Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  January8, 2019
JANUARY 13, 2019

Pastor Krystal Leedy preaches about the three wise men


The Chancel Choir is on retreat this weekend, engaging in an intensive workshop on music for this spring so that they are prepared to continue their ministry of music to the UPC congregation. Ara Carapetyan and Keith Womer will be in worship with us this Sunday.  

January 6, 2019 " Coming and Going"
Pastor Matt Gaventa

December 30, 2018 " Finding Jesus"
Pastor John Leedy

You can find other UPC sermons at
Detail of "Baptism of the Christ with Dove"
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.

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!
Why your donations to annual food drive are more...

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- A nationwide food drive kicks off Tuesday in Austin, and local groups are banking on the energy around a major sporting event to help bring in donations.

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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!!!!
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.
SUSAN & ROB COTRELL , freedhearts.org
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.
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.
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!
Please pray for

David Phillips and his family as they deal with a return of David's cancer. Information about how the congregation can support the family will be shared as soon as it is available.

The family of Shirley Skidmore, who died January 7, 2019. Madelyn Mitchell is sister to Shirley.
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 6, 2019, click here . You may also pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.