December 24, 2009

[Vox News] Christmas Trivia Edition

During this season of Christmas, there are traditions galore.
But what’s real and true, what what’s false and folklore?
Whether you’re unwrapping gifts or just sitting at home,
we give you this trivia in the form of a poem.
So from us here at Vox we give you some readings,
may you learn something new and get fill with warm feelings.

Trivia #1: Did you know when Joseph was married to Mary, there are writings that point to Joseph being as young as 16, but as old as 90? Talk about a Golddigger pre Kanye West.

Trivia #2: It is most likely that Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas Day, even though our culture attributes December 25th as his birthday. Many scholars and historians speculate that Jesus was probably born in September.

Trivia #3: The origins of Christmas are actually traced back to an old Roman pagan holiday where they exchanged gifts, lit candles, and killed enemies of state. Sounds like a h00t, y’all!!

Trivia #4: For Santa to stop off at every single house on Christmas eve, he would need to travel at 650 miles per second, creating approximately 4,375,015 pounds of force onto his person, which would instantaneously liquify his body into a quivering puddle of pink goo. Scientifically, if Santa exists, he is most likely dead.

Trivia #5: Mistletoe is neither a missile nor a toe. Discuss.

Merry Christmas, friends.

[Sunday Liturgy]
For centuries, people waited for a messiah that would bring hope to a broken world full of suffering and despair. Even now in the 21st century, the world continues to be filled with news of war, recession and anxiety. Amidst the turmoil and uncertainty, this season of advent is a welcome change of pace for church communities to hope, rest and remember. Join us this advent season as different voices from the Vox community lead us in remembering when hope entered the world. Our Sunday Liturgy is at 11:00 AM at Space 12 (3121 East 12th Street).

[Dining Together on the 25th]
Are you planning on staying in Austin on the 25th? If so, you’re invited to a Christmas Day Potluck. There will be more details coming in the very near future, but if you’re interested in coming, please RSVP by Tuesday, December 22nd (just so we know how large a space we need in order to accommodate everyone). To RSVP or to get more information, please email Leslie for details.

[Neighborhoods Survey]
In preparation for the new neighborhood season slated to launch in the Spring, we wanted to get some feedback on your experience with neighborhoods this past semester. We have created a digital survey for your convenience, so if you could fill it out and tell is your thoughts about neighborhoods, that would be greatly appreciated. The survey can be found here.

[Lost and Found]
No, we’re not referring to the band whose song ‘Lions’ features the slinky as a percussion instrument. We’re referring to the bin of unclaimed goodies and homeless artifacts located next to the water cooler by the bar at Space12. If you think you may have left something at Space12, chances are it’s been put into the lost and found bin. At the end of each month, we plan on donating the contents of the lost and found bin, so please check to make sure you haven’t misplaced anything you don’t mind passing along to those who can use it.

[Getting Involved with Vox]
Have you always wanted to get more involved with Vox but haven’t known how? Do you have a passion or vision for something that Vox isn’t currently involved in? If you answered YES to either of these questions, then this is for you!! We would love to help you get more involved with what’s happening in the Vox community, as well as come along side your passion and vision to help it leave the dream realm and give it life. If this at all interests you, please let us know by sending us an email.

[Global Updates]
In addition to connecting with local partners and being involved with local initiatives and organizations, Vox is also partnering with people and groups around the world. For more details, visit the website for an update on how Vox’s Global partners are doing, as well as finding out how you can be involved.

[Generosity Report – November]
We’re grateful for the generous community that we have. Your generosity allows us to be generous to the city of Austin and the world around us. This past Sunday, we had a slight error in the monthly target when we presented the budget during liturgy. For the details of the updated November’s giving, you can download the report here. If you have any questions please email Michelle.

[Online Giving]
We’ve always wanted to exercise generosity by giving out as much as we can to those around us who are in need. If you would like to partner financially with Vox in this mission, we have several options for you.

1. Bill Pay through own bank.
2. EFT signup is available online.
3. credit card through google checkout.
4. snail mail


For more information, please click here.

[WYOMP]
You might be wondering what this acronym stands for. Well, allow me to spill the beans!! WYOMP stands for ‘Wash Your Own Mugs, Please ‘. One of the new perks of having our liturgy at Space12 is the plethora of mugs and drinking utensils at our disposal. Unfortunately, when the liturgy is over and the snacks are all consumed, the once clean cups are left dirty and all alone in the sink. If you could, after you have finished enjoying the delightful snacks and beverages, please lend a hand with washing the mugs and drinkware. That would be greatly appreciated.

[Won’t You Be My Friend?]
Hi, my name is Vox Veniae, and this is my cousin Space 12. I’m 4 years old, and Space just turned one a little while ago. We’re very friendly, housebroken and love our bellies rubbed. We would like to be friends with you!! We promise to not Zombie bite you, nor will we ask you to join our kingdom. We just want to be your friend because that will make us happy. Click here to add Vox as a friend and here to add Space12 as a friend.

[Rides to Vox]
If you live on campus and are in need of a ride on Sunday morning to join us for Liturgy, please email us and we’ll hook you up. If you could send an email by 11pm on Friday, that would be greatly appreciated.

[Photo by matt-pearson @ Flickr]