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First Sunday of Advent
Paraments color: Blue
 
Scripture Readings for Sunday
The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will gather all people on the holy mountain and there will be no more war or suffering. Though we vigilantly watch for the promised day of salvation, we wait for what we already have: Christ comes among us this day as the word and meal that strengthens our faith in the promises of God.

From the Pastor's Desk
Grace and peace to you brothers and sisters in Christ,

One of the calls of motherhood is to teach my children social expectations. In those moments when my children are recipients of the kindness of others time or resources, it is my call to prompt my children, “what do you say?”

Time and time again my children dutifully call out in a monotone voice, “thank you.”

There are many reasons in life to forget to be thankful. We look around at the world and see things that are not fair, we see the things that we do not have, we see the obstacles on our plate that others do not have to face, we see the holes in our hearts and our lives that fill us with grief, we see the ways that we don’t have enough or we ourselves are not enough.

And yet by God’s grace we may find ourselves sitting around a table sometime this week with family or friends or maybe acquaintances. Sometime after the plates have been filled and the grace has been said, inevitably someone might pose that traditional thanksgiving question – what are you thankful for?
Our hearts may be like those of my children, dutifully coming up with something to say when our turn comes around.

On our wedding day, Jeremy and I heard these words from Colossians 3:12-17 “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved…be thankful.”

God calls us to be thankful. Why? I’m sure God appreciates our gratitude, but God also knows the truth – we need our gratitude.

At the thanksgiving meal something amazing can happen as each gratitude is lifted around the table. There are those holy moments when we allow ourselves to truly count the blessings. In the naming of each one, our hearts receive each gift anew and we are reminded how much God has poured out in our lives. This gratitude changes everything. In the midst of life's chaos, in the naming of each blessing, we might look and suddenly find that our cups are not empty but instead are running over.

This week I give thanks for Hutto Lutheran Church, for each and every one of your gifts and the many ways you shine Christ’s light at Hutto Lutheran and in your daily lives. Thank you for the gift of getting to walk with you as your transitional pastor!
 
God’s peace,
Pastor Amanda 

Hangin' of the Green
We will be decorating the church for the Advent / Christmas season this coming Saturday, November 26th, beginning at 8 AM. On Sunday, the 27th we will be hanging Chrismons on the tree as part of the worship service.
Children and Youth Worship Sign up We are the body of Christ, and everyone's gifts are important! Thank you to all children and youth who trained for worship leadership. Acolyting, ringing the bell, holding the communion basket and saying the dismissal (Go in peace serve the Lord) are all wonderful gifts to share. We need your help! Sign up to lead these and other worship leadership roles at the Hutto Lutheran Church Sign up Genius. If you missed the training let Pastor Amanda know and she can train you. You can sign up yourself by clicking here.
Prison Fellowship Angel Tree and Hutto Lutheran Outreach Committee are partnering this Advent Season to sponsor at least 20 children of incarcerated parents. When a child is sponsored, a gift is sent to the child from their parent. Click on the image to the right to go to the website to specify the state, county gender and age. There is also a link on our HLC Web Site. The cost for one sponsorship is $25.
Tamales Sales
Tamales Sales have closed. If you have ordered tamales but haven't paid, please go here and select Tamales Sales or put a check in the offering plate and indicate 'Tamales' on the check. The pick-up time for tamales is Sunday, December 11th after the worship service.
Transition process update
Thank you to those who have agreed to serve on the Hutto Lutheran Church Transition Team!
Jane Bolgen
Joe Cook
Randall Craig
Brenda Graham
Tami McCauley
Jeff Svoboda
Becky Zimmermann
The transition team will meet again Sunday, December 4th at 2:30. 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.
Santa Lucia
We will be having our Santa Lucia pageant on Sunday, the 11th after the worship service.
Midweek Advent Worship: Holy Wondering

Who likes to wait?

Times of waiting, transition and uncertainty can feel disorienting and overwhelming, yet we trust that the Holy Spirit can move even and especially through these times turning our questions in the unknown into holy wonderings.

How might God be using this fallow time of winter to prepare the soil of our hearts and our congregation for the growth of what is to come?

You are invited into this time of holy wondering: to be still, to listen, to be curious and to be there. 
November 30th: Be Still
December 7th: Listen
December 14th: Be Curious
December 21st: Be There

Advent Meal 6:15pm, Advent Worship 7:00pm
*sign up to help with meals in the Narthex
Poinsettias
Poinsettias will be decorating the church for the Advent season. We are planning to purchase 12. They can be purchased and will be available after the Christmas Eve service. We are still working on the cost. More information will be here when we get the Poinsettias.
Quilting Marathon December 4th after church 12-5 PM. Come for lunch and fellowship, cutting, ironing, matching, sewing, and quilting. Join us to learn about the Knot Perfect Quilters and try your hand at the different steps it takes to make a quilt.
Cub Scout Pack 912 Christmas Program: Hutto Lutheran is invited to attend the Cub Scouts Pack's Christmas Carol program. Sunday Dec 11 at 4 PM. They will have a fire pit set up for marshmallow roasting.
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
Breakfast with Santa & Feeding the 5,000
Feeding the 5,000 is returning. We will be returning Saturday, December 17th. Starting at 9 until 11 AM. Santa will be there to say HI to all the young and young at heart. Serving breakfast to anyone in the community. No requirements, all are welcome.
Wine and the Word will not meet in December. Our next meeting will be January 11th.
Coming Events
Dec 11 Santa Lucia
Dec 11 4 PM Cub Scouts Christmas
Dec 17 9 AM Feeding the 5,000 with Santa
April 14-16, 2023 Spring Congregational retreat at Camp Chrysalis

