Chapter Meeting Thursday, March 27 Joint Meeting of SWTX MFSA and Central TX MFSA

mfsa plumblineThis combined meeting of both Chapters will be held at Palm Valley Lutheran Church, 2500 Palm Valley Blvd.(aka Hwy 79), Round Rock, TX.

The Thursday, March 27, meeting will replace our usual 2nd Thursday MFSA Chapter meeting.

Jose Orta, LULAC* member and community activist (from Taylor) will present the program focusing on conditions of immigrant workers (documented and undocumented).
*League of United Latin American Citizens

He may be joined by a representative from the Austin Worker’s Defense League.

One unique aspect of this meeting will be the presence of the Hispanic community served by Palm Valley Lutheran Church.  One of the Central Texas MFSA members goes to that church and arranged for us to meet there.  (An added benefit is that if one likes to practice your Spanish, this will be a good opportunity to converse with a number of Spanish-speaking people.)  We should also be able to provide updated info about the Austin JFON, as they hope to open their clinic sometime in April.

Refreshments at 6:30; program at 7:00

Carpool will leave Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale at 5:45pm on Thursday, March 27. If you are interested in carpooling, please contact Jan Dawes, or 512-450-1620.

Neighborhood Voter Registration Drive

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On the Grounds of Saint John’s UMC

Saturday, March 8, 10am-2pm

To encourage our Austin neighbors to register to vote, UMW Miriam Circle is offering Voter Registration to our neighbors and passers-by on Saturday, March 8, 10am-2pm, at Saint John’s.


We will set up tables outside and invite others to stop by and register. We plan to do other voter registration drives at Saint John’s in the months ahead.

If you know anyone who needs to get registered or change some of their voter registration information, please invite them to stop by on Saturday, March 8.  Contact Janice Curry,, with questions.

Robert Redford’s “Death Row Stories” to Premiere on CNN – March 9

“Death Row Stories” is a new 8-part series premiering on March 9 on CNN that will examine actual death penalty cases.  The show is produced by Robert Redford and narrated by Dead Man Walking star Susan Sarandon.  Redford said, “This series is about the search for justice and truth, we are pleased to … tell these important stories and give a voice to these cases.”  Prior to the premiere, CNN is offering interested parties an opportunity for a preview and the ability to participate in a Google Hangout featuring a discussion by the producers and law professors John Blume of Cornell and Robert Blecker of New York Law School.  The Google Hangout will be held March 5 at 6 pm EST and is open to the public, but an RSVP is required.

A promo for the show can be found here.  (CNN, “Death Row Stories,” Press materials; DPIC posted Feb. 21, 2014).

E-Cycling Drive – Saturday, March 22nd

Hosted by the Student Engineering Council (SEC) at The University of Texas at Austin.

E-Cycling is an annual E-waste recycling drive open to the greater Austin area,  as well as to the UT community. The goal of E-Cycling is to try and create a more sustainable world by recycling old electronics: this includes anything from old cell phones and laptops to microwaves and refrigerators. 

This year the drive will be held on Saturday, March 22nd, from 8am-4pm in the LBJ Library parking lot.  In the past years the amount of tonnage we have recycled has been around 12-14 tons; we would like to increase that number this year! For more information about what can be recycled, visit .

CROP Walk – Sunday, March 23

CROPLogo2010HiRes-300x195This year’s Austin CROP Hunger Walk will be Sunday, March 23rd, at Camp Mabry (2200 West 35th St). As always, 75% of funds raised go to Church World Service to help alleviate hunger around the world and 25% of funds stay in the Austin area.  The local agencies chosen to receive funds this year are:  Sustainable Food Center, Capital Area Food Bank, iACT for Refugees, and Micah 6.

If you prefer to make a donation online, go to

BOPA Recycling Event March 29

MFSA Will Sponsor 5th BOPA (Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze)
Recycling Event  Saturday, March 29,– 8 am to 10:30 am

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, March 29, at Crestview UMC, 1300 Morrow Street, Austin, from 8:00 – 10:30 am. 

At the BOPA event last April, we collected 1,335 gallons of paint, 36 gallons of oil/antifreeze, and 225 lbs of batteries.

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

An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story


Sunday, March 30, at 5:30pm

Saint John’s UMC, Austin

The Saint John’s Risking-Taking Mission & Service Committee and the Methodist Federation for Social Action will partner to bring the movie, An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story, to Saint John’s on Sunday, March 30, at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Barbara Holmes will be the moderator for questions and answers following the movie.

Directed by Al Reinert, this inspiring film portrays the harrowing true tale of Michael Morton.  Wrongly convicted of the brutal murder of his young wife, Morton spent a quarter century in the Texas prison system, cut off from his only child, who believed him to be guilty of destroying their family. Collaborating with his attorney and the Innocence Project, Morton cleared himself through DNA testing.  In the process he brought to bear the plight of America’s unjust imprisonments.

Morton had a religious epiphany in jail, and credits his newfound inner peace with the knowledge that God “loves me.”  He says he forgives a prosecutor who failed to share evidence in his trial.  Watch the trailer at: