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    ERKELEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2407 Berkeley Ave. Austin, TX. 78745 (512)447-6633 Email: [email protected] ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

JULY 2013 2013  

 BUZZ  Berkeley



Pastor’s Perspective 

Independence Day, July 4 has always been a favorite holiday of mine. I grew up in the Philadelphia area, visited Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and Valley Forge more times than I could count, and studied history avidly. I was especially intrigued to learn that the Liberty Bell had a Biblical inscription, Leviticus 25:10. “Proclaim liberty throughout the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof.” Later thereof.” Later on, during Old Testament Introduction in seminary, I learned the context of that verse. Every 50th year in the Promised Land was intended as a hallowed Year of Ju bilee for the people of Israel. There was to be no sowing, reaping, or harvesting. Land titles were to be annulled; everyone was to have a fresh start. Scholars doubt that the Year of Jubilee was ever actually observed; it seems to have been an ideal about shared tenancy of God’s property, the land and its riches.  The rich were not to grow ever richer; the poor were not to be consigned to generations of poverty.

Your Presence Matters!


Submitted by Rachel Trudell  Trudell  

We are all most likely aware that our presence in church each Sunday matters, and for reasons more than church records! Do you look around and note who’s missing? Wonder where they are or what is going on in their lives? As a church family, we notice who is missing ‘at the table.’ As we do at a family dinner table, we might ask, “where is X tonight?” This curiosity of caring is not snooping! It is community caring. I am fortunate and blessed to have a Sunda y School class and Covenant group accept my absences without judgment. They also let me know they care if I am gone. I, too, have a responsibility to l et them know my  plans to be absent ahead of time. For some time I believed that if I told anyone at Berkeley I was going to be out, it was overstating my importance. Then I realized in my book clubs and other activities, we were expected, and it was appreciated, to let someone know if one could not make it. Shouldn’t that be the case with church-related activities also?

The Declaration of Independence was an ideal, too. “All men are created equal; they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The happiness.” The Virginia slaveholder, Thomas Jefferson, wrote those lines in 1776. Liberty was for some, but not for all. Slavery continued in the United States until the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Juneteenth is our Texas reminder that the ideal of liberty took a long time to arrive. On June 19, 1865, the Union General, Gordon Granger, landed in Galveston and publicly read General Order No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that…all slaves are free.” Until slavery was abolished, July 4 “revealed to the slave, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is a constant victim,” noted Frederick Douglass, an ex-slave ex-slave himself, in 1852. Celebrations on June 19 every year mark a second Independence Day, not only for descendants of slaves, but for all of us. As Christians, as Americans, we know the painful distance between our ideals of faith and freedom, and the reality in which we and others live day to day. We commit ourselves daily to doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God and our neighbors. Our community of faith teaches and energizes us to do what the Lord requires of us. I am thankful to serve here.  Your Pastor. Jeanne Devine  


Berkeley Staff MINISTERS

Members of the Congregation PASTOR

Rev. Jeanne Devine [email protected] DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Vikki Schwarz [email protected] PIANIST

Dr. Tyler Mabry [email protected] PASTORAL INTERN

Erica Knisely [email protected] ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Niki J Torres [email protected] MEDIA MANAGER


P.S. During my vacation, July 8-21, our summer intern, Erica Knisely will serve as your pastor. I have respect for, and confidence in, her abilities. Be sure to hear her  preach on July 14 and 21. Contact her throu gh the church office or call her at 512773-8924 if you need pastoral care.

Allison McGillicuddy [email protected]


CHURCH H Coming in July— Praying Our

P P E N IIN NGS  Family TV Nights—Fun for All! Submitted by Polly Aranda  

 Nothing beats the heat like an evening in the nice,

Goodbyes   Goodbyes

Submitted by Erica Knisely 

Loss is an inevitable part of life. The more time passes, the more losses we endure. We may lose loved ones, friends, relationships, homes, jobs, hobbies and more. Join me this summer to journey through  Praying Our Goodbyes, by Joyce Rupp. Together, we will explore what it means to be a  people of life, death and resurrection. More details to come on specific dates and times in early July. Please contact

cool CLC to watch old “Beverly Hillbillies” episodes and discuss their Biblical contexts. Join us on Wednesday evenings, July 10, 17, 24, and 31 for a light supper at 6pm. The fun and lively discussions will start at 6:30 led by Tyler Mabry. There will be a signup sheet available in the narthex on Sundays. All ages welcome! Come join the fun!

