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Published by Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church

June 2011

Acting as the Church To Serve the World


erving the world that God loves— one of the 5 core practices of SHPC—has roots reaching all the way back into the first century. For over 2000 years now, Christians have been living out Christ's mandate to serve others. Christ made it clear that serving others was a crucial aspect of being a believer. In fact, he drove the point home during their last night together when he realized he'd be returning to God soon. Putting a towel around himself, he knelt and washed the disciples' feet.


cripture says, "After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, 'Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.'" [John 13: 12-15]


ur summer worship series will focus on the book of Acts and how the first century Christ-followers reached out to people both near and far to serve the world as the capital-C Church—the Body of Christ in the world. We'll take a closer

Issue 6 look at how the Holy Spirit empowers them along the way and how Peter, Paul and the other disciples live out their faith in passionate ways that bring about transformation.

Serve 1, 4, 6, 9-10 Grow: Adult 3-6 Grow: Children 7-13, 15 Grow: Student 10 Connect & Calendar 13-15


e are still called to do the same today—to live out our faith just as passionately and to show Christ's love to all whom we meet. The Holy Spirit continues to empower and embolden us as believers-which makes this sermon series the perfect bridge to the study of 1 Corinthians we just finished. In our encounter with Paul's letter to the Corinthians, we explored his teachings on spiritual gifts, with a special emphasis on discovering our own God-given gifts to be used for Christ's ministry in the world. Using this giftedness, how is God calling you to serve? Who is God calling you to serve? Where is God calling you to serve?


he answers to these questions are between you and God. So, as we spend the sweltering summer months delving into the book of Acts, and in particular, the theme of "Acting as the Church To Serve the world," it is my hope that we'll experience the same Spirit-filled intensity and power the first century church did, and that our experience of mission service will truly be ACTion-packed as we go forth in God's name to serve. Blessings to you on the journey,

Subscribe to this newsletter online: SHPC Staff Guide Larry Coulter Senior Pastor Mike Killeen Associate Pastor Britta Dukes Associate Pastor Sherry Smith Adult Ministry Kim Arthur Early Childhood Ministry Chris Gordon Elementary Ministry Zack Uzzle Music Ministry Beth Watson Music Ministry Pattie Lawrence Director of Preschool Belva Koerth Office Manager Greg Merrell Business Manager Kimbol Soques Communications

Sermons for June Acting as the Church To Serve the world June 5 Acts 1:1-2:13 Pentecost: the Giving of the Holy Spirit June 12 Acts 2:14-47 The Launching of the Church June 19 Acts 3:1-31 Peter Takes on Jesus’ Ministry June 26 Acts 4:32-5:11 Radical Community

Join us at SHPC for an ACTion packed summer as we study the book of Acts in the 2011 Summer Worship Series. Follow the adventures of Peter and Paul as the early church is built and the Gospel of Jesus is spread around the world! Summer will kick off June 5, with a celebra-

tion of Pentecost, complete with a Pentecost Pot Luck Picnic following both services on the lawn.

opportunity for our children to learn and participate in, the rhythm of worship, with special "add-ons" just for them!

Summer Worship is a family affair, with family friendly liturgy, ACTion worksheets for the kids, children's sermons, drama, and film clips. It will be a great

This summer we are are Acting as the Church To Serve the world! Come be part of the ACTion!


n "ACTion-packed Summer" is ahead! Starting the first Sunday in June, we are ACTively encouraging families to worship together for the summer months as we explore the book of ACTS and see how we are "Acting as the Church To Serve the world."


ome may think we offer these summer sessions because our Sunday school leaders need a break and it's too difficult to recruit subs all summer to fill the teaching schedule. But actually, we devote time and energy to planning these summer Sundays because we believe children belong in worship.

...[W]e devote time and energy to planning these summer Sundays because we believe children belong in worship.

little noisier than usual. There will be some squirmies and lots of fidgeties, but… it's o.k. We've got a BIGGER PICTURE in mind, a picture of children who grow up proclaiming a love for Jesus Christ and the congregation who allowed them to squirm and fidget a bit as they learned the lay of the land.


e'll do our best to make every service child-friendly in some way or another. To emphasize the power of the Holy Spirit and highlight some of the major players in Acts like Peter and Paul, we'll include a weekly comic-book-like insert that will help engage children in various aspects of the day's service. We'll challenge them to n a nutshell, worship is about listen for particular words and giving God "worth." And the to look for particular things. call to worship is addressed to hildren learn to worship by We'll encourage them to sing all. Worship is the central act worshipping. Worship is an and to join us in prayer. We'll of the gathered community of God and our opportunity to give opportunity to offer our selves include them in every way posand our love together, as a sible so they can learn the God honor, praise and adoration. God invites each and ev- community of believers, loving words, attitudes, postures and feelings of worship. And we ery one of us into relationship, God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. And this need each and every one of you and worship is our opportunity includes children. Yes, we do to help us meet this goal. to answer "YES!" no matter understand that it will be a what our age.



verything we do in worship is God-centered. Each step of the service is intended for God's glory: we gather in God's name, give thanks to God, hear God's Word proclaimed, then go forth in God's name to serve. We want our kids to have an understanding and experience of this—the order of worship— and this is something we can't offer in Sunday school!


