Travis Park United Methodist Church
Saturday, January 31, 2015
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
February 1, 2015
4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Mark 1:21-28
Silence! Come Out!
Rev. Monte Marshall



A Step Toward Sustainability: New Dollars/New Partners

Travis Park UMC is taking steps to secure a sustainable financial future for our congregation.  One step in this direction was taken at the beginning of 2015 as Lana Potts joined our church staff in a new position, Director of Development and Congregation Giving.
A second step is now being taken that was made possible by a serendipitous event.  I first heard of the Partners for Sacred Places about a year ago.  I visited the Partners’ website and discovered that it is “the only national, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to the sound stewardship and active community use of America’s older religious properties.”  I also learned about one of the organization’s programs called New Dollars/New Partners.  Given TPUMC’s persistent financial challenges and our efforts to address them, I was intrigued by the program’s description, but also discouraged by the program’s cost.  Ironically, I figured that our budget constraints put the program beyond our reach, at least for the moment.
But then Phil Watkins and I met the Partners’ Texas coordinator at a workshop in Arlington, TX several months ago.  When I introduced myself to her and told her that I was the senior pastor of Travis Park UMC in San Antonio, she said, “We need to talk.”  She told me that the Mission Presbytery had contracted with Partners to present a New Dollars/New Partners program for the Presbyterian churches in San Antonio, but that too few churches had signed up to participate.  Instead of cancelling the program, the Presbytery decided to open the program to other churches in the city at no cost to those congregations.  I immediately said, “We’re in!”
Once Phil and I returned home, I signed us up and recruited a team to participate with me in the program:  Phil, Paula Stallcup, Susan Snow and Lana Potts.  The experienced leaders of the New Dollars/New Partners program will conduct four, day-long learning modules over the course of a year so that teams from participating churches develop valuable skills that can be used to leverage fundraising and communicate the congregation’s value to the larger community.  Extensive homework is assigned between modules.  The goal is to develop new partnerships in the community to bring in new dollars for the church.
An Opportunity to Learn More:  If you would like to learn more about New Dollars/New Partners, two of the program leaders will be at Travis Park UMC on Thursday, February 12, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.  They will be her to tour our building, learn about our hopes, dreams and challenges, and to share information and answer questions about the program.  All are invited.                                                                  
Grace and peace,
Pastor Monte



Lent 2015 at TPUMC



From the United Methodist News Service: Marcus Borg, leading liberal theologian and historical Jesus expert, dies at 72.

Marcus Borg Theologian Dead at 72(RNS) Marcus J. Borg, a prominent liberal theologian and Bible scholar who for a generation helped popularize the intense debates about the historical Jesus and the veracity and meaning of the New Testament, died on Wednesday (Jan. 21). He was 72 and had been suffering from a prolonged illness, friends said.
Borg emerged in the 1980s just as academics and theologians were bringing new energy to the so-called “quest for the historical Jesus,” the centuries-old effort to disentangle fact from myth in the Gospels.

Thrive Youth Center 

 Since June, our church has been diligently working with Thrive Youth Center and its founder Sandy Whitley to establish a safe place to help LGBT young adults get off the street and into fulfilling lives.  We had advocated with the city for a sleeping space in our building 3 nights a week as a beginning, but the city had required an elaborate rezoning process in order to do so.  After our having jumped through those hoops, God has intervened through Scott Ackerson and Mark Carmona at Haven for Hope, opening up the possibility of a separate unit for the youth on campus, with all of the social services of Haven.    Details and relationships between Thrive Youth Center and Haven for Hope, as well as an upcoming opening date, are being negotiated now, so we look forward to sharing those details when they are available.  We are grateful for the work of Joseph Tanasi, Jim Ewers, Joanna Foster, Pastor Monte, Pastor Dale and many others who have made this breakthrough possible.  Volunteer mentors and friends will be needed to assure the success of this important outreach. 


Children's Ministries

Sunday School, k-4, 10 am, Rm 315.   
Children’s Church will not meet Feb 1 so that the children can participate in Holy Communion with their families.
Joyful Noise! Choir at 5pm
Kids’ Club fun at 6pm.  

Entry Point Class

Sunday, February 8, 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  


Many Thanks to Altar Art Artists

Thanks to Altar Art artists Deana Kirby, Karen Robinette and Becky Vitola for regularly providing thoughtful and stimulating designs for the altar enhancing our worship.  Thanks, too, to Deana Kirby who will co-ordinate altar art for 2015.   In appreciation, Mona Kandeler

A Word of Thanks to Mona 

Mona Kandeler is stepping down from her job as coordinator of the Altar Art Team, though she will continue to serve on the team and create beautiful sacred spaces on the altar. She played big part in creating and sustaining this wonderful ministry several years ago and has shared many hours of her time and her gifts to  provide  visual expression for our worship services.  Thank you , Mona! 

 Men's Clothing Needed for Clothes Closet - Coats, sweaters, jackets

Cooler weather is here, 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.


 No Sunday Night Live on February 1, Superbowl Sunday.

Join us next week, Feb 8!



4:00-8:00     Nursery  for infant - K
4:00-6:00     Entry Point Class (Feb 8)
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


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