Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  May 8, 2019

MAY 12, 2019


The Reverend Matt Gaventa
preaches from Acts 9:36-43
"One More Day"


The Handbell Choir brings us Prelude, Offertory, and Postlude.
The Chancel Choir sings the Virgil Thomson arrangement of Isaac Watts’ paraphrase of Psalm 23: “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”.

May 5, 2019, Pastor Krystal Leedy

April 21, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa

April 7, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa
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The UPC Youth Group thanks you for helping them participate in the life of the church through scholarships and support of their missions.
On this week's episode of Sunday Morning Matinee, Matt and Adam talk with Nate Stucky, director of the Farminary at Princeton Theological Seminary, about farming, harmony, theology, and the new documentary, The Biggest Little Farm. 

Sunday Morning Matinee is presented by The Christian Century magazine.
This weekend is a busy one at UPC, and we want everyone who can be here to arrive on time. Beginning Friday, May 10, through Sunday, May 12, a construction crane will be installed at the MLK, Jr. Boulevard and San Antonio Street.

San Antonio will be closed from MLK to 21st Street Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 10-12.

If you typically take San Antonio from MLK to get to church. please plan an alternate route, such as Rio Grande to 22nd Street. Routes from the north and west will not be affected by this closure.

Get ready for the UPC event of the year! The Christian Formation Committee's Booster Team is thrilled to announce our Spring Youth Fundraising Gala - An Evening in Havana.

Friday evening, May 10 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm  in the beautifully decorated Great Hall, get ready to enjoy a night of live music from Cuban band  Cienfuegos , a delicious dinner of catered Cuban food, specialty drink menu, dancing & a fabulous silent auction, and childcare provided by the church! All proceeds benefit the youth mission trip to Cuba in the summer of 2019.

Individual tickets $50
Includes a special thank you from the youth mission team in Cuba!
Each adult ticket comes with two drink tickets.
Specially priced tickets available on request.  Please contact Pastor John for more information.

Schedule for the evening:
6:30 pm:  Doors open to the Great Hall. Depending on the weather, the entrance may be either through the North Courtyard Gate or the Arcade entrance. Look for the entry signs. Dress for the event is festive and casual.
6:30 - 7:00 pm:  Grab a sangria and some Cuban appetizers as you peruse the incredible silent auction offerings.
7:00 pm:  Dinner service of Cuban-style pulled pork and live music by Cienfuegos begins!
7:45 pm:  While the band is taking a break, you'll get to hear more about the upcoming youth mission trip to Cuba this summer while you enjoy grilled pineapple over ice cream.
8:00 - 9:15 pm:  Hit the dance floor and learn some new moves with our professional dance instructors.
9:15 pm:  Last chance to place that winning bid at our silent auction!
9:30 pm:  Hear one more big thank you from the Christian Formation and youth mission team!

Here are some of the amazing sponsors featuring items at the Silent Auction:
Alamo Drafthouse
Austin Pub Crawl
Magnolia Cafe
Austin Symphony
Galaxy Cafe
Mighty Fine
Austin Zoo
Esther's Follies
Urban Air
Round Rock Express
Kendra Scott Jewelry
Lockout Austin
No Se
La Condesa
Castle Hill Fitness
Mary Kay
San Antonio Zoo with 2 Night Hotel Stay
The Melting Pot
& much, much more!!!

Please Note: This event takes the place of our usual Mother's Day Luncheon.

Tickets are on sale NOW and are going fast!
To purchase a ticket, visit the table in the courtyard this Sunday after worship or visit our easy to use online ticket site by clicking the red button below!

Can't make it to the Gala but still want to support the UPC Youth?  Visit our new online silent auction site to bid on some of the amazing items above! The items featured on the auction site are exclusive and only available online! You can place your bids by clicking the green button below!
Let’s dream together about what campus ministry could look like at UPC! The UKirk Committee would like to invite members of UPC to come and share their ideas about campus ministry. As we are on the tail-end of a great school year, we wanted to offer an opportunity for your ideas to be heard.

On May 19, immediately following worship, we will serve a light lunch in the Great Hall and hear some suggestions about campus ministry from students who live in our neighborhood. We will offer you all a chance to look at the UKirk Outreach Plan, which the UKirk committee has been able to document, and then we will dream together about what this ministry might look like, particularly in the 2019-2020 school year.

So, please come and experience some food and time to look toward the future! See you on May 19!
Imagine what University Presbyterian Church could do with $26,900 more each year to support our ministries. Whether through UPLift, or to support UKirk, or to help steward our beloved building — $26,900 goes a long way in the life of this church!

A decade ago, UPC took out a loan to help fund the most recent wave of capital renovation. Right now we’re paying $26,900 a year against a remaining loan balance of about $207,000. Your session would love to make that debt go away once and for all.

Together we can burn the note. Thanks to early gifts from your session and other UPC members, we’ve raised $180,000 against our balance, meaning we need about another $26,900 — one time — so that we never have to budget this $26,900 payment ever again. Let’s pay off the bank and use the rest for God’s glory.

