Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who will be closest to Jesus, leading to Jesus teaching his followers about God’s take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be the sign of great honor and service.
From the desk of Pastor Katie

Grace, peace and every good be with you!

Who is loving the rainy weather? I am thankful for the rains that are bringing a good, nourishing drink to the land!

Somebody posted in my news feed "11 Thursdays til Christmas"...What?!? Time is flying and by the time I am writing this, it's now 10 Thursdays. This means that the season of Advent will be upon us before we know it.

I love the season of Advent. I love the preparations for Christmas, I love the traditions of counting down that our family has - and honestly, I love the blue that adorns our worship space! I am excited to share with you some plans HLC has for Advent. I hope that you will be able to take up these opportunities in your own preparing of heart, mind and home:

Sunday, November 14th - following worship - Advent Event!
  • Our very own Coleen Klatt has designed a lovely Advent calendar that we will craft. This is a good project for all ages and I look forward to seeing all ages work side-by-side to craft a wonderful tool for use in our homes.
  • Register your household here: Register for Advent Event
  • All supplies will be provided.
  • Any questions - please contact the church office or Pastor Katie

Wednesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 2021 - Tidings of Comfort and Joy: Advent Midweek Reflection and Worship - 6:30pm
  • The Worship and Music Ministry Team has been hard at work to prepare worship experiences for the Advent season. On these Wednesdays we will gather for song, prayer and reflection. This will last approximately 30 minutes and we hope that it provides an opportunity for spiritual growth in what can easily become a very busy time of year.
  • This will be in-person or live-stream.

Peace and grace to you always,
Pastor Katie Wegner

Coming up - mark those calendars!:
October 24, 30, 31 - First Communion Instruction and Reception
October 31st - Reformation Sunday - wear red!
November 14th - Advent Event
December 1, 8, 15 - Advent Midweek Worship and Reflection, 6:30pm - In-person or live-stream.
April 22 - 24th - Spring Congregational Retreat at Camp Chrysalis

Details you need to know about our in-person worship opportunity are on our website - Live-stream option for worship will remain indefinitely.
Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

Christmas Wreaths. Hutto Lutheran is again participating in the Micman Brothers GiftItForward fundraising event. Orders may be placed by clicking here. On this opening screen enter the code 'HUTTOLTX001' in Fundraising Code and your name or leave blank in Referring Member. Each evergreen gift purchased at 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 gift recipient. Best of all, $8 per item purchased goes to our organization when you use our fundraising code 'HUTTOLTX001'. If you have any questions, please contact Irene Hackbarth or Karen Bryant..
Your gift will be delivered beginning the week of Thanksgiving and should be delivered no later than the 2nd week in December. Orders may be placed up until December 15th for delivery before Christmas.
Tamales: The youth will be taking orders for Tamales again this year. Tamales are from Delicious Tamales in San Antonio, same as last year. Orders will be taken beginning November 7th. More info will be coming and the link to order online will be available Nov. 1st. Tamale orders may be picked up Saturday December 18th between 2 and 4 PM.
Adopt-A-School: Hutto Elementary: There has been a great response so far - THANK YOU! If you'd like to sign up for a month, please visit this link or get in touch with Pastor Katie or Jill Johnson. There will be 2 - 3 people per month, so no need to feel like you're taking it on all by yourself. You'll bring the snacks / drinks to church the Sunday before the meeting and we'll get them delivered.
Please keep all students, staff and administration for all Hutto ISD Schools in your prayers!
Online Giving
The Online Giving (Give Plus) is being phased out the end of September. A new App 'Vanco Mobile' has been created by Vanco to replace the Give Plus. A brief video on how to use here. Or open a document with instructions here. Go to your app store and install the Vanco Mobile. Open the app and search for our church. Enter Hutto and it should display Hutto Lutheran Church. If you have any questions, please contact Rodney Westphal or Pastor Katie.

Join the live-stream using the link below:

Adult Sunday School

Click to Join:
9 AM
Join us to discuss a devotion from the Center for Action and Contemplatoin.

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.

Children's and Youth Ministry

Sunday School for PK - 5 meets behind the office building - bring a towel or chair to sit on and wear some bug spray.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study

Adult Bible study resumed in September meeting on the first and third Wednesdays from 6:30 until 7:30 PM. We will be working thru the Bible using the Bible Project.

Oct 20th: Click Here to Join
Meeting number:
2367 925 7054
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.
Financial Status
The Financial status of HLC thru the end of September follows:
Total expenditures $158,968
Total income $124,426
Small Group Ministry
Wine and the Word: October 13th 7 PM at Darlene Rydell's house.
Adult Bible Study: October 20th. On the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. We will be working thru the bible using The Bible Project.
Women's Bible Study: October 20th - 9:30 AM virtually.

The Portals of Prayer devotion booklets are available for pick up on the table in the gathering area on the way into worship and the porch of the office building. They are in the white mailbox - please sanitize your hands before and after picking one up.
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 and Doug Nowotny, parents of Catherine Regan; 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; Gay Rie McLaughlin, friend of Irene Hackbarth; Anne Hinkle friend of Catherine Regan; Brett Leech, cousin of Pat Hayden; Lynda Herrin; Oliver Wardwell, grandson of Becky & Brian Wardwell; Sandy Madsen, friend of Jane Bolgen; Marvin Stromberg; Doug Nowotny, father of Catherine Regan; Roland Hernandez; Tyler Raisbeck friend of Heather Duewer; Jenna Arnold; Patti Krueger, Jill Johnson's niece; Ida Dickey, sister of Glenda Mattingly; Emelia Johnson; Debbie Cummins; Katie Wissink, niece of Barb Kinnaman; Barb Kinnaman; Caleb Graef, friend of the Seigmunds; Donna Adams, sister of Glenda Mattingly

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

Rose Duewer

Assisting Minister
Heather Duewer

Children's Ministry
Leslie Doty

Altar Flowers

Thanksgiving Moment

Glynda Vanecek

Council Rep
Daniel Doty

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

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

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

Download Vanco Mobile to your device and search Hutto Lutheran Church.

Use the 'Give Now' button on our website to make a one-time or recurring offering gift.
October Birthdays
01 Jaxon Vandagriff
02 Erika Badola
02 Heather Duewer
03 Annette Bryant
07 Bradley Graham
07 Elaine Segura
08 Gregory Almquist
08 Cathy Bryant
08 Brian Wardwell
09 David Dahl
09 Kimberly Dugger
12 Irene Hackbarth
16 Koreanna Armstrong
17 Angela Dismukes
23 Justin Hutson
23 Hudson Meacham
24 Diane Stromberg
29 Scarlett Johnson
01 Sarah Johnson
03 Zachary & Kristi Salah
09 Wayne & Suzanne Erickson
11 Rey & Elaine Segura
21 Adam Dismukes
21 Angela Dismukes
Adressing COVID-19
Face covering requirement for worship remains in place.
Please check with the chair of your ministry team for details on how they are meeting.
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
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 greeters, lector, assisting ministers, flowers 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.

Greeter: Welcome members and guests, help guests with any questions.
Lector: Read the 1st and 2nd lessons and lead the congregation in responsive reading of the Psalm.
Assisting Ministers: One or 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 is primarily working from the church office. Please utilize her email or cell phone. She welcomes you to connect with her. Her office hours will vary with visitations and other church business that takes her out of the office.

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.

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