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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Paraments color: White


Scripture Readings for February 11, 2024

The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration. In Mark’s story of Jesus’ baptism, apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven. But now Jesus’ three closest friends hear the same words naming him God’s Beloved. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see.


Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

From the Pastor's Desk

Grace and peace to you!

Hard to believe we are only one week away from Ash Wednesday, the first day of lent, the 40 day church season that culminates in Holy week and Easter.

What has your experience of Lent been? Though Lent is a liturgical season that is part of our Lutheran tradition, I have found that most Lutherans I talk to have not been exposed to Lenten practices before but instead associate Lenten disciplines with other denominations or with fish menus at restaurants.

As far as I can tell, exposure to Lenten disciplines in the Lutheran church varies greatly from congregation to congregation. I grew up at St. Martin’s Lutheran church in Austin. My parents both did not grow up in the Lutheran tradition. Though I do not know exactly how, my parents were taught early on at St. Martin’s about the season of lent and in turn invited my sisters and I at a young age into Lenten disciplines as well.

They explained that we had the opportunity to give up things, or add things on for the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. The goal of these disciplines was different than a new years resolution to better ourselves. They presented these practices as a time for us to grow in our faith. We could take away something that was creating distance between us and God (food that we leaned on for comfort, social media that we leaned on for affirmation and acceptance, activities or relationships that brought more stress than life). We could add something on that would create more space to connect with God (journaling time, quiet time, bible study, prayer, walks, support for/from a friend, study of the ten commandments).

We would each choose things to do as individuals, and sometimes we would try things together as a family. Sometimes we would tell each other our disciplines to help hold each other accountable, sometimes we would hold them privately between us and God.

For myself, these disciplines served two purposes – some days they succeeded in doing what I hoped they could do – they brought me closer to God. Other days, often much sooner in the 40 days than I expected – they served as a reminder of my humanity on the days that I failed. It was also these attempts at disciplines that truly helped me to understand the concept of temptation.

Either way, my experience of Holy Week was made deeper after participation in these disciplines that allowed space to connect to God in new ways and also to realize anew my humanity. What good is it to approach Good Friday deceiving ourselves that we are blameless? How much more powerful is it to approach the cross knowing full well our limitations and sins and to truly hear that Jesus died for us?

Have you tried a discipline before? Whether you have been a Christian your whole life or a short time, it is never too late to try something new. Interested in trying a discipline but not sure where to start? Ideas for Lenten disciplines will be available in a physical handout Sunday and also in a flocknote (this is our church email program, if you do not receive church emails besides this elink feel free to contact the office at office@huttolutheranchurch.org to be added to the flocknote emails).

There will also be a sermon series on spiritual disciplines this lent to explore prayer, Sabbath, fasting and confession together.  

Looking forward to journeying together this lent!

God’s peace,

Pastor Amanda

 

Meals for the Lyons Family

The Lyons family is grateful for all of your prayers and support and birthday cards!

Sammy is home from the hospital on hospice care. If you want a way to support them you can use this link to sign up to bring a meal.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B4CAFA62EA64-46664565-sammy 

If you would like a chance to say goodbye to Sammy you can reach out to Sally at 512-642-6482.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry Learn to knit or crochet on Thursday, February 8th in the church office meeting room at 1 PM.

Guests Welcome for Worship and Music Meeting Thursday, February 8th, 6:00pm


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89352825878?pwd=bU9Ub09ib0IyTnJZdnUrbC8yRFpEdz09


Meeting ID: 893 5282 5878

Passcode: 909173

Property Workday, Saturday February 10th, 8-12


Property workday includes hanging historical photos back in the hallway and outdoor projects as well.

Youth Spaghetti Supper Fund Raiser and Silent Auction

Saturday, February 10th 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Hutto Lutheran Youth will be hosting a spaghetti supper and silent auction in the HLC Fellowship Hall.

Click on the image to go to the reservation page.

