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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 29

THIS SUNDAY, MAY 29, we will be reading and reflecting on Acts 8: 26-40. This will also be the last Sunday that our choir sings for a while before their much deserved break for the summer. Beginning next Sunday, we’ll be enjoying our members worship gifts. r members worship gifts.

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.

Our children’s Sunday School teacher, Amy Rivera, will be studying Spanish in Xela, Guatemala, for a while this summer. We will be temporarily suspending our children’s Sunday School on June 12, 19, 24, and July 3. We wish Amy a safe, exciting, and memorable trip!

From Beth Gleason: MUCHAS GRACIAS to all who donated or participated in the CCA El Salvador Yard Sale! Our profit -$400- supports our church's mission work in Alegria, El Salvador.

The Women's Book Club meets on the third Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be a joint meetingJune 4. We will meet with the Men's book Club at Fran and Rambie Briggs home on the lake at 10:00am to share our favorite poems and a pot luck lunch.

Our Muslim sisters and brothers will observe Ramadan from June 7 to July 4 this year. In the last several years during Ramadan, members of the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in Austin have shared Iftar dinners with congregations of different religions, especially with people of Abrahamic religions. This year, Okan Dogan of the Dialogue Institute has invited ourchurch, University Christian Church, and University Baptist Church to participate in an Iftar dinner. The dinner will take place at University Christian Church on Wednesday, June 8. The general format for the dinner is as follows:
- We arrive at the event location 45 minutes before the Iftar time; this year, it is about 8:30 pm., so we arrive around 7:45 pm
- We hear a 10-15 minute presentation that introduces the month of Ramadan and Muslim fasting and its importance.
- People begin to get in line to take food at 8:15 pm
- They can generally settle until 8:30 pm and then they can eat and engage/enjoy with other people at their table.

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
June 4, 2016, 10:00 am at the Briggs' home for poetry on the lake. A joint meeting with the Women's book club.
Men's Book Club Site
Women's Book Club
June 4, 10:00 am. We will meet with the Men's book club at the Briggs' lake home for "Poetry on the Lake"
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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