The Episcopal Church of the
Resurrection
Midweek Newsletter
Jan. 29,2015 
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Dates to Remember
Feb 6 & 7 Diocesan Council

Feb. 8: Concert Series

Feb 18 Ash Wed - Beginning of Lent

Apr 2 Maundy Thursday

Apr 3 Good Friday

Apr 5 Easter Day - Resurrection Day!

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
512-459-0027

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 Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany

 

"What have you do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?"

 

If you had to guess who is asking this question in the Gospel of Mark, would you believe it to be a demon?  I have spoken these words or some version thereof, more than a handful of times, probably more than five handfuls of times.  And when I think back to the moments I uttered those words, they are often steeped in anger from my own pain, frustration, or fear because life seemed too hard or confusing.

 

I don't think it is hard to imagine these words as threshold or gateway. An acknowledgement that something needs to change, go or maybe even transform.  Many times it's my cynicism that drives me to the door. Other times it might be my lifestyle that needs some changing, and still other times it might be that my soul needs some transforming. This is not easy work.

 

I'st not easy to take up and follow Jesus, but what a perfect question for people and demons.  "What have you do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?"   And the response Jesus gives to the demon may not be that different from the words Jesus would give to us. "Be silent and come out of him."  

 

Sometimes silencing that angry, cynical, worn-out voice is the best way to get rid of our demons.  My guess is that if we can silence that voice well enough we might even be able to see what Jesus is already doing with us.

 

Amen,

 

Billy+

 

Coming Up On the ECR Concert Series
The marriage of bass trombone and piano is a dynamic duo rarely presented in the concert venue - but made possible on our series by the real-life marriage of Artina and Martin McCain! Both are solo concert performers, recording

artists and educators, yet combine their formidable talents to best effect. Known for their eclectic programming, this duo delights with their rhythmic, musical and colorful artistry. Their February program will range from jazz to classical, and feature works by Tchaikovsky, Taylor-Perkinson, Weber and Austin native David Wilborn.

 

Please join us in the sanctuary of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection at 2200 Justin Lane, Austin (78757).  Seating is open.  Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door; $10 is suggested, please give as you are able.  Plenty of free parking available.  Meet our artists at the light reception afterward!

Watch for More Progress
Does it look like fun yet? It soon will.
Playscape Construction:

On campus, and online, this church is growing and improving our visible witness to God's love. Excavation began today under the watchful eye of our new People's Warden, Michael Paulsen,  to construct and secure in place the playscape for our children to enjoy safe play in the green area. It will be a sign to everyone who passes by that we are here for all families, and that this is a place that welcomes them.  What a joy it will be to watch God's Children at play here.

Website:

 

Then, on February the second, our new website will go live at www.ecr-austin.org - another sign of witness to God's light and love, but no less of a witness.  These days, many people look for a church online, and they will find The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection is a vibrant neighborhood church with far more to offer than they might imagine.

 

There are so many opportunities available at Resurrection. Instead of giving up something for the season of Lent, consider trying a new opportunity and stretch your wings.  

 

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 sarabmcc@austin.rr.com 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

  • February: Four week study of "What is church, and what is Liturgy?"
  • Throughout Lent: A study of  "The Lenten Mystery
Considering Avodah
 Dear Friends,

 Starting Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, and for the Wednesday nights in Lent, we will be offering Avodah - an evening with supper, choir rehearsals for children, then adults, and Christian ed time for both groups.


 During the children's Christian Ed. time, there will be Atrium time offered, as well as a chance to learn how to be an acolyte for children interested. Charles and Holly Davis will lead the acolyte training.

 Sarah Burden McClure, choir director, is excited about rehearsing with children, age 7 and above, to present a special anthem on Easter Sunday. New adults are also very encouraged to try out a Lenten choir. No further obligation necessary beyond the Lenten season.

 Here are the dates for Atrium/Acolyte times below:

 Supper 5:30-6pm

 Children's Choir 6-7

 Atrium: 7-8pm (adult choir during this time; acolyte training days TBA)

 Feb. 18 - Eucharist follows
supper (no atrium)

 Feb. 25

 March 4

 March 11

 March 18 - Spring break, no Avodah

 March 25

 April 1 - Holy Wednesday - Eucharist (no atrium)

 Peace,

 Kelly

 

ABUNDANT LIVING

A TIME FOR TRANSITION 12TH

ANNUAL CONFERENCEMARCH 16-18, 2015

Camp Allen Conference & Retreat Center

 

Are you over 60? Feel like 60? Care for the over 60? Then this conference is for you! Join fellow seniors, family members and caregivers for three days at the 12th
Annual Abundant Living Conference held in the piney woods of Camp Allen. Explore aging as a spiritual journey, learn from geriatricians, enjoy nature walks, cooking, canoeing, art, song fests, and more.
Look for a flier on our information table.

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.  We welcome new ushers Antwon Blue and Ben Garza, and thank them for volunteering. (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
Music for Sunday February 1st
Anthem: Thee We Adore, 
Ralph Johnson
Processional: 371, Thou Whose Almighty Word
Gospel:  438, Tell Out My Soul, The Greatness of The Lord
Communion: 339, Deck thyself My Soul With Gladness
449, O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
Missional:  493, O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
Lay Ministry for Sunday February 1st
Scripture Readings  Click for Readings

First Reading:  Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm: 111
Epistle: I Corinthians 8:1-11
Gospel: Mark: 1:21-28

8:30 Service  

Old Testament: Dudley Baker
Psalm: Jon Ellis
Epistle: Granville Ott
Prayers of the People: Katrin Erk

Chalice Bearer:  Granville Ott
Usher:  Jim Ryan

10:30 a.m. Service:

Old Testament:  Tina Prikryl
Psalm: Mariel Fox
Epistle: Mary Morrison
Prayers of the People: Sara Burden-McClure

Chalice Bearers:  (GC) Michael Paulsen  (C) Rob Thornton
Acolytes: Holly & Charles Davis, Douglas Foxworth
Ushers: Kenneth DeSilva, Antwon Blue, Ben Garza, Dan Prikryl
Greeters: Richard Fromme & Tony Duncan
Altar Guild:  Pam Stout & Mason Kramer
Flower Guild: 
Bishop Committee Host:  Ann Harrington
Lay Eucharistic Minister:  Jim & Dudley