Travis Park United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Unconditional Love and Justice in Action





8:45 am Liturgical Service 

Sanctuary Choir, pipe organ
Holy Communion every Sunday 

11:00 am Celebration Service

Celebration Band and Singers

December 21, 2014
Fourth Sunday of the Season of Advent
Advent Longings: Release from Fear
Luke 1:26-38
Rev. Monte Marshall



Christmas Eve Worship

Wednesday, December 24
12:00 noon  Scriptures, Carols, Reflections
          Lunch* served after worship.
7:00 p.m.  Scriptures Carols, Kids, Communion, and Candlelight
                    Bring a bell to ring!
*Contact Rev. Dale Tremper (, 210-279-5743) if you would like to volunteer to help with the lunch. 
Free parking available in the Travis Park Plaza garage across the street from the church.


Advent Flyer

Make plans to observe this holy season in worship, mission, and community
at Travis Park United Methodist Church.


New Video about Corazon Ministries, Inc.

Click here to see the new video, created by Randy Mahoney of the Southwest Texas Conference Office.


Alternative Christmas

Dec 7, 14, 21, Church Foyer

Share the spirit of the season with special holiday cards to give to co-workers, family members and friends who have everything! The profits from these $5 cards go to your choice of three charities:

Café Corazon, a ministry of TPUMC, provides breakfast, hot coffee and a devotional service in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday. We also provide reading glasses, medical clinic services, shower/hygiene packs and a clothes closet.    

Children’s Bereavement Center, fostering healing for grieving youth, their families and the community through peer support programs, counseling, training, education and outreach.

Deborah’s House, a ministry of TPUMC, provides a transitional home for women in recovery, with faith-based mentoring and an environment of support and accountability.

Stop by the table in the foyer on Sunday mornings to purchase.  Questions? Contact Kate Campbell -



Position Available: Administrative & Financial Assistant

The Administrative & Financial Assistant shall support the administrative needs of the Senior Pastor and the Director of Development and Congregational Giving (new position, pending), while attending to the efficient functioning of the church office, parking lots, and assigned personnel; and the proper management of the church’s accounts, payroll and benefits processes, donor records, and related tasks. For more details, click here.


Your Help is Needed

As we approach the end of the year, we need your help to meet all of our financial obligations so that we can finish 2014 with a balanced budget.  We have some challenging outstanding expenses that will require our combined efforts to meet.  If you are not yet caught up with your pledged giving for 2014, you can help our church by completing your pledge.  If you can make additional income available, please consider doing so.  We are grateful for all gifts no matter how large or small as they each contribute to the mission and ministry of Travis Park United Methodist Church.  We thank God for your faithfulness in sustaining our church throughout 2014 with your generous giving.  Lives are being transformed, aided by your generosity.  And may every gift we give proclaim the good news of Christ—God’s gift of love to us!


Special Appeal for the 2015 Budget

2014 has been a great year with so many blessings for which we all are thankful.  We are especially grateful during the Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior with friends and family.  In preparation for a new year, TPUMC’s Finance Committee has reviewed a  2015 budget which currently includes a shortfall of $ $78,850. Without additional income, it is projected that significant cuts in staff expenses and programs will need to be made to balance the budget.  The reduction in staff expenses could negatively impact nearly all of our church staff including the senior pastor. Everyone’s financial commitment is crucial to avoiding these circumstances.  If you have not yet turned in your 2015 pledge, please do so.  If you have already submitted a 2015 Estimate of Giving card, please consider increasing your pledge and/or giving a one-time special gift to help meet the shortfall.  Please respond before January 1, 2015.  We are so thankful for you and your contributions.  Let's celebrate this season by sharing our continued blessings.


