NEWS BLOG

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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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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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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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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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.


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.


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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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.