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Weekly Newsletter
June 3, 2022

 


A Message from Pastor Candice

Dear Friends of New Life,

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday - we wear red to celebrate this festival day  There are so many things to celebrate: the birthday of  New Life, the arrival of the Holy Spirit after Jesus ascended to heaven, and all the new folks who started worshipping with us this year.  It's a great Sunday to learn more about how the Spirit interacts with us and makes itself known.

During worship we will be giving the kids ladybugs to release at church and some to release at home.  These special beetles are good stewards for our gardens and landscaping.  (And, they're already wearing red.)  We hope you'll help your children make a connection from the Land at church to the land where you live.

Immediately after worship, we will be serving breakfast tacos at our Pentecost Party under the Oaks.  Kids will have a craft project to do together while the adults hangout.  It's going to be a great Sunday!

Pr. Candice
Food for Summer
 
Summer  means it's time for fun and relaxation, but for many families it means difficult times ahead.  Helping Hands Food Pantry experiences low donations and higher need during the months of June, July, and August. With school out, many children in our area no longer receive  lunch and/or breakfast each day.  This puts a strain on families to provide enough for every family member. New Life has a long history of giving food to Helping Hands. All of the produce grown in our garden goes to the pantry. The NL children made handprints to decorate our donation bin. Look for the container where we enter the sanctuary area. Let's fill that container up every single Sunday! 


THIS WEEK AT NEW LIFE


Saturday, June 4: RR12 Clean-Up
8:00 - 9:00 AM
We will meet at the Elementary School across RM 12 from the church
. Gloves, vests, and bags will be provided for everybody. Long pants are recommended. We'll meet together for a safety briefing and then assign sections.


Sunday, June 5: 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, June 7: 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 14:27 -- Day of Pentecost

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid."



OPPORTUNITIES TO BE INVOLVED



Outreach Giving Opportunities
Join the New Life 2022 Virtual Run, Walk & Roll 5K for CACNA1A Team in our virtual fundraiser. The fundraiser's goal is to raise awareness and funds for much-needed research for CACNA1A-related disorders. You can register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/126939/Donate/T1mvrsFZSzYCZdBK and share with your friends and family.

Upcoming Outreach Service Opportunities
1. On June 12, 2022 immediately after Service we will participate in the 2022 Virtual Run, Walk & Roll 5K for CACNA1A by hosting a walk around our trail (twice will reach the 5K goal), followed by a group picture.  Please mark your calendars and join if you are able! 

2. On Saturday, June 4 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am we will have another RM 12 clean up. Long pants are recommended. See more information above in "Save the Date" section.

3. June 25th is Pride Day in Dripping Springs, with an all-ages rodeo event at Ranch Park from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm. New Life will have an information booth at the event to share the love of Christ with our neighbors. If you are interested in helping to staff the booth, please email Shalon at zeferjahn@gmail.com. You can also sign up to volunteer at the event or register to attend here: http://www.prideofdrippingsprings.org . 
T-shirts for volunteering at the rodeo booth
This T-shirt design has been made specially available until June 2.  Other T-shirts with our church name and logo will be available at a later date.  It's not required to get a T-shirt to volunteer at the booth, but its pretty fun to show up as a team. https://www.bonfire.com/pride-in-gods-image/

Adult Sunday School & Godly Play
Summer break--no Adult Sunday School and Godly Play--will resume in the fall, after Labor Day.

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.
 
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.
 
Newsletter Items & Sunday Announcements
If you have an item for the Friday weekly newsletter, please email newsletter editor Bonnie Gonzalez -- by Wednesday evening if possible!

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.
 
 
Donate online to New Life's environmentally-focused mission of spreading the Good News of God's great love. Donate via PayPal to "New Life Lutheran Church of Dripping Springs Texas."
 
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