Worship: November 14th, 2021
Family Worship, 9:00 am
Traditional Worship, 11:00 am
News & Announcements
As we move toward Stage 2, the council regathering team is pleased to announce that we will begin receiving communion at the altar on November 28th at both services. We continue to ask everyone to wear a mask during activities when children are present, especially while in the building during Preschool hours and during worship services.
This Week at St. Martin’s
Sunday, November 14
9:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am Faith Formation Hour
High School Families Meeting
11:00 am Holy Communion
12:00 pm Meet & Eat at Austin Beerworks!
3:00 pm Listening Session Reflection
Tuesday, November 16
Church office closed for staff planning retreat.
9:00 am WELCA Tack & Pack
7:00 pm Stephen Ministry Continuing Ed (All are welcome!)
Wednesday, November 17
1:00 pm Pastor’s Book Class
6:00 pm Wednesday Game Night
7:00 pm Choir rehearsal
Thursday, November 18
6:00 pm High School Devotional (Zoom)
Saturday, November 20
8:30 am Mop & Hammer Work Day
Sunday, November 21 – Christ the King/WELCA Thankoffering Sunday
9:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am Reception Honoring Steve Wager
11:00 am Holy Communion
4:00 pm Balcones Community Orchestra Performance
Meet & Eat at Austin Beerworks | November 14th following the 11:00 am service
Join us at Austin Beerworks for food, drinks, and fellowship! Aim to arrive between 12:30 and 1:00 pm. All are welcome!
A Listening Session Reflection will be held after lunch and fellowship at 3:00 PM, in-person at the church and on Zoom. Please join as we think together about the ideas that came out of our listening sessions, sharing reactions or impressions and asking questions. Meet us in Room 230 on the main hallway, or join online using the linked button below.
The Stephen Ministers will have guest speakers at their continuing education meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m., and members of the congregation are welcome to attend to hear the guest speakers.
Patience Buchanan and Claire Montgomery from Accountable Aging Care Management will share about the work they do providing support to families having to navigate the complex maze and unique needs of aging and disability, including the coordination of care to older adults and their families.
If you would like to attend via Zoom to hear the guest speaker, please email Fred Aus at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will provide you a Zoom invitation.
All are invited to attend a Reception Honoring Steve Wager
November 21, 2021 at 10:00 am
Steve is retiring as director of the “Praise Force” 9 AM worship band on Sunday, November 21. He has been a member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church since 1995 and a key leader in the music ministry for over 20 years. The reception, with light snacks, will be held in front of the church building (on the mall) between worship services. A basket will be available for cards & other acknowledgments.
WELCA Thankoffering Sunday and Quilt Raffle
On Sunday, November 21st, we invite you to share in our WELCA Thankoffering Service! Join us as we give offerings in thanks and support of the amazing work of the women of St. Martin’s. Learn more about this day and enter to win in the quilt raffle at saintmartins.org/welca. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or in the church lobby on Sunday morning.
Sunday Food & Fellowship
Starting November 28, the first Sunday in Advent, we will begin Food and Fellowship on the Mall (or in the lobby in bad weather) between services. You are invited to sign up with Anita Salmon or email@example.com to provide snacks. Coffee will be available.
Advent for Families at St. Martin’s | Sundays in Advent
Starting on November 28th we will be doing our Advent for Families every Sunday through Advent following the second service! This includes: candle making, an art class lead by Stern Hatcher, an Advent calendar to donate to our homeless community, and a fundraising meal hosted by our High School students! Come celebrate the holiday season with us this year!
Christmas in the Park: The Nativity Story | Saturday, December 18th, 6:00—8:00 pm
Let’s get into the holiday spirit! This year at St. Martin’s we are having Christmas in the Park on December 18th from 6—8pm, an event for all families to learn about the story of the birth of Jesus and to join in on a fun evening together! Cason needs your help for this! He will be setting up a table for anyone or groups of people to run tables to fully tell the story of the nativity!
Beyond St. Martin’s
ACL Homelessness Initiative Zoom Meeting | Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 pm
Join Austin City Lutherans for a summit meeting featuring special guests who are leaders in homelessness ministries in Austin: Pastor Mark Hilbelink of Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center, Haleh Kersten of LINC-Austin, and former ECHO Executive Director and St. Martin’s Lutheran member Ann Howard. Please join us for this important next step in ACL ministries. As with Bread For All Food Pantry and Mariposa FLC, we are able to do “more, better, together” in Christ’s name and in his compassion. For more information, go to breadforall-atx.org/homelessness.
The Balcones Community Orchestra presents soloist Dr. Bryan Hall performing J.S. Bach Concerto in A Minor Sunday, Nov. 21, at 4:00 pm at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
Dr. Robert Radmer conducts the 1-hour concert including: Mozart: Divertimento in B-flat K. 137; Suk: Meditation on an Old Bohemian Chorale; Holst: St. Paul’s Suite. Free to the public. BCOrchestra.org
Love Letters at the Dougherty Arts Center
The Stage Austin is proud to present A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer-nominated Love Letters, a tender, tragi-comic, and nuanced examination of missed opportunities and the deep closeness of two lifelong friends. Performances will feature a rotating cast with new actors reading the roles of Melissa and Andy each evening. Directed by St. Martin’s own Jeff Hinkle. The third weekend of the show ( Wed 11/10, Friday 11/12, Saturday 11/13) features Michelle Cheney as the female lead.
“Michelle is as big a star as there is in the Austin Community theater, and she attends St. Martin’s every Sunday with us. I invited her to visit St. Martin’s three years ago and she has worshiped with us ever since.” – Jeff Hinkle
St. Martin’s members receive a $5.00 discount off the ticket price by using the code “Church” online or at the door say “St. Martin’s” and receive the $5.00 off. Also, for every ticket sold to the show we are donating $5.00 to Refugee Services of Texas, a non-profit that is directly helping Afghan refugee resettle in the central Texas area. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to thestageaustin.com.