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A Maundy Thursday service will be held in the Wright Fellowship Hall this evening. A ceremonial hand washing will begin at 6:00pm followed by dinner and a celebration of the Lord's Supper in the atmosphere of the Upper Room. (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.


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

COMPASSION 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.

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.)

Science March in Austin:
Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day! Here in Austin, we'll stand in solidarity with friends and allies around the world to support and defend all things SCIENCE! 
Science is more than just important. We couldn't live without it! To march with friends from Faith, please contact Kathy Renfro at 512-636-8186 for time and place to meet up.
Here is the schedule of events:

9-11 a.m. - Teach-in on the Texas Capitol grounds
11 a.m.-Noon - Rally at the Texas Capitol
Noon - March from the Capitol to the Earth Day celebration at Huston-Tillotson University

Want to volunteer? Sign up at

Science needs all the help it can get right now. See you all on Earth Day!


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.) 
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 Easter Sunday.

Fourth Tuesday
FOURTH TUESDAY LUNCH - will be on Tuesday, April 25th, at about noon in the parlor/library. Everyone is invited to come, bring a dish to share, and have some good conversation and friendship. Come early, stay late, and enjoy each other. It is a good way for new folks to get acquainted and really become part of our Faith family!


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


Check the narthex table if you still need a color pictorial directory. We are able to print a black & white version of the pictorial directory for anyone who wants one. Contact Melissa in the office and she can assist you.


Tommy's Honour - Alamo Drafthouse - on Slaughter & Mopac - Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm.
Benefiting : Community First! Village, Austin's model housing community for the chronically homeless, an initiative of Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
The film highlights Scotland's coastal beauty while telling the true story of Tom Morris and son, the creators of the game of golf.  Set in the early 1900s, this recent award-winning film reveals the social class conflicts of the time as well as the tragically strained relationship of father and son develops.   
Our church has supported MLF events in the past.  The Community First! Village goal is to take 250 persons off the streets of Austin and into productive lives in a supportive community, and they are already more than half way there!

(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.  



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!



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


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


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! 


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


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


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! 


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.



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. 


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


    • Victims of the bombing in Afghanistan
    • Victims of the missile bombings in Syria
    • Victims of the chemical attacks in Syria
    • The Coptic Christian community in Egypt
    • The Muslim community worldwide.
    • Claire's friend with undiagnosed health concerns.
    • Peace throughout the middle east.
    • 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

The next Women's Circle will be on Tuesday, April 11, at 9:30 in the parlor/library.   All Women are invited.    Jackie Platt will lead Bible study Lesson 7, "According to the Non-Canonical Gospels"from the study book Who is Jesus?   What a Difference a Lens Makes by Judy Yates Silver.   Since most of us know little about the non-canonical gospels, this should be interesting.   We still have background scripture to read, Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2.    Marilyn White will provide refreshments.