The Weekly Connections

July 29, 2022

Pr. Tim Anderson, Director of Austin City Lutherans (ACL), joins us this Sunday with the last installment in the story of Joseph and updates on ACL’s Homelessness Initiative. In addition, he has respectably declined to discuss his golf game at this time… Join us!


Sunday Worship

8:15 a.m.  Worship |  Sanctuary
10:45 a.m.  Worship |  Sanctuary + Livestream

This Sunday in worship we conclude the July Message Series as Joseph reveals his true self. Return next Sunday as we begin the Journeys of Jesus.

Sunday Breakfast for All

9:30 a.m.  – 10:15 a.m. |  Activity Center
Running late with no time to eat before church? Grab breakfast with us, and don’t forget to support the Fellowship Events/Breakfast Fund by giving online or on Sunday.

Sunday Adult Bible Study 

9:30 a.m. |  Library + Zoom
As we continue our study of the Minor Prophets, we will discuss the book of Hosea this week. Contact Ruby Cadenhead for more information.

Grief Support Lunch

Noon |  Room 205

Following the late service, the Care Team and Stephen Ministers invite you to gather for lunch with others who are experiencing grief…and a time to allow feelings of sorrow, anger, depression, or guilt to surface as needed.

Please invite others interested in attending, and RSVP for lunch by emailing Rebecca Guengerich, or calling 512-796-0991.

this week’s highlights

Looking for ways to stay cool while you exercise? Look no farther! Don’t forget to check the calendars on Realm or the website for a complete list of events.


9:00 a.m. SATURDAYS + 5:30 p.m. TUESDAYS
Activity Center
The competition may be heating up, but the Activity Center is staying cool! All ages are invited to play.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PALS)

7:00 p.m. | Library + Zoom
Do you have a loved one struggling with addiction? The PALS support group offers hope through education and an opportunity to share and learn from others facing the same challenges. Contact Rebecca Guengerich with questions. For more information about this group and others in the surrounding Austin area and other cities, visit the website,

Firm Believer Yoga

5:30 p.m. |  Room 203 + Zoom
Restore your body and soul with yoga. Contact Richard Arndt.

Stay and Play Party

12:00 p.m. | Activity Center

Let’s stay connected! We’ll get together after worship for lunch (provided by us) and hang out time for kids and parents alike.

Gather Us In

12:15 p.m. | Library
Interesting in learning about our community of faith? Join us for lunch and conversation as we get to know each other and answer questions you may have about life at Shepherd. Please contact Ministry Coordinator Amanda Forsberg if you plan to attend.

Grillin’ + Chillin’

6:30 p.m. | Activity Center
Dinner and games for grades 5-12. Our second to the last meeting before summer ends! Contact Youth Director Joel Timmons.


Blessing of the Backpacks + Special Musical Guests

10:45 a.m. | Sanctuary
Justin Stephens, Josh Norem, and invited musical guests will fill the Sanctuary with song-filled praise during Blessing of the Backpacks – a wonderful way to begin the school year by surrounding students, teachers, and educational support staff with blessings meant to celebrate with the excited, encourage the hesitant, and soothe the anxious. Join us!

LWR Baby Care Kits

Crochet and Knit Blankets Needed!
Summer is flying by, and Baby Care Kit Assembly Day is fast approaching on Sunday, September 11. We need 60-ish knit or crochet blankets, minimum size of 36″ x 36″, by the end of August. Thank you!

ways to give

Pledges, Gifts, and Donations

Giving is an expression of joy and gratitude for the bounty of God’s goodness! There are so many ways to give-both financially and through serving.

Keeping current with your pledged or regular giving over the summer has never been easier because you can do it all online!

Let’s Finish Strong!

Let’s get ready for fall ministry by keeping up the momentum and finishing ShepHill’s fiscal year (which ends August 31) stronger than ever!

  • Giving statements were mailed this week, please make sure to review them. 
  • If you haven’t given against your pledge for this year, please prayerfully consider doing so before August 31. 
  • If you are a regular giver, maybe add an extra amount for August? 
  • Haven’t given yet to ShepHills? It’s easier than ever before by going online to or you can mail a check to the church postmarked by August 31.   
  • Don’t forget there are many ways to give… cash, stock, donations from donor-advised funds,  Qualified Charitable Distributions, business donations, and more!  Contact Kevin Marlow for more info or call the church.


Serving is a great way to give back and get to know others in our community. Whether you are interested in serving locally, being part of a global mission, or volunteering to help in a variety of ways on Sundays, we have a place for you! Here are some special opportunities to serve:

Three Great Ministries for Volunteering

Families, retirees, and everyone with a servant heart, now is your chance to make time to serve together! Go to ACL’s website to learn more about Mariposa Family Learning Center, Bread for All (BFA), and the new Homelessness Initiative. Click here, and ACL Director Pr. Tim Anderson will connect you with volunteer opportunities that fit your talents.

BFA Food Donations Needed
The BFA pantry is in need of dried pinto beans 1lb, canned pinto beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, spaghetti, and baby wipes. Please check for expiration dates before giving items. BFA does not need any more egg cartons or newspaper sleeves.  Contact Weldon Allison. Donation Bins are out every Saturday + Sunday, and on weekdays by ringing the office bell.

prayers of the people

In need of prayer? Please contact a pastor to be put on the prayer list.

Would you like someone to pray alongside you during troubling times? Contact a Stephen Minister who can travel with you on life’s sometimes bumpy road.

We pray for Sandy Nielsen, Rodney Varner, and Marie Fortune

God, we know you never leave us or forsake us.  You love your whole creation, and you hold us in that love no matter what comes our way.  You hold in love those who have lost their lives in acts of war and violence.  You hold in love those who have lost their trust in institutions meant to keep them safe.  You hold in love those who have lost their dignity at the hands of those in power.  You hold in love those who have lost their joy in a world that feels overcome by despair. We know and trust that you give us hope when we feel hopeless.  We know and trust that you are the giver of life and conqueror of death.  May we rest in that promise given to us in Jesus Christ.

We pray for our global ministry partners: Rev. Karen Castillo in Guatemala; Iglesia Luterana Augustina Virgen del Rosario, Aurora 8 de Octubre, Guatemala. We pray for Malcolm and Joy Henderson and the ministry of CHARIS in Haiti. 

We pray for our local ministries: Mariposa Family Learning Center, Bread For All, and Upbring Ministries.

We pray for our faith community, that we may be a church without walls and live out loud…faithfully!