Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church September 18, 2018

SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
WORSHIP 11:00 am
APTS Intern Caroline Barnett

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"Greatest of All Time"
In observance of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Austin Bradley sings "A Simple Song," accompanied by Cate Miller, flute, and Keith Womer, piano.

The Chancel Choir sings words of Bernard of Clairvaux set by Mack Wilberg, "Jesu, the Very Thought is Sweet."  

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Who Do You Say That I Am?"

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During the academic year, UPC offers a contemplative Taizé service on the last Sunday evening of each month (excepting December), at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary chapel at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.

This service consists primarily of scripture, song, and prayer, and the music is led and accompanied by cantors and instrumentalists. The music is simple, melodic, and repetitive—if you can sing the melody line of a hymn, you can lead Taizé music! And all kinds of instruments are welcome. 

I invite you to contribute your talent, as a singer and/or instrumentalist, even if only occasionally, or just once to give it a try. Or if you meet a new member or student with musical interests, please tell them about this wonderful opportunity.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Kim Vitray, 512-658-8587,  kimvitray710@gmail.com . Or visit this year's first Taizé service on Sunday, September 30, at 7:00 p.m. (APTS Shelton Chapel - more below), to see what it's all about!
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, 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 in the narthex and outside the church library 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 September 30 so we can overflow the cart!

On the last Sunday of each month for evening worship at 7:00 p.m., we worship in the style of Taizé. After much consideration, we have decided to take this unique worship experience to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary to use their intimate and beautiful chapel space. We are grateful that they have agreed to house this important part of our worshipping life at UPC and for UKirk, our campus ministry. Taizé is a contemplative, meditative style of worship, which includes the unique music of Taizé, prayers, and silence. And, it provides us with an opportunity to sit and meditate on the beauty of God. All are welcome at this worship service. On September 30, we will worship together over at Austin Seminary (100 E. 27th Street) at 7:00 p.m. Parking is available anywhere on the seminary campus during the worship service. Contact Pastor Krystal with any questions or if you want to be a part of music leadership, contact Kim Vitray .
In Chancel Choir, you'll find a supportive environment to praise God through song. We rehearse Wednesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. Come sing with us!
Ara Carapetyan
Emmaline "Emmie" is 7 years old and in the 2nd grade at Rooster Springs Elementary. After school Emmie likes to go to gymnastics, jump rope, and create art. Her favorite thing about Laudate is all of the songs and seeing her friend Isabella.  

It is not too late to sing with Emmie for Laudate's first introit of the year on September 30! The introit is easy and all children 1st through 8th grade are welcome. Please join us 9:15-10:00 a.m. for rehearsal in room 210 for the next two Sundays and September 30 in worship.

I just read through the Children’s Ministry UPdate and noticed there is no one to lead Bridge to Worship for this session. My dear friends,  Joshua  and I beg of you to please consider leading this group of young disciples. With both of us in choir, Bridge to Worship is such a blessing for Juniper to participate in while her parents lead you, the congregation, in music worship. Please let UPC know if you can help. Thank you!


We use a Google doc to manage sign ups for all Sunday School helpers. It's easy to do, just click the button below. If you need help, email Pastor John, or Adrielle. Thanks!
Help the History Collection Grow!

The UPC Digital History Collection is LIVE at upcaustin.historyit.com

That's great news! Even better, you can be a part of adding digital records from our vast collection of paper and electronic files.

We need volunteers to help prepare records for inclusion into the collection. Skills needed include familiarity and comfort with basic computer technologies and interest in learning to use new technologies. We will teach you what to do. If we can do it, so can you!

Contact Carol Keller 623-680-3864.
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 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
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 or box of raisins
  • 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 affected by the rising flood waters following the rains of Hurricane Florence.

Kaye Smith , who has a macular cyst. She sees a specialist tomorrow to be evaluated for surgery.  Jennifer Bradford is Kaye's daughter.

Sylvia Chao , who recently had a new tumor identified, and is awaiting recommendations from her medical board. Prayers requested for as much tranquility as possible for her as she waits and also confidence as she decides what to do next. David Chao is Sylvia's son.

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.