Dates to Remember:
Sep 5 Tax Free Day in the Thrift Shop (Sat)
Sep 12 ECW Meeting
Sep 13 Invitation Sun
Sep 13th 5pm Concert AGC Some Enchanted Evening
Sep 19 Dine out at Poke E Joe's
Sep 27 Mid Yr. Meeting
Oct 3rd ECW Meeting
Oct 4th Saint Francis Pet Blessing
Oct 10th Annual Parish Retreat at McKinney Falls
Oct 11th 4pm-6pm Ultreya in the Parish Hall
Oct 24th Octoberfest
Oct 25th Stewardship begins
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The Midweek Connection
September 3rd, 2015
Inside this Midweek Connection:
- God is Choosing Us (Fr. Richard Rohr)
- ECR loves the stranger
- Before and After campus resurrection
- Next in the Concert Series
- Atrium News
- Invitation Sunday
- Retreat Day
God Is Choosing Us Now
My starting point is that we are already there. We cannot attain the presence of God, because we're already totally in the presence of God. What's absent is awareness. Little do we realize that God is maintaining us in existence with every breath we take. As we take another, it means that God is choosing us now and now and now. We have nothing to attain or even learn. We do, however, need to unlearn some things.
We have to accept that human culture is in a mass hypnotic trance. We're sleepwalkers. All religious teachers have recognized that humans do not naturally see. We have to be taught to see. That's why the Buddha and Jesus say with one voice, "Be awake." Jesus says further, "If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light."
Thus, we have to learn to see what is there. We want to attain some concrete information or achieve some improved morality, or learn some behavior that will make us into superior beings. But there's no question here of "meritocracy." Although we have a "merit badge" mentality, prayer shows us that we are actually "punished" by any expectation of merit and reward. For that expectation keeps us from the truly transformative experience called grace.
Experiencing radical grace is like living in another world. It's not a world in which I labor to get God to notice me and like me. It's not a world in which I strive for spiritual success. It's not a cosmic game of crime and punishment.
Fr. Richard Rohr
Excerpted from "What the Mystics Know"
"You Shall Also Love the Stranger"
The Resurrection Thrift Shop has an active ministry to refugees primarily from ISIS, Syria and Cuba. Through a local refugee program, they can come and "shop" in our thrift shop and choose goods that help them to get set up in housekeeping, because they all leave their home countries with nothing except the clothing on their backs. It is an important part of taking seriously God's command to us. Here is an important request from the Thrift Shop Volunteers:
We are expecting to serve 60 additional refugees within the next 8 weeks. Please check your cupboards for cookware, kitchen utensils, dishes, glasses, mugs, small (working) kitchen appliances, etc., for donations.
Chilldren's clothing, irons, simple (in working order, please) electronics, clean bedding (no pillows)etc., are in demand.
Please bring them to the Thrift Shop between 10a.m. - 1 p.m. Mon.-Fri. After hours, please place them in the DONATION bin, in the building behind the Boy Scout trailer.
The ECR Thrift Shop
Before And After
Some hardworking folks got busy last Saturday and cleared off a lot of brush and other things on the campus along the property line, under the direction of People's Warden Michael Paulsen and Fr. Billy Tweedie. Take a look at the "Before Photo."
Now take a look at the "After photo" (Thanks to Jim Ryan for this photo.) Quite a difference. Many thanks to all participants and organizers.
Next in the ECR Concert Series
The ECR Concert Series is proud to present
The Austin Girls' Choir in
"An Enchanted Evening"
This Performance will be at 7:00 pm and features classics from the 60s and beyond. Come and get your dose of Vit B--
Donations accepted at the door
News from the Atrium
What a fun Welcome Back event last Sunday before last. We were overwhelmed with how many children and teachers showed up for the blessing at the altar. Thanks be to God!
Now that things are officially "kicked off," here are some upcoming dates to mark in your calendars:
Sunday, Sept 13th is Invitation Sunday - Bring a Friend
From now on, we are
back to our regular Atrium times
: 9:15-10:15am for ages 6 and up; 10:15am til offertory for 3-6 year olds.
Also put these on your calendar:
Sunday, Oct. 4 - Pet Blessing
Friday, Oct. 9
- Family Campout preceding church retreat at McKinney Falls State Park. Father Billy has already booked 3 sites, and he'll get there early to pick out three next to each other (first come first served). Families will arrange food plans.
