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In This Issue
 



Out of Order Screening:

This Sunday, November 5th, at 4 p.m. we will screen the Out of Order documentary, at Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane, for the community.  Two stars from the film will join us; Alex McNeill who is Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians and John Russell Stanger, ordained by this presbytery and a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  The cost per ticket is $10 and proceeds will go to More Light Presbyterians.  We are grateful to the Leagues and Alamo Drafthouse for their generosity in hosting this event with us.  

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Coffee:

A donor has given us a coffee pot we can use so we don't have to run several family style coffee makers at the same time.  We also have been discussing getting back to justly sourced coffee that ensures a living wage and livable conditions for those who produce the coffee we drink.  Another donor is helping to pay for the upcharge of sourcing our coffee.  We thank these anonymous donors for their encouragement and support of our coffee hour during Sunday School each week. 


 
Adult Education:  
We continue our two programs, both starting every Sunday after Worship, at 11:15 am. In the Parlor, we will continue our study of Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." And in the Fellowship Hall, our intern Ben Masters will continue his Bible Study on the book of Exodus. Hope to see you all there!



Children's Christian Education Program:

This church season we are introducing new and exciting programs for the children at Faith. Kathy Green and Marty McDougal will be leading the children through the Bible using the Shine curriculum. Shine: Living in God's Light is a dynamic Sunday school curriculum that engages Christian communities and families in their life together by:
  • calling children to experience the transforming power of God's love
  • nurturing trust in God and invite children to follow Jesus
  • encouraging imaginative and interactive biblical storytelling
  • exploring the meaning of the Bible within the gathered community
  • cultivating the inner life of the Spirit through spiritual practices
  • expressing faith through lives of compassionate peacemaking and service
Several Champions will be working and learning with the children about organic gardening. There are many life lessons to be learned while gardening. It will be interesting to see what life lessons are in store for us.
 
In addition, the children will be active with a few community projects. With winter just around the corner, the children will be preparing Blessing Bags for the homeless. In addition, we will discuss other outreach project such as raising funds for the Eco Filter Project in Guatemala.
 
Children's Schedule:
Date
Topic
October 22nd
Shine w/ Kathy & Marty
October 29th
Shine w/ Kathy & Marty
November 5th
Shine w/ Kathy & Marty
November 12th
Stone Soup Junior Gardeners
November 19th
Shine w/ Kathy & Marty
November 26th
Shine w/ Kathy & Marty
December 3rd
Shine w/ Kathy & Marty
December 10th
Christmas Potluck Dinner
December 17th
Outreach Project Junior Gardeners
December 24th
Christmas Caroling
December 31st
Shine w/ Kathy & Marty



 
Free Yoga Class:

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 - msbeckydavis@sbcglobal.net. 
 
Women's Circle:  
Tuesday morning, November 14th, @9:30 in the parlor/library - that's the when and where. Who? All women. What? Marilyn White will lead Lesson 3, "In Community with The Living Word" in our Bible study book, Cloud of Witnesses, The Community of Christ in Hebrews by Melissa Bane Sevier. Betty Burks will provide refreshments. There are several scriptures to read: Genesis 1:1-5;  Ezekiel 37:1-14;  John 1:1-5, 14;  Hebrews 1:1-3a;  4:12-13. But if you don't read them, don't worry! Come anyway. 
 
In December the Circle will not have regular Bible study, but a potluck Christmas party at the home of Carolyn and Jack Scruggs (who will provide the meat), with husbands and others invited. Get it on your calendar now - Tuesday, December 12. 
Faith Book Group:

The book group will not be meeting in November and December. However, we will get together at Susan's house in January to develop our reading list for 2018, and we will post the meeting date later.  See you in 2018!
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We Love Our Muslim, Jewish and Black Neighbors:   

  We need volunteers to help stand outside mosques, synagogues or black churches to discourage any white supremacists that might leave a Nov. 4 event (Refuse Fascism) at the Capitol and move on to places of worship. It will involve merely standing outside in a group and/or walking worshipers to their cars to keep them from being targets.
 
At Nueces Mosque, 1906 Nueces Street on November 4 we have 3 shifts
1:45--2:30 p.m.; 1:45--4:45 p.m.; 4:45--5:30 p.m.  Parking for the Nueces Mosque can be a challenge in that part of town, so leave time for walking and/or plan to drop someone off while you find parking.
 
