New Life Groups, Parents’ Night Out, Understanding the Bible Class, Godly Play Training

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. 

 

Parents Night Out: Childcare at SC

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.

Save the Date for Upcoming PNOs: 

SC 6th Bday, Giving Gears, JFON, Bryan Stevenson + Shane Claiborne Lectures

Servant Church Turns 6 this Sunday! 
It’s been a big year for Servant Church – chartering as a “grown-up” (ish) United Methodist Church, traveling together for our second all-church retreat, merging with Asbury UMC, and inheriting a building! We’ll celebrate 6 years of up, in, and out community and mission together this Sunday, and hope you’ll be there for cake, baptism, and a slide show. Please send your photos of 2015-2016 Servant Church people and activities to Jamie.

Part of our celebration will be prayerfully submitting our commitment cards to “join” with Servant Church for the coming year. You can submit your 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. We’ve been talking about these inviting, becoming, demonstrating rhythms, those up, in, and out practices, over the past few weeks. Talk to Eric or Abby with questions.

House of Songs at Church Space: Tues. 9/20, 12pm
We’re hosting a gathering of international songwriters exchanging songs with Austin artists, today at noon. Stop by on your lunch break! And talk to Ross Gilfillan if you know someone looking for space – we love supporting neighborhood, recovery, and arts groups and want to share our space as part of our mission to bless Austin through inviting, becoming, and demonstrating. Check out the concert’s Facebook event.

Giving Gears: A Mechanical Ministry: Sat. 9/24, 10am-12pm
On Saturday September 24, join our first “Giving Gears” clinic, a new car care ministry. If you need some minor car repair or maintenance, or are interested in helping out, head to the church space during the JFON immigration clinic this month. All are welcome as volunteers or beneficiaries—no skills necessary! Bring tools, jacks, ramps if you have them. Talk to Nick Reith with any questions.

Serve at JFON: Sat. 9/24, 9am-1:30pm
On the last Saturday of each month, Servant Church hosts the Austin Justice for our Neighbors clinic for low-cost immigration legal services. Sign up to greet our guests, be a Spanish-English translator, or help with childcare!

Bryan Stevenson Lecture: Tues. 9/27, 7pm
Bryan Stevenson will host a lecture at LBJ Auditorium on 9/27. The Hillerts’Thursday night life group has been learning from the work of Bryan Stevenson with the Equal Justice Initiative and his recent book “Just Mercy.” Stevenson is in Austin to give a lecture next Tuesday – more information here.

Shane Claiborne “Christian Troublemakers”: Thurs. 9/29, 7pm 
It’s a week for great lectures! On Thursday, September 29th University UMC will be hosting author, speaker and activist, Shane Claiborne. Many of you know of him from his books Irresistible Revolution or Jesus for President, and his newest book, Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why Its Killing Us. Following Shane’s talk will be a twenty minute Q&A and book signing. The Hillerts’ life group will be attending this event, meeting at SC and carpooling to University UMC–talk to Kristen to join. Childcare with dinner will also be providedat Servant ChurchRSVP by Sept. 25. Check out the Facebook event.

Being SERVANT Church: Life Group Meetings
This fall, Abby is spending 2 weeks leading several life groups in a discussion about servanthood.  We’ll be studying scripture related to this topic, prayerfully listening to one another and the Spirit to understand were God is moving in the places we spend our time, and coming up with plans to “play with God” in service all over Austin.  During this time of active listening, we’ll be putting our monthly potlucks and volunteering at the Free Store on hold. If you’re interested in these discussions, feel free to join Abby at the following life group meetings (more to come).  If you want to engage more deeply, please contact Abby about upcoming Service Team meetings we are currently building a new team. Here’s where Abby will be in the next few weeks:

  • 9/21 and 9/28, 6:30pm: Lamar + Airport Life Group (1024 Sugaree Ave, Jerkins)
  • 9/22, 7pm: Domain Life Group ( 11711 Domain Dr. Apt. #1349, James Yarbrough)
  •  10/2, 5:30pm: 12th + Airport Life Group (3613 Pennsylvania Ave, Wheelers)

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.

