With the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 5, Saint John's offers several study, worship and prayer opportunities. Please click here for the 2014 Lenten schedule.
Register to walk with the Saint John's Steppers at the Austin Crop Walk on March 23 at Camp Mabry. Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) Walks are community fund-raising events sponsored by Church World Service, an international relief, development, and refugee resettlement agency.
Money raised by CROP Hunger Walks nationwide used to provide food, medical care, disaster relief and self-help in development throughout the world. Twenty-five percent of the money raised is distributed to local hunger-alleviating agencies, including the Capital Area Food Bank, iACT and Sustainable Food Center's Grow Local gardening program.
The 2.2-mile walk begins at 2:30 p.m. An optional lunch will begin at 12:30 on the Camp Mabry Grounds. Last year, Saint John's raised more than $3,000.
On Tuesday, March 12, Saint John's will serve as host to the Sunflower County Freedom Project. Through arts enrichment, academic support, character development, and educational travel, this small nonprofit works with at-risk middle and high school students to prepare them for college.
Saint John's will host dinner, breakfast, and road snacks as well as provide them a safe place to spend the night. As a "thank you," the Freedom Fellows have offered to perform an original play at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.If you or your small group would like to help prepare and serve dinner or breakfast for these 24 young people and their sponsors or prepare snack bags for their road trip, please contact Sheri Jones at (512) 496-5503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Join your Saint John's family for dinners on Thursday nights during Lent. This year's theme "Teach us to Pray" will include a family meal followed by programming for all ages as well as preschool childcare. Dinner begins at 5:30 each Thursday night, March 13-April 10 in the Great Hall upstairs. Cost for dinner is $5.00 (adults) $3.00 (kids) free (preschoolers). Max of $15 per family. Help is also needed for dinner prep and clean-up. Click here to register.
The Reconciling Ministries Team (RM Team) at Saint John's was formed in November 2010 by a group of Saint John’s members who wanted to raise awareness about Reconciling Ministries at our church. The RM Team became a recognized church committee (affiliated with Intentional Faith Development committee) by church council vote in 2011. We currently have seven active RM Team members and many RM Team Friends in our congregation. Interested in joining us? See contact info below.
We currently host a monthly Rainbow Potluck, usually after the late service on Second Sundays, the same day we encourage our congregation to wear rainbows to church in the form of stoles, pins and more. The rainbow stoles specifically remind us of those who have not been ordained and those who have lost ordination due to sexual orientation or gender identity. All of our rainbows are a visible and affirming welcome to the many who have historically been made to feel unwelcome at church.
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Active Team Members (updated November 2013):
Joy Butler – Chair
email: Joy L Butler @ gmail . com
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Hilary Marchbanks, Assistant Minister - Staff Liasion