Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

You are welcome at Hutto Lutheran Church

regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, belief, income level or education. We invite you to be a part of this faith community

Our Mission

We are one body in Christ, sent in Faith to share God's Love, through Worship, Service, Fellowship and Witness.

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September 17, 2023; Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 10:30 AM

Paraments color: Green

Scripture Readings for Sunday

In today’s second reading Paul questions why we judge one another, since we all stand before the judgment of God. Yet we do sin against one another, and Jesus’ challenge that we forgive seventy-seven times reveals God’s boundless mercy. When we hear the words of forgiveness in worship and sign ourselves with the cross, we are renewed in baptism to be signs of reconciliation in the world.

Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103: 1-13; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

From the Pastor's Desk

Grace and peace to you!

This week is one of celebration and gratitude.

Thank you to those who made God’s Work Our Hands Sunday possible! To those who organized volunteers, those who donated items, those who made signs, and to those who are connected to our congregation from a distance for the many ways you take part in our life together at Hutto Lutheran.

Thank you to the new members at Hutto Lutheran. It was such a gift to get to know you in new member classes and I am looking forward to more opportunities to share life together at HLC.

Thank you to new member sponsors for your time and the love you have shared on behalf of HLC.

Thank you to those who hosted the potluck and helped support an opportunity for celebration and fellowship.

Thank you to all who worked tirelessly to clear away the cobwebs and make space for learning. Thank you to leaders and teachers who helped create opportunities for connection and growth.

Thank you to confirmation students and families and mentors and adults who have set aside time for study of the catechism. 

So grateful for the opportunity to witness Christ’s light shining at Hutto Lutheran through all of you!

God’s peace,

Pastor Amanda

Wine and the Word

will meet today, September 13th, 7 PM at the Rio Grande Restaurant, 551 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Hutto. All women welcome. For more information, contact Jane Bolgen,

Annual Quilting Marathon this Sunday, September 17th, 12-6pm

If you have been curious about what the Knot Perfect Quilters do, this is the perfect opportunity for you to find out. There are stations set up for ironing, square cutting, matching squares, sewing the blocks, and sewing the blocks together. If you can come for the whole 6 hours or just part of that time, we would love to have you join us. Lunch will be proved and then the fun begins! For questions or to RSVP for a head count, you may text Donna Fowler @ 512-736-2001.

Bell Practice will resume September 17th from 9:30-9:45 hopefully in new music room!

Fall Christian Education

Join us for Christian education on Sunday mornings!

9:00-9:15 - Intergenerational Opener in the fellowship hall

9:15-10:00 Children's Sunday school in classrooms 2 and 3 (Contact Leslie Doty 512-496-2004)

Adult book study in Fellowship Hall (Contact Heather Duewer 512-963-2557)

Small Catechism confirmation and adult study in Sanctuary

(Contact Pastor Amanda 512-636-9784)

Visit Sign Up for Iola Sturm

Iola is recovering from her fall and surgery and would love visitors. You can click image to left for a link to the signup genius to sign up for a time to visit.

She is free any time between 2 and 7 daily. Iola prefers 2 visitors at a time, please consider signing up with another person or join Iola in an activity. Dominoes available at 6 PM any day and Bingo available Monday or Wednesday at 2 or 3 PM.

September 17th Polka Worship at St. John Lutheran in Bartlett

St. John Lutheran invites you to their polka worship at 10:30 am on September 17th. Pastor Amanda has tickets available for purchase for German meal after the worship service.

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Cross Trails Ministry Fall Festival- September 16th in Fredericksburg: 9am to 3pm. Craft and Food vendors, Music, Raffle, Kids Games, Fun Run & Quilt Auction. 

Click on the picture to the Link for more information.

Cross Trails Ministry Raffle Ticket sales. First prize is a room in a Camp Chrysalis Quad Cabin for the Eclipse Retreat being held April 5-9, 2024. Second prize is a Kodi Picnic Bag. Third Prize is four one day tickets to Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg being held October 6-8, 2023. Tickets are available for purchase in person and online until sold out (500 tickets are available) or Noon on September 16, 2023. The drawing will take place at 2:30 PM on Saturday, September 16, 2023. Click on the picture to purchase tickets.

Women's Bible Study for September will be on the 20th at 9:30AM. Location has been moved to the HLC Fellowship Hall.

OWL's Lunch is returning after a summer break. The September meeting will be Wednesday, the 27th at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall.

Lunch will be Pot Luck. A suggestion is your favorite back to school lunch. For example: I always liked my cafeteria's Shepherd's Pie. Maybe you liked school sandwiches or desserts. Bring something to share. Doesn't have to be back to school related. A signup sheet will be in the Narthex.

