Parents’ Night Out: Sat. 2/11, 5:30-9:30pm
Parents – Let SC help you enjoy a night out! Parent’s Night Out is open to children between the ages of 2-10 yrs. All are welcome (you do not have to be part of Servant Church)!
- RSVP and payment must be received by Wed Feb 8.
- Register here and pay here using the “Parents’ Night Out” designation.
- Suggested donation of $25 for first child, $10 for each additional child, $40 max per family.
- Drop off starts at 5:30pm, and pickup is anytime before 9pm.
- Dinner will be provided for children during this time.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden Family Day: Sun. 2/12, 12:30-4pm
Join us after church at Umlauf Sculpture Gardens. It’s free and lots of family friendly activities are offered such as crafts and yoga. We’ll meet at Umlauf after church. Text Kristen Hillert at 214-384-1416 if you go and are trying to find the group. All are welcome!
Welcome New SC Staff: Nick & Lucy
So glad to welcome new folks to the church staff team – it takes a village to raise a church! Nick Reith is our new communications coordinator. Talk to Nick for help publicizing your church event or team.
Lucy Loewen is our new financial administrator. Send Lucy an email if you have questions about your 2016 statement of tax-deductible giving, which you should have received.
JFON Emergency Clinics
Sunday 2/12; 2-5pm @ St. Helen’s Catholic Church
Saturday 2/25; 11am-2pm @ Akin’s High School (TBD)
A coalition of attorneys are providing emergency consultation clinics to the community over the coming months. These clinics are for anyone wondering whether they should apply for or renew DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) during this little window. There will also be a “Know Your Rights” presentation. Please feel free to invite people you know to this clinic if they have these sorts of questions.
We need volunteers for all of these clinics! We particularly need bilingual (Spanish-English) volunteers and immigration attorneys. Non-Spanish speakers can help with childcare and check-out. Please email email@example.com if interested. Volunteers will need to be at the clinic sites one hour prior to the starting time for training and assignments. Garden will be open from 12-4pm. All are welcome!
Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community Cinema Needs Volunteers!
Servant Church’s own Ed Travis heads up the Community Cinema program at MLF, and he’s looking for some folks to volunteer on an ongoing basis beginning in March. This would be a once to several times a month commitment, with lots of flexibility. The Community Cinema hosts free outdoor movie nights on Fridays, open to the wider Austin public. These events are awesome ways to share the vision of the Community First! Village with our city, and to provide dignified paid labor opportunities for the formerly homeless residents at the village who will sell concessions and more. These events couldn’t happen without a team of committed volunteers. Please speak to Ed or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if this sounds like a fun way to get involved in the MLF vision.
Save the Date:
Share Your Story Potluck: Sat. 2/25, 11:30am-1pm
It’s always fun to find out more about one another, especially over a meal. Bring a dish that shares some of who you are. Did you travel somewhere interesting? What is your heritage? Is there a meaningful item a relative always cooked? Maybe you can’t cook but have a favorite restaurant to share 🙂 Bring recipe cards too if you can! As always, we’ll be inviting our neighbors to join in the fun. Contact email@example.com to go inviting the evening before.
Service Sunday: Sun. 4/2, 10am-12pm
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! We’ll be working in our neighborhood with our neighbors to worship God through work and celebration of creation. We’ll have a short service of communion at 10:00am and then head out to work until noon. There will be something for everyone to do!
Childcare is available at Servant Church and will include lessons on caring for creation as well as creating bags to hand out to our homeless neighbors around the city. We’ll need volunteers to help wrangle kiddos, make cookies, and create bags full of treats. More info coming soon…
Second Annual – All Church Retreat: Fri. 5/5 – Sun. 5/7
We’re already excited about this year’s Second Annual – All Church Retreat on the weekend of Friday May 5th through Sunday May 7th. Once again, we will be camping and glamping at Bastrop State Park with a ton of fun activities for kids from 1 to 101. There will be lots of meals and prayer together, guided hikes and yoga, swimming and kayaking in the nearby lake, yoga, and plenty of camp fires and s’mores in the evenings. Both cabins and tent-camping spots are available, but cabins are limited and first-come-first-serve. So please check out the links below for more information and to register/pay.
- See photos of last year’s retreat here:
- Registration/info here:
- Pay with “family retreat” designation to reserve here:
Sexuality & Gender Series
Starting January 15, we began a 7 week sermon series on sexuality and gender, and how we can receive those as gifts from God and discern God’s calling for these parts of our lives. You can hear sermons in the series on our website at servantchurchaustin.org. A very heartfelt thanks to Trina Bolfing, Emily Sawyer, and Weber Schulz who shared during our special gathering of lament and hope the previous Sunday on 1/29.
We recognize that the wider big-C Church hasn’t always done that well, so let’s pray and encourage one another to press in to authentic and vulnerable conversation together! Let’s seek the good healing and transformation God has for us.
Life groups are an important part of how we grow as a community, and how we engage our questions around this and other hard topics. They began discussions of sexuality and gender in conjunction with our sermon series in the week following 1/15.
We also started two new groups during this series, if you’re looking for a short-term or gender-specific way to be a part of the sexuality and gender conversation.
- Sundays: At 9:30am beginning January 15th, join leaders Jessica and Derek Miller as they begin a new Sunday morning Life Group. All are welcome. The first study the group will do will correspond with the Sexuality and Gender sermon series. There will be childcare available. Questions? Please email Pastor Valerie or Jessica.
- Women’s Group: Monday nights at 7:45, join leaders Helen Heston and Sam Watkiss for a new women’s only short term Life Group. They will meet near 41st & Red River, contact Helen at 512-633-9444 or email questions to discuss the Sexuality and Gender sermon series and study guide. Questions? Please email Pastor Valerie, Helen or Sam.
- Men’s Group: Men’s Sexuality and Gender Life Group – Interested in joining a men’s only group to discuss our upcoming sermon series? Please email Pastor Valerie or Mike Kiser.
New East + South Life Groups
We are excited to announce the addition of two new life groups in addition to the new Sunday morning group and short-term sexuality & gender discussion groups mentioned above:
East: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm – at the Vogt’s – down the street from the church space. Email Valerie for more info.
South: Every Monday, 6-8pm, meeting at The Thicket at 7800 S. 1st St. (they’ll rotate houses when there’s bad weather). The group will be reading Brian McLaren’s book We Make the Road By Walking. Email Catherine Harper for more info.