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The Shepherd’s Watch

March 2014 INSIDE Mission..............................2 Prime Time........................4 Adult Ministry....................5 Children & Family Ministries...........................9 True Student Ministries...11 Connect, Concerns & Calendar........................13 Subscribe to this newsletter online at

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Tell Me a Story

Stories are how friendships begin, news is told, and ideas are shared. We get to know each other through stories. The stories of our past shape our future, and they are the windows that allow others to see the unique people that God has made us. It is through story that we get to know God as well. In the Scriptures, the stories of God’s work in the lives of men and women take form and show us how God’s story and our story interact. In March, we begin a new sermon series called “Narratives.” It will be a series of sermons based on the story arc of God’s work in the Bible. Each week we will talk about how God’s story and your story are intertwined and being written day-in and day-out. Donald Miller’s book Storyline will form the backdrop for our study. You can find it on Amazon, but what I really encourage you to do is to join one of our small groups during the weeks leading up to Easter. In your small group you will have the opportunity to explore the sermons in a deeper study and to unpack the concepts that will have a life-changing impact on your life. You can sign up for a group in the Narthex after worship or online at

Larry Coulter.... Senior Pastor

What’s Ahead at SHPC

Mike Killeen.......Assoc Pastor

Beginning next month, we will launch a center for new worshiping communities at SHPC. Funded by the PCUSA’s 1001 worshiping communities, this center will be in charge of resourcing churches in a five state area as they begin to think about how they can reach out to new neighborhoods with the good news of Jesus Christ. Caz Minter, the pastor of Live Oak in Cedar Park, will take on the leadership and will work with our church to develop the center. We will have more information as the center develops firm plans for the future.

Britta Dukes.......Assoc Pastor Ted Thulin...........Assoc Pastor Sherry Smith......Adult Ministry Chris Gordon......... Children’s Ministry Beth Watson......Music Ministry Zack Uzzle...........Music Ministry Josh Coulter.......Music Ministry Pattie Lawrence.......Preschool Director

Speaking of plans, we have a team working to develop a five-year plan for our church and its ministry. They have been identifying strengths and areas of growth in our ministry together. They will then begin to work with the congregation to develop firm plans for how to move into the next five years with strong vision. Please be praying for their work ahead. See you Sunday!

Belva Koerth............Office Mgr Mary Aversa...Communication/

Business Director

One church, two locations William Cannon Campus: 5226 W. William Cannon Dr. Brodie Campus: 12420 Hewitt Lane

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MISSION Kids Hope Happenings Kids Hope is in the middle of its second year at SHPC, and we currently have 9 mentors meeting with their students weekly as well as 9 prayer partners praying for them each week. It continues to be a great success in supporting kids in their learning. We are excited to announce Karen Johnson will be the new director of the program, as Lori Whitmire has stepped down, effective March 1st. Karen is excited about leading this program and is looking forward to growing it over the next year. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved in Kids Hope, please contact Karen at Karen is looking for some volunteers for her leadership team, such as communications coordinator, events coordinator, and prayer partner coordinator. These positions don’t take a lot of time, and you don’t have to mentor to be eligible. This is a great way to get involved with Kids Hope if you are unable to commit to 1 hour each week. Another way to volunteer is our annual Easter Egg fundraiser for Williams. We will be getting a wish list of items from the teachers and you’ll be able to grab an egg

describing some these items after services closer to Easter so that you can purchase the item(s) for the teacher. Please check the bulletin as it gets closer to Easter for more information. Thanks to all the volunteers in the program. We’d love to have more people involved, so please contact us atkidshope@ We are able to provide training throughout the year.

Cold Weather Shelter When the temperature drops below freezing on a Thursday, SHPC members Chester Wuest and Mary Lynn Scheirer can be found at Central Presbyterian Church, serving dinner and providing shelter to homeless women in downtown Austin. Mary Lynn tells us she provides food to the women, but the work “feeds her soul.”

Salvation Army shelters experience a high demand, and a number of downtown churches open their doors to help out. Central Presbyterian, where SHPC volunteers help out, is set aside for women only. On most nights, between 20 and 25 women are provided dinner, a warm place to sleep and breakfast.

The Freeze Night program (also known as “Front Steps”) has been a ministry of Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church for the past 16 years. While some programs are aimed at helping neighbors recover from temporary stress by creating a longer-term stable environment, the Cold Weather Shelter is a rescue program. The goal is to provide a safe and warm spot for a few hours.

