May 27, 2010

[Vox News] National Vinegar Month Edition

As we near the end of a delightful month, there is no better way to eulogize the month of May than to pay homage to the swiss army knife of the culinary world we know fondly as Vinegar. Aptly given the nickname ‘Bo Jackson’, Vinegar can truly lay claim to the self given description “Jack of All Trades”. Whether you have stains, bland food, or cervical cancer, vinegar is your go to hero that will save the day with pizzazz and flair. And if ants, weeds and dirty public bathrooms are infesting your surroundings, Vinegar will be the kryptonite that sends those pests and fecal coliforms back to where they came. So whether you’re a fan of red, malt or apple cider, fruit, balsamic or rice wine, kombucha, distilled or cane, Vinegar has the skills to satisfy your every need.

[Absentee Voting Now Open]
If you missed out on casting your ballot this past Sunday, never fear, as your voice still has a chance to be heard. We have an absentee ballot available for those who would like to share their thoughts, which can be found here. And if you would like 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.

[Neighborhoods Pause Button]
Yup, the play/pause button for our Neighborhoods groups has been pressed and will stay this way for the month of June. While the show has been temporarily suspended, you’re free to get up and grab a snack from the fridge, use the bathroom, or go outside and enjoy the summer air. But never fear!! Come July, Neighborhoods will be resuming in and the show will continue for all to enjoy. So in the meantime, feel free to get together with people in your Neighborhoods group in the form of random weekly/daily/sporadic get togethers and enjoy one another’s company.

[Relationship Status: Available]
No, Vox isn’t on the prowl for a date, nor are we trying to solicit help in matchmaking. We are, however wanting to let you all know that one of the Vox houses on the East Side is available to anyone who may be interested in moving into the neighborhood. This house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and lots of character. If you are looking for a place to live and are interested in exploring the possibility of living on the East Side, send us an email and we’ll help you change your housing status from “it’s complicated” to “in a relationship with…”

[Allies Working Against Displacement]
Community members in East Austin are coming together Sun afternoon from 4-7pm at Space12 to talk about issues facing the East Austin community. This workshop is geared specifically at working through issues of communication, outreach, sensitivity and political impact in East Austin. It’s a chance to hear and understand the context in which Vox is a part of here in East Austin.

[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.

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[Sunday Liturgy]
Join us this Sunday as we start our summer series on the Lectionary calendar and talk through The Rhythm of Ordinary Life. 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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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 Marco Veringa @ Flickr]