Angel Party

Saturday,December 20, 10 am to noon.
A TPUMC tradition, providing Christmas gifts and fun for  children through our Travis Park Angel Party. Gifts will go to  families in our community including those from Corazon Ministries  and the Cassiano Homes community.  Donations are needed for the Gifts Bazaar where the children pick gifts for their parents and caregivers. Examples: costume jewelry, seasonal gift items, small décor, etc.  Many volunteers are needed to assist at the party, helping the children with crafts, cookie decorating, photos, gift selection and wrapping, food, decorations, set up, clean up and more. All of Travis Park is invited to attend this party to have some holiday fun with the kids.  There might even be a  special Christmas visitor...

To volunteer, contact Velia Suarez at

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Entry Point Class

Sunday, January 11, 4-6 pm, Office Conference Room 

Entry Point is for anyone who is interested in joining or learning more about TPUMC and our ministries. During this pastor-led session, you will learn about who we are as a community of faith, some of our history and opportunities to get involved. Contact Taylor Brown  


CMI Gift

Corazon Ministries, Inc. is very grateful for a $10,000 donation from Valero, which was received due to the efforts of Mike Smith, CMI Board member and Café Corazon Crew Chief. 

Special thanks to Mike!  


Immigrant Detention Conditions

TPUMC member Rachel Jennings has shared concerning information about conditions of hundreds of women and children detained by Federal Immigration Control and Enforcement
 (ICE) in South Texas. Of particular concern are a number of people whose first language is  Mayan or other indigenous languages and have no effective access to legal information or representation. To learn more about this and download a letter to sign and send to U.S. Homeland Security and the U.S Attorney General expressing your concern,click here.


Forgiveness Class Continues 

8 Week Study, 10am, Labyrinth Room, began Dec 7
It takes a lot of willingness and practice to see life from God’s perspective. Perhaps nothing goes against the grain of human nature more than forgiving those who wound us and accepting forgiveness from others. But practicing forgiveness will transform our lives and help us grow in the heart and mind of Christ.
The Way of Forgiveness by Marjorie J. Thompson is the title of an 8-week small group study led by Pastor Monte Marshall beginning Sunday, December 7 in the Labyrinth Room.
The study examines shame, guilt, and anger, helping participants release these emotions so they can move toward wholeness. The class will deal with the topics of receiving God’s forgiveness, forgiving others, and seeking reconciliation. Thompson’s book gives guidance for such ticklish questions as: Does forgiveness mean release from consequences of sin? Are there no limits to forgiveness? How do we deal with absent offenders or people who refuse to forgive us?



Holy Conversations Report Available

After two years of work, the Holy Conversations Coordinating Team has produced a final report outlining a strategic plan for TPUMC. The report is available here.  The members of the Holy Conversation Coordinating Team have been:  Phil Watkins, chair; Rev. Monte Marshall, senior pastor; Paula Stallcup; Heather Mace-Meador; Alex Clark; Andria Dever; Denise Arevelo-Taylor; John Patterson; Paul Harper; Charles Whitehead; and Shawn Campbell.  



 Men's Clothing Needed for Clothes Closet

Cooler weather is around the corner, so it’s time to collect winter clothes, jeans, pants, jackets, and blankets. Clean, washable clothes for men are always welcome. Please bring your donations to the church office.





5:00-8:00     Nursery  for infant - K
5:00-6:00     Joyful Noise!   grades 1-5
5:00-6:00     Emmaus Singers   grades 6-12
5:00-6:00     Travis Park Ringers
6:00-6:30     Dinner Bring your own brown bag
6:30-8:00     Kids’ Club grades K-5
6:30-8:00     Travis Park Youth grades 6-12
6:30-8:00     Sanctuary Choir

Sunday Night Live will not meet December 28.



Wednesday Night Cooks Needed

Families or groups are needed to prepare and/or help serve Wednesday evening dinners at the weekly Prayer Picnic. Contact Pastor Dale at 210-279-5743 or 

Travis Park United Methodist Church   230 E. Travis Street    San Antonio, TX 78205   (210) 226-8341