Travis Park United Methodist Church
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Unconditional Love and Justice in Action
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WORSHIP AT TRAVIS PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday March 9, 2014
First Sunday in Lent
Beneath the Surface: Sustenance
Rev. Monte Marshall
8:45 am Liturgical Service
Holy Communion, organ
11:00 am Celebration Service
Celebration Band and Singers
NEWS AT TRAVIS PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Researchers have found that no other stimulus fires up the human brain in so many locations as music. It's a language that expresses our loftiest celebrations and penetrates our deepest sorrow. As our nation recognizes this time as Music Education Month, let us give thanks for those in our faith family who continually share with us this rich channel of blessing.
This week's feature:
JOYFUL NOISE! AND THEIR DEDICATED LEADERS
TPUMC has an excellent children’s choir program, led by two gifted, creative and hard-working young women. Lou Caroline Bonner is a graduate of UT Austin with a degree in Instrumental Music Studies. She is the Choir Director at Nimitz Middle School in Northeast ISD. Previously, she served as a Band Director at Nimitz. Analisa Vitola Campbell is a graduate of Texas State University and teaches English and leads the award-winning pep squad at Clark High School in Northside ISD. Caroline and Analisa grew up at TPUMC and credit their experiences in choirs here with nurturing their love of music and inspiring them to lead and teach. Thank you both!
From Living Green: E -WASTE RECYCLING
Red indicates shifts when volunteers also are still needed:
Saturday, March 8:
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 9:
9:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.;
12:00 p.m.–12:40 p.m.;
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 15:
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 16:
9:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.;
12:00 p.m.–12:35 p.m.;
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help load the recycler’s van:
Saturday, March 22: 2:15 p.m.– 4:15 p.m.
OPEN FORUM ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND HOLY UNIONS
Sunday, March 16, 4:00-5:30 pm, Labyrinth Room
We are all aware of controversies in the United Methodist Church regarding GLBTQ persons and the rapid changes in our American culture and laws on these matters. All are invited to attend this forum with active and retired TPUMC clergy.
In Children’s Church, we are studying beliefs and rituals of five major world religions, allowing us to draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey. We meet during the 11am service after Story Time.
GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY NEXT WEEK
Each year in March, Girl Scouts of all faiths join together to celebrate the spiritual side of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts in the San Antonio area have been invited to worship with us Sunday, March 16 at 11am worship.
SEEKERS CLASS LENTEN STUDY
For Lent, Seekers Church School Class will be studying the scriptures on which Monte will be basing his sermons (see box at right.) For each of the six weeks in Lent, we will read, ponder and seek to discern the meaning the weekly scripture has for us. Fred Kandeler will be preparing and leading our study. Everyone is welcome! The class meets Sundays at 10am.
CHRYSALIS MINISTRIES LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed to serve with children and teens at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center. Do you have experience with children (age 3-5) to help with a faith-based play group? Do you have
experience and understanding of behavioral health/behavioral healthcare settings? Want to volunteer to help with spiritual needs of the teens at Laurel Ridge? Work with Wounded Warriors?
For more information about the application and clearance process, please contact Bianca Esquivel, Volunteer Coordinator, at 229-4540 ext. 126 or email@example.com.
Youth Auction and Lunch, Sunday, March 23
Make plans to attend the annual Youth Silent Auction and Lunch after 11:00 worship, Sunday, March 23, in the Fellowship Hall. Auction items will be on display in the Foyer all morning. A delicious Jambalaya lunch will be available for purchase. Don’t miss the fun! Do you have goods or services to donate? Contact Taylor Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENTRY POINT CLASS
Sunday, March 9, 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
UPDATE ON HOLY CONVERSATIONS
The HC team has been meeting to review the survey results and cottage meeting summaries. Both are very informative about how the congregation views TPUMC. Poster boards are up in the foyer with information from the cottage meetings. Click here to read some of the responses to the questions posed.
