Travis Park United Methodist Church
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Unconditional Love and Justice in Action
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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Second Sunday of the Season of Advent
Rev. Monte Marshall
Come to Us: Peacemaker
8:45 am Liturgical Service
Hymns, organ, Sanctuary Choir
Holy Communion every Sunday
11:00 am Celebration Service
Celebration Band and Singers
NEWS AT TRAVIS PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sun. mornings, Dec 1, 8, 15. 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 four 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.
Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) recruits, trains, and supervises court-appointed advocates who provide constancy for abused and neglected children and youth while advocating for services and placement in safe and permanent homes.
San Antonio Clubhouse “From patienthood to personhood” - men and women recovering from mental illness, in collaboration with a professional and caring staff.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope, Love, Joy, Peace
Sundays, Dec 8 &15, 6:30-8:00 pm, Office Conference Room
This Advent study invites individuals and groups to journey through the weeks of Advent. Each week focuses on one of the Advent themes: hope, love, joy, and peace. We will provide copies of the Guide, a free downloadable resource from World Vision. It provides tools to move from reflection, meditation and celebration to action and engagement. It is designed to be flexible so that you can pray and reflect at your own pace and in a way that fits your schedule. Led by John Patterson – email@example.com
WALK THE LABYRINTH
Sun, Dec 15, 10 -11 am & 5-6 pm Labyrinth Rm, 1st Floor
The labyrinth is a sacred pattern that leads you on a prescribed path to its center and back out again. Walking the labyrinth is a way of praying with the body that invites active conversation with God. By engaging in this walking meditation, we fully engage our minds, bodies, and spirits at the same time. Join Shirley Watkins in the Labyrinth Room on the 1st Floor for an introduction to the spiritual practice of walking the labyrinth.
This is a self-guided activity, but Shirley will be there to introduce you to the basics.
COME TO US - SPECIAL MUSIC IN WORSHIP
Sunday, Dec 15, 8:45 & 11am Worship
In this season of expectation, the Sanctuary Choir bring a service of lessons and carols with a range of sacred music, exploring the many ways that God comes to us—Christ the Savior, Healer, Peace Maker, Sovereign, Guide and Redeemer. In songs of adoration and celebration, the choir will lift up the great mystery of God's divine incarnation coming to dwell among us—in our homes, in our work, in our gatherings, and in the streets of our towns and cities. We invite you to come join in this time of musical communion to be blessed and touched by the presence of God—in us, around us and among us.
TRAVIS PARK RINGERS AT MAIN PLAZA
Saturday, December 7, 4pm
Back by popular demand! Photos from 2012.
GIVE TO UMCOR FOR PHILIPPINES RELIEF
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is actively mobilizing resources to respond to this latest and largest in a series of disasters to hit the Philippines over the past twelve months. The initial response from UMCOR involves the distribution of food and water purification tablets. In the coming weeks, UMCOR will begin to assess the viability of longer-term rehabilitation projects. “This was an extremely destructive storm,” noted UMCOR Assistant General Secretary for International Disaster Response Rev. Jack Amick, “and UMCOR is well-positioned through its office in the Philippines to play a significant role in long-term recovery efforts." Please make contributions to TPUMC and mark them “UMCOR Philippines.” Click here to give online.
BLANKETS AND COATS NEEDED
It’s getting colder! Please bring donation of warm clothing and blankets to the church office for distribution in the CMI Clothes Closet. Your gifts are very much appreciated!
WREATH AUCTION FOR DEBORAH’S HOUSE
Look for the beautiful and HUGE Christmas wreath on display in the foyer this Sunday. It is lighted and weatherproof. Enter your bid in the silent auction to benefit Deborah’s House. Bidding will be open Nov 24 and Dec. 1. Questions? Contact Kate Campbell - firstname.lastname@example.org
GREEN BUYING GUIDE
The Living Green Task force of TPUMC has compiled a handy reference guide of products that are earth-friendly. These include edibles, household products, office supplies, and personal care products. Click here to download.
