Newsletter: Week of 6/19/17

Around the Corner:

Going Away Party for the Vogts: Thursday, June 22nd
Eric, Valerie, Caleb and Jacob have their last worship gathering with Servant Church this Sunday, June 25th. They have been appointed to Travis Park UMC in San Antonio starting July 1st, when Rev. Kelly Shoenfelt starts as our new lead pastor.

Join us for a musical send-off for Eric and Valerie and with the Gentle Wolves & Good Field at “Barrel o’ Fun” at the Mueller Alamo Drafthouse: 1911 Aldrich St., Austin, TX 78723. Childcare will be provided at the church from 7-9:30pm. For more info: For childcare, please RSVP by Tuesday, June 20th at
Welcoming Baby Desmond Wilson
We congratulate Emily Waters and Dan Wilson and big brother Waylon on the arrival of their newest family member, baby Desmond. They welcome all of your prayers and congratulations. Though they do not wish for a meal train this time, we’ll keep you posted if other ways to help arise.


Servants Needed:

Meal Train for Humphries Family and Baby Asa
At Servant Church, we love to share hospitality, and meal trains are one of the tangible ways we do this. Kerri and Dan Humphreys, and big sister Ayana recently welcomed a new baby boy, Asa, to their family. Please sign up for the Humphreys family’s meal train here!

Meal Train for Stephanie Candrick and Taniyha
Stephanie Candrick and Taniyha have long been part of the Servant Church family. Recently, Stephanie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has started chemotherapy through oral pills that are showing initial success. One way we can all support Stephanie and Taniyha during this time is by helping to provide healthy meals. Doctors need her overall health to improve so she can become a better candidate for surgery when the course of chemotherapy is completed. The doctors have encouraged a diet that is focused on fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats (no red meat). Taniyha’s parents are often living with Stephanie, that’s why we’re requesting enough food for 3 adults.

Please sign up for their meal train here:
Serving Servant Kids: Godly Play and Actors of Light
Volunteering with kids classes at Servant Church is one way we fulfill our baptismal vows to support the spiritual formation of all of our children. Both Godly Play and Actors of Light need teachers as well as “doorkeepers” who assist the teachers with organization. All new volunteers get background checks, repeated every few years. And we also provide occasional trainings in Safe Sanctuaries practices and methods for teaching and connecting with the kids. We also need admin support volunteers to help organize our children’s programs. And we can always use the prayers of the community for our kids and volunteers!

If you’re at all interested, even if you don’t have experience with kids, please speak to Kristen Hillert, or email her at

Community Connections – Play Dates at Kensington: Thursdays in July
Every Thursday in July, join Kristen Hillert and Meredith Mackey and all their kids for a time of fun, games, snacks, and books at the Kensington Apartments (3300 Manor Rd.) near Servant Church. We’ll knock on doors and invite kids and families to join us in the courtyard from 9:30 – 10:30 am.  We’ll bring things to make sandwiches and books to read and leave with the families at Kensington. Childcare at the church is available for kids of volunteers ages 4 & under.  Older kids are encouraged to join the fun! Contact Kristen Hillert.

*Interested in helping but not able to come?  Ask about supplies needed!

Save the Date:

Son Days Camp: Monday, 6/26 – Friday 6/30
Arts, crafts, sports, water balloons, water slide and worship, along with fellowship and activities using the many amenities of Cross Roads are sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience for your child. This year marks the 2nd year of Son Days Overnight Camp at Cross Roads Retreat Center and we are thrilled!

Servant Church Quarterly Work Day: Saturday Morning, 7/15
Servant Church’s quarterly work day is back, with a brand new edition! Save the date to come out and help us spruce up and maintain our church building and premises. Due to the Austin summer heat, many of our activities this time will likely be indoors. And as always, there are plenty of ways that kids can help. More details coming soon.