Weekly Update – May 20

SUMMER BULLETIN ART PROJECT
For Families of Young Kids

Calling all elementary age and below artists! We have an exciting opportunity to showcase your artwork. This summer, the art for the bulletin will be created by our own children in the congregation. The art will even be printed in color. We need all art work completed and submitted to the church office no later than Memorial Day. Each week has a theme and you can view the themes and sign up for a week by using the link below:

https://docs.google.com/a/leanderisd.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApLFXpstszKidG5 nNHl3MEUtT0pObDBKYTF5SXlYRXc&usp=drive_web#gid=0

Please contact Katherine Ortiz (katortiz@hotmail.com) or Jackie Chuter (jackiechuter@yahoo.com) or Vicar Kwame (vicar@felcaustin.org) with questions.

Thanks for your participation!

Art by Willie Chuter will be featured on Sunday May 25, and Sunday June 1.

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EDUCATION AUSTIN
Sunday, May 25 following the 9:45 worship service
In the Parlor

As a continuing part of Vicar Kwame’s Internship project with Advocacy Ministry, join us this coming Sunday May 25 after worship for a brief informational and community building time surrounding Education and why there is a need to address the regulations concerns and lack of concern for public education here in the Austin area. Alex Moir will be joining us from Education Austin, and below is a brief description of who they are: http://austin.tx.aft.org/

Education Austin is called to work as a partner with the larger Austin Community around developing action steps around a shared vision for improving our schools and communities while creating a more equitable society in Austin, Travis County and Texas. We are building new kinds of relationships with parents, community, faith and business groups, building mutual respect and trust that leads to collaboration and collective action. Together, organized communities can form a constituency with the power to ensure that public education, affordable housing, healthcare systems and public services are valued and can flourish.

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APPEAL FROM THRIVENT BUILDS
Saturday, May 24

Friends! Thank you for helping with our Thrivent Builds Homes project with Austin Habitat for Humanity, at 13317 Barteny Cove, Austin, TX 78724. We had hoped to be able to complete our homebuilding activities next Saturday, on May 17. However, because of delayed building inspections by the City of Austin, it is apparent that we won’t be able to finish until Saturday, May 24, at least.

I really need your help!

May 24 – complete landscaping — spread topsoil and plant sod.

If possible, please contact other people that you know and bring them with you to help us to finish our project during the next two weeks. Volunteers would be expected to work from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

(Directions: from highway 183, drive eastward on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd./Webberville Rd. until just past the overpass for the Texas 130 Toll Rd. From Webberville Rd, turn left onto Gilbert Rd, and drive north until you find parking spaces in front of the Gilbert Elementary School. Barteny Cove is opposite the school to your right, and our worksite is on the right side, on the cul-de-sac)

Qualifications for Habitat volunteers for construction projects: All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, must be registered with Austin Habitat for Humanity (AHFH), must have completed a short online training course (Volunteering on a Habitat Job Site), must have reviewed online AHFH volunteer orientation materials, and must present a signed liability waiver. Work site volunteers age 16 or 17 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer age 21 or older.

Go to http://www.austinhabitat.org/volunteer and follow the links to register, to find the orientation materials, and to take the required online training. The link for the liability waiver form is at http://www.austinhabitat.org/volunteer/volunteer-waiver.

Please let me know if you are able to work on Saturday, May 24. Thank you very much.

Tom Winn, Thrivent Builds Chapter Specialist
Thrivent North Travis County Chapter
TWIN504@aol.com 512-250-8610

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COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT: Gimme Your Shoes !!

During May and June you have the opportunity to help with a project benefiting Drive-A-Senior (formerly known as Faith In Action). We are asking that you donate your old shoes. From May 18 – June 30 there will be a marked collection box in the hall. We accept all types of shoes, male or female, sneakers or high heels. This unique fundraising program provides Drive-A-Senior with a sum of money based on the number of shoes collected; so please donate as many shoes as possible.

The program known as Funds2org.com and Soles4Souls contracts with established micro-enterprise distributors to transport and distribute used shoes to Central America, South America, and Africa. Look for more description in the June Echoes newsletter.

For additional information on giving contact Pat Thomas at (512) 441-1485.

An article about this organization was published in Forbes magazine, accessible
online via this link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/citi/2014/03/24/how-a-former-shoe-salesman-supports-microbusiness-in-the-developing-world/