Newsletter: Week of 6/5/17

Around the Corner:

Servant Church Vision of Welcoming Practices

As a community we value loving all and inviting everyone into our church, especially those in the LGBTQ community. As a community we’ve prayerfully reflected on and heard a sermon series about sexuality and gender. The Vision Team created a document to share with our church and with those who might be interested in learning more about our community that reflects our welcoming practices. This document, shared during the service last Sunday can also be viewed here. There will be Vision Team members available to talk with anyone after worship next Sunday, June 11th. This document will go on our website next week. We’d love for you to discuss this with your Life Group. Questions? Comments? Feel free to connect with one of the pastors: ValerieEric or Abby.

Cherrywood Children’s Clothing Swap: Saturday, 6/10, 10am-12pm
It’s time for a spring cleaning of your closets! Bring the toys, clothing, shoes, accessories, or gear that your kids (newborn-14/16) have outgrown to the Servant Church’s Fellowship Hall, and take something home that are new to you! You can also feel free to drop things off and not take any home, or come without anything and pick some things up. Leftover items will be donated to the Free Store.
Photos for the Vogts: Saturday, 6/10
The Vogts’ time at Servant Church is drawing to a close at the end of June. But they want to take all the memories with them. Susie Meadows has graciously offered to put together a photo book for their family. We’d love photos of Life Groups, service projects, worship services, etc.  Will you please upload photos to Google drive here by June 10th so she can make them into a photo book?

Upcoming Baptism: Sunday 6/11
We’ll have an adult and an infant baptism on Sunday, June 11th. If you are interested in baptism at Servant Church, or have questions, please talk to Pastor Eric or Pastor Abby.

Volunteers Needed:

Serving Servant Kids: Godly Play & 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 kristen@servantchurchaustin.org.

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: tinyurl.com/SCmealtrainStephanie.
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 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:


Around the World in 80 Days – Penfold Theatre: Thursday, 6/15, 8pm
Join the Thursday Group at a FREE, family friendly outdoor performance of Around the World in 80 Days at the Round Rock Amphitheater on Thursday, 6/15. The show is presented by Penfold Theatre Company, run by Servant Church’s own Ryan Crowder & Nathan Jerkins. For more information, see: tinyurl.com/penfold80days. If you’d like to join us, contact Kristen Hillert (kristen@servantchurchaustin.org) or Sam Watkiss (swatkiss@gmail.com) or look for them at the show.

Going Away Parties for the Vogts: Saturday, June 17th and Thursday, June 22nd
We want to give Eric, Valerie, Caleb, and Jacob a memorable Austin goodbye, so we have two ways to celebrate.

  • Saturday, June 17th – 10am – 2pm: Kid-friendly party in the backyard of Jessie and Dave Rupert’s house.
  • Thursday, June 22nd – 8pm: A musical send-off with the Gentle Wolves & Good Field at “Barrel o’ Fun” at the Mueller Alamo Drafthouse: 1911 Aldrich St., Austin, TX 78723. Childcare will be provided at the church from 7-9:30pm. For more info: tinyurl.com/AdiosEric. For childcare, please RSVP by Tuesday, June 20th at tinyurl.com/vogtsgoodbye.

Son Days Camp: Monday, 6/26 – Friday 6/30
Arts, crafts, sports, water balloons, water slide and worship, along with fellowship and activities using the many amenities of Cross Roads are sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience for your child. This year marks the 2nd year of Son Days Overnight Camp at Cross Roads Retreat Center and we are thrilled!

Newsletter: Week of 5/26/17

Around the Corner:

Last Parents’ Night Out Before Summer Break:
Saturday, 6/3, 5:30-9:30pm

Parents – Let SC help you enjoy a night out! PNO is open to children between ages 2-10 yrs. All are welcome (even non-Servant Church folks)!

  • Register at tinyurl.com/scPNOjune2017 and pay at tinyurl.com/SCAustinGive by Wednesday 5/31.
  • Suggested donation is $25 for first child, $10 for each
    additional child, $40 max per family.
  • Drop off starts at 5:30pm, and pickup is any time before 9pm.
  • Dinner will be provided for children during this time.

Meet Pastor Kelly: Sunday 6/4
Before she officially begins as pastor of Servant Church on July 1st, Pastor Kelly Shoenfelt will be visiting us at Servant Church on Sunday, June 4th. Come meet Kelly as we celebrate baptisms and Pentecost together!

Photos for the Vogts: Saturday, 6/10
The Vogts’ time at Servant Church is drawing to a close at the end of June. But they want to take all the memories with them. Susie Meadows has graciously offered to put together a photo book for their family. We’d love photos of Life Groups, service projects, worship services, etc.  Will you please upload photos to Google drive here by June 10th so she can make them into a photo book?