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very time we baptize an infant, we make a promise to both the child and the parents. We promise to guide and nurture them, by both word and deed, with love and prayer, and to encourage them to know and follow Christ and to be faithful members of Christ's church. It's a promise that we've made many, many times, and this summer, we have an opportunity to reach out, build relationships with these children and prove to them we mean what

we say when we make this promise.


hildren who are exposed to an experience of glorifying God in worship with their families and faith community surrounding them are given a wonderful gift—a foundation on which to build a life-long understanding of what worship means and why it's important for their lives. It is our hope that, given this foundation, these young disciples will grow up committed to worshipping


e pray the sanctuary is full of families this summer… and that everyone will reach out and make the children feel welcome. Let's lavish them with love so this is a positive experience for everyone! See you in worship!

The Story of Texas Café to enjoy lunch together. The café offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, and beverages that are reasonably priced ($4.75 to $6.50). Admission to the museum is $7.00 for seniors. We will depart at 2:00 p.m. to return to SHPC. Join us to learn more about Texas' past, enjoy a delicious lunch and great fellowship with other SHPC seniors.

Senior Moments



Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) is planning more indoor events in air conditioned comfort.

Bob Bullock Texas State Historical Museum, Wednesday, June 22nd, 9:30 a.m.


God and to nurturing upcoming generations in the Christian faith.

SAM Groups through May:


to the Bob Bullock Texas State Historical Museum, located on North Congress near the UT campus. The museum tells "the story of Texas" through three floors of interactive exhibits that depict encountering the land (the first floor), building the Lone Star identity (the second floor), and creating opportunity (the third floor). On the first floor, the visitor learns about the native peoples as well as later settlers, why people came to Texas, and how the various people interacted. The second floor allows the visitor to trace important events including the Texas revolution and independence, joining the United States in 1845, seceding to join the Confederacy, and readmission to the union, as well as contemporary Texas. Finally, on the third floor, the visitor experiences the role of ranching in Texas, how Texans have used the land and its minerals to prosper, and the special influence that oil has had on Texas. For both new and native Texans, these exhibits present cogently the mystique of Texas. E WILL MEET AT SHPC at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to the museum. At noon, we will gather in

ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED CHRISTIAN MEN: We gather every Thursday at 10 a.m. in Portable B. Regardless of your age or status, you are invited to each and every meeting. Questions? Contact Ron Miller, 512-892-1862 or GOLDEN YEARS LUNCH BUNCH: On Saturday, June 18th at 11:30 a.m., the Lunch Bunch will gather at Jack Allen's Kitchen, 7720 Hwy 71 West. For reservations, phone Pat or Stefan Haag at 288-3479 or email by Thursday, June 16th. Join us for a wonderful lunch and good Christian fellowship. GROAN-UPS GAME DAY: Tuesday, June 14th at 10:00 a.m. in Room 7. Join us for an exciting game of spinner dominoes or bring a new game for us to learn. You'll enjoy the fellowship and friendly competition. For more information, contact Stefan Haag at 288-3479. MARY MARTHA CIRCLE is on hiatus ‘till September. Enjoy your summer!



Book Club Donations The library has been the beneficiary of first book, it also shows the our church's book club. When the book club far-reaching growth of has finished a particular book, members have outreach begun by Ron's late been kind enough to donate a copy to add to wife. our collection. Read their reviews, then check FIC STR Abide with Me is a out the books, of what they have recently many-layered account of a pastor in a small New England studied: town burdened with depression after his wife's FIC GOD Unfinished Desires —Another Gail Godwin death—and a six-year-old daughter who has become offering, this time taking a group of students and almost mute. The book reflects accurately the instructors in a Catholic girls' school over a period of context of the 50's with little recognition of the many years. The central event is what happens emotional wounds many townspeople are carrying. when a group of "mean girls" write a play with an The Unlikely Disciple —Deserves a big explosive revelation, with a tragic result. The novel 378.755 ROO 'Amen'… telling a story only an outsider could. Roose is complex and fascinating. shines in his ability to present fundamentalist 261.8 HAL What Difference Do It Make? Stories of Christianity with crystal-clear detail… . If a kid from Hope and Healing is a sequel to Same Kind of Brown can bridge the gap in just one semester, Different as Me. In addition to a picture of the lives there's hope for the rest of us. of Denver Moore and Ron Hall in the years after the

Terry & Martha Cole of Street Youth Ministry of Austin — the 2011 recipient of the Caring Forever Award 4

Same Old, Old Story of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

After several years of writing an article a month for the SHPC Newsletter, I sometimes begin to get a little bored with myself. I begin to feel that I've shared all my ideas and experiences and that those who have also been around awhile must surely be bored with me too. But when I pray and meditate about this, the answer that comes back to me is, "just tell the old, old, story that you have loved so well." Larry once told me of another minister who would say, "Same story, different address." That is the saying he used to describe the effect of his sermons when half the congregation would say to him, "I felt you were preaching directly to me. How did you know that's exactly what I needed to hear today?" We are all human beings with the same loves, concerns, desires and struggles. Any piece of the "old, old story" that is preached about on any given Sunday is naturally going to touch many people.

