Travis Park United Methodist Church
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Unconditional Love and Justice in Action

Worship at Travis Park United Methodist Church 
8:45 am Liturgical Service 
Holy Communion every Sunday
pipe organ
11:00 am Celebration Service
Celebration Band and Singers
August 3, 2014
Rev. Monte Marshall preaching
Genesis 32:22-31
Lessons from the Life of Jacob:
Wrestling before Reconciliation
 Emmaus Singers Youth Choir Reunion
August 10, 2014
Rev. Taylor Boone preaching
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Learning the Hard Way
Senior Recognition Sunday

We’ll begin at 9:30am for breakfast then a short rehearsal before singing in the 11am worship service. We are changing things up this year and singing a new (old) African hymn we all know and love! As always, family and friends are invited to join the fun! See you August 3rd!   Analisa Vitola Campbell  


July is the time to order shirts in preparation for the Sept 20 Pride Parade in Austin. A group from
TPUMC—all in purple shirts—joins with many other  United Methodist Reconciling Ministries Network folks in their differently-colored shirts. It’s a beautiful rainbow when we gather together! Stop by the table in the foyer and order your $10 shirt.

August 28:
An evening of food,
wine and fellowship.
The DoubleTree Hotel
502 W. Cesar Chavez
(next to UTSA Downtown Campus)
6:30 Reception,
7pm Dinner
$100.00 per ticket;
Corporate Table for $1,000 (includes 8 seats)
Click here to pay with PayPal


You are invited to help our Middle school class as they collect supplies to create UMCOR sewing kits through August. Donations can be dropped off in their 3rd floor classroom on Sunday mornings. The goal is 15 kits. Each kit will contain:
· 3 continuous yards of new cotton or cotton blend fabric      
    (no corduroy or knit)
· 1 pair of sewing scissors in original packaging
· 1 package of hand needles in original packaging
· 1 medium to large spool of thread (no travel kit thread)
· 1 package of buttons in original packaging (5-8 buttons)
· 1 plastic storage bag (one gallon size and sealable)
UMCOR distributes these sewing kits in communities around the world, fostering independence rather than dependence. Women can make clothing in their own size and in the style of their culture. Cottage industries often grow out of the sewing classes where women use these kits to practice valuable income-generating skills.

We are collecting school supplies for our community.  You will see lists in many stores such as HEB, Target, Wal-Mart for ideas of what students are asked to bring  to school. 
Please put them in the laundry basket outside the office of Carol Kohrs.  Deadline: August 17. 

Sunday, August 10, 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 


The trustees are very humbled and excited by the generous response of our church members in meeting our capital campaign’s goal of $250,000.   Gifts have been received and pledges are being paid in amounts which are now sufficient for us to begin the capital projects that were specified in the campaign. 
Here is what has transpired to date:
· Work has begun on replacing the vent hood over the stove in the kitchen and bringing the fire suppression system and duct work up to code.   The estimated cost for this project is $22,364.84.
· Work to repair and paint the deteriorating trim on the Stephenson Building’s windows is scheduled to begin the week of July 13.  The estimated cost for this project is $5,140.00.
· We received a check from the Spellman Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation in the amount of $15,975.00 to match TPUMC’s contribution to the cost of Phase 1 repairs and maintenance on the sanctuary organ.   The estimated cost for Phase 1 is $31,950.00.   All necessary funds are now available to move forward in scheduling this phase of the repairs with the Wahl Organ Builders in Appleton, WI.  (Additional funds from the San Antonio Area Foundation will be forthcoming as additional phases are scheduled.)
· Upgrades to the air conditioning system will be scheduled and the debt to TPUMC’s Foundation repaid as funds become available.
We will keep you posted as work proceeds and will do our best to be diligent and faithful stewards for this body of Christ.



News accounts cite official figures of some 39,000 adults with children who have crossed the border since last October. Another 52,000 refugee minors have made the crossing on their own, without adult accompaniment, the reports said. United Methodists along the border are joining with others to respond to the needs of these sojourners. At sites in Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville, volunteers and agencies are working with families who have been released by the Border Patrol to appear in courts in other places across the country. Learn more about these efforts here:

For an excellent summary of the situation from the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, click here: 
According to Laura Merrill, McAllen District Superintendent of the UMC, the crisis among unaccompanied children is harder to respond to, as it is very difficult to gain access to the facilities where they are being held. Please pray for these children and for those trying to reach and help them.
To make monetary donations to the effort along the border, you can send checks to any of the following UM organizations:
SWTX Conference - marked "Texas Border Crisis"
16400 Heubner Road, San Antonio TX 78248-1693
McAllen District of the UMC - marked "Immigrant Relief"
1909 W. Harrison, Harlingen TX 78550
Holding Institute 1220 McClelland, Laredo TX 78040
In addition to giving to the UM organizations listed above, you can give UNDIES! First UMC Laredo is collecting new children’s underwear for distribution as needed. Please bring donations to the TPUMC church office.
 Stay tuned! Check back to learn about other ways to respond to this crisis of human need as the news unfolds.

2014 Spiritual Life Retreat
Friday, Sept 19, 5:30 pm to
Sunday, Sept 21, noon
Oblate Renewal Center
Costs: $120 (double room) or $160 (private room)
Retreat Focus - The retreat will follow a rhythm of life that offers time for intentional spiritual growth in a community of prayer, study, worship, gentle silence, and joyous fellowship. Study times will focus on five areas - Defining Fear, True vs. False Self, Means of Moving into the House of Love, Discerning the Voices of Love, Building Our Spiritual Strength.
Fear pervades our lives, our society, and our world. The Bible speaks of two kinds of fear. One is awe over what God can do that we cannot, and the other kind opposes God’s love and seeks to paralyze us. Breaking free of this second kind of fear is the focus of our time together in Christian community.
Retreat Facilitators:
Rev. Peter Aguilar, Senior Pastor at Floresville UMC and Rev. Taylor Boone, Associate Pastor at TPUMC. Both Peter and Taylor have a deep love for Jesus Christ and a commitment to spiritual formation in the Christian tradition.
Sponsored by Alamo Heights UMC Spiritual Life Committee
Registration materials available from Taylor Boone or Taylor Brown; or contact Pastor Donna Strieb at

Erika Stiner is forming a new TPUMC group for families with children aged preschool and under. Contact Erika at

Travis Park UMC Announces Love Your Neighbor Coalition 2015 Gathering
August 6-9, 2015
This huge event will be hosted at TPUMC and the Sheraton Gunter Hotel. At this time, the Love Your Neighbor Coalition participants will include: Affirmation, Black Methodist for Church Renewal, Love Prevails, Methodist Federation for Social Action, National Federation of Asian American United Methodists, Native American International Caucus of United Methodists, Reconciling Ministries Network, and United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities. This will be a first-ever national gathering of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition that formed around the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Previously, RMN and MFSA have joined together for a joint national convocation during the summer preceding General Conference, then worked with an expanded coalition the next year. For LYN Coalition to have a national gathering in 2015 will be history in the making! Place the dates, August 6 to 9, 2015 on your calendar now!

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