Mo O’Meara and Nancy Lowe are other frequent volunteers and they take pride in providing something special to eat for the women, and plenty of it.

How do Freeze Nights work? On very cold nights, Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) and 2

Volunteers should contact Cathy Beard at The season runs from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day, and during a normal winter, volunteers are called 2 or 3 times to either make and serve dinner or spend the night. Even though the weather’s warmed up, we’d love for you to consider this as a possible ministry for next winter! Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church

Thank You, Riders and Donors! The Ride for Refuge bicycling event on Feb. 8th raised money for refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking and other displaced people in Austin, Texas.

directly with rental assistance with a smaller portion set aside for program development and to enhance the services RST Austin offers to the community.

Riders rode one of three different routes starting and ending from Yellow Bike Project (a local volunteer-led initiative) on what began as a chilly morning and turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day. Cheers came in as waves of riders returned, and each rider was warmed up with a Ride for Refuge t-shirt, hot drinks, food and the chance to win several different raffle prizes - all provided free of charge by local businesses. We are proud to announce that Christie Wright led an SHPC team which raised over $1,200! Thank you riders and donors!

Organization for the event took place over the past several months and was not only incredibly successful in raising funds but also in raising public awareness for refugees in Austin.

Ride for Refuge drew in over 170 riders on 25 teams, 50 volunteers, and over $20,000 that will make an incredible impact on the families RST Austin helps each day. The majority of funds will be utilized to support struggling families

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RST Austin believes it now has an additional 220 advocates for refugees and other displaced people who will continue to support this population as well as the important work the organization provides to the community in the coming years. RST Austin plans to hold another Ride for Refuge next year and hops to increase the funds generated and number of participants involved.


PRIME TIME PrimeTime Spring Retreat, ST. PAUL SPEAKS: Speaking the Truth in Love Tuesday, April 29th to Thursday, May 1st

This year our time together will be centered on the words of Paul. Our special guest will be Philip Smith who will share his “Performance Scripture” with us in two special dramatic presentations. We will also have various lessons, meditations, and worship led by Rev. Larry Coulter, Rev. Ted Thulin, Joyce Stewart (original founder of the Senior Adult Ministry at SHPC), and Sherry Smith (Director of Adult Ministry). We will once again be at the lovely Camp Buckner in Marble Falls. The rooms are hotel style with two double beds and private bathroom with shower. There are some rooms specially equipped as handicapped rooms so please request that if you wish. The guest rooms are very near the meeting room. Rides can be given to the dining hall for those who don’t wish to

walk. Rides can also be arranged to get to the camp. The cost will be $195 for a single person in a room or $145 each for two people sharing a room. The cost includes 5 meals plus fireside s’mores. Brochures are available in the narthex and office. Some partial scholarships are available. Contact Sherry Smith at to request a scholarship.

PERFORMANCE SCRIPTURE When the Apostle Paul wrote his letters, only about five percent of the people could read. Originally, biblical writings were communicated orally. Believers memorized and recited these texts. Today, this method of bringing the Bible to life is known as performance scripture. continued, page 7

PRIME TIME IS READY FOR SPRING!! Beanbag Baseball Stick around after church on March 23rd for Beanbag Baseball and hot dogs! IT’S FREE! Just come to the Family Ministry Center at about 12:15 and be prepared to have fun. If you’ve never experienced one of these events – it’s a hoot! Even if you don’t want to play, come have a hot dog and cheer for your favorite team – The Saints or The Sinners. Please join us for the Adult Fellowship Lunch Bunch on Saturday, March 15th, at 11:30 am. We’ll be at BJ’s Restaurant, 5207 Brodie Lane in Sunset Valley. The restaurant has an American fare menu and a comfortable place for us to gather. Make your reservations by calling Gay Langston at (512) 607-6516, or email Gay at by March 13th. Hope to see you there! 4

Coming in April...

