The Episcopal Church of the
Midweek Newsletter
Dates to Remember
Feb 6 & 7 Diocesan Council

Feb. 8: Concert Series

Mar 28th Spring Blood Drive
Sunday Services
8:30 a.m. Rite I  (No Music) In the Canadian Chapel
Christian Education
 9:15 to 10:15 a. m. 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Ages 4-10 in
Classroom 6

Adults:  Classroom 4
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
With Music

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Church Office Hours
Monday -Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Closed Fridays

Sunday with Adult Formation

Adult Formation continues in Classroom 4 from 9:15 until 10:15 with Fr. Nathan and Fr. Billy with discussion on the Episcopal Church.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Fr. Billy at 8:30 has resumed at Genuine Joe's Coffee Shop. Current Study is The Book of Mark

Dine-out is the 3rd Saturday evening of each month, and everyone is invited. Come enjoy good food and good fellowship. Contact Joe Page for more information 512-453-3077
Brotherhood of St. Andrew Meets on the third Saturday morning of each month, year round at 8:30 in the Parish Hall, and breakfast is served.
The Third Sunday After the Epiphany
Jesus said, "Follow Me"

And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him.


After reading these texts I wonder what the life of a fisherman was like? I imagine hard work with a lot of completion. Hot days, colds days and windy days.  I wonder how those disciples who left everything, felt about their lives?  Were they hungry to pack and leave and try something new, were they sick of their family, or was Jesus' invite that strong?


We cannot know for certain but what we can know that no matter the circumstances following is never simple.  It's hard not to get bored and there is that little voice of question, that makes it difficult to settle into the decision we make.


One truth from life's adventures that I have found true is that when we really make that decision to follow, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable to something new and sometimes courageous. It is in these moments I have found life to be most lasting.  With stories to last a lifetime.  


May the road rise up to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home

And may the hand of a friend always be near. 


God Bless,




Update from the Annual Meeting

Some Highlights from Our Excellent Annual Meeting:

  • Avodah: A vibrant program for children and adults on Wednesday evenings during the Lenten season
  • Two new staff members, Children's Director and Theologian in Residence
  • Upgrades and remodeling to all buildings
  • A beautiful playscape for the campus
  • New website target date February 2nd.
  • We ended the year in the BLACK!
  • Brian McElligott will continue as the Bishop's Warden
  • Michael Paulsen will be the new People's Warden

Beware the Marathon!  Sunday 1/25

Here is a link to the 3M Half-Marathon map:


The good news:  
Burnet Road is accessible via 183
, and the race is on Burnet only north of 183.  The race route near ECR runs southbound on Shoal Creek (crossing Anderson Lane), bumps west at Foster Lane to Great Northern Blvd., then returns to Shoal Creek via Bullard.  

North of 45th, access to Burnet from the east is as usual.  If you are coming from the west side of town along Mopac, your best bet is to loop up over 183 (S), take the Burnet exit and head south, or right. 

 (People coming up Mopac from south of Enfield may want to cross east on Enfield, go north on Red River, continue north on Airport Blvd., and jog over to Justin at Lamar.)
The Avodah Project for Our Lenten Season

As the number of children in regular attendance at ECR has increased, it seems to be a good time to introduce more opportunities for them to participate and lead in worship. During Lent this year, we're putting together a 6-week Wednesday evening program we're calling "The Avodah Project."  A'vodah is a Hebrew word that means work, worship and service. 


We'll start each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Choir Room with a quick snack and a 45-minute children's choir rehearsal, to be followed at 6:30 with a soup-and-sandwich supper in the Youth Building for kids and adults. During Lent, Nathan Jennings will provide an adult offering, Lenten Mystery, from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the Youth Building.  At 7:00, the children will head to an activity, such as Atrium time, learning basic acolyting, layreading or usher duties, or supervised homework. 


As part of Avodah, our adult choir will rehearse 7:00-8:00 p.m., and we invite parents to join us for Lent through Easter Sunday!  At 8:00, children will head home, and adult choir activities will shift to voicepart sectionals, work on a special project, or a small ensemble. This provides a good spot for one or both parents to slip out, and also allows an option for one to stay for sectionals while the other takes children home.  Adult choir rehearsal will continue until 9:00 p.m. as usual, but that last hour will be broken into scheduled components that may not involve all singers.  If the Avodah Project works well, we'll do more for various seasons of the church year.


