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The Shepherd’s Watch

May 2014

Issue 5


INSIDE True Student Ministries.....2 Mission..............................4 Adult Ministry....................5 Prime Time......................12 Children & Family Ministries.........................13 Connect, Concerns & Calendar........................16 Subscribe to this newsletter online at

Staff Guide Larry Coulter.... Senior Pastor Mike Killeen.......Assoc Pastor 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 Belva Koerth............Office Mgr

T-minus 936 and counting. Tick

It begins the moment you take home that precious child from the hospital or adoption agency. Tick She says her first words and takes her first steps. Tick He gets on the school bus and waves goodbye from the window. Tick The first crush. First date. First kiss. First heart break. Tick...Tick...Tick...Tick During all these moments in life there has been a countdown clock steadily ticking away. This clock is has always been there; we just pay less attention to it at times. The clock has been counting down the weeks you have left with your son or daughter before they head off to college and beyond. There are just 936 weeks (or so) from birth till graduation from high school. Tick You do know that someday your kids will grow up and move out. You have been building this amazing adult, spending quality time crafting them and

setting them on the right trajectory. You have been doing all your pre-launch preparation, but are you ready? Are they ready? By the 5th grade you still have 354 weeks but only 6 real summers left. You do know that they can not live with you forever. They are going to leave. Tick! By 9th grade, you have 208 weeks left with your high-schooler before they’re headed to the next adventure. By their senior year, they are on the launch pad and are prepping and ready to go! Are you ready? Reggie Joiner says that it is, “time over time that matters.” What we do with our kids today and tomorrow makes a difference. The values, character and the faith we build into our kids year after year makes an even bigger difference. What you do with your kids day after day and year after year really matters. It is time to get serious about what you do with your time. So with the summers...weeks...days left, what will you do? How will you continue to build in them the faith and hope that will carry them when they are adults? It’s time to make the time count! The clock is ticking.

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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It is not all bad when you fail by Michael Killeen

We fail. We all at some point in our life fail. Those failures can be devastating and painful. They can be huge set backs in our plans. However, we rarely learn much from our victories; it is failure that often facilitates life’s teachings. So in 6th grade, when I told Timmy Timminson that I could bunny hop my bike over his body, one of two things was going to happen. Either joyful success or painful failure as gravity teaches me--and Timmy-a hard life lesson. That day ended in a bruised ego for me and a few bruised ribs for Timmy. It is when we fail that we become open to other ideas. What could I have done differently? What was in my control and what was not? What will I do differently next time? We also have to remember that our failures do not keep us from being used by God. In fact, many of the biggest names in the Bible

are the names of people with BIG TIME failures on their resumes. Moses killed a guy and then later failed to follow God’s specific instructions. King David had an affair with Bathsheba, conceived a child and had her husband killed in battle. Simon Peter, one of Jesus’s best friends and closest disciples denied even knowing who Jesus was. The rest of the disciple could not even remain awake when Jesus asked them to be praying for him. When it comes to failure, you are in good company. It’s important to remember that we get to choose what do we do after we have failed and are living in the consequences. 1. Remember that you failure now may led to success later if you are willing to learn from it. 2. Just because you failed this time does not mean you will always


fail. Did you know that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team? He certainly found success later though, didn’t he? 3. Do not beat yourself up, instead pick yourself up and learn. Speak kindly to yourself. Turn off your failure mix tape and start hearing the voice of God encouraging you forward. 4. The most successful leaders often lead more effectively after failures. 5. Do not let your fear of failure keep you from trying again. 6. Whenever you try something new and outside of your comfort zone, failure is a possibility...but so is success. I invite you to take a look at your life’s successes and failures and answer the question, “When did I learn the most?”

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CONGRATULATIONS CONFIRMATION CLASS OF 2014 The Confirmation Class of 2014 completed their class Tuesday, April 8th, when they presented their faith statements and affirmed their faith before the session. It was a wonderful and inspiring evening! On Palm Sunday, 12 students were recognized at William Cannon and 2 at Brodie during worship. Three of the Confirmands were also baptized, and one student reaffirmed her baptismal vows. It was a wonderful celebration as these students affirmed their faith before their SHPC family!

