Journey PRIDE

Austin PRIDE Festival and Parade

The PRIDE Festival is the LARGEST annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas! Dozens of non-profit organizations -- including Journey IFC! -- and social clubs use the Festival as a platform to inform and interact with the thousands of attendees. Each year, countless people find new organizations to join, causes to support, and opportunities to volunteer. The 2017 Austin PRIDE Festival on Saturday, August 26 features an awesome lineup of Headline Entertainers on the Main Stage, a second stage of nationally and regionally known DJs, inflatable games and activities, photo booths, face painting, drinks, food, and over 120 booths featuring local non-profits organizations and businesses that support the LGBTQ community.

That night, the PRIDE Parade brings over 100,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Austin! A free celebration for the entire community, this year the participants will parade proudly down Congress Avenue and 4th Street with floats and contingents celebrating Austin PRIDE 2017's theme: "Viva Austin!"

Journey IFC will be marching with our Journey IFC banner in the parade for the 8th consecutive year and we are excited to show God's love to all. Bring signs, dress brightly and celebrate that we are a radically inclusive faith community that believes all God's children are beloved. And for the fourth year, we will have a booth at the PRIDE Festival, sharing God's love with the LGBTQ community through art and creativity. Now THAT's the Journey way!

photo of Journeyers at Pride parade 2011

You want to join the PRIDE party? Here's what to do. 

We need volunteers to represent Journey in the Parade and to assist Festival patrons with our art activity. (Don't worry. It's not hard.) If you would like to commit to staffing the booth at a particular time, please sign up here or click the big "sign up" button below. Naturally, you are welcome to be there at other times, too. New this year, our Journey will be able to buy festival tickets for our booth volunteers. It will be HOT at the Festival, so we need several folks to step up and share the load so nobody stays too long and gets overheated. Our booth is popular and busy all day long so we really need at least 2 Journeyers there at all times, 11 am - 6 pm. Sign up and join the fun! 

Sign Up Now!

Also sign up to let us know to look for you at the Parade.





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Here's the detailed info about the Pride Parade and JIFC's participation:

Enter the Parade Staging Area at  San Jacinto and E. 15th St. Plan to arrive between by 7:30 pm to be in the staging area on time. (San Jacinto Blvd will close for staging groups at 4:00pm. Do not arrive before 7 pm.) Be in place with the Journey group by 7:30 pm. This means 7:30 pm real time, not Journey Time, i.e., whenever. Journey's group will be a "vehicle group" since will have a truck, even though we are all walking. When you get to the staging area, look for Rick's truck and the Journey IFC banner. Rick will post his exact location to the Journey FB/Twitter/Slack pages that evening. 

BRING WATER. WEAR RAINBOWS or a JOURNEY SHIRT or whatever helps you express love and support. The parade is quite a spectacle, so do your part to be eye-catching. We will have some posters about God's Love for you to carry in the parade, or you can bring your own.


The Parade kicks off at 8:00 pm and will last 2 hours or so.

The parade route goes from San Jacinto and 11th St., over to Congress Avenue, down to W. 4th St., and west to San Antonio St., where it ends at Guadalupe and W. 4th St. You will need to arrange for how to get back to where you parked.


There is free parking while it lasts in State Garage A at 1401 San Jacinto St., with entry from Trinity St. About 10,000 people are expected to march in the parade. So, BE PREPARED to either ARRIVE EARLY or PARK AND WALK or PARK AND RIDE. We also strongly encourage CARPOOLING.

photo of Journeyers in Pride paradeLEGAL and DISCLAIMERS:

If you choose to walk as part of the Pride Festival or Parade, you are responsible for your own liability and insurance in case of accident. You are also giving your permission, by entering the festival or parade, to release your image with or without your name for any lawful purpose, as the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation will be photographing and videoing parts of the parade.

The festival and parade will have a carnival atmosphere. NOTE: This is a public event in which some participants will be wearing what might be considered skimpy clothing. Now you know.

At the parade, do not engage protesters if any are there. APD will be all along the parade route. We are not tossing or handing out any materials.

