Message from TPC Council — May 22, 2020

Greetings from the Travis Park Church Council. I hope you are doing well during these days of physical distancing. While some parts of the Texas economy and some churches are re-opening, we are taking a more deliberate approach to ensure the safety of our diverse congregation. Earlier this week Valerie convened the Open Doors Task Force, made up of several folks from the congregation, to help discern what re-opening the church doors for worship, outreach, and small groups will look like when the time comes. My goal in seeking the help of this Task Force is to make recommendations to the Council on HOW best to re-open. They are working on a congregational survey that you should receive in the next week or so. The Council will use the information from the survey and input from the Task Force to help guide our consideration in the weeks to determine WHEN to re-open. I invite you to view this message from Bishop Robert Schnase who, I think, correctly frames our discussion.

In the meantime, I encourage you to be in touch with the TPC congregation. I hope you have enjoyed worshiping virtually these last few weeks. I commend the staff, volunteers, and clergy for their creativity and skill in making putting these services together. I have been inspired by the dedication and technical capabilities that have been on display. If you are able to participate by teleconference, I encourage you to join the Sunday School class discussion following virtual worship at 9:45 am on Sunday mornings, the Vespers service at 7:30 pm on Thursday evenings, or start your own video connection with your own Sunday School class or small group.

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Reconciling CongregationAll are truly welcome at Travis Park Church!
Established in 1846, our church is grounded in history and vision. Today, the people of Travis Park Church continue seeking to make the world a better place through transformation of self and community. We serve and learn as siblings from all walks of life: rich and poor, housed and homeless, gay and straight, black and brown and white, secular and sacred, PhD and GED. The people of Travis Park Church seek to live and love as God does: passionately and unconditionally. God calls us on a journey forward, to break down the walls of prejudice, and to embrace all our brothers and sisters. 

…and justice in action. Travis Park’s commitment to justice means our congregation strives to remove political, cultural, and societal barriers both in the church and community that prevent people from being who God created them to be. This commitment is not based in anybody’s idea of political correctness, but in the actions and teachings of Jesus. The closer our lives mirror his life, the more available we are to experience and become God’s new creation. 

Travis Park Church is affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network, a group of congregations and groups worldwide which have adopted statements welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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Church-wide survey

Travis Park Church has organized a task force to review how and when we’ll begin having physical gatherings as a community again. Please fill out this survey by Monday June

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CMI receives grants/donations

CMI has received a generous grant of $14,000 from the Latter Day Saints for the repair and restoration of its showers. Improvements are underway. Also, other grant activity from churches

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