Current News:

RECONCILING IN CHRIST SUNDAY – RIC Sunday is this Sunday, January 27th during both services. RIC Sunday is recognized ecumenically throughout the welcoming church movement. For faith communities that have made a public stand in welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, this Sunday is set aside to highlight our shared ministry of hospitality and reconciliation. Wear your Rainbow Pride shirt if you have one from this past Summer’s Pride parade.

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING THIS SUNDAY – Don’t forget to attend the 2019 Annual Congregational Meeting this Sunday, January 27th at 12:30 pm. A light lunch will be served.

REQUEST FOR AUDITOR – You don’t need to be a CPA. If you’ve ever done accounting, bookkeeping or any form of finance; you are invited to speak with any Council member or the Finance Ministry team about doing our 2018 Church audit.  They will provide you with further information.  Please pray for your calling to serve in this capacity.  So many of us have valued skill sets which can be utilized to serving our congregation. I pray that there are members out there with these qualities. John Duarte

KINDRED SISTERS – The next Kindred Sisters meeting is on Tuesday, February 5 in the Café…Starts at 10:30, but coffee always ready by 10:15!  Barbara Carter will be sharing her “Prayer Pillow” talent with us, plus explaining the giving, receiving, and loving of Prayer Pillows.  We will even be helping her.  Hostess will provide dessert, but please bring a “bag lunch.”  If you have any questions, please call Glenace Klinker at 512-626-5048.

MEN’S BREAKFAST – The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast has been discontinued at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF (LWR) PERSONAL CARE KITS – Kindred Sisters will be gathering items for a Lutheran World Relief (LWR) project during January and February with the help of the whole congregation. Personal Care Kits are very much needed, therefore, we will again assemble PC Kits on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. All donated items will be collected by Sunday, February 24, 2019.  The items needed for each kit are:

  1. Dark light-weight bath-size (between 20″×40″ & 52″×27″) TOWELS
  2. Bath-size bars (4 – 5 oz) of SOAP, in original wrapping
  3. Adult TOOTHBRUSH – in original wrapping
  4. Sturdy COMB – wide tooth preferred
  5. Metal Nail Clippers preferably w/ file
  6. Or a Monetary Donation
  7. NO TOOTHPASTE

Please place donated items in LWR Container in the Welcome Center.

LWR STAMPOREE – Another FULL bag of cancelled stamps was collected for LWR Stamporee to benefit Project Comfort!  Thank you LOLLC Members, RRISD Café Students, and especially Beatriz Fonseca.  Kindred Sisters is asking all LOLLC members/friends to SAVE cancelled stamps, especially commemorative stamps.  Just place your saved cancelled stamps (left on the whole envelope or torn/cut off with at least ¼”- ½” edge around stamp) in the STAMPOREE box in the Welcome Center.  Complete “Collection Information” is on bulletin board in the Café.    Project Comfort is for shipping expenses for LWR Kits such as the Personal Care Kits that Kindred Sisters assemble.  Thank you.

Education News:

SUNDAY EDUCATION NEWS: ALL SUNDAY CLASSES CONTINUE AT 9:30 AM. 

BAD FAITH: THE DANGER OF RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM by Dr. Neil Kressel

This is the first book to journey to the heart of religious militancy. Kressel, who has spent decades researching genocide, terrorism, and anti-Semitism, brings to bear the insights of psychology and social science on this significant and critical problem. He offers a clear and enlightening analysis of when and how religions become capable of inspiring evil. Join us in the café.

WOMEN’S STUDY will continue with the book, 31 VERSES, in the office conference room.

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – Bible Study on the book of Mark, continues on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Café.

THURSDAY MORNING STUDY GROUP – This group resumed on January 17th at 9:45 am in the Lakeline Target snack bar. The study is about Esther. Contact: Marge Kretschmar, mdkretschmar@gmail.com, for more information.

Upcoming News/Important Dates to Remember:

COTTAGE MEETING – February 23rd

MINISTRY FAIR – February 24th

Upcoming Sunday Summer Service Volunteers:

January 27, 2019

Presiding Minister:              Pastor Skip Wachsmann

Assisting Minister:              1) Lloyd Haskins                 2) (VACANT)

Children’s Time:                 1) N/A                                    2) Dave Smith

Communion Asst:               1) Carol Gaskamp               2) Carol Alessi, David Ladolcetta

Lector:                                   1) Carol Gaskamp               2) Nicolas Duarte

Acolyte:                                 1) (VACANT)                       2) Jose Mendez

Media Asst.:                          1) Lloyd Haskins                 2) “Pick-Up” as available

Ushers:                                   1) Doug Caldwell, Bill Saegert, Gary Parsons, Fred Grampp

                                                2) Mike Kamensky, Dave & Erica Smith, Mark Waggoner

Altar Guild:                           1) Marge Kretschmar         2) Dick Fink

Flowers:

Tellers:                                  Mindy Penland & Shari Lagerstrom

February 3, 2019

Presiding Minister:              Pastor Skip Wachsmann

Assisting Minister:              1) Lloyd Haskins                 2)

Children’s Time:                 1) N/A                                    2) Denise Sheehan

Communion Asst:               1) Nell Pennington              2) Carol Alessi

Lector:                                   1) Nell Pennington              2) Carol Alessi

Acolyte:                                 1) (VACANT)                       2) Benjamin Parsons

Media Asst.:                          1) Jim Tarsi                           2) “Pick-Up” as available

Ushers:                                   1) Doug Caldwell, Bill Saegert, Gary Parsons, Fred Grampp

                                                2) Dave, Erica, Chapin & Luke Smith

Altar Guild:                           1) Lyn Caldwell                   2) Kori Weston

Flowers:                                 Lloyd & Barb Haskins

Tellers:                                  Carol Gaskamp & Kira Niedert