The next step is for team to interview our neighbors in the community to see how they view TPUMC, what they know about us and what they see as unmet needs of our community. The community interviews should be complete by the end of February. Once all of the data has been collected, it will be used by team to help discern a vision for the church going forward. The congregation will have great input in developing the vision. Please pray that God grant each of us the wisdom to discern God's vision for TPUMC's future as a servant church striving to follow Jesus example.
IN SUPPORT OF THE CANDIDACY OF MARY ANN BARCLAY
Pastor Monte Marshall has written an essay to be shared by the Southwest
Texas Reconciling Ministries Team.
My deeply held concern is that, if strict adherence to denominational rules and reliance on biblical interpretations that are adverse to homosexuality are at the forefront in the consideration of Mary Ann Barclay’s candidacy for ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church, a more basic and fundamental question will be missed: How is God’s Spirit at work in Mary Ann Barclay’s life?
In my estimation, this is the most important question to be asked and answered, not for Mary Ann alone, but for every person desiring to pursue ordained ministry in our church, regardless of sexual orientation. The discernment resulting from this deeper level of inquiry might even prove sufficient to overrule the Book of Discipline and any particular biblical interpretations that might otherwise work against Mary Ann’s candidacy.
Want to promote a program, initiative or event? Here’s how it works: Let me know no later than 9am Tuesday if you have a news item to include so that I can save space. Please submit the content for your news item no later than 9am on Thursday. Submissions should be concise with a title, day, time, location, contact person/info and short description. It’s best to promote events for at least two weeks in advance. News items are generally shared in four ways: the printed Travis Park News, on the News page of www.travispark.org, in the weekly news email, and during announcements in worship.
Betty Curry, TPUMC Communication Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN NEWS
UMW 101 CLASS DURING SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE
5pm and 6:30 pm, Apr 6 and May 4, Labyrinth Room
Calling all women! Join United Methodist Women president Shawn Campbell to learn more about this great new (to us) group and to get to know other women. There will be moments of mission, reflection, current events and fun. On each Sunday, the program will be the same at 5pm and 6:30 pm, your choice for the time that suits you. UMW is open to all women: you do not have to be a member of Travis Park and you do not have to be a United Methodist, you just have to want to promote the general wellbeing of women and children locally and internationally.
Children’s Church meets after Story Time during the 11:00 worship service.
In February and March in Children’s Church we will study beliefs and rituals of five major world religions allowing us to draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey.
We are using A Joyful Path, Year Two, which is focused on some of the main tenets of Progressive Christianity and Spirituality, giving our children the foundation they need to understand the basics of this path, to clarify their own personal beliefs and be able to discuss those with others, while at the same time showing what it means to walk the path of Jesus in today’s world. Contact Carol Kohrs, email@example.com.
NO FIESTA PARADE TICKETS THIS YEAR
Due to the yearly increased costs of licensing and chair rentals, the TPUMC youth have decided to forgo selling Fiesta parade tickets this year. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the parades you may contact the Fiesta Commission at 227-5191or www.fiesta-sa.org. Thank you!
NO SUNDAYNIGHTLIVE March 9 due to Spring Break.
SUNDAYNIGHTLIVE March 16
4:00-8:00 Nursery for children age infant through kinder
5:00-6:00 Joyful Noise! grades 1-5, Caroline Bonner & Analisa Campbell
5:00-6:00 Emmaus Singers for grades 6-12 with Gary Mabry
5:00-6:00 Travis Park Ringers with Bethany Hirota-Mabry
6:00-6:30 Dinner for all ages
6:30-8:00 Kids’ Club for grades 1-5 with Carol Kohrs
6:30-8:00 Travis Park Youth grades 6-12 with Taylor Brown
6:30-8:00 Sanctuary Choir with Gary Mabry
SERMONS ON VIDEO
Did you know that videos of some of Pastor Monte's sermons are online? Click here to view. This was a pilot project during Advent.
