“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.
Community First! Village
Community First! Village is a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. A development of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, this residential program exists to love and serve our neighbors while also empowering the surrounding community into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. Join fellow TUMC members for a get-acquainted tour and help us welcome a new resident with a house blessing.
Saturday, October 13
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Saturday, November 3
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Wednesday, December 12
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All teams will meet to begin the tour together at Community First! Village,9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin, TX, 78724.
Blackshear Elementary Reading Buddies
What do Reading Buddies actually do?
In forty minutes a week, you can offer a first or second grader at Blackshear Elementary: a chance to maintain or improve reading skills so that all students are at or above grade level, stable supportive mentoring, and the demonstrated care of a wider community. Not bad for less than an hour a week!
What’s the need this year?
TUMC has provided as many as 70 Reading Buddies in past years, committing to help Blackshear Elementary help all second graders read at or above grade level. This year, Blackshear has more students eligible for a Reading Buddy than ever before. TUMC is halfway to our recruitment goal, but we need 30 more Reading Buddies to meet our full commitment.
Will it work for you?
Reading Buddies commit to a weekly visit with a first or second grader during the student’s lunch time. First grade Reading Buddies meet from 11:20AM – 12:05PM. Second grade Reading Buddies meet from 11:35AM – 12:20PM. You choose the grade and day of the week that works best for you.
Need to miss a week or two?
No problem. Being a Reading Buddy is a big commitment and no one is able to make every week work. If you need to miss a week, just let your student’s teacher know so that your student knows when to expect you.
There is a Reading Buddies orientation in the Welcome Center this Sunday, September 9, from 9:30AM – 10:30AM. If you think you would like to be a Reading Buddy, this is a great time to get the initial training you need. If you can’t make it this week or are interested, but still have questions, please email Leah Salinas in the TUMC office with your interest and questions.
Serve Honduras 2019
January 19–26, 2019
Deadline to register is October 4
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Journey to the beautiful Agalta Valley to serve an amazing community with a spirit filled purpose. We will work with teachers, lead a community Vacation Bible School in a village, construct school furniture and provide medical care to area communities. Enthusiasm and a willingness to share your time and talents are the only prerequisites to becoming a member of the Serve Honduras 2019 team.
Cost, Airfare, and Travel Details
The total cost is $1850 and includes group rate airfare, ground transportation, fees, insurance, gratuities, all meals and accommodations. However, TUMC has only a limited number of United Airlines group rate tickets, which will be issued on a first come first serve basis when registering. The cost of the trip is $950 if you are purchasing/using points for your airline ticket individually. Team leaders and/or TUMC staff can help you coordinate a purchase of airline travel so that arrival and departure coordinate with the team.
How to Register
In order to secure a place on the Serve Honduras 2019 team, a $250 deposit is due when you register and is non-refundable after 10/4/18. Any balance paid to TUMC for the remainder of trip fees is refundable through 12/5/18. TUMC can only accept debit cards and electronic checks (no credit cards) over our secure online payment system.
If you aren’t able to submit payment online, immediately contact Leah Salinas at 512-472-3111 to make an appointment to have staff enter your registration manually upon receipt of your deposit by check.
Learn More about ZOE Trips in 2019
Rwanda, June 18 – 28, 2019
Zimbabwe, July 30 – August 9, 2019
Kenya, September 2 – 13, 2019
In 2019, TUMC has several opportunities to travel with ZOE, our UM- related mission partner that empowers orphans and vulnerable young people in Africa. TUMC currently supports 600 kids through ZOE’s 3 year program that helps them build sustainable futures for themselves and leave charity behind for good. We’ll visit our young people to encourage them, experience their context and share their stories when we return home. Learn more about ZOE and get details about 2019 trips at one of the following info sessions:
Tuesday, September 25
6:30–7:30PM in Welcome Center
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