If you try a new kitchen cleanser that really works well, you go share that with your friends. If you're really excited about your favorite sports team, you go share that with your friends. Why not share something that's really important and could really change their lives? Why not I Love to Tell the Story (selected portions) tell them how your faith has gotten you through hard I love to tell the story; times? Why not tell them how For some have never heard your relationship with Christ The message of salvation has changed your life? Why From God's own holy Word. not tell them that even in the midst of a broken world you I love to tell the story, live in hope because you It did so much for me; know God wins in the end?

And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee. I love to tell the story, 'Twill be my theme in glory To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

"42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah." Acts 5:42 NIV

Yes, it's the same old, old story and some people may roll their eyes and not want to hear it again. So what? We don't have to convert everyone we speak to and we don't have a quota that must be met. We simply need to share the good news.

Unfortunately, many people are very afraid of the word "evangelism." The word may bring up fears of past "fire and brimstone" sermons. It may bring to mind young men in ties ringing your doorbell at inopportune times. It may bring up the uncomfortable feeling of someone being "pushy" with you about their beliefs or the fear of your inadequacy to explain what you believe. But Jesus said to go and tell and not worry about what to say. You don't have to be a theologian to share the good news, just share what your faith has meant to you personally.

Luckily for me, I really do love to tell the old, old story. So that's what I will keep doing in any way I can think of to express it. Hopefully, every now and then, I'll think of some new way of presenting it that might reach someone who hasn't been reached before. Meanwhile, I won't worry if a few people yawn or roll their eyes. I'll just be content to remember that I'm doing what Jesus told us to do. I hope you'll decide do the same.

"19 … do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you." Matthew 10:19-20 NIV

“And how are they to believe in one they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?” Romans 10:14 NRSV

"19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and 5


t any given time, Adult Ministry has about 50 people involved directly in leadership of various classes and programs and this spring has been no exception. Then there are many more people who help with things like making coffee, setting up tables, and taking out trash. Others serve on councils and committees to do long range planning and scheduling. There is just no way to begin to try list everyone without leaving someone out. Those of you who are involved at SHPC know who these people are — so please thank them. Their tireless efforts are what make it all happen.


do, however, want to especially give my thanks to some very special people who are stepping down from their particular areas and will be greatly missed. First, Margaret Nakamura, who has been involved with the SHPC Library for (we guesstimate) about 14 years. She helped me pack up the entire library to store it for a year while renovations were being done. She oversaw the installa-

tion of our computerized catalogue system. She consistently re-shelved books and kept the library clean. She put together a manual for future library workers and she formed a Library Committee to carry on her work. She is the force behind the library as we have it today. Her great attention to detail has kept me on my toes and her constant friendship has been a true blessing to me in my ministry.


ext, I want to mention Stefan and Pat Haag. They tentatively took over the leadership of Senior Adult Ministry Council about 3 years ago and quickly proved to be fabulous leaders. The SAM group they took over was already great but they took it to new heights. Their combination of organiza-

tional skills as well as people skills has enabled them to energize the council to try many new things. (And all the council members have brought their many individual ideas and talents to the table.) While stepping down from official leadership, I am glad to report they will continue to be involved.


inally, I want to thank Bob Beardslee, who spent three years as the Adult Ministry representative on Session and now continues to help me lead the Disciple Bible Study program. Bob’s constant support for and love of the Disciple series has been such a joy to me. On Session and off, he continues to undergird my ministry in ways he doesn’t even realize.


o, a big thanks to ALL my leaders and helpers that make Adult Ministry at SHPC what it is. You all mean so much to me and my make work a joy. (Now, go start planning your fall classes and let me know when to schedule you.J) Blessings, Sherry

Our guests are coming! IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) guests are families with children who, because of a crisis situation in their lives, have lost their homes. The program provides for them to live at Austin area churches while they find housing and get back on their feet.