On April 3rd, we will take a Bus Trip to Fredericksburg to visit the Nimitz Museum, the National Museum of the Pacific War. We will also have time for lunch on your own and shopping. Cost for the adventure is $30 per person. Contact Annie or Ron Ward for reservations at 512-373-8803. Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church

ADULT MINISTRY Join A ‘Narratives’ Small Group During Lent! We are excited to announce that SHPC is going to be participating in a Lenten Sermon Series & Small Group Study called ‘Narratives’ with other Presbyterian Churches in the area (Westlake, Hope, St. John’s, Dripping Springs & Live Oak). Similar to Explore God, all the churches will be preaching on the same themes each week. To go along with the sermons Westlake has put together a fantastic Small Group study guide. Narratives is designed to make the season of Lent deeply meaningful and transformative. Using eight common elements of storytelling, we will spend eight weeks looking at scripture, the world, and our own lives as we seek to live a better story. One of the goals for this series is to consider our own life’s story. To help in this end, WHPC has developed a website called Storylab. For those who want to take a step deeper, they can go to

There you will find additional passages of scripture as well as writings, poems, photos, and movie clips which build off the theme for each week. This is a unique way to enrich your experience throughout this study. The Narratives sermon series will begin on March 9th and last 8 weeks through April 27th. Because of where Spring Break (March 10-14) lands we are going to have Small Groups at SHPC start the week following Spring Break. Due to starting the Small Groups after the second sermon in the series, our Small Groups will run 7 weeks. Whether you have participated in small group before or you never have, we strongly encourage you to sign up for an 7-week Narratives Small Group. Small groups give you the opportunity to live in and be in community with other believers. Serving with you for His Glory,

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During these dramatic presentations Philip Smith assumes the voice and personification of the Apostle Paul, a real man with real concerns and passions. Paul speaks to you while chained in a Roman prison and you become a member of the 1st century church.

loved the 1st century churches he had helped to establish.

1st Performance: THE GOSPEL 2nd Performance: OF GOD’S LOVE “God demonstrates His own love P H I L I P P I A N S for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

“Rejoice in the Lord, always. I will say it again, rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

Be blessed by this personal encounter with Paul as his divinely inspired words of encouragement, edification and spiritual growth come to life. Through his words we can see and experience how much God loves us and how much Paul

Paul speaks to you in this dramatic presentation from the letters he wrote to the Romans, the Ephesians and the Corinthians [various translations]. This message is the heart of the gospel: God loves us so much He gave his Son to save

Paul speaks about experiencing whole, healthy mature living in the face of suffering, anxiety and death. In spite of Paul’s circumstances and suffering, no book in the bible is so filled with hope and joy as is this letter to the Philippians.

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the world and His Son, Jesus, loves us so much His death, burial and resurrection is for our sins.



Morning Men’s Groups @ Both Campuses! Attention SHPC Men: You are invited to attend either of the Men’s Groups that will meet twice a month. These groups will meet on Tuesday mornings from 6:30-7:30am. The William Cannon group will meet in the FMC & be led by Larry. The Brodie group will meet in the sanctuary at St. John’s & be led by Ted. These groups will be a time to talk over a good cup of coffee, to build community and to grow in

relationship with Jesus Christ. It will also be a time to pray & encourage each other to be servant leaders in our families, and in the church. Both groups will meet on Tuesdays March 4th & 18th. If you are interested or have any questions please email Ted at We are also incredibly excited to announce that there will be 4 Man Events throughout the year. What’s a Man Event? It is a time of fellowship

and male bonding with SHPC men getting together to do really cool guy things & speak to the heart of men, while building community. The very 1st Man Event will be Saturday April 26th at the Boob Ranch where there will be motorcycle riding, skeet shooting, swimming, steaks on the grill & a special guest speaker. Mark it on your calendar now. More details to come.

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17

Become a DISCIPLE Disciple! “If you make my word your home, you will indeed be my disciples.” (John 8:31) Want to be a better disciple? Want a very enriching personal experience? Want to be in the midst of a small family of believers as you study together? Become disciple!



It’s time to start considering whether or not this is the year you start your first Disciple Bible Study or maybe go back for another upper level class. We hope to offer levels 1, 3, and 4 this year. Disciple is a nine-month, September to May, Bible study that meets for two hours each week for thought provoking group discussions on challenging Scripture


readings and study manual questions. Though there is a great deal of study involved, the heart of this program is about transformation rather than just information. Participants learn how to live their lives as disciples. If you are ready to get on the “interested” list for any class, please contact me at or Bob Beardslee at bobcarol1955@att. net. Also, let us know of requests for class times or days. We begin sign-up now so we can train leaders, reserve class space, and order materials over the summer. So, start praying about this now and decide if you’re ready to commit to nine months of transformative scriptural study with about a dozen old and new friends.

