Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church   September 4, 2018

WORSHIP 11:00 am
Pastor Krystal Leedy
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The Chancel Choir sings words adapted by René Clausen from Psalms 96 and 22 : “All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord!”

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"Still Hungry"

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The Syrophoenician Woman by Brother Robert Lenz, b. 1946 . Brother Lenz is known for his icon paintings of common people. Robert celebrates people who live in the margins, and his work embraces that ideology. He believes that icons should celebrate the person, not the religion. Robert believes that it’s unfair to tell common people to emulate saints with whom they have nothing in common. 
Come Sing with the Laudate Choir!
The Laudate Children's Choir is looking for more children to sing with us for our introit on September 30. We meet every Sunday morning at 9:15-10:00 a.m.

Please come try out a rehearsal and join us for a number of anthems throughout the school year. All youth in grades 1st through 8th grade are welcome. Email Austin Bradley at childrenchoir@upcaustin.org for more information or join us whenever you are able in room 210.

Photo: Laudate and youth sing "Go Down, Moses" for Easter Vigil 2018
Welcome New Members!
Sunday, September 2, the UPC session met with six people who have chosen to make University Presbyterian their church home.

New to UPC are Rabert Sheppard, and Ruben Soto (not pictured). Also joining are four friends who are already a part of UPC in many ways: Michelle "Mo" Ruiz, Meghan Swartz, and Mary and Eric Wall. Here's a bit more about our new members.
Michelle Crystal Ruiz, or "Mo" as she is often called, was received by letter of transfer from First United Presbyterian Church in Loveland, Colorado. Michelle is a former seminary intern and youth advisor at here at UPC, so some of you may remember her. Mo loves to dance and be around people. After graduating from Austin Seminary in 2013, she moved back to Colorado, but she couldn't wait to return to Austin where she truly belongs!
Meghan Swartz joins by transfer of membership from First Presbyterian Church in Tyler, Texas. She teaches English at Anderson High School. Meghan has been a member of UKirk for the past four years, and simply fell in love with this church, its people, and its passions. Those of you whose children were in this summer's Vacation Bible School, or who volunteered for a part of the week, already know Meghan as our wonderful VBS program manager.
Rabert Frankie Sheppard joins by profession of faith. Rabert is currently a student at Austin Seminary, seeking ordination. He has previously served as a pastor in another church, and enjoys teaching young adult, adult, and Christian formation classes.
Mary Blick Wall and Eric Wall join UPC by transfer of membership from First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, North Carolina. Both Mary and Eric have been singing in the choir since their arrival in Austin. Last spring, they led the All Church Retreat program at Mo-Ranch. Mary is a semi-retired educator, and is currently serving on the Bevo Lot task force. Eric, who lists his occupation as church musician, is Assistant Professor of Church Music and Dean of Chapel at Austin Seminary. They have one son, Tristan, who lives in Asheville.
Sign UP to Cook Dinner for UKirk!
UKirk means “University Church,” and it is the campus ministry at UPC. We are so excited the students are here because this church’s founding is as an outreach to the University of Texas. We welcome all college students to our Sunday evening program. In the coming weeks, our regular schedule will be

5:00 p.m. Bible study in the UParlor
6:00 p.m. dinner in Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm. UKirk evening worship.

One of the best ways to get to know our college students is through cooking dinner for UKirk on Sunday evenings, when we have our campus ministry. A member of our UKirk Committee will gladly greet you on Sunday nights and help get some of the auxiliary stuff set up for dinner like plates and napkins, and serving dishes.

We are starting a new program for Bible study, so that each week we are doing a different activity. If you sign up for the FIRST Sunday of the month, know that those Sundays are the ones where we are cooking with the students beginning at 5:00 p.m. You will get a special note from our seminary intern Alex Pappas if you sign up for one of those Sundays.
 Anything that you want to cook is fine, but please also provide a vegetarian option and a gluten-free option as we have at least one vegetarian and one gluten intolerant student. We serve dinner on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m., and we do our best to be prompt. After you cook or bring dinner, we would love for you to sit with our students as we get to know them together.