2014 BUDGET: GRATITUDE!
There is cause for gratitude this Christmas season that’s related not only to God’s greatest gift to us in Jesus Christ, but to TPUMC’s 2014 budget. The total number of pledges received to support the 2014 budget is up from 100 in 2013, to 101 for 2014. Many people who pledged in 2013, raised their pledges for 2014. A significant number of new pledges have also been received. The projected pledged giving for 2014 will be $379,622.96. All of this is cause for gratitude!
One of our members has committed to tithe on oil and gas revenues he’s receiving above and beyond his regular tithe to the church. This has already resulted in a $27,000 gift with more expected! This is cause for gratitude!
In 1995, a member of our church, Beth McGavock, died. In her will, she bequeathed to TPUMC a portion of her estate that amounted to over $50,000 to fund a lecture series in memory of her parents and her husband. The church decided to place that money in the TPUMC Foundation with the interest on the principal being used to fund the lecture series. It was recently discovered that, according to the will, the restriction on the use of this gift was only in effect for 10 years. This now frees up $64,200.96 for unrestricted use by the church. Since the church still owes the Foundation for a loan taken out several years ago, a portion of the McGavock gift may be used to reduce the debt. Mrs. McGavock’s generosity is a cause for gratitude!
In addition to the potential deficit noted above, our church still owed $14,535 for a new air conditioner compressor that was installed earlier in the year after we endured several summer Sundays with insufficient cooling in the sanctuary. Without any knowledge of this bill, a couple in our church gave a gift of $10,000 to fund items that were not covered in the operating budget. When the couple learned of the air conditioning debt, they committed to paying the remaining amount of $4,535. This is cause for gratitude!
At its December meeting, our Church Council decided to delay approving a 2014 budget until its January meeting. This will allow us to finish the year with a clearer picture of all of the resources that we’ll have available in 2014. In the meantime, 2013 funding levels will remain in place. We are optimistic that with the unexpected resources noted above now available, combined with the remainder of a $141,000 gift from the Armin Blumberg, Jr. estate received in 2012, we will have a balanced 2014 budget without the need for cuts to our mission and ministry. This is cause for gratitude!
Grace and peace,
DEBORAH’S HOUSE NEWS
We are celebrating the $7,500 grant received from Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. This grant will help us continue to provide transitional housing and support to women in recovery.
Needed: your old (but still working) cell phone, to be reactivated with a new sim card and used by residents as they reenter the working world while staying connected to the support of Deborah’s House. This is a crucial tool for accountability and safety. Phones need to have calling and texting capabilities. Please bring donated phones to Kate Campbell or give to a Church staff member for safe keeping. Thanks!
SUPPORT TPUMC WHILE PURCHASING ONLINE - WWW.UMCMARKET.ORG
Doing some online shopping? Pick “a little something” out for church while you’re at it.
What if you could buy the things you need online and give to your church at the same time? At no cost to you or your church? CHA-CHING!
You’re going, “NO WAY!” But this isn’t a too-good-to-be-true type of thing. This is the UMCmarket, a shopping portal that pays a commission of 1-9 percent to your church with zero effort on your church’s part and no increased costs to you.
The United Methodist Church*, in partnership with some of the largest online retailers, have built a shopping tool that provides a cash benefit for your church when you purchase through the UMCmarket -- items you'd probably be buying anyway. The retailer does not markup the price any — you still pay what you’d pay as you did before.
How does it work? Simply create an account at UMCMarket.org and designate the church of your choosing.
Then when you're ready to buy, just log into your UMCmarket account and shop at any of the partner retailers and, PRESTO, a percentage of the sale is given to the beneficiary you designated in your account settings.
We just blew your mind, right? Seems too complicated or you don’t want to have to remember to log into your account every time you go shopping? Don’t worry. There’s even an add-on for your Web browser to make the process even easier. VOILA! You’re done and ready to shop!
