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Scripture Readings for Ash Wednesday


On Ash Wednesday we begin our forty-day journey toward Easter with a day of fasting and repentance. Marking our foreheads with dust, we acknowledge that we die and return to the earth. At the same time, the dust traces the life-giving cross indelibly marked on our foreheads at baptism. While we journey through Lent to return to God, we have already been reconciled to God through Christ. We humbly pray for God to make our hearts clean while we rejoice that “now is the day of salvation.” Returning to our baptismal call, we more intentionally bear the fruits of mercy and justice in the world.

Scripture Readings for Sunday, February 21, 2021
First Sunday in Lent

On Ash Wednesday the church began its journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ. This year, the Sundays in Lent lead us to focus on five covenants God makes in the Hebrew Scriptures and to use them as lenses through which to view baptism. First Peter connects the way God saved Noah’s family in the flood with the way God saves us through the water of baptism. The baptismal covenant is made with us individually, but the new life we are given in baptism is for the sake of the whole world.
From the desk of Pastor Katie

Grace, peace and every good be with you!

What week this has been. Know that you all have been on my heart and mind constantly. I pray each one of you are safe and as warm as can be.

The church building continues to have consistent power - please be in touch if you need to warm up, charge devices, etc.

We have opened our building for folks who have needed a warm place to stay. Currently we have 31 folks in various classrooms/rooms/etc. Thanks to Hutto Resource Center for their help in providing food for us to be able to offer some hot meals to folks staying with us.

We will have Ash Wednesday worship (somehow). Likely, it will be pre-recorded and be put on our YouTube channel sometime on Wednesday. I have also put together an At-Home devotion if you prefer that with uncertainty of power/internet still a challenge for us.

No doubt these are challenging times (on top of what was challenging times)...we'll continue to be the Church by loving and serving our neighbors...we'll continue to rely on the strength of the Holy Spirit to bind us together

Peace be with you,
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Pastor Katie

Worship

Click below to join live-stream on YouTube:
Ash Wednesday:
(starting 15 minutes before worship)

Sunday:

Call-in users/ audio ONLY:
+1-408-525-6800 Call-in toll number (US/Canada) 
Access Code: 162 303 5420
Password: 78257386

Adult Sunday School

Click to Join:
9:00am
Join us as we follow the book
'40 Day Journey'
by Howard Thurman
We will be discussing days 32-40 this Sunday.

Meeting number/access code:
163 264 5683
Password: StudyTogether (78839864 from phones and video systems)

To join audio only:
+1-650-215-5226 United States Toll

All are welcome and encouraged to make this time of faith formation a part of your week.

Youth Ministry

Sunday School is here!

Please contact Pastor Katie or Leslie Doty or Daniel Doty for log-in information.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study

Is on hiatus through Easter. Please join in the mid-week Wednesday Lent devotions.
Out of Office Office Hours

Click to Join:

Meeting number: 163 301 7370
Password: ChitChat (24482428 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone
+1-650-215-5226 United States Toll

Each Tuesday, Pastor Katie will "hangout" from 9:30am-11:00am.

Ministry Team Meetings

Ministry Teams continue to meet. Please check with your ministry team chair and/or council representative.
Cemetery Clean-up Day
Your assistance is needed at Hutto Lutheran Cemetery on Saturday, March 27th from 8-noon to prepare the cemetery for Easter. If you have a family Lot, please come prepared to weed, clean, and adorn that Lot as you see fit. If you are unable to come yourself, then please encourage someone from your clan to do so. If you do not have a family Lot, but would like to help, please come prepared to adopt a Lot for the day and make it clean and weed free for Easter. If a whole Lot is more than you can handle, then individual grave Plots are also available for “adoption” for the day. Being prepared means bringing a hoe, rake, gloves, hat, mask, and a weed-eater, if you have one. There are other tasks to be done, one of which is setting a post in the northeast corner to mark the property line. There are also a few trees that need a bit of trimming in order to allow vehicles to pass safely beneath the branches. If you feel like you could help in that area, your service is requested. There will be a light lunch served at noon. Water and drinks will be provided throughout the workday. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Donna Fowler by calling, texting at (512) 736-2001, or email. dmfowler74@hotmail.com. Hope to see you at HLC on March 27th.
Small Group Ministry
Wine and the Word: We will be on hiatus also during Lent. And also, please join us for online worship Wednesday's at 6:30 PM.
Adult Bible Study: We will be on hiatus during Lent. Please join us for online worship.
Women's Bible Study: February 17, 24 at 9:30 AM (Every Wednesday Morning)

The Portals of Prayer devotion booklets are available for pick up on the porch of the office building. They are in the white mailbox - please sanitize your hands before and after picking one up.

NEW OPPORTUNITY!!
Eat!Learn! Grow! Is offering a Creative Writing Course. Church member Storm Britten Ilouno will offer a class for those interested in learning how to write poetry, prose and short stories and help with journaling. 

Please join the class and take a step toward being the writer within you. Everyone is a writer. Everyone has a story to tell. 

Classes will begin in March on Monday mornings from 9:30 am-11 am and Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. We will have 8 classes. Please feel free to attend one class or both. You will need a writing utensil and a blank composition book. We can provide these upon your request. 

We will meet on WebEx. Please stay tuned for the link. 

To sign up, please contact Storm or Pastor Katie: 
Have an idea for a virtual gathering or way to connect with one another in this unique situation? Email Pastor Katie.
Prayer List
Will you help us with keeping this list current and pertinent? Email the Office for updates or deletions from this list.

