Holy Week

Opportunities for Connection with God

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Maundy Thursday – Thursday April 13, 7 pm

Maundy Thursday remembers the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples during the week leading up to his death. "Maundy" comes from same word as "mandate" because at the Last Supper, Jesus gave his followers a new mandate, the commandment "love one another." Join us for this special worship gathering.

Easter Prayer Vigil -- Friday April 14, 3 pm - Sunday April 16, 6 am

Journey holds a Prayer Vigil for you to sign up for an hour - and more time if you like - to be in a beautiful, meditative space inside our Woodrow building, unlike anything you've ever experienced. We also ask for Sentinels to be the check-in, keep-the-space helpers throughout the entire Vigil. Signup sheets are online and in worship.

Easter Sunday – Sunday April 16, 10:45

We will NOT have Bible Study or Sunday School on Easter morning. Please join us for our Easter Worship celebration at our usual time of 10:45ish. Our annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt will be held follwing the service.

posted: Mar 03, 2017 

Easter Vigil

Begins at 3 pm on Good Friday, April 14, 2017

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You are invited to be part of Journey's annual Easter Prayer Vigil. This year's Vigil begins at 3 pm on Good Friday, April 14th, and goes through 6 am Easter Sunday morning, April 16th, with hour-long slots available nonstop. You get your own private time in the space, to pray, reflect, journal, do whatever of the Vigil's activities you wish. If you have participated before, you know how powerful each year's Vigil space is; if you haven't, simply open yourself to a profound experience of peace, interaction reflection, and connection to Spirit.

Sign up soon -- spaces fill up fast! Follow the link below for the online sign up sheet. You don't have to create an account to use it, or even provide an e-mail address. A paper sign-up sheet will be available at the Sunday service.

There are two different things to sign up for: Participant and Sentinel.

Sign up as a Participant when you are ready to take your turn in the vigil space. Slots are 30 minutes long, but you can sign up for more than one if you'd like more time.

We also need folks to help others have a vigil experience. If you want to serve in this way, sign up to be a Sentinel. The Sentinel helps to check in Participants, answers questions, and holds the sacred space for the Participants. If you want to sign up as a Sentinel, make sure to sign up for any number of consecutive Sentinel slots to cover your preferred time choice. It's not a difficult job, and we'll give you all the information that you need.

This prayer space is very powerful every year. Pray, listen, journal, read, reflect, be silent. This is your time to connect with God and the light of Christ.

To participate or to watch over the space while others participate, please sign up for the vigil online here:

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or on a paper sign-up sheet at the Sunday service.

posted: Mar 03, 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...

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posted: Feb 01, 2017 ,

Podcast Study: Rob Bell on Wisdom

Adult Sunday School Class

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What is wisdom? What does it mean to live a life characterized by wisdom? Join Sally B. and Susan C. as they facilitate a discussion of six podcasts by Rob Bell on the subject of wisdom. Participants will listen to the 45-50 minute podcasts during the week and then get together to discuss them on Sundays. Rob will be examining the subject from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and other sources. The podcast is free.

Dates/Time: 2nd and 4th Sundays, February 12 - April 23 at 9:30 - 10:40 a.m.

Where: Sunday School Classroom at Journey IFC, 7500 Woodrow Ave. Austin, Tx 78757

Facilitators: Sally B. and Susan C.

Sign up: E-mail Sally or sign up on Sunday morning at Journey by Feb. 5, 2017

posted: Jan 21, 2017 

Centering Prayer Group

photo of rocks painted with eyes around small votive candleJourneyer Kristine N. will be leading a Centering Prayer group twice a month on the first and third Sundays beginning Feb. 5. at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. (that's during the Bible Study/Sunday School hour) in the Everything Room.

Centering Prayer is designed to facilitate the opening of mind and heart to divine union so that we may experience and manifest the fruits of the Spirit and the Beatitudes in prayer and action. The purpose of this group will be to introduce and practice centering prayer during our time together and to be a support from which to build a daily home practice. All are welcome.


posted: Jan 14, 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 

Lend a Hand

wordle of the word "serve" in many languagesJourney is an organization with many moving parts. Who makes Journey run? You do! Here are a few of the many ways that you — yes, you! — can help keep it all going:


Holy Communion at Journey is varied, creative, and always sacred. You can be a part of it! We are looking for a few Journeyers to help make Communion happen during our worship service once a month. Contact Lesa S. or the Soul Ministry for more info.


