Dates to Remember:

Feb. 13th ECW Meeting 10 am to noon. 

Feb. 14th First Sunday in Lent

Feb. 18th Analog Mtg

Feb. 28th Dine Out (see below)

Mar. 3-5 Altar Guild Retreat

Sunday Services
8:30 am
Rite I
In the Chapel
(no music)

10:30 am
Rite II
(with music)
In the Nave

Church Office
Monday - Thursday
Hours: 10:00 am to 
2:00 pm
Church Ministers And Staff

All the People, Ministers of the Gospel 

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop

The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop Ordinary

The Rt. Rev. Dena H. Harrison, Bishop Suffragan

The Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher, Bishop Suffragan

The Rev. Billy Tweedie, Vicar

Jon Ellis, Bishop's Warden

Michael Paulsen, 
People's Warden

Sara Burden-McClure, Director of Music

The Rev. Kelly Jennings, Director, Children's Ministry

The Rev. Dr. Nathan Jennings, Theologian in Residence

Linda Bryant, 

Marty Newkirk, 
Church Secretary
The Midweek Connection
February 11th 2016

Inside this Midweek Connection:
  • Children's Lenten Choir
  • Pancake Supper -- See Photos
  • Short Term Choir Opportunity
  • ECW Meets Saturday
  • New Dine Out Experience
From Sunday's Readings

 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, *
abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
 He shall say to the Lord,
"You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
my God in whom I put my trust."
Because you have made the Lord your refuge, *
and the Most High your habitation,
There shall no evil happen to you, *
neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
 For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
to keep you in all your ways.
 They shall bear you in their hands, *
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
From Psalm 91
ECR Concert Feb. 14th 5:00 p.m.

The Hugh Chandler Ensemble
Austin composer/guitarist Hugh Chandler, oboist Patty Esfandiari and bassist/coloratura soprano Afsoneh Esfandiari return to the ECR Concert Series, with a fun program ranging from Bach and Telemann to Richard Rodgers to new works by Hugh Chandler.  A special treat: the premiere performance of Hugh's new sonata for oboe and guitar!  Be among the very first to hear it!  5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 14 in the Nave.  Donations gratefully accepted at the door; $10 suggested. Plenty of free parking available. 

The Lenten Children's Choir will practice again this week after the 10:30 a.m. service.  We'll meet in the choir room - and if any parents would like to provide healthy snacks to help us get through till lunch, that would be wonderful! In this rehearsal, we'll just focus on words and music of our song for the Peace, so that we feel really secure with the song.  If all goes well, we'll sing the first time in church on Feb. 21 without signs, and then start learning the signing at the rehearsal on Feb. 21.  (We will add the signing in church when we are comfortable with that part as well.)  This week we will also take a look at another song which we'll sing on Palm Sunday, when the children get to lead the adults into the church during the palm procession!   
Not Your Average Pancake Supper! --
I'll Say it Wasn't!

The Scout Troop and The Brotherhood of St. Andrew outdid themselves last night with pancakes and sausage, and thanks to Tim Klatt for some great ales from his Strangeland Brewery. We had an essentially full Parish Hall.

There was music from Fr. Billy and Rob Thornton. We had a stellar, first-ever Pancake Race, and an all-hands-on-deck Parade. To top off the evening, Reba Ott mesmerized the folks with her spell-binding stories. 

It couldn't have been a more successful evening -- just being a church family together. Having fun. 

Many thanks to Reba Ott, Official Pancake Supper Photographer, and Storyteller extroidinaire. 

Come Sing with The Choir for
Palm Sunday and Easter

 In these busy times, not everyone is able to participate in choir every Sunday - and we totally understand!  However, if you'd like a great short-term opportunity, we'd love to have your help!  We're starting work on a few big (but not very difficult) selections for Palm Sunday (March 20) and Easter (March 27) at our Wednesday evening rehearsals.   Come get in on the fun!  For more information, please contact Sara Burden-McClure at
How To Speak Episcopalian