Buy a camera from Amazon? SAY CHEESE! Your church just got a shot of money. Book that trip at Expedia? WHOOSH! A veritable money-postcard is delivered to your church while you’re sitting on the beach. Order that dress you’ve been keeping an eye on at Macy’s? CYMBAL-CRASH! A virtual Thanksgiving Day Parade marches into your church’s office like a float made of money.
TICK-TOCK. What are you waiting for? Sign up today at UMCmarket.org.
Learn more on YouTube:
CHURCH CONFERENCE, CMI ANNUAL MEETING -
This annual meeting directs the work of our church and gives general oversight to the Church Council. We review and evaluate the mission and ministry of the church, and conduct other business such as setting salaries for the pastors and electing church officers. All TPUMC members are invited to attend and have the privilege of vote.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS FOR SR. HIGH YOUTH
The Sr. High Youth meets on the 3rd Floor in the Youth Center to discuss local, national and international news. How do we connect with these world happenings and how do they impact our faith and community? All youth are invited at 10 am. Contact Paula Stallcup: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY NIGHT COOKING TEAMS NEEDED
Contact Rev. Dale Tremper to volunteer to prepare meals for our weekly Prayer Picnic, a part of Corazon Ministries’ outreach ministry. email@example.com or 210-226-8341.
OP-ED ARTICLE IN LOCAL NEWSPAPER
Hold the government accountable for torture
By the Rev. Dr. Dale G. Tremper
Appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Monday, Sept. 23
As the world ponders the response to prevent the further use of chemical weapons by the armed forces and government of Syria, the people of the United States should not let this current crisis and debate distract us from our own accountability for unconscionable, immoral and counterproductive acts that have been committed by agents of the American government in the recent past. I am speaking, of course, of acts of torture committed against detainees suspected of terrorism.
Torture refers to illegal and immoral practices long condemned and banned by responsible members of the world community of nations. In 1994, the United States signed the UN Convention Against Torture, which binds our country to the following commitment: “No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.” The Social Principles of my own United Methodist Church state, in part, “The mistreatment or torture of persons by governments for any purpose violates Christian teaching and must be condemned and/or opposed by Christians and churches wherever it occurs.” Most of our fellow religious traditions stand in solidarity on this issue.
Under orders from officials at the highest levels of government, acts of torture have been committed during the past decade in the name of the American people in dark and hidden locations in places including Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay and in secret CIA prisons. Meanwhile, the American government has a legal and a moral responsibility to investigate all acts of torture and to make public its findings. So far, however, the very comprehensive investigation undertaken by the Senate Intelligence Committee, approved back in December of last year, has remained hidden from the American people’s view.
In the spring, the New York Times published an in-depth piece affirming the findings released at that time by the non-governmental, bipartisan 11-member “Task Force on Detainee Treatment” of the Constitution Project. The group concluded that there is “no justification” for these practices that “damaged the standing of our nation, reduced our capacity to convey moral censure when necessary and potentially increased the danger to U.S. military personnel taken captive.”
But the Constitution Project committee was only able to access information available to the public, as well as to engage in interviews of its own. In significant contrast, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,000-page report on torture, based on classified CIA records, has not been released to the public. It is critical that the Senate share the truth with the American people.
Careful research proves that the United States engaged in the practice of torture. Some government officials have argued that “harsh treatment” – let’s just call it what it was, torture – was necessary to extract important, even life-saving, information that otherwise would not have been obtainable. Fictionalized accounts of history, such as the recent film “Zero Dark Thirty,” have made claims for the efficacy of torture, but members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have asserted that no firm or persuasive evidence has ever been produced that the use of torture produced significant information of value. In fact, the Constitution Project’s task force found that “there is substantial evidence that much of the information adduced from torture was not useful or reliable.” If there is any evidence whatsoever of useful information from these abhorrent and immoral means, that evidence could only be shown through the release of as much of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s recently adopted report as possible.
