Email Melissa at no later than noon on the Tuesday of the week you want your announcements seen and by noon on the 13th or 28th for the enews. Thanks!

In This Issue


Please join Becky Davis for our free yoga class on Monday evenings at 5:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Yoga is a wonderful way to get into shape! That's Mondays in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30! Hope to see you there!!

Contact Becky for more information - 


The bridge over I-35 many of us use to get to and from the church will soon experience construction delays or closure. Improvements include the reconstruction of the Oltorf Street bridge, improving entrance/exit ramps and frontage roads, constructing new extended entrance/exit lanes for main lanes and ramps, and adding U-turns in both directions at Oltorf Street. Bicycle and pedestrian enhancements will also be made along the I-35 frontage roads in each direction within the project limits. We will try to keep you informed when the bridge closes for several months and advise you of alternative routes to the church during that time.



If you have devotional booklets (such as Upper Room or Guideposts, or...), or  Bible study books you no longer need (Circle women?), please give them to Martha Loer, who will see that they get to the women's jail ministry in Del Valle, which is done by Church Women United.    After each CWU event, a group of women goes to the jail to present the same event for the women there.    Hardback books are not allowed, but softbacks are always welcome.     


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.



The arrival of the new hymnals has been pushed back to some time around the middle of this month. Hopefully! If you would still like to purchase a new hymnal for the church in memory or honor of someone, you may contact Melissa in the church office Mon-Thurs, 9-2 or send via email anytime at Please know that the bookplates have limited space so please keep your dedication limited to two lines of 35 characters each (including spaces).

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

Given by: (30 character max.) 

Fourth Tuesday

Everyone is invited to join in for a potluck lunch in the parlor/library, on Tuesday, July 25th, about noon. Bring a dish to share and we'll have a wonderful meal. Come early to visit and sign some cards, stay late to visit some more, and maybe help clean up. Repeat: EVERYONE is invited! It's a great way to get to know your fellow Faith folks a little better.   



We are meeting on July 24th in the parlor to discuss The Man Who Knew Infinity; A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel.  We'll also be re-discussing Gloria Steinem's, My Life on the Road.  We enjoyed discussing Steinem's book last month and decided to consider again it in light of our reading of The Man Who Knew Infinity. 

Please help our senior neighbors stay independent by contacting Drive a Senior South Austin! You can make a donation, or become a volunteer, or both. Please click on the link below for more information or contact Martha Loer at or 512-447-8012.



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:  August 9th, September 13th, October 11th, November 8th, December 13th


Throughout scripture, we are called to "offer hospitality to the stranger or foreigner in our midst." One way we answered that call last year was to deliver a collection of personal care items, mainly toothbrushes and toothpaste to the Honduran and Guatemalan immigrants coming through the Sacred Heart Welcome Center in McAllen, Texas.
During the month of July, we will again take up this collection.  Please bring travel size toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes for the collection box in the front vestry. Our donation last year was greatly appreciated by the Welcome Center which continues to serve 50 to 200 immigrants daily who have been traveling for weeks and then processed by the US  Border Patrol to seek asylum in this country. The immigrants are dropped at the McAllen bus station, two blocks from the Welcome Center, and must find transportation to the residence of a relative or contact person. In the interim of a few hours or overnight, Sacred Heart offers these tired and somewhat confused families shelter, a meal, toiletries and a change of clothes. Churches and organizations from around the state and country contribute to this effort. 
We at Faith Church are proud to be among the supporters. Thank you in advance.

Your EM team


Check out their Facebook page for a short video on the history of the food bank. Bill Renfro and Martha Loer, who were among the founders of Capital Area Food Bank (as it was formerly known), appear briefly. You can learn much more about CTFB both on Facebook and their website. Our Faith Food Pantry gets thousands of pounds of food, the majority of our stock, from CTFB with thanks to our crew who picks it up:   Jack Scruggs, Lynn Hammer, Alan Huddleston, and Wildflower member Larry Thompson.  Another thanks to our ordering and restocking team: Jannet Smith and Mary Lou Lumpe.

(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.  



Sunday school for both children and adults is out for the summer but will be returning on Rally Day, September 3. Thanks to all who have helped through the year.

Andrew Book
Bea Kirk
Bill Corsbie
Bill Dodson
Cal Findeiss
Cameron Joerger
Casey Drew Henne
Christopher Hanson
Dagoverto Zavala
Emma Grasmuck
Jannet Smith
Kathy Brotherton
Kathy Green
Keren Sampayan
Laura Roeder
Leah Walter
Lloyd Scherz
Lou Snead
Lynn League
Marcelle Etiennette ElaZe
Meagan Findeiss
Taylor Hall
Vitalik Arctur


    • George and Kathy Green as they travel to Chicago to see their grandchild 
    • Sarah Sharp for her mother who is hospitalized with several issues
    • Will White who had hand surgery and is recovering at home
    • Jackie Platt for her sister who had breast cancer and is now fighting an infection which will require additional surgery
    • Prayers for Kathy Renfro recovering from surgery and thanksgiving for Bill Renfro's health and presence with us on Sunday.

    • Happy Birthday to Bea Kirk!

    • Friend of Trish's mom who lost family.

    • Jo, for her children and grandchildren.

    • Expressions of gratitude for Sue's talent with us.

    • Sandy's cousin.

    • For Marilyn and Mike traveling.

    • Stephanie asks prayers for our country, its freedoms and the need to preserve and protect them.

    • Prayers for the family of Joe Schwertner, who died on July 3rd. He was the father of The Loers' daughter-in-law. Joe also leaves two other daughters and a son. He was a husband, farmer, woodworker, friend, and Catholic deacon. A pillar of faith and honor.  

    • Our planet and humanity's responsibility to care for it.
    • For all who believe that violence is the answer
    • Our leaders for wisdom, patience 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