There are pledge cards in your pews, or you can click the green button below to make a gift online. If we can raise what we need by the beginning of August, then this coming Rally Day, we will gather and burn this note for good!
Emma Bucheli Faidley  

Anderson High School

Emma has been recognized by the college board as a 2019 National Hispanic Scholar. She will be attending the University of Texas Austin in the Undergraduate Studies Program.
Elizabeth Evans Herod

The Headwaters School

Deans List

Lizzie plans to attend Northeastern University International Program—fall semester at University of Sydney, Australia followed by next semester in Boston, majoring in Sociology and Health. Her with long term goal is to become a surgeon.
Amy Manning

Manor Excel Academy
Abbigail L. Beck

BS in Civil Engineering
University of Texas

Abby is the immediate past president of the Austin chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which meets monthly at UPC. She has been an active member of UKirk and will be headed to graduate school.
Heather Manning

National Registered Medical Assistant
College of Healthcare Professions

Heather is happy to have a full-time job in her chosen field.
Courtney Priebe 

BA, Psychology and French
University of Texas

Courtney is an active member of UKirk and this past year was president of Texas Tribe.
Tristan Wall

BA, Religious Studies, Minor in Spanish
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Tristan, the son of Mary and Eric Wall, will be a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) year in Albuquerque, NM, this next year.

Andrew Frazier 

Master of Divinity
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Andrew is currently a member of the UPC Chancel Choir, serving as Bass Section Leader.
Alexandra Pappas 

Master of Divinity
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

A lifelong Presbyterian, Alex has been an integral part of the UPC family since beginning seminary three years ago. In 2017, she was our summer seminary intern, and she has been integral to the success of our UKirk program.

Alex will be in Dallas for the summer for CPE, then she'll head to Shreveport, LA, to begin two years on staff at First Presbyterian Church.
The Faith & Life Sunday school class, supported by the Christian Formation Committee and the UPC deacons, begins a four-week series this Sunday:
The Courage to Care
May 5, 12, 19, & 26, 9:30 a.m. coffee & conversation begins at 9:15
Room 201, Upper Level
May 12: “Caring for those with Anxiety”
Jason Coel
Coel Counseling & LPC-Intern

Jason received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University. While he spends the majority of his time at the Austin Counseling Center, he also can be found as a volunteer therapist for Capital Area Counseling.
“It is through the therapeutic relationship that I see my clients discover the “why” of their actions, improve emotional resiliency, reduce anxiety, and discover their agency to confidently become who they are!”

May 19: “Caring when Memory Fades” Shannon Haragan
May 26: “Caring for Self while Caring for Others” Sharyn Reynolds

JUNE 17 - 21, 2019
Join us as we explore Hometown Nazareth at this year's Vacation Bible School! Together we'll get to know the world Jesus grew up in when he was a kid. This fully immersive VBS will be full of arts & crafts, games & snacks, learning and opportunities to serve, and the space for kids to grow together in God's love!

Dates: June 17 - 21
Hours: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: UPC Youth Room
Ages: Pre-K through 5th grade
Cost: $25 per child
Deadline to Register: June 1, 2019

SPECIAL : Children of UPC members can bring a friend for FREE!

Optional Aftercare provided from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm for an additional $20.

How to Register: Click the purple button below to register, pay, and download the registration form for VBS online through MyUPC . You can also download the Registration form by clicking the blue button below and submit the form and a check to Pastor John .

Please Note: All registrants (member & guests) must return the Registration Form in order to complete their registration.

The amazing “Overflow the Cart” Sunday last October has enabled the UPLift Kitchen Krew to make healthy, filling bean soup, as well as our nutritious and yummy oatmeal. Sadly, we are already running out of these items that we use each week:

Dried beans:  Pinto beans, Kidney beans, Navy (white) beans
We cook 6 lbs of dried beans each week and feed 100 - 120 people.
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!
Saturday, May 18, 7:00 p.m., Unity Church of the Hills

Join us for an evening of African Drumming! Proceeds to benefit Girls Empowerment Network, a nonprofit that ignites the power in girls by teaching them the skills to thrive and believe in their ability to be unstoppable. GEN’s unique programs help girls discover they are powerful people, because societal pressures and the current statics show they don’t always know it, and they are being left behind. Each year, GEN works with thousands of 3rd – 12th grade girls to increase their belief in themselves, using its signature curriculum which girls experience on their school campuses, at summer camps, or at We Are Girls Conferences.

Sherry Gingras and her volunteer all-women group Drumsistas - including our own Pastor Krystal Leedy - are thrilled to be helping Girls Empowerment Network help girls discover they are powerful people!

For tickets, go to
Prayers of thanksgiving that John Rossi Akpan Schenck was delivered May 6, 2019, healthy and doing well at 4 lb. 5 oz. Treatment is being evaluated for the mother, Kaema, who remains in critical condition. The Schencks are friends of David and Suzanne Wofford.

Please pray for

the family of David Wayne Phillips, who died May 2, at home. Memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, at 1:00 p.m. in the UPC sanctuary.

the family of William "Andy" Andrew Allen, who died peacefully Sunday afternoon, April 21. Memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 1:00 p.m., in the UPC sanctuary.

Sam Johnson , who has become much more seriously ill. Many of you have been praying for Sam for years. He is the brother of Pat Mayne.
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, May 5, 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.