2014 Confirmands:

Confirmands Baptized on Palm Sunday

• Alexandra Aversa

• Lily Harris

• Jason Brady

• Madison Lee

• Madison Lee

• Cameron Carr

• Andrew Lewis

• Abigail Richter

• Devin Chalberg

• Brandon Parker

• Cameron Carr

• Caleb Dukes

• Morgan Reeves

• Luke Fisher

• Abigail Richter

• Andrew Franco

• Alec Schultz

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Reaffirming Baptismal Vows • Alexandra Aversa


MISSION Refugee Services of Texas: Welcoming a New Family by Cathy Beard

Do you like learning about different cultures, even different religions? If so, please consider helping us welcome a new refuge family arriving this month! The mission committee needs a few dedicated folks who can participate in SHPC’s sponsorship of a newly arriving refugee family. Our initial duties include helping set up their apartment, collecting furniture, buying groceries (you may be given an exotic grocery list of things you have never heard of!), meeting them at the airport and basically being their new friend. Our commitment to the family is for six months but you may volunteer for any amount of time. You may be asking, “Who are theses refugees, why are they here, and why are we helping them?” Currently refugees are arriving from Burma, Bhutan, Cuba, and Iraq. International legal protection of refugees centers on a person meeting the criteria for refugee status as defined in the 1951 Refugee Convention. The term “refugee” shall apply to any person who: “...owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social

group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.” SHPC has sponsored many refugee families over the past six years, and it is a rewarding ministry to serve in. The Bible offers many passages describing how we are to treat refugees, and many of the most important people in the Bible were refugees, even Jesus himself. To learn more about refugee resettlement and to inquire about details for this particular family please contact Cathy Beard. Thank you! 512-589-5634, Gently used furniture such as a couch, dining room table and chairs, dressers, end tables, and lamps are needed. Clothing and age-appropriate toys will be appreciated once we learn more about the family.

Piece on Earth Mission Quilts! If you would like to join us to work on lap quilts, we will meet on Saturday, May 24, at the Valli and Kim Quilt Shop in Dripping Springs from 10:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.. No experience is needed, and the quilts will be donated during the Christmas season to seniors around Austin. To join our e-newsletter or to find out more about this group, please contact Dee Merrell 512-829-4352 or Lynn Wright, 512-288-0188. 4

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ADULT MINISTRY What We Should All Know About Poverty Every Monday in June 6:30-8:00 p.m. Larry Coulter teaching Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36 As a church, we are heavily invested in ministry to the poor. It is the work to which Christ has called us. Is our work effective? Do we understand those whom we serve? Does our church have a socio/ economic divide? When does our help become hurting? What can I personally do?

When we begin to help make a difference, these and other questions arise. The What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty class will begin to stretch our thinking as we wrestle with the tough questions of “helping”. We will use the workbook of the same name, by Bill Ehlig and Ruby Payne, to guide our discussion. If you are trying to live out Christ’s call to be a light to the world this class will poke the hard questions and provide answers. I hope you will join us.

Congratulations Disciple “Graduates”! Disciple Sunday was celebrated on April 27th. Congratulations to all our 2014 Disciple “graduates” and extra-special congratulations to this year’s multi-level graduates who have now completed all four years of Disciple Bible Study.

All graduates receive a Disciple lapel pin in the theme color of their current study. The following students will also receive a special multi-level pin: Britta Dukes, Connie Schroeder, Lisa Crawford, Claudia Lauber, Kimbol Soques, Laura Morales, Kathy Lewis, and Sue Lagerquist.

Recognizing Scripture by Bob Beardslee

Sermons at SHPC are always based on particular passages of Scripture. Since the days of the Protestant Reformation, Presbyterians have placed a very high value on God’s Word, so much so, that it is the foundation of our life in God and the center of our worship. The Bible is where we learn about God and our relationship with him and with each other. Pastor Larry tells us to follow along in our own Bibles or the ones at our chairs as he reads Scripture,

but when you open the Bible to the day’s Scripture, do you find yourself trying to understand the context for that particular passage? Do you struggle to find the book and passage in the Bible? At Shepherd of the Hills, we have a solution to that problem. The Disciple courses take us into the Bible to understand the structure, the authors, the context and history of “The Book of Books.” Disciple classes are groups of 8 to 14 people under the leadership of a facilitator who has been trained specifically

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in the Disciple program. The group meets once a week for two hours to study to discuss Bible passages, then participants are assigned weekly readings which take about 40 minutes a day to complete. During this period, participants will study the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The length of each study is 32 to 34 weeks, beginning in September and finishing in May. A marvelous attribute of this program, is that over this course of study you will make lasting friendships with your classmates as 5

Five Year Plan Update The Five Year planning committee continues its work as we move into the spring. At the end of April a link was sent to every member, asking him or her to fill out a survey called the Reveal survey. This survey will give the team a snapshot of strengths and weaknesses of our church and will be the foundation for its work. In the summer, focus groups around various areas will be put together to begin forming plans going forward. The focus groups will include worship, mission, stewardship, adult ministries, facilities and the 290 land. We will be reviewing progress at the Brodie campus and capturing the lessons we have learned over the last year about launching a new site. In September we will have a plan in place that will guide us over the next five years. Please be praying for this important work. If you haven’t had a chance to fill out your survey, go to the five year planning page on our website, shpc. org/five-year-plan and follow the links to the survey.