We are looking for volunteers to help tidy up our Journey space. If you have just 20 minutes a month, you can help keep Journey clean. Please contact DeAnn for more information. Thanks!

Lawn Care

The grass just keeps on growing! We need some volunteers to help keep our yard looking spiffy. For more info or to volunteer, please contact Cindy H. Thanks!

Sunday School Teachers

We need volunteers to work with our children in the upcoming year. We ask you to commit to teaching on a rotation basis during the year. You will always be paired with another adult. We provide the curriculum, supplies and training; you provide the time and love for kids. The more volunteers we get, the fewer classes each person will teach. This is a very rewarding experience. Journey kids are really interesting! To sign up or for more information, please contact Vicki, or add your name to the sign up sheet on Sunday morning. Thanks!

posted: Nov 01, 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 , , , ,

Shopping for Journey

Earn Money for Journey While You Shop

Make your normal Amazon purchases through our Journey Amazon storefront and a percentage of the total goes to Journey but you won't pay a penny extra! We get anywhere from 4 - 10% depending on the item purchased and how many purchases are made by our group in that month. As more people use the storefront, the percentage that Journey gets goes up! We've been averaging about 6%, which means that $10 book you just bought earns Journey $.60. That adds up. Last year, we received about $500 this way, so please remember to use our Journey Amazon storefront!

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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: Aug 01, 2013 ,

Play Games, Fight Hunger

Join the Journey Freerice Group

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You know how we really like to feed people at Journey? And how we really like to learn? Here's a way to do both those things at the same time! 

  1. Go to Freerice.com
  2. Create an account (it's super easy)
  3. Join the Journey Imperfect Faith Community group (just choose Find Groups and search for "journey", then click "join")
  4. Start playing 

It's that easy! Subjects covered include English vocabulary, as well as other languages; basic math; art; geography; chemistry; literature; and more.

This is from the Freerice website:

"Freerice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme.

Freerice has two goals:

  • Provide education to everyone for free.
  • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site. Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your education can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself. Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide."

So go play! It's good for you and good for the world!

posted: Aug 01, 2013 ,

Connecting to Journey

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Journey is everywhere! To get the weekly e-mail newsletter, just e-mail us and ask to be added to the JIFC E-mail Group. We also have a Journey Imperfect Faith Community Facebook group, and you can follow us on Twitter at @JourneyIFC. Check out Journey photos on our Flickr page and Journey videos on our YouTube channel. Read Refractions, the Journey blog, on our website or with an old-fashioned RSS feed. So no excuses! Get plugged in!

But wait, there's more! Sure you want to hear from Journey -- and who wouldn't? -- but we want to hear from you, too. If you have an item for the e-mail newsletter, the News page of the website, the Journey blog, the paper bulletin, or the Sunday morning announcements, send it to us at news@journeyifc.com. We welcome your feedback and input. As our friends in High School Musical so wisely point out, "We're all in this together..."

posted: Jul 02, 2013 

Journey Contribution Cards

JIFC contribution cardHave you ever felt left out at offering time because you give online, and you're not quite sure what to do when the baskets go by? Or maybe you write a check at the beginning of the month and wonder what to do those other Sundays of the month? Do you give your time rather than money? Well, your Bones Ministry feels your pain. We've come up with some simple Journey Giving Cards, available on the back tables, to help you during offering. Just pick one up on your way in and later drop it in the basket. It allows you to actively participate in offering and to demonstrate your commitment to Journey. And the Journey Giving cards are for everyone! Sometimes folks have nothing to offer but prayers and good wishes, so use the Journey Giving Cards for that purpose, too. It's all about being present, being intentional, and being part of giving to and sustaining our faith community. Every contribution — of whatever sort — counts!

posted: Jul 01, 2013 , , , , ,
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