During the week of June 5th — 12th, four IHN families will live at our church as our guests. As hosts, we need SHPC folk and friends from other churches to be: Move-in: Sunday 12:30 – move guests’ belongings and bedding into rooms and set-up Breakfast Servers: 5:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Dinner Preparers: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Overnight Host: 8:00 p.m. to 7:15 a.m. Evening Host: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday Hosts and lunch: several shifts Supply Donors: all week Transportation Volunteers and Linen Washers. Move-out: Sunday 6:30 am – load guests’ belongings on trailer, clean & straighten up church, transport guests to Day Center, & take trailer to next church

Young children make excellent hosts, because the guests are mostly young children. Sign up in the narthex for this volunteer opportunity or contact Stuart McIntire stuart78704 @ / 788-4455 or Lara Manire 922-3615. 6

Children’s Ministry News er believers to be Godly influences and speak into the lives of their children. It's what happens when the local church ALL ABOUT ORANGE commits to helping parents be RED +YELLOW = … WHAT? successful by finding and mobilizing other Godly influences here are two powerful influ- and then putting them directly ences in the life of a childin the paths of those parents. the family and the Church (a Orange is what happens when body of believers, not a buildthe local church becomes more ing). The family (RED) is a concerned about the long-term warm heart demonstrating God's character through uncon- health of the family and the ditional love. The Church (YEL- long-term health of children than counting how many people LOW) is a bright light illuminating God's glory and the show up on Sunday mornings. truth of God's Word. ComThe reality is that approximatebined, these two influences can ly 88% of students, upon high make a much greater impact in school graduation, will leave the life of a child the church than either can Orange is yellow and and their make alone. red (the Church and the faith entirely. But You see, if you family) working togeth- it is also paint with only red, er to do things that are true that you'll get what only beyond what either of when those red can do. And if them can do alone. same stuyou paint with only dents are yellow, you'll get actively engaged in an ORANGE what only yellow can do. But faith community that percentORANGE is what you get when age drops to only 4%. With that red and yellow combine their influences and work together to in mind, we want to challenge you to imagine a new future, create something new. ORwhere the Church and the famiANGE is simply about partnerly work together to help this ship. generation develop lasting faith Orange is yellow and red (the and Christ-like character. Church and the family) working together to do things that Maybe, together, we can change things. And that's are beyond what either of where you come in… them can do alone. It's what happens when the local church ver the summer, we are realizes that it will never have asking each of you to conas much influence in a child's sider the following 3 things and life as that child's parents will. see if God is calling you to partIt's what happens when parents nership in our ORANGE endeavrealize that they can't do it or: alone, and begin to recruit oth-




1) NO ONE HAS MORE POTENTIAL TO INFLUENCE A CHILD THAN THAT CHILD'S PARENT. To put that in perspective… in any given year, a shepherd or small group leader will only have about 40-50 hours of quality time to invest in a child's life. But in that same year, a parent will have between 3,000-5,000 hours of quality time to invest. No one else can come close to that kind of influence. So we ask that shepherds never hinder or appear to compete with the influence of parents. Instead, small group leaders seek to help, complement, elevate and serve them. 2) PARENTS AREN'T THE ONLY INFLUENCE A CHILD NEEDS. At some point in their lives, children will begin to seek approval, affirmation, and guidance from adults other than their parents. Often this shift takes place in middle school. That's why we start building long-term relationships between children and leaders in elementary. Many of our current small group leaders began with a group of kindergarten students and are hoping to journey all the way through their senior year with them. It is our hope that parents will purposefully tap into these other Godly influences who also have the potential to impact their child's future. And it is our hope that you are one of these influences! 3) TWO COMBINED INFLUENCES WILL MAKE A GREATER IMPACT THAN TWO INFLUENCES ON THEIR OWN. This is where continued, next page

more Children’s Ministry News orange comes in. Orange happens when parents begin to "widen the circle" by partnering with other trusted, Godly adults (like you) to impact their children. -Pastor Britta

Our leadership team for Elementary Ministry — Chris, Jenny, Cindy, and of course Pastor Britta — were refreshed, renewed & inspired at the ORANGE conference in Atlanta GA April 26th-30th. While we’ve quietly been ‘thinking ORANGE’ for

a while behind the scenes, the team came back inspired to bring it to the forefront. We asked the team to share their impressions, their inspirations, and any other great takeaways that they’ve brought back to us here in Austin -ed. Have I piqued your interest? Want more information on this strategy? Let's talk about it!

As a participant in the Orange conference, 2011 in Atlanta, I was given a paperback journal to use throughout the conference to jot down notes, think through ideas for the future, and DREAM BIG for the children and families here at SHPC.

