e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  November 27, 2019
DECEMBER 1, 2019


Pastor Krystal Leedy preaching from Luke 1:24-45
"Keep in Touch"

The Chancel Choir sings Alice Parker’s arrangement of an early American folk hymn, “God Is Seen”. The Handbell choir plays "Ukrainian Bell Carol" by Don Gillespie, "In Christ Alone" by Sandra Eithun, and " Canto de Esperanza" by Susan Nelson.

7:00 PM, UPC Fellowship Hall

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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. Find out what Advent has to offer!
The season of Advent is filled with anticipation and joy as we prepare for the coming Christ child. Yet, for many, this time is one of grief and sorrow. This year, UPC offers all those who need a safe space to mourn or to name a loss time and space to worship together. At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, UPC will host a “Longest Night” Service of remembrance, mourning, and hope.

This service is a recognition that, alongside all of its joyful expectation, Advent can also be a painful time for those of us grieving friends and family members or other losses, and so we will gather in worship: a simple service of music, scripture, and poetry; and, a chance to mourn together even as we look forward to the coming of the Christ child.
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 that Elaine Wagner, who was taken to hospital last Sunday morning following a fainting spell, is now at home and doing well. She has followed up with her personal physician and is grateful especially for the love and care from the Faith & Life Sunday school class.

Please pray for Bert Bradford, who has has another heart attack and is in serious condition. Bert is father to Chris Bradford.
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 24, 2019, or pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.