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New Women’s Study SHPC Women: what are you doing this Lenten season to focus on God and His many promises to us? All women are welcome to join us for this 6 week Women’s Bible Study on Tuesdays March 18 -April 22 9:30-11:30 am at the William Cannon Campus to discover how God's promises are always true and that we can trust Him to be faithful to His word no matter situation what we face.

Mary Martha News At this month’s Mary Martha Circle, Nita Snyder will teach the lesson, “The Mighty Widow,” on March 6th, from 10:00 to noon in Portable B on the William Cannon Campus. Barbara Whitlock will provide cookies and coffee. Please come join us for refreshments, fellowship and thoughtful conversation as we continue our study together!

Childcare provided. For more information or to register contact Nancy Herlin at or 512-784-2627.

What is a Stephen Minister? by Deborah Ballew

SHPC Men’s Book Club The SHPC Men’s Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7 pm in Room 9 on the William Cannon Campus. Join us as we discuss Katy Butler’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to A Better Way of Death. Gene Wright will lead the discussion. Goodreads provides the following description of the book: In this visionary memoir, based on a groundbreaking New York Times Magazine story, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for ‘Good Deaths’ and the forces within medicine that stood in the way. . . . With a reporter’s skill and a daughter’s love, Butler explores what happens when our terror of death collides with the technological imperatives of medicine. Her provocative thesis is that modern medicine, in its pursuit of maximum longevity, often creates more suffering than it prevents. This revolutionary blend of memoir and investigative reporting lays bare the tangled web of technology, medicine, and commerce that dying has become. And it chronicles the rise of Slow Medicine, a new movement trying to reclaim the ‘Good Deaths’ our ancestors prized. Knocking on Heaven’s Door is a map through the labyrinth of a broken medical system. It will inspire the difficult conversations we need to have with loved ones as it illuminates the path to a better way of death.

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Stephen Ministers are laypeople – Christian men and women-trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need We’ve all experienced a time of need when our life was “messy”? Maybe you had a good friend you could lean on or a family member who was there for you, remember how grateful you were for that “leaning post”? Unfortunately not everyone has someone they can turn to in a time of need, that’s what a Stephen Minster has been trained to do. They are here to walk along someone who’s life has become “messy” to listen and be there for that person.. Are you someone people confide in? Are you willing to listen when a friend or acquaintance needs someone to talk to? Are you looking for a way to serve? Come take a look at what the Stephen Ministry has to offer! Informational meetings will take place Wednesday February 26th and Saturday March 1st. Watch for more information in the bulletin.


Adult Ministries Schedule - Spring 2014 SUNDAY

Men’s Bible Study 10:45-12:00 Library, (Glenn Dukes) Alpha Course 6:00 - 8:00 Wm Cannon *Watch for details regarding room, (Greg Williford)


Icing on the Cake 9:30 - 12:00 W-Rm 8 Women’s Bible Study 9:30 - 11:30 W-A (Nancy Herlin) Soup to Nuts: 3rd Tues. of Feb & May in FMC 11:00-1:00 Women’s Book Club: 3rd Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry 3rd Tues. 7:00 p.m. W-Port A


PrimeTime Ministry Council meeting: 2nd Wed. 1:00-2:30 Library – (Mary Helen MacAllister) Parables of Jesus 10:00 - 11:30 W-Library (Bob Beardslee) Financial Peace University 6:30-8:00 Brodie Campus (Wendy & Zach Uzzle)


MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers): 9:30 – 11:30 alternating weeks FMC – (Kim Schafer) ARCM (Association of Retired Christian Men): 10:00 – 11:30 Library – (Ron Miller) Mary-Martha Circle: 1st Thurs. 10:00 – 11:30 Port B –Sept-May (Diane O’Leary moderator) Prayer Shawl Ministry 3rd Thurs. 10:00 a.m. W-Port A Men’s Book Club: 1st Thurs. 7:00-8:30 Rm 9 (Stefan Haag)


Yoga – FMC 9:30 (Jessica Goulding) Piece on Earth Quilting: 4th Saturday, 10:15 - 3:00, Valli and Kim Quilt Shop, (Dee Merrell), 512-829-4352

Note that Disciple classes are a full year beginning in the fall and are not listed here, as they are not available for new registrations. When the 2014/2015 Disciple classes become available for sign-up, they will be listed in the schedule. Narratives series small groups begin the week of March 16th. Sign up for a small group online at


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CHILDREN & FAMILIES Daddy-Daughter Sock Hop This year’s Daddy Daughter Dance is a 50’s-themed sock hop! And for the Moms...Ladies Night Out with a fun 50’s-themed movie in the sanctuary! Childcare will be available for children (preschool-3rd grade) not attending the dance. Registration begins March 1st, 2014. Cost is $5 per family.

