Fall Program Kickoff

Kicking Off the Program Year!
Fall Sunday Schedule
As we transition towards the academic year and fall programming, so many things are in flux – including the use of the education building and the church staff (with the arrival of our new vicar in the coming weeks).
As we live into transitions, here are some things you will notice at church:
– The circle of Godly Play & Big Church are coming closer to each other. Our space and stories for forming faith with children is coming into the embrace of our big church space for a time. This will allow folks of all generations to be formed by our stories and the presence of children.
– The Sunday schedule will have a rippling circle of gatherings. The Sunday schedule will be something like this:
8:00-9:30 – Worship Leaders will be preparing our space for worship
9:30-10:00 – Children and adults who wish to gather for the Godly Play story will be welcomed to the circle in the Godly Play space at the side of the room. Those not joining the circle will be invited to visit or prepare in the Narthex and other spaces until the story ends. As the story ends, children and others may choose materials like art supplies or stories or books to work with in the children’s space or at a seat with their family and friends, and we will transition towards the wider circle of Sunday Worship.
10:00-11:15 – We worship together in person and online, usually with Holy Communion, in the ways that are familiar to most.
11:30 – Following worship and some fellowship time, opportunities will arise to share in learning, conversation and fellowship over lunch – sometimes at church and sometimes at other locations. If you have a conversation topic, study, presentation, or book you wish to discuss, please let us know, and we will build a calendar for these gatherings.
Our Godly Play story circle at 9:30 will begin meeting on August 21. Our post-worship gatherings will begin as we find topics and venues (and assess pandemic safety protocols).
Confirmation/middle school and high school youth activities will begin to be announced within the next few weeks.
We are looking forward to a new program year together!

Picture of backpack with text Backpack Blessings August 14

Rally Day & Backpack Blessing

Picture of backpack with text Backpack Blessings August 14
As we prepare for a new program year, we invite everyone to a special worship service on August 14 giving thanks for the many ministry programs of Peace. Our worship service this Sunday will be familiar, but our space will be a bit different…as we sit “family style” and have table centerpieces celebrating our faith family’s many ways of sharing God’s love with the world. All are also invited to bring a bag or backpack for a special blessing…whether students, teachers, workers, crafters, or anything in between…

School Supply Drive 2022

Wow! This year has seen the largest financial donation ever to the school supply drive. Our congregation raised $1115 for the students and teachers of Anderson Mill Elementary. Anderson Mill Elementary is a Title 1 school meaning that more than half of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. If you are able please consider staying after church this Sunday, August 7th for the blessing of the supplies and for their assembly into grade level bags. Any excess funds will go towards purchase of disinfectant wipes and tissue for teachers to use in their classrooms during the year. The supplies will be delivered to the school on the morning of August 9th.

Pride Celebration Aug 20

Austin Pride Aug 20, 2022

Pride Celebration Aug 20
The Austin area RIC congregations are planning on joining together again to celebrate Pride this year, after two years of cancellations. We’ll be at the festival from 11 am to 6 pm, and marching in the parade at 8 pm.
If you are interested in taking a shift at the festival booth or contributing to preparations, sign up here
If you want details and to sign up for the parade, click here.
We’re so excited to be back at Pride, and excited to have you as part of it!

Welcome Our Summer Preachers

In July, we will have a number of guest preachers join us in worship. On July 17, Seminarian and Austinite Cecie Suknaic Saulnier will be with us, and we will have a Service of the Word. We will celebrate communion on July 24 & 31. July 24, we will be joined by  Rev. Lea Walker-Clark, the pastor of the new multi-ethnic mission grounded in East Austin, Palabra de Vida. And on July 31, the Pastor of Technicolor Ministries, Rev. Katy Miles-Wallace, will be with us. Please come and enjoy the rich good news they will share and welcome them into our community!

Peace Member joins HCCM Board

We give thanks for the invaluable services and care offered to our neighbors through Hill Country Community Ministries, and we are blessed to be able to partner with them. We also give thanks that there will again be a Peace member on the HCCM Board. Jan Massa begins serving a two-year term as board member this summer. You are invited to offer Jan and HCCM your congratulations and prayers for the work ahead!

Book Club News

Peace’s book club, Peace’s Perpetual Page-Turners, always welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining or want further information email us. We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. We continue to meet via Zoom, although we eventually will have some in-person gatherings. Our reading list for the remainder of the year:

– July 14h: Send for Me by Lauren Fox
– August 11th: The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
– September 8th: The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson
– October 13th: Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird
– November 10th: Last Dance on the Starlight Pier by Sarah Bird
– December 8th: Christmas Party

Authors Diane Wilson and Sarah Bird will be joining our meeting in September and October.

Covid Protocols – Navigating the Back & Forth

COVID rates remain elevated, so we remain in the Medium phase of the APH and CDC staging system. This means we continue wearing masks in worship and holding fellowship outdoors only, when the weather allows.

The Regathering Task Force has looked at the current situation and future contingencies and is currently be recommending that in the Low level of risk masks will be optional and fellowship with food and beverages may continue indoors. Whenever we reach Medium, we will be asking those at public gatherings like worship or any gathering with more than 25 people present to wear masks. At Medium, any food or drink fellowship will be outdoors, weather permitting. At both these levels, small groups may discern together when masking as a group might be the right choice for them.
Read more…

Crawfish Boil June 5

Come celebrate Pentecost and Confirmation and New Members Sunday, June 5 at the Peace Crawfish Boil! We’ll have a boil of crawfish, shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes, onion and mushrooms served with baguette bread. There will also be hotdogs, chips, and macaroni and cheese, as well as tea and lemonade to drink. Tickets are $10 adult, $25 Family Maximum, $2 for children or non-crawfish eaters. Tickets can be purchased in person after service on May 15, May 22, and May 29.  For online purchase sign up here.