September 15, 2011

The Presbyterian Church (USA) is building a new collection of hymns and songs! Rev. Dr. Michael Waschevski serves on the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song. This day in Austin is an opportunity to become part of the process with him by sharing songs and responses.

Date: September 15, 2011
Times: 3:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Austn Seminary, 100 E. 27th Street
For more information or questions, call 512-404-4857

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3:00-5:00 A workshop for church musicians and pastors

In this two-hour workshop, Rev. Waschevski will introduce the new PC(USA) hymnal to leaders responsible for congregational music—organists, musicians, choir directors, and others—with particular focus on how the  book can be used in planning  worship and special services. This highly-interactive session will also help church music directors plan how best to introduce the congregation to the new book and the many gifts it offers.

The fee for the workshop is $10

5:30-6:30 Supper at the Seminary

Church musicians and pastors are invited to stay and church members as well are invited to come for supper.

Supper is $10 for adults. Reservations required.

6:30-8:00 Singing into our Future

All are welcome to this session—to sing, to listen, to learn and to talk about music. Rev. Waschevski will share about the Congregational Song process and invite participants into the process by singing from the Sampler, celebrating the music we know by and in our hearts and discovering fresh new surprises, all for the glory of God.

No fee, but registration is required.

September 24, 2011

All of us judge other people. But whom do we judge and why? Am I more offended by a homeless transvestite or a suburban soccer mom? An immigrant or a business executive? Is it because they are unlike me or like me that I find some people so irritating? The answers will be as individual as we are but the remedy for every one is love.

This workshop will explore judgment as an inevitable but harmful tendency. Guided by the Desert Fathers and Mothers who retreated into the Egyptian desert during the 4th and 5th centuries to seek a life of total humility—and the sometimes surprising responses of the Abbas and Ammas to those who offend them—participants will be encouraged to reconsider their own habitual judgments and work to undermine them. We will bring those judgments to the surface through honest self-reflection. When they are out in the open, we will work together to formulate a practical plan of action: Seek out the people who most offend us, practice love toward them, and then tell the story of judgment transformed.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Austin Seminary, 100 E. 27th Street, Austin
Fee: $35 single; $50 for two; $60 ($20 each) for three or more
(Lunch included)

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October 13, 2011

In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the dual MSSW and MDiv program between The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the UT School of Social Work and Austin Seminary proudly co-sponsor a special day of education.

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Times: 8:30-3:30
Location: Austin Seminary, 100 East 27th Street
Cost: $75, includes meal
For information or questions, call 512-404-4857

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October 17-19, 2011

God doesn’t only call pastors to ministry; God calls lay leaders to their roles as well. In this workshop, Joan Gray addresses church officers who are looking for a deepened relationship with God as they serve the church—and those who want to help develop spiritual leadership in their congregations. Rev. Gray will lay out a variety of leadership styles and help leaders understand when each might be appropriate. She also provides resources for dealing with interpersonal relationships in the church and identifies ways churches can create an atmosphere that is supportive of the spiritual leadership of elders and deacons. She also explores things the officers themselves can do to become more effective.

Date: Oct. 17-19, 2011
Times: See agenda below
Location: Austn Seminary, 100 E. 27th Street
For more information or questions, call 512-404-4857

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