e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  September 18, 2019

SEPTEMBER 22, 2019


Sermon Series on Worship
The Sermon

Pastor Matt Gaventa, "No Explanations"

The Chancel Choir offers words from Isaiah 61, “The Spirit of the Lord”, set to music by Edward Elgar.

Bridge to Worship is an interactive experience for children ages 3-6 on Sunday mornings. Parents may take their children to Room 202, upper level after Time with the Younger Church.

7:00 PM, Fellowship Hall
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September 15, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa

September 8, 2019, the Reverend Shanea Leonard Peace: Pass It On!

September 1, 2019, Pastor Krystal Leedy

August 25, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa,

August 18, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa,

August 11, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa,

More sermons are available in our sermon archive at
Sunday, September 22 after Worship
Please join us on Sunday September 22 after worship in the Great Hall to help honor Barbara for her many years of service to UPC as custodian and building monitor. Light refreshments will be served.

If you'd like to write a personal note or card to Barbara, there will be a basket at the reception. Or contact the church office for Barbara's mailing address.
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. Anyone who would like to offer their musical talents, please contact Kim Vitray, 512-658-8587, kimvitray710@gmail.com
Save the dates for Taizé Worship this fall:
September 29
October 27
November 24

Taizé services are held in Shelton Chapel, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
IMAGINE COOLER DAYS, THE SOUND OF LEAVES RUSTLING UNDERFOOT and many new student faces in our congregation. Does that sound like fall? Yes! It also means it’s time to plan for our annual congregational potluck lunch to kick-off our 2020 Stewardship Campaign!

The 2020 Stewardship campaign runs from Sunday, October 13 – November 10, 2019. Our theme this year, God’s Plan, our Hands, reminds us that God gave us the ability to do what God has planned for us. Our Stewardship Campaign offers us a time of reflection to discern in what ways we want to serve God at UPC. Over the next few weeks, you will have an opportunity to learn more about UPC’s investment in mission and ministries in Austin and beyond. 

In the meantime, the Stewardship Committee invites you to join us immediately following worship on Sunday October 13, in the Great Hall to share a potluck meal with one another. Please bring a main dish, a salad, a vegetable or dessert to the lower level kitchen before the service. 
This fall at UPC, we’re going to reflect a bit on how it is that we root in worship together, by using the different elements of our worship service as inspiration for the preaching moment. Instead of following the fall lectionary, we’ve crafted a sermon series that walks through elements of worship, like the Prayer of Confession, the Call for the Offering, or the Prayers of the People. We’ll choose scripture for each case that helps us get at why these pieces of our worship matter.


August 25        Call to Worship: Pastor Matt, Every Given Sunday
September 1      Prayer of Confession: Pastor Krystal, Martha's Confession
September 8      Passing the Peace: Shanae D. Leonard, Peace: Pass It On!
September 15    Prayer for Illumination: Pastor Matt, People of the Book
September 22    Sermon: Pastor Matt, No Explanations
September 29    Affirmation Hymn: Paul Hooker & Eric Wall, Music in Worship
October 6           Communion: Pastor Matt World Communion Sunday
October 13         Offering: Pastor Matt Stewardship 2020 Kickoff
October 20         Announcements: Pastor Matt
October 27         Affirmation of Faith: Savannah Demuynck Reformation Sunday
November 3       Prayers of the People: Pastor John All Saints
November 10     Charge & Benediction: Pastor Matt Stewardship Sunday
Jesus Christ invites all God's people to the table of grace. Here at UPC, we want our children to feel at home at Christ's table. This first Communion workshop helps prepare your child to receive Communion by sharing the story of the Last Supper, allowing them to ask questions about Communion, getting a "taste and feel" for the elements of communion, and taking a behind the scenes tour of the Sanctuary. Children who participate in the workshop will be invited to receive communion with their families first on World Communion Sunday, October 6.

An RSVP is required for this event.
Please register by September 22.

