Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  June 12, 2019

JUNE 16, 2019


Pastor Matt Gaventa
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Our Sunday program for children,
Bridge to Worship, is on hiatus
until Rally Day, August 25.

June 9, 2019, Pentecost
Pastor Matt Gaventa, Mother Tongue

June 2, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa

May 26, 2019, Pastor John Leedy

May 19, 2019, Austin Seminary Intern Savannah Demuynck

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"Holy Trinity", 2004, by Farid De La Ossa Arrieta

This Sunday, we begin our Summer Choir program. Joining Summer Choir is easy! Just come to the chancel at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, take a seat and learn the music.
You'll sit in the chancel until the anthem, then afterwards join friends and family in the pews. First up: "Cherubim Song" by Dimitri Bortniansky.
Eighteen months ago, I started meeting monthly with an ecumenical group of clergy here in Austin through the Macedonian Ministry program — a grant-funded nonprofit that helps build cohorts just like the one I’ve been in. With the help of a guide and facilitator, we have been working through areas of professional development in ministry, as well as building the sort of personal and professional relationships that help to sustain each of us in our ministries. 

One of the pillars of the Macedonian Ministry cohort curriculum is that, halfway through the three-year curriculum, our cohort travels to Israel together on pilgrimage, which means that Monday, I’m getting on a plane with a bunch of other ministers here in Austin and heading off to the Holy Land for about two weeks. We’ll be visiting many of the well-worn landmarks of Christian pilgrimage — sites where centuries of visitors have worn deep paths into the soil — though for me they will all be entirely new.

I’m hopeful that this trip will offer gifts both to me and to our ministry together, in a few different ways. I’ll look forward to sharing with you all stories from our trip, as many of them as you want to hear, including probably more than a few sermon illustrations that begin “When we were in Jerusalem…” I’m also looking forward to the way in which this trip will continue to build the relationships of our cohort, such that we can hopefully do some collaborative work here in Austin down the line. And of course, I look forward to returning from this (and a bit of family vacation later in the summer) rested and ready for the next season of our shared life. 
I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to make this trip — both for the Macedonian Ministry program that has organized it, but also for the time offered by UPC for continuing education, reflection, spiritual growth, and spiritual discovery. I am in kind profoundly grateful to know that I can step away from UPC knowing that the church rests in the hands of such capable staff and lay leadership. If you have pastoral concerns during my absence, please know that the church office will be open as usual and that Parish Associate Karen Greif will be around throughout. I will be back in the office on Tuesday, July 2.

Grace and Peace to you all,
Want to linger over a meal with some of your fellow UPCers?

Here’s how we make it happen. FIRST, we need hosts for each event. Become a host by agreeing to organize a dinner in your home (or elsewhere). Fill out the HOST form saying WHEN you would host (between June and July ) and HOW MANY people you would have, including IF you can accommodate children and how many. You can also designate a type of meal and dishes you want attendees to bring. Send the form to Suzanne Wofford at suzwofford@yahoo.com BY June 15.

Next, starting June 9, for 3 weeks the sign-up sheets will be in the courtyard after church for people to sign up for which meal they would like to attend and what dish they will bring. Hosts will be given the information about attendees.

The REST is just joyful connection with a group of people who share the UPC connection.
Sponsored by Congregational Connections Committee
Manos de Cristo is gearing up for its annual Back-to-School Program. Last year, BTS provided more than 2,000 pre-K through 5th graders with two sets of clothing, backpacks, supplies, and books.

To help serve more children this year, please donate through UPC!

Just make the check out to UPC, and indicate "Manos de Cristo Back to School Drive" on the check or envelope, and place it in the offering by Sunday, July 7. Please also consider volunteering – you will be glad you did!  
Financial donations needed by
Sunday, July 7
Volunteers Needed July 22 – 26, 2019
or 512-628-4205 to volunteer.

To learn more about the
Back-to-School program,
Want to learn more about how Manos de Cristo serves our community? Contact Sarah French to learn more or take a tour: sbradbur@alum.trinity.edu or call her at 210-882-6400.
Summer Choir Singers are any singers who wish to sing in the choir on any chosen Summer Sunday morning. If you'd like to sing this summer, come to the Chancel promptly at 10:00 a.m. and rehearse the morning’s anthem. Summer singers wear no robes, sing the anthem, then join family and/or friends in the congregation for the remainder of the service. All singers are welcome! First up, June 16: "Cherubim Song No. 7" by Dimitry Bortniansky, an English translation from the Russian liturgy.
The Christian Formation Committee is sponsoring Supper & Substance again this year! It's dinner and a movie discussion, Monday evenings, July 22, 29, Aug. 5, & Aug. 12.

The movies are The Big Short; The Big Sick, Minority Report; and The Iron Giant.

Dinners are provided by different groups or committees at UPC. If your group is interested in hosting a dinner and doing a little fundraising, please contact Madelyn Mitchell, Tommy McReynolds or Amy Praskac
In the meantime, you can catch one of the movies on the big screen this Sunday, June 16, after church!!

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Iron Giant, the Paramount Theatre is screening this animated gem as part of their Family Film Festival. They call it " one of the smartest and most imaginative family films ever made."

What is the giant mechanical visitor from another world, and what does its arrival mean for a young boy and his small New England town?

Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; screening begins a 1:00 p.m.

For information and tickets, CLICK HERE.
July 10 @ 6 pm
Adam and Matt are bringing their podcast to the Alamo Village! Special screening of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade followed by a live podcast recording

Wednesday, July 10,2019
Doors open at 6:00 p.m, movie begins at 6:15. Program concludes by 9:00 p.m.

Covenant has offered UPC 40 seats in the theater. There is no cost, but sign up is required. Please limit your sign up to no more than two tickets. Deadline to sign up is July 7. Seats not taken will be released to Covenant on Monday, July 8.

First come, first served. Click the button below. click "Edit Anyway" and enter your name and email address. The file saves automatically. If you have issues with the form, email Jan at upc@upcaustin.org with Sunday Morning Matinee as the subject. Include individual names and email address so that we can confirm attendance.

This quarter. . .the Present Word Class welcomes you to join us as we discuss
. . .how Jesus fulfilled the law in the sense that it was given full meaning. Jesus emphasized the deep, underlying message of the gospel, and this same message is continued through the apostle Paul and the writer of Hebrews. Relationships of faith empower us to live the covenant and spread the gospel message.

The Class meets in Room 3, Lower Level, 9:30 a.m., Sundays during June and July.

A big thank you to the saint at UPC who supplied our PINTO BEANS (25 lbs!!) to use for the next six weeks.  Four lbs of pinto beans are used in the weekly soup.

  •  Dried beans: Kidney beans and Navy (white) beans - We use 2 lbs of each of these beans weekly for soup.
  • Cans of diced tomatoes - We use eight 14.5 oz cans each week for the bean soup.
  • 10 lb box of oatmeal (not instant) - We use 5 lbs. of oatmeal each week.
  • Large box or bag of raisins for the oatmeal
  • Brown sugar for the oatmeal

Please bring your items any Sunday and place in the shopping cart during the offering. Thank you for your valuable participation in the UPLift ministry of UPC!
Please pray for

Ginny Thomas, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A course of treatment has not been decided, pending an assessment of Ginny's insurance. Debbie Warden is sister to Ginny.

Margery McKee, who fell last week and suffered a compression fracture. She has returned to her room at Brookdale Assisted Living. 

Susan Weber, being treated for lung cancer and experiencing significant memory issues. Susan is a friend of Karen Miller.
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 request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email   upc@upcaustin.org .
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, June 9, 2019 . You may also pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.
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.