God, through the prophet Amos, calls us to let “justice roll down like waters.” Our rituals of baptism (the origins of Lent) call us to be a just people who "resist evil, injustice, and oppression.” Join us during Lent as both Amos and our baptism inspire us to renewed passion for the justice we witness through Jesus as he journeys to the cross.more
March 15, 2018 - March 17, 2018
Hurricane Harvey was devastating to so many and we hope to be a light from Austin for those who are looking for restoration! One place we have been to many times this Fall and Winter already is Victoria, Tx. We have sent many Emergency Response Teams to this area and now have a relationship with the town. We are now moving into the recovery part of mission work there and are hoping to send a group out to help roof at least one house!
If you’re looking for a meaningful way to spend a weekend over spring break we’d love you to join us! Count this as an alternative spring break experience helping others. We encourage all who want to help roof and especially families to have this experience together.
We pray for strength and comfort for all those who mourn. We offer you, family members, neighbors, friends, a time of Hope and Healing, a six-week seminar dealing with the issues surrounding loss. Maybe the loss of a loved one, of a life changing event that brought loss, or of other loss markers in our lives. During the sessions, we will explore various coping skills and ways to help one grow through this experience into a level of wholeness. The sessions will be facilitated by Pastor Tracey, Pastor Lisa, and Mary Lou Batlan. There will be 1 class session per week. In the WUMC church library. Tuesdays, 7:00-8:15 pm. It is open to church members, guests, and the greater Austin community.
Sessions will start Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 pm. You may attend one, some or all the sessions. Session days: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, Mar. 6.
Please contact Mary Lou to register: email@example.com 512-263-4177more
Westlake UMC is planning to send a team to Zimbabwe for two weeks at the end of May into June to serve those in need with the nonprofit It Starts With Soccer. This is an amazing opportunity where we will help build a farm area for young students to manage and use the money from it to buy lunch at school. Those on the trip will experience a new culture as they also play soccer with the community, go sightseeing, and spend time together even cooking with local foods.
Contact Diane Kofahl for more information or with any questions.more
A note from Pastor Tracey:
I’m so grateful for your continued prayers and encouraged by your deep interest in responding to the needs of those affected by Harvey! As our Annual Conference, District, and local church have continued to plan, I have new information for you on how you can make a difference in response to this natural disaster.
Our Rio Texas Conference Bishop, Robert Schnase, and our District Superintendent, Teresa Wellborn, request that we direct our financial giving to the Rio Texas Conference Disaster Response Fund. Like funds given to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), all donations will go directly to relief and recovery efforts as opposed to administrative or overhead expenses. Additionally, by giving to the Rio Texas Fund, all giving will directly benefit affected communities in the Rio Texas Annual Conference. With your donations, we will partner with UMCOR to sustain this relief effort for the many months ahead. They will allow us to offer immediate relief and to partner with...more
You’re used to hearing about giving in church. Especially lately with the great need left behind by hurricane Harvey. But when was the last time in church that you talked about earning or saving? Is it unchristian to earn money? Is it wrong to save for ourselves and our families?
John Wesley didn’t think so. Wesley, the Christian evangelist and founder of the Methodist movement, gave a remarkable sermon called “The Use of Money.” In it, he said that the important thing isn’t money itself but how we use it. Wesley’s surprising advice still rings true today: earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
For four Sundays, beginning on October 22, our church will experience an exciting new stewardship program, Earn. Save. Give.: Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money, developed by popular author and pastor James A. Harnish. The program centers around a book and DVD, in which Harnish describes Wesley’s surprising advice and introduces us each week to faithful Christians who, like all of us, struggle with money.
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