Hutto Lutheran Church
March 15, 2020
Third Sunday in Lent
We are one body in Christ, sent in faith to share God's Love, through Worship, Service, Fellowship and Witness.
From the desk of Pastor Katie
Grace, peace and every good be with you!
Thanks to all who stepped in to lead worship in my absence this last Sunday. I appreciate all the texts and comments for well wishes. I look forward to seeing you all tonight at mid-week worship and then on Sunday.
In recent past, "first communion" has taken place in 3-5th grades. Young people of this age went through some kind of instruction curriculum and then got to partake in the sacrament for the first time.
It is still important that our young people participate in ongoing faith formation and learning opportunities.
In my pastoral care philosophy and sacramental theology, all persons, regardless of age, are welcome to participate in communion.
So what does this mean?
Children of any age are welcome to commune. Given our tradition and history, I welcome conversation with parents for when they - as primary faith-formers of their children - are ready for their child to commune. At this time, your child can begin to partake of the sacrament immediately. This comes with the understanding and commitment that when cognitively and developmentally appropriate, they will participate in instruction and learning about the sacrament.
March 22 and 29th immediately following worship I will offer instruction on holy communion. I invite anybody, but primarily those in the 3-5th grade range who have not yet begun to partake in the sacrament. "First Communion" will take place April 5th during regular worship.
contact Pastor Katie
if you have any questions or would like to RSVP that your young person will attend.
Ongoing Practices to address 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.
At this time we will encourage the following practices:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Practice good hand washing procedures. Wash hands with soap for at least as long as it takes to say the Lord's Prayer.
- Practice cough and sneeze etiquette.
- The practice of shaking hands at the sharing of the peace will be discouraged. Please verbally share the peace with those around you.
- Altar guild will take special precautions when preparing and handling communion elements. We will continue to commune with individual cups only.
- I will be happy to greet you as we depart worship but will cease for the time being to shake hands.
- Use alcohol based hand-sanitizer when hand washing is not an option. We will try and make this available but please feel free to bring some with you.
We will continuously monitor the situation, stay calm and be prepared if further measures need to be taken.
Adult Sunday morning class
This Sunday we will continue the 5 week study on the life and ministry of martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We gather at 9 AM in the fellowship hall - all are welcome and encouraged to make this time of faith formation a part of your week.
Making Macarons with Amanda
Our dear sister, Amanda Brown will be teaching a class on how to make Macaron Cookies on
at 12:30 PM
at Hutto Lutheran Church. These small round cake-like cookies are delicious and beautiful. We will meet and enjoy a bag lunch. Please bring your own bag lunch and join in this awesome time of fellowship and sharing the wonderful talents of our church community. There is a $5 donation suggested to help with the costs of supplies and groceries. To sign up or for more information, please
contact Storm here
. This class will be limited to 12, so make sure you sign up early!
Bunco Night youth fundraiser
Please join us for a fun night of dinner, music and a light game of bunco
Saturday March 28
at 6 PM as we work towards raising funds for the youth in our faith community to attend Camp Chrysalis this summer. Prizes will be awarded. It is a free will donation. However we humbly request a $15 amount minimum for each player. No experience is needed. Childcare is available (please let the hostess know how many children are in your party). The game will begin promptly at 6:30 PM.
Spring Cleaning the Cemetery
In preparation for Easter, the cemetery will be groomed on
Saturday, March 28
from 8 AM til Noon. Your help is needed in sprucing up your family plot or adopting a plot that has need of attention. All of the old flowers will be removed from the graves. If you have new spring flowers, please bring them then. Please bring your regular gardening tools and gloves as if you were working in your own garden or yard. Light lunch will be served in the gazebo at noon. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Donna Fowler.
Adult Midweek Bible Study
Our Midweek Bible study is on hiatus during the Lent season and will resume on April 6th. Consider attending the midweek supper at 6 PM and Lent worship service at 7 PM.We will be studying the Sunday Lessons and Gospel. The Lessons and Gospel are listed below. This will continue on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Did you know??
The outreach committee has established a casserole ministry for emergency meals for the community. If you are interested in participating by being on the list to make casseroles, please contact Pastor Katie or Connie Schmeisser (603-785-3105). You'll be contacted when it's your turn to make a casserole. Know of somebody who could use a meal? Let Vicar Katie or Connie know.