Planners Wanted! Our planning team is looking for a few more helping hands to put this year’s Daddy Daughter dance together. So… if you have a knack for snacks, a love of crafts, a flair for decorating, or just plain love to PLAN.. we need you! Each team has a coordinator who will fill you in on the task at hand. Time commitment includes sharing ideas, completing the tasks you are assigned, helping set-up before the event and cleaning up after (if applicable). No meetings to attend. If you are interested in learning more, contact Pastor Britta at or (512) 892-3580, ext. 107.

Preschool News This month we are learning a bible verse from Deuteronomy 6:5 Love The Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. The kids enjoyed our very own Winter Olympics as well as sweet treats during their Valentine’s Day parties. With the very cold temps the past few weeks, we are looking forward to some beautiful spring days and activities!

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VBS Registration is Here!

Register early for Workshop of Wonders Monday through Friday, June 16-20 9:00am – 12:00pm For all: • Preschool children, 3 yrs through PreKinder • Elementary children, graduating Kindergarten through 3rd grade • Youth and Adult Volunteers who want to make this week extra special! This summer, we will discover how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God. We’ll experience the love of Jesus, have adventures together, and use our imaginations and our creativity to build our faith. And, of course, we will meet people from the Bible who used what they had to produce something amazing with God. We’ll use our hearts, minds, and imaginations to participate in the creative life of God, the one who works wonders! Please join us by registering children or volunteers beginning March 1st at VBS is $40/child; $100/3+ children or FREE for 5-day volunteers! These rates will change May 15th, so don’t delay! Register today! You are the God who works wonders. – Psalm 77:14

Sign Up to Splash with Club H2O! Monday through Friday, August 4-8 10:00am-3:00pm For all: • Graduating 4th and 5th graders (priority registration) • Graduating 3rd graders may register as space allows, beginning May 1 Club H2O is our coolest week of the summer! Join us for fun games, a journey through the ministry of Jesus, and some rip-roaring adventures to some of the hottest swim spots in Austin. This year's locations may include: • ZDT adventures in Seguin • Granite Beach on Lake LBJ • NEW! Hawaiian Falls in Pflugerville Registration opens March 1st at, and is limited to 50 participants. Club H2O is $125.00/camper and includes transportation, materials, and all venue entry fees. For more information on any SHPC summer activities for children, please contact Chris Gordon:

March’s Virtue

FORGIVENESS Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay


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TRUE STUDENT MINISTRIES Understanding Teenagers by Rev. Mike Killeen

I know what kind of response the title, Understanding Teenagers, evokes. “Really, Mike, how much article space do you need to say, ‘Your guess is as good as mine’?” What about, “I do not know what’s going on in my teenager’s brain, and I’m not sure that I want to know.” It’s true. Parenting a teenager may feel uncertain most of the time, and attempting to climb into the brain of one’s teen is not for the faint of heart. Developing a deeper understanding in some key areas, however, can strengthen your parenting confidence as well as the bond between you and your teen.

Back in the Day... Have you ever caught yourself saying, “When I was a kid...”? That phrase is our attempt to get our kids to understand where we are coming from as adults, but sadly, most of the kids we try to share our wisdom with don’t understand the context of those lessons at all. The tough truth for us as parents is that kids today are growing up in a vastly different world than the one we hearken back to.

The first thing to remember is that being a teenager isn’t any easier today then it was when you were a youngster. It is different, not easier. There is so much going on in their little brains, that if we knew, it would make our own heads spin. I get tired just listening to the schedules many of our SHPC students keep. Their lives are hectic. Just like our own teenage experience, responsibilities are thrust onto these students while the control over their lives is still quite limited. We often forget that the emotional, physical & intellectual transition that they are going through is enormous.

teenage cultural customs and traits. We can often help translate some of the messages they send you as well as send some information that will go against the stream that you need them to hear.

