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Noted speaker to address vets

Noted trauma therapist and author Rev. Dr. Chrys Parkeris returns to Saint John's on Tuesday, August 5, to share more insight on post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and its treatment.
Parker, who co-wrote I Always Sit With My Back to the Wall, will discuss non-prescription-drug treatment - and non-drug treatment - of sleep disorders, anxiety and anger issues.  
Rev. Parker has worked with more than 2,500 trauma survivors. As both an academic educator and military instructor, she has helped train nearly 5,000 personnel and developed effective new modes of trauma therapy for warriors, sexual assault survivors and the burned. She served U.S. forces in Iraq in 2010.
The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Capital improvement projects

In early 2011 Saint John’s began a three-year capital campaign for the purpose of reducing our debt obligation and addressing capital improvements around the church. Of those capital improvements, the top priorities were correcting drainage issues, improving signage and lighting, enhancing the front and back entrances and landscaping. After several months of planning, The Harvest Ahead special projects committee is pleased to present the following plan which has been approved by the Board of Trustees and the Church Council and is now ready for congregational input.

Click here to read more about The Harvest Ahead and the capital improvement projects.

Summer Sunday School

Summer church-wide Sunday school will take place each Sunday in July and on August 3 in the Great Hall. The schedule is as follows:

July 6: Tom Griffy gives a lesson on Philippians 1 and the Apostle Paul

July 13: Patti Herndon gives a lesson on Philippians 2

July 20: Jo Kretzler gives a lesson on Philippians 3 and ancient Greek

July 27: Molly McFarland gives a lesson on Philippians 4

August 3: Senior Pastor Paul Escamilla presents an update on our denomination and annual conference

For more information, please contact Kate Harrington (512.565.2511) or Hilary Marchbanks (512-452-5737).

March in Pride Parade

Join other United Methodists as we march in Austin's Pride Parade at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. Last year, more than 450 United Methodists from Austin and San Antonio marched together in our rainbow shirts to share God's welcome and love to our LGBT brothers and sisters. Saint John's had 70 participating in 2013, and we would like to have 100 Saint John's members march in the parade this year. 

On Sundays, July 13 - August 10, you may sign up to march and order a t-shirt in the Gallery. Shirts are $12 and Saint John's will be wearing blue again this year. For more information, please contact Janice Curry or Joan Hudson at

Festival of New Beginnings

Discover how to get involved with Saint John's at the Festival of New Beginnings in the Great Hall at 10 a.m. and at noon on Sunday, August 24. Learn about fall classes, children's programs, youth programs, senior adult programs, music, mission and more. For more information, contact Kate Harrington at or (512) 565-2511 or Hilary Marchbanks at or (512) 452-5737. 

Reconciling Ministries Team

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.

CLICK HERE to visit our home page.

Active Team Members (updated November 2013):

Joy Butler – Chair
email:  Joy L Butler @ gmail . com

Liza Chigos

Janice Curry

Rowland Curry

Brad Howe

Joan Hudson

John Thomason

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Hilary Marchbanks, Assistant Minister - Staff Liasion