Hope Food Pantry

Consider making a contribution to help purchase food this Christmas for those who visit the Hope Food Pantry at Trinity UMC:  $7.00 provides 4 days worth of groceries to a family of four.  Send all donations to attention:

Hope Food Pantry Austin
4001 Speedway
Austin, Texas 78751

Or donate online:

Your donation will show “Hope Food Pantry” in the Designate my donation box.

Double your donation in November and December at Natural Grocers at 3901 Guadalupe St., 10515 N. Mopac, & 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd.

Randall’s Remarkable card holders: place #3830 on your card and donate to Hope. A Randall’s

News From TCADP

Over Two-Dozen Evangelical Christian Leaders in Texas and Nationwide
Request Mercy for Duane Buck, Urge District Attorney to Not Seek Execution Date

tcadp(Houston, TX, Thursday, November 21, 2013) – Today, 27 Evangelical Christian leaders across Texas and the United States are calling on Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to allow a new, fair sentencing hearing for Duane Buck. Mr. Buck is an African-American man who was condemned to death after his sentencing jury was told that he was likely to be a future danger because of his race.  These Evangelical Christian leaders oppose the setting of any execution date for Mr. Buck.

“We write to respectfully request that you support a new, fair sentencing hearing for death row prisoner Duane Buck,” the letter states. “Although opinions on the death penalty vary within each of our churches, we are strongly united in our view that no death sentence should be a product of racial discrimination, as it was in Mr. Buck’s case.”

The Evangelical Christian leaders who are advocating for Mr. Buck include: Paul Basden and Jim Johnson, Pastors of Preston Trail Community Church; Chris Seay, Pastor of Ecclesia Houston; Robert Hunt, Director of Global Theological Education at Southern Methodist University; David Gushee, Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University; Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Fisher Humphreys, Professor of Divinity, Emeritus, Samford University, and others.

Their plea comes in the wake of Wednesday’s decision by a splintered Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to dismiss Mr. Buck’s appeal. For more information: http://tcadp.org/2013/11/21/two-dozen-evangelical-leaders-support-new-sentencing-hearing-duane-buck/

MFSA Will Sell Fair Trade Items from BeadforLife and Equal Exchange Chocolate at Local Christmas Markets in December


DSC06363BeadforLife is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and member of the Fair Trade Federation that works to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens.  

Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads and communities in northern Uganda gather shea nuts and press them into shea butter for cosmetics and soaps. 

Caring citizens open their hearts, homes, and communities to buy and sell both products. The paper beaded jewelry and shea butter become income, food, medicine, school fees, and hope.  It is a small miracle that enriches us all. http://www.beadforlife.org


Equal Exchange is the leading Fair Trade brand of food and beverages in the United States.  Founded in 1986, this worker co-op imports a wide variety of Fair Trade foods from over 40 small farmer co-ops in 25 countries.  With 12 faith-based partner organizations (including United Methodist Committee on Relief –UMCOR) & countless schools, they work to popularize Fair Trade. 


Equal Exchange’s mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world. http://www.equalexchange.coop/


Westminster Manor Gift Market

Friday, December 6
10:00am – 2:00pm


Saint John’s UMC Alternative Christmas Market

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
Noon-3 P.M. Sunday, Dec. 8

Shoppers can honor their loved ones by giving to those who have a greater need locally and globally. More than 30 vendors representing several nonprofit organizations will be on hand to offer you a chance to purchase gifts that will make a difference.


University UMC Alternative Gift Market

Sunday, December 8 during morning activities

Contact: Beth Kelley*kellswin@swbell.net

Each year, UUMC holds an Alternative Gift Market where all are invited to shop for holiday gifts that support local and global non-profit groups. There are always beautiful items to purchase as well as opportunities to make gift donations to groups such as Heifer International, local agencies, and others.


From Third Coast Activist

An Evening with Will Allen

Date: December 8, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Will Allen—son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales executive and now an urban farmer—is a leading voice on agriculture and food policy. Allen is founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee that believes all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Allen has received a McArthur Foundation “genius grant” and in 2010 was one of Time magazine’s “100 World’s Most Influential People.”

