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Newsletter for the Week of September 16th, 2018

This Sunday:
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Photo Caption: The Resurrection Unknown Ethiopian Artist

This Sunday's Scriptures
Jeremiah 11:18-20 | Psalm 54 | James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a | Mark 9:30-37

Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God puts in front of us, to make room for them in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly.

 Music this Sunday
Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing, ELW 389 | All are Welcome, ELW 641 |
Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service,
ELW 712 | O Christ, What can it Mean for Us, ELW 441 | Choir Anthem: "Be Thou My Vision" arr. Alice Parker

 Liturgy Notes for this Sunday
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! 
This Sunday at UniLu
We have an exciting opportunity to meet for discussion with Bishop and Dr. Munga from the North Eastern Diocese, Tanzania. 

Bishop Stephen Munga serves as Bishop of the North Eastern Diocese of Tanzania, and his wife Rev. Dr. Anneth Munga serves as Director of Post Graduate Studies and International Relations and Linkages of SEKOMU University in Tanzania.

The forum is open to all young adults, so feel free to spread the word and bring a friend.

We will be gathering in the Asia & Africa Rooms at International House of Philadelphia.
Join us in our candlelit sanctuary Sunday, September 23, 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.
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 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
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 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!    
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!
In the Community
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Pre-Installation Prayer, Praise, and Preaching

Join friends from around the synod and across the nation for an evening of prayer, praise, and preaching on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 pm at Reformation Lutheran Church, 1215 E Vernon Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19150.

Hear great preaching by pastors Stephen Marsh, CeCe Mills, Tiffany Chaney, and Kevin Sandiver, with music by the New Life Ministries band and Yvonne Jones Limbo. A reception follows.
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 Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay.

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 19th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM | Dinner and Discussion

Thursday, September 20th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
4:00 PM | Bible Study
6:00 PM | Chill Night
6:00 PM | Theology on Tap

Friday, September 21th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting

Saturday, September 22th
2:00 PM | Installation of Bishop Davenport - at New Covenant Church

Sunday, September 23th
9:15 AM | Choir Rehearsal
10:30 AM | Worship and Holy Communion
11:30 AM | Fellowship after Worship
1:30 PM | Open Forum with Bishop and Dr. Munga - at International House
6:00 PM | Evening Meal
7:00 PM | Night Church

Monday, September 24th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM | UCHC Community Meal

Tuesday, September 25th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
5:00 PM | Feast Incarnate 
6:15 PM | Evening Prayer with Holy Communion

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

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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

Benjamin Eckert

Garth Olsen

Dana Rademacher Hansen

Theresa Clark

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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