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Newsletter for the Week of September 23rd, 2018

This Sunday:
Michael and All Angels
Photo Caption: The Angel Gabriel at the Fiery Furnace Unknown Ethiopian Artist

This Sunday's Scriptures
Daniel 10:10-14, 12:1-3 | Psalm 103:1-5, 20-22 | Revelation 12:7-12 | Luke 10:17-20

The archangel Michael is pictured as a prince and a general of the heavenly army, defeating the dragon (the ancient serpent, the devil, Satan). It is important, though, to see in Revelation 12:11 that God’s victory ultimately comes by Jesus’ death and the testimony of his followers. The power of God’s truth gives us confidence in the face of evil on earth, even in the face of our own death.

 Music this Sunday
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven, ELW 864 | If God, My Lord, Be for Me, ELW 788 | Come Down, O Love Divine, ELW 804 | Go Make Disciples, ELW 540 | Choir Anthem: "Come Down, O Love Divine" by Francis W. Douglas

 Liturgy Notes for this Sunday
This Sunday we celebrate Michael and All Angels.  This festival dedicated to the honor of the archangel Michael arose in the fifth century in Rome. Michael is not a saint, but in Jewish angelology one of the four archangels who carry out the will of God. The stories about Michael are war scenes, situating him within the final battle between good and evil. The focus of the day has broadened to include thanksgiving for all the angels, who are seen as messengers of the word and will of God.

Our sung liturgy for September, October, and part of November comes from ELW Holy Communion Setting One.  This festive setting was newly published for the ELW and is comprised of movements by Mark Mummert, Thomas Pavlechko, and Robert Buckley Farlee for the hymnal.  This setting is designed to be led by organ, but is also written to work very well with piano and other instruments. We give thanks to God for this unique and festive worship setting! 

Happenings at UniLu
Help make a difference in our community by being part of our Fall Blood Drive at UniLu!  All are invited to schedule an appointment and walk-ins are welcome.  Eligibility questions?  Call 866-236-3276 or download the American Red Cross Donor app.
Sign Up Today with Sponsor Code "ULCPhilly"
Join us Sunday, October 7 at 10:30AM for the Blessing of Animals service as we commemorate Francis of Assisi. Furry, spiky, feathery, slimy friends great and small are welcome, just make sure they are on a leash or secured safely!  Photos of your pet of favorite animal are also welcome.
Join us every Wednesday at 6:00 PM for a FREE dinner and discussion at 6:00 PM. This is a time for students and young adults to come together and relax with others who share our faith. Anyone is welcome to come out and join us Wednesday evenings for a few minutes or the whole time, whatever your schedule allows.
UniLu Choir is Back!
YOU are warmly invited to join our University Lutheran Church choir. Some of us are classically trained musicians and some of us are beginners and others are in-between. There's a spot for you, too! Not only will you help enhance our worship experience, you will become a part of a wonderfully caring, supportive group! Choir rehearsal is before service at 9:15 AM.  Have questions?  Email Brian at
Thursday Bible Study!
Join us every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 PM for dinner and Bible, led by UniLu members Ray and Carl. Each week we focus on the texts to be read during worship the following Sunday. This is a great way to explore the Bible with friends!
Join us as we package 20,000+ meals for the food insecure in Philadelphia with the help of End Hunger NE! In partnership with Grace Lutheran, Holy Trinity Lutheran, and University Lutheran Churches.

Don't forget to get your M&M tubes available in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.  Each tube full of quarters buys 80 meals! 
If you're new to University Lutheran Church,  it's natural to feel like you are the only new person--but you are not alone.  Pastor Fritz and his husband Trevor would like to invite you to join them on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 6 PM at their home in Old City for pizza and dessert.  Learn more about our mission and vision as you get to know our leadership team in a brief, informal get together in a relaxed, no pressure atmosphere.  Sign up today by filling out a Connection Card or emailing Pastor Fritz at   Hope you will join us!    
Join us Sunday, October 28 at 6:00 PM for a community conversation with the Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, Todd Snovel.  In addition to this position he also teaches college-level courses on the studies of genders, sexualities, and identities.  He has been a voice for equality and access to education, the arts, and healthcare and enjoys vocal performance, theatre, travel, and healthy living.
Join us in our candlelit sanctuary Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM for Night Church. We gather together in song, prayer, and contemplation as we worship together in this brief (30 minutes) Holden Evening Prayer. At 6:00 PM, all are invited to join us for a community style dinner (you're invited to bring something but not obligated) and enjoy a time of fellowship over a hot meal.
In the Community
UniLu and Holy Communion are co-hosting this event.  RSVP to
Prayers of the People

For those in need. For those who seek jobs, shelter, food, health, and love; for dear ones known to us including Sophia, Magdalena and her son Zechariah, Gerard, Marjorie, Jim, Ben, Michelle, Dustin, and Gerlinde.

For the children and parents separated at the boarder by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  For the children and young adults who are a part of the DACA.

For those recovering from the devastating effects of natural disasters, including Hurricane Florence and the wildfires on the West Coast.

For the whole church and our siblings around the world including Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Names and concerns can be submitted by email to or Additionally, prayers can be submitted electronically via the button below. Names will remain on the list for one month and can be renewed by an email to one of the above. 

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This Week at UniLu

Wednesday, September 26th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
2:00 PM | Blood Drive (2PM-7PM)
6:00 PM | Dinner and Discussion

Thursday, September 27th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
4:00 PM | Bible Study
6:00 PM | Chill Night

Friday, September 28th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting

Sunday, September 30th
9:15 AM | Choir Rehearsal
10:30 AM | Worship and Holy Communion
11:30 AM | Fellowship after Worship

Monday, October 1st
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM | UCHC Community Meal

Tuesday, October 2nd
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
5:00 PM | Feast Incarnate 
6:15 PM | Evening Prayer with Holy Communion

Wednesday, October 3rd
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM | Dinner and Discussion

Give a Gift

Members, alumni, and friends of the UniLu community are generous givers of their time, talents, service, and treasures. Gifts enable us to glorify God through music, art, learning, discussion, and service in the community. We welcome all gifts that support the ministry and mission of our community—on campus, in the city, and beyond.

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Serving this Week

Presider & Preacher:
Pastor Fritz Fowler

Jim Schneider & Kevin Maurer

Consider signing up to be Deacon, Crucifer, Prayer Leader, Usher, Counter, or Eucharistic Minister by clicking the button below!  The sign-up website has a brief description of each worship assistant's responsibilities. Once you sign up for a position on a specific day, the website will send you an email reminder the day prior.

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Feast Incarnate

Feast Incarnate is a weekly hospitality ministry of University Lutheran Church for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Each week a hot meal is prepared and served by a local congregation or community service organization.

We served 75 meals last week.  Since the beginning of 2018, over 2500 meals have been served.


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