5th Sunday: Austin State Hospital

Every month with a 5th Sunday at Servant Church is an opportunity to “do” church a bit differently. In addition to preparing our monthly Community Meal, this month the Service Team has coordinated a special event at Austin State Hospital (ASH).

On Sunday the 29th, the Servant Church Community will be throwing a party at the Austin State Hospital. We’ll have music (an acoustic set by Good Field), food, games outside, and art with the patients of the APS West wing of the hospital. Please come celebrate life with us and help raise awareness about mental health issues in our community. Over 16 only, please, on account of state policy.

Our service team at Servant Church is focused on mental health issues this next month and will also be collecting clothes for the patients at ASH. If you are not able to attend, please consider donating clothes. When folks arrive and leave ASH, they often need clothing. Especially needed are XL and XXL items. PJs, socks, and shoes (of all adult varieties) are great items too.

5th Sunday

  • 11:11am: Worship Gathering
  • 12:30pm: Community Meal

If you’d like to contribute food for the Community Meal, email Abby.

ASH Information

  • 1:00-4:00pm: Party at ASH! Facebook Invite
  • Please bring donations of clothing, stuffed animals, or toys to Servant Church by February 12, 2012.

If you’d like to join the team going to the ASH Party there are 5 spots left, please email Abby, you’ll need a confidentiality form (required by state law).

MLK Day of Service 2012: Urban Roots

On January 14th 2012, Servant Church participated in the annual MLK Day of Service by volunteering at Urban Roots, a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food in Austin. 40% of all produce from the Urban Roots farm goes to local food pantries and soup kitchens. The rest is distributed and sold through farmer’s markets and the Urban Roots CSA.

Led by the youth at Urban Roots, we spent the morning planting food to feed Austinites and learning about Central Texas’ food crisis. At the Capital Area Food Bank, 1 in 5 families attending suffer the pains of hunger. It was humbling to “get our hands dirty” planting vegetables in an effort to help such a community-focused organization. We saw firsthand that Urban Roots raises up young leaders and invests in our city’s health and wellness, honoring the life and message of Dr. King.

On behalf of Servant Church, we’re looking forward to the next opportunity to visit the farm.

©Photography by Ashley Price

Candlelight & Carols Tomorrow Night

Wednesday, Decemeber 21st at 7:00pm, we’ll have our “Candlelight & Carols” Christmas service in the fellowship hall. We will also continue our “Christmas is not your birthday” offering for a water well in Ethiopia with h2oride.org. During Advent, we’ve been talking about doing Christmas more simply so we can give toward the kind of renewal and justice Jesus came to bring.

Finally, if you’re in town this Christmas weekend, you’re encouraged to join with Asbury UMC in the sanctuary for Christmas Eve worship at 5:30 on Saturday, and Christmas Day worship at 10:30 on Sunday. Servant Church will not have our Sunday worship gathering this Sunday; our next Servant Church worship gathering after tomorrow will be January 1 at 11:11.

Justice For Our Neighbors Fundraising Dinner

Servant Church is sponsoring a charity fundraising dinner for Justice for our Neighbors, a non-profit that provides professional legal aid for immigrants across South Texas. The dinner will be held on Saturday, September 17th at PlantEscape Gardens in South Austin.

Benefiting Justice for our Neighbors (JFON), a UMCOR nonprofit organization that seeks to serve holistically, welcoming our immigrant friends and helping them to open doorways to the fullness of life. JFON provides free legal aid to immigrants across South Texas and promotes greater cross cultural awareness. Carole Lahti, the regional coordinator, will give a short presentation about the powerful impact JFON has on the lives of the people they serve.

A creative dinner with fresh ingredients will be shared with other Austinites passionate about social justice. All will learn more about the current laws on immigration and the services provided by Justice For Our Neighbors.

Suggested donation of $30/person can be made by cash or check payable directly to Justice For Our Neighbors the evening of the dinner.

For more information or to RSVP, visit tinyurl.com/JFONdinner

Download a printable flyer: Justice_for_Neighbors[1]

Holy Week

Servant Church has some additional community gatherings during this Holy Week. You’re invited to join us for any or all of them. A lot of people find that Easter is much more meaningful after walking through the events of Thursday and Friday. Many of the events will be accessible for folks who aren’t necessarily steeped in church tradition.

Thursday, 7 p.m. We’ll gather for a Maundy Thursday meal at the home of Kristen and Bobby Hillert, 2903 Bridle Path, Austin, TX 78703. It’s sort of a Christian Seder, and we’ll have a discussion about Passover. If you can join us, please RSVP to abigailmparker@gmail.com.

Friday, 7 p.m. We will remember the stations of the cross with self-paced art and interactive activities at 38-1/2 and Cherrywood. It promises to be a great way to meditate on the meaning of sacrifice and Good Friday.

Also, Friday, noon-3 p.m. First United Methodist Church commemorates the three hours Jesus was on the cross with a Tre Ore service. A Tre Ore actually comprises seven short services featuring music, prayer, preaching and meditation centered around the traditional seven last words of Christ. Servant Church pastor Eric Vogt is preaching the final service (“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”) from 2:35-3:00. You’re welcome to come and go during the three hours of the service as your schedule permits. Find out more.

Saturday, 10 a.m. We will gather for an Easter vigil of prayer and scripture on Mt. Bonnell.

Sunday, we celebrate Christ’s resurrection with each other and our community at Cherrywood and 38-1/2.

9:30 a.m. Easter Egg hunt – everyone is invited.

10:00 a.m. Free breakfast for friends, family, neighbors and strangers. Get your breakfast taco on.

11:11 a.m. Servant Church Easter Gathering

We hope to see you at as many events as you’re able to attend.