After filling out the reservation and submitting the form you still have to pay for your plates. Use the Vanco App, pay at the Online Form here (enter Spaghetti Supper in the 'Note' field) or place a check in the offering plate, indicating 'Spaghetti' in the memo field.

The Silent Auction will go live online on Saturday, Feb 3rd Click here for auction link

The Spaghetti Supper cost will be $15 per plate. Youth 5 and under eat free. y All proceeds will go towards helping our youth attend Camp Chrysalis this June, 2024.

If you would be willing to bring desserts for the Spaghetti Supper please click here to go to the signup page.


Meeting with Bishop Briner February 11th at 1:00.

Bishop Briner has asked to meet with the adults in our congregation Sunday, February 11th at 1:00 in the Sanctuary to share some more information about the misconduct investigation of former Pastor Vance Daniels. This meeting will be specifically for Hutto Lutheran Church. If you worship online and would like a link to participate online please contact Rodney Westphal (treasurer@huttolutheranchurch.org) or Pastor Amanda (pastor@huttolutheranchurch.org).



Lenten Prayer Partner ministry

The lenten prayer partner ministry is a program to both pray for and be prayed for by someone in the congregation with daily prayer and weekly letters. Those participating will receive your prayer partner in worship Sunday, February 11th or by mail/email following worship along with sample prayers and cards and envelopes. If you have not signed up yet you can let Pastor Amanda know (pastor@huttolutheranchurch.org, 512-636-9784). 

Lenten Spiritual Discipline Sermon Series


February 18th- Prayer

February 25th- Healing Service

March 3rd - Sabbath

March 10th - Fasting

March 17th - Confession

Midweek Lenten Worship


Join us for midweek Lenten worship starting February 21st with Holden Evening prayer liturgy and monologues from artisans as they experienced Jesus' crucifixion.

Join us for a meal at 6:00 and worship at 7:00.

There is a sign up sheet to provide food for Lenten worships in the Narthex.

Children's Wiggle Time

Hutto Lutheran is introducing a new children's wiggle time for children 5 and under. Directly following the Children's Sermon and through the Passing of the Peace, children will have an opportunity to be in a classroom with two Safe Gatherings certified adults. Use this link to fill out a one time permission slip. Contact Heather Duewer with questions or for more information: malamutesrthebomb@gmail.com

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4oJwzQ0maHPkz5K7SOJPRKoppvq5C8E9Jin0lblCLRZXN6Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Ashes to Go, Feb 14th 12pm-1pm


Come by the covered driveway outside the Narthex between 12-1 on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, to receive prayer and ashes.

Ash Wednesday Service


Ash Wednesday service will be 7 PM February 14th.

New Member Sunday and Potluck February 18th


Interested in joining Hutto Lutheran? There will be new member classes February 4th, 11th and 14th with a new member worship service and potluck on February 18th. Contact Pastor Amanda if you are interested (512)636-9784.

Council Retreat, February 25th


Please hold HELC council in prayer Sunday, February 25th after worship as they spend time in prayer with the congregational goals.

North Capital Conference, Sunday February 25th


There will be a meeting of the ELCA churches in our area at Christ Lutheran Church at 2:00pm on Sunday, February 25th. Let Pastor Amanda know if you would like to attend.

Healing Service February 25th


Youth Christian Education: for ages Pre-K thru High School at 9am sing-a-long opener in the Fellowship Hall followed by upper and lower elementary classes.

Confirmation

Pastor Amanda will be continuing the first year of confirmation classes. This year will be focused on the Small Catechism.


Pastor George Reswik will be offering classes for adults about the Lutheran faith.

Adult Christian Education: Join us as we start a new study of biblical characters and how their stories show that Christians have the ability and responsibility to use their privileges to advance the Kingdom of God and help those around us. We will start on January 7th with having read through the Introduction & Forward. We will be using the following schedule:

Feb 11 - Paul and Silas

Feb 18 - Jesus

Feb 25 - Zacchaeus

Mar 3 - Scripture's Call to Repentance

Mar 10 - Producing Fruit in Keeping with Repentance


Sunday School Hour starts at 9:00am and we'll be primarily in the Fellowship Hall. 

