Seasons greatings during this new year

Welcome to the new year. Blessings for a prosperous New Year

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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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Sunday, January 22, 2023 - 10:30 AM

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Paraments color: Green

Annual Meeting Link



Scripture Readings for Sunday

Jesus begins his public ministry by calling fishers to leave their nets and follow him. In Jesus the kingdom of God has come near. We who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. We see this light most profoundly in the cross—as God suffers with us and all who are oppressed by sickness, sin, or evil. Light dawns for us as we gather around the word, the font, and the holy table. We are then sent to share the good news that others may be “caught” in the net of God’s grace and mercy.

Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1,4--9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23

From the Pastor's Desk

Grace and peace to you brothers and sisters in Christ!

How do you measure all that God has done? This Sunday as we gather together for our annual meeting we will give thanks for all that God has done in and through Hutto Lutheran church this past year.

How have you seen God at work at Hutto Lutheran this past year? Have you had a chance to use your gifts this past year? Have others used their gifts and impacted your life?

The mission statement of Hutto Lutheran Church is “We are one body in Christ, sent in faith to share God’s love, through worship, service, fellowship and witness.” In just the few months I have witnessed God’s love as you have gathered together weekly in person and online, as you have shared your resources and time and gifts in service to others and to the community, as you have gathered together in fellowship and as you have shared stories of God moving in your life.

Thank you for the unique ways that you share your gifts in the body of Christ at Hutto Lutheran Church!

God’s peace,

Pastor Amanda

 

Congregational meeting after worship Sunday

OWLs Lunch Wednesday 25th 11:30 AM

Hutto Lutheran Congregational Meeting Jan 22nd:

We will have our annual congregational meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 12 noon. Please make every effort to be here for this important meeting. The annual report will be emailed out prior to the meeting. There will be hard copies available for pick up at the church office Tuesday - Thursday, 9am – 1pm or by request we will be glad to mail you a copy. In addition to the usual items, there will be an update on the water damage and mitigation and other building-related expenses needing to be addressed in 2023. Our annual meeting will be conducted as a hybrid meeting you may attend in person or virtually using the Cisco Webex video conferencing platform we are accustomed to. You can log-in via computer or a smart phone. The link will be in the eLink prior to the meeting, on the HLC website and emailed out.

Join by Phone

+1-408-525-6800 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)  

Global call-in numbers

Meeting number (access code): 2570 782 3386

Meeting password: FqhGpTsT925 (37447878 from phones)

If you have any questions or concerns about connecting to this meeting, or other general questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Cathy Bryant, Council President

president@huttolutheranchurch.org or cab-bryant@proton.me

OWL's Lunch will be Next Wednesday, the 25th at 11:30 AM. The menu is Baked Potatoes with toppings, salads and dessert. Becky and Jane are supplying the potatoes and Jill will bake them at the church. There will be a signup sheet in the narthex for toppings for the potatoes, salad and dessert. We will play BINGO after the meal. You are welcomed to bring small inexpensive prizes or items you no longer want.

Women's Bible Study today, the 18th at Emma Lawhon at 9:30 AM. Judy Prater will be bringing a snack.

Adopt a School Hutto Lutheran provides snacks and drinks for the entire staff (approx 75 people) of Hutto Elementary School for their monthly meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please contact Jill Johnson (512-585-5837) if you are able to provide snacks (sweet or savory - homemade or store bought) or drinks for their next meeting on February 14th.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Thrivent Action Team: Learn to knit or crochet on Thursday, January 26th. Yarn, needles, crochet hooks and snacks will be provided. Meet in the office meeting room at 1 PM on these dates for 2 hours.

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.

Youth Chili Supper will be Saturday, February 11th in the Hutto Lutheran Fellowship Hall from 5 PM thru 7 PM. Dine in for $12 a plate and pre-order take home quarts for $17 each. Sales close Sunday, February 5th. Tickets may be purchased in person from the youth any Sunday before and after worship thru February 5th or online by clicking here.

Proceeds from the Chili Supper go to support our youth to travel to Lutheran Camp Chrysalis this summer.


Volunteers also appreciated! Sign up here to volunteer to help on February 11th. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084AACA722AAF85-youth

Transition process update

Thank you to those who have agreed to serve on the Hutto Lutheran Church Transition Team! Please feel free to contact them with questions about the process.

Jane Bolgen, 512-413-7242, jbolgen@gmail.com

Joe Cook, 612-702-5466, CharleJCook@yahoo.com

Randall Craig, 512-508-0847, dogboy1957@gmail.com

Brenda Graham 512-759-1314, bgraham002@austin.rr.com

Tami Johnson, 512-423-3798, tj1968@gmail.com

Jeff Svoboda, jksvoboda86@gmail.com

Becky Zimmermann, 512-630-4294, becky.zimmerman@dell.com

The transition team will meet again Sunday, January 8th after worship at 11:30.

 

Two upcoming congregational listening and sharing opportunities:

 

Congregational Vitality Survey This transition year is a time for listening to God, to the congregation and to the community. As part of this time of listening, we would like to listen to you! You are invited to take an online congregational survey to assess current ministry and faith practices of Hutto Lutheran Church. You can participate in the survey through January 23rd. Click here to take the survey

  

January 29th we will welcome Deacon Darcy Mittelstaedt to lead us in a special Faith Ventures Worship Service and round table meal.

Instead of a typical sermon, that time will be used for members to consider how God is calling us forward. Online worship participants will also be invited into the conversation using zoom. Worship begins at 10:30am followed by a congregational potluck meal (shhhh it's Deacon Darcy's birthday on the 29th, a cake will be provided for the dessert portion of the potluck).  

