A special message to MFSA supporters

To our social action supporters:

Our chapter needs your help.

As you may have read in the recent MFSA e-news, our chapter will have several social action events in motion at Annual Conference in Corpus in June.

  • Awards Luncheon – our main event, Growing the Heart of Methodism, in partnership with Reconciling Ministries Network and the Conference Board of Church and Society.  The purpose of this luncheon is to provide a spotlight on social justice, as well as exposure on the works of MFSA, RMN, and CBCS.  Our speaker, Dr. Joerg Rieger, is a professor at Perkins and a well-known author.  Because of his support for the principles of MFSA, he is willing to forego his usual honorarium for this event.  Steve Clunn, our MFSA/RMN Coalition Coordinator, will be in Corpus to promote Sing A New Song, the convocation in Ohio in August, as well as generating interest in General Conference 2012.  Our MFSA chapter will be presenting “Building a Just Community” awards to congregational and individual recipients.  We are planning for the luncheon itself to be self-supporting, and we do not have to pay for the convention center room because of our sponsorship by CBCS.
  • Book Fair – This has been a successful fundraiser for our chapter for several years.  We ask our members and friends to contribute their used books dealing with religious, spiritual, or social action topics, and then we offer them to Conference attendees in exchange for donations.  This has been our chapter’s major fundraiser during the past few years.  We will need two tables for the book fair, as that was successful last year.
  • Informational Table – This includes a display, brochures, photos, and other information about our MFSA chapter mission and projects.  This year, we will have added information on Sing a New Song as well as a description of issues and activities we will be working on for GC 2012.
  • BeadForLife – Back by popular demand, we will again sponsor the sale of beautiful hand-rolled beads which support Ugandan women and communities.  Conference-goers purchased almost $1,000 worth of beads last year, and several persons have asked that it be provided again.
  • Shower of Stoles – Our chapter will again co-sponsor this display with the Reconciling Ministries Network.  This is an extraordinary collection of stoles celebrating the gifts of GLBT persons who serve God in countless ways, while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Even though we will not be using a table for it, we must purchase the space for this display in the exhibit area.

As you can imagine, we will experience expenses to make these efforts successful.  We estimate that the overall costs will be about $2,000.  The RMN team at First UMC has generously provided $500 to support the luncheon.  We need additional help, and this is why our chapter is seeking special contributions to cover the estimated expenses specified below.

Please let us know if you are able to help with one or more pieces of this special project.
Checks should be made out to “SWTX-MFSA” and should be sent to

Janice Curry, Chapter Treasurer
1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd.
Austin TX 78758

MFSA is a 501 (c) 3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.

Thanks for your continuing support.!
The MFSA Executive Committee

$450            Table/space rental for exhibit hall ($80 per table, $50 for electricity)
$500            Dr. Rieger’s travel and lodging reimbursement
$200            “Building a Just Community” award plaques
$100            Print color tri-fold MFSA chapter brochures
$200            Printing, advertising, posters to direct persons to luncheon
$200            Promotional products – pens, buttons,  ??
$50              Copies of UM Social Principles
$100            Shower of Stoles exhibit, shipping

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