November Meeting: The Poor People’s Campaign Themes

Our Rio Texas MFSA Zoom meeting on Thursday, November 11 will focus on the Poor People’s Campaign, and will be led by Pat Stewart.

In 2018, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival released its Poor People’s Moral Agenda & Declaration of Fundamental Rights.  Its demands address systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and a distorted moral narrative that keeps these systemic injustices intact.  The connections between these five themes are why we must continue to build power among the 140 million poor & dispossessed of this nation.  Fight poverty, not the poor.

Join us at the Rio Texas MFSA meeting to discuss these five themes.  We will also view a short video on William Barber, one of the founders of the Poor People’s Campaign.  This will be followed by an exchange of ideas on the topic of what being poor means in Texas.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.  Please join us!

To Join the Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87823580342?pwd=YzI4czAyTzN1RHdlbkdweStRQ3RQZz09

Texas Impact

All Hands on Deck for Democracy Training Events

It’s never been more important for faith communities to provide nonpartisan election leadership! Texas Impact is teaming up with our member faith communities to ensure that every eligible Texan can vote in free and fair elections in 2022. Learn how you and your congregation can:

  • Register and resource voters
  • Assist vulnerable voters with vote-by-mail applications
  • Volunteer to work the polls

Register for Upcoming All Hands on Deck Training

In Dallas or Zoom

November 13 @ 9:00 AM

White Rock United Methodist Church, 1450 Old Gate Ln, Dallas, TX 75218

Register:  https://texasimpact.org/texas-faith-votes-all-hands-on-deck-for-democracy/

iACT’s 37th Annual Interfaith Day of Thanks Service & Celebration

November 21, 2021

3-4pm

Hosted by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Virtual Online Event – Free, All Are Welcome

Register Online: bit.ly/dayofthanks21

Save the Date:  2022 Annual Conference

The AC Design Team is hard at work planning an event that will offer delegates and guests a unique glimpse and experience of the tremendous mission and ministry of the Rio Grande Valley! Watch for more information regarding registration, child-care, hotels, and preliminary schedule of events, community gathering, celebrations, missional experiences and business.

Any questions? Contact Rev. Diana K Phillips, Rio Texas Conference Director of Connectional Ministries dphillips@riotexas.org

From Reconciling Ministries Network

Sign “A Call to Grace”

Over 1,100 United Methodists from around the world have already signed a letter calling upon the Church to provide a pastoral response to the COVID-19 pandemic and calling upon bishops and annual conferences to help churches that long-ago expressed their desire to leave The UMC to utilize the legislative mechanisms open to them right now.

To read the letter and add your signature, click below.

Read & Sign A Call to Grace

October Meeting:  Examining RMN’s Rooted and Rising Project

Our Zoom meeting on Thursday, October 14th will be led by Reverends Nancy Mossman and Richard Bates.  They will share what has been developing in the Rio Texas Rooted and Rising Project, associated with RMN congregations and individuals.  Rooted & Rising is a call to the Reconciling movement for the next season of our collective work for LGBTQ justice and inclusion in the Church. It represents our vision for a Church that thirsts for justice and that searches for living water, no matter what the denomination decides when the General Conference meets.

Richard and Nancy, along with others from around the conference, are planning three test worship services to be held via ZOOM and directed towards LGBTQ folks and allies who live in desert areas and are in need of a healing and inclusive worship setting.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.  Please join us!

To Join the Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87823580342?pwd=YzI4czAyTzN1RHdlbkdweStRQ3RQZz09

Feel free to share this notice with your congregations and classes.

MFSA Racial Audit Team Reflection, by Pat Stewart

I have to confess that when I said yes to working with Sean as co-convener of the Audit Team, I did not know what to expect. There are so many things I have learned. MFSA, as an organization, has gone through many ups and downs since it was first started. The organization has survived because it has been willing to change as needed to meet the needs of persons who have been marginalized. It has protested policies that overall helped one group maintain power and others feel powerless.

In this difficult time period we can no longer ignore the treatment of people who have been outside the circle of power in the world and in the Methodist church. I want to thank the board and program council for being willing to look within our policies, practices and unintentional biases to see how we can do things differently. By this, I mean, how can we be more inclusive? How can we be more of a partner to our constituency groups? How can we learn to lead by sometimes following?

To find out where we can begin this process, we are preparing two surveys to send out. The surveys’ purpose is to get feedback from those we communicate with the most and the least. Your input is important to MFSA. We cannot grow as an organization in programming or membership without knowing your thoughts and ideas. I hope you are willing to be part of this process by returning the first survey which is mainly intended to give or verify your e -mail address to MFSA. The second survey will be more detailed.

