Travis Park United Methodist Church
Friday, October 31, 2014
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8:45 am Liturgical Service 
Holy Communion every Sunday
pipe organ, Sanctuary Choir

11:00 am Celebration Service

Celebration Band and Singers
November 2, 2014
All Saints Sunday
Rev. Monte Marshall preaching
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Where's Waldo? 



All Saints Sunday November 2

Join us for our annual remembrance of loved ones who have died this year.   Sunday, Nov 2 in worship at 8:45 and 11:00.  

Dia de los Muertos November 2

Similar to All Saints Day,  Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday to celebrate, honor, and remember our friends and family who have died in the past, not just within the last year. Bring a photo or other memorabilia to add to the Dia de los Muertos altar in the Narthex at the back of the sanctuary. Questions? Contact Velia Suarez  at

Commitment Sunday Update

 “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”Matthew 6:21

During the month of October, we looked at the many ways that our treasure affects our hearts through a  sermon series in worship. We have considered how financial challenges in our personal lives affect our  relationships with people and with God and how giving helps to determine the way we feel and act.
This past Sunday, 64 members and friends of Travis Park UMC made their commitments of financial treasure to support the mission and ministry of our church in 2015.  The dollar amount of estimated giving thus far totals $311,606.40.  This represents 72.5% of the total amount in pledges used to calculate the pledged income line item in the 2014 church budget.  At this point last year, we had received 64 pledges totaling $315,274.  We are grateful for everyone’s gifts no matter the amounts.
If you have not yet turned in a commitment card to the church, please do so soon.  Cards are available at the church officer and in the pews.  Financial commitments are used each year to formulate a budget for the next year so every gift counts!
Grace and peace, Pastor Monte


Hurry! Seating is limited.


Around the World in Seven Courses

brought to you by Corazon Ministries, Inc.

and Red Designer Dining at the

culinary school of the Art Institute of San Antonio. 



$125/person.  Seating limited to 50.

Check out the menu and buy tickets here. 

Art Institute of San Antonio, IH 10 near Wurzbach.

The chefs at the culinary school create and prepare the menu. 

The students manage and serve in the dining room.

By sharing in the wonderful meal, you are helping Corazon Ministries
to offer meals, fellowship, and other basic necessities to people in need.    


Questions? Contact: Heather  at, 210.389-1248.



Deborah's House News 

Shop at Deborah’s Closet Sunday morning,  Nov 23
$5 entry, applied to purchases. Thanks for supporting this TPUMC ministry providing transitional housing for women in recovery.
Hooray! Deborah's House just received a $4500 grant from the Trull Foundation!

Children's Ministries

Your faithfulness is growing by leaps and bounds, and the love that all of yo
u have for each other is increasing.— 2 Thessalonians 1:3
Sunday School: 

Our curriculum is Grow, Proclaim, Serve! which incorporates Bible stories, activities, crafts, media, and games into a full faith experience for children. The lessons have flexibility of different activities based on reading abilities. 

Grades k-4, 10-10:45 am, Room 315. 

This week in Children’s Church: 
Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller – Compassion and trust.  Affirmation: What I believe in my heart is what I show in my actions.  We meet during the 11:00 service after Story Time.

Entry Point Class

Sunday, November 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  



Men's Clothes Needed in Clothes Closet

Cooler weather is around the corner, 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.

Decorating for Advent
 Sunday November 23, after 11:00 worship
Alternative Christmas
Dec. 7, 14, 21
Benefitting Deborah's House, Children's Bereavement Center and Corazon Ministries, Inc.
Angel Party
Saturday, December 20



SWTX Reconciling Ministries Information Session 

Thursday, Nov 6, 6:30-8:00 pm, Labyrinth Room

Our congregation will be the site of an information session for anyone in the San Antonio area who is interested Reconciling Ministries. Panelists will discuss why affiliation with RMN matters and the steps congregations, groups and individuals should consider in becoming related to the Reconciling Ministries Network. Panelists will include our own Kate Campbell, who early on was a part of the process of TPUMC becoming an RMN congregation. Rev. Dr. Sid Hall, Pastor of Trinity UMC, Austin, will also speak about the impact of RMN affiliation.


Gift of Socks from Your City Sports

Big thanks to our new friends at Your City Sports for the gift of a huge box of high-quality athletic socks. Luther and Michelle, the volunteer managers of our CMI Clothes Closet, look forward to distributing them during the holidays. Your City Sports has a "buy one, give one" program and we are grateful to be their latest "give"! 



4:00-8:00     Nursery  for infant - K
4:00-8:00      Entry Point Class
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
6:30-8:00     Three Simple Questions Class (see below)


 CLASS  @ SNL - 6:30pm Sundays.

Based on the book Three Simple Questions: Knowing the God of Love, Hope, Purpose by Rueben P. Job. Gain insight on how to live a Christ-like life and explore the three most basic and profound questions at the center of our faith—questions that all major religions try to answer and around which there seem to be much confusion: Who is God?  Who am I?  Who are we together?





Rev. Laura Merrill, District Superintendent of the McAllen (el Valle) District of the Southwest Texas (Río Texas) Conference of the United Methodist Church reflects on our responsibility in the refugee crisis on our Southern border.

Rev. Javier Leyva, Director of United Methodist Immigration Ministries, talks about aid for immigrant refugees in the Rio Grande Valley.


Click here to read the three part series of articles from United Methodist News Service about a recent gathering of bishops and other leaders at the border.


Pride Parade 2014

Thanks to all who represented TPUMC at the Pride Parade in Austin last Saturday! Nearly 500 United Methodists marched to show love and acceptance at this fabulous annual event.






 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



The first projects funded by the Caring for the Gift capital campaign have been completed!  TPUMC now has a new vent hood over the oven in the kitchen, upgraded duct work, and a renovated fire-suppression system that brings us into compliance with the current fire safety code.  The work has passed inspection thus bringing this project to a successful conclusion. Thanks to our Trustees, Building Superintendent Leonard Hartfield, and the contributors to ourCaring for the Gift campaign for bringing all the pieces together to complete this project.   Well done!In the meantime, a second capital campaign project has been completed: the repair and painting of the trim on the Stephenson Building’s windows. 

We are also waiting a to receive a schedule from the Wahl Organ Builders detailing the timing of the repair and maintenance  work they will provide in three phases on the sanctuary organ.   
We will keep you posted as work proceeds and will do our best to be diligent and faithful stewards for this body of Christ.



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Travis Park United Methodist Church
230 East Travis Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205