NEWS BLOG

In-person worship resumes

In-Person Worship Resumes February 27

We give thanks for the official announcement of Stage 4 precautions from Austin Public Health. In light of this encouraging transition, the Regathering Task Force is recommending that in-person worship resume again this Sunday, February 27. As always, if you will feel safer connecting online, you may continue to do so…and you are no less a part of the community…no matter which way you join!

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Closer to Stage 4

Hospitalizations in our community continue to decline, and we finally dipped down into the Stage 4 numbers at the end of this week after briefly stalling out still in Stage 5. Because the downward trend was slowed, we have not yet reached an official transtion to Stage 4. We will remain online only for Sunday, February 20, and continue to look to the Stage 4 designation of Austin Public Health as our signal that in person gathering is advisable. Again…hopefully next week for Transfiguration Sunday.

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Lent Sacred Time

Lenten Sacred Time Invitation from the Bishop’s Office
An Invitation from Bishop Sue
Immerse yourself in the gift of Sacred Time during Lent

This Lenten season, we offer the gift of Sacred Time to all people in the Southwestern Texas Synod. We invite you to set aside an hour once a week to gather with fellow disciples for guided prayer, dwelling in ancient stories from scripture, and sharing your own stories of faith. The theme is: For the love of God our hearts confess… loneliness, fear, thirst, rebellion, joy.

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Covid Update

COVID Protocols – Looking Towards Stage 4
Hospitalizations in our community continue to decline, and we anticipate a return to in person worship very soon. We will remain online only this Sunday, and hope to have an announcement by next Sunday that the invitation to worship on campus will be open again to those who wish to. Please keep an eye on the weekly email, facebook page, and homepage of the church website for updates.

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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.

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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…

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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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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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