Interested in Becoming a Member of Hutto Lutheran?
Sunday School for 5th - 12th, every Sunday at 9am.
We have 19 young people going to summer camp and about $2000 left to raise - would you like to sponsor any part of this? Please talk to Pastor Katie.
A week of camp is $455. After the $100 deposit - we are trying to keep the cost at a minimum for parents.
Please keep in prayer Crosstrails ministry as they prepare for the summer, hire staff and craft a wonderful week of faith formation for our young people.
Small Group Ministry
Our next meeting will be in
at 6:30 PM. Studying the lessons for the following Sunday. Join us until then for the Lenten mid-week services.
Our next meeting is being worked on. Watch here for updates when available.
Theology on Tap
Our next meeting will be Wednesday
at the Downtown Hall of Fame. We won't have get togethers in February and March as the Lenten Mid-week services will be going on then. Please join us at 6 for lunch and 7 for worship.
Wine and the Word
Our next meeting will be
. Meeting at 7 PM. Join us in March and April for the mid-week Lent services.
Women's Bible Study
Our next Bible study will take place Wednesday
at 9:30 AM in Classroom #1 of the Fellowship Hall. All ladies and friends are encouraged to attend this study and fellowship opportunity.
Online giving to HLC
We have enabled contributions to Hutto Lutheran via a Mobile Phone app. We have selected Vanco, who is currently providing our Simply Giving service.
A document here
shows how to use the app. We are currently able to contribute to the General and the Building funds. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Katie or Rodney Westphal.
Flocknote is our communications format to contact people by either email or text messages based on your preference. To get started, text Hutto to 84576. You will then receive a text message with instructions for setting up your account. If you have any questions or problems, please Contact Rodney Westphal or Pastor Katie
The property committee is looking for help with mowing and trimming the grass on the church campus. If you are interested in helping with this work, please contact the chairman of the Property Committee,
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Seeking personal prayer
but your need is private, and you don't want your name publicly posted in this eLink? There are now 'Prayer Cards' in the pew rack which can be filled out and placed in the offering plate. What happens then? Your request gets passed along to HLC's small confidential prayer team and Pastor Katie. In life's difficult times (we all have them), know that HLC is ready to lift you up in prayer. You can also email
Service Volunteer Sign-ups
We have sign-ups available in the Narthex for all positions on one sheet. The electronic method is also available. You may also
email the office
if you wish to put your name on the sign-up. The sign-up book is for acolyte, cantor, greeter, lector, communion assistant, altar guild, head usher, flowers, sound booth and munch 'n mingle.
Here is a brief description of each of the positions available. 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.
The Service Volunteers assist in all aspects of the Sunday Worship. You may sign up in a book in the Narthex or online via the Service Volunteers link below.
Munch ‘n Mingle
: Provide light snacks in the Narthex. Set up prior to 10 and clean up after worship service has ended and people have a time to visit and partake of the snacks.
: Provide live or cut flowers to the sides of the altar. Bring them prior to worship service and remove after the worship service.
: Run the audio and video equipment located in the Sanctuary balcony.
: Set up the altar for communion prior to the worship service. Fill trays with wine and grape juice, fill cup with bread wafers. After worship clean up the communion setting and put communion ware away.
: Recruit one or two others to help with ushering. Assist people as they enter the Sacristy. Help anyone who may be visitors to participate in the worship. Collect the offering and bring to the altar. Assist anyone needing assistance after worship.
: Greet people as they enter the Narthex, hand out bulletins and assist anyone who needs assistance or has questions (especially visitors). Ask visitors if they would like to sign the guest register and offer to them a visitor brochure and pen.
: Lead the congregation in singing the Kyrie and Canticle.
: Read the 1
lessons and lead the congregation in responsive reading of the Psalm.
: Assist the pastor in the communion setting. Join the pastor at the altar for the Communion service and then pass out the wine / grape juice.