TRAVIS PARK ANGEL PARTY - DECEMBER 7
Click here to learn the latest on sponsoring a child or volunteering to help with this annual event.
FINAL PUSH ON STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN NEEDED
There is cause for gratitude. A total of 95 commitment cards have been submitted in the amount of $403,543.20. We continue to say: Thank you to all you have pledged and all who give—and especially, thank you, God for the fruit of the Spirit called generosity that is so evident among our people! But now for the challenge: We are still $26,220.80 behind last year’s pledge level. In addition, we will need approximately $22,837 more to come close to balancing the projected 2014 budget.
TO CLOSE THE GAP, A FINAL PUSH IS NEEDED! There have been enough new commitments, as well as renewed and increased pledges, that we are hopeful the gap can be closed. If you pledged in 2013 and intend to pledge for 2014, please submit your commitment card as soon as possible. If you have never pledged before but desire to pledge now, please submit your commitment card as soon as possible. Because there is a link between the vitality of our mission and ministry at TPUMC, and the financial gifts of our people, please act now to help us close the gap!
Grace and peace,
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgebqjZYtpg
CHURCH CONFERENCE, CMI ANNUAL MEETING - Reports availble online by Thursday, Dec. 5
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: email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
TRAVIS PARK DINNER OUT - BRING A FRIEND
Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 pm (come and go) at EZ’s in The Quarry
These dinners happen every third Thursday of the month and are a time for us as a congregation to get together, Dutch treat, for food and fellowship. No need to RSVP, just come when you can and as you are. email@example.com
ENTRY POINT CLASS - SUNDAY November 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.
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!
A BIG (GREEN) THUMBS UP FOR TRAVIS PARK UMC
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.
One of the most significant obstacles to trusting God is fear. Fear seems to be one of the main drivers in society today; used by politicians, salespeople, and even religious leaders. Fear has been used as a pretext to invade other countries. Fear has been used as a pretext to carry a weapon at all times. Fear of financial collapse causes people to hoard. Fear is a source of racism, misogyny, and homophobia! If our leaders in the church and community operate out of fear, will we not be further separated from loving one another, ourselves, and God?
Through Spiritual Formation, one can learn to overcome fear through love. If you are interested in deepening your relationship with God, learning more about yourself, and how to help other people overcome fear through love, then you are invited to attend the Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation to be held at the Oblate Retreat Center in San Antonio beginning Sunday January 5, 2014 and end Friday January 10, 2014.
The Five Day Academy is a time to be apart from the world: a time to listen, contemplate, and pray. The opportunities for silence are intended to assist a person’s awareness of God's presence and to allow God's grace to flow more freely for each individual and for the community as a whole.
There will be two faculty presentations each day, and an hour of silence after each presentation for all of us to reflect or just walk about the campus. After evening worship ending at 10:00 PM each day, we all enter into a grand silence until we meet the next day at 7:30 AM for Morning Prayer.
The faculty will include Dr. Luther E. Smith and Sr. Kathleen Flood, and each faculty member will suggest at least two books to be read prior to attending the Five Day Academy session. Each person will have his or her own room with bath and all meals for a cost of $490.
To learn more about or to register for this Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation, please go to the conference website at www.umcswtx.org, then select Program Ministries, then Spiritual Formation until you find Academy for Spiritual Formation Five Day Model. In the alternative, contact Rev. Taylor Boone who is the Retreat Leader for this Five Day Academy.
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. Sarah Weynand
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 Househere.
YOUNG ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
If 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
2013 MLK MARCH
PURCHASE A MAT FOR MISSION
The Travis Park Youth has a fundraiser that focuses on both social justice and environmental issues. In the next few weeks (and beyond) the youth will be selling recycled tire mats. These mats are not only made from used car tires but also help 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, where the mats are made.
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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