We are becoming an organization that can meet the needs of a diverse pool of people. We will continue to support social justice issues, especially those that have an economic impact in the world. We recognize that this may mean change and change is not always easy. I hope that you will journey with us as we seek to learn what the Lord requires of us

Pat Stewart is Co-President of Rio Texas MFSA.

From October MFSA Voices

Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors Gala

To feel “at home” means having a sense of comfort and belonging. With the support of our donors and the strength of our clients, our work is not just to secure legal status and access to work; we work together, all of us, to create a community where all of us are at home together.

The gala will feature storytellers from the forthcoming video compilation “The Truth in Our Stories,” part of a collaborative grant project featuring a book by the same title, funded by the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life and made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. 

https://www.jfonaustin.org/gala

Pumpkin Patches are Back!

Many United Methodist Churches sell pumpkins before Halloween to raise funds for local ministries. Check out Pumpkin Patches at these churches and others near you for dates & times:

  • Bethany UMC Austin
  • Cedar Park UMC
  • Leander UMC
  • Manchaca UMC
  • Pflugerville First UMC
  • Saint John’s UMC Austin
  • St. Luke UMC Austin
  • Tarrytown UMC Austin
  • First UMC of Del Rio

Interfaith Action of Central Texas

Dear Friends and iACT supporters,
 
In case you haven’t already heard, one of Austin’s most loved events is just around the corner–iACT’s A Night Under One Sky on October 19th at 7pm. Our theme this year is Better Angels in Action, and we’re featuring two of Austin’s better angels–noted author and UT history professor, Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, who will be interviewed by Evan Smith, the founder of the Texas Tribune.
 
Over the past three decades, Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) has been doing what we all wish we could do more of: bringing people together across our divides in the spirit of respect and peace to share and celebrate the fact that we human beings have much more that binds us than separates us. A Night Under One Sky gives us the chance to celebrate our friendships, raise funds for our mission, and be with special people who exemplify what it means to live in harmony and inclusion with one another.
 
Please consider sponsoring, underwriting, or attending this year’s virtual event-the hundreds of people we serve need you!

Virtual event via Zoom

Sponsors & Tickets

‘Oh Mercy’ Film Screening

Worldwide Documentaries Presents

Seeing is Believing-
A National Screening Initiative

We are the Change We Seek 

On October 1st, Worldwide Documentaries launched Seeing is Believing, a month-long screening initiative featuring Oh Mercy – Searching for Hope in the Promised Land – https://bit.ly/3kfZcpk. The goal of this initiative is to share the film in as many homes and communities as possible, so as to humanize the immigration issue and move it from the current isolationist tone to one of compassion. To give a face and a voice to the victims of this cruelty.

A free access link to the film, as well as a toolkit featuring a discussion guide, screening flyer, resource center and more, is available on our website, https://www.ohmercyfilm.com.

If you have any questions, please contact heidi@worldwidedocumentaries.com.

Hands On Housing

The upcoming Raise the Roof event will stretch over 3 weeks, from October 11th to October 31st.  Team Leaders can now register a team of more than 10 people if they wish, or can choose to cap their team size at 10, as before. We will leave that decision up to the team leader and their team members. Volunteers registering as individuals will be paired with one of our teams according to their availability. Here is the link to register your team.

Foundation Communities

Tuesday, October 19 – Noon – 1 PM

Livestreamed on YouTube

See more at FoundCom.org.

Sid Hall Retirement Celebration

Please join us on Sunday, November 7, 2021 from 3:30-7:30pm to celebrate Sid Hall’s 33 years of ministry with Trinity Church of Austin!

[REGISTER TO ATTEND]

Sid retired as of July 1 of this year, but due to pandemic conditions, we delayed his retirement celebration until it was cool enough for us to gather outdoors. We encourage you to mask up and join us for live music, food, drinks, and fellowship at Ranch Austin with the Trinity community.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the ongoing ministries of Trinity Church of Austin. Your generous tax-deductible donations allow us to fund sliding scale admissions for those in our community who could not otherwise afford to attend.

Texas Impact

Texas Impact Joins Lawsuit Challenging Restrictive Voting Legislation

Read https://texasimpact.org/2021/09/sb1-lawsuit/Why We’re Suing

Courts & Ports Program

Courts & Ports is a 2-day immersion experience designed to build understanding of the many challenges facing migrants and public servants at the Texas-Mexico border. 

Find out more:  https://texasimpact.org/courts-ports/