Let's go and share God's Love with the world -- and have fun! There's going to be music, dancing, laughter, and lots and lots and lots of people. Don't miss it!

posted: Aug 14, 2017 , , , ,

Following Jesus on the Yellow Brick Road

Electing Journey's Community Leaders

cartoon drawing of ballot boxOur Ministry elections will take place on Sunday, September 17 during the Worship Service. Each Ministry will need an Assistant ChairJourneyer and an Assistant Shepherd for the coming year. Anyone who has participated in any Journey Ministry activity in any way in the past year is eligible to hold office. Please e-mail your nominations to Stacie by Monday Sept. 11 so she can print the ballots. Be sure to include name of the person being nominated (you may nominate yourself), the position and Ministry. Write-in nominations are accepted the day of elections. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Vicki.

Please be thinking and praying about how you can serve Journey in a leadership role. If you are elected, you will get to attend a Leadership Retreat at Journey on Saturday, September 30, from 9 am to 2 pm. Lucky you!

photo of main characters in Wizard of Oz movieIf you have participated in any Ministry activities in the last year, you are eligible to be an Assistant ChairJourneyer of that Ministry. Yes! It’s that easy! The Asst. Chair supports the Chair as needed, including things like helping to coordinate meetings, event planning and decision making. You are needed for this work. Don’t be scared. You can do it.

If you have been part of Journey Ministry activities in the past year, you are also eligible to run for Assistant Shepherd of that Ministry. The Shepherd Team is the decision-making body at Journey. Being an Assistant Shepherd is the beginning of a 3 year commitment to serving in Journey leadership. In the first year, as Asst. Shepherd, you attend meetings to observe and gain understanding of Team procedures. While you will not be a voting member, your input and insight will be welcome. The second year you will serve as Ministry Shepherd and the third year as Shepherd-at-Large, both voting positions. The Shepherds are based on Servant Leadership. It is a position of humble service, and not power.

Information about Journey's official workings, elections, all five Ministries and their leadership positions, and more can be found in the Journey By-Laws, on the Journey website, in the Journey Owner's Manual on the hallway table Sunday mornings, or you can always just ask a Shepherd or contact Vicki.

posted: Aug 12, 2017 , , , ,

Catch Up

cartoon drawing of ketchup bottle with text reading "catch up jifc"

What Is It? A Journey fundraiser for August 2017

Why Do We Need It? Journey owes our Administrative Staff (Vicki and Stacie) approximately $5000 in back pay for raises that were approved by your Shepherds for last fiscal year but were deferred for nine months due to lack of funds. We all are thankful to the staff for being willing to wait to get their full pay, but we all need to pitch in now to pay what we owe our staff.

The Good News: Journey has been paying the approved salaries in full since May 2017 and is also current with all other operating bills. Once we “Catch-Up," Journey will start the Fall 2017 budget cycle current on all bills.

How Can You Help Journey Catch-Up? There are lots of ways you can make a specific Catch-Up contribution to Journey. For cash, check, or PayPal, just specify Catch-Up on the memo line. If you use Realm or text (text “Journey” to 73256 and follow the prompts), just choose Debt Reduction for the category.

Suggested Contribution: About $65 per Journey household will get us to our goal. That amount is manageable for some households, but more challenging for others. So, if you can manage more, it would be helpful. As usual with a fundraiser, this only works if your contribution is above and beyond you normal giving.

Info: If you have questions or comments, email the Finance Team. For more detailed info, click here.

Thank You, Journeyers! Let’s all step up and stand up for our amazing staff. Blessings…

posted: Aug 08, 2017 ,

Journey Ice Cream Social

"Life is short. Eat dessert first!"

drawing of ice cream scoops in a heart shaped bowl

Ralph Waldo Emerson said,"We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, so we buy ice cream." Join us at Journey's house on Sunday, August 27 after worship for fun and fellowship at an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social. We will have ice cream and all the fixings for you to make a yummy treat. Wit is optional.

posted: Aug 08, 2017 

Jeff Lutes: Igniting Connection in Relationships

What the Science Says About Intimate Love Relationships: Simple Yet Practical Strategies To Ignite Connection, Both In and Out of the Bedroom

photo of Jeff LutesJoin us for an engaging hour as Jeff Lutes, LPC, Austin psychotherapist and founder of the Contemporary Relationships Conference, outlines the essential skills for creating healthy, happy, and resilient relationship experiences.

