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BERKELEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2407 Berkeley Ave. Austin, TX. 78745 (512)447-6633 Email: bumc78745@sbcglobal.



Berkeley Staff
MINISTERS Members of the Congregation PASTOR Rev. Jeanne Devine DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Vikki Schwarz PIANIST Dr. Tyler Mabry PASTORAL INTERN Erica Knisely ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Niki J Torres MEDIA MANAGER Elizabeth Walters CHILDCARE DIRECTOR Allison McGillicuddy

Pastors Perspective
Our Southwest Texas Annual Conference session starts on Thursday, June 6 in Corpus Christi. Carolyn Brown will represent Berkeley at this four-day gathering of laity and clergy from more than 300 United Methodist Churches in south Texas, from Austin to the Valley, and from Corpus to San Angelo (and beyond). Its a time for business meetings and decisions, but much more for worship, fellowship and experiencing the breadth of Gods call and our response throughout our area. Berkeley has a connection to several happenings at this session. Two former pastors, Rick Ricker and Patti Herndon, will be recognized as retired clergy this year. Kallie Green, who just graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango and will enroll at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas next fall, will be listed for the first time as a certified candidate for ordained ministry at the clergy business session. Carolyn and other laity in the Austin District will usher at the ordination service, at which I am honored to serve as one of the liturgists. All churches have voice and vote during the business sessions. This year, we will consider the work already done toward the unification of the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Conferences, and discuss future steps toward uniting as the Rio Texas Conference in January 2015. The goal is to better serve our rapidly changing and growing mission field, rather than to preserve existing structures as long as possible. The vision of the new conference is Uniting Peoples, Vitalizing Congregations, Developing Leaders, and Transforming Communities. I am grateful to Carolyn for her willingness to spend her time and attention preparing for, and then attending, this intense yet rewarding and worshipful conference. I am also grateful to Steve Collins, a certified lay speaker, for preaching at Berkeleys worship services on Sunday, June 9 as the final worship service of the conference session is held. Most of all, I am grateful to all the faithful members of this church whose prayers, service and generous giving make possible our varied United Methodist ministries throughout our area and the entire world. May God continue to guide us all into the future God has in store for us. Your Pastor. Jeanne Devine

I love to tell the story of unseen things above, Of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love. I love to tell the story, because I know tis true, It satisfies my longing, as nothing else can do, I love to tell the story, twill be my theme in glory, To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love. I love to tell the story, more wonderful it seems Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams. I love to tell the story, it did so much for me, And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee. I love to tell the story, tis pleasant to repeat What seems each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet. I love to tell the story for some have never heard The message of salvation from Gods own holy word. I love to tell the story, for those who know it best seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

Telling Our Story

Submitted by Rachel Trudell

I was singing this hymn the other day with some folks, when the third verse struck me as so pertinent to the call we have at hand. I had never noticed this verse before, it was just part of the pretty melody that was so familiar to me. But this time, these words jumped off the page! The United Methodist Church is encouraging members to tell the story, to witness our faith, to develop our willingness and ability to spread the Good News. Even if you think folks know the Salvation storythe Good News of John 3:16something personal happens in sharing it. Try it...why are we hesitant? What are we waiting for? Are you scattering (isnt it called broadcasting?) seeds in your garden of faith?

Mission U Wants You!

Submitted by Liz Skiles

The Mission U weekend, formally known as School Of Christian Mission, will take place July 11-14 at Mt. Wesley in Kerrville, TX. There will be three studies offered during the weekend. One will be a geographical study, Roma of Europe, a social issues study, Poverty, and a spiritual growth study, Living Sacramentally/Walking Justly. Each study will have program resources which may be ordered from and shipped to you. There will be childcare offered for all ages with studies for children over age three. If you

can only attend for one day it will be on Saturday, May 13 for the Living Sacramentally/ Walking Justly study. There is always a mission project, and this year we will be collecting items for sewing kits. More information will come later on the items and collection dates. Registration forms and more information may be acquired at or from one of the UMW members of the church. You must register by June 27. Please come and join us for this fun-filled weekend!

