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Online Workshop Series

Online Workshop Series: Dear Fellow White Christians
Hosted by Peace Lutheran Church – Austin, Texas in collaboration with The 787 Collective of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
 
You are invited to join Lutheran campus minister, author & activist Elle Dowd for a series of 3 workshops on leveraging white privilege in spiritual community. Register here
Please plan to attend all three sessions if you can!
 
October 13, Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Zoom
Storytelling as a Tool to Leverage Your White Privilege in the Church
Narrative is one of the most important tools at our disposal to dismantle white supremacy. Join Elle Dowd (she/her), author of Baptized in Tear Gas, for an interactive workshop on framing our stories to inspire transformation.
 
October 16, Saturday, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Author’s Event – Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist
In Baptized in Tear Gas, minister and activist Elle Dowd (she/her) tells the gripping story of her transformation into an Assata Shakur-reading, courthouse-occupying abolitionist with an arrest record, hungry for the revolution. Thanks to deep relationships with people in Ferguson and St. Louis, and to experiencing a fraction of the system for herself–including the fear of rubber bullets, the shock of sound cannons, and running from tear gas–Dowd fully committed to the work of anti-racism and abolition. Now she wants to help other white allies do the same.
 
October 20, Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Zoom
Spiritual Imagination and Social Change
Scripture tells us that our spiritual ancestors dreamed of a world where everyone will have what they need to thrive – a world without white supremacy, where people are healed, the hungry are fed, captives are liberated, and prisoners are set free. Elle Dowd (she/her) will lead us in a workshop on the role of the Church in our collective liberation and teach us about the steps needed to move our dreams into action.

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Turkey Drive 2021

Each year we find that families in our neighborhood need assistance with their holiday meals. Peace is raising money throughout October to supply meals to those in need through our partnership with Hill Country Community Ministries (HCCM). HCCM is currently serving about 400 families every month. Last year Peace was able to provide meals for 78 families. $25 will provide a family a meal that includes a turkey, dressing, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes and a pie. Please prayerfully consider a contribution of part or a whole meal. Give online through our website (choose Turkey Drive from the drop down box) or by check made payable to Peace Lutheran Church with “Turkey Drive” in the memo. Checks can be placed in the offering plate or sent to Peace Lutheran Church, PO Box 171047 Austin, Tx 78717-0039.
Thanks for your generous support of our neighbors in need!


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10/17/21

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Here’s your chance to dive deep into the finances of the congregation and to ask any questions that you might have before the congregational meeting on November 14. The Peace finance team will be available to discuss the council’s approved ministry plan for 2022 and the outlook for 2021 and beyond. We hope you can join us Sunday Oct 17 at 1:00 pm on Zoom.


On site worship

Numbers of COVID hospitalizations continue to decline, and we remain in Stage 4 level safety guidelines (as of this writing). We give thanks for lower infection and hospitalization rates in our community…as we also continue to keep our health care and other essential workers, and students and teachers in prayer. Those who wish are invited to worship in person on Sundays now. We will continue to live stream worship online for those who wish to continue connecting that way. If you are attending in person, please pre-screen for any symptoms and stay home if you have any signs of possible illness. As always, we encourage everyone to follow the guidance of healthcare professionals in making choices that are safest for you right now. We ask that everyone continue to wear masks indoors for the safety of those who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated and for your own protection.


New Program Year 2021

The Program Year Begins! Here are the Faith Formation Connections coming up:

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God’s Work. Our Hands. Sept 12

God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday Sept 12, 1-3 pm
This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
Service has always been at the core of Peace Lutheran Church and it does not stop now that things in the world are scary due to the pandemic. We want to serve while keeping ourselves and those we are serving safe.

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Weekly Connections Update

Here are some of the ways to stay connected with Peace throughout the week:

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Weekly Communion Resumes 8/22

Beginning this Sunday and going through October, weekly communion will be part of our Sunday morning live stream. This means that if you tune in live on Sunday morning, communion will be at the end of worship…no need to switch to a different connection to participate.

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Backpack Blessing 8/22

Students, teachers, and children of God of all ages are invited to bring a bag or backpack to worship this Sunday for a special blessing as the school year begins. We will have a few special moments in worship on Sunday, August 22, to mark this transition of the seasons.

