again for this invitation. I always love working and thinking together with your class."

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

Starting January 20, we are thrilled Susan and Robert Cottrell of FreedHearts for a special, five Sunday series entitled "From Argument to Affirmation: Loving Our LGBTQIA Neighbors Well."

Susan Cottrell recently gave a TEDx talk in Denver this past fall and together with her husband, Robert, run the non-profit FreedHearts ministry which seeks to help faith communities and families understand the challenges faced by young people and adults within the LGBTQIA community and how we can become a safe, welcoming, and affirming place for all God's children.

We have heard from a number of youth and families about how important this conversation is and the Christian Formation Team is pulling out all the stops to bring this conversation and these amazing speakers to UPC. Please mark your calendars and plan to joining us in Room 1 from 9:30 am - 10:50 am on Sundays January 20, 27, and February 3, 10, and 17. You won't want to miss this amazing series and be a part of this important conversation.

For more information about FreedHearts, please click here to visit their website .
You can also find them on Facebook by searching "Freedhearts."

This coming Sunday, January 6, parents are welcome to join their children in the Youth Room from 10:00 am - 10:40 am for a celebration of Epiphany. Next Sunday, January 13, Pastor John will lead a class in Room 1 from 9:30 am - 10:40 am entitled, "Living our Baptism Everyday" in celebration of Baptism of the Lord Sunday.
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.
This third concert in La Follia's World Tour of Baroque Music series is an extravaganza featuring large scale orchestral masterworks from Italy, France, Germany, and England.

A 21-piece Baroque orchestra performs Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Charpentier’s Te Deum, and others.

Concerts are Saturday, January 5, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 6, at 3:00 p.m. Both concerts are at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2111 Alexander Avenue .

La Follia Austin Baroque is directed by UPC Organist Keith Womer.

Please pray for

The family of Barbara Engstrom, who died December 14, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. A memorial service celebrating Barbara's life will be held in the UPC sanctuary Saturday, January 5, 2019. Family will receive in the narthex beginning at 1:30 p.m. Service begins at 3:00 p.m., with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall. Click here for the obituary.

Beverly Gaventa, who has begun treatment for stage 1 cancer in her GI tract. Beverly and her family anticipate a full recovery but remain grateful for your prayerful support during the radiation and chemotherapy process. 

Matthew, on life support after a snowboarding accident in New York. The outlook is grim. He and his wife just had a baby in October. Please pray for their entire family. Matthew is a high school friend of Jessica Hsu.
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 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.
To download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for Sunday, December 16, 2018, click here . You may also pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.