NEWS BLOG

Stage 5 Update

This past week hospitalizations in our community have continued to surge, and have now exceeded the highest previous hospitalization rates for the entire pandemic. To do our part (vaccinated or not) to break the chains of transmission, the Peace Regathering Task Force is asking that only the worship leaders come to the church campus for worship during stage 5, and that others connect to the live stream online.

The good news of this approach is that we will be able to have communion and more singing sooner than if we were gathering with larger numbers in person. Our next communion Sunday will be January 30. We also look forward to resuming zoom fellowship following the live stream during this Stage 5 time. (If you are familiar enough with zoom to help “host” fellowship by starting the meeting, managing the waiting room, and ending the meeting…we can always use more helpers with that!)
 
We remain hopeful this surge will be briefer than past ones so we can return to our more recent levels of precaution soon. In the meantime…we will continue to ask anyone who may be on campus to pre-screen for symptoms and wear a mask at all times at the church. Small groups that gather on campus should be 10 or fewer, and may continue to submit their requests and gathering plans through the Regathering Task Force (emailing office@peaceaustin.org or pastorcarolyn@peaceaustin.org at least 5 days before gathering).
 
Detailed protocols are here.
 
We continue to hold one another and our wider community and world in prayer.
 
-The Regathering Task Force
 
 
 


A Day for Dreaming

A Day for Dreaming – POSTPONED
In light of the current spike in covid cases, we are postponing our Day for dreaming event from this Saturday to early February (hopefully February 5). We hope this will allow more people to participate safely and fully…

In the meantime, perhaps you are as frustrated as many others about the continued uncertainty and limitations of this pandemic life…and as such, we invite you into an alternate activity at 10 am on Saturday…Wherever you are, you are invited to pause for a moment so we can all scream into a pillow together…and then say a prayer for God to renew our strength and patience again…

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MLK Day 2022

MLK Day of Service – Jan 17
It is difficult to find activities where we can serve as a group at this time, however there are still ways we can serve. Below are a few examples of how this can be done. There is something for all ages and abilities. Of course there are many more than what is on this list. We would like for you to take a picture of yourself serving and post to Friends of Peace on Facebook or send it to comm@peaceaustin.org.

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Covid Prototols

COVID Protocol Update
 
As we face a new surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations, we are returning to higher precaution levels at Peace. We are hopeful this surge will be briefer than past ones so we can return to our more recent levels of precaution soon.
 
In the meantime…we will continue asking everyone on campus to wear their masks and practice physical distancing in worship…as well as in small groups and outdoors again. Due to our masking protocols, food and beverages at fellowship time after worship (as well as any other gatherings) will be temporarily suspended. We will also be suspending in-person Communion on Sunday mornings for the time being. Worship will include less singing again for a time and will emphasize quiet reflection and instrumental music.

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Epiphany

Epiphany – A Special Celebration
This Sunday, January 2, we invite you into a very special service of Lessons and Carols…where we will hear the Epiphany story in a new way…from a lesser known of the magi…Sage the Mage…and her camel friend Snoots. We will join them on their adventure to find the new king…guided by the Star. It’s a story for young and old…for in person and online…for everyone everywhere!


Christmas Worship

Make plans to join us in worship this Christmas
 

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Keeping a Holy Advent

As we enter this holy season of expectation and preparation…busy-ness can fill up our minds and hearts. We hope you can enter into the expansiveness of Advent’s hopeful expectation, even in midst of all that fills our days this time of year.

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A Future with Hope

The history of the people of God contains numerous examples of shared hardship and ordeal.

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Giving Tree 2021

Please prayerfully consider taking a card from the Giving Tree or donating through Amazon Smiles to help bring a smile to a face this Christmas.

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Meals on Wheels

For more information on volunteering with Peace’s MOW team and to get information on getting on Peace’s Wednesday delivery schedule, please contact Barbara Kimball.

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Community Thanksgiving

Community Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
at Bethany United Methodist Church
(10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX)

You are invited to join in giving thanks this holiday season at the annual community Thanksgiving service.

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Sacred Time

Sacred Time – An Invitation from the Office of the Bishop
We in the Office of the Bishop care deeply about your well-being, especially after this intense season of challenges and difficulties. As a sign of our care, we are gifting Sacred Time to you and everyone in our synod. Arranged by LEAD, Sacred Time is an online, international movement of people who follow Jesus or are curious about Jesus, and it is built around four, weekly, one-hour gatherings that allow each person the opportunity for Biblical reflection, conversation, and prayer in community with others.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Join TENT and our community partners this Saturday November 20th 2021 to observe our second virtual Transgender Day of Remembrance(TDOR).

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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

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Turkey Drive 2021

*UPDATE* We collected $1,670, enough to provide meals for more than 66 families. Thank you!
 
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).

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Budget graphic

10/17/21

Budget graphic
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.

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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! 
If you would like to join you will need a filled out Character Sheet and your imagination! Contact us to get the zoom link or if you have any questions! 


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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