Summer Intern Arrives June 12

Erica Knisely, a student at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will begin her tenweek pastoral internship at Berkeley on June 12. Each APTS student completes a Supervised Practice of Ministry component during seminary. Erica is the third APTS student who has asked for assignment to Berkeley UMC; Jessica Goad (now associate pastor at First UMC, Flagstaff, AZ) and Katie Frederick (graduating this year and entering a yearlong chaplaincy residency at Vitas Hospice in San Antonio) have served here in 2011 and 2012. We asked Erica to share something about herself: I am a Texan. I was born in Plano. I graduated from high school and college in Kansas. This means that during March Madness you will see me cheering for the Jayhawks, not the Longhorns. I made it back to Texas as quickly as I could, moving here in 2001 for graduate school. My degree is in Public Affairs, and I worked with community health care centers across the state for almost 7 years. Due to my work, which kept me on the road, I have seen more small, Texas towns than most people who live here. My absolute favorite place to visit in Texas is Marfa, where I spent my honeymoon with my husband, Patrick. We have been married for a little over two years. We met in an improvised comedy class here in Austin. Hes really funny and makes me laugh all the time. We have even gotten on stage together to perform a few times. As far as hobbies go, I love to dance, play board games with friends, and watch Doctor Who. I also enjoy listening to live music, especially acoustic folk. I love to hike and am proud of the three major hikes that I have completed thus far: Gokyo peak in the Everest region, the Grand Canyon, and the Machu Picchu trail. While I was always the slowest hiker in my group, I had a great time! I have felt called to ministry since my undergraduate days, and finally heeded the call a few years ago. I have just completed my second year at Austin Seminary, and I thrive in an academic environment. One of my favorite subjects is Hebrew exegesis. Be prepared: it is very likely that you will hear me preaching from the Old Testament this summer. I look forward to meeting all of you and to our time in fellowship with one another this summer. Thank you for welcoming me into your congregation with open arms.

Welcome, Confirmands!
On Pentecost Sunday, May 19, Berkeley welcomed three new professing members: Cameron Burns, Emily McClanahan, and Julia Wasson. They undertook several months of study and prayer in preparation for confirming their faith publicly and taking membership vows to uphold their church with their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Their mentorsKim Royal, Larry Schmidt and Rachel Trudellaccompanied them on their journey of faith and, along with parents and other family members, stood with them during their confirmation. Please welcome these young persons and celebrate the gifts they bring to our household of faith.

Youth Mission Trip in June

Upper Left: Emily McClanahan leads the reading of the Psalm; Lower Left: Rev. Devine baptizes Julia Wasson; Center: Confirmands & mentors, L to R, Rachel Trudell, Julia Wasson, Kim Royal, Emily McClanahan, Larry Schmidt, and Cameron Burns; Right: Cameron Burns leads the prayer of confession.


Erica Knisely, our pastoral intern, will accompany Berkeleys youth on their mission trip to San Antonio, June 23-29. As part of the youth group from Bee Creek UMC, they will work with Blueprint Ministries in San Antonio, one of the sites of this summers UM ARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth). For years, this youth ministry program of our annual conference has provided Christ-centered quality youth work camps that serve people in need, and promote spiritual growth and leadership development in youth. Our group will engage in construction projects that make a difference to senior adults and people with disabilities. Adult supervision is provided at all times. Thanks to Letha Peters for organizing participation by our youth and their families; to our United Methodist Women for providing financial support for the trip; and to Rev. Laura Heikes and Tracy Sherrod, youth director at Bee Creek UMC, for graciously inviting our youth to participate in this trip with them.

Austin Free Store Update

Submitted by Carolyn Brown "The FreeStore offers a contagious opportunity for persons to become both customers and contributors, share kindness, strengthen the sense of community, and feel more significant." - John Edgar, original FreeStore founder Submitted by Carolyn Brown You cant do everything, so do something. Shane Stanford -

5th Sunday June Potluck

Submitted by Claudia Wenzel God richly gives us everything to enjoy. - 1 Timothy 6:17

The month of June has five Sundaystime for a fifth Sunday pot luck! Let's get together for an old fashioned Methodist picnic in the CLC after second service, Sunday, June 30. It's sure to be fun! The weather will be warm, so bring your favorite summer recipe to share: salads, sandwiches, fried chicken, desserts, whatever your fancy. Lemonade and tea will be provided. For the program, Carolyn Brown, Myrna Cavender, and Susan Curtis will share highlights from their Honduras mission trip. Those three are always fun and interesting! The Spiritual Care Committee (Rachel Trudell, chair), and Congregational Care Committee (Mary Lynn Smith and Claudia Wenzel, chairs) will be your hostesses.

We did something...and we are going to change the world a little bit for some homeless students at Crocket and Akins high schools. In addition, we reached out to our neighbors and some of our childcare workers. Berkeley UMC came through again! Preliminary numbers from the Change the World event show that we cleared in excess of $1,000. Its not possible to name all the people who helped in some way, so find yourself in one or more of these areas: planning committee, yard work, donations, music, volunteers of all ages, a new BUMC brochure, the Dana Center (for information on education for homeless students), and those who purchased something or made a monetary contribution...or anything I might have omitted. Many thanks to all of you! Special thanks go out as well to our generous sponsors: Central Market HEB Wal-Mart Randalls

Who is a Homeless Student?

