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BerkeleyBuzz

Berkeley United Methodist Church

March 2015

COMING THIS MONTH:

Healthy Church Weekend, March 6-8

Palm Sunday, March 29 Church Conference, 12:45pm, March 29

BERKELEY STAFF

Ministers

Members of the Congregation

Pastor

Rev. Jeanne Devine

revjeanned@sbcglobal.net

Director of Music

Vikki Schwarz vlschwarz@aol.com

Pianist

Dr. Tyler Mabry tgmabry@gmail.com

Administrative Assistant

Liz Smith

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Childcare Director

Allison McGillicuddy bumc.childcare@sbcglobal.net

Church Office Hours

MondayFriday 8:45am to 3:15pm Closed Daily for Lunch from 12 noon to 12:30pm

Pastor’s Perspective:

HEALTHY CHURCH WEEKEND

ALL members and friends of Berkeley are warmly invited to

participate in the March 7-8 consultation designed to build on our strengths and improve our overall health. The Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) is offered by our Rio Texas Conference to those churches who choose it. Last summer, our church council voted to enter into HCI. Since then, our Leadership and Prayer Teams have worked hard to prepare us for the consultation.

When to come: (1) Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The 6-member consultation team, led by Rev. Bob Allen, will lead this all-church workshop to offer ways of moving from maintenance to missional thinking. We will work at tables of 6- 7 people and then share our ideas with the team. There will be time for questions and discussion. Lunch included if you make your reservation; sign up in worship or call the church office. (2) Sunday, March 8, 8:30 or 10:50 a.m. Worship with Rev. Allen preaching, then covered-dish lunch and Town Hall Meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Rev. Allen will present the team’s Ministry Assessment Plan (MAP), designed after the Saturday workshop’s inputs from those

who attend. What next? Berkeley’s Leadership Team will host two Town Hall meetings in the sanctuary where everyone is invited to discuss the MAP, on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. or Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. Questions will be shared and answered; discussion is encouraged. Final vote will occur on Sunday, March 29 at a church conference with our district superintendent following the 5 th Sunday covered-dish lunch. (All professing members of the church who attend will have a vote.) Please participate. HCI is designed to assist healthy churches like Berkeley to grow even healthier. Praying and working, as we will

do, can reduce anxiety and open us up to the Holy Spirit’s

movement. I welcome your questions, and most of all, I hope to

see you on March 7-8.

Your pastor,

Jeanne Devine

Church Happenings

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Anniversaries

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JB & Liz Wrigley

3/15

Jeff & Nancy Cecil

3/21

David & Carol Denton

3/25

Birthdays

JB & Liz Wrigley 3/15 Jeff & Nancy Cecil 3/21 David & Carol Denton 3/25 Birthdays
JB & Liz Wrigley 3/15 Jeff & Nancy Cecil 3/21 David & Carol Denton 3/25 Birthdays

Carol Denton

3/5

Marilyn Wasson

3/6

Meredith Orf

3/8

Patty Gaston

3/10

Ineke Dunn

3/12

Chris Burnett

3/15

Mary Lynn Smith

3/16

Marshall Trudell

3/24

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015: Worship at 8:30 am and 10:50 am. Maundy Thursday, April 2, 2015: Holy Communion, 7pm

Good Friday, April 3, 2015:

Cantata., 7pm

Prayer Vigil begins after Cantata, continues

until sunrise on Easter.

Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015:

7:15am Sunrise Service, 7am; Worship with Holy Communion at 8:30am and 10:50am.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015: Worship at 8:30 am and 10:50 am.
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s ion of Holy Week. The vigil begins immediately following Good Friday worship and concludes just before Easter Sunrise worship. You are invited to participate in this very special time of prayer and meditation in the church sanctuary. You may sign up for one or more one-hour slots starting at 8:00 p.m. on Friday April 2nd and lasting until 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 5th. A sign-up sheet will be available in the narthex in March. Thank you for considering spending some quiet time in prayer remembering the three days Jesus lay in the tomb. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rachel

Making a Difference

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Making a Difference Berkeley Buzz, March 2015, Page 3

Spiritual Growth

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Lead Like Jesus

Submitted by Rachel Trudell

In the month of March, our church is facing the opportunity to deepen and strengthen Berkeley's purpose in God's Will. The Spiritual Care Ministry asks that we allow our hearts and minds to be willing to commit to the time and focus this will ask of you.

From “Lead Like Jesus”, an on-line daily devotional, February 18, 2015:

There is a longing to succeed within all of us, a desire to accomplish the dreams and visions God gives us. The ac- complishment of great things comes from faithfully doing what is in front of us each step along the way. Where do you need to run with perseverance?

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

Prayer:

God, when the road ahead is marked by struggle, even pain and suffering, let us follow Jesus and not lose

heart. We pray in His name, Amen.

Some Things Pastors Would Rather Not Hear (continued from February Buzz 2015):

  • 8. “What committee’s job is that?” Asked when something needs to be done here. First of all,

one doesn’t need to be on a committee in order to pitch in and help; everybody is welcome. Second, our church’s size means many things are everybody’s responsibility. Next time: “I know we need to get X

done. How can I help?”