When: Saturday September 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Where: Journey Imperfect Faith Community, 7500 Woodrow Avenue, Austin, TX, 78729

Suggested donation: $10 per person

Refreshments will be available. This event is open to the public. No tickets or RSVP required.

All are welcome, whether single or attached; this event celebrates and welcomes persons of all love orientations, gender identities, any religious beliefs or non-beliefs, and every opinion and passion. 

Journey IFC, an Austin faith community, practices radical hospitality in the conviction that God is Love and all persons are God’s beloved. We work to co-create healing, wholeness, justice, and beauty in the world.

posted: Aug 04, 2017 ,

Journey Women's Retreat

Sept. 22 - 24, 2017

view of buildings and field seen through a wooden framed window

Friday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 24

windows : thin sheets of glass between what is and what might be.

How much of your life has been spent peering through windows? They are so prevalent that sometimes we look right through them without even being aware of their presence. And yet, windows create a marker between where we are and where we will be, or can be, or were. They are those in-between places that carve a space for transition from one place to another, and reveal a view of possibility.

Come and talk about all these ideas and more at our fall retreat, "windows."  During the retreat, there will be large group discussions led by Leslie Diamond and other Journey women. There will also be activities in small groups, times for creative expression and space for individual reflection. And in the tradition of Journey Women’s Retreats, we will also mix in a large helping of laughter and great times spent with amazing women.

We’re hitting the road once again! Our retreat will be held at Cedarbrake Retreat Center in Belton, Texas. Cedarbrake is only an hour from north Austin, but it feels like it’s a world away. Cedarbrake is a beautiful retreat center with lots of trees, walking paths and a labyrinth. It has a very peaceful aura.

The cost for the retreat will be $200 per person, which includes all meals and supplies, as well as lodging in a double occupancy room at the Retreat Center.*

The retreat will begin at 7 pm on Friday night and will end about 4 pm on Sunday. The retreat is planned so that each part builds on the previous sessions. Because of that, everyone is encouraged to plan on being at the retreat for the entire time, and to try to unplug from daily life as much as possible, in order to get the most out of the experience.

Register ASAP! The number of women that can stay in the rooms at Cedarbrake is limited. so get your registration forms in now! Please invite friends and family. The retreat is not limited to Journey members only. Everyone is welcome! Registration is due by Aug. 31. Download the registration form here and the release form here. You may e-mail your forms to Leslie, or print them and turn them in on Sunday.

*PLEASE NOTE: It is very important to the Women’s Ministry at Journey that every woman who is interested in attending the retreat be able to. There are funds available to help make that happen. Please do not let finances be the reason why you do not attend the retreat! If the fees present a difficulty at this point in your life, please contact Leslie D. ( about possible scholarship opportunities.

Would You Like to Help?

Would you be willing to volunteer to help out with one small part of the retreat (e. g., an activity, set-up, etc.) that would take only a small amount of time? We are planning on asking many people to help with individual parts of the retreat so that no one person will need to work the entire retreat and miss out on being a participant. No matter what your talents and gifts, there will be a great diversity of ways to help. Please let Leslie D. know if you are interested in volunteering to help out with the retreat in some capacity. 

Scholarship Donations

There will be scholarships available for those who might need some financial assistance to attend the retreat. If you are interested in donating to the Scholarship Fund to help these individuals, please contact Leslie D.

Ways to Volunteer to Help

  • Registration
  • Food coordination
  • Specific activities during the retreat
  • Audio/Visual during the retreat
  • Audio/Visual ahead of time
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Decorations/Environment
  • Liaison to help with needs of the participants (1 person per day of ½ day during retreat)
  • Preparing supplies ahead of time
  • Donate to the scholarship fund
posted: Jul 17, 2017 

Sunday School Teachers Needed

drawing of red appleSunday School volunteers change the world -- join us!

We need volunteers for the upcoming year to teach our children, to provide a fun, safe place for them to learn about God’s love and loving others. We ask you to commit to teach on a rotation basis during the year, September - August. We provide the curriculum, supplies and training. You provide the time and love for children. The amazing Vicki H. will provide everything you need. All you have to do is show up! Here's a link to a JOB DESCRIPTION, and a VOLUNTEER APPLICATION. See Vicki for more information.

