UPDATED: Fire relief supplies needed

Bastrop Fire

Most urgent needs Friday, to be delivered from 9-3 at Bee Creek UMC:
Sunscreen 50+ SPF


The United Methodist church is hosting shelters at First UMC in Lockhart and Bee Creek UMC near Spicewood and coordinating needs with affected churches, First UMC Bastrop and First UMC Smithville. We need your help in donating what you can, and the sooner the better. The Austin District United Methodist office currently has more drivers available than supplies to deliver!

You can leave items in Servant Church bins under the awning near Open Door or bring them to Servant Church on Sunday. Please don’t leave gift cards in the bins; give them directly to Melanie Harshman or the Austin District office at 1221 West Ben White Blvd.

Current needs:

  • -Bottled water and Gatorade for firefighters and first responders.
  • -Personal care essentials like feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.
  • -Food: packaged snacks and non-perishable canned goods. Peanut butter, canned meats, energy or granola bars, and canned fruits and vegetables. Pop-top lids preferred. No homemade snacks!
  • -Pet food: dog and cat food 
  • -$20 gift cards for HEB or Wal-Mart
  • -School supplies for middle and high school students in Bastrop and Smithville:
    • College rule spiral notebooks
    • Pens and pencils
    • Erasers
    • Highlighters
    • Planners
    • 1″ binders with pockets
    • Backpacks

Contact Melanie Harshman at 670-6343 with questions.

Melanie will deliver our first batch of supplies to the Austin District on Friday. Thank you!

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]

Servant Church Hosts Free Cookout for Maplewood Students and Families Saturday, March 26th

It’s time for our big service project–the one where we need all of our Servant Church community to lend a hand. This Saturday, March 26th, we’ll be serving hot dogs, burgers, sides, and drinks to families from all over our neighborhood. We need you there to grill, bring a side dish, and hang out with kids. We are hoping this becomes a monthly way to help those on free and reduced lunch make it through the weekend, find out what the families in our neighborhood need, and help us know how we can serve them.

We start serving at noon so please show up by 11am. We’ll be done by 2pm.

Please bring a side dish to share and a paper grocery sack with these items (it’s a meal to-go):

  • Oranges (bag)
  • Spaghetti and Sauce (big packages/bottles) OR Beans (bag not can) and Rice
  • Loaf of bread
  • Bag of salad
  • Something sweet for a family to share (cookies)

You can also just bring yourself and any friends to help out!

Pics from Fifth Sunday: Willowbrook Reach

Thanks to everyone who turned out for January’s fifth Sunday working along (and in) Willowbrook Reach near Cherrywood and 40th. Every time there’s a fifth Sunday in a month, Servant Church takes the opportunity to take worship outside our normal space and into the world. Thanks to Ashley Price for the photos of what we got up to on Sunday. Find out more about Willowbrook Reach at Friends and Lovers of Willowbrook Reach.

Sunday Stocking Stuffing

If you took a stocking last week for one of Georgia Thompson’s 3rd graders, don’t forget to bring it back full on Sunday. There were some children left over, so if you didn’t take a stocking, please bring some of the items from the list below, and we’ll make sure they get into a stocking. Thanks for helping us make the holiday a little warmer for some Austin kids.

  • Warm gloves
  • Hat
  • Socks
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Good hair brush
  • Comb
  • Chapstick
  • Dried apricots
  • Candy canes or other candy (but no nuts, please)