May Meeting To Focus On Austin JFON

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The May meeting of the Rio Texas Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) will take place Thursday, May 14, at Saint John’s UMC, Austin.  The program will focus on the Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors (ARJFON) clinic, which is part of a national United Methodist network of legal clinics based in United Methodist churches around the country.  Kevin Reed, who serves as the chair of the ARJFON board, will share the journey that the Austin program has been on since its beginning in 2012.

The goal of the JFON clinics is to provide hospitality and compassion to low-income immigrants through immigration legal services, advocacy, and education.  The Austin clinic is hosted on the last Saturday of each month at Servant Church, and the legal staff is housed at Parker Lane UMC in south Austin.

Please join us to learn about this much-needed ministry.  Snacks and mingling begin at 6:30p; the program will start at 7p.  Hope to see you there!

MFSA Joins Protest With JFON In Dilley

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MFSA Chapter President Anne Mund and many other friends of MFSA and JFON joined in a protest on May 2 in Dilley, TX.   United Methodists, faith and immigrant support groups were there to protest the shameful practice of family detention. In collaboration with a coalition of national advocacy and faith groups.  The Dilley detention camp (a former “man camp” for oil workers) is now being built into the largest immigrant detention center in the U.S.

We are called to witness!

Annual Conference 2015

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MFSA will have a strong presence at the 2015 Rio Texas Annual Conference, June 11-14, in Corpus Christi. We will be present in the following ways to:

·       Share space in the vendor hall with the Rio Texas Reconciling Team

·       Share ideas and educational materials with others about social justice ministries

·       Offer tables full of books for browsing and taking (donations accepted)

·       Cosponsor the 5th annual Peace & Justice Luncheon with the Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team

·       Welcome a United Methodist champion for social justice, Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Bishop of the California-Pacific Conference of the UMC (see below)

If you’d like to be part of this, please let Anne Mund, our chapter president, know by email ennadnum@hotmail.com.  Opportunities are available to help even if you can’t attend any of the events.

MFSA Annual Conference Luncheon

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Friday, June 12, 2015 – Noon

American Bank Convention Center

Corpus Christi, Texas

5th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon

Sponsored by

Methodist Federation for Social Action, Rio Texas Chapter &

The Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team

Featuring

Bishop Minerva Carcaño

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We are very pleased to have as our speaker Bishop Minerva Carcaño, who is currently serving as Bishop to the Los Angeles Area, the California-Pacific Conference. Bishop Carcaño became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church in 2004. She is a fierce advocate for human rights and social justice.

A native of Edinburg, TX, Bishop Carcaño spent her early years aspiring to make a difference in the lives of persons who faced poverty and discrimination. Not forgetting her roots and early hopes, her ministry has always involved work with the poor, with farm workers, immigrants, and refugees, even as she encourages congregations to work ecumenically and to be active in community organizing. Of her tireless work, she has said, “The road of ministry has not always been easy, but it has always been an incredible blessing, and it has always been home.”

Join us for this on-site luncheon. In addition, we will honor the recipients of the MFSA “Building a Just Community” Awards. The luncheon flyer is available:

https://swtmfsa.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/mfsa_luncheonflyer2015.pdf

Luncheon Registration Information

Cost:      $12.00 in advance (by June 6) – Check or cash      Need Spanish Translation?

$15.00 at the door (limited number available)

Or, pay by credit card*  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wellsprings-of-justice-tickets-15882596273

*Credit Card fee of $1.65 will be added to the cost ($13.65 total)

Reconciling Annual Conference Events and Worship Service

RMN logoAll are welcome to visit with members of the Rio Texas Reconciling Team on June 12 & 13 during Annual Conference in Corpus Christi at our display tables in the American Bank Center exhibition hall. Reconciling United Methodists plan to gather for a Friday night dinner (RSVP to RioReconciling@gmail.com by June 7 if you are interested).

RMN’s African Central Conferences Coordinator, Dennis Akpona, will give a testimony during the 2nd Annual Conference Reconciling Worship Service, hosted by Trinity UMC Austin in room 225 on Saturday, June 13 at 7AM.

Book Fair At Annual Conference

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MFSA is collecting books for a book fair at annual conference

The Rio Texas Chapter of MFSA will again sponsor a Book Fair at Annual Conference in June.  We ask members and friends to box up their gently used religious and spiritual books, and we haul them to Corpus Christi.  It becomes like a treasure hunt at our tables!  People contribute to us according to what they think the books are worth to them.  It has been quite successful for the past 6 years, but to make it happen, we need your books!

Contact Rowland Curry rcurry@austin.rr.com and we will arrange to pick them up.

Gather at the River! August 6-9, 2015

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Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9, 2015
pre-day forum begins at 9AM on Thursday
Event begins with Worship at 7PM Thursday

www.gather2015.org

Gather at the River is a national conference that will meet at Travis Park United Methodist Church, an historic, open and justice-seeking community of faith in downtown San Antonio, steps away from the renowned River Walk entertainment and cultural district. Housing and additional meeting space will be at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel next door.

Methodist Federation for Social Action and Reconciling Ministries Network members and friends in the Rio Texas Conference are preparing to provide extravagant hospitality for Gather at the River participants. Gather at the River will also include the participation of kindred groups in the Love Your Neighbor Coalition. Gather at the River is a multi-generational gathering. Program activities for children (ages 3-rising 6th grade) and youth (middle and high school) will be led by professionally-trained staff.

Register Now at www.gather2015.org !

The lineup of worship leaders, preachers, speakers, and entertainment is AWESOME!

Worship Leaders:  Marcia McFee & Mark A. Miller

Preachers:  Rev. Peter Storey, Rev. Theon Johnson, Nikilas Mawanda, Rev. Sarah Thompson Tweedy

Speakers: Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Rev. Grace Imathiu, Bishop Melvin Talbert, Rev. Frank Schaefer

Entertainers:  Jennifer Knapp, IlluMen, Campanas de América

Youth & Children’s Programs:  Shelley Walters, Carol Kohrs

Hosts:  Chett Pritchett (MFSA), Matt Berryman (RMN)

If you have been to convocation or one of the joint MFSA/RMN events such as Sing a New Song in 2011, you know what a treasure it is to have this conference in our backyard!

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