The American government must remain accountable to the American people, and the American people must have the tools to ensure that the government that represents us adheres to our nation’s founding principles. In the recent past, our government captured and held detainees not known to have any connection to terrorism and mistreated detainees in capriciously cruel ways. Our political leaders deliberately decided to set aside both legality and morality. If we are ever again, in any circumstances, going to send members of our armed forces to risk their lives in perilous places, they must at least be given moral leadership from our military and intelligence leadership. Let us do all in our power to assure that the United States of America does not perpetuate policies that cause more harm than good in the world. We must know the truth and act upon it for change.
The Rev. Dr. Dale G. Tremper is an Associate Pastor of Travis Park United Methodist Church in San Antonio.
TPUMC PASTORS AND MEMBERS SPEAK OUT FOR ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE
Click for youtube video of Pastor Monte speaking outside City Hall.
Click to hear Texas Public Radio story. You'll hear the voice of Joe Tanasi at the beginning.
"Equality and Inclusion has come to the great City of San Antonio! Much love, grace, and peace to Travis Park UMC Senior Pastor Monte Marshall, Associate Pastor Dale Tremper, Ret. Rev. Fred Kandeler, the Travis Park UMC congregation, and members of the SWTX and Travis Park Reconciling Ministries Teams for their hard work, love, and support in helping this happen." - Joseph Tanasi, Travis Park UMC Reconciling Ministries Team, Chairperson
"Now that this issue has been decided, I look forward to further gains in securing justice for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. I'm praying that God will hasten the day when justice flows like a mighty stream and reconciliation based on mutual respect and inclusiveness washes over the planet and fills every heart with peace. May it be so!" - Senior Pastor, Monte Marshall
REFLECTIONS ON NDO, FROM REV. FRED KANDELER
With the City Council’s approval of the Non-discrimination Ordinance that now provides equal rights for GLBT and Veterans, an affirmation of inclusiveness and justice for all persons in San Antonio will guide our legal governance. This is a victory to be celebrated by our Travis Park congregation, as we express appreciation to our Senior Pastor, Monte Marshall, and our lay coordinator for RMN work, Joe Tanasi, both of whom had significant influence in this justice action for our city.
After listening on September 4, to only four hours of venom spewing from fearful hearts, closed minds and angry spirits of opponents, I must admit that I left for home with a deeply sad realization of how vast the divide between progressive/moderate and conservative Christians in our city really is. A recent daily meditation by Richard Rohr has helped me cope with this reality.
Richard Rohr puts it something like this: Many think of freedom as not having to do what we don’t want to do. This kind of secular freedom creates private freedom, but not a society. It never works for the common good of all persons. Consequently, I believe that opponents to the NDO embrace this kind of freedom by not wanting to extend equal rights to all persons.
I know that I want embrace a different freedom as described by Richard Rohr. It is a freedom lived by Jesus that wants us to be fully who we are by developing our true loving nature and to really want to do for others what we know we have to do. Jesus’ freedom loves all persons and works for their common good creating a just society.
I hope and pray that Jesus’ freedom will lead me and all of us to do what must be done for love and justice. We will need this kind of freedom to reach out to and yet resist firmly those opponents of the NDO, who now have threatened recalls of our mayor and council members voting for the NDO along with threats of law suits and constitutional challenges. A legal victory has been won, but the battle for the soul of our city rages on.
TPUMC MEMBER IN THE UNITED METHODIST NEWS SERVICE
Bonner elected to interfaith board
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) —Byrd Bonner, executive director of the United Methodist Church Foundation, was elected to a three-year term on the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility governing board. The group’s members are involved in shareholder advocacy from a faith perspective in an effort to transform corporate practices on a host of issues that promote a more just and sustainable world.
WATCH PASTOR MONTE ON KLRN
On August 9, Rev. Monte Marshall appeared on Texas Week with Rick Casey which airs on San Antonio’s PBS station KLRN. Monte participated in a discussion about Christianity and discrimination against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender persons and the proposed San Antonio Ordinance. Click here to see the video.