Want to sign up? Just Click here.

Thanks, and let me know if you have questions!
-Pastor Krystal
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 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.
UPC Circle Meetings

The Martha Circle meets Saturday, September 8, at 11:00 a.m. in the UPC Fellowship Hall. Please contact Karen Grice at kwgrice@grandecom.net or at 512-431-7426.

The Ruth-Dorcas Circle meets Tuesday, September 11, at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Dottie Penn. For more information, please email the church office: upc@upcaustin.org
UPC Needleworkers
September 6
7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

All those who knit, crochet, felt, quilt, or do any other type of handwork (any tatters out there?) are welcome to join the UPC Needleworkers in Fellowship Hall this Thursday, It's virtual fall and the Needleworkers will begin planning for the Alternative Gift Market. Bring your own work, or something for the Market.
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 9:
Jesus is Lord: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis
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.
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
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,
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 .
Sign UP to Lead!

Dear UPC Adults,

It's time to say YES! Our children need your help to lead their Sunday School classes! We have several different kinds of leadership roles that we are looking to fill and several dates still open - especially for these first few Sundays this fall! Help our children have a strong start to the year in Sunday School by clicking the YELLOW button below to sign up. Clicking the button will take you to an easy to use Google Doc. You do not need a Google account to use this feature. Sign up instructions, a full list of dates, and descriptions of the various leadership roles are provided on the form. Thank you for faithfully living into your baptismal promises to nurture our children in faith.
Wait!! Before you scroll past the sign up button...

We try hard to make leading Sunday School as easy and stress-free as possible. Click the GREEN button to see just how simple leading our kids can be. Also, if you would like to sign up but are worried about using the Google Doc, please c ontact Adrielle Chew at growing@upcaustin.org or Pastor John at associate@upcaustin.org .
On behalf of our UPC children, thank you in advance for saying YES!
Pastor John, Adrielle, & the
Christian Formation Committee
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:

  • 10 lb box oatmeal (not instant)
  • large jar preserves or jelly
  • large cans of diced tomatoes
  • large bag white rice (not instant)
  • breakfast bars

Thank you for your incredible support of this UPC ministry!
Micah 6 of Austin Reception, Annual Meeting
Sunday, September 9, 12:30 p.m., All Saints' Episcopal Church
On Sunday, September 9, All Saints' Episcopal Church will host the Annual Meeting of Micah 6, with a reception at
12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Micah 6 Board Members, staff, members of all Micah 6 congregations, and volunteers are
invited to gather at All Saints’ to celebrate the work of Micah 6 in our community.

Micah 6 of Austin has served the central Austin community for the past 15 years! This organization provides what has become the largest food pantry in the area, offers a Sunday Day Shelter for street youth under the age of 30, facilitates a Women’s Resource Group for homeless young women, and supports a meal for those who are hungry in our community each Friday.

The Reverend Barry Smith, executive director of Micah 6, will present the annual report of the ministry's activities in and for the community. Representatives from each Micah 6 program will share brief highlights.
We would love for Micah 6 volunteers especially to attend. If you can bring simple foods such as finger sandwiches, chips, veggies, fruit, or cookies to serve, please let Kelly Barnhill, Micah 6 board representative from All Saints', know what you can provide. You can email her at kbarnhill@johnsoncenter.org .

Thank you so much for the support of the Micah 6 ministry and its various programs, and we look forward to seeing you
in September.

David Wofford
Micah 6 Board Representative
Celebrations & Concerns
Please pray for

Debbie Warden , who is awaiting exploratory surgery, following tests that are scheduled over the next two weeks.

HIlder Satre Brees and her husband Jay as Hilder's health continues to decline.

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 2, 2018, click here or pick up a copy in the church office or in the narthex.