Monday, March 4, 2019 The Church Council of Travis Park Church finds the decision by General Conference 2019 to be incompatible with Christian teaching and denounces the discriminatory policies of the United Methodist Church. Therefore, we will be in discussions with our congregation regarding our affiliation with the denomination.
Travis Park will uphold the equality of LGBTQIA people at all times and in all of our practices. We continue our fervent commitment to welcome and affirm LGBTQIA people and fully celebrate their love among us, including their right to enter into the covenant of marriage in our sanctuary.
We believe that we are all children of God through Christ. We embrace our Wesleyan heritage, which emphasizes Christian living by putting love into action through grace, faith, and good works. All people should be free to use their gifts and talents as God has given them. We stand for unconditional love and justice for our LGBTQIA siblings and community.
Travis Park is committed to following Isaiah 43:19, “I am about to do a new thing; Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Plan to attend an all-church meeting regarding these matters on Sunday, March 17, immediately after the worship service.
Signed, Travis Park Church Council
[Members: Brock Curry, Sonya Erb, Jerry Hardy, Bethany Hons Rachel Jennings, Kathleen Laborde, Campbell Mace-Meador, Jennifer Middleton, Roy Paterson, Susan Snow, Paula Stallcup, and Velia Suarez.]
All are truly welcome at Travis Park Church!
Established in 1846, our church is grounded in history and vision. Today, the people of Travis Park United Methodist Church continue seeking to make the world a better place through transformation of self and community. We serve and learn as brothers and sisters 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 United Methodist 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 United Methodist 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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We embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world. We celebrate our human family's diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, and education. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God's love and grace. We welcome the full inclusion of all people as we journey toward reconciliation through Christ. We recognize that there are differences among us, but believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in the church and society. We invite all people to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.
On Sundays, worship begins in the sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. The service is a blend of contemporary and traditional music led by our Celebration Band & Singers and Sanctuary Choir. On selected Sundays, the Travis Park Ringers (handbell ensemble) Emmaus Singers (Youth Choir) and Joyful Noise! (Children's Choir) join in worship. There is communion each week, and Children have a moment in the worship service as well. Sunday School follows afterward at 11:15 a.m.
On Sunday mornings, when you arrive at Travis Park Church, there are two main options for parking. The Church owns a small parking lot on East Travis Street next to our administration building. Also, we have a special agreement for parking at the Travis Park Plaza Garage across the street from the Church. Choose parking on levels 4, 5 and 6 and park free on Sundays until 1 p.m. Save your ticket and use with a pass available from Church representatives at the Church door, and in the foyer, to use with leaving the parking garage. Parking is free until 1 p.m. on Sundays.