Free Store / Common Good Community Development

The Free Store is back!

The Free Store found a new home at Memorial UMC, 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin.  On Wednesday, March 8, we’ll have our first shopping day in the new space.

You can follow all the news about the Free Store’s relocation at our website:  www.freestoreaustin.org

From District Lay Leader Brooks Schuelke:  When we started the Free Store, we never wanted it to be a ministry by itself.  Instead, we created Common Good Community Development, Inc.  We imagined it as a hub and spoke type arrangement.  Common Good was the hub. The Free Store was the first spoke, but it was never intended to be the only spoke.

Over the years, we’ve been approached by a number of different groups with different ideas about how they could also partner with Common Good and the Free Store.  Up until now, we’ve not found the right fit.

Until now.

I am happy to say that our first real partner, and the next spoke in our hub, is the Hope Food Pantry.

Many of you are already familiar with the Hope Food Pantry.  It’s housed in Trinity and is supported by a number of our churches throughout the district.

In many ways, nothing will change.  Hope Food Pantry will continue to operate as it has.

But our working and coordinating together also brings endless possibilities of how Hope and the Free Store can work together.  We don’t know exactly what that will look like, but we’re all excited about the future.

To learn more about us, visit our website:  http://www.commongoodaustin.org/

Hope Food Pantry

Join us on Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5:30p.m., Trinity Church of Austin for a dinner and silent auction to support the pantry and its mission to help alleviate hunger in our community.  Tickets will go on sale in February/March 2017.

If you have a silent auction item to contribute please contact Stephanie at email below.

Other ways to help:
1. Volunteer once a month or more on Thursday or Friday a.m.
2. Coordinate a Food Drive through a group/work/community.
3. Randall’s Remarkable card holders: place #3830 on your card and donate to Hope.  A Randall’s employee can help you.

Contact: Stephanie at info@hopefoodpantryaustin.org

 

 

 

iACT – Austin CROP Hunger Walk

CROPLogo2010HiRes-300x195February 26
Camp Mabry, 2200 West 35th Street

Thank you Austin – more than $78,000 raised in 2016.
Help us hit our $82,000 Goal in 2017!

Sunday
February 26, 2017
Camp Mabry

2200 West 35th Street

2:00 pm Registration
2:30 pm Step Off

The Austin CROP Hunger Walk is sponsored locally by iACT.  The Austin CROP Hunger Walk celebrates interreligious participation from six world religions in 2012—Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Unitarian Universalist, and Druze communities. Neighbors of different ages, faiths, and backgrounds—walking together.  It is a beautiful testimony of what makes Austin great!

 

Register and raise funds online—it’s easy! Go to www.crophungerwalk.org/austintx to sign up.

Hope Food Pantry

Join us on Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5:30p.m., Trinity Church of Austin for a dinner and silent auction to support the pantry and its mission to help alleviate hunger in our community.  Tickets will go on sale in February/March 2017.

If you have a silent auction item to contribute please contact Stephanie at email below.

Other ways to help:
1. Volunteer once a month or more on Thursday or Friday a.m.
2. Coordinate a Food Drive through a group/work/community.
3. Randall’s Remarkable card holders: place #3830 on your card and donate to Hope.  A Randall’s employee can help you.

Contact: Stephanie at info@hopefoodpantryaustin.org

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.

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 starting on January 16, Texas Impact will hold a short, focused advocacy training in a meeting room at the Capitol.  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.

Can’t make it to Austin every week–or ever?  Our trainings are broadcast live on Facebook, and our website will have handouts and advocacy materials like phone and email scripts and social media messages.

Sign up for Weekly Witness today!

Weekly Schedule:

  • January 9: Health Care
  • January 16: Civic Participation and Voting (Martin Luther King Day)
  • January 23: Hunger, Poverty and Payday Lending (UMW Legislative Event)
  • January 30: Religious Freedom
  • February 6: Immigrants, Refugees and Human Trafficking
  • February 13: Foster Care and Domestic Violence (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Legislative Event)

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

Hope Food Pantry

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From Bethany UMC Austin and World Vision

Guests experience first hand what it's like to live in World Vision sponsorship regions such as South America, Africa, and South Asia through audio and visual aides in the World Vision Experience mobile exhibit at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton, MA.

Guests experience first hand what it’s like to live in World Vision sponsorship regions such as South America, Africa, and South Asia through audio and visual aides in the World Vision Experience mobile exhibit at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton, MA.

Follow Jesus
Into the Margins

Bethany UMC-Austin

10010 Anderson Mill Rd

Thu Oct 27  11:00am – 5:00pm
 Fri   Oct 28*   3:00pm – 8:00pm
Sat  Oct 29    1:00pm – 6:30pm
Sun Oct 30    9:00am – 2:00pm

*Oct 28, 5:30-7:30 PM ONLY:
Free music by Bethany Guitar Pull
Food available by Melted Food Truck 

FREE

Register your Tour Time Now!

This award-winning mobile exhibit from World Vision offers a unique opportunity to journey among those suffering in the margins of our world, and emerge transformed.

During the 20 minute journey, visitors will witness despair and hope in a brothel in Southeast Asia, see how God is working in the midst of the Syria refugee crisis, and join Christ in the midst of extreme poverty in Africa.

Reservations are recommended, but not required. Attend Thursday – Saturday for shorter lines.

Click Here to Register Your Tour Time Now!

Parental discretion is advised for children under 13.
Parental Discretion Information Here

website: www.bethany-umc.org/experience.