My goals for the children's choir are to have them lead the congregation in simple sung responses every Sunday during Lent, and to sing special songs for our 10:30 Palm Sunday and Easter services.  We will begin rehearsing on February 18, Ash Wednesday, and practice every Wednesday until Easter (April 5).  The group will be for children age 7 and up.  If all goes well, I also have some fun games that help teach basic music reading and ear training.  We'll take our work together seriously, but we'll have fun in the process of learning how to lead musically!  I invite parents of potential singers to contact me now at 512-834-3694 or so I can pick music that will work well for our group and be sure we've got snacks and folders ready for everyone on Feb. 18!


Coming Up in Adult Formation

Adult Formation is led by Fr. Nathan Jennings and Fr. Billy Tweedie. We are blessed to have Fr. Nathan as our Theologian in Residence on staff.  From the end of January through the end of the Lenten Season, Adult Formation will offer:

  • January 25: Feasting on the Word
  • February: Four week study of "What is church, and what is Liturgy?"
  • Throughout Lent: A study of  "The Lenten Mystery
Special Notice
The Safeguarding God's People class which was scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 24th has been cancelled due to some technological difficulties. Look for a new announcement coming soon when the class will be rescheduled.

All ministry leaders, volunteers, Bishop's Committee members and anyone who goes into homes on behalf of the church are required by the Diocese of Texas to take this course. If you have any questions regarding the course, see Ann Harrington, the course Trainer.
News From the Atrium
 Dear Friends,
This week in the Atrium, we begin celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism.  Jesus is the light who has come into the world!  And it is through Baptism that each of us is drawn lovingly into that great Light, the light of the Good Shepherd, through water and with the anointing of holy oil.  We will learn the words for items associated with Baptism, like Paschal candle, chrism and baptismal font.  And with individual candles, we will reflect on each of our Baptisms, either in the past, or yet to come.

Be looking for information coming about family choir nights on Wednesdays in Lent.



Mother Kelly


Ushers Needed

We currently have 13 ushers scheduled to serve, but we need four each Sunday for the 10:30 am service. There are vacancies on the first, second and fifth Sundays. (Fifth Sundays only occur three times this year). If you like greeting, being of service to people and would like to join this ministry, please contact Joe Page at 512-453-3077 or the church office at 512-459-0027. Our thanks to Jim Ryan who serves as the permanent usher for the early service.

Joe Page

Usher Ministry Coordinator

Give Blood?

All donors at our November Blood Drive are now eligible to donate again. Making a January donation is a great way to start the year - your first opportunity in 2015 to save a life! But please do it before January 31. If you give after that date, you will not be eligible for our next on-campus drive, on March 28! 


Watch for information in February on our next drive.


To donate between drives, visit the Central Texas Blood and Tissue Center, 4300 North Lamar, or one of the regional centers at Round Rock and South Austin. Call  512-2006-1266.

 for information on hours and addresses.


In His service, 

Dudley Baker
A Request from the Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop is in need of a peg board. Any color or size would do. They have some of the attachments, but some attachments would be gratefully appreciated, also. 
Music for Sunday January 25th
Processional:  550, Jesus Calls Us O'er the Tumult
Gospel:  661, They Cast Their Net In Galilee
Communion: 660, O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee
487, Come My Way, My Truth, My Life
Missional:  537, Christ For the World We Sing
Lay Ministry for Sunday January 25th
Scripture Readings  
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First Reading:  Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm: 62:6-14
Epistle: I Cor. 7:29-31
Gospel: Mark: 1:14-20

8:30 Service  

Old Testament: Tina Prikryl
Psalm: Pat Mills
Epistle: Helen Paulsen
Prayers of the People: Katrin Erk

Chalice Bearer:  Helen Paulsen
Acolytes:  Holly & Charles Davis, Douglas Foxworth
Usher:  Jim Ryan

10:30 a.m. Service:

Old Testament: Linda Bryant
Psalm: Michael Paulsen
Epistle: Helen Paulsen
Prayers of the People: Andy Lyon
Chalice Bearers:  (GC) Helen Paulsen  (C) Lana Beyer
Ushers: Carolyn & Jon Ellis, Ann Harrington, Michael Paulsen
Greeters: Richard Fromme & Lance New
Altar Guild: Ann Harrington, Joan Medrano
Flower Guild: Ann Harrington
Bishop Committee Host: Brian McEllgott
Lay Eucharistic Minister:  Juanita Grady
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