Travis Park United Methodist Church
Wednesday, November 26, 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 30, 2014
First Sunday of the Season of Advent
Rev. Monte Marshall preaching
Advent Longings: Save Us
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19




Church Conference and Annual Meeting of CMI

Tuesday, Dec 2 @ 6pm, TPUMC
Our annual church conference will be held on Tuesday December 2, at TPUMC.As a step toward the unification of the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Annual Conferences that will take place on Jan 1, 2015, we will be joined by brothers and sisters from the following United Methodist congregations: Alamo, El Mesias, La Trinidad, Principe de Paz, Resurection, Sanford Chapel, and St. Paul.  
The schedule is as follows:
fellowship time with displays available to highlight the mission and ministry of each participating church.
Worship in the sanctuary with the Las Misiones District  Superintendent, Rev. Carl Rohlfs, will be preaching.
Each congregation will meet individually for their charge/church conferences.
All members of TPUMC will have a voice and a vote in the church conference as we consider items including the strategic planning report from the Holy Conversations Coordinating Team, 2015 compensation for our pastors under appointment, and a proposed slate of church leaders for 2015 coming from the Nominations & Leadership Development Committee.  When the church conference adjourns, the group will reconvene as the governing body for Corazon Ministries, Inc. 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. Immediately following the Church Conference is the Corazon Ministries Inc. Annual Meeting. 
Annual Call-Out List
Each year, we take stock of the members we have lost track of so that we can update our rolls. Check out the list at the Info Desk and, if you know someone on this list, PLEASE have them contact the church office by calling (210) 226-8341 or by emailing



The Rock-n-Roll Marathon is December 7

Never fear! You CAN get to church on Marathon Sunday, IF you follow these basic instructions:  
281 to Commerce to Navarro to Travis. 

Check out the Sanctuary Choir’s new video! Be sure to turn on Closed Captioning.


We’ll all be feelin’ groovy about getting to church on Dec 7.






Alternative Christmas

Dec. 7, 14, 21
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 Deborah’s House, Corazon Ministries, and Children’s Bereavement Center.

Angel Party

Saturday, December 20, 10 am -12 noon. The Angel Party team, organized by Velia Suarez, will be looking for sponsors. Velia works with Travis Park UMC and Cassiano Homes to collect names of families who would like gifts for their children for Christmas. If your family or work group would like to sponsor a child or a family, contact Velia at

Entry Point Class

Sunday, December 14, 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  


Commitment Sunday Update

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

If you have not yet turned in a commitment card to the church, please do so soon.  Cards are available at the church office 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 


Forgiveness Study to Begin in Advent, Sundays at 10am

It takes a lot of willingness and practice to see life from God’s perspective. Perhaps nothing goes against the grain of human nature more than forgiving those who wound us and accepting forgiveness from others.
But practicing forgiveness will transform our lives and help us grow in the heart and mind of Christ. The Way of Forgiveness by Marjorie J. Thompson is the title of an 8-week small group study led by Pastor Monte Marshall beginning Sunday, December 7 in the Labyrinth RoomThe study examines shame, guilt, and anger, helping participants release these emotions so they can move toward wholeness. The class will deal with the topics of receiving God’s forgiveness, forgiving others, and seeking reconciliation. Thompson’s book gives guidance for such ticklish questions as: Does forgiveness mean release from consequences of sin? Are there no limits to forgiveness? How do we deal with absent offenders or people who refuse to forgive us?
Contact Pastor Monte at

Children's Ministries 

Your faithfulness is growing by leaps and bounds, and the love that all of you
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: 

Young People, Giving Generously: What I believe in my heart is what I show in my actions.
We meet during the 11:00 service after Story Time.

Parent Meeting

All Travis Park parents of children are invited to a Children’s Council meeting Sunday Dec 7at 10 am in room 316.  This   will be a review of the year and a look ahead.


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.






5:00-8:00     Nursery  for infant - K
4:00-8:00      Entry Point Class (Dec 14)
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


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.


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