Upcoming Baptisms: Sundays 6/4 & 6/11
We’ll have an adult and an infant baptism over the next two Sundays, June 4th and 11th. If you are interested in baptism at Servant Church, or have questions, please talk to Pastor Eric or Pastor Abby.

Volunteers Needed:

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: tinyurl.com/SCmealtrainStephanie.

Working with Servant Kids: Godly Play, Actors of Light
As Pastor Abby and Kristen highlighted last week, we need lots more help with our kids at Servant Church! We are so grateful for your commitment to helping for a season or at regular intervals. 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 have needs for admin support volunteers to help organize our children’s programs. And we can always use the prayers of the community for our children and our 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 kristen@servantchurchaustin.org.

A New Ministry to Our Kensington Kiddo Neighbors
Interested in showing the love of Christ by showing up and playing games with kids at a local apt complex? Kristen Hillert is hoping to start a weekday outreach at Kensington Apartments centered on playing games and having a snack with the kids there. The work of Christ is always best done together, so if you’re interested, please email kristen@servantchurchaustin.org.

Save the Date:


Going Away Parties for the Vogts: 6/17 & 6/22
We want to give Eric, Valerie, Caleb, and Jacob a memorable Austin goodbye, so we have two ways to celebrate. On Saturday, June 17th we’ll have a backyard, kid friendly hanging out party from 10am til 2pm at the home of Dave and Jessie Rupert. And on Thursday, June 22nd, we’re having a more musical send off with the Gentle Wolves/Good Field at 8pm at Bar of Fun. Childcare will be provided at the church from 7-9:30pm for this evening of 6/22.

Son Days Camp: Monday 6/26 – Friday 6/30
Arts, crafts, sports, water balloons, water slide and worship, along with fellowship and activities using the many amenities of Cross Roads are sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience for your child. This year marks the 2nd year of Son Days Overnight Camp at Cross Roads Retreat Center and we are thrilled!

Newsletter: Week of 5/22/17

Around the Corner:

Memorial Service for Arthur Benjamin Christians:
Friday, 5/26, 6:00pm

On Friday, May 26th, there will be a memorial service for Rebecca and Adam Christian’s infant son Arthur Benjamin who tragically passed away before he ever opened his eyes or took a breath. At this somber occasion, our community continues to surround the Christians with our love and mourn with them in their grief. *Child care will be provided at the church for this event.

Last Parents’ Night Out Before Summer Break:
Saturday, 6/3, 5:30-9:30pm

Parents – Let SC help you enjoy a night out! PNO is open to children between ages 2-10 yrs. All are welcome (even non-Servant Church folks)!

  • Register at tinyurl.com/scPNOjune2017 and pay at tinyurl.com/SCAustinGive by Wednesday 5/31.
  • Suggested donation is $25 for first child, $10 for each
    additional child, $40 max per family.
  • Drop off starts at 5:30pm, and pickup is any time before 9pm.
  • Dinner will be provided for children during this time.

Meet Pastor Kelly: Sunday 6/4
Before she officially begins as pastor of Servant Church on July 1st, Pastor Kelly Shoenfelt will be visiting us at Servant Church on Sunday, June 4th. Come meet Kelly as we celebrate baptisms and Pentecost together!

 

Volunteers Needed:

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: tinyurl.com/SCmealtrainStephanie.

Working with Servant Kids: Godly Play, Actors of Light
As Pastor Abby and Kristen highlighted last week, we need lots more help with our kids at Servant Church! We are so grateful for your commitment to helping for a season or at regular intervals. 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 have needs for admin support volunteers to help organize our children’s programs. And we can always use the prayers of the community for our children and our 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 kristen@servantchurchaustin.org.

A New Ministry to Our Kensington Kiddo Neighbors
Interested in showing the love of Christ by showing up and playing games with kids at a local apt complex? Kristen Hillert is hoping to start a weekday outreach at Kensington Apartments centered on playing games and having a snack with the kids there. The work of Christ is always best done together, so if you’re interested, please email kristen@servantchurchaustin.org.

Save the Date:


Going Away Parties for the Vogts: 6/17 & 6/22
We want to give Eric, Valerie, Caleb, and Jacob a memorable Austin goodbye, so we have two ways to celebrate. On Saturday, June 17th we’ll have a backyard, kid friendly hanging out party from 10am til 2pm at the home of Diana and Taylor Rudd. And on Thursday, June 22nd, we’re having a more musical send off with the Gentle Wolves/Good Field at 8pm at Bar of Fun. Childcare will be provided at the church from 7-9:30pm for this evening of 6/22.

Son Days Camp: Monday 6/26 – Friday 6/30
Arts, crafts, sports, water balloons, water slide and worship, along with fellowship and activities using the many amenities of Cross Roads are sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience for your child. This year marks the 2nd year of Son Days Overnight Camp at Cross Roads Retreat Center and we are thrilled!

