MFSA Leaders Meet in Austin Oct. 30 – Nov. 1

No Chapter Meeting in October –
You Are Invited to Attend the MFSA National Board Events

MFSA facebook bannerIn lieu of a monthly chapter meeting in October, you are invited to attend the National MFSA Program Council and Board of Directors meetings and social gatherings in Austin from Wednesday, October 29 – Saturday, November 1.

Meetings to be held at Saint John’s UMC

The Program Council is comprised of representatives from each chapter in the country, focusing on programs and activities, and is scheduled to meet as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 30 – 9am to 5 pm

Friday, Oct.  31 – 9am to noon

The Board of Directors is the decision-making body of MFSA, and will meet as follows:

Friday, Oct. 31 – 9am to 5 pm

Saturday, Nov. 1 – 9 am to 3 pm

Agendas found here:  ProgramCouncilAgenda Oct 2014;  BoardAgenda_October 2014

Both groups will meet at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Road, Austin. These meetings will be open to all observers. Please contact Rowland Curry,, for further information.

Meals and Social Gatherings

Breakfast and Lunches will be served at Saint John’s.  If you are interested in dropping by to share a meal, see the schedule to be posted soon on our website.

Dinner on Wednesday (10/29) will be a welcoming meal for the participants as they arrive and meet their overnight hosts. Contact Janice Curry for the time.

We hope that you will be able to attend one or more of these gatherings
to welcome MFSA representatives from around the U.S.

Please join us for dinner on Thursday (10/30) evening at the home of Al Lindsey and Karen Hale, 4711 Lookout Mountain Cove at 6:30pm for a time of conversation and fun. Please RSVP to Janice Curry

Friday night’s dinner will be at El Mercado at 5:30pm. An after-dinner gathering is being planned. More information to follow. You are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Anne Mund at

Volunteer Opportunities

Overnight Hosts – We are looking for volunteers for home stays for approximately 35 adults.  If you have an extra bedroom and would be willing to host one or more of these folks from chapters throughout the nation, please let Anne Mund ( know.

Transportation – Please contact Al Lindsey at if you can help transport attendees to or from the airport. Participants will be arriving and leaving at various times, so we can connect you with someone according to your schedule.

Meal Preparation – We will also be seeking volunteers for meal preparations for breakfast, lunch, and Wednesday dinner.  If you are available to help, please contact Janice Curry (

Thanks for helping to make this a successful planning event for the National MFSA!

Chett Pritchett, MFSA Executive Director, to Preach in Austin

ChettWhile in Austin at the MFSA Program Council and Board of Directors meetings, Chett Pritchett, Executive Director of MFSA, will preach during the following worship services. All are welcome.

Sunday, October 26: Journey of Faith UMC, Round Rock, TX 

November 2: Trinity UMC, Austin, TX

Methodists Make Meaningful (and Colorful) Statement in Austin Pride Parade

On September 20, 2014, approximately 400 United Methodists from Austin, Round Rock, and San Antonio marched in the Austin Pride Parade. Bishop Melvin Talbert was our honored guest, along with Matt Berryman of RMN.

Click here and here to read more, and see more pictures.


“On The Road” With SWTX-MFSA

mfsa plumblineThis Fall, the SWTX-MFSA Executive Committee will be sharing information about MFSA through a Power Point presentation. If you have a group or Sunday School class that would be interested in hearing a presentation about the social justice work that the local and national MFSA organizations do, please contact Anne Mund,, and we will schedule a visit.

Pumpkins for Mission

PumpkinsSupport Mission at area churches by buying pumpkins.  Some of the churches participating with the Pumpkins USA, are Saint John’s UMC, St. Mark UMC, Tarrytown UMC, and Bethany UMC. Pumpkins USA contracts with the Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico to grow pumpkins. This fundraising event not only helps our church, but the Navajo community as well.

Seminar on Congregational Dynamics

Leadership and Anxiety in the Church – A Family Systems Perspective

October 15
Wednesday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
First United Methodist Church – Georgetown
410 E. University Ave., Georgetown

Since the publication of Dr. Edwin Friedman’s Generation to Generation, many pastors and other church leaders have become aware of Bowen family systems theory as a way of understanding congregational dynamics.  Family systems theory identifies differentiation of self and anxiety as two key variables impacting human functioning.  The seminar on Leadership and Anxiety in the Church looks at the challenge presented by the rising levels of anxiety being experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership can play in calming such anxiety.

For a copy of the registration form, click here.  Sponsor: Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

South Central Jurisdiction UM Congress of the Deaf: Building Faith Within the Deaf Community

Oak hill eventUMC Congress of the Deaf

October 17th – 19th, 2014

Oak Hill UMC

Austin, Texas

Oak Hill United Methodist Church is hosting the South Central Jurisdiction – United Methodist Congress of the Deaf on October 17, 18 and 19. Guest speaker Lindsey Darnell will present several workshops on building faith within the deaf community on Saturday.  Friday dinner and Saturday lunch and dinner are provided, and there will be Bible study and worship opportunities on Sunday.

For additional information and registration form, click here.