“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.
Learn about summer trips to visit ZOE at info sessions on January 12 or February 3
Join the MLK Day of Service on January 18 or the March and Celebration on January 20
Volunteer for the Austin 2020 Point in Time Count on January 25
Early Response Team Chainsaw Training on January 25
Serve Dinner at the ARCH on Wednesdays
MLK Day of Service and Celebration
The MLK Jr. Day of Service and Celebration is a national initiative to strengthen communities, bridge barriers between different groups of people, create solutions to our social problems and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “beloved community.”
MLK Day of Service
Saturday, January 18
2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd
The Day of Service will begin with with a kick-off breakfast at United Way for Greater Austin and then volunteers will disperse to beautify MLK boulevard with litter pick up.
MLK Day Community March
Monday, January 20
MLK Day Community Festival
Monday, January 20
The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 9:00AM with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. We will then march to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. All businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. The MLK Community Festival kicks off at 11:15am and will last until 3:30PM; it will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever!
Volunteer for the Austin 2020 Point in Time Count
Monday, January 25
Early in the morning of January 25th, 2020, hundreds of volunteers will head out across Austin/Travis County for a Point in Time (PIT) count led by Austin’s Ending community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO). The goal is to count every person experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Volunteers will count people sleeping in cars, tents, parks, under bridges, and on the streets. Much of the count occurs on foot, so volunteers should be comfortable walking several miles during their shift. The information from this count is used to guide public policy and is vital for securing resources to help end homelessness in our community. Be one of 800 people to help with the PIT count. For details or to volunteer for the PIT count, go to www.austinecho.org/pit or contact Rachel Wright.
Early Response Team Chainsaw Training
Saturday, January 25
Dripping Springs UMC (28900 Ranch Road 12)
Early Response Team (ERT) members are specially trained to offer assistance soon after natural disaster strikes. Since Hurricane Harvey hit, TUMC has trained 20+ ERT members and deployed 30+ teams to tarp damaged roofs and prevent further damage.
This winter, the Rio Texas Conference is offering an advanced course, Chainsaw Training, for ERT members. The cost of training is $80 and includes a manual, integrated helmet system, lunch and the cost of equipment and fuel. Registration is open but priority will be given to those who have current ERT credentials. The best time to prepare for disaster response is before the disaster. For more information and to register, visit www.riotexasresponse.org.
Serve Together: ZOE 2020
Rwanda, July 21–31
Zimbabwe, July 28–August 8
January Info Session
Sunday, January 12
9:30AM in Welcome Center
February Info Session
Monday, February 3
6:30PM in Rm. 615 (Admin. Bldg.)
Visit ZOE Empowers in action and see the economic empowerment, micro-lending and mentorship model at work in the lives some of the 804 young people with whom we are currently partnered. Serve as an ambassador to cheer on these amazing young entrepreneurs who are building communities that help them lift themselves out of poverty. Learn from them and help TUMC imagine how our community might learn and grown from what they know. This opportunity is open to adults and high school students traveling with a parent. For more information, contact Rachel Wright.
Dinner at the ARCH
500 East 7th Street
Through the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH), Front Steps provides day resources to over 600 homeless men and women daily at 7th and Neches and provides emergency overnight shelter to 230 men each night. TUMC is committed to hosting Wednesday night dinner at ARCH by providing a team of 3-4 volunteers to serve with kindness and hospitality. If you are interested in being dinner host, contact Rachel Wright.