you progress in your discipleship. Strangers in week one will become intimate, caring children of God by the conclusion of the study. There are 4 levels in the Disciple Program. Disciple 1, the foundation of the program, is required before taking Disciple courses 2 to 4. The course of each study is evenly divided between the Old Testament and the New Testament. When participants complete the study, they more clearly understand Scripture, and they have a great grasp of background and context each Sunday when Scripture is read. Come join us in the grand adventure of studying God’s Word. Sign-up begins now for the fall classes so that we can train leaders and order materials over the summer. For more information concerning the course or signing up for it, contact Bob Beardslee at or Sherry Smith at

SHPC Men’s Book Club The SHPC Men’s Book Club meets on Thursday, May 8th at 7 p.m. in Room 9 on the Wm Cannon Campus to discuss Sam Allberry’s Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrected Life. In this brief, inspirational book, Allberry describes how Christ’s resurrection provides four things: assurance, transformation, hope, and mission. As Allberry notes in his introduction, “The resurrection changes everything. It guarantees our forgiveness, empowers us to change, and gives us a hope for a future and an urgent mission in the present.” Join us as Stefan Haag leads the discussion. For more information, contact Stefan Haag by phone (512-288-3479) or email (

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Calling single adults! SPARC! is the Single Presbyterian Adult Recreational Community, a multi church group, open to single adults (even non-Presbyterians!) for the purpose of creating community together and having fun! Events in May: • May 3: 2:00 PM Jester King’s Brewery • May 16: 7:30 PM Dinner at Red’s Porch, followed by dancing at the Broken Spoke Join us, Like us on Facebook and invite your friends!


Living Into God’s Story The ‘Narratives’ Small Group Lenten Study that started at the beginning of Lent and went through Easter, has now concluded. We had 11 small groups with 125 total participants. Whether you were able to participate in a small group or hear the sermon series, we hope that you have gained a better understanding about what it means to live into your role in God’s story. We all have a choice of whether we want to have a supporting role in God’s story or a leading role in our own. Living into God’s story means living for His purposes, His plots, and His transformations. I hope to that a take away for you has been the power in sharing your life story & intentionally listening to others. Friends, you have a role in God’s larger story. Will you play it? Will you seek to live a better story? We are currently working on our Small Group roll out for the Fall and will pass on more information to you in the near future. If you participated in a ‘Narrative’ small group, I strongly encourage you to share your experience with others. We are hoping to grow more and more into a church that meets in circles, not just rows. Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church

Jesus in the Gospels to be offered again The Bible study called Jesus in the Gospels is what is called a “Disciple Second Generation Study.” It is somewhat similar to the original Disciple Bible Study series but has a more concentrated focus. The focus is on the portraits of Jesus found in the four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The word “in” used in the title signals that this study takes an approach different from the familiar “life and teaching of Jesus” approach. This study looks at the way each individual Gospel writer presents events and teachings and at the picture of Jesus that emerges in each of the Gospels. In the standard Disciple classes the fall is spent in the Old Testament and the spring in the New Testament. In this study, selections from both will be read each week. The Old Testament passages will be those that help explain what is happening and being referred to in the New Testament. From time to time, readings from the Apocrypha are also included to aid understanding of the Jewish thought-world Jesus inherited.

In this 30 week class, participants will read the four Gospels and considerable amounts of scripture from other parts of the Bible. The class will be 2 hours each week. Currently, it looks like the class will be on Monday mornings from 9:30-11:30 unless we receive requests for a different day and time. Along with the standard class study manual, you will receive a Gospel Comparison manual which places side by side the particular verses you will be focusing on that week. You will learn the particular points of view of each of the Gospel writers. These four canonical portraits of Jesus focus on him by the ways they situate him in time and place. Participants will encounter a Jesus who is both hard to ignore and hard to control – an attractive, commanding, morally compelling figure who is our Lord and Savior. For more information, or to sign up, contact Sherry Smith at

Seder Dinner This Maundy Thursday, Shepherd of the Hills celebrated a Seder Dinner together. Sharing a Passover dinner was a new experience for many of us, and was a fun way for the SHPC family to consider God’s power to free us all as well as a remembrance of the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples.