Commitment Conversations
In September 2015, we started a new program where 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. We’ll be talking about these inviting, becoming, demonstrating rhythms, those up, in, and out practices, over the coming weeks. We will collect commitment cards in hard copy or online leading up to Servant Church’s 6th birthday celebration on Sunday, September 25. Check out servantchurchaustin.org/commitment for more information about the commitment card process. Talk toEric or Abby with questions.
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.

Interested in Baptism?
We are scheduling baptisms in September. If you’re interested in baptism, talk to Eric.

Parents’ Night Out: Sat. 10/8, 5:30-9pm 
Each month, Servant Church hosts a Parents’ Night Out, open to everyone so invite your friends. The next PNO is October 8RSVP here by 10/5

Pastor Valerie at Hillert LG, Commitment Workshop, Giving Gears Clinic, Shane Claiborne Talk

Commitment Conversations: Sun. 9/18, 9-11am
In September 2015, we started a new program where 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. We’ll be talking about these inviting, becoming, demonstrating rhythms, those up, in, and out practices, over the coming weeks. We will collect commitment cards in hard copy or online leading up to Servant Church’s 6th birthday celebration on Sunday, September 25.
Check out servantchurchaustin.org/commitment for more information about the commitment card process.

All Servant Church folks–new or not–who are ready to make commitments or are maybe still unsure are invited to a special commitment workshop onSunday, September 18, from 9am to 11am. Childcare provided! Talk to Eric orAbby with questions.

Pastor Valerie at Hillert Life Group: Thurs. 9/15, 6pm
The Hillert life group that meets at the church space will be hosting a time to for people to get to know Valerie and for her to get know the SC community better. Plan to join! For more info, talk to Valerie.

The Hillerts group meets each Thursday for dinner at the church space. Each week in September (9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22), they’ll discuss one of the four ways Bryan Stevenson suggests we can fight against injustice: get closer to the issues, change the narrative, fight against hopelessness, and get uncomfortable. They’ll be looking at how these align with what we see throughout Scripture and how we can take these steps in our own lives. Homework is never, required, but if you’re interested – here’s the talk we’ll be sampling. September is a great time for new people to join the Hillerts’ group!

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.

Financial Administrator Job Opening: Apply by Sun. 9/16
Servant Church is hiring a part-time financial administrator. Check out the full job description on our website. Please submit a cover letter and resume listing relevant experience to info@servantchurchaustin.org by Friday, September 16. Contact Elysia Van Deusen with any questions.

Giving Gears: A Mechanical Ministry: Sat. 9/24, 10am-12pm
On Saturday September 24, join our first “Giving Gears” clinic, a new car care ministry. If you need some minor car repair or maintenance, or are interested in helping out, head to the church space during the JFON immigration clinic this month. All are welcome as volunteers or beneficiaries—no skills necessary! Bring tools, jacks, ramps if you have them. Talk to Nick Reith (link to his email) with any questions.

Shane Claiborne “Christian Troublemakers”: Thurs. 9/29, 7pm 
On Thursday, September 29th University UMC will be hosting author, speaker and activist, Shane Claiborne. Many of you know of him from his books Irresistible Revolution or Jesus for President, and his newest book, Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why Its Killing Us. Following Shane’s talk will be a twenty minute Q&A and book signing. The Hillerts’ life group will be attending this event, meeting at SC and carpooling to University UMC–talk to Kristen to join. Childcare with dinner will also be provided at Servant ChurchRSVP by Sept. 25. Check out the Facebook event.

Being SERVANT Church: Life Group Meetings
This fall, Abby is spending 2 weeks leading several life groups in a discussion about servanthood.  We’ll be studying scripture related to this topic, prayerfully listening to one another and the Spirit to understand were God is moving in the places we spend our time, and coming up with plans to “play with God” in service all over Austin.  During this time of active listening, we’ll be putting our monthly potlucks and volunteering at the Free Store on hold. If you’re interested in these discussions, feel free to join Abby at the following life group meetings (more to come).  If you want to engage more deeply, please contact Abby about upcoming Service Team meetings we are currently building a new team. Here’s where Abby will be in the next few weeks:

  • 9/15 and 9/22, 7pm: Domain Life Group ( 11711 Domain Dr. Apt. #1349, James Yarbrough)
  •  9/18 and 10/2, 5:30pm: 12th + Airport Life Group (3613 Pennsylvania Ave, Wheelers)
  • 9/21 and 9/28, 6:30pm: Lamar + Airport Life Group (1024 Sugaree Ave, Jerkins)

Staff Office Hours 
Servant Church staff are now at the church space for regular office hours. They may be in the former Asbury office off the sanctuary, or the chapel space by the Cherrywood Road driveway on the southeast corner of the building. Stop by and say hello!