  • 7. “Where are all the…[fill in the blank] people?” Asked when we notice we don’t have as many

[blank] people as we used to. I believe we know where they are, in our extended families and friendship networks, in our neighborhoods, in the places we work. We can personally invite them back, or invite them to come with us on Sunday or to a special event. Next time: “Pastor, this is [Name], my grandchild/ neighbor/friend/co-worker. He/she came with me today.”

  • 6. “Whatever happened to [name of missing member]?” Have you called the people you

miss? Do they know you miss them? While the pastor, Congregational Care and Spiritual Care also reach

out to people who aren’t as involved as formerly, it is great for people who miss them to make personal

contacts. Next time, make the call yourself and if necessary, let me know I need to follow up.

Rev. Jeanne Devine

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Communion
Sunday
10am Women’s
10:50 Worship
1:00pm Carpool to
CROP Walk
4pm Tai Chi (FH)
5pm Covenant
Group (9)
Group (7)
10am & 11am
Spanish—Basic
(FH)
7pm Zumba (FH)
6pm Handbell
Choir (Sanc)
7pm Chancel Choir
(Sanc)
5:30pm St. Louise
House (CLC)
10am Spanish—
Intermediate (7)
10am Church HCI
Workshop (FH &
CLC-9)
5:30pm Amen
Austin Church
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8:30 Worship
10am Women’s
10am Spanish—
5:30pm Amen
10:50 Worship
Group (7)
5:30pm Prime Tim-
ers (FH)
9:30am UMW
Women in Action
(FH)
6pm Handbell
Choir (Sanc)
7pm Chancel Choir
(Sanc)
5:30pm St. Louise
House (CLC)
Intermediate (7)
Austin Church
12
noon Covered
Dish & Town Hall
10am & 11am
Spanish—Basic
(FH)
7pm Zumba (FH)
6:15pm Childcare
Board (7)
7pm Town Hall
Meeting (Sanc)
(FH)
Mtg. (FH)
4pm Tai Chi (FH)
5pm Covenant
Group (9)
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8:30 Worship
10am Women’s
NEWSLETTER
10:50 Worship
5:30pm St. Louise
House (CLC)
DEADLINE
3pm Town Hall
Meeting (Sanc.)
6pm Handbell
Choir (Sanc)
7pm Chancel Choir
(Sanc)
10am Spanish—
Intermediate (7)
4pm Tai Chi (FH)
5pm Covenant
Group (9)
Group (7)
10am & 11am
Spanish—Basic
(FH)
7pm Zumba (FH)
7pm Worship
Team (Sanc)
7:28am UMM
Breakfast (FH)
9am Trustees (9)
1pm Private Baby
Shower (FH)
5:30pm Amen
Austin Church
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10:50 Worship
4pm Tai Chi (FH)
5pm Covenant
Group (9)
10am Women’s
Group (7)
10am & 11am
Spanish—Basic
(FH)
5:45pm Spiritual
Care (9)
7pm Church Coun-
cil
6pm Handbell
Choir (Sanc)
6pm Zumba (FH)
7pm Chancel Choir
(Sanc)
5:30pm St. Louise
House (CLC)
10am Spanish-
7:30am UMW
Women in God’s
Intermediate (7)
6:45pm Girl Scouts
Exec. (FH)
Grace (FH)
9am UMW Exec.
Committee (7)
5:30pm Amen Aus-
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10am Women’s
8:30 Worship
Group (7)
10am & 11am
Sunday, March 8
10:50 Worship
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Potluck Lunch and
Church Conference
Spanish—Basic
(FH)
7pm Zumba (FH)
(FH)
4pm Tai Chi (FH)
5pm Covenant
Remember to set
your clocks
ahead one hour on
Saturday night!
Group (9)

BERKELEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

2407 Berkeley Ave. Austin, TX. 78745

512-447-6633

bumc78745@sbcglobal.net

ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

Berkeley UMC’s contribution to Heifer International for February 2015 totaled $1,274. Thank you for your generosity!

Berkeley UMC’s contribution to

Heifer International for February 2015 totaled $1,274.

Thank you for your generosity!

Healthy Church Initiative Schedule of Events

March 7, 10am-2:30pm, FH, HCI Workshop March 8, 12 noon, FH, Covered Dish Luncheon and Town Hall Meeting March 12, 7pm, Sanctuary, Town Hall Meeting March 15, 3pm, Sanctuary, Town Hall Meeting March 29, 12 noon, FH, Fifth Sunday Potluck and Church Conference

Average Attendance January 2015 YTD 2014 Worship 106 106 125 Sunday 31 31 30 School
Average Attendance
January
2015
YTD
2014
Worship
106
106
125
Sunday
31
31
30
School
BERKELEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2407 Berkeley Ave. Austin, TX. 78745 512-447-6633 bumc78745@sbcglobal.net ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED Berkeley

Gifts as of January 31, 2015

Monthly Income Monthly Expenses Year-End Income Year-End Expenses

$

20,209

$

21,605

$

20,209

$

21,605