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Stephen Ministry: Ready to Serve You As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen 1 Peter 4:10-11 One year ago 17 of your fellow congregants made a commitment to all of you to be available when you need a shoulder to lean on or just someone to listen to you by becoming Stephen Ministers. We made the commitment to serve anyone who reached out to the Stephen Ministry and while it was not an easy decision as many of us weren’t sure what we were getting into when we answered the called but we have grown in our faith by the training we’ve received and the help we’ve been blessed to provide. Here’s what some of your current Stephen Minister’s have to say about being a Stephen Minister, “I have learned how to be comfortable relating to

people in grief, coping with illness and other difficulties. Stephen Ministry has been life-enriching for me in the relationships with the training group and also with my care receiver.” “Loving kindness helps the care receiver cope with life and strengthens the care giver.” “Christ’s church is everywhere you find it by being open to be of service. I have experienced this in Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministry encourages me to see opportunity to serve in so many places.” The following message from a care receiver, THIS is why we are here at SHPC. “The ministry and my care giver came to my rescue and walked me through some trying times. My care giver’s kind heart, listening skills and genuine care and support helped me more than I have words.” Do you want to know more about Stephen Ministry? Possibly you are in need of someone to walk alongside you. Stephen Ministry is private and confidential and someone is ready to help you.

Mark Your Calendars for Family Camp! August 30-September 1

On Labor Day Weekend we are going to the Guadalupe River for Family Camp! Camp Capers, near Boerne, is our location for a fun-filled all inclusive weekend for your whole family. Watch for the complete information in the June Newsletter but mark your calendar now.

Adult Ministries Schedule - Spring 2014 SUNDAY

Men’s Bible Study 10:45-12:00 Library, (Glenn Dukes)


Icing on the Cake 9:30 - 12:00 W-Rm 8 Soup to Nuts: 3rd Tues. of 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)


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: 2nd 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.


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Tell us who should receive the Caring Forever award for 2014 Because of the generosity of the congregation, our Caring Forever Endowment Fund is able to grant an award of $1500 this year to an organization or individual who is working to share the Love of Christ through caring for others. Past awards have been made for work with the homeless, mission work in Cuba, disaster relief work, education and Campus Ministry work. Each of these have been suggested by the congregation through a nomination form like the one below and selected by the Caring Forever Endowment Fund committee. This is where you come in. You can nominate a worthy work by filling in this nomination form and placing it in the Caring Forever Box in the Narthex, or by returning it to the church office. Be sure to get your nomination in by May 25, 2014. Just like every year, the award is coming only from the earnings of the Endowment Fund. After all, that’s the way it works. The principal of the Fund–your contributions–are never spent. They stay in the Fund to keep it serving great works year after year. Help continue to perpetuate the legacy God has given us through his Son, Jesus Christ!

HELP GROW THE CARING FOREVER ENDOWMENT FUND Honor a loved one with your gift. The Caring Forever Endowment Fund award keeps growing, thanks to your support. It is a real blessing to be able to provide meaningful monetary support for someone who is answering God's call! On June 15th, Father's Day, the recipient(s) of this year's award will be announced. Between now and then, please consider supporting these annual awards by contributing the Caring Forever 2014. If you want to make your contribution in honor of someone, just complete the form below, fold with your monetary gift, put it in an envelope and place it in the offering plate or bring it to the church office. We will send a special note to the appropriate person to let them know of your gift. If the gift is in honor of your mother, we will send her a special Mother's Day card. Have questions? Just ask Dan Brinks, Endowment Committee Chair.

All nominations will be reviewed by the task force and the Caring Forever 2014 Award will be presented in church on Father’s Day June 15.

Nomination forms and Contribution forms for the Caring Forever Endowment Fund will be available in Yellow Pages and in the Narthex throughout the month of May.


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Brodie Campus Happenings & News The new building at our Brodie Campus for is done! We are thrilled with how it has turned out. There is a beautiful sidewalk that leads an amazing, enormous deck. Once inside the building, you walk into a big, open, inviting room with lots of windows. There is a kitchen nook at one end and a stage at the other, along with three storage closets, and I finally have an office! We are also excited that there will also be a workstation set up in the back of the room so we’ll have additional meeting and work space. I want to thank everyone again who gave financially to make the dream of this building a reality. I can’t thank Mary enough for the amazing job she did coordinating all the subcontractors. We have been blessed with great people

who are excellent at their crafts. Darrel Hayes did an amazing job on building the deck, along with Don Greathouse who volunteered so much of his time and talent. Thanks to Darrel & Don, that deck is going be put to great use by lots & lots of people. I also want to thank Kevin, Steve, Loma, Bruce & Rose for all their volunteer work on the deck. And for the Saturday morning crews that included Rich, Tara, Holly, Alex, Ted, Larry, Wayne, Sam, Carlen, Mary, and Beaman who completed the grounds preparation, including tree trimming, dirt-spreading, rock picking and the monumental task of digging the path for the sidewalk. I am excited to announce that the name of our new building is going to be ‘The Deck!” Again, when you come to our Brodie

Campus at St. John’s the most noticeable feature is the new deck. We will have groups meet on the deck and in the deck. As people drive by on Brodie they will notice deck and the people on it. If you have not had a chance to see The Deck come on down! We should be cleared by the city of Austin to occupy it by early May. Our plans to open The Deck will include: a ribbon cutting ceremony on a Sunday morning, Session meeting on May 13th, and a Grand Opening Celebration—our annual Holy Smokes BBQ—on Sunday June 1st. We can’t wait for ya’ ll to see it! In the meantime, keep smilin’ and keep lovin’, keep hopin’!