Newsletter: Week of 5/15/17

Around the Corner:

Adults’ Night Out: Saturday, 5/20, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Connect with other people from Servant Church for some catch-up, conversation, and a drink of your choice. We’ll be meeting at the Tamale House East (on East 6th St.) for some drinks and food from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Need child care? See below.

Parents’ Night Out: Saturday, 5/20, 5:30pm – 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)!

  • Register here and pay here by Wednesday 5/17.
  • Suggested donation is $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.

Following Jesus in 2027 – An Evening with Tom Sine:
Sunday, 5/21, 5:00pm

How Churches and Families Can Thrive in a Rapidly Changing World – An Evening with Tom Sine

Author and Christian Missions Consultant Tom Sine, and his wife Christine will be visiting Austin from Seattle to lead a brainstorming session on how to follow Jesus in 2027. This informal hangout session will be held at Austin Mustard Seed Church, and is hosted by Austin Mustard Seed and the V3 – Church Planting Movement. For more information and to RSVP, see the event page here or the Facebook page here.

Volunteers Needed:

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: tinyurl.com/SCmealtrainStephanie.

JFON Austin’s 3rd Birthday Party:
Saturday, 5/20, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday, May 20th, JFON Austin will be celebrating its 3rd birthday with a party, in order to give their clients, friends and volunteers hope and comfort as well as a reason to celebrate in this time of political chaos. There will be Music, a Potluck, and lots of fun activities for the kids. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteers are needed for some of the following:

  • Event set up and tear down
  • Moon Bounce (bouncy house) supervision
  • Photo booth assistance
  • Face painting assistance
  • Piñata assistance

And JFON folks could still use donations or help locating some of the following:

  • 2 piñatas
  • a Moon Bounce castle
  • backyard tent
  • ping pong table
  • 4 face painters
  • candy for piñata
  • balloons/helium
  • soccer goal nets
  • a DJ/band/artist/poet/musician/dancer or other performers willing to donate their talents
  • and a professional photographer.

If you’d like to donate your time, talents, or treasure to make this party a success, please email volunteer@jfonaustin.org.

More About JFON Austin
For the past several years, Servant Church has partnered with other area churches, and a coalition of attorneys called JFON (Justice for Our Neighbors) to provide free or low-cost immigration consultation clinics to those in need. We work with the local chapter of JFON, which is a national network of more than 15 locally funded and managed sites that operate approximately 40 church-based immigration legal clinics serving more than 3,000 low-income clients a year.

JFON sites take on a wide range of immigration cases, including asylum cases for those seeking protection from persecution or even death, survivors of human trafficking who  apply for protection, detention cases, and many more.  The Justice For Our Neighbors network also leads immigrant communities to better understand their rights and equip faith communities to respond quickly to emerging threats, such as workplace raids or emerging ministry opportunities created by changes in immigration policy or practice.

Save the Date:


Memorial Service for Arthur Benjamin Christians: Friday, 5/26, 6:00pm

On Friday, May 26th, there will be a memorial service for Rebecca and Adam Christian’s infant son Arthur Benjamin who tragically passed away before he ever opened his eyes or took a breath. At this somber occasion, our community continues to surround the Christians with our love and mourn with them in their grief.

Going Away Parties for the Vogts: 6/17 & 6/22

We want to give Eric, Valerie, Caleb, and Jacob a memorable Austin goodbye, so we have two ways to celebrate. On Saturday, June 17th we’ll have a backyard, kid friendly hanging out party from 10am til 2pm at the home of Diana and Taylor Rudd. And on Thursday, June 22nd, we’re having a more musical send off with the Gentle Wolves/Good Field at 8pm at Bar of Fun. Childcare will be provided at the church from 7-9:30pm for this evening. More info coming soon.

Son Days Camp: Monday 6/26 – Friday 6/30
Arts, crafts, sports, water balloons, water slide and worship, along with fellowship and activities using the many amenities of Cross Roads are sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience for your child. This year marks the 2nd year of Son Days Overnight Camp at Cross Roads Retreat Center and we are thrilled!

Register here for $290 before May 1st or $320 after May 1st.
Need-based camp scholarships available.
Email cdchildren@capitaldistrictumc.org for more info.

Newsletter: Week of 5/8/17

Ongoing:

Pastor Eric’s Sabbatical
What a blessing it has been for Eric to have a time of rest, reading, and renewal. Eric spent a little over a week in Seattle prayerfully reflecting on his time as the Senior Pastor at Servant Church. This week he is on a cruise to Alaska, the last state for him to visit all fifty states! Next week he’ll attend a preaching conference in San Antonio. Eric and I (Valerie) are grateful for this time. Pastors in the United Methodist Church are encouraged to take time away every four years for renewal, and we are so thankful he could have these four weeks away. It is a gift to take a Sabbatical before he ends his time with Servant Church and begins his ministry with Travis Park in San Antonio beginning July 1st.

