NEWS BLOG

Communion Postponed

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.
 
We recognize the increased risk of infection for unvaccinated and vulnerable individuals at this time. All members and visitors not yet vaccinated (or especially concerned about becoming infected) are encouraged to follow public health guidance, including connecting remotely on Sunday.

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School Supply Drive

We’re excited to be able to have a school supply drive this year! It has been a while since we were able to support students in need of school supplies. Like everything else we find that things have changed. With all the questions that students and parents will have upon returning to the classroom we hope that having necessary supplies will not be an additional stressor.


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Pride Parade Aug 14

Join Peace at the Austin Pride Parade on August 14!
 
We’re happy to be supporting our LBGTQIA+ neighbors at the Austin PRIDE Parade on Saturday, August 14. Peace is joining with other local Reconciling in Christ (RIC) churches to walk in this year’s parade. No special requirements to participate; just let us know if we can count on you to walk with us. The Parade officially starts at 8 p.m., but we’ll likely gather earlier for fellowship. Please email Vaike O’Grady with questions or for more details. 


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.

Throughout the summer we will continue to have one Sunday morning service at 10 AM, which will be live streamed, as well as open to in person worshippers (with masking and social distancing practices in place). Outdoor worship in the evening at 7 PM will continue but will move indoors now that the heat of summer has arrived. This service will not be available online, and we do ask for masks to be worn at any public event held indoors.

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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.


Weekly Connections Update

Our schedule is in flux as we shift to summer mode and resume in-person opportunities. Here are some of the ways to stay connected with Peace throughout the week:

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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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Support

Support—to keep from falling or yielding to stress—is something we all need. God gives us support through our Christian brothers and sisters. Let us all be sensitive to one another’s needs and take the time to support each other through prayers, phone calls, or friendly chats on Zoom.
 
Please remember that we have Stephen Ministers who are willing to give their support.

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Resources for Lent

You may use these resources during the season of Lent:
 
 
 
 
Home Companion booklet for home worship from Lent through Pentecost


Ash Wednesday and Lent

A Lent at Home care package for your household will be delivered to local Peace community members who weren’t able to pick one up. If you would like to have a bag delivered, let us know.  Thanks to all who were able to drop off a donation of hygiene items to help stock the Mobile Loaves & Fishes truck. 
 
Resources for Lent will be published here and in the weekly email. 

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Celebrate Epiphany

We remember the magi’s journey to worship the Christ child, and we participate in the world-wide tradition of blessing homes for the new year…as the magi blessed the Holy Family’s home with their visit…and as Christ blesses our earthly home by his incarnate presence. (Have some chalk handy to do your own house blessing after worship!) We will also hear a sermon from guest preacher, Jarell Wilson!


Christmas Eve Services 2020

This Christmas Eve will be unlike any we have ever known, and our Peace family has worked together from a distance to offer our praise to the God who is born among us again, in the midst of the most difficult times.

Please feel free to join in whichever parts of our Christmas Eve worship are right for you. We look forward to sharing in worship on this holiest of nights.

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Advent Resources

Here are resources for luminarias and devotionals for your Advent preparations:


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12/13/20 Christmas Program

Join us here, on Facebook or YouTube for the Christmas Program at 1:00 pm on December 13.


Year-end Giving

If you are able, please consider making an extra contribution to Peace in December. Our third quarter contributions have been lower than projected, and we expect to fall far short of meeting our expenses this year. There are several ways to give:

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TLU Christmas Vespers 12/4/20

Singing Darkness To Light – Christmas Vespers: Dec. 4, 2020
Join TLU for a special virtual performance marking the 80th anniversary of this sacred service of music and word by the TLU choirs and musicians. The event will be available on TLU’s YouTube channel starting Friday, December 4.


Preschool Reopens in January 2021

Our Peace Preschool is reopening in January and looks forward to seeing our preschool families, both current and new. Please reach out  if you are interested in very small classes and individualization. For more information visit the website.


Feeling Stressed?

Stress: Constraining forces or influences that can cause bodily or mental tension
We’ve all felt and know what it is. But sometimes the stress level reaches a point where things begin to break. Don’t let you stress reach that point. Stephen Ministers are available to help you work through life’s difficulties and give you a safe, confidential place to vent your troubles.

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Submit Photos for Advent

You’re invited to contribute photos for Advent worship or participate in wreath lighting!


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Giving Tree

Deadline December 6, 2020
It’s been a tradition for Peace to support Hill Country Giving Tree by purchasing Christmas gifts for children. This year, to keep everyone safer, we’ve been asked to provide cash donations, gift cards, or direct ship from the wish list to support this project instead of purchasing gifts. Please click here to find out how to provide gifts for children in the community!
 


Christmas Program Online

Recording December 6, 2020 – Online Presentation December 13, 2020
This year our Children’s Christmas Program will be done online! We will record our program via Zoom, and share it on December 13th! You can find our script here. And you can sign up for a part here on Sign Up Genius. There are many different parts to be filled, and children and adults are welcome to participate!

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