Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

TCADP is a statewide grassroots organization working to end the death penalty in Texas through education and action. We welcome your participation in this work in any capacity.

Vigils to protest executions are held from 5:30p – 6:30p on the evenings of the executions on the south steps of the Capitol, 11th and Congress.

As you may have read, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the scheduled execution Hank Skinner.  Skinner was scheduled to be executed on March 24 for the murder of Twila Busby, even though critical DNA evidence that was collected at the crime scene has never been tested.  Mr. Skinner has steadfastly insisted he is innocent of the crime.  This case illustrates the importance of testing DNA when there is readily available scientific evidence.

Upcoming executions scheduled:

April 22:  William Berkley
April 27:  Samuel Bustamante (clemency campaign under way)
May 12:  Kevin Varga
May 13:  Billy Galloway
May 25:  John Alba

To learn more, go to TCADP.

Believe Out Loud

3707 Laurel Ledge Lane (Tom & Robbie Ausley’s house)
Saturday, April 17th (9:00 – 3:00)
RSVP:  robausley@austin.rr.com

A national Reconciling Ministry Network  facilitator, Laura Young, will guide us through a training session of how we can help move the 11 million member Methodist church towards greater inclusiveness, creating change one person at a time through our witness in small groups and gatherings.

Remember Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day. Do something good for the planet that day and every day.

Green by Faith

Interfaith Environmental Network invites you to Green by Faith: A time to celebrate and grow our faith commitment to environmental care.

Sunday, April 25, 2010
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
St. David’s Episcopal Church
304 East 7th Street
Austin, TX 78701

A celebratory interfaith worship service will begin at 2:00 PM in the Bethell Hall on the 3rd floor.

Immediately following will be a time of fellowship in Sumners’ Hall with an information fair featuring a cornucopia of non-profit, governmental, faith-based, and commercial organizations to help you or your faith community become more faithful stewards of our natural blessings.

Sign up for an upcoming environmental community service event with the IEN team.

A beautiful outdoor labyrinth will also be available for your personal time of reflection.

This is an area-wide event. All are welcome! You may forward this announcement to others in the faith community.

Interfaith Environmental Network (IEN) was formed in early 2009 to inspire the Austin area faith community to claim our common call of environmental stewardship. We carry out our mission through acts of learning, community service, and influence on public policy.

Hope Food Pantry

http://www.tumc.org/hope.htm

The Hope Food Pantry at Trinity United Methodist Church provides much-needed food to families in our community each week.  In an average month, the Pantry provides over 400 children with nutritious food and other staples such as diapers, juice, soap, etc.  As Austin’s unemployment rate rises, so does the number of families knocking on our doors in need of help.  Empty shelves are a strong reminder of the increased demand for help and our decreasing supply of funding.  They are constantly in need of volunteers and resources to help us with our mission. The Pantry is a fun place to volunteer and the experience of helping the families who come to us is very rewarding.

Contact Stephanie Humphreys to volunteer (cell 744-5136 or email stephaniehumphreys4001@yahoo.com).

University UMC to Provide Breakfast for Austin’s Homeless

Mark your Calendars – Saturday morning, June 12

MFSA will assist the University UMC Open Door program provide breakfast for Austin’s homeless.  Please contact Janice Curry at 836-7004 or jlcurry@austin.rr.com, if interested.

General Board of Church and Society Newsletter

The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church publishes an excellent weekly newsletter, Faith in Action, providing news and views on current topics.

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