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Register for 2014 VBS


Registration is now open for Vacation Bible School, set for July 7-11, 2014 at Saint John's. At this summer's VBS, "Workshop of Wonders: Imagine & Build With God." Visit the 2014 VBS home page for more information and to register. 


Food Collection


During April, Saint John's is collecting crackers and tortillas for the Hope Food Pantry. Monetary donations may also be made by placing your cash or checks in the offering plate. Checks should be made payable to Saint John's with "HFP" on the memo line. Donations of dish soap and bath soap are also welcome. For more information or to volunteer, contact Sheri Jones, Director of Missions, at sheri@stjohnsaustin.org or (512) 452-5737.


New classes offered


Catching Our Spiritual Breath in Times of Loss
Have you experienced grief? My Healing Place Board President Janie Cook will facilitate a four-week discussion on grief, scripture and support starting Tuesday, April 22. All stages and circumstances of grief welcome. Register online.

Invitation to John
The invitation from Christ in the gospel of John is: "Come and see, Follow me". A Monday-evening weekly class on the book of John is starting April 28. Experience the magnificent passages in John including the I am statements (I am the truth, the life and the way, I am the living water and more). Revisit stories only told in John's gospel including Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene and the raising of Lazarus. Sheri Jones and Jim Newman are facilitating. Fee is $14 (includes materials). Register online.

Methodism 101
Paul and Hilary are offering an informal “Methodism 101” class on three Sundays: April 27, May 4 and May 11, from 10-10:45 a.m. in the Great Hall. This class will be an introduction to the beliefs of the United Methodist Church as well as to our very own beliefs here at Saint John’s. We hope that you will be able to join us. Register online


Garage Sale May 2-3


Donate the fruits of your spring cleaning to a good cause! The United Methodist Women are sponsoring the annual churchwide Garage Sale on May 2 and 3 in the Fellowship Hall. 

Check your closets, garages, and storage unit and bring your donations to the Fellowship Hall from April 21 through Thursday, May 1. 

All proceeds from the sale are destined to fund UMW mission work. Contact Karen Stone at (512) 454-1923 with questions.

Important dates:

Garage Sale Setup - 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 21 through May 1 

Spaghetti Supper and Pre-Sale - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1

Garage Sale Days - 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2-3

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