In This Issue
 


Becoming a Reproductive Justice Congregation: 


Please plan to attend this presentation and discussion during the Sunday School hour this Sunday,  March 5th, in the Fellowship Hall.  Our speaker will be Sonja Miller from the Texas Freedom Network.

A Reproductive Justice Congregation:
  • Respects and trusts women;
  • Promises that women who attend will be free from shame or judgment for their reproductive decisions - including abortion
  • Proclaims that access to affordable reproductive health services is a moral and social good.

By meeting a few simple criteria, Just Texas will certify that our congregation is a Reproductive Justice Congregation. That designation clearly communicates to members or visitors that our congregation is a safe and welcoming space for people to discuss the complexities of reproductive choices, free from judgment.

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.
 

 


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! 
 
 
THOSE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT OUR CHURCH:

Please remain after worship to meet with Kyle so we can calendar our meeting times. We will be gathering to provide time to learn more about the church, what membership means here, and what Presbyterians are like out in the world. This will be a casual Q&A experience.

No test, no altar call, no kool-aid. We promise!
 





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:
Mar 20     Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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



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



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.

Fourth Tuesday

FOURTH TUESDAY POTLUCK LUNCH


Fourth Tuesday is the 28th of  March, and everyone who is free around lunch time is invited to come and eat at about noon in the parlor. Come early and stay late!   Bring a dish to share, if you can. Here's a good way to get acquainted with others.   



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.



WOMEN'S CIRCLE


All women are invited to come at about 9:30 on Tuesday, March 14th, to the parlor/library for Bible study and friendship.

Marilyn White will lead Lesson 6, "According to Hebrews," in the study book Who Is Jesus?
Background Scripture is  Hebrews 1-6;12-13, and Key Scripture is Hebrews 12:1-2. If you can find the time, you might read the whole book of Hebrews.   If you don't have the time, or if you don't have the book, you can still come.    

Welcome!   Carolyn Scruggs will provide refreshments.


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.  

 
 

 
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: March 8th, 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!




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Deborah Davis
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Erin Lungwitz
Erin Webb
Jennifer Emmons
Laura Johnson
Liz Long
Nelis Potgieter
Pat Brandenburg
Pat Roeder
Pete Hendrick
Randall Kirsche
Rebecca Rosson
Sandra Kirsche
Sarah Huddleston












 



IN OUR PRAYERS:  

 

    • 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