Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  November 29, 2018
DECEMBER 2, 2018
The Reverend Matt Gaventa
preaches from

The Chancel Choir offers words adapted from Revelations 22: “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come”, set to music by Paul Manz. A quartet sings Tom Sadler’s arrangement of “Abide With Me” for the Offertory.

Krystal Leedy's sermon on the sacraments: " Break Open "

Matt Gaventa's sermon on Reign of Christ Sunday: " Who Is To Come "

You can find other UPC sermons at
  • Jeremiah 33:14-16
  • Psalm 25:1-10
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
  •  Luke 21:25-36

Please join us 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!
Join us as we go caroling to our friends around town. We'll leave from UPC following the Alternative Gift Market and a light lunch on December 9.

This is a great way to inaugurate the Christmas season and a nice gift to our fellow members who aren't able to join us in worship. Don't miss it!
Addyson Kennedy loves the stage. She has been singing in the church choir since she was four years old. Now in the third grade, Addyson is eight and has been coming to UPC since she was a baby. She has been in Laudate Children's Choir since it began in 2016. She is a member of her elementary school choir and takes piano and voice lessons, because she loves, loves, loves to sing.

It is not too late to sing with Addyson on December 16 in worship as Laudate sings for Lessons and Carols.

The Laudate choir meets 9:15-10:00 a.m. on Sundays in Room 210, Upper Level. Please come join us!
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!!!!
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Room 201, Upper Level

December 2 – 23, 2018
Advent draws us into a time of reflection, thanksgiving, and joy. We will be asking four questions to guide our reflections.

December 2: Beverly Gaventa The Jesus World: Into what kind of world was Jesus born?

December 9: Sarah Gaventa Mysterious Beings: What do we know about angels?

December 16: Matt Gaventa Prophecies and Hopes: What are the ways people (and Jesus himself) viewed his coming?

December 23: Bill Gaventa What Child Is This?: “Who do you say that I am?” 

Join us for coffee and conversation at 9:15 a.m., with presentation and discussion beginning at 9:30 a.m.
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!
Advent: Incarnation & Compassion
Parenting & Faith
Sundays 9:30 a.m.
Room 1, Lower Level

We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Bill Greenway to the Parenting & Faith class for three weeks beginning Sunday, December 2, for a new series entitled "Advent: Incarnation & Compassion."

Dr. Greenway is the Professor of Philosophical Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a fellow UPC parent, and is a speaker not to miss! Join us as we take a deeper look into what Advent and the coming of Jesus Christ is all about.
The Present Word
Room 3
Lower Level
Sundays 9:30 a.m .

The Present Word winter quarter topic is "Our Love for God." As we were taught as children, "We love because God first loved us." The lessons in this quarter challenge us to examine what this amazing grace means for each of us and what God's love may be calling us to do as individuals and as a church. We would love to have you come learn, share and pray with us.
You are invited to come hear the Longhorn Men's Choir this Friday, November 30, in the UPC sanctuary, 7:00 p.m.

This free concert is only the second since the organization of the only men's chorus affiliated with the University of Texas.

UT Student Vinay Thomas, founder and director, says, " Because there is no men's choir at the university, I decided to fill that void and create one of my own, eventually creating the Longhorn Men's Choir (creative, I know). The purpose was to create another singing opportunity for fellow students, and somehow I brainwashed people into joining me on this journey. For them, I am so grateful."

The concert is free and open to the public, and free parking is available in the University Co-op garage.

Please pray for

Hal Hopson, who is at home following a hospitalization for pancreatitis. He and Martha appreciate your prayers as they await further test results.
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.