No program is scheduled for this month. We will use the time for fellowship and planning for the rest of the year. Please come with suggestions for programs you would enjoy.

Prayer Shawl Ministry regular semi monthly meeting will meet tomorrow (Thursday, the 14th) in the Church Office at 1:PM.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Lunch and Learn to Knit or Crochet. Thrivent Action Project, Sunday, October 22nd at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Learn to knit or crochet a small project that can be completed in an afternoon or work on a prayer shawl. We will have yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks available or bring your own. Suggested age for learining to knit is 10 years or older. We will have videos for kids under 10 so Mom's can join in. If you have any questions, contact Jane Bolgen We will have a sign up to bring sandwiches, chips, dessert.

Altar Flowers are a way to brighten the sanctuary. If you would like to provide flowers, you can sign up for a date in the Worship Assistant web page by clicking on the picture to the right, or on the flower chart posted in the Narthex.

Hutto Lutheran Church Youth Fundraiser

Support the Hutto Lutheran Youth on Monday Sept 25th by purchasing from Pizza Hut at 143 Exchange Blvd. Order online at or with the Pizza Hut app and enter code HUTGIVES in the coupon field. Ordering in store, show the printed or digital flyer to the Pizza Hut team member serving you. A $25 minimum sub-total purchase is required. Click on the icon to get a printable flyer.

Church Playground

Christian Education and Property are working on the plans for a church playground behind the church office. If you would like to share ideas or help with the planning/building, text Jeff Svoboda 512-461-4041 or Kirtus Kolar 818-681-7065.

Transition process update

The Transition Team has completed the Mission Site Profile (MSP) and submitted it to the Southwestern Texas Synod. This completes the work of the Transition Team. Thank you to the Team members for their work on this document.

The Transition Process is now transferred to the Call Committee. The Call Committee members are Dennis Pompa, Jeff Svoboda, Heather Duewer, Brenda Graham and Eric Montoya.

The committee has been assembled and will begin to review prospective pastor applications suitable for recommendation to the Congregation Council.

The Call Committee will be installed during the September 17th service.

Please pray for and support these members as they begin the task of looking at recommendations for our next pastor.

Children, Youth and Adult Worship Sign up 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. You can sign up yourself by clicking here.

Financial Status

The Financial Status of HLC thru the end of August 2023 follows:

Total budget $152,309

Total expenditures $180,322

Total income $140,378 for a

Income under expenses by $39,944

Income under budget by $11,931

This additional expense is due to the property maintenance that has been done on the campus; roof work, Narthex foundation repair and Fellowship entrance work.

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 the month of July. Feel free to submit request again for continued prayers.


Debbie Cummins; Lois Haag; Patti Krueger, niece of Jill Johnson; Donald Shephard, father of Barbie Johnson; Pete Cushman, friend of Barb Kinnaman, Wayne Ging, Emily and Charlie Hammond's coming baby; Iola Sturm, Quentin Thomas, son-in-law of Carol Veith, Ray Morris, friend of Barb Kinnaman; Deb Furnans, friend of Heather Duewer; Ray Morris friend of Barb Kinnaman


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 to find out more. 

Worship Participants


Council Rep

Irene Hackbarth


Altar Guild

Rodney Westphal



Leslie Doty



Lloyd Mattingly


Assisting Minister

Meg Jameson


Communion Assistant

Meg Jameson


Children's Message

Heather Duewer

Altar Flowers

Robin Valera

remembering Shawn Feather birthday


Thanksgiving Moment


Worship Volunteers

sign up to volunteer in worship

or email the office if you wish to put your name on the sign-up.

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 for September


01 James Haag

01 Dennis Schmidt

04 Avery Blackmon

05 TJ Johnson

07 Martin Arnold

09 Buddy Vanecek

11 Patrick Johnson

13 Connor Dyment

14 Roland Hernandez

17 Cody Almquist

17 Eric Johnson

17 Nadine Johnson

22 Ashley Walters

25 Jackie Dahl

28 Dawn Montoya

29 Wayne Erickson

29 Sally Lyons


Hutto Lutheran Church Council

Name & Ministry Team

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


Executive Committee

Cathy Bryant - Council President

John Campbell - Vice-President

Jane Bolgen - Secretary

Rodney Westphal - Treasurer

Council Members

Meg Jameson - Education

Cathy Bryant - Stewardship & Finance; Outreach & Fellowship

Jane Bolgen - Outreach & Fellowship

Irene Hackbarth - Financial Secretary; Outreach ;Fellowship

Frank Simon - Stewardship & Finance, Worship & Music

John Campbell - Stewardship & Finance

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


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 


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