Travis Park United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Unconditional Love and Justice in Action
Worship this Sunday
Sunday April 20, 2014
Beneath the Surface: Resurrection
Rev. Monte Marshall
8:45 am Liturgical Service
Holy Communion, organ
Travis Park Ringers
11:00 am Celebration Service
Celebration Band and Singers
Join us in worship! Click here for directions and parking information.
EASTER EGG HUNTS THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 20
The Middle School Sunday School class will host Easter Egg Hunts on Easter morning during Sunday School (10 am) and Children's Church (11 am). Don't forget your basket! Third Floor
ENTRY POINT CLASS
Sunday, May 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 email@example.com
Does prayer work? Am I being selfish to pray for myself? Why pray anyway? What about my prayers that weren’t answered? If you have ever wrestled with these questions, perhaps you would be interested in a class on prayer.
Beginning Sunday, May 4th from 4:00-6:00 PM, we will begin a six week class on prayer, exploring these questions and other topics, including definitions of prayer, the impediments to prayer, the forms of prayer, and the use of Scripture in prayer.
Beginning Thursday, May 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, we will also offer this same class at the home of one of our members who lives in Northeast/North central San Antonio near Loop 410.
The class will cost $15 to cover the cost of a book to be used during the weeks of the study.
Please send your questions and/or register with Pastor Taylor Boone at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can so that we can determine if both classes will have enough people attending.
HOLY CONVERSATIONS NEWS
We have learned a lot about TPUMC and the needs of the community through our meetings and conversations with our neighbors. Thank you to those who participated in our initial holy conversations answering the questions about why you are here, what brought you to Travis Park and then what keeps you here. Those answers can be read on the bulletin board posted in the foyer.
To continue these conversations, we are holding additional meetings scheduled and ask that you attend one of the following to answer "What is God calling us to do?":
Sunday, April 27th at 10am, Labyrinth Room
Sunday, April 27th at 11am, Labyrinth Room
Sunday, April 27th at 5pm, Labyrinth Room
Sunday, April 27th at 6:30pm, Labyrinth Room
Wednesday, April30th at 7:30pm, Labyrinth Room
Come and share your thoughts of What God Is Calling us to do.
Results of the Holy Conversations survey of our neighbors are in. Pick up a hard copy at the Information Desk or find it here.
CAFÉ CORAZON TURNS 15!
Café Corazon Beginnings by Becky Snodgrass (excerpts)
In early February 1999 some folks gathered to discuss an idea that Mike Cline had. The way I remember it, and the way I tell the story, is what Mike shared with us that evening. He explained that he had been walking in Austin with his mom when a homeless man approached them and asked for money. Apparently, Mike’s mother gave the guy some money and Mike expressed his concern about it. Mike said his mom had told him that her brother was also out on the streets somewhere, and she prayed that someone would do the same for him. This story stayed with Mike for a year or so before he moved to San Antonio. The group began the “what if’s” – what if we just try serving food every Sunday for a month? We decided we would attempt to serve breakfast every Sunday for six months. I remember thinking to myself: there is no way we can do this. Luckily, I followed my peers on this one. We had several planning meetings to figure out the details and to discuss the menu. Our biggest concern in doing this was that the café NOT be like a “soup kitchen.” We decided that we would call our visitors “guests” because this is how we wanted them to feel. Our first Sunday of serving was on Palm Sunday, 1999. I missed the first Sunday of Café being served because my mother had just died and I was not in town. After having gone through such a traumatic time in my life, the last place I wanted to be on the following Sunday, Easter Sunday, was serving breakfast to the homeless. I carried so much grief during that time, but my church family gave me much encouragement so I was where I needed to be that Sunday. We probably had 150 people that second Sunday and I remember looking around seeing the many faces and thinking wow. While I was pouring syrup, I just began to cry. A man approached me and asked what was wrong and I told him I was sad because my mom just died. The man I never met put his hand on my shoulder and simply said he was sorry. I will never forget the change that happened to me personally that day. What I realized was that every one of us experiences pain, and we are all in this together. Looking out and seeing the diverse faces of the crowd, I remember feeling that this is what God is calling us all to do. For months, the same group of people did the shopping, serving and cleaning up each Sunday and the people “upstairs” seemed to be curious about what was going on. We began asking Sunday school classes to volunteer to be in charge one Sunday a month. It took off from there. People brought their friends, co-workers, kids, and it all got done, every week since. We really did not have a budget, but we knew we had to do it cheap. We were able to keep our costs down to about 40 cents a plate and still provide a healthy meal. We went to day-old bakeries and bought bread, got supplies at Sam’s and scrubbed pans. Larry Fay found fruit through a friend and donated plenty every Sunday. Dr. Richard Ferguson sat up a table and began seeing folks for their medical issues. Homeless guests began to play the piano, or sing.
The final thing I can say is that we must listen to our experiences and, more importantly, share them with the people around us. Had Mike not ever discussed his experience in Austin that day, this whole thing might never have begun. Many people have come along and have shared their own gifts and talents.
Read more about Café Corazon’s history here.
Travis Park United Methodist Church
email@example.com 230 E. Travis Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-8341