Journey Halloween Carnival

drawing of jack-o-lantern in purple witch hat

Put on your costume and join us at Journey on Tuesday Oct. 31 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for our annual Journey Halloween Carnival! It will be a fun, free night of games, candy, costumes, and snacks. (Adults, feel free to wear costumes appropriate for small children.)

We are accepting donations to buy pizza and hot dogs for the carnival. There will also be sign-up sheets on Sunday morning to bring baked goods for the Cake Walk, to help with set-up and decorating on Sunday the 29th after worship, and to help with clean-up after the carnival on Tuesday. Last year, an estimated 300 people attended. Don’t miss the best Halloween party around!

[Note: If you provide baked goods, be sure they are individually wrapped and delivered to Journey by 6:00 pm on Halloween.]

If you’d like to help at the carnival, or for more details, contact Woodie or Colleen.


posted: Oct 06, 2017 

Journey PRIDE

Austin PRIDE Festival

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, October 21 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 LGBTQIA community.

For the fourth year, we will have a booth at the PRIDE Festival, sharing God's love with the LGBTQIA 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. Even in late Octorber, it will likely 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. New this year: Journey WILL provide festival tickets for booth volunteers! Sign up and join the fun!

Sign Up Now!

posted: Oct 03, 2017 

Interviewing to Win

photo of wooden door in stone wall with green leaves over the top of both"Over 25 years ago, I interviewed with one of the many universities that began to cater to working adults. Once ushered in to the interview room, I was met with seven people around a conference table. It was everyone who worked in that small satellite office. It was apparent after only a few questions there was a terrible problem with the last person in the position I was applying for. There were many questions asked repeatedly by several interviewers that were just a rewording of what had already been asked although I had already answered satisfactorily. It still remains the most surreal, overblown, challenging interview I ever experienced. I loved it. I walked out of the office knowing I did not get the job. A few years later while conducting sales training using role playing techniques, I realized that was the piece that was missing in preparing for an interview. Although you can never know the exact questions to be asked or who or how many will be at the interview table, it is still possible to prepare. It was with that realization that I began to coach people to prepare for interviews using role playing.

You may want to climb the corporate ladder or just make a lateral move to edge out of a dead end career path. But to do either of those things in the quickest way possible, you have to recognize that you are in a competition. Although people still focus on their resume to get the job, the resume just gets you in the door. Organizations hire people not resumes. The key to getting any job, especially in this highly-competitive market, is beating out the other candidates during the interview process. You may be highly-educated, highly-talented, or have years of experience but cannot pass the interview. If so, this is the class for you. There are 3 key pieces to the interview puzzle: 1) knowing yourself; 2) knowing the organization; and, 3) interview prep (role play as close to the interview as possible). Without those 3 strategic pieces in place, an individual is really just rolling the dice. I have an MBA, an MA in Human Resources Development, and I've been providing dynamic interview coaching to individuals for over 25 years.

The classes will be conducted for 1 to 1 1/2 hours each over 4 consecutive weeks. This workshop will prepare you to research, prepare and interview for jobs of your choosing. I will discuss and model role-playing as the final and necessary effort to be successful. Journeyers who attend these classes may choose to use my individual interview role play coaching services prior to upcoming job interviews for a discounted fee."

Contact Randy to learn more.

posted: Aug 26, 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 , , , ,

Connecting to Journey

social media symbols on connected puzzle pieces

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 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 , , , , ,

When Is the Sabbath Not the Sabbath?

Staff Days Off

photo of tall green grass, purple flower, blue sky and sunWith Sunday being a work day for our staff, their “weekend” days off are Friday and Saturday every week. We ask that you please respect their time of rest and family time by not calling them on their days off. If you have an emergency, call the emergency number of (512) 537-7448 and someone will get back to you ASAP. Thank you for your understanding!

posted: Feb 01, 2013 
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