Weekly Update April 4, 2019
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April 6—Geronimo-Alligator Creek Clean-Up,  9:30—Noon
April 11—Water to Thrive Benefit Dinner—5:30 p.m., 1st United Methodist, $12/$15
Apr. 14 - Congregational Meeting and Vote - immediately following worship
April 21—Easter Sunrise Service, Central Park, 7:00 a.m.  NOTE TIME CHANGE
April 27 - Habitat Lutheran Home Build -8 am - Noon, 519 Tampico
May 26—Nolte Island, Confirmation Service with Emanuel’s Lutheran, 10 a.m.
Oct. 5—“Blessing of the Animals” with St. Andrew’s Episcopal and Emanuel’s Lutheran, Central Park, 10 a.m., Saturday
Oct. 20 —Outdoor Worship, Seguin Outdoor Learning Center, 10 AM, Potluck
Jan. 24-26, 2020 -- Spirit of Joy Retreat at HEB Foundation Camp



Sharon Villalpando and Judy Hoffmann screen the slides
for Sunday's Worship



Pastor Megan is teaching the "Animate: Bible" series right now for adult education, following worship! We will be exploring how the bible came to be, how we read it and understand it, and what impact it has on our lives! Come and join us! 


Spirit of Joy raised $1,950.00 for the Tiemann Endowment Fund for Leadership Development.  Thank you to the congregation for your generous donations.


Hymn selection for the Easter season will be held on Monday, April 8th at 1:45 in the Synod Chapel.  Anyone who is interested in helping to select the hymns and available at that time is welcome to attend.

Saturday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Moulton City Park Pavilion (rain or shine)
Veterans Drive, Moulton, TX 77975
You may bring a friend, a side dish to share and beverages (to be placed in a large ice      chest - no glass). If you only have time to stop by while on your Saturday drive to see the bluebonnets, that would be great too!
In lieu of gifts, donations will be collected by great grandson, Mason, for his charity The Weinert Locker. Needed items include school supplies, hygiene products and clothes for   children in need.  RSVP to: Debbie Ealy by text 210-378-6251 or email

Report on Texas Lutheran-Episcopal
Legislative Conference

Rev. Magdalene Holm-Roesler, Bobbie & Marvel Maddox
We embarked on becoming more effective advocates led by the love of Christ when we
attended a human rights and social justice conference recently hosted and led by Texas
Impact. Through a theme of Blessed Are They, we learned that our stories are the
advocacy tool we all have. Advocacy is loving our neighbor. We re-imagined service as
bridging charity to justice; strengthening direct service with public policy. Ask us about
The Story of the Children in the River. God uses our hands through our direct service
work and our voices through our advocacy efforts, to restore and reconcile our world.
Let us join together to call on Texas lawmakers to prioritize the needs of the
marginalized and vulnerable in our state; to work for the healing of racial and economic
injustice; and to protect the environment that sustains all our lives.
Our Legislative Priorities for 2019:
Increase funding for public education, and ensure that public dollars go to public
education for public purposes.
Fully fund full-day pre-kindergarten statewide.
The Environment:
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Texas by advancing the use of renewable
Establish planning processes to prepare for impacts attributable to climate change.
Civil Rights:
Eliminate all forms of discriminatory law enforcement, including repealing SB 4.
Increase accountability, transparency, and state oversight of state spending on border
Health and Wellness:
Ensure comprehensive health insurance coverage for all Texans including expanding
Adopt measures to reduce maternal and infant mortality.
Hunger and Poverty:
Remove and resist barriers to enrollment in public benefits such as nutrition
assistance and health insurance.
End payday lending and other predatory financial practices.
To get involved and to learn more, visit these two websites:
Texas Impact:
Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy:


The Missional River Experiment is happening!

Pastor Megan and Karen Wallock met with the Communities in Schools Counselors and their
supervisors to come up with a wish list for our partnership. These counselors currently serve
students at Barnes, Briesemeister and Seguin High School. We decided we don’t have to wait
for a building—we can begin this work now! Many of the ideas will take some time with much
more planning, but we can begin our support of our Seguin community with our initial collection
of socks and snacks! Beginning this Sunday, please bring whatever you can of the following:

New socks (teenager sized)
Refillable water bottles
Granola bars
Cheese or peanut butter cracker packs
Chips ( individual sized)
Bottled water (6-12 oz size)
Applesauce pouches
Jerky sticks
Gift cards to HEB or Walmart

These are examples, so any kind of snack in individual serving sizes is great. Refrigeration is
not available at this time for these items.
Does anyone have a mini-fridge to donate?
We will be collecting more items as we get going, but we’re hoping to let these kids know now
there is someone helping them! Let’s make this happen!

Matthew 25: 35-36
“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me
something to drink...naked, and you clothed me.”


The 9th Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction for Water to Thrive will be April 11th at First United Methodist Church from 5:30 to 7:30. Students from TLU as well as the Center for Servant Leadership (TLU) are sponsoring this event.  Water to Thrive is a non-profit organization that builds clean water wells in rural Ethiopia and Sierra Leon.  So far, TLU has helped build six wells.  The cost of one well cost is $5,000 and serves about 500 people within the region.  The dinner will celebrate the Ethiopian culture with traditional dishes from that area.  There will also be a silent auction with items provided by local businesses in the Seguin community.
Spirit of Joy can help support this endeavor in three different ways:
1. Contribute a monetary donation by using this link:
2. Contribute a silent auction donation item.  SOJ is donating a basket of items around the water theme.  You can donate an item or money to create the basket.  Make a check with the memo of Water to Thrive basket or cash in an envelope with the same designation.
3. Purchase a ticket to attend the Benefit Dinner.  Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  Grace Mueller will have tickets to sell on Sunday and then they will be available at the office during the week.  You can also go to the TLU Center for Servant Leadership building to obtain tickets.
Please consider helping this worthy cause.


