Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  November 20, 2018
NOVEMBER 25, 2018
The Reverend Matt Gaventa
preaches from

"Who Is To Come"
The Chancel Choir sings words and music by the American composer, Stephen Caracciolo: “Christ, Victorious; Christ, Now Reigning”.

Read Krystal Leedy's sermon on the sacraments:

You can find other UPC sermons at
Mark your calendars for our second annual Advent Experience on  December 2 from 9:00 am to 10:50 a.m. in the Youth Room!  

This inter generational celebration is open to all ages and uses our five senses to explore the world into which Jesus was born.

Here are just a few things you can expect:

  • Foods native to the Ancient Near East
  • Three different free Advent Devotionals for all ages
  • Art from around the world
  • Sensory tables
  • Advent Wreath making with free Advent candle refills
  • Make your own oil lamp or O Antiphon ornaments
  • The Jesse Tree
  • Christmas Carol singing
  • And a few more surprises!

Come early! All are welcome!
Last week to order poinsettias for the holidays and honor someone special!

Please complete an order form and place in the offering plate, along with a check made payable to UPC. Designate “Poinsettia” in the memo line. Poinsettias must be purchased by November 25. Thank you!
You, the congregation, have blessed UPLift with your generosity. Thus, our list for this week is very short. 

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

For peanut butter sandwiches:
  • jars of preserves or jelly

Thank you!!!!
As the weather cools, clients of our ministry partner Street Youth Ministry of Austin need many things, but especially socks. If you'd like to contribute new socks for their use, simply drop them off at the cabinet next to Fellowship Hall.

Each Monday, SYM hosts a drop in for clients in the UPC Great Hall. Clients have access to showers, computer labs, and one-on-one counseling. Check out the video for more about SYM
It's time to order tamales from our partner in service Manos de Cristo . To order online, go to Manos de Cristo Tamale Sale

You can also order tamales after worship Sundays through November in the central courtyard. Karen Grice will pick the tamales up on Friday, December 7 and have them ready to pick up fresh by 3:00 that afternoon. If you prefer, you may pick up at the Alternative Gift Market after worship December 9.
November 25 will be the last Sunday to order fruit boxes from the Northwest Austin Rotary Club.  Fred Morgan  will be back in the central courtyard on November 25. If you don’t want a personal box of fruit, you may order fruit boxes to be donated directly to the Micah 6 Food Pantry. Those who order can pick up your box of fruit on Sunday, December 9 in the Fellowship Hall. Micah 6 receives $10 per fruit box ordered.
Let's All Give Thanks
Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Cafe Medici
2222 Guadalupe

This week, the Faith & Life class will meet informally at Cafe Medici as we share our thanks for our class and our UPC Family.

And, beginning December 2, we'll be joined by members of the Gaventa family: Matt, Sarah, Beverly, and Bill. More about the December classes next week. Join us!
Needleworkers Group Expanding

Needleworkers wish to invite anyone who might be afraid of needles or considers themselves ill equipped to do stitching hand work but might be open to “cutting up” or just “sticking around” to join us for fellowship and an handwork with paper!

Starting Thursday. December 6 at 7:00 p.m., we will have a table set up in the upstairs parlor to work on a UPC scrapbook from the 1940s which is being restored by the Heritage Team members. 

We can use additional hands and hearts for cutting out borders or newspaper articles and pasting or sticking them down on pages. We'll also need help coming up with a new name! Join us for fellowship and fun!
Parenting & Faith
Sundays 9:30 a.m.
Room 1, Lower Level

This Sunday, November 25, Pastor John will lead us in a discussion of "Observing Advent as a Family."

And during the season of Advent, Bill Greenway offers a three-part series, "Compassion, Incarnation, & Advent."

We hope you will join us for this timely class series on Sundays from 9:30 - 10:40 am in Room 1 on the lower level.
The Present Word
Room 3
Lower Level
Sundays 9:30 a.m .

The Present Word fall quarter topic is "God's World and God's People." In Genesis, the book of beginnings, God is revealed as the Creator, Sustainer, Judge, and Redeemer, who brought all things into being. The fall quarter surveys the Book of Genesis in developing sessions on God’s creation of the universe, earth, and people. It also details how God continues to co-labor with sinful humanity in reconciling and re-creating order in all things.

Join us as the winter study begins December 2: Our Love for God.
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the stated meeting for Session was moved to November 7. Here are highlights and commendations.


  • Approved the baptism of Elizabeth Blackburn, daughter of Carter and Karen Blackburn, in worship November 18
  • Ratified the approval of motions related to the tower crane agreement, taken at the called session meeting November 4
  • Approval of minutes, the stated meeting of October 17, 2018 and the called meeting of November 4, 2018
  • Approved the new UPC Child Protection Policy
  • Heard a report of the Mission Presbytery meeting in Mission, Texas
  • Approved possibly having a fund raiser for a new Christmon tree, if there is not enough money in the budget.
  • Approved Sunday School Teachers for the 2018-2019 Christian Formation year who have received a background check and training in our updated Child Protection Policy
  • John Leedy and the Youth for Reformation Sunday
  • Jan Hames for making sure the reception desk is staffed
  • Craig Deats, David and Jeanie Chao for their hospitality while Rev. Simon Mbala Kabue, from the Congo, visited Austin
  • Krystal Leedy, UKirk Committee and Staff for their work with the college students
  • The UPC Congregation for their support of the Reformation Fair
  • Vlad Glouchkova, Amy Toulouse, Jon Holmsten, Julie Wynn , Meghan Swartz and Dave Jensen for their additional support for Reformation Fair
  • Stewardship Storytellers: Gretchen Stone, Meghan Swartz, Edith & Natalie Holmsten, Lorraine Haricombe
Please pray for

Mark Reynolds, who was admitted to the hospital today for complications with a biopsy he had last week. Mark is Emily Givens' step-father. The family would love prayers for healing, comfort, and a positive prognosis. 

Barbara Litchford, who is continuing to recuperate at home.
To download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for Sunday, November 18, 2018, click here . You may also pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.
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 .
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.