The Holy Smokes BBQ will be on June 1 at our Brodie Campus. Get ready to smoke up some meat, or get your side dish on, for this All Church gathering following worship at the Brodie Campus. Come check out our new building and deck, and enjoy lunch with your SHPC family. Questions? Want to help? Email Beth Watson at

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PRIME TIME Don’t miss Soup To Nuts in May! Our speaker will be Bob Paynes, and he will give an entertaining talk on Amelia Earhart. As always, we will have a wonderful lunch planned and great fellowship. Contact Mary Helen McAllister to RSVP. (

The aptly named “Angels” were the victors in this year’s Beanbag Baseball match-up. And whether playing or cheering, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the hot dogs and other treats.

Coming in June: Austin City Hall Tour Prime Time will tour the Austin City Hall on Tuesday, June 3rd. We are to meet at the church at 9;30 AM and carpool. The tour is free, and we will eat at a nearby restaurant afterwards. Join us!


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CHILDREN & FAMILIES Calling All Creatives!

Imagine & Build with God for VBS VBS is right around the corner, and the VBS Leadership Team is looking for individuals to help us get our Workshop of Wonders ready for our VBS Visioneers on the 16th of June. We have lots of tasks that can be taken home and completed on your own time, and we can always use some helping hands. Please contact Chris Gordon for more information on how YOU can help!

Celebrate Our Volunteers: Sunday, June 8 As the school year starts to wrap up, we want to make sure we take a moment to celebrate all of the individuals who have helped to make ministries for Children and Youth so successful in 20132014. Please join us at 9:30 at Wm Cannon and 11:00 at the Brodie campus on Sunday, June 8th for a celebration of our volunteers and all that they do for the next generation at SHPC. Stay tuned for details!

Don’t Delay! Register for VBS Today! Spots are almost filled for our Workshop of Wonders VBS in June. Some of our groups are already filled! Early registration ends May 15th, and tuition prices will increase after that date. Make sure you and your child are on the list for a super fun week of discovering our own “WOW!” moments as we explore how to imagine & build with God.

Monday through Friday, June 16-20 9:00am – 12:00pm For all: • Children who are 5 yrs or in PreK (3 and 4 yr classes are full) • Elementary children, graduating Kindergarten through 3rd grade • Youth and Adult Volunteers who want to make this week extra special! Children and Adult/Youth volunteers can register at Rates after May 15: VBS is $50/child; $125/3+ children or FREE for 5-day volunteers! Registration closes for all VBS groups on Saturday, May 31. You are the God who works wonders. – Psalm 77:14

Club H2O for 3rd through 5th Grades Registration is now open for all students, 3rd through 5th grade for Club H2O in August. Jesus said, “Everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man.” Jesus told many amazing stories and there’s so much we can learn from them. During Club H2O this August, we’ll explore the parables of Jesus and learn how we can take the principles from these stories and put them into practice in our everyday lives. And, because it’s the hottest time of the summer, we’ll chill out each day at some of the coolest places in and around Austin, like: •

ZDT Adventures in Seguin

Granite Beach on Lake LBJ

NEW! Hawaiian Falls in Pflugerville

Get “fired up” with each morning’s Bible lesson, and then “cool down” with your friends every afternoon!

Monday through Friday, August 4-8 l 10:00am-3:00pm For all: • Graduating 3rd, 4th and 5th graders* • *Registration is limited to 50 campers Register at: 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: Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church


Summer Family Worship Summertime is a great time to worship as a family at SHPC. As a church, we love to have our children in worship, and recognize the importance for their faith development. But summer worship also gives us opportunities to explore Scripture in a way that is fun for families. We will also have some unique worship opportunities this summer. Watch for our GOSPEL BRUNCH, and All Campus Worship on the lawn at Brodie. You won’t want to miss it!