  • Mondays, Abby – 9:30-11:30a
  • Tuesdays, Eric – 9:30-11:30a
  • Wednesdays, Valerie – 9:30-11:30a
  • Thursdays, Kristen – 11am-1pm
  • Fridays, Ross – noon-2pm

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 Kevin Gibbs and Sarah Fankhauser, who just welcomed twins August and Owen, as well as Tom and Susie Meadows, who just welcomed baby Michael with big brother Liam.
Interested in Baptism?
We are scheduling baptisms in September. If you’re interested in baptism, talk to Eric.

Family Ministry News 
Registration: Parents, please register your child for Sunday morning class at Servant Church!  Even if your child has already been a regular attender, completing this form will help us teach your child better! Please register all kids–Supervised Play through Actors of Light–here.

Survey:  We’re exploring how we can support parents in the tough job of raising healthy kids. Emily Mathon would like to offer parenting classes centered around the principles of Empathy Parenting at Servant Church. Your feedback will help us determine if and how we should partner with her- please take the survey by this Friday, 9/9! The mission of Empathy Parenting is to build confidence, respect, cooperation and love within the entire family through classes and on-going support. This 5-week class builds confidence, respect, cooperation and love within the entire family. The course includes group discussions, engaging activities, reading and assignments all of which build a powerful set of tools for parents and caregivers. Read more on the website.

Parents’ Night Out: Sat. 10/8, 5:30-9pm 
Each month, Servant Church hosts a Parents’ Night Out, open to everyone so invite your friends. The next PNO is October 8RSVP here by 10/5

SC Movie Night, Parents Night Out, New to SC Lunch, UFW Celebration

Commitment Conversations: Sun. 9/18, 9-11am
In September of 2015, we started a new program where 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. We’ll be talking about these inviting, becoming, demonstrating rhythms, those up, in, and out practices, over the coming weeks. We will collect commitment cards in hard copy or online leading up to Servant Church’s 6th birthday celebration on Sunday, September 25.

Look for more information soon about commitment cards. All Servant Church folks–new or not–who are ready to make commitments or are maybe still unsure are invited to a special commitment workshop on Sunday, September 18, from 9am to 11am. Talk to Eric or Abby with questions.

New To SC? Join us for Lunch! Sun. 9/11, 12:30pm  
If you are new to Servant Church, please join us for a “new to SC” meal after our worship gathering at the white house next to church. This will be an opportunity to meet pastors Valerie and Abby, to hear Servant Church’s story, and to share your own. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP (whether you need childcare or not) by 9/8.

Financial Administrator Job Opening: Apply by Sun. 9/11
Servant Church is hiring a part-time financial administrator. Check out the full job description on our website. Please submit a cover letter and resume listing relevant experience to info@servantchurchaustin.org by Sunday, September 11. ContactElysia Van Deusen with any questions.

Servant Church Movie Night: Sun. 9/4, 5:30pm 
This Sunday all are welcome to join us in the sanctuary and watch On the Waterfront (1954), starring Marlon Brando. Following the movie, there will be a discussion led by Ed Travis, who spoke about this film during our series on Faith and the Arts. Child care will be provided, but you’ll need to RSVP here to indicate you’ll be needing child care. This evening is also an “inviting” night for the 12th & Airport Life Group which normally meets at 5:30 on Sunday evenings at the Wheeler residence.