03 Barbie Johnson
08 Karin Stern
10 Carolyn Merkord
11 Joe Cook
11 Rob David Jr.
14 Matthew Cook
14 William Stern
15 Paula Martin
16 Matilda Rydell
21 Connie Seigmund
22 Harlan Svoboda
22 Kathy Svoboda
23 Lois Haag
24 Christian Koch
10 Daniel & Leslie Doty
19 Mark & Nancy Lidell
31 Bobby & Karin Stern
6 PM Soup supper
7 PM Lent Mid-week worship
8:30 Feeding the 5,000
8 AM Cemetery work day
8:30 AM Feeding the 5,000
6 PM Bunco
3 PM Campout behind the 502
Noon Maundy Thursday Worship
7 PM Maundy Thursday Worship
Noon Good Friday Worship
7 PM Good Friday Worship
8 AM Property work day
6:45 AM Sunrise Worship
7:30 AM Easter Breakfast
9:30 AM Easter egg hunt
10 AM Flowering the cross
10:30 AM Easter worship
Will you help us with keeping this list current and pertinent?
Email the Office
for updates or deletions from this list.
, niece of Christina Pompa;
, sister of Heather Duewer;
Steve Robles Jr.
, mother of Catherena Rydell;
, grandson of Dennis & Christina Pompa;
Linda Wahrmund; Heather Duewer
, nephew of Iola Sturm;
, friend of the Seigmunds;
, friend of Connie Seigmund;
, mother of Catherine Regan
Buddy & Karyl Townsend
, friends of Dave & Barb Kinnaman;
, sister of Jane Sweeny;
, a student in our community;
, nephew of Jill Johnson;
Mark Kreutzian; Annette Bryant; Helmer Dahl
Jason & Kristen Stewart family
step-brother of Amanda Brown;
, mother of Dave Kinnaman;
, friend of Storm Britten-Ilouno
Grant Carter, Johnathan Davis, Brighten Miller, Kasey Taylor and James Fletcher
For the month of February, the budgeted income is $17,921 and the actual income was $15,843.
For the year thru the end of February, the Budgeted income is $35,842 and the actual income was $38,798.
Feeding the 5,000 breakfast
This is a twice monthly breakfast provided for everyone. It takes place on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month beginning at 8:30 AM and lasting until 11 AM. The menu varies each Saturday.
Hutto Resource Center Food Pantry
Every Saturday. Volunteers need to arrive between 8 and 8:30 AM to help prepare the Pantry for the community. There are two forms that will need to be filled out upon arrival if you have never volunteered before. Please see the leadership at the front desk to get them.
Hand Bell Choir
If you would like to join the HLC Hand Bell Choir and be a part of this beautiful music ministry, please contact
by clicking on her name to send an email.
Adult Vocal Choir
If you would like to join the HLC Vocal Choir, please contact
Knot Perfect Quilters
Please join the quilters on the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 1 PM in the 502 Ministry Center as they continue to create those amazing quilts! Please contact
for more information.
In today’s gospel the Samaritan woman asks Jesus for water, an image of our thirst for God. Jesus offers living water, a sign of God’s grace flowing from the waters of baptism. The early church used this gospel and those of the next two Sundays to deepen baptismal reflection during the final days of preparation before baptism at Easter. As we journey to the resurrection feast, Christ comes among us in word, bath, and meal—offering us the life-giving water of God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Water from the rock in the wilderness
Because the thirsty Israelites quarreled with Moses and put God to the test, Moses cried out in desperation to God. God commanded Moses to strike the rock to provide water for the people. The doubt-filled question—“Is the Lord among us or not?”—received a very positive answer.
Let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Reconciled to God by Christ’s death
Though we often hear that God helps those who help themselves, here Paul tells us that through Jesus’ death God helps utterly helpless sinners. Since we who had been enemies are reconciled to God in the cross, we now live in hope for our final salvation.
Baptismal image: the woman at the well
Jesus defies convention to engage a Samaritan woman in conversation. Her testimony, in turn, leads many others to faith.
Darlene, Randall, Carol
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.
Pastor Katie's Hours
Pastor Katie is normally in the HLC Office Monday thru Thursday from 9 AM until 4 PM (except Tuesday morning when she is at Baked'n Sconed from 9:30 til 11 AM). Although these are her normal hours, she is sometimes out of the office on HLC business such as visiting shut-ins and hospitals or other church business. Your are free to drop in, however it is recommended you call to be sure she is in.
Regular office hours are Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 AM until 1 PM.
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
Lessons and Sermon
video from this past Sunday, March 1
. Fourth Sunday after Epiphany.