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Endurance Sticking with what you started even when it gets tough

GOD & FAMILY This winter, Gary Mann and Sue Lagerquist facilitated the God & Family class, with students completing the program in April. God and Family is a program for 4th and 5th graders, sponsored by Programs for Religious Activities for Youth (P.R.A.Y.) for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Protestant youth organizations. The goals of the program are • to provide an opportunity for young people and families to explore their faith together • to learn ways of strengthening families through faith. As mentors to the participants, parents worked almost--but not quite--as hard as the youth! 14

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Shepherd of the Hills Preschool Summer Camps We are very excited to be offering Summer Programming for the first time in 2014! The summer programming will be 5 stand-alone weeks of summer camp fun for 3-5 year old students (by 6/1/14) who are potty-trained. Registration for our 2014 summer programming will begin Monday, March 17 and run until we have all spaces filled. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. You may choose any or all of the weeks to enroll your student. Here are the weeks that camp will be offered: • Session 1: June 23-27 • Session 2: July 7-11 • Session 3: July 14-18 • Session 4: July 28-August 1 • Session 5: August 4-8 Camp weeks will run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. We will provide snack, we ask that you send a lunch & bottled water for your child. Each camp week will have a fun theme; summer staff is working on setting the theme & curriculum for each week. The enrollment fee for our 2014 Summer Programming will be $150.00 per week. This fee is due at the time of

registration to assure a child’s place in the program and is non-refundable. If you are interested in enrolling your child in our 2014 summer programming, please complete the registration form, attach a check for $150 for each child you are registering, and place the registration form with the check in the tuition box in the preschool office starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 17. Any registration forms received before 9 a.m. on Monday, March 17 will not be accepted. If you will be out of town on Monday, March 17th and are interested in summer programming, please contact me before you leave town. Summer programming will follow the same Minimum Standards required by the Department of Family and Protective Services, as well as the policies stated in the SHPC Parent Handbook, as our regular school year program. Additional required paperwork will be sent home to those registered at a later date and kept on file in the preschool office.

Preschool News Spring is upon us and the preschool is enjoying the gorgeous weather. The children have made resurrection rolls in preparation for Easter. It is a really great, tangible project to do with children to help them understand how Jesus was buried and His resurrection. Our Bible verse is: I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 We had an spectacular egg hunt here! Those bright, shiny eggs were everywhere and the kids had the best time finding them. Coming in the next few weeks we will be learning about things with wings, the Good Samaritan story, Mary and Martha and all things about a farm.

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SHPC May 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 Thursday PRIME TIME RETREAT RETURNS FROM CAMP BUCKNER 9:30 a.m. MOPS Steering Team, W-8 10 a.m. ACRM, W-Library 6 p.m. Handbell Practice, W-8 2 Friday MEN’S RETREAT DEPARTS FOR T BAR M 3 Saturday 9:30 a.m. Yoga W-FMC 2 p.m. SPARC! Single Adults, King Jester Brewery 6 p.m. Daddy Daughter Sock Hop, W-FMC 6 p.m. Ladies Night, W-Sanctuary 7 p.m. Launch! Grad Event, B-Sanctuary 4 Sunday MEN’S RETREAT RETURNS FROM T BAR M 10:45 a.m. Men’s Bible Study, W-Library 12:30 p.m. Guatemala Participant Mtg., W-B 6 p.m. True H.S., W-Student Lounge 8 p.m. True Deep, W-Student Lounge 5 Monday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 7 p.m. D2, W-B; D3, W-Student Lounge 6 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Icing on the Cake, W-8 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study, W-B 7 Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 2, W-9 6 p.m. True Tween & Middle School, W-Student Lounge 8 Thursday 9:30 a.m. MOPS, W-FMC 10 a.m. Mary Martha Circle W-B 10 a.m. ACRM, W-Library 7 p.m. Men’s Book Club, W-A 6 p.m. Handbell Practice, W-8 10 Saturday 9:30 a.m. Yoga W-FMC 11 Sunday MOTHER’S DAY IHN GUESTS ARRIVE 10:45 a.m. Men’s Bible Study, W-Library 11 a.m. Big Story Live!, W-FMC 12:30 p.m. Big Story Live!, B-Sanctuary (Lunch served) 6 p.m. True H.S., W-Student Lounge 8 p.m. True Deep W-Student Lounge 12 Monday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-Sanctuary 7 p.m. Disciple: D2, W-B; D3, W-9 13 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Icing on the Cake, W-8 14 Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 2, W-9 1 p.m. Prime Time Council, W-Library 6 p.m. True Tween & Middle, W-Student Lounge

