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

Thank you for your patience and generosity. Not every church will open itself up like you did over the past weeks and we know there will be things out of place for a while as we adjust back to life as usual. Well over 1,000 people were helped. We thank Counter Balance for running such a wonderful volunteer operation. We thank Wildflower Church for building the relationships that connected our campus with Counter Balance, and we are grateful to the members of both churches, Counter Balance, and countless organizations and individuals in Austin who donated and made this happen. There are truly far too many to name at risk of leaving someone out.

Meet Ben Masters, pastoral intern for 2017-18!!
Ben is a recent graduate of Austin Seminary, and his next steps as a candidate for ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be walking the road of discipleship with us.  
Some things to know about Ben:
  • He welcomes conversations about how we live out our faith at every stage of life's journey, which led to ministry with an intentional community of young adult volunteers living on the seminary's campus.
  • He also is excited about how worship-through sight and sound and touch and movement (!)- opens our hearts to God and to one another.
  • He loves to sing and has a growing collection of hymnals. Ben will share all about his favorite songs if you tell him what music makes your heart sing!
  • Before coming to seminary, Ben served the wider church through ReconcilingWorks, an organization advocating for the full participation of LGBTQ people in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (As a Minnesota, Lutherans are beloved people in his life.)
  • Ben is also proud to be Hierald Osorto's partner, and hopes that we will get to know Hierald when he visits Faith.
Ben has this to say: "I'm grateful for this opportunity to join in what God is doing through you all this year. I work full-time in food service at the new Dell Seton Medical Center downtown, so I look forward to getting to know you all in your homes, over a cup of coffee, and certainly in worship." Connect with Ben through email at or find him after worship!

You're Invited to the Peace Breakfast on September 23:

Faith's second annual Peace and Justice Breakfast will be held on Saturday, September 23 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our guest speaker will be the Rev. Delia Leal from Guatemala. Leal is the regional coordinator for the Women's Ministry program in Mexico and Central America with the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA). She will be accompanied by Leslie Vogel, PC(USA) Mission Coworker in Guatemala.

Guatemala's recent legacy includes a brutal 36-year internal armed conflict between guerilla factions and the government. With the largest economy in Central America, Guatemala is subject to internal corruption and exploitation by transnational companies harvesting the country's raw materials for bio-fuels production and extraction of precious metals. "We're continually encouraging people to nonviolently fight for the eco-system's rights, but it's exhausting and risky," said Leal. "We're in a constant search for spaces of dialogue in order to stop the mega-projects: hydroelectric plants, oil pipelines and the planting of African palm for cooking oil. These projects have little consideration for ramifications to local communities and allow the rich to get richer while the majority become even more impoverished. The challenge is to find creative ways to change this reality."

Rev. Leal is also active in CEDEPCA's program to distribute water filters to Guatemala's poorest communities. Our portion of the annual Peacemaking Offering, which will be collected on October 1, will go to the Eco-Filter project.

Breakfast will be provided by the External Ministries Committee. (RSVPs to Jean Frank at are appreciated.)

Wildflower & Tacos!!
Come get a breakfast taco before choir this Sunday (the 24th) and say hi to our Wildflower friends! We will be in the Wildflower Community Room at 8:30  so please come by and have some breakfast and conversation!

Fourth Tuesday
Our 4th Tuesday luncheon is on September 26th, and everyone is invited to the potluck lunch at about noon in the parlor/library. Come early and stay late not just for good food, but friendship with other Faith folks. Feel free to bring your non-Faith friends, too, if you'd like. The more, the merrier! If you can bring a dish to share, that'll help us have a wonderful meal. We'll see you there!

Peace & Global Witness Offering: October 1

A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. This offering will be collected on October 1, World Communion Sunday. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to connect with the global witness of Christ's peace, and so we will use our portion to support Eco-Filters for clean water in Central America.  Mid councils retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. Mission Presbytery has designated the Synod of Syria and Lebanon as the recipient for this year. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.

Sunday, October 1, will be the last chance you will have to pick up your old hymnals. If you miss the deadline, you can still call the office and ask Melissa to put one aside for you. Any of the unclaimed old hymnals will go to the First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson, Texas. That church lost all their hymnals in the flooding of Hurricane Harvey. Our old hymnals will definitely be appreciated.

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 - 

Many thanks to our two Marilyns for September's meeting. Marilyn White led the lesson in the new Bible study book, and Marilyn Rutherford provided refreshments. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 10 at 9:30 am in the Parlor. Please make plans to be there. All women are welcome!

Faith Presbyterian will be 60 years old! November 12 we will celebrate the church's 60th anniversary with Rev. Sallie Watson, General Presbyter of Mission Presbytery, preaching that day.  Others from the community will be present to help us celebrate our big day. Do you have pictures, old bulletins, newspaper clippings, newsletters, anything else that will remind us of these years of Faith in South Austin? Bring them that day to spread on tables in the Wright Fellowship Hall for everyone to enjoy.

Pride Parade 2017 Rescheduled:

The Austin Pride Parade has been rescheduled for Saturday evening, September 30, and you are invited to join us as we march together to show love and support for the LGBTQ community. This is Austin's biggest and best parade with friendly, cheering crowds. There will be cold water and a van to ride in if you get tired, as well as candy and stress balls to hand out to the crowd.  Meet on San Jacinto Blvd. between 12th St. and 14th. St. at 7:30 p.m.   For more information, email Jean Frank at

Save The Dates:

November 5 we will screen the Out of Order documentary at Alamo Drafthouse for the community and November 12 we will celebrate the church's 60th anniversary with Rev. Sallie Watson, General Presbyter of Mission Presbytery, preaching that day.  

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.


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


2017 MEETING DATES:  October 11th, November 8th, December 13th

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.  


Allie Brotherton
Brad Hull
Ian Bidot
John Platt
Kathy Pigman
Kathy Renfro
Lauren Ray
Layne Hendrick
Melinda Dooley
Michael Cawvey
Sam Bloom
Samantha Joerger
Scott Huddleston
Suni Krulan
Todd Wingler (father)
Vada Boehme

In Our Prayers:  
    • For victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and for those helping to make a difference for victims and their families.
    • Leah Stoddard for Karin & David Busby as their 19-month old son, Alex, struggles with heart problems
    • Martha & Gene Loer for Pam Williams who passed away from complications of heart surgery
    • For who were, and continue to be, affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and for those helping to make a difference for victims and their families by volunteering and/or donating.
    • Joe & Bea Kirk on their 61st wedding anniversary
    • Stephanie Johnson for a friend who passed away and another with cancer
    • Steve Haring for his mother who is in the hospital after sustaining injuries in a fall
    • Bill Renfro for his sister, Lavella, who was placed in hospice on August 31  
    • 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