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TH E B ER K EL EY BU ZZ
Berkeley United Methodist Church
2407 Berkeley Ave. Austin, TX 78745 (512) 447-6633 Fax: 851-8438 www.berkeleyumc.org Childcare Center: 443-3509 Ministers Members of the Congregation Pastor Rev. Jeanne Devine revjeanned@sbcglobal.net Pastoral Intern Jessica Goad
jessica.goad@student.austinseminary.edu

THE WI ND BEN EATH MY W INGS
I always enjoy it when Berkeley members bring me church bulletins from their travels. Nancy and Jeff Cecil worshiped at First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches recently, when they visited their son Matthew for Parents’ Weekend at Sam Houston State University there. Nancy mentioned that they had arrived on the very Sunday the church’s guest speaker was launching the church’s capital stewardship campaign. Not your idea of a great Sunday to visit? Maybe, but he enlivened the presentation with a clip from the movie Beaches. Maybe you recall that Bette Midler sang “The Wind Beneath My Wings”. This film about a longtime friendship, and how much people can mean to each other over time, perfectly fit his message about that church and any church. We are here now because someone else was the Wind Beneath Our Wings. Now it’s our turn. Bishop Robert Schnase explains how practicing Extravagant Generosity is fundamental to our faith: Every sanctuary and chapel in which we have worshiped, every church organ that has lifted our spirits, every pew where we have sat, every Communion rail at which we have knelt, every hymnal from which we have sung, every praise band that has touched our hearts, every church classroom where we have gathered with friends, every church kitchen that has prepared our meals, every church van that has taken us to camp, every church camp cabin where we have slept—all are the fruit of someone’s Extravagant Generosity. We have been the recipients of grace upon grace. We are the heirs, the beneficiaries of those who came before us, those who were touched by the generosity of Christ enough to give graciously so that we could experience the truth of Christ for ourselves. We owe the same to generations to come. And he doesn’t restrict our generosity to financial gifts alone. He uses the example of birds building nests: “The nests are not for the birds who build them, but for their young, for the next generation, for the future. The nests we build [here at Berkeley] are not for ourselves—they are for the next generation, those new to the faith, the future of the Body of Christ.” All our ministries are directed outward toward our neighbors and forward toward those who will follow us. We’re not nesting here for our own comfort! We will commit ourselves to God’s ministries in 2012 on Sunday, October 16. The next Sunday is Children’s Sabbath. And on October 30, student leaders from Texas Wesley, our UM campus ministry at UT, will witness to the life-changing worship and service there. November 1, All Saints’ Day, reminds us not only of the generous saints who preceded us in the faith over the centuries, in our own lives and in this church, but also of all the saints yet to come. I hope these worship experiences will draw you even closer to the heart of God, the heart of Extravagant Generosity. In Christ’s Service~ Rev. Jeanne Devine

Director of Music Victoria Schwarz vlschwarz@aol.com Pianist Tyler Mabry tgm@mail.utexas.edu Youth Director Brad Straup berkeleyyouth@ymail.com Administrative Assistant Tara Nash bumc78745@sbcglobal.net Childcare Director Allison McGillicuddy bumc.childcare@sbcglobal.net

Serving God +++Sharing Christ+++Receiving Mercy

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G E N E ROS I T Y A N D B E YON D
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JEFF CECIL, STEWARDSHIP CHAIR

Do you remember the first time that you were able to give someone a gift? Maybe you were a child. Most of us have fond memories of that giving feeling many years ago. You did not have a job, yet you found a loving way to share your generosity with someone you loved. Christ is joyful when you share your gifts. Our Extravagant Generosity campaign kicked off on September 25 with reflections on how our church shares our generosity to fulfill the mission of Christ. That is our role as Christians. Over the next few weeks, take time to join in and study Extravagant Generosity – Daily Readings on the Grace of Giving. Copies are available in the narthex. Rediscover the generous gifts from God and how you can deepen your relationship with Him. Grow your gift of giving. Here are just a few things that we have done since last month: September Communion Offering: United Methodist Campus Ministry, Texas Wesley, $111.00. Fire Victim Relief $ 1,144.00 donated and much more given outside of the church. Here are a few ideas where you can go beyond your tithe: October World Communion Sunday Offering provides scholarships for United Methodist students from other countries to study in the US, and for United Methodist racial/ethnic minority students in the US to further their higher education. Brochures and envelopes will be available on October 2. Fire Victim Relief Donate time and money. Contact disasterresponse@umcad.org to offer your help and to discover what’s needed. Capitol Area Food Bank. Volunteer your time. www.austinfoodbank.org Generous commitment of your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service. Visit a homebound or hospitalized member. Contact Beth Collins (512-295-2987) or Mary Lynn Smith (282-6054) for opportunities. Volunteer with our children/youth groups: Sunday school, Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF). Contact Letha Peters (312-5592), Polly Aranda (694-9868), or Brad Straup (680-9321). Become active in small groups: Sunday School, UMW, UMM, etc. Volunteer at the downtown Homeless Work Corner on Sunday morning. Contact Irma Trevino (441-6543). Expand your giving options: You don’t use checks anymore? Set up an auto bank draft for your pledge to BUMC. Consider giving via your will or estate. your bank and/or Berkeley Treasurer, Ray Curtis (280-1313), for details. Remember, when you give, please give through the church. This will help BUMC to realize all our collective good works and share this information with the congregation.

