Love Your Neighbor: Send Your Prayers to General Conference
The Love Your Neighbor Tabernacle needs your prayers…literally. As we (continue to) transform our church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love we’ll physically transform the fence around the Tabernacle into a prayer wall. Just as the Good Samaritan bound the wounds of the person who fell among robbers, our prayers and witness offer healing and hope to our world over run with physical and spiritual violence.
MFSA will be collecting prayer strips to take to GC. At our April meeting, we will have strips of fabric for you to write a prayer for our church and for our world. David Mauzy will take all of the prayers from Austin District churches to GC and place them on the prayer wall for us.
If you can’t get to the meeting and would like to make a fabric prayer strip, here are the instructions:
- Select a fabric or use scraps you have from other projects
- Written prayers show up best on bright colored fabric (patterned or plain)
- Cut a strip of fabric no larger than 2 inches wide x 30 inches long
- Write your prayer on one side of the fabric
- Permanent markers work best but bleed through fabric so remember to protect your writing surface
First UMC will have the strips available at the Reconciling Service at April 15 and Saint John’s will have the strips available April 8 and April 15 in the Gallery. Let’s send lots of prayers from Austin to the delegates!
2012 General Conference Delegates from SWTX Conference
Jay Brim – Westlake UMC, Austin
Teresa Keese – First UMC, Brady
Ralph Thompson – Grape Creek UMC, San Angelo
Byrd Bonner – Travis Park UMC, San Antonio
Rev. Laura Merrill – McAllen DS
Rev. Eradio Valverde – Corpus Christi DS
Rev. Carl Rohlfs – San Antonio DS
Rev. Virgilio Vazquez-Garza – Assistant to Episcopal Office
2012 Jurisdictional Delegates from SWTX Conference
The quadrennial meeting of clergy and lay delegates from the annual conferences within the boundaries of one of five U.S. jurisdictions: North Central, Northeastern, South Central, Southeastern and Western. Jurisdictional Conferences convene every four years. The business includes the election and assignment of bishops.
Sarah Cloninger Howell – St. John’s UMC, Austin
Terry Schoenert – Oak Meadow UMC. San Antonio
William Ault – Coker UMC, San Antonio
Mark Nerio – University UMC, San Antonio
Terrence Hayes – Victoria DS
Russell Thomas Miller – First UMC, Boerne
Austin Frederick – Vice President – Pastoral
Services Methodist Healthcare System
Thomas Deviney – Bethany UMC, Austin