Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church     October 16, 2018

OCTOBER 21, 2018
The Reverend Matt Gaventa
preaches from Job

"The Right to Face Your Accuser"
The Chancel Choir's anthem sets Eucharistic words attributed to Thomas Aquinas, "O Sacrum Convivium," to music by the 20th century composer, Olivier Messiaen.

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Join us Sunday for the second in the 4-part sermon series on Job. Job’s life is destroyed by a cosmic bet, and so of course, hearing the stories of his loss can be hard.

These are not stories that come neatly gift-wrapped. But in their messiness, they do have something to say about the messiness of our real lives before God and our real lives in messy times.


Read / listen to Matt Gaventa's first sermon in the Job series:

We had a wonderful turnout for our stewardship campaign kickoff potluck luncheon last Sunday! Thanks to everyone who helped make it such a great event: the set up crew, the clean up crew, and everyone who brought a dish to share. A special thanks to Suzanne Freeman for organizing!

In a few days, you'll be receiving a pledge card and letter in the mail, inviting you to prayerfully consider your support of the church in 2019.

November 18 is Dedication Sunday. If you cannot be here to help celebrate, please fill out your pledge card and securely return it to UPC using the envelope included in your letter before November 18.

Stewardship 2019 Celebration Sunday is November 18.

We hope that everyone participates in the pledge campaign, and we want making a pledge to be easy. If you didn't pick up a pledge card at the potluck, you'll soon be receiving one in the mail. And they will be available on Dedication Sunday, November 18. You can also record your commitment to the 2019 budget online if you prefer.

To pledge online,   go to upcaustin.org/pledge-now

Fill out the form and submit your pledge for 2019. It's that easy!

Want to schedule your pledge for automatic payment?  
After you submit your pledge online, you may want to go ahead and schedule your giving for 2019. You will need to log in to your myUPC secure account to set up or change your recurring giving instructions.

To access myUPC, click here .

Need help recording your pledge?
email our Financial Assistant Trudi Capotosto: trudi@upcaustin.org

Need help with your myUPC account?
email Jan Hames:  upc@upcaustin.org  or call the church office.
Stewardship season is a great time of year to talk with your children and youth about the importance of living generous lives. Talking with your kids about how they might help other people and sharing your own practices of generosity are lessons that set the stage for a lifetime of giving. Whether it's setting aside a dollar from their allowance for the offering plate, asking for donations to a cause they care about for a birthday, or setting up their own micro-fundraiser to support a nonprofit, kids are able to participate in stewardship in real, memorable, and meaningful ways. Giving also allows children to build a sense of commitment here at church and they can see the ways their gifts matter to those around them.

Your generosity as a family during stewardship season directly impacts what Christian Formation is able to offer in the coming year. Everything from our Sunday School curriculum, mission trips, retreats, VBS, internship program, adult class guest speakers, youth group, confirmation, church-wide events like Mother's Day and Reformation Fair, supplies, and books are funded by your pledges and ongoing generosity each year. We know that you are busy, so UPC has made pledging easier than ever with online tools to pledge and schedule giving automatically. We all want our children to grow up with every opportunity for spiritual and personal growth, and I hope you'll join us in our mission as we plant seeds and harvest hope!

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Reformation Sunday October 28, 2018
We know that celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 theses was a once in a lifetime event. But did you know that the Reformation continued for more than 130 years? And we get to celebrate being Reformed every year, thanks to the UPC Youth!

Once again, the UPC Youth are planning a Reformation Faire following worship on Sunday, October 28. There will be carnival games and crafts for kids, a Reformation-themed photo booth, and educational booths for everyone to enjoy. Depending the weather, the Faire will be in the central courtyard. We'll move it indoors if we need to. This is one of the UPC Youth Group's fundraisers for mission work, so don't miss it!
New Parenting & Faith Series
Sundays 9:30 a.m.
Room 1, Lower Level

Beginning this coming Sunday, October 21, our very own Jon Eddison will leading a five week Parenting & Faith series entitled,  "Decency in the Midst of Disorder."

Drawing together scripture and the everyday practice of Christian faith, Jon will be helping us unpack the indecency and turmoil in our politics and society and will help us brainstorm how we as parents can respond faithfully when our kids ask questions or are directly affected by what they hear at school or see on television. With midterm elections coming up and in light of the news cycles of the past few weeks, we hope for this to be a time where you can voice your feelings in a supportive environment and think creatively about how we as Christians are called to respond in faith.

The five week series includes the following topics:
October 21 -  Diversity & Integrity
October 28 -  Advocacy & Generosity
November 4 -  Systems & Worthiness
November 11 -  Neighbors & Faith
November 18 -  Kindness & Suffering

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.
I n this week's Christian Formation Update...

  • Coming This Sunday, October 21
  • New Parenting & Faith Class Series Starting Sunday!
  • Reformation Fair Sign Up
  • Stewardship & Kids
  • Camping Trip Pictures
Sundays 9:30 a.m.
Room 201
 Public Theology: Speaking Truth to Power    
October 14 – 28, 2018

This Sunday, October 21, we continue our series on public theology with Professor Asante Todd, who will lead us in a discussion on "Theology in the Public Square."

The series concludes Sunday, October 28, when the Reverend Ted Wardlaw, whose topic is "Reinhold Niebur Played the Trombone."

Join us for coffee and fellowship beginning at 9:15 a.m., with discussion beginning at 9:30 a.m., Room 201, Upper Level.
The Present Word
Room 3
Lower Level
Sundays 9:30 a.m.

The Present Word background material is provided by the curriculum that gives the class its name. By using the scripture readings, we ensure that we are engaging with the whole Bible over time.

Our 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.

The class is led by Roscoe Overton. We would love to have you come learn, share and pray with us.
Tuesday Evening Bible Study
UPC Fellowship Hall, 7:00 pm

Bible study in Fellowship Hall on Tuesday evenings is a long standing tradition at UPC. This fall, we will study Corinthians I and II and then the history of the Bible as we have it today from its known origins and sources. The study moves at the class’s preferred speed. All are welcome!

For more information, contact
Jon Eddison at 512-988-0333 or  jbeddison@mac.com
Are you feeling called to Christian ministry? Do you know someone with these gifts? Austin Seminary invites you to campus for Discovery Weekend, October 26-28, to explore your sense of call and to learn more about our community. For more information or to sign up, go to
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

Barbara Litchford, who was readmitted to St. David's North late Sunday night with pneumonia.

Dorothy Adkins, who will have what is hoped to be day surgery on October 22. Dorothy, mother of Rosca Toulouse, is 98.

The Reh family , who continues to be helped by our Refugee Welcome team as the school year gets underway.
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email   upc@upcaustin.org .
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.
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.
To download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for Sunday, October 7, 2018, click here. You may pick up a copy of the C&C folder for Sunday, October 14 in the church office or in the narthex.