Travis Park United Methodist Church
Friday, December 19, 2014
Unconditional Love and Justice in Action

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8:45 am Liturgical Service 

Sanctuary Choir, pipe organ
Holy Communion every Sunday 

11:00 am Celebration Service

Celebration Band and Singers
December 21, 2014
Fourth Sunday of the Season of Advent
Advent Longings: Release from Fear
Luke 1:26-38
Rev. Monte Marshall



New Video about Corazon Ministries, Inc.

Click here to see the new video, created by Randy Mahoney of the Southwest Texas Conference Office.



Alternative Christmas

Dec 7, 14, 21. 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 three 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.    

Children’s Bereavement Center, fostering healing for grieving youth, their families and the community through peer support programs, counseling, training, education and outreach.

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 -


Travis Park Dinner Out


Thurs, Dec 18, 6:00-7:30pm  
Bring a friend, and join in the fun! 
Fuddruckers @ the Colonnade -Wurzbach @ IH10


Position Available: Administrative & Financial Assistant

The Administrative & Financial Assistant shall support the administrative needs of the Senior Pastor and the Director of Development and Congregational Giving (new position, pending), while attending to the efficient functioning of the church office, parking lots, and assigned personnel; and the proper management of the church’s accounts, payroll and benefits processes, donor records, and related tasks. 
A high school diploma with two years administrative/accounting experience; or Associate’s degree in Business or related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and/or education in which comparable knowledge/skills and abilities have been achieved.  Skill in using Sage 50 accounting software preferred.  Hours, compensation and benefits:  full time at $15.00 per hour with benefits.   A detailed job description and application are available here. For additional information or to submit an application, contact Rev. Monte Marshall at (210) 226-8341, ext. 316, or


Christmas Eve Worship

Wednesday, December 24
12:00 noon  Scriptures, Carols, Reflections
Lunch* served after worship.
7:00 p.m.  Scriptures Carols, Kids, Communion, and Candlelight
*Contact Rev. Dale Tremper (, 210-279-5743) if you would like to volunteer to help with the lunch.

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Your Help is Needed

As we approach the end of the year, we need your help to meet all of our financial obligations so that we can finish 2014 with a balanced budget.  We have some challenging outstanding expenses that will require our combined efforts to meet.  If you are not yet caught up with your pledged giving for 2014, you can help our church by completing your pledge.  If you can make additional income available, please consider doing so.  We are grateful for all gifts no matter how large or small as they each contribute to the mission and ministry of Travis Park United Methodist Church.  We thank God for your faithfulness in sustaining our church throughout 2014 with your generous giving.  Lives are being transformed, aided by your generosity.  And may every gift we give proclaim the good news of Christ—God’s gift of love to us!


Angel Party

Saturday,December 20, 10am to noon.
A TPUMC tradition, providing Christmas gifts and fun for  children through our Travis Park Angel Party. Gifts will go to  families in our community including those from Corazon Ministries  and the Cassiano Homes community.  Donations are needed for the Gifts Bazaar where the children pick gifts for their parents and caregivers. Examples: costume jewelry, seasonal gift items, small décor, etc.  Many volunteers are needed to assist at the party, helping the children with crafts, cookie decorating, photos, gift selection and wrapping, food, decorations, set up, clean up and more. All of Travis Park is invited to attend this party to have some holiday fun with the kids.  There might even be a  special Christmas visitor...

To volunteer, contact Velia Suarez at


CMI Gift

Corazon Ministries, Inc. is very grateful for a $10,000 donation from Valero, which was received due to the efforts of Mike Smith, CMI Board member and Café Corazon Crew Chief. 

Special thanks to Mike!  


Immigrant Detention Conditions

TPUMC member Rachel Jennings has shared concerning information about conditions of hundreds of women and children detained by Federal Immigration Control and Enforcement
 (ICE) in South Texas. Of particular concern are a number of people whose first language is  Mayan or other indigenous languages and have no effective access to legal information or representation. To learn more about this and download a letter to sign and send to U.S. Homeland Security and the U.S Attorney General expressing your concern,click here.


TPR Report Clarified

A report by Texas Public Radio’s reporter, Joey Palacios, under the heading “City’s First Center For Homeless LGBT Youth Has Opening Delayed” was posted on Wednesday, December 3, concerning the Thrive Youth Center and its relationship to Travis Park United Methodist Church in providing overnight shelter to homeless LGBTQ young people.  The report could be interpreted to suggest that the Thrive Youth Center’s dream of providing shelter seven days a week, including the operation of a day center, would take place in our facilities.

The actual arrangement reached between TPUMC and Thrive Youth Center involves a lease agreement in which the Youth Center will pay rent to the church for the use of a designated space in our Youth Center building, along with access to a rest room and showers from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. for a maximum of three nights a week, for no more than eight young people per night, with at least two adult supervisors present at all times.  This agreement was vetted through the church Trustees and the Church Council with the actual lease being reviewed by attorney Phil Watkins of our congregation.  On the day the lease was signed, a delayed response to an inquiry we made of the city zoning commission was received that indicated a requirement for TPUMC to be rezoned in order to legally house the shelter.  The implementation of the agreement was immediately suspended pending the outcome of the rezoning process.  This is where we are at the moment. 

Although the staff and leadership of our church fully support the mission of Thrive Youth Center in addressing the needs of homeless LGBTQ young people, it was never envisioned that TPUMC would become the permanent home for the Thrive Youth Center, or provide the use of our facilities beyond the scope of the lease agreement described above.

If you have any questions regarding these matters, please feel free to inquire of me or Pastor Dale.   

Grace and peace,

Pastor Monte


Celebrating Another Step Toward Unification

The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church has given the green light to the formation of the new Rio Texas Conference that will take place on January 1, 2015 with the unification of the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Conferences.The Judicial Council is the “Supreme Court” of our denomination.  While the ruling did  note areas that needed “perfection amplification,” the unification plans were affirmed.  We celebrate this additional step toward unification and congratulate Byrd Bonner, a long-time TPUMC member, for the leadership he provided in crafting this plan and shepherding it through adoption.  Additional information on the Judicial Council’s ruling can be found at


Holy Conversations Report Available

After two years of work, the Holy Conversations Coordinating Team has produced a final report outlining a strategic plan for TPUMC.  The report is available here.  Our Church Council has reviewed the report and is recommending its adoption by the annual Church Conference to be held on Tuesday, December 2 (see the newsletter for details).  All TPUMC members have a voice and a vote at the Church Conference.  The members of the Holy Conversation Coordinating Team have been:  Phil Watkins, chair; Rev. Monte Marshall, senior pastor; Paula Stallcup; Heather Mace-Meador; Alex Clark; Andria Dever; Denise Arevelo-Taylor; John Patterson; Paul Harper; Charles Whitehead; and Shawn Campbell.  



Entry Point Class

Sunday, January 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  


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. 

 Children’s Church: 

Children's Church will not meet Dec. 14.

Children's Sabbath follow-up

If you were moved by the powerful sermon by Pastor Monte on Children’s Sabbath and want to act, here are a couple of ideas: To support your faith community’s efforts to support local children you can help out with our in a number of ways.  You may buy gifts for a child, give money, volunteer at the party or make food for lunch at the party.  If you can help with any of these, contact Velia Suarez at 210 413 9621.To support UNICEF in a variety of ways, go to

Clothes Closet in need of Men's Clothes

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
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.