Parents’ Night Out: Sat. 9/10, 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 September PNO will feature the African country of Swaziland. Children will be making “pop,” a common snack in Swaziland made from cornmeal, butter, water, and salt. The movie choices are “Madagascar” and “The Lion King”. RSVP here by Wed. Sept. 7

Upcoming Parents’ Night Out dates:

Care for Asbury Members: Sun. 9/11, 10:30am
Asbury UMC merged into Servant Church on July 1, and generously gave us our building. Can you help us get to know and care for Asbury members? We will set up a system for taking home-bound folks communion, and other regular visits. If you’re interested, please attend a short information session before church on Sept. 11 in the chapel space (no commitment or “eldercare” experience necessary!)  Contact Valerie or Jennifer Barry for more information.
Celebrate the United Farm Workers Union: Sun. 9/11
In the summer of 1966, Starr County farm workers led a strike in the melon fields and then marched 400 miles, beginning on July 4, from the Valley to Austin, arriving at the Capitol on Labor Day, 1966. When they arrived, 10,000 people joined the last 4 miles of the march from St. Edward’s University to the Capitol. Their struggle for economic justice was the beginning of the United Farm Workers union in Texas and sparked the Chicano movement. Join us to celebrate the farm workers’ historic struggle and the continued fight for justice in working for a living wage by attending a commemoration and march on Sunday, September 11th.
Schedule: 

  • 12PM – Dedication of memorial plaque (at Ragsdale Student Center, St. Edward’s University, 1st floor)
  • 12:15PM – Program on the Quad at St. Ed’s
  • 1:30 PM – Start of the 4-mile march to the Capitol from St. Ed’s
  • 4PM – Arrive at Capitol for the rally

Staff Office Hours 
Servant Church staff are now at the church space for regular office hours. They may be in the former Asbury office off the sanctuary, or the chapel space by the Cherrywood Road driveway on the southeast corner of the building. Stop by and say hello!

  • Mondays, Abby – 9:30-11:30a
  • Tuesdays, Eric – 9:30-11:30a
  • Wednesdays, Valerie – 9:30-11:30a
  • Thursdays, Kristen – 11am-1pm
  • Fridays, Ross – noon-2pm

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 Kevin Gibbs and Sarah Fankhauser, who just welcomed twins August and Owen, as well as Tom and Susie Meadows, who just welcomed baby Michael with big brother Liam.

Pastor Valerie at Church Space Life Group: Thurs. 9/15
On Thursday, 9/15 at 6pm, the Hillert life group that meets at the church space will be hosting a time to for people to get to know Valerie and for her to get know the SC community better. Plan to join! For more info, talk to Valerie.

The Hillerts group meets each Thursday for dinner at the church space. Each week in September (9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22), they’ll discuss one of the four ways Bryan Stevenson suggests we can fight against injustice: get closer to the issues, change the narrative, fight against hopelessness, and get uncomfortable. They’ll be looking at how these align with what we see throughout Scripture and how we can take these steps in our own lives. Homework is never, required, but if you’re interested – here’s the talk we’ll be sampling. September is a great time for new people to join the Hillerts’ group!

Interested in Baptism?
On Sunday, we celebrated the baptism of Crockett Rudd. We are scheduling other baptisms in September. If you’re interested in baptism, talk to Eric.

Family Ministry News 
Happy back to School! We’ll continue to pray for our students, teachers, and parents. Check out the weekly devotional we shared as a way to discuss and respond at home for both kids and adults. We encourage you to go through these readings with your kids this week to continue the dialog we opened on FamilySunday about showing compassion and being a good neighbor!

Registration: Parents, please register your child for Sunday morning class at Servant Church!  Even if your child has already been a regular attender, completing this form will help us teach your child better! Please register all kids–Supervised Play through Actors of Light–here.

Survey:  We’re exploring how we can support parents in the tough job of raising healthy kids. Emily Mathon would like to offer parenting classes centered around the principles of Empathy Parenting at Servant Church. Your feedback will help us determine if and how we should partner with her- please take the survey by this Friday, 9/2! The mission of Empathy Parenting is to build confidence, respect, cooperation and love within the entire family through classes and on-going support. This 5-week class builds confidence, respect, cooperation and love within the entire family. The course includes group discussions, engaging activities, reading and assignments all of which build a powerful set of tools for parents and caregivers. Read more on the website.

Reminders: When taking your child to class, please leave behind any of their “lovies,” snacks or other items that could cause a distraction or interruption and let them know the item will be waiting on them when they return. Please plan meet your child in the sanctuary when he/she returns (as opposed to the foyer or courtyard) to help us make sure all children make it safely back.

New Class: We’re also excited to announce a new “Supervised Play 2” class for children ages 12-18 months–like our other Supervised Play class, you can drop your child off before worship (or anytime during). The classroom is located across the hall from our current SP class. Register your kiddos today!