The Weekly Connections

August 5, 2022

August begins with “The Journeys of Jesus,” a new message series calling us to a life of adventurous faith.


Sunday Worship

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

This Sunday in worship we begin the first leg of our journey alongside Jesus as he calls his first disciples who ask, “Who, Me?”

Family Room (New!)

In the Library during Worship

Our parents feel it is important for their children to worship with them and so do we! To complement the PrayGround, we now have a Family Room located in the far corner of the library for nursing mothers, sleepy babies, or anyone who needs a different space. In the Family Room parents and children can participate in worship via Livestream on the TV (late service only), communion cups are provided, and soft toys, tactile books, and other items will help keep little ones occupied.

Sunday Breakfast for All

9:30 a.m.  – 10:15 a.m. |  Activity Center
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 Micah this week. Contact Ruby Cadenhead for more information.

Stay and Play Party

Noon | Activity Center

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

Gather Us In

Noon | Room 205
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.

next sunday

Blessing of the Backpacks + Special Musical Guests

8:15 + 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 – our favorite 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. Tell your neighbors, invite your friends, and be sure to join us next Sunday!

And don’t forget about breakfast! Come meet Eanes ISD’s new superintendent, Jeff Arnett, who will share a few words of encouragement about the upcoming school year!

Digital Ministry Show + Tell

Immediately Following Late Service | Sanctuary

Ever wonder what happens behind those computer screens during worship? Come for a behind-the-scenes tour of our newest ministry – we’ll even let you push some buttons to see what they do!


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. Contact Pr. Tom.

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.


WEDNESDAY | 1:00 p.m. Room 205
SATURDAY | 9:00 a.m. |  Room 20
Sewing quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Let us teach you what we know, no experience necessary! Contact Sandy Nielsen.

Men’s Breakfast

Contact Weldon Allison.

did you know?

Bishop Sue Briner

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 | 9:30 a.m. Activity Center
Come meet Bishop Sue Briner during the breakfast hour and learn how the Southwestern Texas Synod connects us, why our support is important, and the impact it is making in Texas. If you are interested in receiving the Synod newsletter, email

Lifetime Learning Classes

A wide variety of classes with The Lifetime Learning Institute of Austin will be at Shepherd this fall. Registration is open to the public and begins on August 17.
Mondays | 10:00 a.m. – Noon
     Los muralistas mexicanos y el muralismo en los Estados Unidos (Mexican Muralists and Muralism in the US) taught in Spanish by Catherine Wall
Tuesdays | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.     History of the Renaissance & Reformation with John Dahmus (who taught at the church last semester)
Fridays | 10:00 a.m. – Noon     Plants of the Austin Area with Valerie Bugh 

staff updates

Our staff continues to work faithfully in ministry together!  Sandy Gaskin has returned to her part-time position as Congregational Nurse, and we look forward to the personalized care that she brings.  Sandy’s work focuses on physical health and well-being as it intersects with our faith.  She will be present in the office as well as out in the community.  You can reach her at

We previously announced that Joel Timmons would be leaving our staff this month, as he begins his chaplaincy residency at Ascension Seton Hospital.  However, since we do not yet have the Director of Faith Formation position filled, and since Joel is gifted and willing to continue serving our youth, Joel will stay on in a very part-time role through December 2022.  We are grateful for the continuity this brings to our NextGen and High School youth!  You can reach Joel at

Please continue to pray for our search for a Director of Faith Formation, and for our staff as a whole as we plan and implement exciting ministry for this fall!

ways you can give

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.

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.

Lutheran Disaster Response

If you would like to help our brothers and sisters in Christ affected by flooding throughout the central U.S. go to Lutheran Disaster Response or give through Realm by selecting the Lutheran Disaster Response Fund.

Pledges, Gifts, and Donations

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


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!

Bread for All (BFA) Food Pantry
BFA is now serving upwards of 100 families every Monday due to the current crisis of inflation and rising rents. The 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. Contact Weldon Allison. Donation Bins are out every Saturday + Sunday, and on weekdays by ringing the office bell.


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, Marie Fortune, and Owen Wegner

We pray for all who mourn the death of Barbara “Tommi” Femrite, sister-in-law of Diane Peterson

We pray for all who mourn the death of Larry Loomel, brother-in-law of Diane Peterson

We pray for the son of Terrie Thomas, Darin Lange and Niki Parks as they begin their life together in Holy Marriage. May God bless them with holy love on their journey.

We pray for all encountering natural disasters, including wildfires, drought, and flooding.

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!