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NOVEMBER 24, 2019


Pastor Matt Gaventa preaching from Jeremiah 23:1-6
"Where the Lord Stands"

The Chancel Choir sings Stephen Caracciolo’s brilliant setting of words written specifically for Reign of Christ Sunday: “Christ, Victorious; Christ, Now Reigning”.

7:00 PM, Austin Seminary Chapel

Final Taizé of the semester.
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The latest news from University Coop is that the central processing unit (CPU) that controls the elevator is obsolete, requiring a complete retrofit of the elevator's electronics system. The Coop should have details on the retrofit this week. That means it's possible that there will be no elevator service in the garage by this coming Sunday. Watch your mailbox for status updates. We promise that we will know more as soon as the Coop knows more, and we will keep you informed.

Many thanks to the deacons who helped folks get to the sanctuary and for those of you who were able to leave spaces on the lower levels!
UPC Staff
Please plan to stay after worship on Sunday, November 24, to help us make the sanctuary ready for the Advent season. Head to Fellowship Hall when worship ends for a light lunch, then back to the sanctuary to help decorate our new Chrismon tree! Childcare provided. Many hands make light work, and everyone is welcome!
Your 2020 Stewardship Committee wants to offer a big, hearty thank-you to everyone who has participated in this year’s campaign to secure our ministry for 2020 here at University Presbyterian Church. Stewardship Dedication Sunday was a joy to behold, as the congregation came forward almost as one body to bring pledge cards and show its commitment to ministry in this place. 

To date, we have received pledges from about 120 households, which is more than we’d received as of this time in last year’s planning, and many of those pledging have responded to the call for us to increase our giving by one percent of our annual household income. Thank you dearly for your commitment and your generosity.

Of course, there is still time to join our commitment for next year and help our church plan for 2020. If you would still like to pledge, you can go to upcaustin.org/pledge-now or pick up a pledge card outside the library or in the narthex. Thank you again for all of the ways in which you support our ministry together!

UPC Stewardship Committee
Come and explore the season of Advent at this year’s Advent Experience! This inter-generational Advent fair has something for every age. You'll use all your five senses as you touch, taste, smell, hear, and see the story of the coming of the Christ child. We will have foods native to the Ancient Near East, interactive exhibits, a Christmas carol sing-a-long with our Laudate Children’s Choir, and stations to make special Advent crafts. There will also be four different free Advent devotionals available and refill packs of home Advent candles.

We are also thrilled to announce that Dr. Tatiana Nikolova-Houston will be showing a featured collection of her sacred illuminations and will have prints for sale as well. Dr. Nikolova-Houston is a local Austin artist and an Orthodox Christian. A portion of her proceeds will be donated to Syrian refugee relief through AOCANA (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America). Please be sure to stop by her exhibit in Fellowship Hall during The Advent Experience!

The Advent Experience will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., will close for worship, then reopen from 12:00 p..m to 1:00 p.m. Come and experience what Advent has to offer!
Mission Presbytery and UKirk
Offer Collegiate Trip to the Border
MLK Weekend, January 17-20, 2020
Mission Presbytery and UKirk Collegiate Ministries Association, in conjunction with Texas Impact, are hosting a collegiate trip to explore immigration policy from a Christian perspective. 

The group will begin in Austin and travel to Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico.  

For more information about the trip, or to find out how you can help donate and offset the cost for each student, contact Rev. Gini Norris-Lane , UKirk Collegiate Ministries Executive Director or Caitlin Supcoff , Mission Presbytery Youth and Young Adult Coordinator.

Our annual Border Mission Trip in 2020 with Faith Ministry will again be during spring break. The dates: March 15-20, 2020.

Please consider going with us. If you have any questions, see Craig Deats or call him at 512-567-1419.

Don’t forget: everyone who goes needs a passport. So if you don’t have one, or it’s about to expire, now’s a great time to get a new one; the process takes awhile.
Thanks to your generosity, our UPLift pantry shelves are well stocked. With the holidays coming, we can make good use of H-E-B $10 gift cards, and we can always use snack and breakfast bars.
The UPLift Kitchen Krew
DID YOU KNOW? You can support UPC when you shop online next week and throughout the Advent season at no extra cost to you. Simply shop through smile.amazon.com and choose University Presbyterian Church Austin as your designated charity. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases when you choose University Presbyterian Church as your charity.
Be sure to choose the University Presbyterian Church in Austin! Thanks!
Prayers of gratitude for Peter Stromberger in Schiphorst Germany, who came home from rehabilitation last week from his knee replacement and is doing well and walking around his house without help of a cane or walker. Cousin to Karen Miller.

Prayers of gratitude for Scott Kelly, who had successful outpatient surgery today, and is recovering at home.

Please pray for Ernest Stromberger, who had a knee replacement today. Cousin to 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 .
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.
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, November 17, 2019, or pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.