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion and a Farmers Market in the Theatre’s lobby. Tickets for the lecture and panel discussion are $35. VIP tickets that include a 6-7 pm reception—featuring local chefs with local food, drinks and music by Bluegrass Outfit—are $100. Information and tickets are available at the Paramount Theatre Box Office, online or (512) 474-1221.

The evening is part of Edible Austin’s “Eat/Drink Local Week,” with proceeds benefiting the Paramount Theatre, Sustainable Food Center, and Urban Roots. Doors open at 7 pm and the event begins at 7:30 pm, with the Farmers Market at 8:45 pm.

Location: Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave., Austin, 78701

– See more at: http://www.thirdcoastactivist.org/events/an-evening-with-will-allen/#sthash.fHERYlxi.dpuf

Remembering Newtown’s Victims December 15

Downloadable bulletin insert lists victims, offers prayer

by Wayne Rhodes, Editor, Faith in Action on November 04, 2013

The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has prepared a bulletin insert to assist congregations in conducting a worship observance of the anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., gun-violence tragedy that occurred Dec. 14, 2012.

In that tragedy, 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School and six adult staff members were killed in a deadly assault by Adam Lanza. He also killed his mother before going to the school. The children who died were six and seven years old.

Bill Mefford, GBCS director of Civil & Human Rights, envisions congregations including the bulletin inserts in their worship materials on Dec. 15, and also reading from the pulpit the names and ages of the persons who died during the massacre.

“All of the great movements for change in history were either birthed or were intimately accompanied by a spiritual awakening,” Mefford said. “Seeing the inaction over the last year in response to the gun shooting tragedy in Newtown — all the while almost 10,000 people have been killed by guns — should drive us to prayer and reflection. And then to action.”

Mefford emphasized that you can help birth this in your own congregation Sunday, Dec.15, by taking five minutes during the normal prayer time to read aloud the names of all those who died that day and to pray a simple prayer. “We have created a bulletin insert to help your church pray and reflect on what happened and what can happen,” Mefford said.

United Methodist Resolution

The bulletin insert lists the names and ages of the victims of one of the worst gun-violence incidents in U.S. history. It also includes a suggested prayer, and an excerpt from the United Methodist Resolution “Gun Violence” that states violence to children and youths is a primary concern for United Methodists.

“We call upon the church to affirm its faith through vigorous efforts to curb and eliminate gun violence,” states the These acts of senseless violence should not be an acceptable occurrence in any community: suburban, urban, or rural, according to the resolution. “The church must continue to address these issues of violence and develop programs to enrich the lives of all children/youths,” he declares.  Register to access the free download at http://umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action/remembering-newtowns-victims



UMCOR Mobilizes Disaster Response in Philippines

UmcorIn the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is actively mobilizing resources to respond to this latest and largest in a series of disasters to hit the Philippines over the past twelve months.

You can support UMCOR’s relief and recovery work in the Philippines by contributing your donation to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. All of your gift, 100 percent, will be used to help those in need.

Council of Bishops requests charges be filed

Response to retired bishop conducting same-gender ceremony

November 19, 2013


talbert weddingLAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — The United Methodist Council of Bishops during its annual meeting here have taken actions to address a retired bishop’s conducting a same-gender ceremony in violation of denomination law.

The bishops requested that Council President Rosemarie Wenner and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference, where the ceremony occurred, file a complaint. It would target Bishop Melvin Talbert’s action for “undermining the ministry of a colleague and conducting a ceremony to celebrate the marriage of a same-gender couple.”

“When there are violations of the Book of Discipline, [the denomination’s book of laws], a response is required,” the bishops said in a statement.

Initiate a task force

The Council also voted to initiate a task force to lead conversations about human sexuality, race and gender in a global perspective. The goal of this effort is to come to a shared theological understanding amid diverse opinions in the denomination about these issues.

These actions followed days of prayerful discernment and conversation about the action it would take after Talbert, a retired bishop, conducted the Oct. 26 ceremony celebrating the marriage of a same-gender couple in Center Point, Ala. This is a chargeable offense for United Methodist clergy.

Denomination law states, “Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches.”

Both Wallace-Padgett, presiding bishop of the North Alabama area, and the Council’s Executive Committee had requested Talbert not perform the ceremony.  Read more at