In This Issue
 


ADULT EDUCATION:

ADULT EDUCATION IN APRIL

Adult Sunday School is taking Easter off, but the rest of the month has plenty of opportunities:

BIBLE STUDY: Our Bible Study on Matthew will continue all month, led by Stephen Hilders and other members of the class.  Please join us in the Wright Fellowship Hall (enter by the bell tower); we meet in the hall on the left.

PARLOR CLASS - On April 2 and 9, Marilyn White wraps up her class on Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si' ("Praise Be to You"). It is addressed to the whole world and is intended to be a wakeup call about humanity's relationship to and responsibility for the environment and all of God's creation. The class is after church in the Parlor (to your right as you enter the Wright Fellowship Hall by the bell tower). After Easter, the Parlor Class will resume on April 23 and 30, with a subject to be determined. (Got an idea? Now would be a good time to contact Adult Ed scheduler Scott Haring.)




2017 LENT SCHEDULE

April 9th Palm Sunday 10:00AM
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. Our service

opens with the waving of palm branches as we

enter into the sanctuary. Palm branches will be
distributed as you enter the sanctuary.

April 13th Maundy Thursday 6:00PM
Maundy Thursday service will be held in the
Wright Fellowship Hall. A ceremonial hand
washing will begin at 6:00pm followed by a
celebration of the Lord's Supper.
(Please bring a dish to share).

April 16th Easter Sunday 10:00AM
Come & Join us for our Easter Celebration!
Easter worship service begins at 11:00 A.M.
in the sanctuary. Special music will be provided
by "Banned from the Church" and our adult choir.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING (OGHS):
 
A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.  Today, projects supported by One Great Hour of Sharing are underway in more than 100 countries.   Around the world, people lack access to food, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. Each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) serves to help change the lives of people who are in these challenging situations.  
 
One Great Hour of Sharing, makes a difference in the world through three impactful programs:
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People.
Please bring your gifts for the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday.
 

 
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING:

A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.  Today, projects supported by One Great Hour of Sharing are underway in more than 100 countries.  Around the world, people lack access to food, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. Each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) serves to help change the lives of people who are in these challenging situations.  
 
One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference in the world through three impactful programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. Please bring your gifts for the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday.



EASTER LILIES

Be a part of our tradition at Faith as we decorate the sanctuary with Easter lilies. Remember a loved one or give thanks for blessings in your life with flowers at the Communion Table for Easter.

Make a donation in memory of a loved one.
  • Make you check payable to Faith Presbyterian Church
  • Checks may be included in the regular Sunday collection
  • Please note "Easter flowers in honor of_______________________________" or               "Easter flowers in memory of_____________________________" on the memo line of the check.
  • Suggested donation is $11.00



GOT BASKETS?
 
We're planning for our Third Annual   "Spring" Egg hunt for the THS teen parents and their children to be held on Friday April 7th 4:30 on the development center grounds on our campus.

Alternate date is Thursday April 13th at 4:30.  Date to be confirmed with the director of the center, as well as the number of children.  Last year there were 25 children and we hid 250 eggs.   

If you would like to stuff the eggs the week of the event, please contact Lynn League ( lleague67@gmail.com)   or Jean Frank (j_manoog@yahoo.com) to add your name to the list of helpers.
 
This is a fun event and gives us a chance to meet the staff, students  and the little ones sharing our church grounds each day.  We'll need just a handful of people at the event to set up a table of juice and cookies, distribute baskets and watch over the gathering of eggs to be sure all go home with a full basket.




FAITH BOOK GROUP

Book group meets on THIRD Monday nights after yoga in the parlor from 7:30 - 9:00-ish.  Everyone is invited to join us for any or all of the following book discussions.
 
This is our spring book selection for 2017:
April  17   The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami
May  15    Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
 
Other titles for later in the year:
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel
  
And maybe these:
Faithful Resistance by Rick Ufford-Chase
Waking Up White by Debby Irving
Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Biblical Literalism; a Gentile Heresy by John Spong



NEW HYMNALS:


On Pentecost Sunday, our church will move to the new Glory to God hymnal, which is the newest Presbyterian Hymnal. It has our hymns from the two current hymnals plus 150 new hymns for us to try over time. There are limited copies of Glory to God in the church office if anyone would like to come and peruse them. The majority of our copies of the new hymnal were made possible by an individual gift but approximately the remaining hymnals are available to be purchased for $20 each (at cost) in honor or memory of someone. After our One Great Hour of Sharing offering season has concluded, we will distribute forms for this in the church bulletin. If you would like one now, see Melissa in the church office Mon-Thurs, 9-2 p.m.

Please send an email to Melissa, using the format below, with your information. If you need assistance in filling it out, she can help you with that too. Just call. 


In honor/In memory of:  (60 character max.)

Given by: (30 character max.) 
 


