1. April's planned outreach is on behalf of the Hill Country Ride for Aids https://p2p.onecause.com/hcra2022 . Every year the HRCA provides much needed funds to 9 local nonprofits focused directly on HIV/AIDS services. These organizations provide prevention, testing, medication, housing, counseling, social services, and hospice care. The HCRA is the largest fundraiser for these agencies, and your support will make an immediate, critical impact.
2. We are also continuing to collect materials to create Lenten Care Kits in support of the Lutheran World Relief Fund. A collection bin will be set up near the entrance to our worship area. Items needed are linked below. Please try to donate items needed for an entire kit or team up with a buddy family/families to split items needed.
1. Assembly of Lenten Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief Fund will be scheduled after worship, April 3rd. This activity is low intensity and can be done by members of different age groups and abilities.
2. Join the New Life Hill Country Ride for Aids cycling team or volunteer to support the event! The ride will take place on April 30. There are opportunities such as stuffing rider packets, running a snack station on a practice ride, or coming out to Spicewood to help on the actual event day. HRCA has a specific need for vans and volunteers on the ride day to pick up cyclists who have mechanical issues and need to be ferried to repair stations on the route. It’s a great way to get creative by designing a fun van and helping people in need. More information is coming soon!
THIS WEEK AT NEW LIFE
Sunday, April 3: Sunday Worship 9:00 AM on the New Life land or Facebook Live Join us for Sunday worship on the New Life land. If you're not comfortable for in-person worship, you can tune in on Facebook Live -- no account needed.
* CLICK HERE for the SignUpGenius link for Sunday tasks
Tuesday, April 5: Coffee In The Community Bible Study 10:00 AM
Le Muse in the Caliterra subdivision Bible study in our local coffee shops. Anyone can join at anytime. 10:00 am on Tuesdays at Le Muse in the Caliterra subdivision.
Excerpt from GOSPEL READING for this week
John 12:8 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent
"You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."
SAVE THE DATE
Lenten Wednesdays with Musician Ian Stewart Continue March 9 and end April 6. Watch this space for more details.
Palm Sunday is April 10 Good Friday is April 15 Easter Sunday is April 17
Join us for fun, food, and fellowship after the Easter Sunday service. Bring your baskets because, of course, there will be an Easter egg hunt! Plus there will be games for the young, and young at heart, followed by the long awaited return of a dinner shared by all. Yea! The planning team will provide a variety of barbequed meats, vegetarian options, salad, and drinks. Please bring your favorite sides and deserts for us to enjoy and rave about. Consider bringing your own cup or water bottle to reduce waste. Also, we need a few volunteers to help set-up and take-down tables and chairs. Questions? Talk to Jim Dodrill, Alan Higgerson, Allison Schaaf, or Robert Stewart
OPPORTUNITIES TO BE INVOLVED
Lutheran Disaster Response
Lutheran Disaster Response is on the scene in Ukraine, and in Eastern Europe, offering assistance with the growing refugee crisis. They provide critical assistance where the world is hurting the most. This is a concrete way you can help make a difference. See elca.org/disaster, for more information and how to donate. Contact Tess Shearer for more info. Let us pray for peace.
Godly Play for Preschoolers - 5th Grade
Godly Play circle is now under the Oaks following worship
During Lent we’ll hear the stories of Jesus’ life. It’s a way for your child to begin or continue learning these important stories that are part of who we are as the followers of Jesus. Work time now includes, not just drawing, but also lots of activities on the land from raking leaves to painting rocks to just observing all that is part of the natural world that God has given us.
Help On The Land
Look at the land tasks list on the New Life website to see what needs to be done. You can go anytime. Please let Michael Meinecke know if something is done or needs to be added (his contact info is in the directory) -- if you see anything unusual, please let Michael know, so he can coordinate efforts and respond to questions. Please bring any needed tools and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
A prayer labyrinth is a way to pray contemplatively and be outside and move at the same time. The New Life prayer labyrinth is a wonderful resource for this time of isolation. Our prayer labyrinth is on the World Wide Labyrinth Locator -- sometimes you'll find people who have found it that way. You can also find other labyrinths and walk them.
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This is an active church, living out our faith in service. Thanks to so many who give time, talents and treasures to help spread the Good News of God's love here in our Hill Country community.
WEATHER POLICY We worship outdoors year-round. Please dress for your comfort. When possible, we hold worship under the oaks. In case of persistent rain or cold temperatures (below 55°F) anticipated at the time of worship, we will be in our tent and may have the sides up and heaters on in the winter. See more information on our severe weather policy here.
If there is active lighting in the area, we may delay until a storm passes or cancel worship for that week since the tent does not provide adequate shelter. When possible, someone will be present to let people know, and we may be able to offer car blessings. We will post on the New Life website and Facebook page if worship is delayed or canceled. Please check those places if there are storms in the area.
New Life is an outdoor worshipping church that is active in the Dripping Springs community, serving our neighbors. We pray and do Bible study out in the community, and we care for a piece of the Texas Hill Country which is open to our neighbors for walking, praying the labyrinth, watching wildlife, etc. We worship every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. We do Bible study after worship during the school year, except about once every other month when we make community service part of our liturgy and go out to build relationships with our neighbors together. We welcome you to be part of this community and our mission to share God’s love out in creation and out in our community.