“We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” —1 John 3:16–18 (NRSV)
We are a community of Christians who join God’s work here and now by serving our neighbors far and near.
Blackshear Reading Buddies
Weekly during the 2019–2020 AISD School Year
Friday, August 30, from 7:30–10:30PM
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Become a Reading Buddy and help a first or second grader at Blackshear Elementary School fall in love with reading. Reading Buddies pick a day to meet once a week with during the student’s lunch break, and help with reading skills, mentoring and encouragement. (Note: While this program is weekly throughout the school year, there is always flexibility for a Reading Buddy’s absence because of illness, planned travel, etc.) The Reading Buddies program starts in September and training will be provided.
New Faith Community: Get Involved
TUMC is helping to plant a new church in the Crestview neighborhood, and we need your support! There are several ways to get involved in this exciting new initiative:
- Launch Team: Join our core group to help shape the church’s vision, actively invite friends to events, and plan and pray this community into being.
- Seed Partner: Attend and commit to inviting people in your network to events, activities, and worship services.
- Worker Bees: Help us organize, prepare for, and set-up events and activities.
- Prayer Team: Lift up our team and mission in your prayers.
Sunday, September 29Noon – 2PM | Conference Room (Admin. Bldg.)
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• Do you enjoy meeting new people?
• Do you like to be helpful?
• Do you identify more with a Labrador than Grumpy Cat?
• You might like to be an usher!
Come to our Usher Training to learn more and decide if this ministry is for you. Contact Pastor Abby at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or Lauren Price at Lprice@tumc.church to reserve childcare by September 22.
Hope Food Pantry
Saturday, November 2
Help sort and stock the pantry to get it ready for food distribution days. Learn more about Hope Food Pantry grocery store model that emphasizes the dignity of choice.
Thursday, September 19
7:00PM at Memorial UMC
Thursday, October 17
7:00PM at Memorial UMC
Thursday, November 21
7:00PM at Memorial UMC
Want to hang out, learn some new recipes and think about the way that God works on your spirit? Join our partners at Memorial UMC and Common Good Community Development for a time of worship and learning. We will make bread together and during the rising time, we will discuss the 12 steps of bread making using Peter Reinhart’s book, Bread Upon the Waters, which is a spiritual exploration of those steps. Ingredients and tools will be provided. Bread Church meets at Memorial UMC.
ZOE Empowers Vision Trip Info Sessions
Sunday, September 29
9:30AM in the Welcome Center
Wednesday, October 9
6:30PM in Conference Room (Admin. Building)
We are currently in the process of building the teams who will visit our ZOE empowerment groups in Kenya, Rwanda and Zimbabwe in 2020. Learn more about the ZOE model and consider whether the next step in your faith journey is to go on a Vision Trip.
Serve Our City
Saturday, October 5
Registration opens in September
Spend the morning serving our city with several community partners. The morning will be full of fun, family friendly opportunities to show our neighbors right here in Austin that we love them through acts of service and welcome all over town.
Save the date and serve.
All People Church Conference — A Mission Exploration Trip
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The Church for All People, a United Methodist faith community in Columbus, OH, is hosting its annual weekend of learning and the TUMC Missions Team wants to send a small group to learn more from this vibrant, diverse worshiping community that is serving its city in powerful ways that empower neighbors. This year’s theme is “Be the Church” and organizers describe the weekend of learning this way:
In the midst of a turbulent season, there has never been a better time to Be the Church! When our communities see Christians living into their call, it is a captivating witness to the Gospel.
Participants will join members of the racially and socioeconomically diverse community in worship, dialogue, shared learning, and fun. Plenaries and workshops are designed to meet us where we are and engage questions as we explore best practices for ministry with all kinds of neighbors. Be part of a team of leading learners and dreamers!
TUMC Missions will cover the cost of accommodations and conference fees. Participants will be responsible for a $50 deposit and will need to make their own airline reservations in coordination with Rachel Wright.
Serve Honduras 2020
January 18–25, 2020
Agalta Valley, Olancho District, Honduras
This experience is great for first timers, young adults, couples, or anyone looking for a way to start the new year with service—bring your high school aged children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews! We will be working with kindergarten teachers, leading a Vacation Bible School in villages for children and adults, constructing school furniture and providing medical care to area communities. Enthusiasm and a willingness to share your talents are the only prerequisites to become part of the team. Plan now to join us January 18-25, 2020 in service to the Agalta Valley, Olancho District, Honduras.
Cost of Trip
- Payments must be made online using either a debit card or electronic check (no credit cards) through our secure online payment system. If you are unable to make a payment online, call Leah Salinas at 512-472-3111.
- A deposit of $250 is due at registration.
- Registration, group airfare on United Airlines, and all in-country travel fees are $1950 and are payable to TUMC.
- Team members may opt to buy their own individual airline tickets. If you choose to buy your own ticket, the in-country travel fee is $1025.00 without airline. Please consult with the Honduras Team leadership to coordinate arrival and departure times.
- Deadline for registration is 10/6/19. Final payment due 12/8/19.
- Thursday, September 19 in the Admin. Building at 6:30PM.
- Thursday, November 7 in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30PM.
- Contact Leah Salinas with questions.
How to Register
Before you can register for this trip, you will need to activate your Realm account. Realm is our new online discipleship tool, and we use it for all trip and event registrations, payments, and more. There is not an offline registration option.
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