Summer Adult Bible Study


L GROW TH   Answered Prayer —Lord, I Need a Sign Submitted by Kathy Beth Stavinoha 

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”   - Jeremiah 29:11

Submitted by Mike Crevier  

Group studies will continue that concentrate on changing the world through mission-focused living. Classes will be held on successive Thursday evenings: July 18 and 25, August 1 and 8 from 7-8:30pm in

Erica Knisely if you are interested at [email protected] [email protected]

the For more information, contactCLC Mikelibrary. Crevier, 512-784-6320 or [email protected]  [email protected]

Many Thanks! Submitted by Betty Barnes 

The Board of Trustees would like to thank Greg Lasley and Cheryl Johnson for their donati on of our beautiful new water fountains in the narthex. They noticed that our old units needed needed to  be replaced and generously offered to cover the expenses. The Trustees did the research and ordered the fountains, which were installed by Jeff Cecil and Don Wolfe –  many  many thanks to them, too! We’d also like to express our appreciation to Buddy Cox , who recently arranged for and paid to replace two of th e clerestory windows in the sanctuary, which was cracked, after after consulting with the Trustees. It is wonderful to have the support of members as we t ry to maintain our facilities! If you notice something around our buildings that needs to be replaced or repaired, please notify Forrest Arnold, chair of the Trustees. Some items are easy to repair or replace, while others wi ll require fundraising. Extra help with mowing is always welcome! Contact Skip Kolter at 284-9291 to volunteer! Thanks so much for supporting your church!

UMW Potluck Luncheon Submitted by Myrna Cavender

It's time for our United Methodist Women "Cool" Summer Potluck Luncheon. All women and young women of Berkeley are invited! Where: Fellowship Hall When: Saturday, July 20,

11:30am-1pm What to bring: Yourself and your

favorite cool summer salad or dessert to share. Beverages, cups, plates, and utensils will be provided.

2407 BERKELEY AVE ● AUSTIN TX ● 78745 WWW.BERKLEYUMC.ORG ●  [email protected] OFFICE: 512-447-6633 ● FAX: 512-851-8438

Sometimes, depending on my prayer, I can easil y discern the Lord’s answer. Sometimes it’s not as clear. Yet at other times, He answers me in unexpected ways.

I visited Newfoundland, Canada for the first t ime in October 2005. A kind lady with the Visitor Information Centre told me about the East Coast Trails and left some trail maps for me at my hotel. The cab driver who t ook me to the trail asked if I had a compass, cell phone, and flashlight. When I answered no to all, he begged me not to hike the tails, as some of them could be dangerous. I brushed off his warning. My plan was to hike from Blackhead — a cluster of four or five houses —to Ft. Amherst, overlooking overlooking St. John’s. John’s.  The path wasn’t too difficult. I paused frequently to take in the spectacular views. Two hours later, I reached a  point where the trail had washed away. I asked the Lord to help me find where it picked up as I wanted to keep hiking. I noticed what appeared to be a path. He had answered my prayer! I followed for a distance and realized I wasn’t on the trail. Then I spied a s ection which surely was the trail. That wasn’t it either. I thought I should return to the section where the trail had ended…but where was that? Unable to find it, I decided to head in the direction of the highway. I started across the t errain which proved to be too boggy for me. It dawned on me that I was lost, this was winter, and that night would be falling soon. I prayed in earnest for God’s guidance. I also sang random hymns and laughed out loud when I realized I was singing “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Calling.” After a few minutes of panic, I felt God i nstill in me a sense o f calm and a sense of direction. I su ccessfully located the trail and I walked double time in the direction from which I had come. I knew that i f darkness fell, I would need to sleep on the trail because parts of it were precariously close to high cliffs. I managed to make it off the trail just as it got too dark to see. But how was I going to get back to St. John’s? I noticed one of the houses was brightly lit. I ap proached it, praying the person would answer my knock. The lady who answered insisted I come in and have a cup of tea with her after letting me use her phone.