—Chris Gordon, Elementary Ministries Director

5,000 enthusiastic Christians cheering Christ, worshipping out loud, and searching tirelessSome key takeaways that ly for the best way to bring the seemed to be "trending" majesty of God into the lives of throughout my notes included children and their families that is the Orange Conference these facts: in a nutshell. We at SHPC are 1) No one has more potential to Working together, they’re much part of an enormous body of influence a child than that more influential! faith that stretches across the child's parent. continents and is committed to 4) Faith can be influenced at bringing Christ into the daily Here are the numbers - Sunday every developmental stage lives of families and children School teachers or Small Group from cradle to college. everywhere. I left Atlanta with Leaders have about 40 hours a Preschool = Wonder; Elementaideas swirling and plans forming year to influence children. Parry = Discovery; Teen Years = for ways to grow and improve ents have ~3,000 to 5,000. No Passion our ministry here at SHPC. one else comes close! Great things are coming to chil5) We are not raising children, 2) Children need other infludren and family ministry at we are raising adults! ences besides their parents. SHPC! —Cindy Baschnagel, Elder for Children & Family Ministry My hope is that each child in Believe it or not, children want our programming at SHPC deWow! Orange in Atlanta was an approval from other adults. velops the tools necessary to live awesome experience. Just being Small Group Leaders and Suna faithful life out in the real around a group of people from day School volunteers can proworld when he/she is older. I all over the world that have a pasvide this additional positive want our children to know Jesion for children's ministry was influence. Remember, it takes a sus, to trust Him, and to walk in enough to create excitement and village! His ways for a lifetime. At Shep- new ideas for our current pro3) The Church/Light of Christ herd of the Hills, we recognize gram... but to hear ministers like (YELLOW) partnering with The that it takes parents and the Jud Wilhite, Perry Noble and Heart of the Family (RED) = church to make this happen. ORANGE! continued, next page 8

Andy Stanley drive home how important it is to educate our children about Jesus Christ in ways that they understand—icing on the cake.

No! ORANGE is designed to partner parents, small group leaders, and the same small group of friends to provide many places for each child to hear, see and show God's love throughout the week. Not just on Sunday morning.

the week as well as the weekend. Our children are the future and they deserve the best that we can give them. Time slips away quickly. Every moment that we have as partners to these Here are a few statistics. There children have helps them to are 940 weekends from birth to strengthen their faith. What a the time children are 18. Once they are in 3rd grade, there are This is why it is so important for wonderful way to spend our time. 467 weekends. So the church by us to have such fabulous partitself gets about 40 hours a year ners as our parents and small Orange ignited a fire in me to do to teach children—and most group leaders. They provide all that I can to help educate our kids have a clear idea of their each child with a supportive en- kids. I hope it will with you too! faith by the time they leave 5th vironment in which they can —Jenny McLatcher, Elementary grade. Scary? grow in their faith throughout Ministry Program Assistant

more Children’s Ministry News Volunteers: The Heart of Our Ministry “He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God, and man.” – Luke 2:52

This is how the Bible describes Jesus as he grew up. Every week, a team of dedicated volunteers works to help the children in our Elementary ministries grow and learn in this same manner. Some of these folks have been working with the same group of children for several years. These individuals make up the heart of our programs, and we are so thankful for their commitment and the investments they are making in the lives of the children at SHPC. 2010-2011 Early Childhood Ministries volunteers: PRESCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS & NURSERY CARE Paul & Ruth Stein, Eddie Reynolds, Caren Zysk, Bill & Connie Trevillion, Tyler Byrd, Angela Peterson, Chuck Moore, Jeff & Allison Gerold, Tracy Kuper, Marty Starkjohann, Alex Balke, Andie Kruczkowski

2010 - 2011 Elementary Ministries volunteers : SUNDAY SCHOOL SMALL GROUP LEADERS Kinder - Debbie Saul, Tish & Duane Pietsch, Judy & Mark Schroeder, Karen Hughes ::: 1st Grade - Monica Williams, Laura Morales, Kathy

Segura, Marisa Stromberg, Cindy Baschnagel ::: 2nd Grade - Dana Wilkes, Mary Carnes ::: 3rd Grade - Lisa Crawford, Brianna Womack ::: 4th Grade - Mark Bridges, Muffie Peterson, Brenda Gonzales ::: 5th Grade - Marty & Kimbol Soques, Ben & Tammy Boehman, Marty & Elizabeth Buffler ::: 11:00 Group Leaders - Mike & Jenny McLatcher, Harold Williams, Angela Bell, Tyler Byrd


Kimbol Soques ::: Tech Support - Warren Hyde, Kevin Saul, Sam Lawrence, Sam Segura, Bobbie Soques ::: UpStreet Monthly Set Design - Tracy Kuper, Kim Schafer ::: 11:00 Music Leader - Charissa Ellis


Host - Steve Crawford ::: Storytellers - Suzie Bridges, Jeff Whitmire, Abby Brady, Tammy Boehman, Alex Valdes, Dale Shumaker ::: Worship Leaders - Debbie Saul, Cindy Baschnagel,

Amanda Hyde, Diana Simmonds, Alma Moore, Courtney Smith, Andrea Gerlach, Kim Schafer


Proctor; Summer Whitten, Lori Whitmire, Kim Schafer

KidJaM (Jesus and Music) TEAM John Gillis, Suzie Bridges, Dana Wilkes, Tracy Kuper

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE DINNER CREW Leslie Woods, Ellen Perkey, Vada Boehme, Kati Freytag, Clif & Susan Martin, Charlie Morrison, Diane O'Leary, Polly Kruczkowski