Sermon Series: Servant Church Stories
During these four weeks of Eric’s Sabbatical we’ve engaged in a preaching series about our individual stories as people of faith and about the story of Servant Church. During our first week Pastor Valerie preached about the importance of listening to each other’s stories and the blessing of being involved in a Life Group. Diana Rudd and Nathan Jerkins shared why they value being in a Life Group. Katie Coleman preached about living a great story on Sunday May 7th. Pastor Abby will preach this upcoming Sunday and then Rev. Teresa Welborn, our District Superintendent, will preach on the 21st. Pastor Eric will return to the pulpit on May 28th.

Church Retreat Photos
Once again, we had an amazing time camping and glamping at our Second Annual All Church Retreat this past weekend. Check out some photos of all the fun at our Facebook hashtag #SCRetreat2017.

Around the Corner:

Cocktails and Conversation – SC Ladies: 5/13
Join the ladies of the Thurs Night Life Group for cocktails, conversations and even swimming if it’s warm enough! Sips and snacks provided, feel free to bring your favorites to add to the spread. For details and to RSVP, email Kristen Hillert or Sam Watkiss.

Adults’ Night Out: Saturday, 5/20, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Connect with other people from Servant Church for some catch-up, conversation, and a drink of your choice. We’ll be meeting at the Tamale House East (on East 6th St.) for some drinks and food from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Need child care? See below.

Parents’ Night Out: Saturday, 5/20, 5:30pm – 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)!

  • Register here and pay here by Wednesday 5/17.
  • Suggested donation is $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.

Following Jesus in 2027 – An Evening with Tom Sine:
Sunday, 5/21, 5:00pm

How Churches and Families Can Thrive in a Rapidly Changing World – An Evening with Tom Sine

Author and Christian Missions Consultant Tom Sine, and his wife Christine will be visiting Austin from Seattle to lead a brainstorming session on how to follow Jesus in 2027. This informal hangout session will be held at Austin Mustard Seed Church, and is hosted by Austin Mustard Seed and the V3 – Church Planting Movement. For more information and to RSVP, see the event page here or the Facebook page here.

Volunteers Needed:

Maplewood Elementary Spring Fling:
Saturday, 5/13, 9:30am – 2:00pm

It’s time for the Maplewood Spring Fling and they need some Servant Church help.  Let’s be great neighbors and show up to love our neighborhood school.  They ESPECIALLY need help with the things we are good at: food service and grilling 🙂 But, there are many booths to help man and lots of shifts between 9:30am and 2:00pm so find a time that works for you and your family!

Info and signup here.

JFON Austin’s 3rd Birthday Party:
Saturday, 5/20, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday, May 20th, JFON Austin will be celebrating its 3rd birthday with a party, in order to give their clients, friends and volunteers hope and comfort as well as a reason to celebrate in this time of political chaos. There will be Music, a Potluck, and lots of fun activities for the kids. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteers are needed for some of the following:

  • Event set up and tear down
  • Moon Bounce (bouncy house) supervision
  • Photo booth assistance
  • Face painting assistance
  • Piñata assistance

And JFON folks could still use donations or help locating some of the following:

  • 2 piñatas
  • a Moon Bounce castle
  • backyard tent
  • ping pong table
  • 4 face painters
  • candy for piñata
  • balloons/helium
  • soccer goal nets
  • a DJ/band/artist/poet/musician/dancer or other performers willing to donate their talents
  • and a professional photographer.

If you’d like to donate your time, talents, or treasure to make this party a success, please email volunteer@jfonaustin.org.

More About JFON Austin
For the past several years, Servant Church has partnered with other area churches, and a coalition of attorneys called JFON (Justice for Our Neighbors) to provide free or low-cost immigration consultation clinics to those in need. We work with the local chapter of JFON, which is a national network of more than 15 locally funded and managed sites that operate approximately 40 church-based immigration legal clinics serving more than 3,000 low-income clients a year.

​JFON sites take on a wide range of immigration cases, including asylum cases for those seeking protection from persecution or even death, survivors of human trafficking who  apply for protection, detention cases, and many more.  The Justice For Our Neighbors network also leads immigrant communities to better understand their rights and equip faith communities to respond quickly to emerging threats, such as workplace raids or emerging ministry opportunities created by changes in immigration policy or practice.

Save the Date:


Son Days Camp: Monday 6/26 – Friday 6/30
Arts, crafts, sports, water balloons, water slide and worship, along with fellowship and activities using the many amenities of Cross Roads are sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience for your child. This year marks the 2nd year of Son Days Overnight Camp at Cross Roads Retreat Center and we are thrilled!

Register here for $290 before May 1st or $320 after May 1st.
Need-based camp scholarships available.
Email cdchildren@capitaldistrictumc.org for more info.