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.
Portals of Prayer devotion booklets are available for pick up on the table in the gathering area on the way into worship.
HLC Cemetery corner: Did you know that Hutto Lutheran Cemetery was established in 1903? In 2003, 100 years later, twenty-two Live Oak Trees were planted around the perimeter of the cemetery as memorials. The work on obtaining a historical marker had already begun by that time and the marker was unveiled and dedicated in February 2006. Texas has over 50,000 cemeteries. Very few in comparison have a historical marker, but Hutto Lutheran Cemetery happens to be one of them.
Adult Education: will be starting on the book 'When God Comes Down: An Advent Study for Adults'. We will study the 27th (Chapter 2), and Dec 4th, 11th and 18th. The books are here and available in the Sanctuary or contact Daniel Doty or Meg Jameson. The book is also available on Kindle.
When God Comes Down is a five-week study, providing one lesson for each week of Advent and one for Christmas. Each lesson includes a key Scripture, a brief reflection, discussion/reflection questions, a brief prayer, and a focus for the coming week. In this study, Harnish explores the meaning of the incarnation…God with us in human flesh. 
Often our Advent/Christmas journey is focused on us – our memories, feelings, relationships and experiences. This study puts the focus on God’s action in Jesus Christ. It encourages participants to think more deeply in terms of the biblical, theological, and spiritual meaning of the Nativity and to apply it to their own lives.
The study looks at the stories of the primary biblical characters in the birth stories through whose lives the miracle of incarnation happened: Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. Harnish also looks at a traditional character in nativity plays, one who is not mentioned in the Bible, the innkeeper. Through all these characters, he helps us claim for ourselves the reality of God's presence with us.
Calling all Thrivent Members
Thrivent Financial is a client owned financial service organization with roots in the Lutheran church. Are you a Thrivent member? There are unique opportunities for ministry through your Thrivent membership including a chance to donate to nonprofits of your choosing (Thrivent Choice Dollars) as well as the opportunity for each member to apply for two $250 grants a year called Thrivent Action Teams which can be used for HLC ministry supplies (for example prayer shawl supplies, supplies for Super Senior gifts and quilting supplies) or community projects. Click on the link 2 lines above to see more about Thrivent Action Teams. Thank you to those Thrivent members who are already leading grants and making an impact! If you are not a Thrivent member but have ideas for projects we would love to hear those too. Text/call Pastor Amanda 512-636-9784 or email her pastor@huttolutheranchurch.org in the next few weeks so she can follow up with details before the 2022 grant application deadline in December.
Christmas Wreaths to benefit the General Fund
Hutto Lutheran is again participating in the Mickman Brothers Gift It Forward fundraising event. Click on the icon to the right to go to the site. After going to the GiftItForward.com website, enter the code 'HUTTOLTX001' for the Fundraising Code and your name or leave blank in Referring Member. Each evergreen gift purchased at GiftItForward.com includes your personalized message, an EZ wreath hanger for each wreath ordered, attractive decorator gift box packaging, FedEx delivery within 48 states and a tree is planted in honor of the GiftItForward.com gift recipient. Best of all, $8 per item purchased goes to our General Fund when you use our fundraising code 'HUTTOLTX001'. If you have any questions, please contact Irene Hackbarth. Your gift will be delivered beginning the week of Thanksgiving and should be delivered no later than the 2nd week of December. Orders may be placed up until December 9th for delivery before Christmas.
Christmas Eve Services Oh Come all Ye Faithful! Come and worship Christ the newborn King. Christmas Eve worship December 24th at 4:30pm and 7:30pm.
Financial Status
The Financial Status of HLC thru the end of October follows:
Total budget $187,062
Total expenditures $173,643
Total income $154,782 for a
Income under expenses by $18,861
Income under budget by $32,279
Children's and Youth Ministry
Children and youth are invited to participate in this years Santa Lucia program. Practice will be at 9:30am on December 11th with program following immediately after worship.
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; Lana Guckian, niece of Christina Pompa; 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
 
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.
 
Military Service
Grant Carter, Johnathan Davis, Brighten Miller, Kasey Taylor and James Fletcher.
Worship Participants
 
Council Rep
Frank Simon
 
Altar Guild
Rodney Westphal
 
Cantor
Rey Segura
 
Lector
Donna Fowler
 
Assisting Minister
Jill Johnson
 
Communion Assistant
Jill Johnson
 
Children's Message
Leslie Doty

Altar Flowers

 
Thanksgiving Moment


Worship Volunteers
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
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 November
Birthdays
01 Suzanne Erickson
01 Glynda Vanecek
01 Andy Simon
01 Frank Simon
02 Alison Rydell
06 Chris Graham
06 Emma Lawhon
06 Julia Vandagriff
07 Rebecca Berkenhoff
09 Brenda Finch
10 Christiana Pompa
12 Sarah Johnson
14 Katie Rydell
18 Lindsie Almquist
23 Carol Conrad
26 Sharon Holman
26 Brandt Rydell
Anniversaries
07 Will & Sara Santoliquido
09 Ernie & Connie Schmeisser
30 Henry Torres & Sherry Fincher
Hutto Lutheran Church Council
Name & Ministry Team
You may send a person an email by clicking on the bold ministry team position
 
Executive Committee
Frank Simon - Council President
John Campbell - Vice-President
Emily Page - Secretary
Rodney Westphal - Treasurer
Council Members
Rodney Westphal - Stewardship & Finance; Worship & Music
Daniel Doty - Education & Youth
Nora Regan - Education & Youth
Frank Simon - Worship & Music
Sara Santoliquido - Property
Emily Page - Property
Office Info
Pastor Amanda is looking forward to getting to know everyone at Hutto Lutheran. She 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 9am - 1pm 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