One Foundational Suggestion Some of the best parents are able to take a small number of conversational tools and put it to good use at all times. If there’s one tool that we would start you with as you parent your teen, it would be this. Be willing to talk to them at any time about anything they may wish to discuss.

So understanding our teenagers is hard work. Real understanding involves work for both parents and kids—a willingness to be vulnerable with each other, and a willingness as a parent to hear your kids out. If you really want to understand them and communicate with them, you have to study the wild creatures that they are.

Don’t censor the subjects they wish to bring to the table. Open your mind and ears to their wisdom and words. No matter how uncomfortable we may be in discussing certain subjects with them, it is our responsibility to answer questions truthfully and express our worry, fear or lack of knowledge where it is appropriate.

That is where good student ministry comes in. We are not expert problem-fixers, but we are fluent in

Remember that some level of parental privacy is appropriate. You do not have to share every detail of

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your life to speak honestly with your teen. You are simply opening an important door to understand what goes on in their hearts and minds. It is really tough to understand why teenagers do the things they do when you see them flip from calm one minute to an emotional wreck the next. One day they make wise and admirable choices, and the next, disastrous mistakes. Yesterday they earned your trust, but today they lost it again.

Believe me when I say that the parents of teens throughout our congregation experience the same things as you week after week, so we’re offering a new three week parent series in April that we would love for you to be at. Come join Pastor Mike as we journey together deep into the teenage world to unlock some hidden mysteries about their Brains, their Media & their Hearts.


• April 9th: A parents’ guide to Understanding the TEENAGE BRAIN. • April 16th: A parents’ guide to understanding teen SOCIAL MEDIA. • April 23rd: A parents’ guide to understanding NEW TEEN ROMANCE. Please invite your friends to this amazing little series from the Student Ministry Team SHPC!

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SHPC March Calendar Highlights

Rooms are at our William Cannon Campus (W) or Brodie Campus (B). For complete calendar, including updates to rooms and times, visit 1 Saturday Club H20 and VBS Registration Open 9:30 a.m. Yoga W-FMC 10 a.m. Stephen Ministry Exploration, W-Library 2 Sunday PILGRIMAGE RETURNS 11 a.m. Confirmation, W-Student Lounge 11 a.m. Big Story Live!, W-FMC 12:30 p.m. Big Story Live!, B-Sanctuary (Lunch served) 6 p.m. Alpha, W-8,9 6 p.m. True H.S., W-Student Lounge 7 p.m. Malawi Study, W-Library 8 p.m. Confirmation (H.S.) W-Student Lounge 3 Monday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 7 p.m. Disciple: D2, W-B; D3, W-9 4 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Icing on the Cake, W-8 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 7 p.m. God & Family Class W-B 5 Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 10 a.m. The Parables of Jesus, W-Library 6 p.m. True Tween & Middle School, W-Student Lounge 6:30 p.m. Financial Peace University, Brodie 6 Thursday 9:30 a.m. MOPS Steering Team, W-8 10 a.m. ACRM (Association of Retired Christian Men W-Library 10 a.m. Mary Martha Circle W-B 6 p.m. Handbell Practice, W-8 8 Saturday 9:30 a.m. Yoga W-FMC 9 Sunday 11 a.m. Confirmation, W-Student Lounge 6 p.m. Alpha, W-8,9 6 p.m. True H.S., W-Student Lounge 7 p.m. Malawi Study, W-Library 8 p.m. Confirmation (H.S.) W-Student Lounge 10 Monday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 7 p.m. Disciple: D2, W-B; D3, W-9 11 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Icing on the Cake, W-8 7 p.m. God & Family Class W-B 12 Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 1 p.m. Prime Time Council, W-Library 6 p.m. True Tween & Middle Resumes, W-Student Lounge 13 Thursday 9:30 a.m. MOPS, W-FMC 10 a.m. ACRM, W-Library 7 p.m. Men’s Book Club, W-A 6 p.m. Handbell Practice, W-8 16 Sunday DEADLINE FOR FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS 11 a.m. Confirmation Class, W-Student Lounge 6 p.m. Alpha, W-8,9 6 p.m. True H.S., W-Student Lounge 7 p.m. Malawi Study, W-Library 8 p.m. Confirmation (H.S.) W-Student Lounge

