e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  October 31, 2019

NOVEMBER 3, 2019


Sermon Series on Worship
Prayers of the People

Pastor John Leedy preaching
"The Holy One"

First Reading: Ephesians 6:18
Gospel Reading: John 17: 1-11, 20-24

The Chancel Choir sings words of a prayer translated from the Russian church liturgy: “O Lord God” by Pavel Tschesnokoff. Assistant Director of Music Kim Vitray conducts.

7:00 PM, UPC Fellowship Hall
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October 20, Pastor Matt Gaventa,

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September 29, 2019, Paul Hooker & Eric Wall, Too Deep for Words

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We began visiting UPC in 2009 as a young dating couple seeking to expand a spiritual dialogue in our relationship. It was our hope to find a church home that would reflect what we were discovering to be more similarities than differences in the foundations of faith our parents had given to each of us. Although our parents were from different countries, spoke different languages, and practiced different faiths, they had instilled in each of us a set of values that drew us closer together and that we found resonating in the messages we were hearing as visitors at UPC. 

In 2011, we placed membership here as an engaged couple and were married here in 2012. It was in 2015 that we became parents and introduced our daughter to all of you. We are so thankful for the love and support we have felt here at UPC, and for the mentors and friends we have found through our involvement with the Chancel Choir, Vacation Bible School, and Children's Ministry programming. 

Most recently, with Amin's service as a Deacon, we have gained a deep and profound appreciation for the thoughtful and purpose-driven nature of UPC's larger mission and its ministries. We join all of you in our continued support of this faith family of ours and ask that you prayerfully consider increasing your pledge by one percent during this year's stewardship campaign. From our family to yours, thank you for your contributions!

~ The Habibnia Family
About a month ago, I wrote to let you know that the UPC Session had approved recommendations from our Safety and Security Task Force, including that we enter into a four-month trial relationship with an off-duty APD law enforcement officer on Sunday mornings for the purpose of providing hospitality in anxious times, and for the purpose of helping us cross San Antonio safely.

This relationship will begin this coming Sunday, November 3, when we will have the first opportunity to welcome an officer’s presence. This officer will be present to help you dodge the scooters as you cross San Antonio, and will be available to our ushers and Building Monitor during the hour of worship.

 Over the next four months, we will be receiving services from a few different officers until we find one we’d like to work with more consistently. After a couple months of trying this new arrangement on for size, the Safety and Security Task Force will be opening opportunities for congregational feedback as our Session discerns the long-term future of the officer contract. Those opportunities will be communicated to the congregation once the dates are set by the Task Force.  
 As I said in that initial letter, this has not been an easy decision. Even so, I am thankful to know that we are a church that can welcome this new person into our midst on Sunday with kindness and grace. We have already shared with the Austin Police Association that UPC is a warm and welcoming congregation serving a diverse membership of all ages; there is no better way for us to show that than for you all to extend our hospitality in person.

Thank you!
There's still room for you at the mini-retreat this Saturday! Just email Karen Grice at kwgrice@grandecom.net today or tomorrow . Childcare will be available. Bring your ideas, your desire to meet with other Presbyterian Women* , and plan on a Saturday retreat from your daily lives.

*Presbyterian Women is a term that to some people reads “circles.” We are hoping to dispel that notion and let you know that the term includes all women of this church!
By Their Fruits, Ye Shall Know Them
Once again, UPC, in cooperation with the Northwest Austin Rotary Club, will be selling oranges and grapefruit to benefit Micah 6 of Austin. Fred Morgan will be in the courtyard on Sundays after worship October 27, November 3, 17, and 24 to take your orders. 

If you don’t want a personal box of fruit, you may order fruit boxes to be donated directly to the Micah 6 Food Pantry. Those who order can pick up your box of fruit on Sunday, December 8 in the Fellowship Hall. Micah 6 of Austin receives $10 per fruit box ordered.  
UPLift Pantry Needs This Week
Our shelves are overflowing except for large jars of strawberry preserves ! We'd love to have some to use next week, so please bring some to church this Sunday and place in the shopping cart. And, as always, $10 H-E-B cards in the offering plate go a long way to help our neighbors.

Thank you, UPC!
All week long, we have been blessed hearing 12 guitarists and more than 40 singers rehearse for Conspirare's next concert, The Singing Guitar. There will be two performances: Saturday night, November 2, at Austin ISD Performing Arts Center, and Sunday, November 3, in Houston. For tickets, click the image above.

As a special thank you, Conspirare invites the UPC community to an open dress rehearsal Friday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m., in the UPC sanctuary, followed by a small reception in Fellowship Hall. If you've never been to a dress rehearsal, just be prepared for the director to stop and go over some parts. Parking is free in the University Co-op garage; you may want to carpool and have the driver drop you off, then park the car.
La Follia Austin Baroque, directed by our own Keith Womer, continues its 2019-2020 season with two concerts this weekend:

November 2, 7:30 p.m.
November 3, 3 p.m.

La Follia performs music by Johann Pachelbel, composer of the famous Canon in D major.

Included are three exquisite chamber works, two works for solo voice, a motet, a full cantata, and an organ work on the church's magnificent Visser Roland pipe organ.

And of course, the Canon!

Performing are Meredith Ruduski and Joan Carlson, sopranos, Robbie LaBanca, countertenor, Steven Brennflick, tenor, Curt Vaughan, bass; and Keith Womer, organ, harpsichord and director of La Follia. They are joined by a ten-piece Baroque orchestra led by concertmaster Alan Austin.

KMFA Classical 89.5 will provide commentary during the concert.

Please pray for all those affected by the fires in California, especially

Karla Stromberger,   who lives in Napa. Karla is cousin to Karen Miller.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is active in both the northern and southern California fires. To learn more and give financial support, CLICK HERE .
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, October 27, 2019, or 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 .
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.
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.