15 Thursday 9:30 a.m. MOPS, W-FMC 10 a.m. ACRM, W-Library 10 a.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry, W-A 6 p.m. Handbell Practice, W-8 16 Friday 6:30 p.m. SPARC! Single Adults, Red’s Porch/Broken Spoke 18 Sunday DEADLINE FOR MAY NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS IHN GUESTS MOVE OUT 10:45 a.m. Men’s Bible Study, W-Library 6 p.m. True H.S., W-Student Lounge 8 p.m. True Deep, W-Student Lounge 19 Monday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 7 p.m. D2, W-B; D3, W-9 20 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Icing on the Cake, W-8 11 a.m. Soup to Nuts, W-FMC 1:30 p.m. Women’s Book Club, W-9 7 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry, W-A 21 Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 2, W-9 6 p.m. True Tween & Middle School, W-Student Lounge 22 Thursday 9:30 a.m. MOPS Steering Team, W-8 10 a.m. ACRM, W-Library 23 Friday 24 Saturday 8:30 a.m. All Pro Dad, Brodie Campus 10:15 a.m. Piece on Earth Quilters, (offsite) 25 Sunday 10:45 a.m. Men’s Bible Study, W-Library 6 p.m. True H.S., W-Student Lounge 8 p.m. True Deep W-Student Lounge 26 Monday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 4, W-9 7 p.m. Disciple: D1, W-Library; D2, W-B; D3, W-9 27 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Icing on the Cake, W-8 28 Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Disciple 2, W-9 6 p.m. True Tween & Middle School, W-Student Lounge 29 Thursday 9:30 a.m. MOPS, W-FMC 10 a.m. ACRM, W-Library 6 p.m. Handbell Practice, W-8 31 Saturday VBS REGISTRATION ENDS


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Welcome, New Members!

Diane Blevins

Robinette Hoover

Lynn & Daniel Weir

Not Pictured: Abby, Matt & TJ Weir

We’re glad you’re here!

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Anniversaries and Birthdays ANNIVERSARIES

May 06

Barbara Ables, Debbie Chase, Mark Smith, Linda Williams

May 07

Rachel Baschnagel, Abby Bourgeois, Claire Gerlach, Sharon Rothert

May 01

Darren & Kassandra Stalbaum, Preston & Karen Thompsen, Tim & Azam Waugh

May 02

Luke & Katy Alsobrook

May 03

Ron & Annie Ward

May 08

May 04

Rachel & Jeff Cloyd, Tom Nuckols & Sherine Thomas, Will & Aimee Petty

Devin Chalberg, Ray Litteaur, Finley Milam, Louis Mize, Donna Sphar, Don Anne Williford

May 09

May 05

Larry & Kim Coulter

Maia Batte, Larry Coulter, Grady Hicks, Adam Prosser, Connie Trevillion

May 06

Sam & Erica Taylor

May 10

Sean Ayers, Laura Burnette, Mary McLatcher, Sandy Nason

May 08

Eric Schultz & Liz Boyce

May 11

May 10

Chauvie & Suzanne Lunsford, Taylor & Dawn Houston

Anna Floyd, Elizabeth Kuse, James Lee, Colton Machu, Ethan Padovani, Tracy Reeves, Leslie Todd

May 11

Blair & Anne Streit

May 12

May 12

Ralph & Sarah Peters

Corinne Davis, Mike Devlin, Kathy Kalda, Muffie Peterson

May 14

Karen & Tim Wheeler

May 13

Will Thomas

May 15

Marvin & Susan Sprouse

May 14

May 16

Brian & Kelly Melnyk, Tommie & Daisy Bates

Blake Ahart, Andrew Bohl, Steve Donnell, Jerry Hughes

May 17

Alfred & Rita Teague, David & Lisa Laird

May 15

Kyle Folkers, Kim Harkness, Zack Smith, Zoe Smith

May 18

Alec & Courtney Smith, Chris & Cheryl Olson, Stephanie & Bryan Parker, Tracy & Steve Reeves

May 16

Mariah Owen, Connie Schroeder, Marvin Sprouse, Wes Thomas, Ruth Weese

May 17

Audrey Arthur, Jessie Greenlaw, Clara Holmes, Anthony Kirsch, Tom Nuckols, Sam Richter, Jaxson VandeGarde, Summer Whitten, Dorothy Wynne

May 18

Ruth Stein, Helen Turrentine

May 20

Glen & Linda Vorwerk, Greg & Katy Bourgeois

May 21

Dale & Shannon Shumaker, Laren & Debbie Schiller

May 22

Allan & Margaret Fetty

May 23

Lori & Pete Seiferth

May 19

May 24

David Palmer & Linda Hargrove, Mark & Cecile Hanna

Jeff Elliott, Zach Streit, Trevor VanOsselaer, Linda Vorwerk

May 20

May 25

Bear & Dayna Wallace, Bo & Dana Wilkes, David & Becca Thompson, Jim & Karen Ayers, Sarah & Sean Golliher