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17 Monday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 7 p.m. D2, W-B; D3, W-Student Lounge 18 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Icing on the Cake, W-8 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study, W-A 1:30 p.m. Women’s Book Club, W-B 7 p.m. God & Family Class W-B 7 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry, W-A 19 Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 10 a.m. The Parables of Jesus, W-Library 6 p.m. True Tween & Middle School, W-Student Lounge 6:30 p.m. Financial Peace University, Brodie Campus 20 Thursday 9:30 a.m. MOPS Steering Team, W-8 10 a.m. ACRM, W-Library 10 a.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry, W-A 6 p.m. Handbell Practice, W-8 21 Friday MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIRMATION LEAVES FOR CORE CAMP 23 Sunday MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIRMATION RETURNS FROM CORE CAMP 11 a.m. Confirmation, W-Student Lounge 6 p.m. Alpha, W-8,9 6 p.m. True H.S., W-Student Lounge 7 p.m. Malawi Study, W-Library 8 p.m. Confirmation (H.S.) W-Student Lounge 24 Monday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 7 p.m. Disciple: D1, W-Library; D2, W-B; D3, W-9 25 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Icing on the Cake, W-8 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study, W-A 7 p.m. God & Family Class W-B 7 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry, W-A 26 Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 10 a.m. The Parables of Jesus, W-Library 6 p.m. True Tween & Middle School, W-Student Lounge 6:30 p.m. Financial Peace University, Brodie Campus 27 Thursday 9:30 a.m. MOPS, W-FMC 10 a.m. ACRM, W-Library 6 p.m. Handbell Practice, W-8 29 Saturday 10:15 a.m. Piece on Earth Quilters, (offsite) 30 Sunday 11 a.m. Confirmation, W-Student Lounge 6 p.m. Alpha, W-8,9 6 p.m. True H.S., W-Student Lounge 7 p.m. Malawi Study, W-Library 8 p.m. Confirmation (H.S.) W-Student Lounge 31 Monday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 7 p.m. Disciple: D1, W-Library; D2, W-B; D3, W-9


Anniversaries and Birthdays ANNIVERSARIES

Mar 12

Waverly Alsobrook, Laura Donnell, Mike Hagye, Temple Ingram, Ben May, Judy Schroeder, Eric Sulter

Mar 13

Melissa Grance, Mike Stiernberg, Bonnie Vaughn

Mar 14

Derek Addison Carol Gilchrist Eric Schultz Patrick Wallace

Mar 15

Deb Ballew, Lara Manire, Bill Zuraitis

Mar 16

Slade Cooper, Jenny Dietz

Mar 18

Bill Dannettell III, Holly Heinrich, Allison Sauceda

Mar 03

Bruce & Evelina Warren

Mar 04

Joe & Stacie Tracy

Mar 05

Katie Beth & Matthew Willis

Mar 06

Ken & Rosemary Clapham

Mar 11

Karen & Scott McCoy, Temple & Janet Ingram

Mar 14

Melvin & Carolyn Deutsch

Mar 15

Don & Karen Greathouse

Mar 16

Brian & Wendy Saari

Mar 20

Marty & Kimbol Soques

Mar 19

Ross Slaughter

Mar 25

Sarah & Buddy Stranahan

Mar 20

Mar 27

Denise & Brian Berry

Mar 30

Chris & Kristin Aardema

Lillian Cohle, Maddie Cooper, Andy Hutton, Heather MacLaren, Sherine Thomas, Lisa Torres

Mar 31

Stefan & Pat Haag, Rick & Kathy Lewis

Mar 21

Mickey Bell, Jean Floyd, Greg Williford

Mar 22

Brian Berry, Aaron Brinks, Brian Folkers, Tita Maxwell, Gretchen Owensby, Jim Riggs

Mar 23

Ben Brigger

Mar 23

Thure Cannon, Christine McLean, Lila Ramos, Bonnie Schramm

Mar 24

Katy Alsobrook, Jesse Bogan, Mike Bullock, Leon Johnson, Amanda Salinas, Connor Wilkins, Christie Wright

