Updated List of Scheduled Executions

Here is an updated list of executions schedule through March, 2010.

  • 11/17/2009 Eldridge, Gerald
  • 11/18/2009 Simpson, Danielle
  • 11/19/2009 Thompson, Robert
  • 12/03/2009 Woods, Bobby
  • 01/07/2010 Mosley, Kenneth
  • 01/12/2010 Johnson, Gary
  • 02/24/2010 Skinner, Henry
  • 03/02/2010 Sigala, Michael
  • 03/30/2010 Alix, Franklin

We Still Need Your Membership!

Please Help Us Continue Our Programs

If you have not yet paid your membership gift for 2009, please make plans to do so as soon as possible.  There are now two easy ways to join MFSA.  You can log onto the national MFSA website, http://www.mfsaweb.org and follow the instructions there (you can safely use a credit card), or you can simply bring a check to the next meeting, made out to “MFSA” and we will see that it is registered in our account.  Either way, our local chapter gets a portion of the gift for our programs.  We continue to need funding for visibility within our communities and to advance our social action movement.

Suggested Membership Amounts (you may also select your own amount):

  • $60 Subscribing Membership Gift
  • $100 Sustaining Membership Gift
  • $150 Supporting Membership Gift
  • $200 Spirited Membership Gift
  • $500 Stellar Membership Gift

Benefits of membership:

  • Receive the MFSA newsletter (Social Questions Bulletin)
  • Receive the MFSA E-newsletter with action updates
  • Receive discounts on events sponsored by MFSA
  • Connect with other justice-seekers in your annual conference
  • Join with others in speaking up for justice in the UMC and world

Membership in MFSA is not predicated on ability to pay.  Any amount of money you are able to give is gratefully accepted.  Membership gifts to MFSA are tax deductible as provided by law.

Join us!

What Do You Want for Christmas? Some Ideas for Alternative Christmas Giving!

By Janice Curry

Do you wonder each Christmas what you can give to family and friends who seemingly need nothing?  Or, are you ready to forego the Christmas gifts to be part of making a difference in someone’s life?  Last Christmas, when my kids (in their 30s) asked what I wanted for Christmas, I told them that I wanted them to donate to some worthwhile effort to help others in my name.  I “got” a rabbit for the Heifer Project, as well as gifts that helped feed the hungry and provide books to the illiterate (The Hunger Site).

Here are some suggestions for alternative giving to consider:

And there are so many other ways to make a difference!  Give it a try!

Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration

Austin Area Interreligious Ministries has announced its premiere event, the Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration, bringing together over 1000 people to share gratitude for the gifts and blessings of our world. This is a longstanding tradition in Austin and has been going on for the past 24 years.

AAIM’s 25th Annual Interfaith Celebration will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2009, at First Baptist Church, located at 901 Trinity St. in downtown Austin.  The Service will begin at 3:30 pm, and a Reception will follow at 5:00 pm.  Participating congregations are encouraged to bring food dishes that can be shared by all and include an ingredients list.

Our theme this year is COURAGE.

At our upcoming MFSA chapter meeting, we will discuss whether we want to host an information table for MFSA at the reception.

MFSA Continues Poverty Focus

The Southwest Texas Conference Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action will meet at Saint John’s on Thursday, November 12 to continue our series on addressing poverty issues.  Our speaker will be Rev. Paul DuBois of University UMC, who works with the “Open Door” ministries which feed and clothe many of Austin’s homeless.  University UMC feeds an average of 300 people per week through the program.  Rev. DuBois will discuss the Open Door ministry, as well as aiding us in our examination of the root causes of poverty.  Originally from Louisiana, Rev. DuBois is a student at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and leads University UMC’s alternate Chapel Worship service.  The MFSA meeting begins at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall with light snacks, and the program begins at 7:00 pm.  Join us!

2009 Executions

Here are the executions scheduled for the rest of 2009:

Tue, Nov 10 Yosvanis Valle
Tue, Nov 17 Gerald Eldridge
Wed, Nov 18 Danielle Simpson
Thu, Nov 19 Robert Thompson

None are currently scheduled in December.

Please join members of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) to protest executions by the State of Texas. TCADP holds vigils during the hour of each execution, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, in front of the Capitol grounds at the intersection of 11th and Congress. This is a simple but visible way of showing your support for the repeal of capital punishment in Texas. You do not need to bring anything; extra protest signs are usually available. Changes in the execution schedule are made rather frequently, so you may wish to check the TDCJ web page before coming: http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/scheduledexecutions.htm. You may also call the Attorney General’s office at (512) 936-1600 for information as to whether litigation is continuing (there are occasional stays of execution at the very last minute).

Hope to see you there!