PICTORIAL DIRECTORY:


Our church chose to try an in-house pictorial directory this year in order to avoid the extra expense of a pictorial directory company that tries to sell us pictures in the process. Susan Sanders and Melissa Trimble have worked very hard to bring it to you and have used extra time to try and catch any mistakes. We just have to admit, though, that those mistakes will exist. We still wish to receive updates/corrections and will update the file so that, hopefully, as we proceed to next year and beyond, the directory becomes better and better. If you see something, please drop Melissa a line at the office and she will get it fixed. The paper copies are in the Narthex and we also have a .pdf version available which you should have received via e-mail this week. If you need that resent to you electronically, just drop Melissa a line at the office - faithchurchaustin@gmail.com.
 
Thank you so much to Susan Sanders for playing paparazzi by snapping pictures of everyone and reviewing content and format. Thank you to Melissa for getting the document ready for print and putting up with our questions and whims! If you do not see your picture, please send us one and we will be sure it gets into the next printing.

YOU CAN GIVE ELECTRONICALLY
(but we still accept cash and checks as usual!).  

How does it work? Scan the QR code below with your smartphone. There are no additional fees for you as the donor. However, as with all such transactions, an administrative fee of 1% will be deducted from your gift before it is delivered to our church. This one-time fee is for the reasonable and customary costs of operation of the Presbyterian Mission Exchange which hosts our electronic giving. If you pay by EFT option, this will be the full extent of the fees deducted. Gifts made using a credit or debit card will be assessed an additional fee of 2.598%+$0.26 (deducted automatically by our card processing vendor). Your full donation, which includes all the fees, is tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.  

 
 


LOCKING UP AFTER YOURSELF!

Lately the front and back doors to the sanctuary have been left unlocked.  Please help us be vigilant if you are one of the last ones to leave the campus and ensure that the doors are locked and the security alarm is set. 

As a footnote, there was an attempted break in through the exterior office door. Thankfully, they were not successful but let this serve as a reminder to please, please, please, check any doors that you use (and even those you don't) to insure that they are secured. Thanks! 
 
 


SEE A LIGHT OUT?

Lighting is our campus's best security.  If you are here at night and notice lights out, please send an e-mail to faithchurchrepairs@gmail.com with the location of the light.


 
YOGA:

Please join us for a free yoga class on Monday evenings at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like more information, please contact Becky Davis at msbeckydavis@sbcglobal.net
 


INTERNAL TEAM MEETING WE WANT YOU!

Would you like to learn more about Faith's Internal Team? Then join Scott Haring, Michelle Huddleston and Anne Wingler the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00p - 6:45p. Areas of focus include: Worship, Adult & Children's Christian Education, Hospitality, Nursery Coordinator, and Congregational Care.

Questions? Please contact: Anne Wingler sixwinglers@gmail.com

ALL ARE WELCOME!

2017 MEETING DATES: April 12th, May 10th, June 14th, July 12th, August 9th, September 13th, October 11th, November 8th, December 13th



PARKING:


Parking is tight again on our campus. If you are able, and wish to have a little walk in the morning, you are welcome to utilize both the front & back lots at Travis High School on Sundays. This would be very appreciated by any visitors to Faith, those who need assistance, and for the congregation of the Wildflower Church. Thank you in advance! 




DRIVE A SENIOR - SOUTH AUSTIN

This organization is one of Faith's benevolences, because it provides a much-needed service, transportation for older folks who cannot drive any more. There are many Amplify Austin  "worthy causes" we're being asked to donate to, in the "I Live Here, I Give Here" way.    Please consider this one!

Please help us Amplify our efforts!  Your donation will be matched by
the St. David's Foundation.  Thank you!

 

CONNECT WITH US:

You will notice a Connection Card in the pew. If you would like to receive our electronic newsletter and correspondence about the life of the church, please let us know how to find you between Sundays by filling out the information you are comfortable giving us and placing the card in the Offering Plate.

 


DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE IN THE HOSPITAL OR IN NEED OF PASTORAL CARE?

Hospitals no longer notify pastors. If you wish a visit from a pastor during your stay, please let us know. Also, if you are unable to get to worship for a long time, we now offer quarterly home communion.   It only takes a very few minutes to share communion with our pastor and an elder in your home. Let us know if this is something you would like or if you'd like us contact someone in particular and ask if they would like this provided for them. 

DO YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS NOT GETTING THE NEWSLETTER?

If you know someone who does not have email access and who should be getting our newsletter, please call or email Melissa in the office so she can get the information. Thanks!




Bill Renfro
David Arctur
George Green
Haydee Rodriguez
Jackie Platt
Jake Emmons
Lee Ann Shriver
Marjorie Murphey-Camacho
Nevada Potyka
Pat Farnsworth
Todd M. Wingler




 



IN OUR PRAYERS:  

 

    • Kathy Renfro for Bill who is dealing with issues related to atrial fibrillation
    • Melanie Webb for a co-worker (young wife & mother of 2) who has recently discovered that she has a brain tumor

       

    • For peace in our country in this time of political transition

    • For all who believe that violence is the answer
    • Our leaders for wisdom and understanding
    • Victims of violence and their families
    • Those suffering from physical, mental, or emotional stress and illness. Those who are homeless, financially despairing and all others for whom our prayers have also been requested