Newsletter: Week of 7/17/17

Community Connections – Play Dates at Kensington: Thursday, 7/20, 9:30-10:30am
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!
Welcome Party for the Shoenfelts: Saturday, 7/22, 4-8pm @ the Van Deusens’
We’re super excited about this kid-friendly backyard party to welcome Pastor Kelly and her family!

  • BYOB/juice boxes/snacks/food to share
  • Water Blob and splash activities – don’t forget the towels
  • @ the home of Chris & Elysia Van Deusen: 6802 Deborah Dr.  Austin, TX
  • See Facebook Event for more info & to coordinate food

Save the Date:

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 songs 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.

Teachers’ Shower Wish Lists by July 26th

Are you an educator? Do you find yourself buying supplies with your own money every year? Of course you do, and Servant Church would like to help!

We’re doing a back-to-school Teacher Shower, and need to know what your needs are. Pencils? Crayons? Gifts cards so you can get what you need without worrying that someone will buy you avocado green folders?
Please send your list to Weber Schultz ( by July 26.

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