May 20, 2010

[Vox News] National Hamburger Month

What is it about our culture that really enjoys paradoxical oxymorons? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just watch Linda Richman on her show ‘Coffee Talk’ and you’ll see what I mean. During this National Hamburger Month, doesn’t it seem ironic to be celebrating something that has such an incapacitating identity crisis that it can do nothing but lie and sleep between two slices of bread? Sure, it tastes delicious and gives great satisfaction and fulfillment once ingested and digested, but c’mon now, is it really socially and morally beneficial to be highlighting a piece of meat that lives its life by sitting on a throne of lies? I think not. And while we’re on the subject, don’t think we don’t see you over there, you filthy Chickpea! You’re neither a chick nor a pea, but just because you’ve stepped into a deep fryer and changed your name to Falafel, don’t think for one second that we are unable to see past your crispy exterior. Watch out, because you’re next on our paradoxical oxymoron hitless.

[Vox Dunk Fest ’10 – Highlight Reel]
For those who were able to join us for the baptism/picnic last Sunday, we hope it was a beautiful time of celebration and community. If you were unable to join us, please check out the stories of our 3 friends who took the plunge and be encouraged by what God has done in and through their lives.

Click on each person for their baptism profile:
Ryan Watters
Grace Chiang
Anslee Connell

[Vote Or Die 2K10]
Much of what we do at Vox is inspired by the world leader known as P-Diddy, so it’s no surprise we jacked his slogan as well. Although presidential candidates won’t be on our ballot, it’s time to let your voices be heard. This Sunday, we will be having our ECC affirmation vote where you, the men and women of Vox Veniae, get to say ‘YAY’, ‘NAY’ or ‘FTW’ to whether or not we as a community move forward in becoming part of the ECC denomination. Not going to be at Liturgy this Sunday? Never fear!! We will have Absentee ballots available if you are unable to attend this weekend’s festivities. For more information on the ECC, check out their website.

[Skillshare Austin]
Skillshare Austin is one of the big highlight events Space12 hosts annually. It’s a 2-day event (6/5-6/6) that features free hands-on workshops on urban homesteading, transportation, arts and media, fun and games, parenting and childcare, horizontal organizing, cooking, health and self care and more! They are currently looking for a few more workshops. We would like our Vox community to attend and participate in this event. If you have a skill you like to share and teach, please contact Sam or sign up via the Skillshare website ASAP.

[Generosity Report – April]
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. For the details of April’s giving, you can download the report here. If you have any questions please email Michelle.

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[Sunday Liturgy]
Have you ever started a movie after missing the first few minutes? Did you wonder why the characters were acting the way they were? Were you lost in the story? The prologue of a narrative help us to understand why things are the way they are. Join us this Sunday as we continue our series on the opening chapters of Genesis called Prologue. Our Sunday Liturgy is at 11:00 AM at Space 12 (3121 East 12th Street).

[Vox Slashies]
With the diversity of our community and the different interests that we have, Vox is proud to present the Slashies to promote our community-based initiatives. Plug into one or plug into all. Click here for details and a map of all the slashies.

Here is the list of current Slashies:
1. Vox Community Garden Initiative – contact Jessica
2. Vox Book Club – contact John Bagwell or Nick Deere
3. Healthy Living – contact Anslee
4. Sunday Morning Bible Study – contact Libby
5. Cycling Crew – email us or join the facebook group
6. Sewing Class – contact Delores
7. Basketball – contact Yeeland
8. Photography – contact Enoch or Ryan

For more details on these slashies, you can find them here.

[Our Trash Is Your Treasure]
Have you ever gone to a yard sale and picked up a seemingly useless piece of junk, but upon arriving home you discover that it is in fact a priceless artifact? Well, this is your lucky day, because Space 12 has a few items for sale at a mind blowingly affordable price!! As an added incentive, if you purchase any one of these items, you will receive a free ping-pong tutorial from one of our resident sensei’s.

Desk (4 Available): $70.00 each
Rolling Office Chairs (2 Available): $60.00 each

If you have any questions regarding these items or would like to come check out the good, you can contact Paul and set up an appointment.

[Global Updates]
With the global landscape ever changing, it would be foolish to think that our little pocket of life in Central Texas is all that matters. As a small molecule in the global Church, we desire to continue our global partnerships as well as highlight different things people from the Vox community are involved with around the globe. For more details on our different partnerships, check out these following links to catch a glimpse on what Vox is doing around the globe. Click here for more details on other global partnerships as well as finding out how you can be involved. You can also check out the latest updates from Haiti, India, and Ethiopia.

[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.

[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.

[Spring Neighborhoods]
Spring Neighborhoods is in full swing, friends!! We would love to invite everyone to plug into a neighborhood this year and live the church with those around you. Our neighborhoods will be organized by geography, so whatever part of town you live, we have a group for you!! Check out the map to see when and where each neighborhood group meets.

MidTown – Wednesdays, 7pm
Central – Sundays, 1pm
South – Tuesdays, 7pm
East (Wed) – Wednesdays, 7pm
East (Sat) – Saturdays, 10:00am

Any question? Check out the website, map or email us.

[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.

[Reading Recommendations]
Recently, we finished our conversation through Paul’s letter to the Romans and discussed Paul’s reference to the Roman community as, “complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another” (15:14). The word ‘complete‘ was often used in the ancient world as a sailing term, whenever the wind would fill (complete) the sail and propel the boat towards the open seas. In the same way, our hope is to become a community where our knowledge propels us to where God is moving in the world. As a tool to help us move in this direction, we compiled a list of suggested readings which can be found here.

[Greenhouse Needs You]
We’re looking for people to help teach the next generation at Vox. So if you love hanging out kids, reading stories, doing crafts, or love hearing the funniest things come out of kids’ mouths, then Greenhouse is the place for you.

Nursery: 0-3 years
Seedlings: Pre-K to 2nd Grade
Roots: 3rd Grade and up

There’s a wide range of commitment levels so contact Rachel for more info and to get involved. And be sure to check out the video promo.

[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.

[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.

[Photo by HKmPUA @ Flickr]