According to the McKinneyVento Act and Texas state law, homeless students may live: In a shelter (family shelter, domestic violence shelter, youth shelter, or transitional living program); In a motel, hotel, or weeklyrate housing; In a house or an apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss; In an abandoned building or a car, at a campground, or on the street; In a temporary foster care or with an adult who is not the parent or legal guardian; In a substandard housing (no electricity, no water, and/or no heat); or With friends or family because they are a runaway or unaccompanied youth. - Texas Homeless Education Office

The FreeStore is up and running! Right now it is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10am 1pm. Donations are accepted Monday Thursday (Note that these times are subject to change). This is not a thrift store. It is a place for people to sit down, have a cup of coffee, and chat while waiting for their turn to shop. It is a community, showing Gods love and grace by accepting all and sharing a few items they might need. Consider volunteering a few hours. Check out their website at

Congrats, Grads
Congratulations to those members of our church family whose graduations we celebrate:

Julia Hamilton, graduating from Bowie HS; will attend A&M University; Colby Grason Smith (grandson of Marilee Smith), graduating from Lexington High School; Breanna Peters, graduating from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX with a BS in Health and Science Management; Kallie Green, graduating from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a BS in Chemistry; Carson Green, graduating from University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas with a BS in Computer Engineering; Paul Seaman (son of Rev. Patti Herndon), graduating from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX with a Bachelor of Science.

Better than a C.D...

Submitted by Rev. Jeanne Devine

as in Certificate of Deposit, not compact disc! The Texas Methodist Foundation offers individual investments, comparable to CDs at banks, which pay a higher rate than banks do. If you are disappointed with current yields on CDs, consider investing with TMF. As of 5/22/13, one-year certificates yield .90%, threeyear yield 1.65%, five-year yield 2.2%. Current rates and application forms are available online at or by calling 331-9971. You can connect your faith with your money and benefit yourself at the same time. Your money provides loans to churches to expand their facilities and ministries. Is your current CD accomplishing your faith goals? Are you satisfied with the return? If not, please contact TMF. Brochures are available in our church narthex.

30 4p Tai Chi (FH) 5p Covenant (9)







Book Review: The Three Little Pigs by Steven Kellogg

submitted by Kathy Beth Stavinoha

And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.
- Mark 9:36-37 Im sure all but the very youngest members of our congregation are familiar with the story of the three little pigs and their three houses, each of which was built with a different material: straw, sticks, and brick. Of course if you know that much, then you know about the big bad wolf. But unless youve read the account that I recently read, you dont know the pigs names, their family enterprise, and their educational background. This is delightfully covered with some amazingly detailed drawings in Steven Kelloggs version of the story, recommended for children 4 8 and available at the Austin Public Library. In case youre wondering why I was reading the story to begin with (and even if you werent), Ill tell you. For the last two years Ive volunteered for Austins Partners in Education program (https:// FindOpportunities). Volunteers may be classroom coaches in reading or math or may serve as mentors. Since I love to read and want to spread that love, I signed up to help second-graders with their reading. A curriculum is provided, but every few weeks theres a read aloud day in which the coach reads to the students. This past year I coached four adorable children at Odom Elementary School. My time commitment was about 90 minutes a week, which included drive time. It is a very rewarding activity and the attention means A LOT to the students. Their enthusiasm meant a lot to me. Please consider the difference you can make in the life of a child and contact Austins Partners in Education.

2 Communion Sunday 4p Tai Chi (FH) 5p Covenant (9)

3 10a Womens Group (9) 7p Covenant (9)

4 6p Congregational Care (7)

5 6p Handbells (small group only) 7p Choir

6 5:308p Saint Louise House (CLC)


June 6-9: Southwest Texas Conference, Corpus 9 4p Tai Chi (FH) 5p Covenant (9) 10 10a Womens Group (9) 7p Covenant (9) 11 5:30p Prime Timers (FH) 6:15p Childcare Board (7) 12 9:30a UMW Women in Action Circle (CLC) 7p Choir 13 5:308p Saint Louise House (CLC) 7p Trustees (7) 14 Flag Day 15 7:30a UMW Women in Gods Grace Circle (FH)

16 Fathers Day 4p Tai Chi (FH) 5p Covenant (9) Newsletter deadline

17 10a Womens Group (9) 7p Covenant (9) 7p Finance (7)


19 7p Choir

20 5:308p Saint Louise House (CLC)


22 7:28a Mens breakfast (FH)


23 4p Tai Chi 5p Covenant (9)

24 10a Womens Group (9) 7p Covenant (9)

25 5:45p Spiritual Care (9) 7p Church Council

26 7p Choir (final rehearsal until August)

27 5:308p Saint Louise House (CLC)





June 23-29: UM ARMYSummer Youth Mission Trip

Monthly Income Monthly Expenses Year-to-Date Income Year-to-Date Expenses

$ 22,214 $ 21,690 $ 88,789 $ 86,149


2013 120 43

YTD 129 36

2012 162 45