Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church     October 23, 2018


OCTOBER 28, 2018
The Reverend Matt Gaventa
preaches from Job

"The Whirlwind"
The Chancel Choir sings words by e.e. cummings set to music by the late Dallas composer, Lloyd Pfautsch, “i thank You God." Laudate Children's Choir sings "God Is Our Refuge and Strength" by Mark Patterson.

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Join us Reformation Sunday for the third 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 second sermon in the Job series:

As of this writing, the City of Austin has stated that the boil water alert will last days, not weeks. Still, days takes us into this weekend, and we have to plan for potable water for UKirk on Sunday, Street Youth Ministry on Monday, and UPLift on Tuesday.

We will have potable water available at the water coolers, the nursery, and children's classrooms Sunday, as well as water to make coffee Sunday morning, prepare for the Reformation Faire, and have a nutritious meal at UKirk before heading over to the seminary for Taizé worship. We encourage you to bring your own clearly labeled water bottle as well.

Although for most, the water boil alert is an inconvenience, for some, it is potentially life threatening. Many Austinites do not have access to a kitchen for boiling water, nor the funds to purchase bottled water. Many come through our doors every week. Today, Mission Presbytery Disaster Preparedness team delivered four pallets of bottled water to UPC so that we and other Austin-area churches in the presbytery can provide water to our ministry clients this week and next. In the next few days, Central Presbyterian, Covenant Presbyterian, and other churches will pick up enough water to ensure they can continue their ministries to the homeless and low-income people struggling to have enough safe water. This quick response is possible because of our support of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, which is working throughout Central Texas in response to ongoing flooding. In the coming weeks, we'll share more about how UPC can help respond to the flooding in surrounding areas. We are better together.
The big day is almost here! Plan to join us for our fourth annual Reformation Faire on Sunday, October 28, after worship until 1:30-ish pm. If the weather is nice, we'll host it in the central courtyard, if not, then we'll move indoors to the Great Hall.

The UPC Youth will be providing a "Build Your Own Oktoberfest" food bar with special catering by Mighty Tiger. There will be fall carnival games for kids, a costume photo booth for families, educational and craft booths, and some cool freebies that you won't want to miss.
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 2019 Celebration Sunday is November 18.
Parenting & Faith
Sundays 9:30 a.m.
Room 1, Lower Level

In case you missed the first class, never fear! You have plenty of time to get caught up and jump in this coming Sunday, October 28 as our very own Jon Eddison will continue the discussion in our Parenting & Faith series entitled,  "Decency in the Midst of Disorder."

Click here to read the short article from Presbyterian Outlook we are using as a foundation for the class.

Next up:
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 28
  • Reformation Fair 501
  • Parenting & Faith Series Continues
  • Stewardship & Kids
Sundays 9:30 a.m.
Room 201
 Public Theology: Speaking Truth to Power    
October 14 – 28, 2018

This Sunday, October 28, we conclude our series on public theology with Dr. Ted Wardlaw, President, Austin Seminary, who will lead us in a discussion about "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
Saturday, November 3, 10:00 a.m.
La Madeleine Bakery & Cafe

The UPC Dementia Support Group meets on the first Saturday of the month to offer support and ideas for those caring for family experiencing memory loss. For more information, contact the church office at 512-476-5321 or upc@upcaustin.org
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

the family of Hildur Satre Brees , who died September 30. A memorial service will be held in the UPC sanctuary Saturday, October 27, at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall. Obituary may be found here.

the family of Magdalene Haricombe , who died Saturday, October 20, in Capetown, South Africa. Magdalene's daughter, Lorraine Haricombe, was able to be with her mother in her final hours.

Barbara Litchford, who was released from the hospital today and continues to recover from pneumonia at home.
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 21, 2018, click here . You may also pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email   upc@upcaustin.org .