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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. Serving 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 January 24

This Sunday, January 24, is the third Sunday of Epiphany. We’ll be reading Luke 4: 14-21, and in light of that lesson, reflecting on the phrase, God’s “preferential option for the poor.” After worship, Van Herd will continue leading his study of the book, Honest to Genesis.

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 31, after worship. Bring a snack or sack lunch and be ready to vote on the budget, board nominees, and other issues. This is a very important meeting, as the Trustees will be discussing our church’s financial situation and their response to the new Texas Open Carry Gun Law.

Remember the Talent Show that got cancelled last fall? Well, it's back! Friday, February 5th we will pick up where we left off, with soup and cookies at 6:00pm followed by surprisingly creative acts by your friends at the Congregational Church. The goodwill offering will support our Palestinian student. Contact Nodie (nodienice@gmail.com) to reserve a place in the line- up.

The Labyrinth Student Ministry is hosting a public lecture by Matthew Vines, “God and the Gay Christian,” at University Christian Church, Friday, February 5th, at 7:30 pm.

Gail Christeson is in the Atlantic from January 4 – February 25 on a scientific cruise. You can follow along on her adventures with the cruise blog: https://crestfest.wordpress.com/

In the Season of Lent, Rev. Dr. Jo Jensen, Rev. Cecile Adam, and Rev. Tom VandeStadt will lead a series of reflections on where and how we experience (or don’t experience) God in our everyday lives, based on the book, My Bright Abyss, by poet Christian Wiman. The series will not be a book discussion in which we critique the book. Rather, Jo, Cecile, and Tom will lift themes from the book for deeper reflection and discussion.

Please help us serve hot meals to the homeless over the winter months. The Homeless Ministry Team is once again seeking contributions of frozen meals that can be reheated for serving at either Front Porch Lunch or the Freeze Night Shelter. Prepared meals should serve about 25 hungry people, and anything that freezes and reheats well would work great – casseroles, pasta dishes, chili, etc. Please place your dishes in disposable roasting tins, cover with foil, freeze and tape a note to it indicating your name, the dish, and any reheating instructions. Then bring it to church either on Sunday or during office hours to be placed in one of the downstairs freezers. Contact John Goff (goff@ig.utexas.edu) with any questions. Thanks!

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
Jan 20 2016, 7:30 pm Annual Planning meeting host Dave Ross
Men's Book Club Site
Women's Book Club
Jan 21, 7:30 pm The Orphan Train, a Novel by Christina Baker Kline Hostess: TBD
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 needs canned vegetables. Please donate in the basket at the back of the church.
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