No Chapter Meeting In April

earth-day-2015Since this is an extremely busy month for social justice events, and we are sponsoring the BOPA recycling event, there will be no formal chapter meeting of the Rio Texas MFSA Chapter in April.Members and friends are encouraged to participate in one of the many social justice opportunities highlighted in this newsletter. Remember Earth Day on April 22 and every day!

MFSA BOPA Recycling Event

DSC06557 (2)MFSA Will Sponsor the 6th Annual
(Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze) Recycling Event

Saturday, April 18 – 8 am to 10:30 am
Memorial UMC, 6100 Berkman Dr.

Start cleaning the garage and find those batteries, oil, paint, and antifreeze and bring them to the MFSA BOPA event on Saturday, April 18, at Memorial UMC, 6100 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX from 8:00 – 10:30 am. View a Map.

If you would like to help with this event or have questions, please contact Anne Mund,

Gather at the River! August 6-9, 2015

GATHERlogoWEB2Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pre-day forum begins at 9AM on Thursday

Event begins with Worship at 7PM Thursday

Gather at the River is a national conference that will meet at Travis Park United Methodist Church, an historic, open and justice-seeking community of faith in downtown San Antonio, steps away from the renowned River Walk entertainment and cultural district. Housing and additional meeting space will be at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel next door.

Early registration deadline extended to April 16!

Methodist Federation for Social Action and Reconciling Ministries Network members and friends in the Rio Texas Conference are preparing to provide extravagant hospitality for Gather at the River participants. Gather at the River will also include the participation of kindred groups in the Love Your Neighbor Coalition. Gather at the River is a multi-generational gathering. Program activities for children (ages 3-rising 6th grade) and youth (middle and high school) will be led by professionally-trained staff.

Register Now at !

The lineup of worship leaders, preachers, speakers, and entertainment is AWESOME!

Worship Leaders:  Marcia McFee & Mark A. Miller

Preachers:  Rev. Peter Storey, Rev. Theon Johnson, Nikilas Mawanda, Rev. Sarah Thompson Tweedy

Speakers: Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Rev. Grace Imathiu, Bishop Melvin Talbert, Rev. Frank Schaefer

Workshops:  Music, Worship, LGBT Issues, Anti-Racism, Israel/Palestine, Preparing for Gen Conf

Entertainers:  Jennifer Knapp, IlluMen, Campanas de América

Youth & Children’s Programs:  Shelley Walters, Carol Kohrs

Hosts:  Chett Pritchett (MFSA), Matt Berryman (RMN)

If you have been to convocation or one of the joint MFSA/RMN events such as Sing a New Song in 2011, you know what a treasure it is to have this conference in our backyard!

Place the dates, August 6 to 9, 2015 on your calendar now!

Rio Texas MFSA and Reconciling Ministries Team Offer Scholarships to Gather at the River 2015

gfm_logo_300dpiThe Rio Texas MFSA Chapter and Reconciling Ministries Team will offer financial assistance for deserving Rio Texas youth, young adults and adults who would like to go to the Gather at the River Conference in San Antonio, but cannot attend due to financial circumstances. The amount that we can give depends on the amount we raise for this purpose.If you or your congregation would like to contribute to this effort, there are two ways to donate. You may send a check to the MFSA treasurer, Janice Curry, 1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd., Austin, TX 78758. Make the check to Rio Texas MFSA and write Gather 2015 scholarships on the memo line.Or, you may donate online at

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please download the application at and apply by May 30.

Annual Conference 2015


Riotx-districts-2014The 2015 Rio Texas Annual Conference will begin the evening of Thursday June 11th with Registration and Worship and will conclude with Worship on Sunday morning June 14th at 10:45 am.   These dates reflect one fewer weekday and one additional weekend day.  It is hoped that this will allow more participation from lay persons who find it difficult to take part in Conference because of their work schedule.  The Worship Services and Business Sessions are held at the American Bank Center and Selena Auditorium in Corpus Christi. First United Methodist Church of Corpus Christi is the host congregation. Visit for more information.

MFSA Annual Conference Luncheon

Wellsprings of Justice

Friday, June 12, 2015 – Noon

American Bank Convention Center

Corpus Christi, Texas

5th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon

Sponsored by

Methodist Federation for Social Action, Rio Texas Chapter &

The Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team


Bishop Minerva Carcaño

MINERVA-CARCANO-IMMIGRATION-facebookWe are very pleased to have as our speaker Bishop Minerva Carcaño, who is currently serving as Bishop to the Los Angeles Area, the California-Pacific Conference. Bishop Carcaño became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church in 2004. She is a fierce advocate for human rights and social justice.

A native of Edinburg, TX, Bishop Carcaño spent her early years aspiring to make a difference in the lives of persons who faced poverty and discrimination. Not forgetting her roots and early hopes, her ministry has always involved work with the poor, with farm workers, immigrants, and refugees, even as she encourages congregations to work ecumenically and to be active in community organizing. Of her tireless work, she has said, “The road of ministry has not always been easy, but it has always been an incredible blessing, and it has always been home.”

Join us for this on-site luncheon. In addition, we will honor the recipients of the MFSA “Building a Just Community” Awards. The luncheon flyer is available:

Luncheon Registration Information

Cost:      $12.00 in advance (by June 6) – Check or cash      Need Spanish Translation?

$15.00 at the door (limited number available)

Or, pay by credit card*

*Credit Card fee of $1.65 will be added to the cost ($13.65 total)

Book Fair At Annual Conference

MFSA is collecting books for a book fair at annual conference

booksaleThe Rio Texas Chapter of MFSA will again sponsor a Book Fair at Annual Conference in June.  We ask members and friends to 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 6 years, but to make it happen, we need your books!

Contact Rowland Curry and we will arrange to pick them up.