We are complete with our donations to pack up 100 health kits for Lutheran World Relief. 
HOORAY for this wonderfully generous congregation. Thank you so much!!!



Spirit of Joy has been very generous in donating items for the Humanitarian Respite Center. They are in need of small size shoes, both in adult and in children's sizes.  If sales arise on these products, please consider donating a pair or two.  In April, donations will be collected for Proyecto Azteca. This organization provides neighborhood lending libraries.  On the previous trip to the Rio Grande Valley, SOJ donated many books for these libraries.  Books continue to be needed as  lending libraries are constantly being built and set up in neighborhoods.  Books of all kinds will be needed:  children, teens, and adults, both in English and in Spanish.  There will be a tub on the stage each Sunday for the collection of the donated books.  Thank you for your generosity in the support of the youth's servant leadership program.



April 7
Assisting Minister: Jennifer Ehlers
Readers: Linda Snooks, Karen Jones
Communion Assistants: Linda Canet, Roy Rojas, Gloria Mitchell
Communion Assistants – Mason Jones, Mason Matocha
Children’s Sermon: Pastor Megan
Ushers: Pete Silvius, Loren Cordes
Setup/Takedown: Cathy Cordes, Arlynn Hartfiel
Host: Marj Peters
Children’s Corner: Monica Matocha
Flowers: Mary Ruby
Refreshments: Grace Mueller, Cynthia Points
Altar Setup: Cathy Cordes, Rick Ehlers
April 14
Assisting Minister: Kathy Yandell
Readers: Arlynn Hartfiel, David Legore
Communion Assistants: Nancy Doerr, Judy and Tobin Hoffmann
Communion Assistants – Nollan Shao, Kaden Legore
Children’s Sermon: Lewis Eggleston
Ushers: David Legore, Jim Germann
Setup/Takedown: Charlie Behal, Nick Franzen
Host: Marilyn Sager
Children’s Corner: Alfrieda Leiter
Flowers: Cissie Warncke
Refreshments: Chris Dyess, Heidi Franzen
Altar Setup: Cathy Cordes, Rhonda Behal


Christian Cupboard Donations 

(Both monetary and grocery)
Dixie Grill Receipts
Missional River Experiment Items

Wayfarers—Sundays, 12 pm.—1:30 p.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Youth House
Prayer Group - April - Babs and Jeep Kiel
Tuesday Morning Bible Study—6:00 a.m.—El Olvido Hacienda Restaurant
Habitat for Humanity Home Build—March 23, 8:30—Noon
Christian Cupboard—1st & 3rd Saturday, 8:45 a.m.—Noon
Women’s Bible Study
Evening—April 9, 7 PM, Home of Bobbie Maddox, 236 Hilltop
Afternoon—Mar. 20, 2 p.m., Home of Diane Lippe, 211 Twin Oak
Choir Practice—TBA
Madrigal Practice—TBA
Hymn Selection—TBA
Pastor Megan’s Sermons are available at


Sandra Moline
Nancy Kempf
Fred Strey
Dee Pickelman
Katy Wallace
Thomas and Linda Snooks
Linda Canet
Wilbert and Jeanette Doerr
Elaine Cordes
Brenda Engelmann
Lynna Kraus

Hilda Zamora, Niece of Sharon and Armando Villalpando
Rhonda Fuquay, Sister-in-law of Calvin Points
Amie Calhoun, Niece of Nancy Kempf and Lynna Kraus
 Judy Semmler, Sister of Chris Frels and step-sister of Rhonda Behal
Randy Hill, Brother of Rhonda Behal and Chris Frels
Rob Gordon, Brother-In-Law of the Frels/Behals
Dusty Jones, Brother-in-Law of Karen Jones
Amber Jendrusch, Daughter of Janene Jendrusch
Albert and Ruby Gallas, Uncle and Aunt of Helen Mycue
Jennifer Bulgerin, Niece of Bobbie Maddox
Emily Eastwood, Sister of Sharon Villalpando
Robert and Martha Eastwood, Parents of Sharon Villalpando
Lisa and Ron Vertuyft, Sister and Brother-in-law of Martha Rinn
Emily Komarek, Daughter of Mary Petrosky
Mike Hartfiel, Son of Arlynn and Nancy Hartfiel
Judy Saunders, Mother of Kim Saunders/Denise Crettenden,
              Grandmother of Eleanor/Abigail Crettenden/Cameron Saunders
Lauren Knight, Niece of Katie Dickey
Douglas Dupre, Cousin of Alfrieda Leiter

TC McCoy, Friend of Calvin Points
Rachel Keller, Friend of Denise Crettenden
Emma Wolter, Friend of Sharon Frels
Mike Taft, Friend of Karen Wallock
Mark Keddal, Friend of Karen Wallock
Heath Hartung, Friend of Sharon Villalpando
Jessica Sauceda, Friend of Sharon Villalpando
Connie Hendricks, Friend of Diana Ball
Jackie Mueller, Friend of Mary Ruby
Clay Hollub, Friend of Karen Wallock
Ethan Bundick, Friend of the Behal and Frels Families
Ramon Salazar, Friend of Denise Crettenden
Donna Boelter, Friend of Kathy Yandell
Amanda Simmons, Friend of Mary Petrosky

Please contact the church office to have a name added to this list.  We will add all individuals with health, emotional or family/work issues.  We will edit all names for continued inclusion at the end of each month. Please let the Office know if an individual has returned to good health and can be removed from the List.  Thank you.

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