Farewell + Welcome to SC Staff
Since March 2014, Jamie deGraaf has brought so much to Servant Church as our communications coordinator. She and Chris will still be around the SC community, but Jamie’s time with communications has come to an end. Please take the time to say thanks to Jamie for all she’s contributed to helping us in the vital work of “inviting, becoming, demonstrating.” It’s hard to underestimate the importance of all she has done to help us welcome new people, connect as a community, and share our gifts.
While we’re sad to see Jamie leave our staff team, we’re so excited to welcome Trina Bolfing as both Communications Coordinator and Finance Administrator. Thank Jonathan Swinney and Scott Roberts for all they’ve given as volunteers on finance – they will hand many duties to Trina, but still serve on the finance team. Contact Trina, and let her know if you want to help with communications, finance, sound or Sunday art slides or any of the other wonderful things Trina contributes!
So much – much of it unseen – goes into making Servant Church a generous community growing in the life and love of Christ, and we need every person (not just paid staff but committed servants, new volunteers, and neighbors!) to bring all our God-given voice and gifts so we can live out our God-given purpose as a church.
New East + South Life Groups: Starting 10/11
We are excited to announce the addition of two new life groups:
- East: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm- starting October 11 at the Vogt’s- down the street from the church space. Email Valerie for more info.
- South: Every other Monday, 6-8pm–hosted by the Harper’s (7800 South 1st Street 78745).Email Catherine Harper for more info.
Join the Hillerts’ LG at Cherrywood: Thurs. 10/6, 6pm
The Hillert’s Thursday night life group will be meeting this Thursday at Cherrywood Coffee. We’ll be catching up and discussing Eric’s sermon from Sunday and what we heard from Bryan Stevenson and Shane Claiborne at their talks last week. We’d love for anyone interested to join us! Childcare provided at the church space! Talk to Kristen for more info!
Parents’ Night Out: Sat. 10/8, 5:30-9pm
Parents’ Night Out is SC provided childcare for kids ages 2-10 in the Godly Play room at the church space. While parents enjoy a night out, kids will be fed dinner and learn about different cultures around the world, each month featuring a different country! Children will create a passport and add a stamp each month as they learn about the country through pictures, stories, and making a simple snack. All PNOs are from 5:30pm-9pm and are open to everyone–invite your friends out and tell them you have the babysitter figured out! The cost is $25 for first child, and $10 for each additional kiddo–payment helps cover cost of food and childcare workers. Please talk to Abby if finances are an issue. The October PNO will feature the country of Colombia. RSVP here by 10/5! Check out upcoming dates and RSVP for future PNOs.
Understanding the Bible Series: Sundays 10/16-11/20
Chase Roden is starting a six-week class on understanding and interpreting the Bible, Sundays starting 10/16 from 9:30-11:00am. This six-week discussion class is a (re)-introduction to the Bible; it’s perfect for people without much experience reading the Bible as well as anybody who could use a bit more context in which to understand it. This class looks at the communities who wrote, preserved, and transmitted the Bible to us through history, as well as the way we interpret the Bible in light of our own communities and history. Chase has a master’s degree in biblical studies and theology from Fuller Seminary. Childcare will be provide- email Kristen to RSVP. For more info, email Chase.
Donate Children’s Clothing for Hope Fest: Sat. 10/22
Ashley Shute works at Webb Middle School and invites SC to be a part of Hope Fest, an annual community festival of sharing and celebration for neighborhoods around Reagan High School. Community groups, churches, schools, nonprofit organizations, city/county agencies and neighbors from all over Austin will partner to meet needs and empower families with resources. On behalf of the festival, Ashley is seeking donations of clothing from baby to junior sizes (primarily for kiddos) and bikes and books. If you are doing a bit of fall cleaning and have anything you would be able to share please Ashley know!
Godly Play Training: Sat. 10/22, 9am-12pm
Join us for Godly Play training at the church space–an opportunity for both new and experienced volunteers to learn more about this children’s class. Godly Play is the Montessori-style approach to “play” with the Bible that we use with our 4-7 year olds each Sunday. The curriculum offers a way for both young and old to “wonder” about Scripture and use holy imagination to connect and respond with God and one another. We are in need of several more storytellers! Talk to Kristen Hillert for more information and/or to RSVP.
Care Ministry: Sun. 10/23, 10am
Join us in the fellowship hall for the first meeting of our new Care Ministry Team. We’ll learn more about making visits with the elderly members of Asbury, be matched with a partner for making visits, and learn more about who we’ll be visiting each month. All welcome- no eldercare experience necessary. For more info, talk to Jennifer Barry or Valerie.
Pumpkin Carving at Thicket: 10/23, 1-4:30pm
Join us for a fall afternoon of food and pumpkin carving! After worship on October 23, we will head to Thicket (7800 South 1st St., 78745) for a food truck lunch at Level Up, and/or Lucky Belly. Following, we’ll be carving pumpkins at 3pm–bring your own pumpkins & carving equipment! For more information, talk to Jade Diaz.
Discuss at Theology Pub: Sun. 10/23, 7:30-9pm
August’s Theology Pub at Opa’s Wine and Coffee Bar (2050 S. Lamar) will be a discussion about Non-violence, Pacifism, and Just War. All are invited to come engage on this challenging topic together. Check out the FB event.
It’s Not too Late! Fill Out a Commitment Card
Part of our SC 6th birthday celebration was prayerfully submitting our commitment cards to “join” with Servant Church for the coming year. You can still submit a 2016-2017 commitment card at servantchurchaustin.org/commitment, or with a hard copy green card. We commit to the work of Servant Church and to helping each other grow as disciples by sharing commitments to specific practices – upward toward God, inward with each other, and outward toward our neighbors. We make these commitments one year at a time, so it’s a great time for new people to consider commitments with Servant Church, and for returning members to re-evaluate how those commitments have gone. Talk to Eric or Abby with questions. If you need a helpful form for remembering your commitments (this is not the form to turn in), Vision Team member Kelly Foster made this PDF.
Pilgrimage of Peace and Justice- Take Our Survey!
Servant Church is considering taking a team to Xela, Guatemala to be in conversation and ministry with a group of entrepreneurial Methodists who would enjoy support and sharing. We would also spend time in prayer and learning about topics like migration, racism, global interconnectedness, and care for creation. In order to wonder together about this possibility, we’d like to start with a survey. Please fill this out whether or not you are interested in such a journey–we’d love to have your feedback.
Bless New Parents through Meal Train
Part of community is caring for each other in times of need and we’re glad to do that by bringing new parents meals. Sign up to bring a meal to the growing family of Tom and Susie Meadows, who just welcomed baby Michael with big brother Liam.
Save the Date! Rethink Leadership: Feb. 4, 2017
Mark your calendar for the annual “Rethink Leadership” training event that offers workshops and resources for Capital District laity and clergy. Workshops will offer resources connected to JFON immigration clinic, FreeStore, youth ministry, social media in ministry, as well as personnel, facilities and finance teams. Talk to Eric for more info.