DONATIONS NEEDED IN SPICEWOOD
Our friends at Bee Creek UMC in Spicewood (where Jeannie and Whitey now attend) are still in need of items for the fire recovery efforts in that area. You may take donations to Bee Creek UMC, 3000 Bee Creek Rd. Spicewood TX, 512-2642225. GARDEN HOSES N-95 MASKS GAS CARDS HOME DEPOT & LOWE’S CARDS - for tool replacements PAPER TOWELS, TRASH AND GROCERY BAGS STYROFOAM ICE CHESTS GATORADE DRINKS AND SNACK FOODS USED WEED WACKERS RAKES BUCKETS (5 GALLON) EXTENSION CORDS (THICK AND 50 FT. OR MORE) ALL AND ANY TOOLS - NEW OR USED

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MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
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HONDURAS
Pastor Jeanne recently spoke about how good it feels to be extravagantly generous. How true that is! As many of you know, I have been blessed by going on several mission trips to Honduras with members of Tarrytown UMC. I hope our work has helped the people in the Agalta Valley. I know that I have come away from each trip changed in some way. The next trip is scheduled for January 21-28. You, the members of BUMC, have been generous in your support of this mission, and several people have gone with me. Who will go this time? (You don’t have to speak Spanish.) I can promise you a rich experience – spiritually uplifting and life-changing. Opportunities for service include: education, construction, and medical. There is a place for all. The first team meeting will be early in October. I hope you will prayerfully consider joining me in January. Watch the daily BUZZ for the meeting date, or contact Carolyn Brown (cbsews@austin.rr.com or 443-2600) for more information.

COSTA RICA
As you know, BUMC has a covenant relationship with Becky Harrell at the Latin American Biblical University in San Jose, Costa Rica. First UMC in Lewisville, TX has scheduled a Volunteers In Mission trip for March 23 – April 1, 2012. I plan to join them because I would like our church to do something more than just give money and because I hope to learn from Becky’s strong faith. The focus of this group will be helping with the construction of new residences on campus. This is an ongoing project, and we will pick up where the last group ended. Construction skills are appreciated, but there is a place for everyone. We are studying Extravagant Generosity – with our gifts of money and service. Here is another opportunity to be generous. At the same time you would be practicing risk-taking mission and service. (How can you separate them?) For more information, contact Carolyn Brown, or pick up a brochure in the church office. A note from Becky, dated 9/11/11: “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine” comes to heart this morning as I stop moving, stop thinking, stop all activities and listen to sweet songs of faith. How blessed I am and how wonderful it is to realize that. Yes, like you, I take my blessings for granted much of the time, and in the busy-ness of each day the blessings are covered over with things to do, places to go and people to meet. It is only in the stillness of an early morning, or the quiet of catching a passing breeze and knowing God is in it that I am swept away by the joy of the Presence of Glory.

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JUST NEIGHBORS SERIES: FINAL SESSIONS
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JAMIE JUSTUS

We will have the last two Just Neighbors meetings on October 23 and November 13, starting at 12:30 in the CLC. We will continue our tradition of enjoying brown bag lunch after the second service and starting the session at 12:30. The October session is entitled “Justice for All?” and the November session is “Stepping Out in Faith”. This last session is designed to get our congregation focused on a way to help our neighbors who are impacted by poverty. Even if you have not been able to attend previous sessions, please join us.

BERKELEY WORK DAY, OCTOBER 15
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FORREST ARNOLD, TRUSTEE CHAIR

The BUMC Board of Trustees would like to invite YOU to participate in a church work day on Saturday, October 15. There are many small and larger maintenance jobs around the church that need to be taken care of. Some of our needs are: *Dispose of records older than 7 years *Clean gutters *Prune trees & shrubs; ongoing mowing & trimming *Pressure wash, then stain courtyard deck *Renail loose shingles on roof We will be gathering at 9:00 am on the 15th. We’d love to have you join us for as much or little time as you can give. If you are willing to work on a particular task, please contact Forrest Arnold at 496-6443 so materials can be purchased. Thank you!

