November 14 Meeting – The Future of the UMC

Petitions have already been filed to make changes in the United Methodist Church at the 2020 General Conference.  We will discuss some of those proposals at our meeting on Thursday November 14.  Rev. Hilary Marchbanks, Jay Brim, Joy Butler, and Rowland Curry will describe some of the proposals, as well as what we can be doing in our churches between now and May 2020.  Join us to learn more about the challenging future in our denomination!

The meeting will be at Saint John’s United Methodist Church, at 2140 Allandale Road in Austin.

Snacks and mingling begin at 6:30 pm, followed by the program at 7 pm.

Discussions Ramp Up in Preparation for GC 2020

In February 2019 the United Methodist Church, assembled in St. Louis at a special General Conference, adopted the Traditionalist Plan which strengthened the anti-LGBTQ stance of the denomination.  In the months since, there has been intense discussion about the future of the church.  Several groups have drafted plans dealing with changes to the denomination’s laws, the Book of Discipline.  In May 2020, the global UMC will have a General Conference in Minneapolis where it will consider further changes.

If you are interested in the discussions about the future of our denomination, stay alert!

Progressive Resources:

United Methodist News Service:

Mainstream UMC:

UMC Next:

Hacking Christianity:

UM Insight:

UM Forward:

Judicial Council Meets

The United Methodist Judicial Council met last week and issued decisions on a number of cases before them.  Legislation setting special provisions for United Methodist churches deciding to leave the denomination took effect immediately at the end of the special General Conference last February, the church’s top court has ruled.
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Mainstream UMC Meets With Central Conference Bishops

Mainstream UMC Co-Founders, Rev. Dr. Nanette Roberts and Rev. Dr. Mark Holland, were able to bring their appeal for a moratorium on trials directly to Bishops from the central conferences (those outside the US) on Friday November 1.  Fifteen of the central conference Bishops from Africa, Europe, and the Philippines gathered just ahead of the full Council of Bishops (COB) meeting that began Sunday in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
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COB President Suggests Moratorium on Church Trials

UMC Council of Bishops president Kenneth H. Carter suggests a moratorium on church trials related to LGBTQ individuals, while at the same time loosening the denomination’s trust clause to allow congregations to leave with property.
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New Jersey Annual Conference Charts Way Forward

By an overwhelming majority, the Greater New Jersey Conference in a special session on October 26 voted to allow United Methodist churches to decide how to include and affirm LGBTQ people in every aspect of ministry while still allowing congregations the right to agree to disagree.
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Austin JFON Gala













Sunday, November 10, 2019

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST

Crowne Plaza Austin

6121 North Interstate Highway 35

Austin, TX 78752

Purchase tickets here!

iACT Interfaith Day of Thanks

Join iACT’s 35th Interfaith Day of Thanks!

You are invited to join iACT for our 35th Interfaith Day of Thanks Service and Celebration!  This year’s event is hosted by the Austin Hindu Community and will be held at Riverbend Church (4214 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746).  The service and celebration will take place on Sunday, November 24, 2019 beginning at 3:00pm.  A reception will be held following the service at 4:30pm.  Bring your favorite dish to share, ready to serve and labeled for those with dietary restrictions. (No pork or shellfish please!)

This event is free and open to the public.  We look forward to coming together with all people as we celebrate what it is we are thankful for.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Around Austin

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 16-24, 2019

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.

Did you know?

In the United States

Many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor.

43.1 million – Americans live below the poverty level

549,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night

42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger

1 in 5 children in the U.S. live in poverty


While there has been slow but steady progress over the past thirty years, there are still a tremendous number of people around the world who live in extreme poverty.

795 million people do not have enough to eat

767 million people live on $1.90 a day or less

6 children die each minute of a hunger-related disease

65.3 million refugees have been driven out of their homes

What You Can Do

As a society, we have the resources and knowledge to end hunger and homelessnesss — we just need the collective will to make these ideas a reality.

Wednesday, November 13
The Hidden Homeless in Austin: Children & Families
Join the LBJ Future Forum as we learn about the solutions for families and children who are homeless in our community, what’s still needed, and what we can do as a community to help. Doors open at 6 p.m., the conversation is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and a reception will follow. Free parking will be available in the LBJ Library visitors’ lot located at 2313 Red River Street. This program is sponsored by the Downtown Austin Alliance.

Sunday, November 17
26th Annual Homeless Memorial Sunrise Service
Caritas of Austin will be hosting the Annual Homeless Memorial Service to recognize the women, men and children whom have lived and died in Austin while homeless and living in poverty. Service will start at sunrise (around 6:58 a.m.), naming of all whom have passed this year (2019). Service will be at the following address: Homeless Memorial, 9307 Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

Foundation Communities

The holiday season is right around the corner! As you make plans with family and friends, we hope you’ll consider participating in our Holiday Assistance Program to help our residents fulfill their wish lists. With your support, we can make the holidays brighter for the families who live with us!

Here are four ways you can get involved:

Sponsor a Family

Sponsoring a family is a great way to engage your family, coworkers, friends, neighbors, congregation or civic club in a rewarding group service activity. Visit the Sponsor Registration Page for more information and to complete your sponsor form by Thursday, December 5. Sponsor forms received by November 22 will be matched before Thanksgiving. Sign up to sponsor today!

Donate to Our Holiday Gift Drive

Provide items like gift cards, household supplies, toys, and more for our residents. Gift deliveries will be accepted December 11-13. See our wish list.

Make a Holiday Donation

You can donate online and we’ll go shopping for you! Make a donation.

Help us Spread the Word

Forward this message to others! There is a great need in our community. The more people who participate, the more families we can serve.

Thanks for your generosity and support!


Meghan Hein

Community Building Volunteer Coordinator


P.S. – Check out our Stories of Hope videos to hear from our residents about how they’re thriving thanks to Foundation Communities and supporters like YOU!

Benefit Concert and Dinner

Northwest Hills UMC Austin

Hurricane Dorian Benefit Concert and Thanksgiving Dinner

November 17 – 4:00 pm

Northwest Hills Sanctuary

Free Concert accepting donations for victims who lost everything int the Hurricane Dorian.

Join us after the concert

FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER after the concert. RSVP for dinner at: