This Week at The Austin Stone

Sunday, November 28

BEHOLD: Christmas at The Austin Stone

“Lord, make ready my heart for the coming season.
Capture my attention.
Garner my affection.
May my eyes be mesmerized
by the immaculate magnificence of
the fullness of Your grandeur
displayed through humility and meekness
in a helpless Child:
Emmanuel
Our God with us.” — Words for Winter, “Preparing Your Heart for the Christmas Season”

This Christmas season, BEHOLD the majesty of heaven’s dearest gift and the wonder of His arrival—our King Jesus, God with Us. As we’re surrounded by the beauty and the inevitable distractions the holidays bring, our hope is for our souls to pause and rejoice in awe of the glory of God. As we lead up to the celebration of our long-awaited King, we’ll spend time looking at what it means to truly be enraptured by Jesus—our King of Kings, Savior in a Manger, God with Us.

For information on ways to serve, Christmas Eve service times, and more information on BEHOLD: Christmas at The Austin Stone, click the link below!

BEHOLD

Words for Winter

Words matter. God spoke, and the universe existed. And God still speaks to us today so that we can speak—in words—to Him. Words matter.

But what if we’re at a loss for words? In those moments, we can turn to liturgies, which have existed for thousands of years. Liturgies steady our distracted hearts, settle us within our present time and place, and reset our attention and affection on God.

Words for Winter is a collection of liturgies authored by 26 writers at The Austin Stone. These liturgies give us words for the emotions and desires deep within us and help us usher in the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and the new year. By reading them, we can attune our hearts to Jesus’ presence and remember He is Emmanuel—God with Us. To purchase your copy of Words for Winter, click the button below.

Words for Winter

Volunteer to Help Foster and Adoptive Families

In our church family, there are men and women who’ve stepped into God’s calling to care for children who are not biologically their own. We want to celebrate, support, and help sustain these foster and adoptive families so that they can continue to love the children God has placed in their care!

We have two main opportunities for us to serve foster and adoptive families at The Austin Stone and throughout our city—Parents’ Night Out and CASA!

Our St. John and North Campuses host Parents’ Night Out for families and are looking for more volunteers to serve! Parents’ Night Out at our North Campus happens every second Friday of the month from 6-9pm and at our St. John Campus every third Saturday of the month from 4-7:30pm. Click the button below to sign up to volunteer!

Volunteer at Parents' Night Out

You can also sign up to be a CASA, a court-appointed, trained, and committed adult that works to ensure that each foster child’s individual needs remain a priority in an overburdened child welfare system. CASA volunteers are responsible for making informed recommendations back to the judge about a child’s best interest. Currently in Travis County, 775 children need a CASA. If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering or want more information, click the button below.

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Foster and Adoptive Family Gathering

Are you a foster or adoptive family? We’d love to celebrate and encourage you at our upcoming gathering!

As you stand in the gap of child welfare in our city, we want to continue supporting and caring for you. Come join us on Saturday, December 4 from 11am-1pm at For the City Center for lunch! During this time together, you’ll be able to meet other families God has called to foster care and adoption, hear from Austin Stone leadership, and stay in the loop about our efforts as a church to continue to support and bless you.

To register for this event, please click the button below!

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