Will Mattingly, Natalie Thompson, Nathan Thompson, Bear Wallace

May 21

Ben Boehman, Ruth Olson, Haydn Owensby, Zach Reeves

May 27

Mark & Peggy Fetzer, Nick & Jessica Goulding, Susan & Stan Fields

May 22

Nora Manchin, Becca May, Caroline O’Leary, Alana Rooke

May 28

Tyler & Alison Boob

May 23

Kim Klotz, Santiago Sal

May 20

Sliver Anniversary: Rob & Karen Johnson

May 24

Raynell Barry, Mitch Forsythe

May 25

Jennifer Grance, Shawn McCoy, Moulton, Alfred Teague, Brian Walsh

May 26

Barbara Coleman

May 27

Rhonda Biles, Cole Brown, Cathy Greenlaw, Chris Olson, Marjorie Parmer

May 28

Lincoln Baker, Carolyn Deutsch, Candice Keen

May 29

Ann Hayes, Andre Ngalamulume, Lynn Wright

May 30

Matt Arthur, Brittany Baschnagel, Junie Ledbetter

May 31

Luis Franco, Robin Hoover, Louis Owensby, Tory VanOsselaer


Bill Ellis, Maria Sato, Justin Wallace

May 02

Glenn Dukes, Carol Lee, Sarah Naper, Boniface Ngalamulume, Dayna Wallace

May 03

Blake Ayers, Clift Bowman, Nick Goulding, Andrew Petty, Diane Ramirez

May 04

Karen Ayers, Mike Forsythe, Janet Ingram, Joey Killeen, Suzannah Land, Sarah Stranahan

May 05

Elizabeth Collins, Lisa Laird, Chauvie Lunsford, Tim Scott



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Please add to your prayers... Joys —Elizabeth and family, six months after the Halloween flood, Please pray for our leaders and our have moved into new home—Bailey Ann Clark, successful heart surgery—Catherine Thedford, mother of Deanne Pearson, has made a full recovery after over 6 months of hospitalization, rehab and home care—Susan Fields reports that the surgery of her grandson, Simon Phillips, infant son of Brady & Melissa Phillips, was a complete success— Rick & Sherry Smith welcome the birth of a granddaughter, Adeline, to Mike & Kristie Smith, sister Avery & brother Andrew. Adeline is being lovingly cared for at the St. David’s NICU—Kristal & Hagan Cohle & daughter Lillian happily announce the birth of Charlotte Jeanne—Deb Evans-Lombe is recovering well following surgery

Sorrows — Becky Unger Currier passed away March 31st—Carl Luttenbacher, husband of Mary, passed away March 26th—Bruce Roberson passed away in Corpus Christi March 27th

Please pray for—Mary Lynn Sheirer, recovering from a fall—Bob

Crafton, Jamie May’s uncle, recovering from a serious fall—Mike & Tom McNelley’s friend Karen Barrington, cancer—Betty Lindsey, recovering at home following hospitalization—Jaydon Bales-Allen, great granddaughter of Ralph & Lois Pfluger, brain surgery—Simon Phillips, grandson of Susan & Stan Fields and son of Melissa & Brady Phillips, monitoring for seizures—Tommye Sprotte, recovering from a fall—Iraqi refugee Meaad and her husband Abus, who has terminal cancer—Laura Bost’s mother, Louise Young, hospitalized with suspected stroke—Carol Gilchrist’s sister-in-law Dolores Klose, multiple serious health problems, her friend Tom Spaudt, brain tumor surgery, and baby Bailey Ann, awaiting heart surgery—Britta Dukes’ father, Mike Martin recovering from heart surgery—Joy Essary, treatment for health issues—SHPC Preschool teacher Shellie Horner’s father, in ICU— Mike McCracken, friend of Ron & Trinka Miller, stressful circumstances— Margaret, friend of Jody, terminally ill—Joyce Davis’s mother, health concerns—Katie Floyd hospitalized in Guatemala—Caren Zysk’s former mother-in-law, June Zysk, whose son, Tommy, died March 26th— Cinderella, coworker of Caren Zysk, health problems—Sean & Becca Lewis, friends of Lindsay & Matt Rericich, grieving the loss of two of their three young daughters—Raynell Barry, in ICU—Marie Evens, aunt of Amy Evens, health concerns—Wayne Crawley, recovering from heart procedure—Liz Maxfield asks prayer for one-year-old Westin Long, seizures—Fred Rothert, health concerns—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

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loved ones in the military…

Members of the Armed Forces and all world leaders involved in war zone crises including: Jason Mills, son-in-law of Gaston Broyles & Junie Ledbetter... Donn LeVie’s son-in-law, Michael Evans… David Floto, son of Carl Floto & Ruth Ann Widner… John Fisher, nephew of Derek & Kristi Fisher… 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 May- The Shepherd's Watch Newsletter  

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