Bowen David; Stacie Welch; Lana Guckian, niece of Christina Pompa; Steve Robles Jr.; Greg Almquist; Tonya Cermeno; Weldon Zimmerman; Chris Harris; Tommie Barrera, mother of Catherena Rydell; Jackie McGary; Nathan Pompa, grandson of Dennis & Christina Pompa; Sherry Fincher; Linda Wahrmund; Kelly Wilkerson; David Lidell; Sandra Williams, friend of Connie Seigmund; Randa Nowotny, mother of Catherine Regan Barbara Kinnaman; Buddy & Karyl Townsend & Debra Schmidt, friends of Dave & Barb Kinnaman; Lois Miller, sister of Jane Sweeny; Annette Bryant; Helmer Dahl; Kathy Kinnaman, mother of Dave Kinnaman; Jill Hrynda, friend of Storm Britten-Ilouno; 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; Curtis and Mimi Shoemaker, friends of Barb and Dave Kinnaman; Rosemary Schmidt; Emelia Johnson; Gay Rie McLaughlin, friend of Irene Hackbarth; Roland Hernandez; Anne Hinkle friend of Catherine Regan; Brett Leech, cousin of Pat Hayden; Lynda Herrin; Oliver Wardwell, grandson of Becky & Brian Wardwell; Sharon Holman; the family of Kyle Bowers, friend of Heather Duewer; Martha Bissex, grandmother of Daniel Doty; family of Gary Cathey, cousin of Eddie Hayden; family of Gwen Drake, friend of Irene Hackbarth; Sandy Madsen, friend of Jane Bolgen

Seeking personal prayer?
If your need is private, and you don't want your name publicly posted in this eLink email Pastor Katie 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.

Military Service
Grant Carter, Johnathan Davis, Brighten Miller, Kasey Taylor and James Fletcher.
Hutto Resource Center Food Pantry
Hutto Rsource Center will continue to operated in a limited fashion. If you are able to donate, donations can be placed in the bin outside the south-side door to the fellowship hall.
Food Pantry Needs
1 lb. bags of beans, 1 lb. bags of rice Jelly, canned fruit, canned meats (chicken, Spam, tuna etc.), bar soap, spaghetti, pasta sauce, mac & cheese, boxed side dishes, canned vegetables, ravioli/spaghetti-o's, shampoo, body wash, laundry soap, toilet paper.
Worship Participants

Ash Wednesday
Lector
Claudia Cook

Assisting Minister
Joe & Mercedes Cook

Music Leader
Leslie Doty

Sunday
Lector
John Campbell

Assisting Minister
Sara Santoliquido

Music Leader
Leslie Doty

Children's Ministry
Jeff Svoboda

We will still need people to sign up to volunteer in worship:

Lector - Read the lessons for the day in worship.
Prayers - Two people to offer the prayers of intercession.
Thanksgiving moment - One person to share briefly (two or three minutes) something they are grateful for.
Giving

During this time of physical distancing, HLC is committed to continuing to pay our staff - office and campus administrator, musicians and cleaning.

Please consider continuing to give financially to support our mission and ministry:

Mail a check
Mail at the office will be checked regularly.

Click link above for instructions.

Click on above link to go to the secure GivePlus website

Celebrations
February Birthdays
01 Rey Segura
03 Luke Fowler
03 Meg Jameson
09 Rose Duewer
09 Kayla Noren
10 Judy Prater
15 Dexter Montoya
15 Catharena Rydell
21 Corey Salisbury
23 Claudia Cook
Anniversaries
02 Emily & Billy Gartner
05 Billy & Linda Sladek
09 James & Lois Haag
14 Bruce & Heather Duewer
14 Mark & Pam Kreutzian
23 Cody & Lindsie Almquist
Adressing COVID-19
As a church community, we are closely monitoring the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Texas Department of State Health Services and the ELCA.

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
Frank Simon - Vice-President
John Campbell - Secretary
Rodney Westphal - Treasurer
Council Members
Rodney Westphal - Stewardship & Finance
Daniel Doty - Education & Youth
Nora Regan - Education & Youth
Irene Hackbarth - Financial Secretary
Claudia Cook - Outreach & Fellowship
Irene Hackbarth - Outreach & Fellowship
Frank Simon - Worship & Music
John Campbell - Worship & Music
Becky Zimmerman - Property
Service Volunteer Sign-ups
Sign up to volunteer in worship. You may also email the office if you wish to put your name on the sign-up. The sign-up book is for lector, assisting ministers and thanksgiving moment.

Service Volunteer Descriptions
If you would like a more complete description of any of the positions, please contact someone on the Worship and Music committee or Pastor Katie.


Lector: Read the 1st and 2nd lessons and lead the congregation in responsive reading of the Psalm.
Assisting Ministers: Two people to lead the prayers of intercession each Sunday.
Thanksgiving Moment: Share with our assembly a brief experience of gratitude.

Sign Up Here: Service Volunteers
Office Info
Pastor Katie's Hours
Pastor Katie will primarily be working from home at this time. Please utilize her email or cell phone. She welcomes you to connect with her.
Office Hours
Regular office hours will not be kept at this time. If you need something, please email or call Pastor Katie.
Contact info
Reach the office by leaving a message on the Church phone (512) 759-2064.

To contact Pastor Katie for emergencies (24/7) phone her on her cell phone
(210) 416-3059