Newsletter: Week of 7/3/17

Around the Corner:

Welcoming Pastor Kelly Shoenfelt and Family!
We were excited last Sunday, July 2nd to welcome our new pastor Kelly. During her first sermon, Pastor Kelly shared some of her own faith story, which she will continue in the coming week or two. We also got to meet Kelly’s husband Adam, and oldest son Andrew (8), and look forward to meeting Brooks (2) soon. If you’d like to know a little more about Kelly, see our original announcement here.

Welcome Parties for the Shoenfelts: 7/9 & 7/22

In our grand tradition of Servant Church hospitality, we will have two upcoming ways to welcome Pastor Kelly and get to know her and her family better:

  • Welcome Potluck @ Servant Church: Sunday, July 9th, 12:40pm
    Bring a favorite dish and join us for a giant family meal! We will have tables, chairs, plates, and napkins. The potluck begins right after church service. See the Facebook event and comment to let us know what you’re bringing. Please leave any dishes in the kitchen or Asbury Hall before the service.
  • Backyard  Party @ the Van Deusen’s: Saturday, July 22nd, 4-8pm
    Servant Church can never get enough parties! We’re super excited about this kid-friendly backyard party to welcome Pastor Kelly and her family! Thanks Elysia and Chris for hosting, and Diana for helping to organize! The party is BYOB/juice boxes and snacks or pot lucky dishes are welcome. See the Facebook event for more info.

Prayers Requested:

Prayers for the Guatemala Team: July 2nd-9th
A team from Servant Church leaves next week for an 8 day pilgrimage to Guatemala where they will commune with and learn from local women in the Guatemalan Highlands. They would love your prayers for Sunny and Layla Bonnecarrere, Katie Coleman, Elizabeth Dickey, Abby Herrera, Julia Olson, and Kristen and Naomi Pearson.

Here are the daily ways you can be in prayer:

  • Sunday: Safe travels to Guatemala and the city of Xela
  • Monday: Prayers for the work in the village of Chuicutama
  • Tuesday: Prayers for the women’s weaving group in Espumpuja
  • Wednesday: Prayers for the trees being planted in Llano del Pinal
  • Thursday: Prayers for students in Twi Ninwitz
  • Friday: Prayers for reforestation efforts in Espumpuja
  • Saturday: Prayers for a safe journey to Panajachel
  • Sunday: Prayers for a safe journey home

Servants Needed:

The Sound Team Needs You!
Greetings introverts & music enthusiasts! We have an exciting opportunity for you! If you’d like to avoid interaction overload &/or feel like you’re contributing to our beautiful Sunday music without actually making any musical effort, sound team is in need of some new blood. Zero percent knowledge of music, electronics, or sound equipment needed. It only requires a commitment of about one Sunday a month. Email Richard at if interested.
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:

Servant Church Quarterly Work Day: Saturday Morning, Saturday, July 15th, 8am-12pm

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. We’ll do some landscaping early in the day and work on tidying up, cleaning out, and sprucing up our building with a variety of outdoor and indoor tasks. We need help from every age and skill level! Please fill out a card next Sunday and drop it in the basket to RSVP and let us know which activities interest you, or drop a line to Options include: (1) landscaping, (2) outdoor cleanup, (3) indoor cleanup, (4) indoor painting, (5) handyperson work, (6) furniture moving. Bring tools if you have them, and let the organizers know in advance what you plan to bring.

Thanks, and we’ll see you on the 15th!

Beer and Hymns: Monday, July 24th, 7-9pm
It’s exactly what it sounds like: We drink beer and sing hymns together. While in more traditional settings, these types of hymns sings were done acapella, we will have use of some talented Austin musicians to help lead us. We will have lyric sheets, but if it is a well-known classic you could persuade us to go off script. Beer and Hymns is all about community, which is why we gather at local places. Scholtz Garten has been serving Austin for over 150 years – that’s older than some of these hymns!

Your ticket is good for your first drink. Portions of each ticket will be going to Micah 6, a local non-profit which serves those experiencing homelessness in Austin. More information can be found on their website:

This event is being hosted by The Spiritual Transformation Project. More event details can be found here.