KUDOS FROM METHODIST FEDERATION FOR SOCIAL ACTION
“Do you know what I want? I want justice--oceans of it. I want fairness--rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want.” --Amos 5:24, The Message
Dear Rev. Marshall and Friends at Travis Park,
My heart soars when I hear Eugene Peterson’s interpretation of the prophen Amos’ words because in that moment I know that my desire for justice is aligned with God’s same desire. I know you have that same desire--for justice and fairness and peace. And others around you know it too. I wish to congratulate you on being awarded the Southwest Texas MFSA Chapter’s Congregational Award. In your honor, the Chapter has made a donation to the work of MFSA’s National Office. May God continue to bless the good work you do for justice within the United Methodist Church, and may our desires continue to bend toward God’s hope for justice and fairness and peace.
In God’s Amazing Grace,
Executive Director, MFSA National Office
LIVING GREEN TIP: MAKE THE NATURAL CHOICE
In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul says, “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” One way to follow this teaching is to choose organic products when possible. Items certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are produced using “materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.” There are multiple reasons to go organic. First, as much as forty percent of the energy used in the food system is spent on the production of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Organic farming significantly reduces this wasteful energy consumption—converting all of America’s cropland to organic would have the same carbon-reducing effect as taking approximately 217 million cars off the road! Further, organic farming protects the soil, water, and air from toxic chemical contamination. Last but certainly not least, organic products are better for those precious temples of the Holy Spirit—our bodies—since they dramatically reduce our (not to mention farmers’) exposure to harmful toxins, and, on average, organic foods actually have more nutrients than their non-organic counterparts. (They almost always are tastier, too!) We should particularly try to go organic when buying the following “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables, which are sprayed with more pesticides than others and cannot be cleaned of pesticide residues as easily: peaches, apples, pears, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, grapes, lettuce, carrots, bell peppers, celery, and kale. The next time that you’re contemplating a purchase at the grocery store, whether you’re in the produce section or on the dairy aisle, make the natural choice and go organic!
On behalf of all of God’s creation, Travis Park UMC’s Living Green Task Force would like to thank the 78 members of our church family (representing all 10 San Antonio districts, plus Castle Hills and Alamo Heights) who signed letters in support of an ordinance prohibiting the free distribution of plastic shopping bags. We have submitted the collected letters to Mayor Castro and City Council, but it’s not too late to sign one if you have not yet done so (they are available at the Information Desk in the foyer). Please join us in praying that our government leaders will be moved to boost San Antonio’s level of environmental stewardship and adopt the plastic bag ban.
From our Pastors: A Moment of Celebration and Challenge
In the majority opinion striking down DOMA, Supreme Court Justice Kennedy wrote: “Under DOMA, same-sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways. DOMA's principle effect is to identify subset state-sanctioned marriages and make them unequal." Marriage equality is moving toward becoming a reality in our country. We celebrate this milestone in the journey toward justice with our LGBT church members and friends in San Antonio. This judicial breakthrough paves the way for even greater progress in removing the remaining barriers to full equality for LGBT persons across our nation. Justice is blowing in the wind of social change. Thanks be to God!
Judicial breakthroughs, however, are never enough. Ending sexism is the real challenge of this moment. We have to face it now and in the years to come in our city, our state, our nation and our church. Yes, laws that discriminate need to be struck down and changed. Yet, just as racism will continue to mock human and civil rights until it is transformed by unconditional love, sexism will persist to marginalize people who identify as LGBT until all hearts are changed. We pray that Travis Park United Methodist Church will remain a strong voice of advocacy to speak the truth in love to the powers that be, while, at the same time, Christ’s unconditional love is made transparent in our lives to root out the twin evils of racism and sexism from the human heart.
Rev. Monte Marshall
Rev. Taylor Boone
Rev. Dale Tremper
Rev. Fred Kandeler
JOIN THE TPUMC GREEN TASK FORCE’S GOOGLE GROUP
It is time to reclaim our roles as stewards of God’s earth. To that end, TPUMC’s new Living Green Task Force has launched an online message board on which members and friends of TPUMC can exchange news and ideas about actions that we can take, either as individuals, as a service group, or as a congregation, to promote environmental welfare. We encourage anyone who is interested to visit https://groups.google.com/d/forum/tpumc_livinggreen.