Three years later I returned to Newfoundland properly equipped to hike the trails, althou gh my confidence in my compass skills was somewhat weak. When I felt uncertain, I would ask the Lord for a si gn.” I wanted a “you are here” type of sign. Instead He would show me dog prints alongside boot prints or a ribbon of plastic tied to a tree, indicating it needed to be removed for maintenance (a sign I was on the trail). When I really needed a sign that showed my current location, He would provide it. I finally hiked to Ft. Amherst and I praise God to this day for not letting me complete it in 2005. It was too challenging to hike without trekking poles, compass, and proper attire.

Much prayer is extremely personal, but if you have a story you would like to share, please submit it to the Buzz for a  piece on "Answered Prayer." Sharing answered prayers is a way to encourage each other in our faith journeys, as well as revealing how God indeed works in the details of our lives!  

CHILDCARE CENTER: 512-443-3509



 Austin Free Free Store Update Submitted by Carolyn Brown  Brown  " Let’s Let’s

see how inventive we can be in encouraging each other to love and help out.”   - Hebrews 10:24


The Free Store is about community. Yes, people receive free goods, but even more important is the way they can sit down with a cup of coffee and have a conversation. Volunteers have a chance to welcome those who come to shop and get to know some of them. Every person is treated with dignity. The only way you can really understand this is to go there as a volunteer. Volunteer slots are only 2-2.5 hours. The store is currently open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am — 1pm. 1pm. Sorting of donations takes pl ace on Monday and Wednesday. Watch the daily BUZZ for the link to the volunteer sign-up for July. Donations of gently-used clothing and household items are always needed. Right now they especially need men’s clothing. You can take your items to the store Monday — Thursday Thursday at 1717 E. 12th Street, or contact Carolyn Brown at 512-443-2600.

St. Louise House Summer Cookout

on evening or to donatethat food.

Our Honduran Student Submitted by Carolyn Brown  Brown 

This is our third year to sponsor Juan Carlos Hernandez. He is now 17 and in the 11th grade. This year he transferred to the teacher’s school in Juticalpa, which is a 3-hour drive from where he lives, in Gualaco. Since our other st udent, Bielka Marllini Rosales, graduated, we are able to fully support Juan Carlos in his new school, including room and board. It is rare for a Honduran student to graduate from high school. Bielka achieved that goal and Juan Carlos is well on his way, as is my personal student, Karina Ramos (also in 11th grade, pictured  below). Karina is studying computer science. All three of these students would like to go on to college. It is truly a blessing to be able to help these students continue their education. We received a letter from Juan Carlos recently. Here is the English translation:


The Saint Louise House Summer Cookout is July 11. This is a wonderful way to let the SLH residents know that we care about them. Mark your calendar! Outreach will be asking for people to help

Mon 1 10a Women’s

Group (9) 7p Covenant (9)

7 Communion Sunday 12p UMW Sewing Kit Assembly 4p Tai Chi (FH) 5p Covenant (9)


10a Women’s

Group (9) 7p Covenant (9) 7p Worship Team (Sanc)






2 6p Congregational Care (7)


4 Independence Day OFFICE CLOSED 



9 5:30p Prime Timers (FH)

10 UMW 9:30a Women in Action Circle (CLC) 6p Family TV Night (FH)

11 Cookout for 5:30p Saint Louise House (CLC)



16 7p Intern Support (9)

17 6p Family TV Night (FH)

18 5:30 — 8p 8p Saint Louise House (CLC) 7p — Adult Adult Bible Study (9) 7p Trustees (Sanc)


20 7:30a UMW

25 5:30 — 8p 8p Saint Louise House (CLC) 7p — Adult Adult Bible Study


Jan. 24, 2013 Dear Carolyn Brown,

14 4p Tai Chi (FH) 5p Covenant (9)

I greet you respectfully hoping that you have success in your daily work and are in good health.

I haven’t been able to write sooner because the study  period was lengthened last year and went until November 23, 2012.

I leave you wishing that God and pour blessings upon you and your family andbless th e people of the church.

10a Women’s

Group (9) 7p Covenant (9) 7p Finance (7)

Pastor on Vacation: July 8-21

The purpose of this letter is to thank God first for giving us life, health, happiness etc. And for allowing me to have you as my sponsors. Thank you for the help you are giving me and that is very helpful in my studies due to my low income. Thanks for the help of God and your support in going on to my 2nd year of Education Teaching. I hope you can continue to support me in achieving my dream of graduating.