 

Please hold the team in prayer as they begin the journey of listening to the congregation, to the community and to the Holy Spirit in preparation for the next chapter at Hutto Lutheran Church. If you would like to send an email to the Transition Team you can send it to transition@huttolutheranchurch.org.


Coming Events

January 8th-23rd - Congregational Vitality Online Survey

January 22nd -Hutto Lutheran Annual meeting after worship

January 29th - Faith Ventures Worship Deacon Darcy Mittelstaedt from the Office of the Bishop

Feb 5th - Scout Sunday

Feb 11 Chili Supper, 5-7pm

Feb 19th - Worship Guests Arc of the Capitol

Feb 26th - Hutto Lutheran Church New Member Sunday and potluck, Guest preacher Pastor Chris Steubing, DEM of the SWTX Synod.

April 14-16, 2023 Spring Congregational retreat at Camp Chrysalis

 

Recurring meetings and events

Click on the heading above to open a window of the current month's events. Or click on the 'Church Calendar' link at the top of this eLink

Water damage update: The drying out process was completed January 10.  85% of the damaged materials - flooring, wallboard, ceilings, cabinets, mirrors - have been removed.  We expect the bathrooms to be completely gutted this week.  Blackmon Mooring will then present a bid for reconstruction.  The narthex is still usable and dust barriers have been set-up to control the dust, including coverings at the Sanctuary entrance during the week.  The installation of a ramp to make the Fellowship Hall ADA compliant is in process.  Just a reminder, the only bathroom available is in the Fellowship Hall next to the Food Pantry.  Worshippers will have to go out through the Narthex and enter the Fellowship Hall through the side entrance to get to that bathroom.

Stringed Instruments: If you are a stringed instrument player (any level from beginner to pro), we are forming an ensemble to add to the worship experience at Hutto Lutheran Church. We will be meeting for short rehearsal sessions directly after worship on the second Sundays of the month. We will focus on familiar songs with just a few chords and easy strum patterns as we start the group, and you don’t need to be able to read music. We are looking for fellowship with others interested in making a joyful noise unto the Lord! (We have a few ukuleles to loan out if anyone wants to give it a try.)

 

For more info call Trudy Simon at 512 554 5417 or email her here

HLC Cemetery corner: Did you know that the 20 foot high cross at HLC Cemetery is called The Cross of Hope? It is made of metal I-beams from the historic Hutto Co-op, donated by Ron Whitfield. The cross was built and raised entirely by volunteer labor. It was dedicated at the Easter Sunrise Service on April 16, 2017 by Pastor Marcus Bigott, the same year that HLC celebrated 125 years of existence.

Adult Education January

Ernie Schmeisser will be leading an adult study on addiction and recovery and the AA method of combating it.

We will have classes on the 22nd and 29th.

Financial Status

The Financial Status of HLC thru the end of 2022 follows:

Total budget $224,474

Total expenditures $203,887

Total income $200,009 for a

Income under expenses by $3,877

Income under budget by $24,464


Prayer List

Will you help us with keeping this list current and pertinent? Email the Office for updates or deletions from this list.

 

Stacie Welch; Steve Robles Jr.; Tonya Cermeno; Weldon Zimmerman; Chris Harris; Tommie Barrera, mother of Catharena Rydell; Nathan Pompa, grandson of Dennis & Christina Pompa; Sherry Fincher; Linda Wahrmund; Kelly Wilkerson; Randa and Doug Nowotny, parents of Catherine Regan; Helmer Dahl; Benedicta Ilouno, adoptive mother of Storm Britten-Ilouno; Kathy Svoboda, her coworkers, those who's COVID-19 tests they are running; Fred Schmidt and family, co-worker of Dave Kinnaman; Jarvis Thormalen, Leslie Doty's grandfather; Anne Hinkle friend of Catherine Regan; Brett Leech, cousin of Pat Hayden; Lynda Herrin; Marvin Stromberg; Doug Nowotny, father of Catherine Regan; Roland Hernandez; Tyler Raisbeck friend of Heather Duewer; Debbie Cummins; Nolan Davis Sturm, great grandson of Iola Sturm; June Puckett, aunt of Bruce Duewer; Filemeno Hernandez, father of Roland Hernandez; Buddy Vanecek; Barb Kinnaman; John McGarvey, cousins father of Heather Duewer; Donald Shephard, father of Barbie Johnson; Darlene Rydell; David Lidell; Carol Conrad; Sean Quinlan, friend of Claudia Cook; Gwen Armintrout, sister-in-law of Jill Johnson; Jill Johnson, Hunter, dachshund boychild of Storm and Rolland

 

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.

Worship Participants

 

Council Rep

Rodney Westphal

 

Altar Guild

Barb Kinnaman

 

Cantor

Barbie Johnson

 

Lector

Lloyd Mattingly

 

Assisting Minister

Frank Simon

 

Communion Assistant

Frank Simon

 

Children's Message

Sunday School



Altar Flowers

 

 

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

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 January

Birthdays

03 Charly Morrison

04 Greyson Murray

11 Daniel Lidell

12 Amanda Ullrich

15 Brittany Dahl

17 Donna Fowler

19 Sean Morrison

24 Jullanne Arnold

25 Peyton Johnson

27 Steve Walters

08 Samuel Lyons

29 Carol Stromberg

30 Allan Johnson

30 Autumn O'Neal

31 Darlene Rydell

Anniversaries

Corey & Megan Blackmon

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

John Campbell - Worship & Music

Keith Hunter - Property

Sara Santoliquido - Property

Emily Page - Property, Worship & Music



Office Info

Pastor Amanda plans to be in Hutto Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM 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 want to meet outside of those times, 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 


Worship Service, January 15