JOIN THE RECONCILING MINISTRIES TEAM
The Reconciling Ministries Team (RMT) is attempting to organize the LGBT church members and friends of LGBT at Travis Park Church. Please contact Judy Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and phone number. She will be compiling a contact list for the upcoming RMT “picnic in the country”. The list will be held in complete confidentiality.
TPUMC SPEAKS AT CITY HALL
Recently, TPUMC members joined with others from CAUSA to promote GLBT justice in San Antonio by speaking to the SA City Council at a forum called Citizens to Be Heard. From Rev. Fred Kandeler:
We spoke urging the City Council to adopt non-discriminatory city codes that would bring justice to GLBT persons in San Antonio. We joined many excellent speakers from CAUSA, coordinated by Dan Grainey. Altogether, a very strong stance was taken that should greatly encourage the City Council to join other major cities in Texas with non-discriminatory ordinances that protect GLBT people and make justice available for all.
SMILING FACES NEEDED
We need YOU and your smiling face to help welcome all to church each Sunday. Looking for a way to participate in our ministry of inclusiveness and welcoming? What better way than to be a Greeter! Stop by the Information Desk in the Foyer and speak to John Patterson or Joe Tanasi.
HOLY CONVERSATIONS at TPUMC Phil Watkins
Holy Conversations is the long range and strategic planning program sponsored by Texas Methodist Foundation that we began May 10-11. It is a TWO year process, led by Rev. Eric McKinney, seeking to discern God's will for our church through prayer, Bible study, retreats and other activities that will involve the whole church. One or more surveys will be conducted with church members and our neighbors to gather data and objective information on "who is TPUMC?", "who is our neighbor?" and "what is God calling TPUMC to do?" Members of the committee are Rev. Monte Marshall, Shawn Campbell, Alex Clark, Andria Dever, Paul Harper, Heather Mace-Meador, John Patterson, Paula Stallcup, Denise Taylor, Phil Watkins and Charles Whitehead. Please be in prayer for the committee and our church as we seek God's will for this church.
JOSEPHINE FORMAN: HER LEGACY LIVES ON
The General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) awards The Josephine Forman Scholarship of $10,000 each year to a person of color pursuing graduate work in archival studies, made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Ms. Forman, longtime archivist of Travis Park United Methodist Church and the South West Texas Conference. The recipient for the 2013-2014 academic year is Kimberly Springer, who will be studying at the University of Michigan's School of Information.
TRINITY STUDENT'S PAPER ABOUT OUR OUTREACH TO THE HOMELESS
Read Our Cross to Bear: Religious Expressions of the Homeless at Travis Park Church by Trinity University student Isaiah Ellis. Isaiah is a resident of Hope Hall, a living and learning community focusing on homelessness. He has been a volunteer with Corazon Ministries this year.
The Board of Deborah’s House is happy to report the appointment of an Executive Director: Kate Campbell! We are excited about the progress of this new outreach ministry and its promising future. Learn more about Deborah's House here.
YOUNG ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
If you are between the ages of 20-35 and are looking for somewhere to spend your Sunday school hour, look no further than the Young Adult Sunday school class! We meet every Sunday from 10am-11am for fellowship and theological discussion. Currently, we are using the curriculum “Dream. Think. Be. Do.” from the Living the Questions series. Please contact Taylor Brown at email@example.com with any questions!
From Pastor Monte:
When I arrived last July to become the senior pastor of Travis Park United Methodist Church, I heard a common refrain among our church leaders: It’s time for us to reexamine who we are and what our purpose is as we seek to move forward into the future God dreams for us.
Toward this end, in the fall of last year, the Church Council of TPUMC decided to secure the services of a facilitator from the Texas Methodist Foundation to guide us in a two-year process of strategic planning based on the book Holy Conversations by Gil Rendle and Alice Mann.
