February 18, 2010

[Vox News] Grapefruit Month Edition

With an irony and mystery unparalleled by anything else under the sun, we find ourselves baffled by you, the almighty Grapefruit. Though your name is partially accurate, you are also one of the biggest liars to exist in the kingdom of fruits. Your desire to make us believe that your yellow skin and pink flesh resembles that of a grape is as believable as a football trying to convince us that it’s a ball made out of feet. Or better yet, your fraudulent lifestyle is like someone promising you little delicious things like lower taxes, more jobs, and and an immediate withdrawal out of Iraq, but once you let it into your home, what was once sweet becomes the most horrendously sour piece of business. Why, oh why, my dear Grapefruit, must you make it your life’s mission to make us mad? But in your defense, it is undeniable that your juiciness is rivaled by none in the citrus family. As Alec is the king of the Baldwin brothers, your greatness makes all other would-be rind covered balls of pulp look like failed science experiments, and makes the Watermelon seem as juicy as a saltine drenched in sand and wrapped in hay. Though we salute your accolades, we condemn your machination, and pray for your soul as you come to grips with your counterfeit ways.

[Sunday Liturgy]
We live in a culture that prefers convenience over sacrifice. What does it mean to sacrifice? Over the 40 days of Lent the church historically set aside these days to remember the sacrifice of Christ through his death and resurrection on the cross. Join us these next few weeks for conversation, meditation and reflection on Christ, his sacrifice, and what sacrifice looks like in our lives. (Each of our Neighborhood groups will be giving a group sermon each Sunday during Lent.) Our Sunday Liturgy is at 11:00 AM at Space 12 (3121 East 12th Street).

[Vox Interest Groups]
When ideas and passions from within the Vox community come bubbling to the surface, we get super giddy. Not because we like bubbles, but because we are all about supporting the passions and ideas from the community that benefit the greater community and the city of Austin. Over these next few weeks, we will be highlighting a few awesome initiatives, so tune in to hear more about it and how you can get involved. This week, we will be highlighting a Community Garden Initiative.

Vox Community Garden Initiative
Within the Vox community, we have some insanely green thumbs who will be getting together this Saturday to build garden beds in the open space behind Space12. If you’re interested, we will be starting at 1pm this Saturday. The hopes for this community garden is to not only build community between people at Vox, but to also create a food share market on Sunday, and to eventually branch out and get local youth and neighborhood groups involved with urban garden initiatives. If you have any questions, feel free to email Jessica.

[Spring Neighborhoods]
Spring 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. Our neighborhoods will be organized by geography, so whatever part of town you live, we have a group for you!! Check out the map to see when and where each neighborhood group meets.

MidTown – Wednesdays, 7pm
Central – Sundays, 1pm
South – Tuesdays, 7pm
East (Wed) – Wednesdays, 7pm
East (Sat) – Saturdays, 10:30am

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

[Global Updates]
By now, all of you have probably heard of the heart breaking devastation that happened in Haiti. We mourn the loss of life and pray for healing and redemption to move into this country that has been ravaged by war and natural disaster. If you are interested in finding out more about the needs in Haiti and how you can help, check out the resources found here. And for more details on other global partnerships, visit the website for update, as well as finding out how you can be involved.

In addition, we recently received an update from one of our global partners in Kannagi Nagar Slum in India. To read more about the amazing things that are happening there thanks to all of your generosity and support, check it out 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.

[Generosity Report – January]
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 January’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.

[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.

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 Stefanvds(.com) @ Flickr]

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