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MLF Drivers Needed

Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF) delivers meals to persons experiencing homelessness and others in our community who may be food insecure. Those who have served in this ministry have found it to be rewarding and enjoyable. Read what Judy Olson had to say here.

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Dungeons and Dragons and Dads

Join us for Dungeons and Dragons Tuesdays at 7 pm on Zoom!

You can join the adventure here:

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School Supply Drive

THANK YOU! School has started and because of your generosity many children have the supplies they need to succeed. Peace was able to supply a bag of supplies and over $650 to the RRISD Partners in Education. With their bulk buying power this is more than enough to supply the needs for one school.

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Preschool suspends operations

A number of circumstances have come together to invite extensive discernment on the part of the Peace Preschool Board about next steps for our school.

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In-person worship suspended

Current Pandemic Response at Peace

In light of the Austin area’s return to stage 5 precautions, the Regathering Task Force has made the following protocol updates, which have been reviewed and approved by the council.

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Summer Worship Update

n light of the resurgence in local COVID cases, we invite the Peace community to connect to worship online on Sunday morning here or on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel. Worship will be livestreamed at 10 am on Sunday morning, and will also be available online later, if you need to join at another time. We will resume communion on August 22.

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Communion Postponed

In response to the current increases in Covid cases in Travis and Williamson counties, and out of an abundance of caution, the celebration of communion originally scheduled for this coming Sunday (July 25) is postponed to a later date.

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Pride Parade Aug 14

Update – Austin Pride observances have been postponed in light of the current pandemic situation. We look forward to bringing you news of rescheduled festivities as soon as we know when they will be. And, in the meantime, let’s keep finding ways to celebrate God’s beloved LGBTQ+ family!

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Pressure?

Pressure: Adapting and responding to this phase of the pandemic

Over the last 18 months, COVID-19 has turned (and continues to turn) our lives upside-down and has made things unpredictable, uncontrollable, and unprecedented. We are no longer just anxious about the virus itself, but the process of resuming pre-pandemic activities, the impact on the economy, our jobs, and the disruption of our daily routines as we transition to a new phase in the pandemic. The natural human response to losing our sense of control is stress, which primes us to be on high alert and to find a quick fix.

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Summer Worship

Many thanks to all who have supported our transition to live streaming worship from the Sanctuary. It is so good to have our gathering rooted in that beloved sacred space again.

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Covid Prototols

We are continuing to monitor the public health data and guidance, and are encouraged to continue to see a downward trend in COVID cases.

Here is current guidance for small group meetings and some details about upcoming in person worship.

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Pentecost Worship & Confirmation 2021

We have a special schedule for worship on Pentecost, May 23, as we celebrate the confirmation of
Evan, Ruby, Rex, and Ava!

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CROP Walk 2021

We’re participating in the 2021 CROP Hunger Walk to help families who are struggling with hunger. We’re asking you to join us – with your steps and your donations – to provide more meals for the growing number of people in our community who need them, and greater food security in communities around the world. Read Ismael’s story here.


Holy Week 2021

We have come to our second pandemic-bound journey to the cross. Though this time will, yet again, not be what we hoped…we know God will lead us on this path. You are invited to connect in various ways throughout these holy days. (The schedule is immediately below and details about each day follow the schedule.)
 

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Navigating the Vaccine Process

There are so many things in our lives that we don’t have the power to change. But there’s one very concrete thing we can do to fight the coronavirus: get vaccinated for Covid-19, to help move us towards herd immunity. Many of us have already had the first or both shots; many of us are still working on getting an appointment. The process of getting that appointment can be daunting and frustrating. We rejoice that an increasing number of our community members are being successful in getting vaccinated, but for those you haven’t been successful yet, here is some information that might help you.

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Godly Play

Godly Play Comes to Big Church

For the season of Lent, our Godly Play circle will not meet live at 9:30. Instead, the Godly Play circle will be embraced within the wider circle of Big Church…where we all can share and grow from the story of Lent. If you need to come to the circle after Sunday morning, you will still find the story posted as an independent video on the Peace Facebook page.

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