New Story Festival






A Bold Experiment in Making a Better Story for a Better World

Embodying Creativity, Spirituality, Social Action, & Playful Connection


Music, Art, and Stories

Inspiring Speakers and Practical Workshops

Laughter and Dancing, Mindfulness and Meditation

Intimate Conversations and New Friends

Amplifying the good work of ACTIVISTS, ARTISTS, NON-PROFITS,


In Central Texas and beyond

Hosted by Huston-Tillotson University



Support Public Education


Date: March 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm  to  2:00 pm

Educators, parents, students, and supporters of Texas public schools will rally to support the right of all children to a quality neighborhood public school.

The march is sponsored by the Texas State Teachers Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association, and Texas-American Federation of Teachers in a Rally for Public Education. More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: Texas State Capitol, south steps, 11th and Congress, Austin

San Antonio MFSA!

Travis Park UMC San Antonio has an active Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) unit that meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month at noon. MFSA mobilizes clergy and laity within The United Methodist Church to take action on issues of peace, poverty and people’s rights within the church, the nation and the world.

MFSA lives out our belief that to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be involved in the transformation of the social order.
Moreover, MFSA affirms the vital importance of theological reflection as the Church weighs great issues of faithfulness to Jesus Christ and the Gospel in United Methodist worship, governance and witness. We offer to following paragraphs as a point of departure for reflection and discussion.
For information on this committee, email John Patterson.

MFSA Monthly Meeting Thursday, November 8

Meeting with Texas Impact

Rio Texas MFSA is pleased to welcome Bee Moorhead of Texas Impact to our November meeting to discuss the results of the November 6 election and their plans for the 2019 Texas Legislative session!  We have been partners in advocacy for many years, and we are excited to learn about their upcoming programs.

Texas Impact is a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations, and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.  Texas Impact advocates for freedom, justice, and economic opportunity for all people, consistent with the values of mainstream faith communities.

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.

God in Transition: A Day of Faith Formation

Saturday, November 10, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca St., Sanctuary

If you are interested in learning about how you, individually, and our congregation, collectively, can support transgender (trans) and non-binary people and their loved ones, come join us for a day-long event of education and community building. With featured plenary speaker, Rev. M Barclay, a non-binary trans minister in The United Methodist Church, you’ll be invited to grow in understanding of what it means to be trans today, learn how the Christian faith can support people in their transitions, deepen your understanding of gender, and walk away with practical tools for celebrating people of all genders.

At this entry-level event, you are welcome if you don’t know what transgender means, if you’ve never met a trans person, or if you don’t know what gender has to do with God. All we ask is that participants bring an open heart and an open mind. Cost is $20 and lunch is provided. Please contact Pastor Cathy Stone with any questions at

Childcare is available with reservations made to our Childcare Coordinator, Pam Coronado at by Wednesday, November 7. Reservations are not final until confirmed.



  • 10:00-11:15 a.m. – Trans 101 and Q & A
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – God, the church, and a trans empowering faith with Q & A
  • 12:1 -1:15 p.m. – Lunch provided with optional table conversations (see subject matters below)
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. – Practices of welcome and solidarity and extended Q & A
  • 2:15-3:00 p.m. – Optional small groups for community building

Justice For Our Neighbors – JFON

Justice For Our Neighbors Annual Gala:

Families Belong Together

an event for the entire family

Please join us on Saturday, November 10th, 5:30-8:30pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel

6121 North IH-35

Austin, TX, 78752

for an inspirational family event of fellowship and awareness.

We are honored to announce Rev. Laura Merrill as our guest speaker. She will share with us her experience leading worship in the Tornillo immigrant detention center for minors and help us reflect on the growing need to serve immigrant families by helping them navigate the complicated and ever-changing U.S. immigration system.

Austin Region Justice For Our Neighbors is a United Methodist Hospitality Ministry that welcomes immigrants by providing free or low-cost, expert immigration legal services to qualifying immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Your ticket purchase helps us continue to provide free and low-cost legal services to immigrants.

With your help our attorneys will continue to represent immigrant children and families in court. Research shows most will be deported without representation. The need is great.

Support the work of Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors by purchasing a Gala ticket or table today.


San Antonio Justice for Our Neighbors

 An Evening with JFON-SA

Food for the Soul

Thursday, November 15, 2018  6:00-7:00pm

John Wesley Room, University UMC

5084 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, TX

Free Admittance

Hear how your generosity has helped immigrants in our area on their path to citizenship and hear our goals for 2019

RSVP to Matt Lohmeier by November 12,

Via telephone at 210-847-7249

Crestview UMC BOPA Recycling Event

Crestview UMC, 1300 Morrow St, Austin, TX 78757

BOPA (Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze) Recycling in our parking lot on Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 am to 11 am OR when the trailer is full. Bring batteries, paint, oil and antifreeze (liquids in CLOSED containers). Just enter the parking lot from Woodrow, give us your zip code (the city asks for this information), drive forward and volunteers will unload your vehicle; then you can exit onto Grover. This event is co-sponsored by the Crestview Neighborhood Association.