21 4p Tai Chi (FH) 5p Covenant (9) Newsletter deadline


28 4p Tai Chi


5p Covenant (9)

23 5:45p Spiritual Care (9) 7p Church Council

24 6p Family TV Night (FH)


10a Women’s

31 6p Family TV

Group (9) (9) 7p Covenant

Night (FH)

10a Women’s

Group (9) 7p Covenant (9) 7p SPRC (7)

Women in God’s

Grace Circle (FH) 11:30a — U UMW MW Summer Salad Luncheon (FH) 27 7:28a Men’s break-

fast (FH)



Generosity and Beyond


Submitted by Kimberly Gamble



“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; who-


 Annual Conference Conference 2013 2013 Submitted by Carolyn Brown, Lay Delegate  

It was my pleasure to represent BUMC at Annual Conference again this year. Everywhere we looked we saw, “You are now entering the Mission Field” –  on  on banners, on the cover of printed material, and on the screen. The biggest single item of bu siness was Unification. Last year, the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Conferences (Hispanic conference) voted to join together into a single new conference. During the past year a Unification implementation Team worked annew interim planconference to move the two Texas. conferences forward in the unification process. They have proposed a name foron the unified  –  Rio  Rio This year we voted on a transit ional structure, which provides for a Transit ional Uniting Table made up of 14 mem bers (7 clergy and 7 laity) from each conference. conference. When they have completed their work, there will be a called conference where each conference will vote on their recommendations. The proposed date for unification is January 1, 2015, with the first Rio Texas Annual Conference session in June of 2015. This will not be easy work. We will be asked to look beyond ourselves, for the new conference is not for us today,  but for the future. We were reminded throughout the conference that ours is a culture of growth. A lot of exciting things are going on, and there are signs of transformation throughout the conference. New forms of ministry are emerging; I thought of the Free Store in Austin. New church development is active and includes Servant Church in Austin and The Journey in Kyle/Buda. Many churches are involved in the Healthy Church Initiative. Initiative . There was one matter of business that affects BUMC. Going forward, each church will reimburse the utilities for the pastor instead including utilities in the pastor’s compensation package. This will make pastoral compensation more consistent from church to church and will reduce the church’s pension payment and the Medicare/Social Security tax (15.3%), the pastor pays on salary and housing. Two of our former pastors, Patty Herndon and Rick Ricker, retired this year.

ever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies –   –  in  in order that in everything God may be glori fied through Jesus Jesus Christ. To him belong belong glory and dominion dominion forever forever and ever. Amen.” Amen.” - 1 Peter 4:10-11 I hope each of you were able to hear Pastor Jeanne’s “Not For Sale” sermon on June 16. What a powerfu powerfull message! We have the power not be “sellouts” simply by relying on the ultimate power and goodness of God through Jesus Christ. We are all loved beyond our wildest imaginations.

The story of the kind shoeshine man in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania inspired the rest of us to be of service! A wonderful, shy 71-year old man works two days a week shining shoes at the children’s hospital in Pittsburgh. In the  past 30 years he has given over $200,000 to the hospital to aid families unable to pay their hospital bills. All this money came only from his tip money…every –  last  last –  dime!  dime! Be it major or meager in nature, we each have something we can share to make manifest love for others in God’s world. Please be generous from your heart through your love for and in Jesus Christ, God and the Holy Spirit. Special Giving by BUMC in May 2013: Kingdom Kamp Mission:  $499. Former pastor Patti Herndon serves as Dean for this weekend event for intellectually challenged challenged adults. We give this gift to Mt. Wesley in honor of Patti’s retirement.   Youth Mission Trip: $450. Three youth spent June 23-28 in San Antonio with the UM ARMY. Work Corner Mission: $50. Your Pledge to BUMC:  Please help keep your giving current. At the end of May, our income exceeds our expenses; we want to continue strong through through the summer. Berkeley’s Committee on Stewardship exextends a warm thank you to everyone for supporting Christ’s mission at BUMC. Want to take care of your giving automatically? Consider online Bill Pay or Auto-draft. It saves you time, checks and stamps. It makes sure your support continues when you’re out of town. Contact treasurer Ray Curtis for how-to information: 280-1313.  

The worship services were outstanding - inspirational, and celebratory.

Happy Birthday










Monthly Income Monthly Expenses  Year-to-Date Income


$ 24,497 $ 22,173 $ 153,873 













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