Call Marty McDougal at 512-589-7668 with any questions, or email marty.mcdougal@gmail.com
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service:

iACT's 33rd annual Thanksgiving Service, hosted this year by the Austin Muslim Community, will be on Sunday, November 19th, at 3 p.m. at Riverbend Church, 4214 N. Capital of Texas Highway. A reception follows at 4:30, and you are invited to bring your favorite dish, ready to serve and labeled for those with dietary restrictions (no pork or shellfish, please). For more information: 512-386-9145 ext. 311, or www:interfaithtexas.org. Want to carpool? Call Martha Loer, 512-447-8012.  

Parking Lot Facelift:
During the week of November 19th, all of our parking lots will be closed so that they can be re-paved. If you need to access any part of the campus that week, you will need to park across the street at the high school or on one of the side streets. All of this is dependent on weather and last minute changes to contractors schedule but as of this minute, the plan is to close the parking lot for that week. To that end, the office will also be closed. If there is a pastoral emergency, Kyle will be reachable via cell phone. In a non emergency, you can call the office and leave a message or send an email. 




Drive A Senior South Austin:
 
A s always, DaSSA needs volunteer drivers to help our older neighbors get to their medical appointments. If you can spare a couple times a month to offer your service, please think of this great opportunity to help 512-445-5552 or go to www.driveasenior.org/austin-south, or talk with Martha Loer. Financial donations are always needed too! Even though drivers are all volunteers, costs such as administrative staff, communications, van fuel, upkeep, and drivers, and many little needs add up to more than you might think. Drive a Senior - South Austin, 2701 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704.  (This is in Faith UMC.)
 



Faith Food Pantry

Food Pantry is in Need:  
 
  The food pantry is in need of 18 oz jars of peanut butter as well as smaller jars of spaghetti sauce. The Central Texas Area Food Bank has been out for several weeks now, due to Hurricane Harvey, so we are asking our members to please help out by donating jars of peanut butter. Thanks!


Red Bench:

There will not be an iACT Red Bench dialogue in November because of the Thanksgiving service, but plan on Tuesday, December 5.  This time it will be held at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Topic: Solitude. More information will be coming.   


Heads Up About Stewardship:

We will be running our stewardship emphasis on the story of Stone Soup this year.  You will also be hearing about the upcoming restoration of the parking lot and projects to spruce up our campus.  Please stay tuned in worship, at home and over electronic communication.  Remember that stewardship, like everything, is a lifestyle not a season.  Start now to pray how you might be called to give of yourself in the same, new, or different ways to bring God's grace and love to humanity and creation itself.
 
Faith Presbyterian 60th Anniversary & Stone Soup Celebration:
 
On Sunday, November 12th please join us at our 10:00am worship as we celebrate Faith's 60th anniversary. As you head to your Sunday School Class stop by the kitchen to grab a bowl of stone soup as we continue to celebrate the wonderful generosity of our Faith community. For those with a sweet tooth there will also be an anniversary cake to share.




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.

 

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Christmas Poinsettias:
 
As part of the Advent decorations for the church, poinsettia plants will be in the Sanctuary on Sun. Dec. 3rd. These may be given in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one. The cost for each plant is $15. Please fill out the form that will be provided in the weekly bulletins starting Sunday, November 19th and either place it in the offering plate or drop it by the church office with your payment.
We will purchase our poinsettias from the Horticulture students at Clifton Career Development School. Clifton is an Austin ISD career and technical our school for high school students with disabilities. Students attend a half-day, three-year program in a career field of interest, including Agriculture Mechanics, Child Care, Culinary Arts, Health Science, Horticulture, and Hospitality. Students obtain internships in the field and seek paid, competitive employment. Your financial support through a poinsettia purchase helps Clifton fund vocational programs, offer community experiences, and assist students needing IDs and uniforms for their first paid jobs.
 
For more information about Clifton CDS, visit  http://www.austinschools.org/campus/cliftoncareer/
 
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.  

 
 





Anne ElaZe
Anne Wingler
Cecelia Barland
Claire Lungwitz
Gene Loer
Glenn Sampayan
Jamie Platt
John Preston
Josue ElaZe
Kristina Rutherford
Laurie Good
Marty McDougal
Michelle Augustine
Michelle Huddleston
Nell Sanchez
Tracy Pearson
Valyo Calvert







In Our Prayers:  
  
  • Paula French for her son, Mark, who is in ICU at Dell Seton recovering from a stroke.
  • For safe travels as Jeana Lungwitz' sister's family (the Togamis) travels to Japan for the funeral of her father in law.
  • Racquel, a Pre-K teacher at Zilker Elem as she travels to Puerto Rico to retrieve family members
  • All those affected by the recent wave of natural disasters.
  • Our planet and humanity's responsibility to care for it.
  • 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