KIDSTUF PLAYERS Rob Johnson, Jeff Whitmire, Steve Crawford, Dana Wilkes, Dale Shumaker, Tom O'Leary, Denise Berry, Mike Berryman, Suzie Bridges, Warren Hyde, Debbie Saul, Lori Whitmire, Davis Brigance, Jonathan Slaughter

Polly Kruczkowski & Tracy Reeves; Kristy Ruiz & Cathy

When you see these folks around church, please THANK them for their time and service! Children's Ministry Staff: Britta Dukes - Associate Pastor, Families & Children • Kim Arthur-Director, Early Childhood Ministries • Chris Gordon - Director, Elementary Ministries • Jenny McLatcher - Program Assistant & Design Coordinator 9

Hel-lo Summer! submitted by Jenny McLatcher

As our teachers and preschool families wrap up the year and get ready for a relaxing summer vacation, many new things about the preschool have us looking forward to the new year to come. Next year our preschool will be adding a second twoyear-old classroom. This new room will not only add families to our preschool but also give parents an option of choosing to send their two year old children two days a week or three days a week. This is an option that many parents ask for in the two-year-old room. We are so excited for this new addition. Next year will also be the 25th anniversary of the preschool at Shepherd of the Hills. You are all invited to help us celebrate this anniversary on Saturday, September 24th. Mark your calendars; more information will follow. One of the preschool’s events at the end of the year is the Mother's Day tea. This year the kids sang songs to the mothers and then shared snacks. The event is very sweet and enjoyed by all.

As we approach the end of this school we want to take a chance to recognize Jennifer Monroe as she moves on to new opportunities outside of Shepherd of the Hills. Jennifer has put in countless hours of hard yet loving work to our program. She has been such a blessing to our program and will be missed. All of our teachers are gifts from God and have truly blessed the SHPC preschool. Thank you to Pattie Lawrence, Shellie Horner, Marisa Stromberg, Cecily Humble, Jennifer Monroe, Suzie Bridges, Debbie Dillard, Mandy Schubert, Rhonda Cabello, Rebeka Arredondo, Kristin Aardema and Sara Schultz. These ladies make a world of difference in the lives of our precious little ones

FAITH trusting in what you can’t see because of what you can see

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SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS STUDENT MINISTRY On June 5th, we will honor our volunteer leaders in worship. To each and every servant below—you “true”-ly ROCK! Leaders working within Student Ministry include:

Wes Armstrong :: Davis Brigance :: Cindy Bashnagel :: Abby Brady :: Jim Ayers :: Tony Adams :: Max Roland :: Elisa Donnell :: Evelina Warren :: Mike Devlin :: Elizabeth Fisher :: Anne Kirsch :: Graham Williford :: Mary Aversa :: Sid Macallister :: Jonathan Slaughter :: Kim Arthur :: Lara Manire :: Matt Arthur :: Holly Spink :: Pattie Lawrence :: Glen Dukes :: Troy Spink 10

Club H2O! Jump Into the Journey! August brings with it HOT weather and Club H2O: the HOTTEST water-based, bible-focused, weeklong camp in Southwest Austin! We hope you can join us as we travel with Paul to places like

Dates: August, 8-12, 2011 Time: 10:00am3:00pm Where: Family Ministry Center Who: 3rd, 4th & 5th graders Price: $100.00* Damascus and Malta, and meet characters like Ananias and Barnabas. We'll also be collecting a few more stamps on our "passports" as we hit up some of the best water-based venues Central Texas has to offer. Some will involve swimming; some will just involve getting wet!

Register in the FMC or by visiting our URL. Club H2O is limited to 50 campers. Sign up today! *Registration fee covers transportation and admissions. Scholarships are available. Questions? Please contact Pastor Britta or Chris Gordon


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ARK STORIES Wow - another SS year is almost over. We have watched the kids grow and develop as the year progressed. We have had many animated theological discussions during story time that often included such unexpected topics as weiner dog races, Nuffle Bunny, and the misbehavior of family pets. There were the occasional tears about "when are Mom and Dad going to be here", or "someone took my toy when I had it first." During our fishing story when the disciples had fish for breakfast with Jesus we had many different opinions about what was good for breakfast -- none of them thought fish would be a good breakfast. When we asked questions such as "Does God love you?"- there was always a quick and unanimous "YES!" The child-like innocence is very accepting of the idea that Jesus is right in the room with us, watching us - even though we can't see him. Often these most basic of Biblical truths teach us as well, and we learn about God along with the children. ~ Ruth and Paul

I really enjoy teaching Ark. The lessons are prepared for me, so all I need to do is basically show up and have fun with the kids. There is never a lack of energy in the class room, and I always go home more energized than when I arrived. Plus I have learned some very important things this year. For example, no matter what the lesson is, the boys always want to hear the David and Goliath story. I am always prepared to read the David and Goliath story and find a way to relate it to that week’s lesson. And the girls enjoy it too! —Chuck

YOU keep the Ark afloat!

