During Lent, we as a church are studying Brian McLaren's book, The Great Spiritual Migration. Christianity today is in need of change. More specifically, Christianity is in need of a migration. There are three powerful shifts that define the change: a spiritual migration in which a system of beliefs is exchanged for a way of life of love, a theological migration that rejects a violent image of God in favor of seeing God as a renewing Spirit at work for the common good, and a missional migration concerned less with organized religion and more with organizing religion. McLaren’s book will continue to challenge us and offer us more food for thought. We hope you will make this commitment using this special time of Lent for spiritual and personal growth.
The first in a series of visits to the Blanton Museum, we will gather at the church at 10:30 am on Thursday, March 28 to explore the theme of “Sacred Resistance,” in line with our Lenten series of sermons and concerns about the direction of our denomination. We will consider the story of Esther as depicted in a 16th century Italian painting, an Argentinian artist’s challenge to Church censorship, and discover works of art that remind us of our own intentions for participating in a community of action.
New Story Festival seeks to lead us into a better story – one that encourages growth and liberation, healing and harmony; a story where the downtrodden are uplifted and everyone is included.
They will gather artists, activists, teachers, practitioners for spiritual/emotional health & wholeness, along with numerous other social innovators to share their creativity, practices, and stories at a three-day (Friday afternoon to Sunday evening), outdoor festival of several thousand people on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University. There will be music, art and stories, speakers and workshops, conversations both formal and spontaneous, helping us step into a better story – one with the potential to transform both Austin and the world.
The English word "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment." As recorded in John's gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34).
This service is a time of remembering we are formed from the dust of the Earth and to dust we will one day return. It is a time of penitence and prayer. We will receive the mark of the cross in ashes on our foreheads, to remind us that the Gospel message of God's love and forgiveness is for us.
We are also offering an outdoor imposition of ashes along Guadalupe Street at 11:30am and 2:30pm
March 5th @ 5:30PM | Fellowship Hall
Everyone is welcome to join us for our annual Pancake Dinner! There will be dinner and dancing for those of all ages! We'd love to see you all there for a fun night before the beginning of the Lent season!
High Schooler's: Take a break this semester and go camping at Mo Ranch for the weekend. High School Winter Retreat is February 15th-17th. It's President's Day weekend, so you'll have all Monday to catch up on your homework. S'mores, singing, cabins, games, small groups, friends, and more! We're combining with FUMC too. The more the merrier.
Our Lunch & Learn for February 3rd features Dr. Mike Renquist, member at Saint John's UMC and former President of the Board of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, speaking on capital punishment in the State of Texas. He will share about his own decades-long history of involvement and still continuing engagement regarding the death penalty in the State of Texas: including trends, new voices, progress in Texas, 2019 bills filed, 2019 Legislative status, as well as answering your questions and concerns. Lunch is provided. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Join us for a storytelling. We all have nightmare stories from the holidays. Join us on December 2nd for “A nightmare before/during/after Christmas or Hanukkah or Ramadanor the Winter Solstice” as we share stories of the nightmares only the holidays can bring.
If you’ve got a story you’d like to share contact Pastor Lisa - firstname.lastname@example.org
Paired with the stories will be hot chocolate and non-binary genderbread cookies. This is a free event, with donations happily accepted.
Come join us today after the 11am worship service and experience our annual Advent Garden and Festival. This is designed for all ages, including children and families. Lunch and the Festival will take place in the Fellowship Hall. There will be opportunities to make an ornament and an advent calendar, decorate a Christmas cookie, and help with a service project. The Advent Garden will take place downstairs in the chapel immediately following the Festival. This worshipful ritual offers an opportunity to celebrate Advent in community as we walk the pathway of the garden that leads to the Light of Christ. We hope you will join us for this beautiful and moving experience. For more information or questions, please contact Pastor Heather.
November 18th | San Jose Catholic Church
iACT is proud to announce the 34th Annual Interfaith Day of Thanks Service will be held at San Jose Catholic Church (2435 Oak Crest Ave, Austin, TX 78704) on November 18, 2018 from 4pm to 6:30pm including Service and Reception.
Faith Leaders are invited to walk in the procession and Community organizations are invited to have an information booth.
November 8th | Crestview
Everyone who is 70 years young or older is invited to our annual Primetime Thanksgiving Luncheon on Thursday, November 8th. We will be at Crestview UMC this year to ensure better parking for everyone. Please join us for a delicious meal, scintillating conversation, and wonderful music. The suggested donation is $10 for the cost of the food. Feel free to bring a guest! Please RSVP to the church office if you would like to come. 512-478-9387 or email@example.com.
November 4th @ 12:15 | Fellowship Hall
Tom Stanton from the Texas Methodist Foundation will invite us to go deeper in our own faith experience; being drawn closer by God, who is doing a new thing in our lives and in the life of our church.
Please join us as we consider giving strategies such as direct gifts, charitable trusts, and donor advised fund gifts in our lifetimes, and gifts through our estate plan. We will explore giving strategies and scenarios to continue sharing God’s love for many generations to come.
November 4th | Sactuary
The UUMC Sanctuary Choir, Soloists and Orchestra will present the beloved by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) during 8:30 and 11:00 worship on Sunday, Nov. 4 as we commemorate All Saints Sunday. Featured soloists will be two of our college choir members, Michael Follis, Bass (UT) and Katie Anderson, Soprano (TSU). Orchestral instruments will include violists, cellos, bass, harp, organ and solo violin. The conductor is Dr. Jolene Webster, UUMC Director of Music Ministries. We hope that you will join us for this meaningful service of communion, candle-lighting, prayer, word and music.
October 27th @ 4pm | UUMC
This year the ECC and UUMC communities will combine to sponsor a Fall Festival!
There will be games, prizes, a chili-cook off, a petting zoo, face painting and a photo booth. Games will be geared towards children in Elementary school and preschool but all are invited.
Individuals are welcome to participate in our Chili Cook-Off! For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, please email Heather Green.
This will be a great opportunity to build community in our congregation and we hope it will be an inter-generational event that we can continue for years to come.
October 21st @ 3pm | Sanctuary
UUMC will be hosting the Austin Interfaith Accountability Session. Candidates for mayor, city council and other local elections will be present. The purpose of the meeting is to present the AIF agenda to the candidates and request their endorsement on issues we care deeply about - e.g., affordable housing, workforce development, a living wage, immigration reform and greater access to health care. This event is open to the public. We hope for a great turnout from UUMC!
October 21st @ 12:15 | Fellowship Hall
A new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll highlights a couple of stark realities faced by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) and Democrats across the state trying to build a blue wave. Their core constituencies are, yet again, less interested in the midterm elections than core Republican constituencies. Come and listen as Jeff Blaylock explains how Texas got to where we are today, offers predictions for the upcoming election and discusses some practical ways we at UUMC can encourage our friends and neighbors to vote.
Jeff is a political junkie, longtime public policy wonk and former Texas Legislature staffer who has worked political campaigns in Texas and several other states, ranging from school boards to legislators to governors to referenda. He is a public and government affairs consultant based in Austin, Texas, who offers his keen insights about Lone Star State politics as Texas Election Source.