Sunday, Sept 13th is a great day to invite your family and friends to join you in worship at Resurrection.
It's a nation-wide observance, and surveys show that a lot of people are just waiting for someone to ask them to church, so you could be the first. Make their wish come true!
Dine Out for September
Mr. Joe Page informs us that the Dine Out bunch is hankering for some Texas Barbecue, and they will be dining on the fine cuisine to be had at Poke-E-Joe's
2121 Parmer Lane on
Saturday, Sep. 19th at 6:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the good food and good fellowship.
There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex on the table and if you have any questions, Joe Page can answer them at 512-453-3077.
We Are Called to A Radical Hospitality
And the ministry of hospitality has always been a hallmark of The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. We love our coffee hour after the 10:30 service. It's a time to be together and experience our community of fellowship.
Lately, we've noted that the same few faithful and generous persons have been supplying just about all of the refreshments, and starting on Sept. 1st, we will be instituting a new system to help with that. Dividing up into teams of three, we'll be asking each team member to bring one thing to help with the refreshments. Just simple items -- not to replace a lunch -- but just to offer some nibbles while we enjoy our time together after church.
Each team of three will have a leader, and the leader will recieve a call from the church office on Tuesdays as a reminder of their turn coming up. A team's turn will probably not come around more than twice per year at the most, so it shouldn't be a burden on anyone. We will have simple menu suggestions for each team leader, but the team will ultimately decide what they supply. By the way, men aren't exempted from the hospitality teams, either.
Anyone who has a special day they wish to acknowledge can contact the team leader for that specific Sunday (or the church office), and take over the refreshments for that day. A list of the teams will be posted in the Narthex where the sign-up sheet was previously posted, and the team for Sunday will be posted in each week's MidWeek,
WHERE: McKinney Falls State Park in SE Austin
WHEN: All day Oct 10, 2015, 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Resurrection has the dining hall reserved all day. There is a kitchen in the hall plus an outdoor bar-be-cue for cooking and serving meals. we will have lunch and dinner there, pot luck style. Activities planned include: swimming, fishing, hiking, nature study, board and card games, rafting, sing along, a photo contest, star gazing, and anything else you'd like to do in this beautiful and locally convenient setting.
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the State Park. The only cost is the day use admission of $6 per adult, when you enter. You may invite non-church members, family and friends to this event. Include them in total attending on your survey form. As many special needs will be accommodated as possible, especially transportation.
Co-chairs are Bob Beyer, Andy Lyon and Jennifer Johnston.
You don't need to sign up or register to attend, but to hep us plan, fill in a survey form located on the welcome table in the Narthex, and place it in the yellow box.
PREPARE TO HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY OF FUN, FELLOWSHIP AND RELAXATION!
Looking for A Few Great Folks
Our mid year meeting will be held on September 27th at which we will elect some new members of the Bishop's Committee. The 2015 Committee has been a great one, but their work will soon be done, and they will need to add some new members to their number.
If you would be interested in serving on the Committee, please see Fr. Billy Tweedie or Brian McElligott and they can chat with you regarding eligibility and the responsibilities involved. It is a rewarding ministry of service.
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 study has progressed to the Apocryphal book of
Hospitality Team for Sunday Sept. 6th
Team Leader: Mary Morrison
Music for September 6th:
Anthem: Healer of Our Every Ill, Marty Haugen
Processional: 371, Thou Whose Almighty Word
Gospel: 602, Jesu, Jesu
: R-86, They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love
R-85, These Three Are the Treasures
Missional: 597, O Day of Peace
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: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Second Reading: James 2:1-2, (11-13), 14-17
Gospel: Mark 7:24-37
8:30 am Service
Lector: Reba Ott
Psalmist: Steffen Pilotek
Intercessor: Pat Mills
Usher: Jim Ryan
10:30 am Service
First Lesson: Andy Lyon
Psalm: Michael Paulsen
Second Lesson: Linda Bryant
Prayers of the People: Mary Morrison
Chalicists: (GC) (C)
Acolytes: Holly & Charles Davis
Ushers: Kenneth DiSilva, Ben Garza, Dan Prikryl
Altar Guild: Pamela Stout, Mason Kramer
Lay Eucharistic Minister: To be announced
Bishop's Committee Host: Granville Ott