While teaching 3 and 4 year olds can be challenging, what brings me back is how I feel at the end of each class. Tired? Yes. Good? Absolutely. Teaching allows me to fulfill my obligation as a member of the church and as a Christian. That is a blessing. —Jeff Gerold

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the 9:30 4 year old Sunday school class. I was very nervous initially, and that quickly went away when I met the children. It's been a very rewarding experience. Plus, I get to review the Bible every week. —Eddie Reynolds

The Ark – a great place to be on Sunday mornings! Preschoolers are active, imaginative learners and don’t we know it and LOVE it back in the Children’s Wing on Sunday mornings! There is never a dull moment and we may not always get through a lesson as planned but every moment is filled with love, wonder, and excitement over God’s amazing love for us and what the Bible teaches us. Many, many thanks to the teachers who share their time with us on the Ark every Sunday and to the kids who make their faith journeys an absolute joy and thrill for us to experience along with them! We are all “Growing together in God’s Love” … if you want to grow along with us please contact Kim Arthur 892-3580 x111 to find out more!

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It was another big year at Bastrop State Park for our annual Family Fun Day! We kicked off the day with a scavenger hunt, followed by some crafty projects to cool off after racing around the yard looking for all the hidden objects. Some folks sat around under the shade trees chatting and sharing stories while others got movin' around the kickball field. Little ones chased bubbles and each other. Then the water balloons appeared... and shouts of laughter rang out as most everyone got wet, wet, wet! There was hiking and camping and singing and eatin' tasty BBQ-- a little something for everyone-- so a good time was had by all. Consensus is... we'll do it again next year!

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Joys –

Dee & Greg Merrell’s daughter, Leigh Mitchell, married Kenneth Deal on Friday, May 6th; the couple lives in Denver—Katherine Zuraitis, accepted into the music school at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor—Liana Greene, accepted into the nursing program of the Presbyterian School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC

Sorrows – Lindsay Crump, husband of Elza, passed away May 11th—Hank Seyfarth’s brother passed away on April 24th— Ann Littrell's sister Pat passed away from cancer April 24th Please pray for— Carol Gilchrist’s friend Lucette Weidmann, recovering from knee surgery—Roz Seiler, home after treatment for pneumonia—Joyce Lucas, hospitalized for testing and evaluation—Lisa Laird’s father-in-law, Jim Laird, ease of his pain and comfort for her mother-in-law and the rest of the family as they make decisions in caring for his Alzheimer’s and lung cancer—Suzanne Martinez, recovering from hip surgery—Ruben Martinez, health issues—Wayne Crawley, recovering at home following heart ablation—the family of Victor Mercado, Alma & Chuck Moore’s friend; he passed way at the beginning of May—Usama, 13-year-old son of Dennis Low’s friend Zahid Hussain, a Pakistani professor at a university in Lahore; Usama has a worsening and possibly-fatal genetic mental disease—Debbie Wilkinson, friend of Marvine Sass, massive heart attack—Nancy McDonald’s friend Sue Burleson—Justin Deutsch, on the death of his step-mom at age 84 from breast and ovarian cancer—Angela & Jeff Peterson’s friend Curtis Dyer, heart attack—Lynda Wade’s friend Debbie Worley, a very rare breast cancer—Pat Blair, healing—Ginnie Einspanier, healing—Rosemarie Barnett’s brother in law, J.I., surgery—Harold Grisamore, a friend of the Barnetts’, very ill and may have less than 6 months to live—SHPC’s Mexico house-building partners, Ministerio de Fe, and for SHPC’s friends in the neighborhoods who are still working to build homes—Hank Seyfarth, Pat’s husband and Spencer’s father, heart issues—Charles & Jane Staton’s sister-in-law Cheryl Staton, stage 4 brain cancer, along with her husband C H and son Craig—Gloria Drake‘s friend Joe Baldwin, recovering from throat surgery—Jason Kwak’s father, hospitalized to treat complications following surgery—Dripping Springs High School student Dustin Morton on the unexpected loss of his father, Jerry—Brother Royce, grace, mercy, favor, and financial support during this spiritual storm—Maria Tissing, recovering from surgery— Steve Bohl, husband of Karen Cox and father of Andy and Aaron Bohl, recovering from knee surgery—Mike & Tom McNelley’s friend Donald Kuemple, exploratory surgery for congestive heart failure—teachers, librarians, and school administrators in Central Texas, as their districts face budget cuts—Austin, the city where we’re planted—the leadership of SHPC as they discern a path for our future—Pastor Kenneth Muyira & the congregation of Manyamula Presbyterian Church—Pastor Chimwemwe Mhango and his family Please pray for members of the Armed Forces, loved ones, and all world leaders involved in war zone crises including: Robert Beardslee, grandson of Bob & Carolyn Beardslee and husband of Jenna... Pattie Lawrence's cousin, Mark Hollahan… Jason Mills, son-in-law of Junie Ledbetter & Gaston Broyles... Tyler Moser, son of a friend of Dee & Greg Merrell... Mathew Dalton, nephew of Mark & Tracy Lord... Temple & Janet Ingram’s daughter Kate Ingram... James Crowder, friend of Tom & Mike McNelley... Eric Wesley, Jack & Carol Gilchrist’s friend... Christopher Lehmann, son of Mark Lehmann... Larry Roberman, brother of Lori Whitmire... Eric Huerta, nephew of Michael McNelley’s co-workers... Derek & Kristi Fisher's nephew, John Fisher...


