October 28, 2022
REFORMATION SUNDAY. If you were here last year, we know you’ve been waiting all year for it to happen again. If you weren’t here, keep reading because you don’t want to miss a minute of it!
This Sunday, October 30!
8:15 a.m. + 10:45 a.m. + Livestream
Wear your red to church for Reformation Worship and Blessings of the Quilts, plus the UT Trombone Choir at 10:45 a.m.
BREAKFAST FOR ALL
9:15 a.m. | Activity Center
Food for Fellowship offers up breakfast on Sunday from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Support this ministry and give online anytime by selecting the Fellowship Events/Breakfast Fund.
SUNDAY’SCOOL REFORMATION FUN
10:00 a.m. | Courtyard
Sunday’Scool (toddlers and kids thru grade 4) and their families host Reformation Fun in the Courtyard. Breakfast will be provided for the kids and families. Everyone is welcome to attend this hands-on learning experience, just grab your own breakfast from the Activity Center before you come!
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
9:45 a.m. | Library
Great discussions of the Good Book. Contact Ruby Cadenhead for more information.
Noon | Courtyard
Oktoberfest celebration with sausages, sides, pretzels, beverages, and a Polka band. Oh my!
NEXTGEN THIS SUNDAY 7:00 p.m. | Activity Center
It’s all fun and games and Bible Study! Grades 5-12. Contact Joel Timmons, Student Ministry Coordinator
PALS (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones)
Rescheduled to this Sunday, October 30
7:00 p.m. | Zoom
You are not alone! Parents and family members (over the age of 18) of loved ones who struggle with addiction are invited to participate in the PALS support group to receive hope, through education and an opportunity to share and learn from others facing the same challenges. For more information about this group and others in the surrounding Austin area and other cities, visit www.palgroup.org
NEIGHBORHOOD MOVIE NIGHT
TONIGHT! Friday, October 28
6:00 p.m. | Courtyard
Hey Peeps, tonight is the night! Join us for Neighborhood Movie Nite in the Courtyard (Sanctuary if it’s too blustery) and bring the neighbors. We’ll be showing Ratatouille on the big screen, with free popcorn and treats for all. Bring a picnic, beverages, and chairs/blanket – we do ask that all children be accompanied by an adult. Questions? Contact Family Fun Night Coordinator Melissa Robertson.
G.I.F.T. FEST 2022
Saturday, October 29
Anytime between 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | 2008 Justin Lane, Austin 78757
Caring for God’s Creation and Chris Searles of BioIntegrity invite you to G.I.F.T. Fest (Grow. Inspire. Feed. Teach.) to learn from and nurture relationships amongst the secular, sacred, and bio-regenerative worlds that people share. Garden stuff, lunch, Town Hall conversation, and live performances. Learn all you want by clicking here. Did we mention it’s free?
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDIES
Wednesday, November 2
7:30 a.m. | Early Riser’s Study on Zoom
10:00 a.m. | Late Riser’s Study in the Library and on Zoom
Early Risers can jump online every Wednesday morning for a 30-minute look into the Gospel of Mark, or join us later in the morning for an hour-long study in the library and on Zoom. Both studies are Pastor-led. Contact Pr. Lauren or Pr. Tom with questions!
A MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION AMONG SISTERS…
Saturday, November 5 | Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church
10:00 a.m. | Adult Assembly Room
JustSisters, a multi-denominational gathering of Christian women, invites you to discuss the polarizing issue of abortion, and to learn to put our love for Jesus above our differences in interpretations and beliefs. They invite you to be a part of this critical conversation. Please RSVP here. Ruby Cadenhead and Carole Morgan would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
BRING YOUR HALLOWEEN CANDY TO CHURCH
Sunday, November 6 | Gathering Space Bin
Want to save your waistline and get rid of that Halloween candy? Bring your leftover candy and our volunteers will make it into small bags to give to families at Bread for All and Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Thanks!