The cheapest options for purchasing the book are to go to Amazon: https://a.co/d/4vqPdbf and select either the Kindle edition (<$5) or choose from Used options (<$10). Please reach out to Meg Jameson (210-789-0417) or Rodney Westphal (575-430-5323) if you're experiencing trouble getting a copy of the book.

Financial Status

The Financial Status of HLC for January 2024 follows:

Total expenditures $14,083

Total income $16,151 for a

Income over expenses by $2,068

Prayer List

Have a prayer request? Email the Office with a prayer request for you or someone you love. Requests will be left on the list for a month. Feel free to submit request again for continued prayers.

 

Patti Lynn Krueger, niece of Jill Johnson, Duane Elkins, Courtney Elkin's father, Sammy Lyons, Wayne Erickson, and the family of Greg Forsyth, the family of Ernest Farrack, step father of TJ Johnson, Lois Haag, Peggy Almquist.


Seeking personal prayer?

If your need is private, and you don't want your name publicly posted in this eLink email the Office directly.

Your request can get passed along to HLC's small confidential prayer team. In life's difficult times (we all have them), know that HLC is ready to lift you up in prayer.

 

Know someone who could use a prayer blanket?

Many thanks to our prayer shawl ministry team for blankets made for HLC congregation. Supplies for fleece tie prayer blankets available to make a blanket for anyone in the community in need of prayer. Email Pastor Amanda pastor@huttolutheranchurch.org to find out more. 

Worship Participants

 

Council Rep

Meg Jameson

 

Altar Guild

Tami Johnson


Cantor

Rey Segura


 Lector

Joe Cook

 

Assisting Minister

Meg Jameson


Communion Assistant

Meg Jameson


Communion Basket

Bradley Jameson


Children's Message

Heather Duewer


Altar Flowers

Judy Prater

 

Thanksgiving Moment

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Worship Volunteers

We are the body of Christ, and everyone's gifts are important! We need your help. Sign up to lead at the Hutto Lutheran Church Sign up Genius. If you want direction on leading let Pastor Amanda know and she can train you.


Munch 'n Mingle - provide snacks for before and after worship in the Narthex (will resume after Narthex is repaired)

Greeter - Welcome members and guests

Lector - Read the lessons for the day in worship.

Assisting Minister - One or two people to offer the prayers of intercession.

Communion Assistant - Assist with serving communion.

Altar Guild - Set up for and take down after communion.

Thanksgiving moment - One person to share briefly (two or three minutes) something they are grateful for.

Altar Flowers provide flowers for both sides of the altar.

Celebrations

February Birthdays


1 Rey Segura

3 Meg Jameson

8 Emily Page

9 Rose Duewer

9 Kayla Noren

10 Judy Prater

15 Dexter Montoya

15 Catharena Rydell

18 Emily Hammond

23 Claudia Cook

February Anniversaries


9 James & Lois Haag

14 Bruce & Heather Duewer



Hutto Lutheran Church Council

Name & Ministry Team

You may send a person an email by clicking on the bold ministry team position

 

Executive Committee

Dennis Pompa - Council President

Frank Simon - Vice-President

Jane Bolgen - Secretary

Rodney Westphal - Treasurer



Council Members

Meg Jameson - Education

Jane Bolgen - Outreach & Fellowship

Irene Hackbarth - Financial Secretary; Outreach ;Fellowship

Frank Simon - Stewardship & Finance, Worship & Music

Emily Page - Property, Worship & Music

Kirtus Kolar - Property

Office Info

Pastor Amanda is in Hutto Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays either at the church or out making visits. If you would like to visit with her and want to confirm she will be in the office or schedule a time, you can reach her by phone 512-636-9784 or by email pastor@huttolutheranchurch.org.

 

Office Hours

Office hours are Tuesday to Thursday 9 AM - 1 PM or by appointment.



Contact info

Reach the office by leaving a message on the Church phone (512) 759-2064 or email the church office at office@huttolutheranchurch.org

 

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