September 24, 2009

[Vox News] National Punctuation Day Edition

Some say that the spice of life can be found through the appurtenance of variety and surprise. In much the same way, Punctuation is that spice in the English language that run-on sentences covet. Not since the accidental press of the Caps Lock button has such emotion, passion and surprise been so eloquently promulgated to the masses. With the wily and unexpected addition of punctuation and capitalization, your sentence will be given the makeover of a lifetime. One moment, it’s an unassuming and sheltered conglomeration of words standing in the corner twiddling their thumbs at the middle school dance. But as couple hyphens and exclamation marks later, it’s erupted into the uncontrollable ball of rage chock full of teenage angst that will woo your senses one moment, but break your heart the next. As the fedora, cummerbund and oversized scrunchie handbag is to the fashion accessory world, we salute you, Punctuation, as being the greatest accessory to be drafted by the English Language since the acronym. FTW!!!

[Sunday Liturgy]
As the saying goes, When in Rome, do as the Romans do. How did the Romans live? How did the church connect to its surroundings? Why did Paul address specific issues that he did? As this letter changed Rome and greats such as Augustine and Luther, may it change us and our city. Join us as we continue our coversation through the epic letter of Romans. Our Sunday Liturgy is at 11:00 AM at Space 12 (3121 East 12th Street).

[Liturgy Logistics at Space 12]
As we make our transition in becoming the newest tenants in Space 12, there are a few logistics we wanted to pass along.

1. Being a Good Neighbor
We want to encourage everyone to be mindful of the surrounding neighborhood. As tenants of this new space, we are surrounded by families and individuals who have called this section of East Austin home for dozens of years, if not generations. Let us be aware of our actions and try our best to be as good a neighbor as we can to the community.

2. Carpool/Biking Encouraged
One of the challenges we will be facing/addressing is enough parking for the Vox community. To help alleviate this, we encourage you all to try carpooling or biking to Space 12.

3. Space 12 Parking
We are anticipating a very full parking lot most Sunday mornings, and we will do our best to accommodate as may car as possible. There will be people on site to direct the parking traffic so as to best utilize the space.

When the Space 12 lot becomes full, there will also be off-site parking available on 13th St (between McKinley and Airport) and Oakgrove Ave (off of 12th).

For a map of all the available parking options during the Sunday Liturgy, it can be downloaded 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.

[Fall Neighborhoods]
Fall 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. For the next few months, our neighborhoods will be organized by life stage, so whether you’re a student, a professional, married or a family, we have a group for you!! Check out the map to see when and where each neighborhood group meets.

StuPros, aka, Students and Professionals
  South/Central – Tuesday, 7pm
  Midtown – Wednesday, 7pm
  Campus – Tuesday, 7pm

Marrieds – Wednesday, 7pm

Families – Friday, 7pm

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

[Chillin’ With Childrens]
Are you good with kids? Do you enjoy reading with them, playing with them, or entertaining them by hurting yourself? If you answered yes to any or all of these, this one’s for you!! The families neighborhoods is looking for some help to hang with the kiddos so that the parents can enjoy community and discussion with one another without the joyful interruption of the kidlings. The families neighborhoods meets on Fridays at 7pm, so If you’re interested in helping, please send an email to Carol.

[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.

[Inside Books Project Work Party @ Space12]
One of the newest tenants in Space12 is the Inside Books Project, an amazing organization that sends donated books to prison inmates. Each month, they receive over 800 letters from inmates in Texas Prison system, and they are trying to catch up and make sure no letter goes left unanswered. If you would like to volunteer with their upcoming work party here at Space12, these are the dates:

Thursday: 7pm – ‘TIL THE COFFEE RUNS OUT!
Friday: Starts at 10am! ALL DAY! ALL NIGHT! FREE BEER!
Saturday: 3pm – ‘TIL WE CAN’T GO NO MORE!
Sunday: 3pm – ‘TIL THE SUN COMES UP!


In addition, they have work nights every Thursday and Sunday at Space12 from 8pm-11pm. If you have any questions, please email them.

[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, join us every third Sunday of each month to hear a live update on how Vox’s Global partners are doing, as well as finding out how you can be involved. Or, you can email us for more info.

[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.

[Global Fundraiser]
Recently, one of our own, Evan Wilson, gave an update on his plans to move to Central Asia as well as organized a fundraiser chock full of food, facts and fun. If you missed the festivities, it doesn’t mean you missed the boat to lend a hand. If you would like to get more information or wish to make a contribution, please send an email to Evan.

[ECC Feedback]
A few weeks ago, we had a Q&A session regarding the possibility of having Vox join the denomination called Evangelical Covenant Church. If you have any questions or feedback about Vox joining the ECC, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to email your questions or comments to us.

[Won’t You Be My Friend?]
Hi, my name is Vox Veniae, and this is my cousin Space 12. I’m 3 years old, and Space is 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 The Green Album @ Flickr]