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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.

Church Calendar

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Zoom Online Worship Service Link

Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 10:30 AM

The link will be available at 10:30. No pre-worship streaming.

Fourh Sunday after Epiphany

Paraments color: Green


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Scripture Readings for Sunday

Read more below in this week's pastor's article.

Isaiah 43:1-5; Genesis 8:1-12

From the Pastor's Desk

Grace and peace to you brothers and sisters in Christ!


Imagine, you’ve been on a boat for months and the skies have been black for days. And you’ve been cramped up with a bunch of animals and the same people, day in and day out, with no alone time, with the same four walls to stare at and to stand and sit and sleep in.

How would you feel?


Finally, the rain stops. Woohoo! Time to get off the boat.


No, now you have to wait.


For months and months and months, as the water slowly, imperceptibly lowers, cm by cm, day after day.

You wait for God’s sign – you send out a dove again and again and the answer is still “not yet.”

You must wait for resolution, for new beginnings, for answers, indefinitely.


How did Noah do it? And all of those with him? And all of those animals?



Join us this Sunday, January 29th for worship at 10:30 in person and online. We will worship in the FELLOWSHIP HALL around tables. Instead of a sermon time we will have a chance to LISTEN to each other, to reflect, and to dream.


Members of the transition team and council will be at each table and on zoom, helping to lead discussions and record your thoughts for the transition team to use as we listen this year and write the Ministry Site Profile about Hutto Lutheran Church. We have also invited some of our community partners who care about Hutto Lutheran to join us for worship that day.


Can’t wait to see you there!

God’s peace,

Pastor Amanda

 

Monthly Potluck after Worship in the Fellowship Hall. Please consider signing up on the Mealtrain for Potlucks here to let everyone know what you are bringing.

OWL's Lunch will be today, 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.

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, February 19th after worship at 11:30.

 

Upcoming congregational listening and sharing opportunities:

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, sign up for potluck items here https://mealtrain.com/wq3gvw ).  


Congregational Vitality Survey 

Thank you to those of you who filled out the survey!

We had 50 participants! Stay tuned as we welcome Pastor Chris Steubing, Director of Evangelical Worship in the Southwestern Texas Synod to worship on Sunday, February 26th , as we listen to God and the congregation through the processing of the survey.

  

 

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 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: Just to recap the information shared at the Annual Meeting, the foundation leveling for the Narthex will start in the March-April timeframe.  Until that is completed we cannot start the reconstruction phase, so in the meantime, to reach the Fellowship Hall and the functioning bathroom, it will be necessary to go outside to gain entrance through the doors.  We are in the process of gathering bids for the reconstruction so work can begin immediately following the leveling.  We are also getting roof bids & plumbing bids for the hot water pipes in the attic.  That work can begin before the leveling starts.  A special fund has been set-up to collect donations to address this major 2023 project.  Please indicate “flood repair” on your contribution.

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; Judy Prater

 

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

Rodney Westphal

 

Cantor

Meg Jameson

 

Lector

Joe Cook

 

Assisting Minister

Randall Craig

 

Communion Assistant

Jenna Arnold

 

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 (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 January

Birthdays

03 Charly Morrison

04 Greyson Murray

11 Daniel Lidell

12 Amanda Ullrich

15 Brittany Dahl

17 Donna Fowler

19 Sean Morrison

24 Julianne 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 22