NEWS BLOG

Celebrating Creation on 9/20

This Sunday, we will have an opportunity to join in worship with Lutherans across the country and the world in a service created and led by Lutherans Restoring Creation. In many parts of the church these last weeks of the great green growing time of the Season after Pentecost are a time to focus on creation and our care for it. In this liturgy, many wonderful leaders in our denomination will offer music, prayer, and preaching for our reflection on this theme (including Bible scholar Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing and renowned church musician Marty Haugen).

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Walk the Labyrinth

During this time of isolation and uncertainty, you might be encouraged by walking the labyrinth. The outdoor labyrinth is located in front of the main entrance to the church. It is open to people of all denominations and faith traditions 24 hours a day, seven days a week, weather permitting. Of course, these days, you should wear a face mask and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people.

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Group Meeting Process

Beginning after Labor Day (September 8), the Peace Regathering Task Force and Congregation Council have approved our first phase of re-gathering in person (assuming local hospitalization numbers do not spike). There is a process to follow if you would like to have a meeting at church…so please read carefully!

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God’s Work. Our Hands. Sept 13

Each year the ELCA designates a day and encourages its member churches to serve their neighbor by completing a service project. The date this year is September 13th. Pastor Carolyn has shared a calendar which you could use daily for the whole month. We will not be able to participate as a group to do a service project so here are a couple of additional ideas for service for yourself or your family:


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God’s Work, Our Hands

Here are activities for a full month of service!


New Testament Studies

In Community Connections from September through May, we will have the opportunity to study books of the New Testament. Three Sundays a month, we will look at a specific book from the New Testament or a series of passages around a single theme.

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Rally Day August 23

We  look forward to celebrating an online version of Rally Day on August 23rd at 11am! Everyone is invited to join us for a fun day of fellowship and games online. This will be a time for our kids and adults to reconnect online and check-in with each other. We will share some highs and lows, and play a few games that even our youngest children can enjoy!


Living Lutheran August issue

One of the sources and stories in the article “The Spirituality of Natural Burials” is Peace member Pastor Rodger Ericson. Some of you may know that Rodger is passionate about making burial practices more meaningful, using fewer resources and being kinder to our planet, and more affordable. Here is a link to the article.  To see more go to the Living Lutheran website.


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Help May Be Available

As we continue through this pandemic it is possible that you or someone you know will be seriously affected. The impact may be financial, social, nutritional, or something else. There is a possibility that resources are available right here at Peace. One example of a resource are 59 shelf stable meals that have recently been donated.

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Cross Trails Ministry Donations

As is our habit during months where there are five Sundays, Cross Trails Ministry is this month’s opportunity to give to a very worthy ELCA organization. Cross Trails Ministry has summer camps for children and youth at Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville and Ebert Ranch in Harper, and holds retreats throughout the year, including confirmation weekend retreats.

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New School Year Blessings Aug 16

Though our times of remote worship and learning have both extended beyond what many of us expected…a new academic year is beginning, and we want to surround this transition with blessing…maybe now more than ever. As we continue to worship online on August 16…please bring your book bag, learning technologies, supplies, masks…and anything you anticipate using to support learning and teaching this year for a special blessing and prayer as part of the service.

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A Message from Fatima Mann

A Check In from Young Adult Community Builder, Fatima Mann

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New Facebook Group

Join Peace’s new Facebook Group – Friends of Peace Lutheran Austin
This is a public Facebook group where we can share ideas, volunteer opportunities, encourage each other, post fun stuff and discuss things related to the Peace community and ministries. Whether you are interested in Peace, new to Peace or a long time member, please join so you can connect and be part of the conversation.
 


Update on Campus Closures

In person church gatherings are currently suspended through September 8.
In person Sunday worship is currently suspended until November 29.
 
All in-person gatherings of Peace Lutheran Church are currently suspended. We hope we can begin to allow small groups to gather at church with safety protocols in place beginning September 8. We will be monitoring the public health situation as that date approaches

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Lord of Life Intern Jason Mills

Lord of Life Lutheran Church welcomes their new intern, Jason Mills.

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Holy Communion begins Aug 2

These past five months have brought challenges, fears, and suffering…and also some surprising joys. I am grateful for technology that allows many of us to stay connected even from the distance we must keep for the sake of safety. 
 

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Donation Drive Thru on July 26

Let’s celebrate Christmas in July! On July 26, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm, you can drop off donations…both for our neighbors through Hill Country Community Ministries…and for Peace’s un-budgeted expenses to prepare for proper disinfection procedures when we regather in person.

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Online Middle School Retreat

JHaMS at AC is usually four days at Austin College with dozens of your closest rising 6th-9th grade friends. But this year, we’re going all online – but not like boring Zoom calls – this is going to be fun and interactive and possibly weird at times, but in a good way.

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Lutherhill Virtual Day Camp

Lutherhill Ministries is offering a Virtual Day Camp on their website, and its 100% free!


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Interested in Handbells?

It will probably be a while before a group of us can sing together, due to the high risk of transmitting the virus through this particular activity. However, maybe while we can’t sing together-we can ring together!!


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New Community Connections Series

Community Connections is presenting a 7-week series entitled Dialogues on Race.  We hope you can join us Sundays at 1:00 pm on Zoom beginning July 12. Following is a list of the session titles, followed by the focus of the session. 

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Tuesday Night Book Club

We will gather on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm beginning July 14 around Rev. Lenny Duncan’s book Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US.

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Hungry

There is so much for which the world hungers today – more justice, more peace…more connection…more care…and…also more food, quite literally. We know that as hard as times have been, they are likely to get harder as the buffers that have blunted some of the economic impacts of the pandemic fade away.

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Beloved Community Dialogue

The Southwestern Texas Synod is offering resources and events to congregations as we are called to rebuild relationships and rebuild communities. Register Now for a dialog session on Thursday, July 2nd at 7 pm via zoom. The purpose of this event is to introduce

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Blood Drive at Peace June 17

***Update***
Many thanks to those who participated in the Blood Drive last Wednesday July 17. Together, we were able to collect over 28 pints for people in need. As the “We are Blood” logo states: Around here, giving is in our blood!

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