NEWS BLOG

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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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.

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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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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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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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