June 17, 2010

[Vox News] Recess At Work Day Edition

Some people work so they can play, others play, and only work when necessary. In an ideal world, our work would also be our play, but apparently that luxury is reserved for professional athletes and the former mayor of Detroit. But what if we treated work like a salad, where amidst a sea of green and blah we found a pleasurable spattering of cranberries, walnuts and olives, otherwise fun and oral frolic. In this work day, perhaps we can perform some labor trickery on our mind and intersperse some recess during a day that is traditionally boring and predictable, like a blind date with an IT professional. Need some recommendations? Try some of these during your next work week:

* Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
* Start a human bowling tournament with office chairs and packages of toner
* Crumple balls of paper and toss it at the shredder and see if it takes
* Adopt a highway and give it verbal reinforcement when it does something good
* Gather the office and begin an impromptu rendition of a Mozart’s ‘Ein kline Nacht Music’ using nothing but Vuvuzela’s.
* If all things fail, go to Space 12 and play ping pong, as you will always be guaranteed an epic match chock full of giggles and back breaking backhands.

[Nav Team Birth Announcement – Emily Cox!!]
We are so excited to share the news with the world that the newest addition to the Nav Team family has finally arrived!! Her name is Emily Cox, and we couldn’t be prouder to welcome her in to the flock. With the addition of Emily, the team not only gets stronger and wiser, thanks to her life experiences at A&M, Fuller and Foundation For The Homeless, but the chances of the Nav Team winning a tennis tournament has gotten exponentially better!! Can you say ‘Ringer, baby!!!’???!!!! If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to chat with anyone on the Nav Team to voice your grievances, approvals, or requests for more free juice boxes during snacks. And finally, the next chance you get, grab a chat with Emily, and in no time, you’ll see why her addition to the Nav Team is the greatest thing Vox has done since getting a ping pong table.

[Round VI]
This Friday starting at 7:30pm, we will be having our 6th installment of The Round. In addition to some stellar slam poets and visually captivating artists, we will be featuring an all Jazz lineup that is sure to WOW and mesmerize your pants off. For more details, check out the facebook event. And if you would like to land a hand with tomorrow’s event, hit up Sam. Hope to see you tomorrow!!

[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.

[Generosity Report – May]
In a time where breaking even is getting harder and harder to come by, we have been immensely blessed by your generosity these past few months, as we have been meeting our monthly budget. Through your unswerving kindness and generous giving, this community has been tremendously blessed by your faithfulness and sacrificial living. For the details of May’s giving, you can download the report here. If you have any questions please email Michelle.

[Haiti Revisited]
Five months have passed since the earthquake in Haiti. Please continue to remember and pray for our devasted neighbors. A recent ‘This American Life’ episode on Haiti is a must listen.

[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 continue 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.

[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.

[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…”

[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 ashley marie’s photos @ Flickr]