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The Congregational Church of Austin, UCC
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Welcome to The Congregational Church of Austin, UCC!
    If you are looking for a small, friendly church where everyone will quickly know your name...where you'll be loved and accepted regardless of your age, class, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation...where you'll be challenged to reflect on your beliefs, acknowledge your doubts, ask your questions and grow in your faith...where God's desire for compassion, healing, reconciliation, and justice is preached...where you're given the opportunity to put your faith into action through effective volunteer and outreach ministries...then we hope to get to know you as a new friend. No matter who you are or where you are in your journey, you are welcome here.
   We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC), a liberal Ch
ristian denomination that promotes spirituality, peace, justice, education and freedom throughout the world. Here you will find a faith community where members accept and encourage spiritual seeking, diversity and fellowship. Servi
ng our immediate community is a large part of our faith, members participate in the local food pantry sponsored by Micah 6, share the responsibility for a freeze night shelter housed in our basement and share space with LifeWorks community outreach program. Join us for worship every Sunday at 11 am and Adult Sunday School at 10 am. Click for directions.

Sunday May 1

This Sunday, May 1, is the Sixth Sunday in the Season of Easter. We’ll be reading and reflecting on Isaiah 59: 1-15, and celebrating Holy Communion.

On April 30, George Hetrick, Robin Chapman, and Tom VandeStadt will once again ride for the Care Communities Cycling Team in the Hill Country Ride for AIDS. If you would like to support their fundraising efforts for the “most important ride of someone else’s life,” go to hillcountryride.org and follow the directions to “Donate to a Participant.

The Annual Yard Sale To Aid El Salvador will take place on Saturday, May 7th, from 8 am to 12:00 noon, at Villa Jardines Apartments near Justin and Burnett. All yard sale items are welcome to help raise funds to support the people and school children of our ongoing El Salvador mission trips.

It's Spring and time to think about contributing a Worship Gift to our summer church services. While the choir is "on vacation," you are encouraged to share with us a poem, a song, a hymn, a thought--something that has enriched your spiritual life and that you hope will contribute toour lives as well. Presentations should be under five minutes long. Contact Nodie Murphy after church or at nodienice@gmail.com to choose your date.

Please donate your gently used books to the CUE Seminary book sale that will take place at the South Central Conference Annual Meeting. A box for books is in our Fellowship Hall.

The Women's Book Club meets on the third Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be on May 19 at 7:30p.m. a t the home of Pat Oakes. Our book for May will be: "The Sixth Extinction:  An Unnatural History," by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014).. All women are invited to join us, whether or not you have read the book. We usually bring a few snacks to share.

There are 2 easy ways for you to contribute to the church while doing your normal shopping:
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our church whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Learn more here: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-6106423

Randall’s shoppers: Simply fill out a Good Neighbor form at your local Randall’s courtesy booth, and link your Randall’s Remarkable card to Charity #475. 1% of your purchase will then go towards the Congregational Church of Austin! http://shop.safeway.com/corporate/randalls/GN_HOUSTON_AUSTIN.pdf

The Front Porch Lunch ministry is in need of a few more volunteers to serve lunches.  Lunch is served to area homeless (mostly Lifeworks guests) every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month (although this winter we are trying to serve every Thursday) in our Fellowship Hall.  If you are interested contact John Goff

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Men's Book Club
May 18, 2016, 7:30 pm Book:Book The Big Short by Michael Lewis Host: Sam Southerland
Men's Book Club Site
Women's Book Club
May 19, 7:30 pm book: "The Sixth Extinction:  An Unnatural History," by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014). Hostess:Pat Oakes
Women's Book Club Site
Adult Sunday School
The adult class will be viewing and discussing the Great Courses video Great Figures of the New Testament.
Micah 6
Micah 6 Needs volunteers to work at the food pantry. Contact Linda Williams at lindahop@lindahop.com
Lifeworks
Lifeworks needs canned vegetables. Please donate in the basket at the back of the church.
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408 West 23rd Street, Austin TX 78705 Map (512) 472-2370 ucausti@swbell.net