NOVEMBER MESSAGE SERIES BEGINS
Sundays, November 6 – November 27
8:15 a.m. Worship + 10:45 a.m. Worship and Livestream | Sanctuary
This November we kick off “Dear God, Thank You,” a new Message Series and Stewardship Campaign centered around 4 words to deepen our faith and generosity: Grace, Trust, Joy, and Abundance.
CHRISTMAS GIVING TREES
Sunday, November 6
Shelves on the Stair Walls | Gathering Space
Beginning next Sunday, you can be someone’s Christmas angel by picking an ornament from the Christmas Giving Trees. Each ornament has details for purchasing a gift for a child from Upbring New Life Center, Upbring Foster Children, or Upbring BeREAL. Descriptions of these life-changing ministries will be by the Trees, or visit UpBring’s website. Contact Linda Roesle with questions.
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
Sunday, November 6
4:00 p.m. | Memorial Garden
As we gather in the sacred space of the Memorial Garden, we will acknowledge the holy gift of our loved ones, and give thanks for God’s promise of eternal life. This service is for those who have experienced the death of a loved one in recent years, or simply wish to give thanks for the saints that came before them.
10 DAYS IN THE HOLY LAND
November 8-17, 2023
Pr. Tom and Jeanne Grevlos are leading a trip to the Holy Land! There are brochures on the Welcome Desk in our Gathering Space for you to take home and consider. Please feel free to contact Pr. Tom if you have any further questions. Deadline for registration is Jan. 15th, 2023. This is truly a trip of a lifetime, a great pilgrimage of faith! All are welcome.
SOCK-TOBER CONFIRMATION PROJECT
This is the last Sunday to help support Seth Hansen’s Confirmation Project! Seth has organized “Sock-tober” and is asking for donations of new socks (in any size) for the homeless. Drop socks in the box in the Gathering Space by November 1! Thanks!
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.
PLEDGES, GIFTS, AND DONATIONS
Keeping current with your pledged or regular giving has never been easier because you can do it all online!
BEYOND CAPITAL FUND APPEAL
Slowly but surely, our numbers grow every week! We now have 146 Households participating, and $2,292,135 dollars to date pledged towards our goal of raising $3 million to pay for the recent renovation of the Butterfly Center and eliminate all debt! Learn more here.
BREAD FOR ALL FOOD PANTRY
The need is greater than ever. The Central Texas Food Bank is experiencing a shortage of supplies, and BFA is asking churches and other supporters for these specific items through the end of the year. Please help by bringing these items on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m., Sundays from 8:00 a.m. – Noon, or any weekday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
- Canned beans (green, pinto, black)
- Big and small bags – white rice
- Macaroni and cheese
- Tomato sauce, or diced tomatoes
- Basic pastas (other than spaghetti)
- Small bags – dried beans
- Diapers, sizes 5 and 6 are especially needed
Financial donations are also needed, either through your church or directly through the ACL website – www.breadforall-atx.org. THANKS!
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!
Sunday’s Altar Flowers are given by Susannah and Jase Auby in honor of the Confirmands.
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 Rodney Varner, Linda Roesle, and Nancy Etzler
We pray for family and friends of Shepherd members: Marcee Caughlin, mother of Pr. Lauren Dow Wegner; Linda Strand-Squires, sister of Laura Hills; Adryana Aldeen, Director of Advancement at Mariposa
We pray in thanksgiving for the birth of John Woods Smith, son of Elizabeth Varner Smith and Christopher Smith, grandson of Roxanne and Rodney Varner.
We give thanks for the courage and bold faith of Martin Luther and all those who seek the truth of the Gospel. May we always be a reforming church where faith is active in love.
We pray for the people of Ukraine caught in the middle of war and violence. Our hearts break when women and children are displaced and families torn apart by the evil actions of others. May you break open hearts so that swords may be beat into plowshares, spears into pruning hooks.
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!
*Prayers for family and friends are listed for 2 weeks, unless we are notified otherwise.