MFSA Meeting on Thursday, February 9

“Changing Perceptions & Surviving the Texas Legislative Session”advocacy

Want to know more about effective legislative advocacy here in Texas? Join Rio Texas MFSA on Thursday, February 9 at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Rd.  Dr. Melody Chatelle will present “Changing Perceptions and Surviving the Texas Legislative Session”, ideas about effective advocacy and other tips about making a difference in the 2017 Texas Legislative session.

Dr. Chatelle is a well-respected and effective veteran of the national and state legislative arenas. Prior to forming Chatelle and Associates, her own political and communications consulting company in 1999, Melody worked for 12 years as Director and Vice President of Government Affairs for Mariner Post-Acute Network, the second largest post-acute health care company in the country. Before joining the health care industry in 1987, Melody served for 10 years in the Texas State Capitol as a legislative aide to a former Texas State Senator now serving in the United States Congress, as well as the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Melody and her husband Eddie Zamora are members of University UMC.

Join us at 6:30p for snacks.  The program begins at 7p.  All are welcome.

Texas Impact Weekly Witness: Mondays at the Capitol

The 2017 legislative session promises to be a time of high stakes and hard choices.  It’s never been more important for people of faith to be informed and engaged.

Texas Impact Weekly Witness is your opportunity to put faith into action and advocate for the common good at a time when your state needs it! Here’s the game plan:

Every Monday at noon starting on January 16, Texas Impact will hold a short, focused advocacy training in Murchison Chapel at First United Methodist Church, Austin. We–and often colleagues from our partner organizations–will present timely, insider information on a “focus issue of the day,” as well as updates and next steps on other issues that are on our legislative agenda.

Following the training, participants will make scheduled or unscheduled legislative visits with their own legislators and other key members, and sometimes attend committee meetings or take advantage of other timely opportunities.

Weekly Witness will take place in Murchison Chapel at First United Methodist Church, Austin (directions).

Check out the 2017 Texas Impact Legislative Priorities – https://texasimpact.org/Priorities

Weekly Schedule:

  • February 6: Immigrants, Refugees and Human Trafficking
  • February 13: Foster Care and Domestic Violence (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Legislative Event)
  • February 20: Public Education — Webinar RSVP
  • February 27: Climate, Water, Energy, and Other Environmental Issues — Webinar RSVP

We will provide additional issues for emphasis in our next newsletter, or get them online.

UMW Legislative Event in January

Join United Methodist Women from all over Texas in Austin for three days of learning, engagement, and advocacy. The UMW Legislative Event is an informative and inspiring event that is right here in Austin, January 22-24, 2017. You can attend all three days or any part of the event. The 2017 keynote speakers are the Hon. Leticia Van de Putte and the Hon. Hope Andrade!

The event includes workshops on the environment, health, poverty, and social media for civic engagement; strategy meetings by Senate district; presentations on state budget priorities, addressing poverty, protecting religious freedom, displaced people, and caring for creation; and legislative visits to the Capitol.

29th Annual Legislative Event

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN IN TEXAS

Program planned and produced by Texas Impact

JANUARY 22-24, 2017

Austin, Texas

The Way Texas Works

Join Women from All Around the State
To Engage Issues That Matter

Register at: https://texasimpact.org/content/2017-united-methodist-womens-legislative-event-registration-now-open

Next MFSA Meeting Thursday, November 10, 7pm

Texas impactTexas Impact and the Texas Legislature

The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, famously said, “The Gospel of Christ knows no religion but social; no holiness, but social holiness.”  The November meeting of the Rio Texas Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) will welcome Yaira Robinson from Texas Impact, as our speaker.  Texas Impact is a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations, and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.  Its mission is to help people of faith participate faithfully and effectively in public policy discussions concerning issues of broad religious social concern, through non-partisan education on policy issues and training in civic participation.  Yaira will speak about what we, as people of faith, should be particularly aware of as our legislators convene in just three short months.

Please join us at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Road, on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30p for snacks and mingling.   The program begins at 7p. All are welcome.

UMW Legislative Event in January 2017

umw-2017Join United Methodist Women from all over Texas in Austin for three days of learning, engagement, and advocacy. The UMW Legislative Event is an informative and inspiring event that is right here in Austin, January 22-24, 2017. You can attend all three days or any part of the event. The 2017 keynote speakers are the Hon. Leticia Van de Putte and the Hon. Hope Andrade! Register by January 6 to get the early bird registration price.

29th Annual Legislative Event

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN IN TEXAS

Program planned and produced by Texas Impact

JANUARY 22-24, 2017

Austin, Texas

The Way Texas Works

Join Women from All Around the State
To Engage Issues That Matter

To get the early-bird registration price, register by January 6.

Register at: https://texasimpact.org/content/2017-united-methodist-womens-legislative-event-registration-now-open