MFSA Recycling Event at Crestview UMC

MFSA Will Sponsor 4th BOPA Recycling Event April 20

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We need Volunteers!  We need your items for recycling!

Start cleaning the garage and find those batteries, oil, paint, and antifreeze and bring them to the MFSA BOPA event on Saturday, April 20, at Crestview UMC, 1300 Morrow Street, Austin, from 8:00 – 10:30 am.

At the BOPA event last March, we collected 225 gallons of paint, 30 gallons of oil/antifreeze, and 80 lbs of batteries.

If you can volunteer or you have questions, please contact Anne Mund at

Make Plans to Join MFSA in Corpus Christi at the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, June 6-8

Group ArleneThe Southwest Texas MFSA and Reconciling Ministries Team will partner again in the vendor area of the annual conference to provide information, a book fair, Shower of Stoles, and provide a safe place for our progressive friends to gather.  Join us as we meet, mingle, learn, and provide witness to social justice at this event.  If you can’t join us in Corpus Christi, we ask for your prayers, your books (below) and your financial support to help make this happen.
LorenzaMFSA and The Conference Board of Church and Society will again cosponsor our Peace and Justice Luncheon (tentatively Friday June 7) featuring Rev. Lorenza Andrade-Smith, a UMC pastor who is living on the streets in solidarity with the poor.  Her mission is to minister with the poor and marginalized, advocating for systemic changes.  You can follow her ministry journey on Facebook at

We are very excited that Rev. Andrade-Smith will join us at Annual Conference!
More details will follow in the next two months.

We Need Your Books!

DSC02322For several years, SWT-MFSA has sponsored a Book Fair at Annual Conference.  Members and friends box up their gently used religious and spiritual books, and we haul them to Corpus Christi.  It becomes like a treasure hunt at our tables!  People contribute to us according to what they think the books are worth to them.  It has been quite successful for the past 4 or 5 years, but to make it happen, we need your books!  Contact Rowland Curry ( and we will arrange to pick them up.

News from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

The State of Texas has not scheduled any executions this month, but six executions currently are scheduled to take place in April, including Kimberly McCarthy, whose execution date was moved from January 29 to April 3. Please stay tuned to TCADP for more information and any action requests regarding these cases.
Texas Legislator Calls for Abolition of the Death Penalty!

On Friday, February 22, 2013, State Representative Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) filed House Bill 1703, which calls for repeal of the Texas death penalty. The bill will be referred to the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, where we aim to secure a full hearing.

dome2_1024What’s next?

1. Please call or email Rep. Farrar to thank her for her leadership on this issue and for filing HB 1703. Email her at or call her Capitol office at 512-463-0620.

2. Please join us at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 19th for the TCADP Lobby Day! Training and instructions for the day will take place from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. We will work with you in advance to arrange visits with your legislators.

Sign up for the TCADP Lobby Day now!

Can’t join us in Austin? You can participate in Lobby Day from home!  Suggested actions, information on contacting your lawmakers, and an issue brief for HB 1703 are available here.

Abolition Efforts Move Forward in Maryland

Meanwhile, our colleagues in Maryland are on the cusp of Senate vote on repealing the death penalty; their bill cleared an extremely difficult hurdle on February 21, when the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee vote 6-5 in favor of abolishing the death penalty (this particular committee has blocked previous efforts).  The bill now heads to the Senate Floor, where it is being debated! There are now 26 senators who are either co-sponsoring the repeal bill or who have said in interviews that they plan to support it (in the Maryland Senate, 24 votes are required to pass a bill).  It has 68 co-sponsors in the House of Delegates!


First UMC Hosts Loud Harp

SXSW – First UMC hosts Loud Harp – March 14

loud harpFirst UMC Austin, 1201 Lavaca, would like to invite you to attend a free show during SXSW on Thursday, March 14th at 7pm.

The SXSW selected band “A Boy and His Kite” (featured on the critically acclaimed Twilight soundtrack, Breaking Dawn) has a sacred music project called “Loud Harp”.

If you haven’t heard of Loud Harp, begin now! You can download their album here for free.  Tim Coons will be joining up with Loud Harp for the occasion. Coons is an “Enter the Worship Circle” artist with a raw, indie sound.  Listen to his work here!  This is a free show, but we will be taking donations, so bring your hearts and checkbooks to support these guys.

Check in at the Facebook event page here.

Congratulations to First UMC Austin

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Congratulations to First UMC in Austin for their recent affiliation with Reconciling Ministries Network.  There are now five UMCs in Austin and one UMC in Round Rock affiliated with RMN.  This conversation about loving all our neighbors continues throughout our denomination.

Help Raise The Roof At Montopolis Center

MontopolisThe Montopolis Friendship Community Center is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation formed in 1957 as a United Methodist Women’s response to help meet some of the needs in the Montopolis community in southeast Austin.  FCC provides the following opportunities in the Montopolis area: Mother’s Day Out for children 2-4 years old; Clothing sales room open on the first and third Saturdays; Senior activities; and Rental space available for community events.  The Montopolis FCC desperately needs a new roof – the existing roof at Colorado Hall has been patched and re-patched.  The new roof, to be repaired by professionals, will cost $4,000.  Groups and individuals are being asked to contribute toward this need that is not covered as a part of MFCC’s annual budget.  You can help by buying one square foot of shingles for $3.33, or 3 sq ft for $10.00!

The goal is to raise the $4,000 by 3/30/2013.

Please make checks payable to Montopolis FCC and mail to:

MFCC Treasurer, Eva Jordan, P.O.Box 4691, Austin, TX  78765

Kisongo Trek

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Take a journey with

Kisongo Trek

March 13-17

Bethany United Methodist Church, East Parking Lot

10010 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin TX 78750

Free, family-friendly & open to all

Wednesday, March 13:  5 – 8 pm

Thursday – Saturday, March 14-16:  12 – 7 pm

Sunday, March 17:  9 am – 5 pm

No reservations needed

A powerful story of change through the eyes of a child.

Interactive exhibit brings to life the sights & sounds of Africa.

Step outside yourself and into a world you may never have known; a world where poverty becomes a part of the past and where children can dream about tomorrow.

Experience a powerful story of change through the eyes of 10-year-old, Babayetu. In the new World Vision Experience, Kisongo Trek, you can “travel” to Babayetu’s home and hear the real-life story of how his village has moved from poverty to hope with help from World Vision and their partners in ministry.

Following a “bus ride” down the roads of Tanzania, you’ll be immersed in the community of Kisongo, where you’ll meet a woman who spent her childhood walking miles on danger­ous roads to get water for her family; hear from a mother who feared malaria would steal her children’s lives; see a classroom where children finally have the chance to learn; and discover how bees are equipping a father to provide for his family.

This free, 20 minute, mobile semi-truck experience gives you and your family a firsthand feel for global poverty—no plane ticket required. Plus, you’ll learn about the proven solutions World Vision employs to help families build a better future and you’ll discover how you can make a difference in the transformation of a community like Kisongo, in Matete, Kenya.

Make the choice to step outside yourself.