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Worship & Children's Ministry - February 2020
Every Sunday at 9:30am at Serene Hills Elementary School

This Sunday, February 16th

Texts in worship: I Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-48


Learning our Bible:  An overview of the Old Testament.
This week: Job, Psalms, and Song of Songs

An information meeting on the summer mission to Dar-Ul-Fazl Children’s Home in India.
Sunday, February 23rd

Texts in worship:  Exodus 24:12-18; Matthew 17:1-9


Learning our Bible:  An overview of the Old Testament.
This week: Introducing the Prophets
Sunday, March 1—The First Sunday in Lent

Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Learning our Bible:  An overview of the Old Testament…continuing in the prophets


“Being With.” Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors, but we often wonder how we can do that. How can we be an abiding and merciful presence to our neighbors?  This Sunday, we’ll welcome Matt Peacock of Partners in Hope to do some teaching on neighboring and being a godly presence with our neighbors.  We invite you to be present for this teaching time, when we’ll ponder what it means to be a loving neighbor.
Saturday, February 15th
Partners in Hope Workday
Partners in Hope is a ministry that helps us to be neighbors, one to another. We’ll gather at the home of a local family and do a little restorative reconstruction. It’s a beautiful ministry of serving and sharing. Come along! To sign up, please go to www.partnersinhopelaketravis.org. See you there!

Tuesday, February 18th
Mobile Loaves and Fishes
4:00 PM  Truck Preparation at the Spur Building of Lake Hills Church
4:45 PM  Truck Departs
Let us know you’ll be participating in this fun ministry of sharing and fellowship by being in touch with Niki Taylor, our Office Administrator, at office@ecclt.org.  Thanks!

Thursday Evenings
Thursday Night Bible Study
CraigO’s Pizza and Pastaria
2501 RR 620 S. in Lakeway
6:30 PM - Gather for Supper; 7:00 PM - Study
A time with the prophets.

Friday Mornings
Men’s Bible Fellowship
7:30 AM Hat Creek Burger Co. - NEW TIME!
1602 RR 620 in Lakeway

Saturday, February 29th
  Hill Country Indoor
Time:  3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Let us know you’ll be participating by being in touch with Jon Slimack at youthminister@ecclt.org
Bring a friend!  All are invited!
Tuesday, February 25th—Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Where:  Café Lago, located at 1200 Lakeway Drive in Lakeway
When:  5:30 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 25
Menu:  Pancakes; Sausage; Fruit; Drink
Cost:  $10/adult; $5/child (pay upon arrival - check or cash)
Reservations: RSVP on the Evite here.

What’s Shrove Tuesday? And why pancakes?
The word “shrove” is a version of the word “shrive,” meaning to “confess and receive absolution.” On Shrove Tuesday, we are on the cusp of Lent, the great penitential season of the Church when we repent and confess and return…when we “shrive.” The day also has other names, including Pancake Tuesday, Carnival, and Mardi Gras.

Eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is an English custom that’s been taken on by churches in the United States. Lent is a season we observe by “fasting and self-denial,” as it says in the Book of Common Prayer. So the night before Lent begins, we feast on a meal…a meal high in carbs and high in fat! Enjoy!
So we’re invited to be with the community, and enjoy a pre-Lenten celebration! See you then, and bring a friend!
Wednesday, February 26th—Ash Wednesday

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Paul will be present to administer ashes to anyone who comes by at Lola Savannah in Lakeway.

The Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Communion at the Lake Travis Library.

7:00 PM
The Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Communion at the Lakeway Activity Center.
We are building a roster 
We building a roster of the people of Church of the Cross. We kindly invite you to send your contact information to Niki Taylor at office@ecclt.org. Please include your name; the names of those in your household; your mailing address; your email addresses; and your phone numbers. Thanks, friends!
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Middle School Mission Trip: June 28th - July 3rd
CUSE (Cathedral Urban Service Experience) in Houston, TX. We’ll spend time in a variety of service and fellowship ministries in the Houston area.

We’ll be making this journey with youth from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. Yes, your friends are invited!

Learn more about this mission trip and how you can help! Meet with Jon Slimack after worship on Sunday, February 9th or email Jon at youthminister@ecclt.org.

 High School Mission Trip: June 8th - 13th
Good Neighbor Ministries in Brownsville, TX. We’ll spend time ministering to and with the immigrant community in Brownsville.

We’ll be making this journey with youth from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and St. Julian’s Episcopal Church. Yes, your friends are invited!

Learn more about this mission trip and how you can help! Meet with Jon Slimack after worship on Sunday, February 16th or email Jon at youthminister@ecclt.org.
Dates: Thursday, July 9 through Tuesday, July 21
We’ll enter into a ministry of presence and fellowship with the children of Dar-Ul-Fazl Children’s Home in Manali, India.  Please plan to be with us after worship on Sunday, February 16th to hear more about this trip; and we invite you to consider prayerfully a call to make the journey.
Some suggested scripture readings for the week
beginning Sunday, February 16th

Below you’ll find scripture readings for each day of the week taken from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer. Read one, two, three, or all four of the readings. Whatever works for you. May you dwell richly in the scriptures!
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:  Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.
Sunday, February 16:
Morning Psalms:           66, 67               Evening Psalms:            19, 46
Genesis 29:20-35; I Timothy 3:14-4:10; Mark 10:23-31
Monday, February 17:
Mornings Psalm:           89:1-18             Evening Psalm:              89:19-52
Genesis 30:1-24; I John 1:1-10; John 9:1-17
Tuesday, February 18:
Morning Psalms:           97, 99, 100       Evening Psalms:            94, 95
Genesis 31:1-24; I John 2:1-11; John 9:18-41
Wednesday, February 19:
Morning Psalms:           101 109                        Evening Psalm:              119:121-144
Genesis 31:25-50; I John 2:12-17; John 10:1-18
Thursday, February 20:
Morning Psalm:             105:1-22           Evening Psalm:              105:23-45
Genesis 32:3-21; I John 2:18-29; John 10:19-30
Friday, February 21:
Morning Psalm:             102                  Evening Psalm:              107:1-32
Genesis 32:22-33:17; I John 3:1-10; John 10:31-42
Saturday, February 22:
Morning Psalms:           107:33-43; 108 Evening Psalm:              33
Genesis 35:1-20; I John 3:11-18; John 11:1-16
A Prayer for this Week…
We thank you, O God, for the revelation of yourself in the common ways of life, and in special times and things and places. Help us to be ever watchful for new knowledge of you, so that in the temporal we may discern that which is eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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