“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” -- Zig Ziglar

posted: Jul 17, 2017 , ,

Shopping for Journey

Earn Money for Journey While You Shop

Amazon Smile bannerJourney is now listed with Amazon Smile. A percentage of the cost of eligible purchases will go to JIFC. Start your shopping here on the Amazon Smile page to ensure your donations go to Journey.

How to generate AmazonSmile donations

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible to generate donations.

Remember, only purchases made at, (not or the mobile app,) generate AmazonSmile donations.

In other Painless Fundraising News, we have a Journey account at Randalls! If you go to the customer service desk at Randalls and link your Randall’s card to our Journey account, we get 1% back on all of your purchases. Forms to link your card are available on the back table every Sunday. Take a few and pass them out to your friends! Our Randall’s account number is: 12804. 

If you have any questions about these programs, just e-mail the Bones Ministry. Happy shopping!

posted: Jun 08, 2017 , ,

New Toddler Playground

clip art image of playscapeWe now have a fenced in area at our Woodrow location for our littlest Journeyers — our toddler area. We are accepting donations to purchase some outdoor items for the kiddos. If you would like to contribute money to this cause please designate it as "Toddler Area" or contact Vicki. If you would like to purchase an item yourself, please follow this link to see our wish list of items to buy on Amazon. Thank you!

posted: May 11, 2017 , , ,

Giving by Text

clip art of cell phoneWe now have a Text Giving app up and running! No more fumbling for cash or a blank check during offering time. Or maybe you like to give by credit or debit card, but that's hard to do as the baskets go by. Well, it's easy to do now. All you need is a smart phone! Just follow the 3 easy steps:

  1. Text "Journey" to 73256
  2. Enter your donation amount and select a fund (general fund, operations, etc.)
  3. Enter your payment info (just the first time) and click "Give"

Our Church Keyword is “Journey," so just text "Journey" to 73256. You'll be directed to a link that will open a giving app where you select the amount of your gift and the fund it will go to. You then enter your payment information (credit card or debit card info, checking account info, etc.) and tap “Give," and you're done. You will receive a receipt on your phone and an email copy as well. Plus, your gift is automatically transferred into our Realm accounting software so it will show up on your Giving Statement.

And, you need to enter your payment information only once. The next time you give by text your payment information will be recalled automatically, or you can choose to enter account information for an additional payment method.

Give it a try. It's quick, it's easy, and, it doesn't hurt! Blessings...

graphic showing text giving process

posted: Feb 01, 2017 ,


Join Us for Interesting Group Discussions

graphic of people holding hands in a circleKoinonia is a group of women that meet twice a month to support each other, pray together and hopefully grow spiritually along the way. We meet at the Panera Bread (on Capital of Texas Hwy just north of 183) on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. All women are invited, so bring your friends or just bring your own sweet self. Please contact Susan C. if you have any questions!

posted: Nov 19, 2016 

Sunday Morning Cleaning Up

Even though we don't have to put away chairs any more, there are still some things to handle after worship each week. Please lend a hand. It's the Journey way. Here is a list of chores:

cartoon of person closing an over filled closetLiving Room
Recycle bulletins and other leftover papers
Put away worship decorations, such as candles, lamp, small crosses, bell, fabric, etc.
Put away microphones and stands
Put sign up books on the credenza in the hall
Turn off fans

Kitchen and Tiki Lounge
Turn off coffee pot
Clean up coffee table by straightening loose items and wiping down surfaces
Wash coffee urns, dry them, and put them back on the coffee table
Wipe down kitchen counters and sink
Wash, dry, and put away dishes
Put away any other kitchen items as needed

Wipe down bathroom sinks in all 3 bathrooms
Restock all 3 bathrooms, as needed, with soap, toilet paper, paper towels
Take out trash from kitchen, classrooms, and all bathrooms to dumpster, and replace trash bags

There will be a point person each week to make sure everyone get these chores done, but we need lots of people to get the work done. If you don't know where things should go, just ask someone who looks like they know what they’re doing and figure it out together. It’s community in action, folks. Thanks for being willing to serve!

posted: Jun 19, 2015 , , , ,
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