Love Heals: Lent Heals (The Hill Lenten Offerings)


Love heals…in worship

Hillside ECC Ash Wednesday Chapel
Wednesday, March 6, at 8:00a
Join children and parents as we mark the beginning of Lent with a very simple Ash Wednesday service.

Ash Wednesday Supper & Service
Community Supper 6:30p
Ash Wednesday Service 7:30

Experience the Story: A Palm Sunday journey to the cross
Sunday, April 14 at 11:00a
Join us for a very special Palm Sunday experience as we travel with Jesus and his disciples from Maundy Thursday, to Good Friday and anticipate the coming Easter morning.

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 18 at 7:30p
Join us for Holy Eucharist and Foot-washing, as we gather to hear Jesus new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.

Good Friday Stations of the Cross
Friday, April 19 at 6:00p and repeating at 7:00p
Travel the way of the cross with this most ancient of Christian practices.

Easter Sunday
Sunrise Service at 7:00a on the Love Hill (outdoors)
Easter Service at 11:00a in the sanctuary
Community Easter Egg Hunt at 12:00p


Love Heals…in community

(beginning March 10th)

Love Heals Friend Groups
Love heals…but how exactly? Drawing on the work of the Rev. Becca Stevens and her reflections on the practices of love and community, we will share our own stories of healing and explore ways to bring more healing love into our lives and the lives of others.

Friend groups gather three times over the season of lent. Join one of these small groups to gather for refreshments, conversation and for the purpose of growing in friendship and faith.

Choose the group you’d like to join and consider inviting a friend to join you:

  • Central Austin Friend Group
    hosted at the home of Sue Dockery
    Tuesdays at 6:30p on the evenings of March 19, march 26 and April 2
  • South-Central Friend Group
    hosted at the home of Cindy Zemis-Morris and James Morris
    Tuesdays at 6:30p on the evenings of March 12, March 26 and April 9
  • Family Friend Group
    hosted in the south portable by Kathy Pfister.
    Sundays at 9:45a on the mornings of March 10, March 24, April 7 Children and parents will gather for an interactive program exploring individual and family faith practices that help us grow in love. Older children and tweens will be partnered with younger children as “epsico-pals” and nursery will be provided for little biddies.
  • Young Adult Friend Group
    hosted at the home of Kathy Pfister.
    Thursdays at 6p on the evenings of March 21, March 28 and April 4
    A friend group geared toward those in the twenties and thirties
  • Lunchtime Friend Group
    hosted at the home of Kathy Pfister.
    Thursdays at 11:30a on the days of March 21, March 28 and April 4

Adult Sunday Formation: “The Healing Community”
Sundays at 10:00a in the Christian Ed /East Portable
Lent adult formation at the Hill will expand on the Rev. Becca Steven’s work in Love Heals to explore how that healing can take place through relationships–because “love heals” best in community! Led by The Rev. Deacon Jonathan Hanneman.

Music on the Hill: Soultree Collective
March 24 at 5:00p
The Soultree Collective was created to encourage today’s youth to explore and engage in classic genre of the 70’s – 90’s R&B. Join us for a funky and fantastic evening of incredible music performed by some of Austin’s most talented new voices.

Second Saturday Sale
Saturday, April 13, 8:00a – 11:00a
Gather with neighbors in the partking lot for the best little neighborhood yard sale. Love music, nibbles and bargains galore.


Love Heals…in service and outreach

Blood Drive at The Hill
Thursday, March 14 from 8:00 – 11:00a
Give the gift of life by participating in The Hill’s blood drive. To sign up contact Sam@gsaustin.org

Hillside Family Supper
Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30p
Volunteers are needed to help host our first Hillside Family Supper. Welcome new families to our church and school, as we come together to build the beloved community!

In Common: learning how to best serve our neighbors with love
March 29-30
Friday evening dinner and keynote, followed by Saturday workshops
Offered by the Episcopal Health Foundation and hosted at our Windsor Campus, In Common helps congregations develop effective strategies and find new resources to build healthier communities, by addressing issues related to health, poverty and diversity. Keynote speaker, The Rev. Dr. Eric Law and workshops on Civic Engagement, Holy Currencies and Bridges Out of Poverty. For more information and to register, visit the EHF website.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes Training at The Hill
Sunday, March 31 at 12:00p
Stay after church for a light lunch and to learn about this vital ministry and how you can be a part of it. For more information contact Becky Svahn at ericgrace21@gmail.com

Pleasant Hills Spring Cleaning Day
April 1 from 12:00p – 3:00p
Join us as we Marie Kondo the heck out of the community room at Pleasant Hills low-income housing apartments. To volunteer contact Lisa McMinn at lcminnow@gmail.com or Ashley Fowler at a.p.fowler@icloud.com

Spruce Up Day
April 7 from 12:00p – 3:00p
Prepare the grounds for the upcoming Palm Sunday event, the stations of the cross, the Easter Egg Hunt, and Easter Sunday. Dress comfortably for church and then stay afterwards for an afternoon of digging in the dirt! To serve as a team leader for this important event please contact Lisa McMinn at lcminnow@gmail.com