Our Online Community
We have shifted during the pandemic to a primarily online community using our Discord server. That’s where you’ll find announcements, memes, prayer requests, photos of our animals, general chat, and lots more. If you’re not up for our Discord, you can also join our email list to get a weekly email with announcements and updates or join our GroupMe.
We love you. We are here for you. Whatever you need, we will make sure you get it. We know it’s frustrating, scary, and depressing to navigate this pandemic. Right now, we’re worried about making sure you are safe and taken care of.
Please don’t hesitate to email us, DM us, or call us. We will have office hours during the week, and you can always schedule a one-on-one video chat with us. We are here to listen and to help you get through this time. So if you want to rant or you’re out of food, if you need a listening ear or a webcam, please reach out. We are here to support you.
Love, Rene and Anna
Sunday, May 9 is the last worship service of the year and the last day of our regular schedule of events. We’ll finish up our “This I Believe” series with a Quaker guest speaker.
Monday, May 10 we’ll be volunteering with upRising MCC. Please let Anna and Rene know if you plan to attend so we can order you lunch! We can also pick people up from campus if you don’t have transportation down south.
On Tuesday, May 11 we’ll have dinner followed by an end-of-year celebration in the chapel to recognize our graduates, close out this year, and look ahead to next year. The celebration will also be accessible via Zoom. Watch the Discord for the Zoom link and more details as we get closer, especially about dinner in case of rain. Masks required in the chapel. (Also, please note that restrooms are difficult to access from the chapel – we know, it’s a weird design flaw of the building.)
On Sunday, May 16, we’ll have a virtual game night on Zoom during our usual worship time. Check back for a Zoom link!
If you graduated in December or plan to graduate in May, please make sure we have all your info (name, degree, major, future plans, photo, address). We want to celebrate our graduates along with our supporting congregations!
Our summer bible study series will run from June 2 to July 28 and will meet on Zoom at 6pm on Wednesday evenings. Check back soon for a Zoom link and more details. We’ll also have some virtual game nights periodically throughout the summer.
If you would like to schedule a free graduation photo session with one of our supporting congregation members, let Anna or Rene know and we’ll get you in contact. (Even if you’re not graduating this year, you can take advantage of this offer for professional headshots or updated photos of yourself.)
Since the ’21-’22 school year will likely look very different from this year and the year before, we’re going to hold off on our annual planning retreat until mid-August when we hope to know more about immunization status and protocol. In the meantime, please send any topics, books, or themes you’d like to explore next year to Anna and Rene as you think of them.
The spring schedule ends May 9. Check back soon for the summer schedule!
Rene and Anna will be holding office hours in the Discord server voice channels throughout the semester. If you’d like to schedule a time to chat on Zoom, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email or DM.
Sundays at 6 p.m.
Our series this semester is called “This I Believe” in honor of the longstanding essay project of the same name. We’ll be welcoming a new guest speaker every Sunday to tell us about one of their core beliefs. All our guests will be from different denominations and religious or spiritual traditions so we can learn about the diversity within and outside the Christian faith.
Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
On Wednesdays, we’ll dive a little deeper into the denomination or religious tradition that Sunday’s guest speaker identifies with and hear from additional people in that tradition. Bring your curiosity!
Throughout the semester, we’ll be working on an asynchronous online service project: compiling a master list of affirming congregations in the Austin area to be posted to our website. No such comprehensive, accurate, up-to-date list currently exists, so this will be a much-needed resource for the LGBTQ+ community in Austin. You can contribute to this project from anywhere, anytime, and for as much time as you have to give. Check the Discord for more details on how to get involved.