Mar 25

Mike Brauer

Mar 26

Allan Fetty, Caroline Gillis, Mary Claire Gillis, Logan Newcome

Mar 27

Marco Bortfeld, Spencer Collins

BIRTHDAYS Mar 01 Kelly Gabbart, Phyllis Greene, Haberman, Jace VandeGarde


Mar 03

Troy Spink

Mar 04

John Addison, Barbara McCollum, Toko Sato, Walker Windham

Mar 05

Kristen Chambers, Avery Garcia, Madison Royer

Mar 06

Bill Hall, Hailey Sandel, Evelina Warren

Mar 07

Katie Icenhauer-Ramirez, Hannah Sandel

Mar 28

Mar 08

Louree Eason, Ella Groves, Madeline Groves, Damen Lawler, Laren Schiller

Ria Agarwal, Vicki Brown, Dee Merrell, Deven Nuckols, Jonathan Slaughter

Mar 29

Mary Jordan

Mar 09

Harper Bogitch, Colby Carr, Peg Gray, Al Olson, Jessie Schafer, Brandon Starkjohann

Mar 30

GT Pugh

Mar 31

Mar 10

Thelma Morris, Madison Roland

Tricia Allgyer, Laurie Bender, Bryan Hakim, Robert White, Kassidy Whitmire

Mar 11

Susan Beckman Joel Cabello Troy Elley Jenna Kromann Lucy Litteaur Kassandra Stalbaum Sam Stanka Kate Wheeler Ruth Ann Widner


Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church

Please add to your prayers... Joys —Glen Vorwerk, husband of Linda, has recently celebrated his Please pray for our leaders and our

92nd birthday—On February 6, Kim & Curtis Cline welcomed their second grandchild, Gage Anthony Burk, into the world—Ruth Ann loved ones in the military… Members of the Armed Forces and Widner, voted teacher of the year at Bowie High School—Ron & Trinka Miller thank everyone for prayers for their friends, the McCrackens, all world leaders involved in war zone recovering from health issues— Shirley (Mrs. B.G.) Henry, recovering at crises including: Donn LeVie’s son-in-law, Michael Evans… David Floto, son of Carl home following surgery

Sorrows — Karen Ayers’ father passed away on February 17th Please pray for— Garland “Griff” Griffith, hospitalized—Griff Griffith’s

good friend Patty Respondek, hospitalized—Haynes Lagerquist, father of Sue, recovering from a fall—Daryl Chalberg’s cousin, Billy Davis, in hospice care—Jen Lang, family friend of Gary & Sandra Mann, whose mother is in ICU—Amy Erb, employee of Jane & Steve Thompson, back surgery—Kenneth, needing peace and hope in illness—Kristi Fisher’s mother, Phyllis Duke, recovering from surgery and awaiting cancer treatment plan—Jimmy Cline, father of Curtis, upcoming surgery—Rev. Kenneth Muyira, finishing his assignment in Karonga Malawi and moving to Mzuzu to begin counseling education—Clifford Grum, cousin of Diane O’Leary, cancer surgery—Marisa Stromberg’s brother-in-law, Danny, complications from the flu—David Dailey, son of Modena Dailey, in ICU—Marty Kidwell, friend of Pattie Lawrence, recovering from surgery—Elna Reinach’s brother-in-law, Urbie, awaiting treatment plan following tumor removal—James Howell, uncle of Sally Schilstra, surgery—Jeff and Allison Gerold ask prayer for Brady and Winnie Dodson, recently delivered a premature baby with many life—threatening complications—Shirley (Mrs. B.G.) Henry, major surgery—Pattie Lawrence asks prayer for Marty Kidwell, brain tumor with upcoming surgery—Gloria Drake asks prayer for Glenda Hamilton, surgery—Jenny Sawyer’s sister, Toni Lambert, cancer—Vic Newell, family friend of Mary Aversa, hospitalized—Austin, the city where we’re planted—Pastor Alfred Mtonga, his family, and Manyamula CCAP Church—Pastor Chimwemwe Mhango and his family—Pastor Clement Munthali and his family—Pastor Kenneth Muyila and his family—Ronica Ngulube

Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church

Floto & Ruth Ann Widner… John Fisher, nephew of Derek & Kristi Fisher… Brian Moran, friend of the Morales family… Jose Fernandez, friend of Gaston & Junie Broyles and graduate of PPAS… Mitch Guile, friend of Eddie & Stacey Reynolds… Teddy Sweredoski, friend of Stan & Jessica Wade… Tyler Moser, son of a friend of Dee & Greg Merrell… Kate Ingram, daughter of Temple & Janet Ingram… Christopher Lehmann, son of Mark Lehmann…. Larry Roberman, brother of Lori Whitmire…


2014 - March- The Shepherd's Watch Newsletter  

Monthly newsletter with updates on the congregational life and ministry at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, Austin TX