November 5, 2009

[Vox News] Sweet Potato Awareness Month

There are many injustices continually unfolding around us. Some receive national attention and become banners of passionate soap boxory for politicians, musicians and celebrities. But for the issues that lack ‘sex appeal’ and do not satisfy our cravings for all things shock value, they remain ignored, whereby muting the cries of the oppressed and amplifying the mocking voices of the tyrants. One such issue that remains under the iron fist of indifference is a form of stereotyping that has not only become socially acceptable, but faces continual opposition when society’s ignorance is challenged and brought to the surface. The issue under discussion is none other than this: SWEET POTATOES AREN’T YAMS!!! To learn more about how you can participate in the Sweet Potato Revolution, go to www.sweetpotatoawareness.org to join the conversation. Until next week, stand with us in solidarity against Sweet Potato Stereotyping!!

[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).

This week, our liturgy is blessed to welcome Kester from Immanuel who will be helping us continue our conversation through the book Romans. Please join us as we welcome another voice from the Church in Austin into our journey through Romans.

[East Side Halloween Party]
For all those who helped with the halloween party by coming or contributing supplies, THANK YOU!!!! This year’s party was a great success and everyone who came left with some spectacular treats and lasting memories. We would not have been able to do this without everyone’s support and generosity!!

[Tools for your Box]
Coinciding with our series, When in Rome, we are providing tools to the community to hear God’s voice through the scriptures. One of the ways Christians have done this throughout history is via a daily rhythm of prayer and meditation. This past Sunday, we introduced a great online resource, Examen.me. We encourage you to utilize this tool daily to center our lives in hearing and seeing God in all things.

[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.

[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 or join us every third Sunday (this 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.

[It’s ECC, Yea You Know Me]
Although unaffiliated with the 90’s rap group Naughty By Nature, Vox is looking into joining the exciting denomination known as the Evangelical Covenant Church, (ECC for short). If you have any questions or would like to know more about the ins and outs of this denomination, please join us with your questions or curiosities. In the mean time, if you have any questions, please email them to us, or go to ECC website or download their brochure for more details.

[Local Partnership Opportunities]
Vox is currently partnering with an amazing local Austin organization called The Care Communities, whose mission is to provide practical and compassionate support to those living with Cancer and AIDS in the Austin area. Through this partnership, we help provide practical day-to-day support like trips to the grocery store, rides to doctors visits or the pharmacy, or something as simple as conversation and human interaction. If you would like to be part of this partnership, please send us an email and we’ll get you connected.

[Generosity Report – October]
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 October’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 Pinch My Salt @ Flickr]