NEWS BLOG

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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Communion Nuts & Bolts

Each Sunday during we will gather around the sacrament of Holy Communion. And, like everything else in this age of pandemic, it’s going to look and feel different – and we trust God will be revealed in new and wonderful ways even as we muddle through what is not yet familiar. Below is a description of what we will be doing…and if you have any questions at all…please don’t hesitate to contact Pastor Carolyn

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A Little Help from My Friends…

I get by with a little help from my friends…
Remember the Beatles song? We all need a concerned caring friend in these stressful times. A Stephen Minister can listen and care for you or for someone you know who is going through a rough time.
 
Please email us with your contact information or call the church office and and a Stephen Leader will contact you. During this period of social distancing, we can provide care by telephone, video conferencing, or other methods needed to maintain social distance.


Peace Family Bible Project

In celebration of the Reformation, and Martin Luther helping to put Scripture into the hands of all people, we will be creating our own Peace family Bible (or at least, to start with, the Gospel of Mark). All who wish are invited to sign up to hand-write one chapter of Mark’s gospel.

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Lanterns on the Labyrinth

Sunday, November 22, 2020   5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us on November 22 near the labyrinth at Peace Lutheran Church for a meditation walk from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Lanterns/luminarias will light your way on the labyrinth that evening and Tom Winn will provide guitar instrumental music. We will wear masks and socially distance for this outdoor activity. You may also pick up a kit to make lanterns to light your Advent at home.


Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 24, 2020   7:30 pm
Peace will be participating in the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm. Below are the links to the live service, hosted by Unity Church of the Hills:

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Cub Pack 1720 Helped with Election Cleanup

Cub Pack 1720, a Peace Lutheran Charter troop, helped with the post election clean-up of our 3.85 acres last Sunday.  Many hands definitely made our load lighter.  Heartfelt thanks goes out to the leaders and parents of these super kids. 


Congregational Meeting

Virtual Congregational MeetingSunday, November 8th at 11:15am

Please plan to attend via Zoom the Fall Meeting of the Congregation on November 8th at 11:15 am. We will be electing new officers, directors, and board members; voting on the annual budget for 2021; voting on the Pre-School budget; and reviewing annual board reports. The full agenda and reports will be available for your review before the meeting. Check the weekly email for the link to the report.


Turkey Drive 2021

Hill Country Community Ministries Holiday Meals Project
Update: We raised over $1,900 for holiday meals, serving over 76 families. Thanks for your generous support of our neighbors in need!
Each year we find that families in our neighborhood need assistance with their holiday meals. With the pandemic this need is greater than ever. 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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National Coming Out Day is Oct 11

One way to show your support is by helping Out Youth. Out Youth promotes the well being of sexual and gender minority youth, so they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities. Their vision is a world where the youth is supported to develop positive self-images, empower themselves, and become active citizens in their communities!

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Mobile Loaves & Fishes is Back

We are once again able to serve the community from the Mobile Loaves and Fishes truck. The ML&F truck will deliver only pre-bagged meals. No drinks, clothing or spiritual items will be on the truck. A full team won’t be necessary, 2-3 volunteers should be enough. Our date for taking meals out continues to be the second Saturday of the month. We ask that no one who is at high risk for Covid go out.

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Blessing of the Animals

We invite the animals in your household to receive a special blessing on Sunday October 4 at 11:15 on Zoom as we bless our pets and all creation in our care during a special gathering following the worship service. Check the weekly email update for the link or email us.


Peace is an Early Voting Site

The Peace Council has voted that Peace become a Travis County early voting site for the election from October 13-30 in addition to supporting the voting on election day November 3, 2020. 
 
What this means for Peace:

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Fall Landscaping Opportunities

We are doing a “full court press” to get the Peace campus looking its best for the fall. Peace is blessed with a beautiful 3.85 acre campus in the middle of a bustling community.
 
As the church re-opens, there will be more and more scheduled events out of doors.

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What? Me Worry?

 
Matthew 6:25-26, 34 :  Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

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Confirmation Starts Sunday 9/27/2020

Our new year of Confirmation starts Sunday, September 27, at 5 pm on Zoom! We pray that our new year of Confirmation Ministry in a new way is blessed with new relationships, growth in faith, and new connections with our youth, parents, and mentors!
 
Email Jacob or Pastor Carolyn if you’d like to be part of our confirmation ministry or know someone in 6th-8th grade who’d like to participate!


Celebrating Creation on 9/20

This Sunday, we will have an opportunity to join in worship with Lutherans across the country and the world in a service created and led by Lutherans Restoring Creation. In many parts of the church these last weeks of the great green growing time of the Season after Pentecost are a time to focus on creation and our care for it. In this liturgy, many wonderful leaders in our denomination will offer music, prayer, and preaching for our reflection on this theme (including Bible scholar Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing and renowned church musician Marty Haugen).

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Walk the Labyrinth

During this time of isolation and uncertainty, you might be encouraged by walking the labyrinth. The outdoor labyrinth is located in front of the main entrance to the church. It is open to people of all denominations and faith traditions 24 hours a day, seven days a week, weather permitting. Of course, these days, you should wear a face mask and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people.

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Group Meeting Process

Beginning after Labor Day (September 8), the Peace Regathering Task Force and Congregation Council have approved our first phase of re-gathering in person (assuming local hospitalization numbers do not spike). There is a process to follow if you would like to have a meeting at church…so please read carefully!

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God’s Work. Our Hands. Sept 13

Each year the ELCA designates a day and encourages its member churches to serve their neighbor by completing a service project. The date this year is September 13th. Pastor Carolyn has shared a calendar which you could use daily for the whole month. We will not be able to participate as a group to do a service project so here are a couple of additional ideas for service for yourself or your family:


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God’s Work, Our Hands

Here are activities for a full month of service!


New Testament Studies

In Community Connections from September through May, we will have the opportunity to study books of the New Testament. Three Sundays a month, we will look at a specific book from the New Testament or a series of passages around a single theme.

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