Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church September 11, 2018

SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
WORSHIP 11:00 am
Pastor Matt Gaventa
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Mary Ann Parker sings Raymond Brown’s solo setting of the familiar gospel hymn, “Softly and Tenderly”.

The Chancel Choir sings a joyful setting of words from Psalm 57, “Glorious, Everlasting”, by M. Thomas Cousins.

Read / listen to Pastor Krystal's sermon
"Rubber Bandwidth"

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Please plan to stay after worship Sunday, September 16, to hear about Pastor John's summer sabbatical and pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. A light lunch will be served while John shows some of his marvelous pictures and tells pilgrimage stories, offering reflections on the sabbatical. There will be time for questions and answers afterwards. Vestry training for children and Youth Fellowship Group will run concurrently with the presentation. No RSVP needed. Hope to see you there!  
As of Monday, September 10, San Antonio has been restriped, ensuring two lanes of traffic during the construction across the street. This has eliminated both commercial zone parking directly in front of the church and all metered parking on the west side of San Antonio Street Monday through Saturday.

The street is marked as a no parking / tow-away zone from the corner of 22nd Street to about the middle of the Bevo lot on the east side. Some metered parking is available on both sides of the street in front of the UT Co-Op garage.

Of course, free parking in the UT Co-Op garage is always available for church events. Pick up parking codes in the church office or at the hospitality desk outside Fellowship Hall.
On Sundays, we will continue to place cones in the right lane and allow drop off and pick up for those needing to keep the walk to the sanctuary short. Handicap parking will also be allowed on Sundays only. Please be extra cautious this Sunday as we adjust to the new situation, and plan to arrive a little early if possible. If you need extra assistance in the garage or from the curb to classrooms or the sanctuary contact the church at 512-476-5321 during office hours, 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday.
Begins Friday, September 14
Every year students at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary put on a Hesed lecture series. This year's theme is "The High Cost of Economics and Power" and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Keri Day from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dr. Day will give a keynote next Friday, September 14, at noon in McMillan 210. She will then preach at a worship service that starts at 7:15 that evening in Shelton Chapel. A series of very interesting community leaders will lead workshops on Saturday. We warmly invite any and all of you to join us!

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 Returns October 2
UPC Fellowship Hall, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Bible study in Fellowship Hall on Tuesday evenings is a long standing tradition at UPC. This fall, the study begins on the first Tuesday in October, so mark your calendars.

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!

October 2 class will cover

  • Catching Up and Travel Stories
  • Paul generally
  • Pauline letters generally
  • Paul and the Church in Corinth
  • Corinthians I, Chapter 1

For more information, contact
Jon Eddison at 512-988-0333 or jbeddison@mac.com
Reclaiming Jesus:
A Confession of Faith
in a Time of Crisis
Sundays 9:30 a.m.
Room 201 Upper Level

The UPC Faith & Life Class invites you to join with them Sundays in September as Dr. Fred Morgan leads us in a discussion of faith in Jesus in modern times.

September 16:
To Protect & Seek Justice
September 23:
Truth Is Morally Central to Our Personal & Public Lives
September 30:
Change the World Through the Life & Love of Jesus Christ

Join us for coffee and fellowship beginning at 9:15 a.m., with discussion beginning at 9:30 a.m., Room 201, Upper Level.
Parenting & Faith
9:30 a.m.
Room 1
Lower Level

All parents and guardians of children and youth are welcome to participate in the Parenting & Faith class. As a (relatively) new parent myself, and as this is the first adult ministry group I've lead here at UPC, I can tell you from the beginning that I don't have all the answers and may need a few weeks to get my feet under me. But I can promise you that I'm with you. Part of the team. And together, we're going to make Parenting & Faith the best team it can be.
-Pastor John

The mission of Faith & Grief Ministries is to provide ongoing comfort to persons who have experienced the death of a loved one. The Austin area Faith & Grief Gathering for July will be held September 13 at noon, Westminster Presbyterian Church .
A free lunch is offered but please register so they know how much food to prepare.

To register, click here . For more information, go to faithandgrief.org .
Each week during our worship service, we roll an H-E-B grocery cart down the center aisle in order to collect food for some of our service programs, namely UPLift and Micah 6 food pantry. Both of these staple service organizations serve hundreds of people each week in the lower level of our building, and it is easy for us to forget these important pieces of our church’s life. The grocery cart helps to remind us on Sunday mornings, and we hope to remind everyone about the importance of filling up that cart so that the abundance of God flows into the world.

So, on September 30, we are going to offer a large visual reminder that we are called to be a generous people of God and we desire to live into that calling.
We will overflow the cart on that Sunday and the food will surround the communion table to remind us that the need is large, and it is important for us to give week after week.

Our youth group and members of the service committee will organize the food to make sure that it gets to the correct locations, and if we have more than enough, we will donate to other food pantries in the area that we know need assistance as well. Grocery bags are available with a grocery list that express the needs of our service organizations, so we invite you to grab a bag, shop for those organizations, and bring your bag back on September 30 so we can overflow the cart!

Still Time to Join Chancel Choir!

It's now the 2nd-best time to join the Chancel Choir. First Wednesday rehearsal is September 5, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. NOT this Wednesday, but the following one. Come sing with us!
Ara Carapetyan
Calling All Bakers!

We are welcoming college students and visitors to UPC with cookies, and need some willing bakers to help us out on the following Sundays: September 9 and September 16.

If you can bake 2 dozen cookies and get them to the church on either of those dates, please contact Liz Wright at 512-934-2248 (call or text), or elisabethw2013@gmail.com

Thanks for all you do!
Hello to all you handbell ringers out there!

If you used to play, or would like to try playing, or have ever even thought or wondered about playing, we'd love to have you in the UPC Handbell Choir. We only have enough ringers to play three of our five octaves right now, so more ringers would mean we could play more octaves and have more fun!

Our fall start-up rehearsal will be Sunday, September 16, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. If you have questions, need more info, or would like to attend, please contact Kim Vitray, 512-658-8587 or kimvitray710@gmail.com
For the UPLift Grocery Cart This Week

  • large 10 lb box oatmeal (not instant) found at big box stores
  • jar of jelly or preserves
  • large cans of diced tomatoes
  • bag of brown sugar
  • breakfast bars

Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC ministry!
Heritage Ministry Team member Karen Werkenthin has produced a revised edition of the UPC photo journal, Celebrating our History. With more than 30 additional pages, the book now covers our recent history, along with days gone by. New highlights include Krystal Leedy’s ordination, Roberta Mitchell’s 100th birthday, Matt Gaventa’s first Sunday with us, Reformation Faire 500, worship throughout the years, and this past summer’s Vacation Bible School.

The book is available for purchase through Shutterfly, and discounts are frequently offered. If you’d like to purchase your own copy, click this link to order.

Stop by the church office to view the book. To have the link sent electronically, email Karen at kwerkenthin@gmail.com
Here are ordering tips from Karen:
  1. Set up an account at Shutterfly first. Then check their website every 2-3 days to watch for good sales. Lately the best sale has been offered in the middle of the month.
  2. Always enter PROMO codes in the box provided. There are usually 2, sometimes 3. There is one code word for the discount, then another for free shipping. Sometimes there are two separate discount codes. The PROMO codes are found on the Shutterfly homepage in a banner near the top.
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for all those in the path of Hurricane Florence.

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, September 9, 2018, click here or pick up a copy in the church office or in the narthex.