When: Sunday, September 29
What Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Lunch is provided
Where: Fellowship Hall
Who: All children are welcome. Parents of children under 5 years old are encouraged to accompany their children.
How to Register: Click the blue button below to sign up. Please also indicate adults who will be accompanying their child(ren).
Sunday, September 22
"Hospitality 101"
led by the Faith & Life Planning Team:
Karen Werkenthin, Bobbie Sanders, Randal Whittington, Madelyn Mitchell
UPC Room 201, Upper Level
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Meet, Greet, Coffee, & Eat
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Presentation & Discussion
Calling all Austin-area young adults! Are you concerned by the news reports of the treatment of asylum-seekers at our borders? Are you confused about what is really going on and seeking to better understand the situation? Do you want to have a faithful conversation with others about what we can do to help? 

Come and join us for our second installment of “La Mesa”, a meal and conversation around the table with Presbyterian young adults about faithful responses to important issues. We’re starting this fall with immigration. 

We will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday September 23 at University Presbyterian Church (2203 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78705) in the Fellowship Hall. Food, wine, and child-care will be provided. We will be exploring what the Bible has to say to us about immigration and welcoming the stranger with an Austin Seminary professor.

We will continue to have monthly conversations around the topic of immigration throughout the fall, hopefully culminating in some meaningful action together. 

Let us know if you’re coming so we can plan child-care and food. Bring a friend (or three!). See you there!

Free parking is available at the UT co-op parking garage.
The Tuesday Evening Bible Class will resume on Tuesday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. This fall we will be studying Mary, the Virgin Mary, Marian theology and imagery and related subjects. The course will stop for the holidays with the last class of 2019 being Tuesday, November 19. Depending in part on class interest, there is enough material to cover and discuss for a number of classes in 2020 before we move on to another subject. Look forward to seeing everyone again in a new study.

For more information, contact
Jonathan Eddison
jbeddison@mac.com 512-988-0333
The UPC Caregiver / Dementia Support Group, which meets the first Saturday of the month, is adding an additional meeting once per month on Sunday mornings. The first meeting will be this Sunday, September 22, at 9:30 a.m., in the UParlor.

Beginning in October, the group will meet twice monthly:

1st Saturdays, 10:00 a.m., La Madelaine Mueller

3rd Sundays, 9:30 a.m., UParlor

For more information, contact Kay Bryant or Suzanna Caballero.
Overnight Housing Needed for Two at the ZZM Conference

The PC(USA) Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique Mission Network Conference is coming to UPC, October 16-19. As of today, we still need housing for two attendees, one man and one woman.

If you could provide a room and breakfast for three nights, please contact Barbara Ringk (ZZM conference logistics coordinator) at bringk@verizon.net for more details.

This is a wonderful opportunity demonstrate true Texas hospitality and to learn more about mission work being done in these three countries.

Interested in attending the conference? Registration is required. There is a small registration cost that covers food. Just click the purple button below.
Hope Presbyterian is planning a wonderful event that all Presbyterian women will enjoy. Pastries will be provided upon arrival and a light brunch will be served about 11:00 AM.  

Please RSVP to Sherry Ousley  sherryo1990@gmail.com or contact Eve Lawrence for more information.

Thank you for your invaluable participation in UPC’s UPLift financial assistance ministry!

The following is a list of our current needs:

  • $10 gift cards from Walmart and H-E-B – needed for co-pays for critical medications that Insurance will not pay and for folks who have no insurance
  • large jars of creamy peanut butter (not organic)
  • 10 lb box of old fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
  • large boxes of raisins
  • 4 lb bag of white sugar
  • large bag of brown sugar
  • large bag of white rice14 oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • 10 oz cans of Rotel tomatoes
  • small cans of tomato paste
  • 2-4 lb bags of dried beans: pinto, kidney, navy
  • Assorted spices: chili powder, cumin, oregano, cinnamon

Please bring your items any Sunday and place in the shopping cart during the offering. Thank you for your valuable participation in the UPLift ministry of UPC!
Please pray for

Mary Beth Kitchens, who has cancer and is entering hospice care. Steve Parker, son of Mary Ann and Luther Parker, is Mary Beth's son-in-law. Please pray for Mary Beth and the family in the days ahead. 

Vivian Werkenthin, who has entered hospice care. Marie Long and Max Werkenthin are Vivian's children.

Ken Hammond, who has entered hospice care in Houston. Ken, who is 100, is father to Martha Bauer.
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.
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email   upc@upcaustin.org .
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, September 15, 2019 . You may pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.
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.