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23 Jun Jeannette & Donn LeVie, Andrew & Carissa Milam 24 Jun Mark & Suzie Bridges 26 Jun Joshua & Heather Bettridge 27 Jun Rod & Nancy Hines, Luis & Jennifer Franco 28 Jun Bob & Vicki Brown 29 Jun Sue Lagerquist & Derek Green, Randy & Pat Webb

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Marilyn Lawler, Jack Benner, Matthew Wright, Katie Garner, Atalie Dukes, Mason Wynne, Emma Pflug Eliza Morgan, Maddie O'Leary, Luke Manchin Yoichi Sato, Sam Ray Mike Smith, Taylor Tyree, Jess Domicoli, Amber Weir, Francis Ngalamulume, Olivia Hamilton Lexi Slade, Jonathan Manzello, Grace Bigizi Dottie Crouse, Ray Moore, Linda Williams, Dave Folkers, Celine Padovani, Brandon Parker Tron Womack, Lewis Stewart, Scarlett Flynn,

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Zack Uzzle, Daniel Walsh, Levi Houston Rusty Ray, Steve Crawford, Lindsay Starkjohann, Nick McDaniel, JC Kruczkowski, Alex Tyson, Lyndon Albin, Byers Petty Gordon Holt, Daisy Bates Donn LeVie, Julie Nachman, David Howard, London Williams, Liam Smith Jane Thompson, Mary Helen MacAllister, Buddy Lopez, Alex Valdes, Ana Rosales, Elizabeth Ramirez, Alicia Wade Austin Meyer, Keegan Callahan, Ryan Cozart Lynne Natale, Paul Hudspeth, Leslie Woods, Micah Royer, Ashley Long, Meggie Barnhart, Grace Widner, Kaitlyn Chambers Arlan Conner, Koger Darden, Kyle Stanfield, Gray Olguin, Andre Farwell, Madeline Franco Kati Freytag, Gavin Goetchius Bruce Albertson, Jodie Dunbar-Ray, David Thompson, Hannah Guernsey

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Paula Cox, Jeremy Chase, Kendall Whitmire Bob Brown, Tim Waugh, Laurel Holland, Matthew McMenemy, Emily Skannal Debbie Saul, Fred Deutsch, Ben Pont Keith Teague Alissa Davies, Courtney Weir, Noah Killeen, Jason Brady Wayne Crawley, Joy Essary, B.G. Henry, Victoria Johnson, Jacob Gamroth, Corey Callahan, Travis Lineberry, Mitchell Bockelman Ken Seiler, Clark McLaughlin Steve Thompson, Courtney Smith, Jennifer Grubb Nancy Harris, Ben Abeyta, Travis David, Alex Nachman, Haley Pearson Scott Schiller, Will Courtney, Austin Palrang Dale Eason, David Laird, Shannon Howard, Dale Shumaker Laura Windham, Jacob Blacklock, Nina Brauer Mike Kelley, Gayle Guernsey, Clara Oliver, Bobby Walsh

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Bill & Kim Grubb 7000 Convict Hill Rd Apt 2210 Austin TX 78749-1729

James & Jennifer Moore 11432 Carnelian Drive Austin TX 78739-4381

Evelyn Sorrell (widow of Ben) 210 Oak Springs Dr. Dripping Springs TX 78620-4106


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Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. The Ark 6 p.m. true high school, Student Activity Center 7:15 p.m. true deeper, Student Activity Center


IHN BEGINS Young Adults, library

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Icing on the Cake, port. B

Wednesday 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

true tween & mid-hi, Student Activity Center Handbell Choir, rm. 5 Praise & Worship rehearsal, sanctuary

Book Group, lib

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Association of Retired Christian Men, port. B Worship Choir, sanctuary

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Bob Bullock museum trip

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DEVOTED departs

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JULY+early AUGUST newsletter deadline

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“Groan”-Ups Game Day,

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Prayer Shawl Ministry, port. A Book Group, library

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11:30 a.m. Golden Years Lunch Bunch GREAT ESCAPE departs Feel free to tear off and save this page to help you keep on top of everything that’s happening at Shepherd of the Hills!


June 2011 - The Shepherd's Watch - newsletter  

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

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