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Take the next step at Holy Word Austin!

Newcomers is a small group Bible study for people new to the Bible or our church. This pastor-led, 15-session course is designed to build confidence about what the Bible teaches and its application in your life. 

Not ready to commit?

That’s ok! Start by attending “Newcomers: Beginnings” - the first four sessions of Newcomers that cover the scope and message of the Bible. 

Sign up today by emailing Pastor Dan Laitinen: or call the church office at 512-836-4264.

New sessions starting Tuesday, May 7, 7pm at Holy Word Austin. Free child care provided.

Rooted Central Texas: WELS/ELS 20’s & 30’s

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Time/Date/Location: Varies (to be determined by the group)

"YOUNG ADULTS GROUP" is now called “Rooted Central Texas: WELS/ELS 20s & 30s” group. This group will aim to meet monthly for fellowship around a bible study and an activity. The plan is to rotate events around to the various WELS/ELS churches to get to know our neighbors. The "Rooted" name is based off the original Rooted WELS 20s & 30s group in Colorado that also has a Rooted chapter in Arizona.

Leader: Katelyn Rudman            

Maker Group


Saturday, 10am, 3rd Saturday of each month, Holy Word Fellowship Hall

The Holy Word Maker Group’s purpose is to foster fellowship through crafting. If you are looking for a place to work on your own projects, contribute to projects needed for the church or school, or to learn or teach new techniques, all while engaging in fellowship with friends, this is the group for you. Crafts are not just textile crafts, but can extend to cooking, woodworking, raising chickens, or other useful skills. Devotion, prayer, and bible study will also be included in the group. Both men & women are welcome to join.

Leader: Di Michelson        

Women's Book Club


Friday, 7pm, 3rd Friday of each month  Location: varies (to be determined by the group)

This book club is a fun, informal way for women to get together and share their thoughts on a variety of topics through the books that are read. Books may be secular or religious, non-fiction or fiction, classics or the newest best-seller, in any genre, but all will be discussed through a Christian’s viewpoint. Join us for Christian fun and fellowship, intellectual stimulation, a way to share ideas and insights, an opportunity to practice Christian discernment--and of course, food. The  book we will be reading for our Jan. 18 meeting is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Future books will be chosen by the club's members.

Leader: Julie Wietzke     

Hope and Healing Recovery


Sunday, 4pm,  Holy Word Austin

Recovery with Jesus: Where we find true rest. Struggling with harmful habits or hurts? Want to release some of life's pressures or to be heard and understood? Longing for acceptance or just tired of performance demands? You are not alone! Holy Word Recovery is for you. Come for support, fellowship and healing through Jesus.

Leader: Dan Laitinen               

Adult Bible Study - After Sunday Service


Sunday, 10:45am, Holy Word Austin

Holy Word members and all guests are welcome to stay after worship for a Bible study led by one of the pastoral staff (Pastor Patterson, Pastor Laitinen, Staff Minister Chad White or the Vicar). Attendees study a book or section of the Bible or a spiritual topic (Spring 2019 - Book of John). There is also time for fellowship, prayer, a cup of coffee and occasional snacks!

Leader: Pastor Patterson, Pastor Laitinen, or Chad White                     

Adult Bible Study - Before Sunday Service


Sunday, 8:30am, Holy Word Austin Fellowship Hall  

Holy Word members and all guests are welcome to arrive early Sunday before worship for a Bible study led by Bill Starke or Matt Wordell. Attendees study a book or section of the Bible (Spring 2019 - Parables of Jesus). There is also time for fellowship, prayer, a cup of coffee and occasional snacks!

Leaders: Bill Starke & Matt Wordell