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March 30th, 2018

Easter Liturgy and Picnic Details

This Sunday, our church calendar reaches its climax with the celebration of the Resurrection.

Will you join us this Sunday to celebrate?

Here’s what you can look forward to:

Here’s how lunch works:

Here’s how the Easter Egg Hunt works:

As we approach the big day, take some time to prepare. One way would be to participate in Good Friday Liturgy tonight with our friends at Vox Veniae, tonight at 6pm.

Take a moment to think and pray about those you know who might want a place to celebrate the holiday—pray for them and invite them!

Finally, we still need a few volunteers to help with set up and egg hiding this Sunday. If you are available, you can email Chris Morton.

See you Sunday!

Gatherings
December 22nd, 2016

Looking for a Christmas Eve Gathering?

Christmas Eve is this Saturday!

We’ll gather for our yearly celebration at the Seminary of the Southwest chapel (501 E 32nd St.) at 5pm. We’ll sing some carols, light some candles and reflect on one huge idea: God has come to man!

Bundle up, and invite a friend.

See you Saturday!

Note: Because of Saturday night Liturgy, we will not gather this Sunday morning.

Gatherings, Liturgy
May 7th, 2016

A Family Meeting and our Common Life

One of our two focuses this year is to create our shared rule of life, what we are calling Our Common Life.

Next Sunday, May 15, we will have a Family Meeting to talk about what this means. We’ll explore the ancient tradition of a Rule of Life. We’ll begin to imagine together how this might look for us.

Before the meeting, we hope you can take some time to look at the examples below. Theses are the Rule of Life from two sister communities in the Ecclesia Network:

We’ll meet at the McCormicks’ home (3006 Stoneway Drive) from 6:30-8:30pm. Anyone who is an active participant in the life of Austin Mustard Seed is welcome to attend.

Gatherings
February 2nd, 2015

Join the Sabbath Dojo Support Group

Our focus on Sabbath in our Sunday liturgy has passed, but our intentional practice of Sabbath together is just beginning. So, will you consider joining the Sabbath Dojo Support Group?

Many of us will know what a support group is, but ‘dojo’ might not be such a familiar term. Dojo is a Japanese term for a training school for martial arts or some other kind of practice. So, this group of those practicing Sabbath will be a little of both as we continuing learning together how to live into Sabbath and support one another.

We will gather together in the afternoon or evening of Feb 15, Mar 8, and Mar 29 to talk more about what we’re learning about Sabbath and renew our commitment to each other to practice it. Alongside that, we’ll read a section of Sabbath: The Ancient Practices, by Dan Allender. Anyone is welcome to join, but we do ask that you commit to at least 2 of the 3 gatherings. We’ll finalize the time and location based on how many participants we have.

Please fill out this form if you’re interested in learning more:

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Gatherings
August 18th, 2014

See You Thursday at Women's Story Night!

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Another word for “disciple” would be “learner.” When we say we are disciples of Jesus, we are saying that we are actively learning to think like Jesus and do the things he said to do.

A learner is a person who reflects on key moments, ideas or scriptures and asks two questions:

“What is God telling me?”

“What am I going to do about it?”

Story nights are an opportunity to “learn how to learn” and grow in our ability to be like Jesus. At each gathering, two individuals will tell a story, the group will work together to help each other learn. You can read details of how the storytelling process works here.

Our next Story Night is just for the ladies. They will meet this Thursday, August 21 at 7pm. It will take place at the home of Tracy Mueller at 4902 Avenue H. Bring some food to share.

Gatherings
July 21st, 2014

This Thursday: Women's Story Night

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Our stories matter. They shape who we are, and our understanding of who God is. We tell our stories so that we can reflect on how God is been at work, and so we can continue to invite God’s work going forward.

Summer Story Nights are a time to come together and hear a story from two people in our congregation. We then reflect together on those stories, asking what it is we can learn from them, and so find a way forward to grow into who God has called us to be.

Women’s Story Night is this Thursday, July 24 at 7pm at the home of Tracy & Travis Mueller (4902 Avenue H).

Gatherings
July 7th, 2014

This Thursday: Men's Story Night

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Our stories matter. They shape who we are, and our understanding of who God is. We tell our stories so that we can reflect on how God is been at work, and so we can continue to invite God’s work going forward.

Our Summer Story Nights are a time to come together and hear a story from two people in our congregation. We then reflect together on those stories, asking what it is we can learn from them, and so find a way forward to grow into who God has called us to be.

Men’s Story Night is this Thursday, July 10 at 7pm at the home of Tim & Rachel Allen (4010 Cima Serena Dr. #A).

Gatherings
April 23rd, 2014

Sunday Evening: The aMS Primer

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“Why do you we what we do?”

It’s an important question that we don’t always get a chance to ask, or answer.

If the first few months of our liturgy we talked about the heart of who we want to be as Austin Mustard Seed. Many of you have joined us since then, sticking with us because you like the people in our community and the feel of what is happening. But we want you to have an opportunity to know more.

This Sunday evening is our first ever aMS Primer. It’s a chance for those who are new to aMS in the last few months, or for those who are curious about aMS, to learn why we do what we do. We’ll talk about who we want to become and what it means to be part of the life of aMS. We’ll talk about questions you might have. We’ll have dinner together, because food makes the heart grow fonder. (Or something like that.)

So if are new, or if you are curious, join us this Sunday, April 27 at 6pm at the home of Shaun and Jamie McCormick (3006 Stoneway, 78757). And please drop us a line to RSVP so we can make sure we have enough food.

Childcare won’t be provided, but kids are welcome too.

Gatherings
March 20th, 2014

Family Meeting // March 30

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The little phrase “family meeting” might stir all kinds of responses among us. It might make you think of a painful time that came with bad news, or it might remind you of the fun of planning a vacation. We don’t have bad news, and we aren’t planning a church vacation, but next Sunday, March 30, we are going to have a family meeting of our own.

This will be an open meeting to anyone who is a regular participant in the life of Austin Mustard Seed. We will celebrate what has happened in the last six months, talk about our partnerships outside that have helped us form, and dream and pray about what we want to become. There will also be time for Q&A. It’s a small, but important step, as we start to develop our own internal conversations and discernment about the life of our community.

We will gather at 7pm in the home of the Allen’s — 4010 Cima Serena Dr. #A, Austin. The Allen’s home is cozy, and there will be no formal childcare during our time together. Please consider other options for childcare and bring something that will keep your child(ren) engaged during our time together.

Gatherings
January 21st, 2014

Sign up for February's Mid-Week Groups

At Austin Mustard Seed, one of our primary Rhythms is Fellowship. We are constantly seeking ways to live the church together.

Beginning in February, we will launch our first ever  Mid-Week Groups. Mid-week groups meet twice a month, a provide an opportunity to get to know each other better, and to learn more about how to live like Jesus. Use the sign up form below to note if you can open your home to host or act as a facilitator.

For our first round of Mid-week groups, we will be learning from James Bryan Smith’s The Good and Beautiful God.  

Too often Christians may experience a changed mind about God, or even a changed heart toward God, without having a changed life with God. Where is the breakdown between belief and discipleship? Why isn’t the transformative power of the gospel more apparent in the daily workings of our lives?

…[The] Apprentice Series aims to help Christians develop a robust discipleship by helping them understand who God is, what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live in community as a part of God’s kingdom. 

 

Gatherings