Under the leadership of a Coordinating Team to be chaired by Phil Watkins, a series of structured conversations throughout the congregation will be facilitated over the next two years between members of the congregation and other constituents and stakeholders to address three questions: Who are we? What has God called us to do or be? Who is our neighbor? Data will be gathered from internal and external sources that will help us understand where we’ve come from, how TPUMC is viewed, and what dynamics are likely to shape our identity and mission in the future. Integral to the whole process is spiritual discernment that invites us all to seek God’s direction for ourselves and our church. The ultimate aim is not a strategic plan that will gather dust on a shelf, but an actionable vision that will be implemented in the years to come.
The costs for Holy Conversations are being covered outside the church budget. A significant amount has already been underwritten through the generosity of Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Please stay tuned for additional updates on the Holy Conversations process. Feel free to begin seeking the Spirit’s direction now, in the ways that are the most meaningful to you, as TPUMC begins this process. Grace and peace, Monte
The Travis Park Youth has a fundraiser that focuses on both social justice and environmental issues. Available for purchase are mats made from used car tires. They are produced in a program called Recycle Rebound which helps supply hard-to-find jobs for those living in the Cookson Hills, OK area. this is the area where our Senior High Youth have worked during their annual summer Mission Trip. Contact Taylor Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Click here to learn about Recycle Rebound.
Please contact us at 226-8341 or email@example.com if you know of anyone ill, hospitalized or in need of pastoral care. If you have news of the death of a loved-one, please let us know.
PARKING GARAGE REMINDER
Just a reminder about Sunday parking in the Travis Plaza Parking Garage across the street: Keep the ticket you get as you enter. Please park on the 5th or 6th floor. Pick up a validation ticket at the Information Desk in the church foyer. Use both ticket when you leave the garage at no charge.
CORAZON VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Please contact Rev. Dale Tremper (279-5743) if you would like to volunteer to help with the services provided during breakfast on Sunday mornings.
CLOTHES CLOSET NEEDS
The Clothes Closet needs restocking! Please stop by the Info Desk in the Foyer to pick up a flyer(or download one here) and hold your own clothing drive for the Travis Park Clothes Closet.
Needed: All adult sizes of pants, shirts, shoes, coats and sweaters.
Please note: clothing should be clean and machine washable.
Also needed: plastic grocery bags.
UNITED METHODIST PASTOR OPTS FOR LIFE OF PROTEST ON THE STREET
by Michael Barajas, SA Current (excerpt)
Lorenza Andrade-Smith’s Christian testimony has involved selling all her possessions (except the cell phone...and a screwdriver) and braving the South Texas summer as a voluntary member of our sizable homeless community.
...At 42, Smith has already led several lives: that of a U.S. Air Force cadet, a housewife and mother, and the pastor of a United Methodist congregation in San Antonio. Now an outspoken advocate with a penchant for protest, Smith has sold all her possessions, rejected her church salary and benefits and traded her bed for benches, park grass, and parking-lot asphalt. This life has become her newest protest on behalf of the poor and marginalized, she says, a fight for “systematic change.”
Over the past month, Smith has shifted between shelters, social rallies, the U.S./Mexico border, jail cells, and meetings with local faith leaders at a furious pace. Belying her short stature and soft-spoken nature, she’s latched onto politically charged social movements that have begun to push her into the spotlight.
Sitting on her park bench, Smith tells me what’s behind her new cause. “Really, the goal of this is to be in community with those who do not have a voice....I’m learning from them, this isn’t charity.”
...“I feel like I’ve already learned so much....Just the idea of wanting a little bit of respect, feeling looked down on all the time out here...I now know how it lifts the soul when someone shows genuine kindness out here. That’s the kind of thing I’m trying to learn.”
Bishop Dorff has appointed Rev. Smith to ministry with the poor and marginalized to advance systematic change. Travis Park UMC, La Trinidad UMC and University UMC, Austin are her "home base" churches in this appointment.
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