May Chapter Meeting – Thursday, May 9

May Meeting Focus:  Immigration

“The US immigration detention system is in deep crisis. In recent years it has expanded dramatically and at great cost to principles of universal human rights and the rule of law. Since 1994 the number of detention beds has grown from 5,000 to over 33,000 with more than 1.7 million individuals passing through the system since 2003. This dramatic growth in detention is indicative of the unjust immigration enforcement system in this country.”  Source:  Detention Watch Network.

detention watchOn Thursday, May 9, Alejandro Caceres, an immigrant from Honduras, will be our guest speaker.  Alejandro represents Texans United for Families, which is part of a Detention Watch Network campaign to close the Polk County Detention Center near Houston.  He will talk about his personal experience with immigration and show the documentary,  Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention, a film that investigates detention centers and the powerful private prison industry.

Come to Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Rd in Austin, at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and mingling; the program begins at 7p.m. Invite your friends and neighbors – all are welcome.

MFSA Recycling Event at Crestview UMC a Success

DSC04067Thanks to Crestview UMC and the Crestview UMM for their help to make the April 20 BOPA Recycling Event Successful.  We loaded three trailers and three pickups with 1,335 gallons of paint, 26 gallons of oil, 10 gallons of antifreeze, and 225 pounds of batteries, and took them to the South Austin Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Thanks to the 20 volunteers from Crestview UMC and SWTX MFSA Chapter that participated, to everyone who did their part to protect the environment on this weekend before Earth Day (April 22), and to Anne Mund for her wonderful coordination of the event.


Bonhoeffer: A Voice for Reason, Love and Justice

There is still time to register for the study, song, and dramatic presentation about the life and witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  ThisDietrich Bonhoefferevent is sponsored by University UMC Austin, First UMC Austin, and SWTX-MFSA.


Friday & Saturday, April 26 – 27, 2013

University UMC, 2409 Guadalupe, Austin


Dr. David Jensen, Professor in the Clarence N. and Betty B. Frierson Distinguished Chair of Reformed Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Rev. Susan Schnelle, Associate Pastor, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Austin

Al Staggs, Minister, Author, Performing Artist, One-person dramatization – “A View From the
Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Cost $30, includes Saturday lunch

Contact:  Susan Sprague, UUMC,

Hill Country Ride for AIDS – April 27

hillcounrty rideCreated in 1999, The Hill Country Ride for AIDS is an annual cycling and running event that rolls through the beautiful Hill Country of Texas, just west of Austin. Participating riders, volunteers and donors raise money for local non-profit organizations that support thousands of Central Texans living with HIV/AIDS.

In 11 years, The Ride has not only raised over $4 million to provide life saving care for thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS, but has also become one of the most loved events in the region.

If you haven’t already donated, please consider going to and donating to this worthy cause.

Austin District Free Store Is Open!

Thanks to all that have been involved with opening FreeStore Austin!  It has been a great success so far. We have already been able to serve over 180 people, and we’re just getting started!

At least 15 churches have been represented among our volunteer base.

We are so grateful for your continued help. You can view the full wish list here.  Please visit to let us know you want to keep volunteering or donate! In the meantime, celebrate all God is doing with our collective efforts!

Mwangaza Choir at Northwest Hills – April 26

Free Mwangaza Children’s Choir Concert


Northwest Hills UMC – 7050 Village Center Dr. -Austin, TX 78731


April 26th Friday at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary

The Mwangaza Children’s Choir is an inspiring group of hopeful and talented children, ages 8-12, who admirably represent the orphaned and poverty-stricken youth of Uganda. Mwangaza is a Swahili word for “shining light”. Their special message of hope is shared through original Ugandan song and dance, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity! For more information email

iACT Hope Awards – April 30


“Service – A Life’s Journey” The Hope Awards                

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The Four Seasons Hotel (98 San Jacinto Blvd)

Reception for Honorees and Sponsors- 6:00 PM

Public event – 6:30 PM, the Silent Auction, dinner & awards

Tickets – $175   Click Here to Purchase Tickets!