The Good Word this week is

The Gloria

Immediately following the collect, we sing an ancient Eucharistic hymn  of praise -- The Gloria. It is associated with the themes of victory and of Christ as the victorious Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  It is used in most seasons, except Advent and Lent.
So you won't hear it on this coming Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent. Watch how the service changes from Ordinary Time to Penitential Time.  
Ref. A Dictionary for Episcopalians  John N. Wall
Getting Around the Austin Marathon

Feb. 14th is more than just Valentine's Day. It's also the dreaded Austin Marathon. Here are directions that have worked well for access to ECR in the past:

You can avoid crossing the race route on your way to church by taking the Westover exit off Mopac, heading west to Jefferson to jog left a block to 29th, then continuing west on 29th to Lamar. Go north on Lamar to 45th, then jog left on 45th to continue north on Burnet.

Below is what is on the website ... It omits the jog over from 29th to Westover, which would confuse people not familiar with that area.

Residents east of Shoal Creek and south of Foster/Northcross/St. Joseph's, Morrow that need to get out of the course's loop,  you can access Mopac without ever encountering the course by taking Burnet to 45 th  to Lamar to 29 th  to Mopac.
It took a bit of poking around to find route information and this year they don't have maps next to their zone info. Just thinking about how we can help people to still feel comfortable coming to church on marathon day and lower the stress involved!

ECW Will Meet this Saturday Feb. 13th

The next ECW Meeting to be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. until Noon in the Parish Hall. Refreshments will be provided by Tina Prikryl. The Meditation Moment will be provided by Brenda O'Keefe. There are several business items on the Agenda so I hope you will attend this meeting.
Pat Starkie  
New Dine Out Experience

Dine Out for Feb. is the third Saturday, Feb. 20th at 5:30 pm., at Maudie's Tex Mex Restaurant, 10205 N. Lamar, suite 131. (East side of Lamar at intersection of Masterson and Lamar) There is a sign on Lamar.

This is the first time we've eaten at Maudie's, but the Maudie's Tex Mex Restaurants have been Austin favorites for years. Let's all turn out and enjoy good food and great fellowship.

The sign up sheet is in the Narthex, and for more information or directions call Joe Page at 512-453-3077.  
Wednesday Bible Study Continues

Wednesday morning Bible Study continues from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at Genuine Joe's Coffee House at 2001 W. Anderson Lane.  The Bible students have studied a lot of the scripture so far, and will continue on. They have finished their study of Luke, and will go on to study the Gospel According to St. John. 
A Message from the Thrift Shop

Lana Beyer, ECR Thrift Shop manager notes that the shop is overloaded with some items that you just might like to give a new home. There are a number of Easter items -- plastic eggs are a real bargain (3 doz for a quarter). She has plenty of infant and children clothing, and decor items too. This might be a good time to stop in the shop and see what you find. You might discover something that you didn't even know you needed. 
Hospitality Team for Sunday Feb. 14th.

Lana Beyer, Shireen DeSilva, Andy Lyon

The new Hospitality Roster is done through May. Please check it to see when your turn comes up. There are copies in the Narthex displayed in various places. 
Music for Sunday, Feb. 14th.

Anthem: On Eagles' Wings, Michael Joncas

Processional: The Great Litany, S63 & S96 Kyrie
Gospel: 150, Forty Days and Forty Nights
Communion: 635, If Thou But Trust In God To Guide Thee
142, Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days
Missional: 435, At The Name of Jesus
Lay Ministry for Sunday Feb. 14th. 

If you are unable to fulfill your lay ministry, arrange for a substitute and let Marty in the office know of the change by noon on Thursday before. 

First Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm: 91:1-2, 9-16
Second Reading: Romans 10:8b-13
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13

8:30 am Service 
Lector: Granville Ott
Psalmist:  Katrin Erk
Intercessor: Jim Ryan
Chalicist:  Granville Ott
Usher:  Jim Ryan

10:30 am Service:
First Lesson:  Lana Beyer
Psalm: Marisol Peters
Second Lesson:  Mary Morrison
Prayers of the People: Kenneth DeSilva
Chalicists: (GC) Lana Beyer (C) Robert Beyer 
Acolytes: Holly & Charles Davis
Ushers: David Bryant, Richard Fromme, Joe Page, 
Kenn Peters
Altar Guild: Linda Bryant, Holly & Charles Davis