10/2 10/5 10/8 10/10 10/10 10/12 10/12 10/18 10/21 10/21 10/23 10/25 10/25 10/28 10/29

Forrest Arnold Reno Bostick Myrna Cavender Lois Johnson Patrick Walters Sandy Cox Christopher Funke Julia Lancaster David Denton Don Wolfe Peter Tormos Jeff Cecil Brenda Johnson Stephen Trudell Brian Peters

Looking Ahead:
è October 30: 5th Sunday Potluck Lunch è November 6: BUMC Church Conference è November 24: Thanksgiving è November 27: First Sunday of Advent—Hanging of the Greens, Cookies

and More

10/1 Kimberly & Scott Gamble 10/6 Pat & Lucky Noll 10/13 Jim & Betty Barnes 10/19 Stan & Mary Phillips 10/23 Chris & Lori Burnett

O C TO B ER I N T EN T I O NA L P R AY ER C A L EN DA R
October 2 (World Communion Sunday)—8: For persons of all religious traditions to live in peace. October 9—15: For respite from a year of hard weather. October 16—22: For all who work to advance God’s kingdom here on earth. October 23 (Children’s Sabbath)—29: For all the world’s children. October 30—November 5: For serenity and safety as the holiday season approaches.

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*Family fun*

Berkeley UMC parking lot 5:00—7:00 p.m.
Please contact Brad Straup immediately at 680-9321 or berkeleyyouth@ymail.com if you will bring your vehicle and Halloween treats to distribute.

LABYRINTH WALK
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KATHY BETH STAVINOHA

SUCCESS

SUP PLY DR I VE F OR S T. LOUISE HOUSE
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Spiritual Care is delighted to report that 13 people walked the labyrinth in memory of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. These people represent a cross-section of our church: men, women, youth, not-so-youthful. Some people wrote out prayer requests. In addition to prayers for peace, prayers were offered up for those who have lost all their worldly possessions in the Bastrop fires. Pastor Jeanne incorporated those petitions into the worship services the following day. Thank you to all who participated!

JAMIE JUSTUS

We asked what residents at Saint Louise House needed and the answer was clear: pull-ups and baby wipes. These items are not covered by other sources like food stamps and are quite a strain on the budget of Saint Louise House residents. The Peace with Justice committee will begin collecting pull-ups (sizes 3, 4 or 5) and baby wipes in the narthex on Sunday, October 9 and continue through October 23. Thank you for your generosity!

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PRAYERS—PRESENCE—GIFTS—SERVICE—NEW MEMBERS

CHURCH LIFE

WELCOME!
We extend a warm welcome our new members who joined the Berkeley family on September 25: Jeff Contreras and Dixie Warden (Mia, Dylan, Lorenzo & Alyssa Contreras) 3009 W. Slaughter Ln., #A Austin, TX 78748 (940) 395-5480 Jackie Goerke 808 Eberhart Lane #903 Austin, TX 78745 462-0887 Mike Creviér 2500 Vassal Dr. Austin, TX 78748 291-9329

Congratulations to Susan Long on the birth of her greatgranddaughter, Niome Lynn, on September 15.

Ginger Wahlers (Darian Creviér) 2500 Vassal Dr. Austin, TX 78748 291-9329

Don’t forget to wear your nametags each Sunday! If you need one, please contact Tara in the office at 4476633.

THANK YOU
Dear Rev. Devine, The leadership of Montopolis Friendship Community Center is very grateful for the memorial gift given in memory of Junell Treece to the Center. It shows the support your members have given through the years. We are gearing up for our 54th year of operation thanks to support such as yours.

Stay current with Berkeley news and happenings at :

www.berkeleyumc.org

Dear Berkeley Family— Thank you so much for your prayers and support as we dealt with fires in our community Labor Day weekend. Your caring and loving spirit is a true comfort in trying times. Many blessings, Tara

G OT N EWS ?

Sincerely, Virginia Warrington, Board Member

Newsletter articles and contributions are ALWAYS welcome…..as well as suggestions for content. You can email articles and suggestions to the church or put them in the Admin. Assistant box in the church office.
Deadline: Sunday, October 23

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE:
AUGUST WORSHIP SUNDAY SCHOOL 2011 116 38 YTD 136 49 2010 140 45

GIFTS AS OF AUGUST 30:
MONTHLY INCOME: $17,041 MONTHLY EXPENSE: $18,518

MEMORIAL FUND: $3,095 ENDOWMENT FUND: $66,003

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

I Believe
I believe in sunshine; but I cannot clasp its ray. I cannot capture ocean tides; just watch them day by day. I believe in thinking; yet no brick can think a thought. I believe in loving; though love can’t be boxed or bought. I believe in gifts from God … diverse, yet clear … and thus: I believe God’s Love enfolds, sustains, and blesses us! —Peggy Ferrell, Poems and Prayers