October 22, 2009

[Vox News] National Chemistry Week Edition

Whether you’re cooking dinner, watching TV or speed dating, chemistry surrounds us and empowers us like that protective layer of plastic covering your grandmother’s sofa. Some may sneer at the stupefying strides made by chemists around the world and wonder if scientific progress has been stunted for the sake of selfish rapacity, but these sneers will soon shift sides from sadness to gladness as we realize that a world without chemistry would be like wearing a pair of skinny jeans 4 sizes too small: You can squeeze into them and make it work, but the possibility of jeopardizing the future of mankind would be astronomical. So for the sake of our children and the future of this fragile world, give chemistry a chance, please?

[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).

[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.

[Lunching Together]
Immediately after this Sunday’s liturgy, lunch will be available for $5 per person. We currently have a signup sheet available that will help us order enough food if you’re planning on joining us. Click here to put your name down for some delicious pizza pie.

[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). This Sunday, we will be having a Q&A time with Jeff Black, an ECC pastor here in Austin. 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.

[Families That Play Together…]
…have tons ‘o fun, of course!! How else would that cliche end? If you’re interested in having fun by way of playing outdoor activities and sweating under the Texas heat all for the sake of community, then this new gig is for you!! Join us every Sunday afternoon at Givens Park (3811 E 12th St) starting at 4pm for an afternoon filled with games like tennis, basketball, kickball and freeze tag that will make your mother proud and siblings unconsolably jealous. Any questions, send an email to Paul.

[East Side Halloween Party]
Who doesn’t love a sweet party?? Over the last couple years, we’ve been able to throw some pretty fantastic Halloween parties on the East Side. But if it wasn’t for the generosity of the Vox community, these parties would have probably never happened. This year, we’d like to throw another Halloween party and would like to see if the Vox community would like to help again. We have created a sign up sheet, so if you would like to help donate a few goodies, go and sign up here. Thank you for your help!!

[StuPros October Festivities]
Next week, the StuPro’s (students and professionals) group will be having a few joint activities, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. Below are the details, so if you’re a student or a professional, please join us for one or both of these events!! Any questions, please email us.

Potluck and Pumpkins (7pm @ Space12)

Details: The theme for this potluck is BREAKFAST!! Bring a breakfast themed food item to share with the group. Pumpkins will be available if you would like to carve one. Please bring $5 to help cover the costs and a knife to show the pumpkins who’s boss.

House Pizzeria (6:30pm @ 5111 Airport Blvd)
Details: In keeping with last month’s pizza theme, we’re going to meet for dinner at 6:30pm at House Pizzeria. Afterwards, some people have voiced an interest in doing something halloween related. Come join us if you’re interested!!

[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.

[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 – September]
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 September’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.

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 greenka (very busy) @ Flickr]

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