Growing up can be hard. Parenting can be hard. And both can be fun. We offer help on all counts.  Our youth group meets regularly to talk, to serve and to grow. We call ourselves Youth LAFFS–for love, acceptance, friendship, fellowship and service.  Ha, caught you smilin’ didn’t we?  There’s a lot of that, and some serious stuff.  Whatever you need.  We’re game to explore.  Contact Karen Maxwell at (Enable Javascript to see the email address).

Service Opportunities
Compassion grows the heart of both those who give and receive it. Our approach to service ministry is uncomplicated.  Each week we grab a brown bag at church to fill at the grocery story for delivery to the Briarcliff community’s Helping Hands food pantry. Donating and delivering school supplies for the Eagle Pass border children each semester has become another exercise in compassion that has blessed us with humility and gratitude.  Try it, but prepare to be blessed.

Bible Study
Wisdom and discernment, hope and healing, grace and courage unfurl when we let the Spirit whisper or shout.  So we come together regularly to listen to the Bible and piece together its meaning for us as individuals and as a community.  We meet the every Sunday at 9 a.m.  Join us anytime.

We like to sing.  We’ve got a piano, happy voices, skilled musicians.  Don’t get us wrong, we could use a few more.  If the Spirit moves you, come sing along.  Or bring an instrument, you’ll fit right in.  We practice each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.  Tune in when you can and/or contact Sharon French at (Enable Javascript to see the email address) if you have questions.

No surprise, yes we dedicate an hour or so every Sunday morning first to acknowledge we want to do better, then ask for God’s help, sing, pray and talk about how God helps us do that.  We all pitch in–showing people where to sit, reading the Bible, baking bread, serving communion.  Hey, if you want to help just let us know.  Mention it to someone after worship and they will introduce you to Alicia Luhrs.  Or e-mail her at (Enable Javascript to see the email address).  She makes it easy to keep us all worshipful.

Care and Outreach
It’s not our favorite thing to think about, but we all get sick, lose a loved one, or need to borrow a shoulder to lean on sometimes.  Funny how that’s where others of us do our best work.  We have a favorite casserole that we like to bring over, or a knack for finding the appropriate card to send, or an ear and a shoulder that have a little extra capacity to share from time to time.  If any of this sounds like you, then we would like to know.  We want to connect those who can give with those who can receive so both can feel blessed.  E-mail Susan Murphy and she’ll know what to do (Enable Javascript to see the email address).

Yoga Classes
You can see we do a lot of work for the soul here. But we also recognize it’s linked to the body that needs care too. Every Thursday evening we get together and try to connect the two with Yoga.  Instructor Barbara Serota models all the grace and poise we could ever want to imitate.  She uses her “conscious movement” approach to quiet and focus the mind, become deeply aware of and strengthen our bodies, and provide a sacred space that supports communion with the Spirit. Like most of what we do here, it’s soothing and spiritual and fun, and you’re welcome to become a part of it anytime.  Questions?  Marilyn Heckmann has a calm answer at (Enable Javascript to see the email address).  Otherwise see you any Monday, 6 p.m.

Men’s Breakfast Second Saturdays
Getting together around food is easy, so let’s do something easy. Meet at the Hill Country Diner for our monthly visit over breakfast. 6116 W. Hwy 290. We keep it friendly. 8 a.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
Healing and support are natural results of the grace and accountability we continually celebrate here. Emphasis is on the continually. That’s because we recognize we don’t always understand our own actions. We don’t do what we want, but we do the very thing we hate, to paraphrase our old friend the Apostle Paul. So here we are, meeting regularly in worship and regularly to share our experience, strength and hope with each other so we may solve our common problems. The only requirement for membership in this group is a desire to stop drinking. While AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution, we are aligned with them in helping. Sunday nights, 7 p.m. at the mission.

Howdy Do
You’ll notice we like to snack on Sunday mornings…and visit.  Some people show up at 9 a.m. to try the coffee and have a cookie…or cupcake…or monkey bread.  You never know what you might find to eat.  Or maybe you could know.  Let’s say you like to bake, or make coffee, or talk to folks.  Well here’s your chance.  Dick Davis will get you started.  Sample the snacks and ask to see Dick.  Or e-mail him at (Enable Javascript to see the email address). He likes to eat and visit too.

We happen to like the experience of God’s grace and the resulting friendships we find here at the mission.  So we want to share it, you know, sometimes mail a note to our Spicewood, Lakeway, Bee Cave neighbors, put out some posters in town, keep our website nice, friendly, and up to date.  We hope you like coming here.  Maybe you’d like to help us spread the word.  If so, just contact Elise Brazier, (Enable Javascript to see the email address).  She knows how to keep us neighborly.

Small Groups
Overall, some might already consider us a fairly small group, but maybe you like it cozier, say 8-12 people getting together regularly.  You’re thinking you would like to host a Bible Study or prayer shawl ministry or movie review night.  We’re right there with you.  Good idea!  Go for it.  Just contact Alicia Luhrs at (Enable Javascript to see the email address). She’s expert at start-ups, group dynamics, you know, a kind of groupy…in a good way.

Garden Club
We like to grow things here–faith, spirituality, beauty–food for the soul you might say.  Cultivating our internal and external lives is a natural result of our time with God.  So it’s no accident that we have made our home in a former art gallery that also hosts a community garden.  We want to practice good stewardship of our sacred space here. Growing and sharing vegetables, flowers, herbs or landscape plants become simple acts of faith that reflect our appreciation of God’s mysterious power to replenish the earth.  We’re not saying we have it figured out.  In fact, we’re just getting started.  New hands, new ideas, new seedlings are welcome.  Contact Ben Jungmann, (Enable Javascript to see the email address), if you want to get your hands dirty.

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