April 12th, 2018
At Austin Mustard Seed, we prioritize building relationships with each other and God. Relationships take time, which is why we love camping together.
You can look forward to sitting around the campfire, long hikes and lots of laughs.
What to Expect
The camping trip is meant to be an “extended Sabbath.” Come early, stay late and relax.
This is an informal camping trip. Everything is “BYO”. Bring your own food, water, tent, etc. But remember, it’s nice to share!Camping may not be your thing. That’s okay! Please consider coming out on Saturday to spend the day with our community.
The only scheduled time will be Saturday at 6pm when we’ll have dinner and Liturgy together. Dinner is provided.
This is an all ages and all species trip! Human and fur babies are welcome.
Palmetto State Park
features fishing holes, paddle boats, places to swim and more, so have fun! Life is busy and we don’t always have time to dig into important things. This is a great time to hear someone’s life story, catch up on a book, or focus on praying with others.
What to Pack
- Sleeping Bag
- Food and water for yourself
- Pop-up Tent
- Bug spray
- Fishing gear
- Pocket Knife
- Flash Light
- Bible, journal, and books
- Frisbee, football, soccer ball, lawn games and other games
Sharing is Caring
While individuals and families are responsible for taking care of yourself, that doesn’t mean you need to do it by yourself!
Partner with friends in your Community Group
to share rides, gear and food.
How to Get to the Site
- Palmetto State Park is only an hour away from Central Austin. Carpooling is encouraged because it’s more fun that way.
- When you arrive, let the front desk know that you are with Austin Mustard Seed, and they’ll tell you where we’re located.
- You will see “Austin Mustard Seed” signs approaching the camping area.
- Still having trouble finding us? Contact Chris Morton at 512-461-9207
Still have questions? Contact camping guru Kevin Baker.
December 7th, 2016
We believe it’s important and good to give space and energy to lamenting and grieving together as a community.
Grief is the natural response to a loss of any kind, the loss of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, the loss of ones hopes and dreams. At Lament Night, we create a “grief circle”, is a safe space to gather with your Austin Mustard Seed community to give and receive support in those losses.
Our next Lament Night Gathering will be next week, December 12th at 7pm at the home of Tim and Erin Dewberry (5904 Westslope Dr). If you have any questions about lament night, maybe what to expect, please email Kate or Daniel.
June 27th, 2016
Simply Jesus Suppers continue Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Garza’s house (12310 Knoll Ridge Dr.).
Remember—you will get a lot out of coming for Supper, even if you don’t read the book or take the course!
We’ll be ordering some tasty Sandwich Wraps. Please RSVP on Facebook or by emailing Chris, so we have enough to eat.
Start the course here ($20 AMS Discount!), and get your copy of the book or audiobook.
We’ll be going over course section 3-4 and book chapters 6-7.
Remember our two questions:
- What would you like to learn about Jesus through this course?
- What is one thing that jumped out at you from the materials so far?
I can’t wait to learn with you!
See you Wednesday.
June 9th, 2016
Have you ever tried to read the stories or teachings of Jesus, only to realize that you’re not sure what he’s talking about?
Have you ever learned something about Jesus, and realized that you had misunderstood him all along?
What if you could peel back 2,000 years of culture and discover the who Jesus really was?
Simply Jesus Suppers are a chance to dive deep into the life of Jesus and the world he lived in. We’ll gather a few times a month for a dinner table discussion based on Simply Jesus a book and video course by N.T. Wright.
By participating in Simply Jesus Suppers, you will:
- Experience a safe place to ask questions about Jesus and the Bible
- Understand more about the Bible by learn from a world-renown scholar
- Make friends with others who are trying to learn to practice the way of Jesus How to Participate
What to Expect
Simply Jesus Suppers are a self-paced learning experience. You can choose how much you want to participate, based on your own time and interest. One of these will describe your level of participation:
- Deep Diver: You watch the videos, complete the discussion questions, read the book, and attend the Suppers (approximately 2-4 hours a week)
- Interested Participant: You watch the videos and attend the Suppers (1 hour a week)
- Supper-only Participant: When possible, you may watch the videos and attend the Suppers. (No additional time)
All participant should watch the Simply Jesus Course. You may also want to purchase the book or audiobook.
- Video Course—This link includes a code for half price so the course is only $20. You will need to create an account with Udemy to view it.
Supper Plans and Syllabus
Simply Jesus Suppers will take place on Wednesdays at 6:30pm at various locations. The meal will be coordinated by that week’s host.
- June 15 (Location TBD) Course section 1-2, Book Chapters 1-5
- June 29 (Rob and Morgan Garza) Course section 3-4, Chapters 6-7
- July 13 (Tristan & Melissa Summers) Course section 5-6, Chapters 8-9
- July 27 (Location TBD) Course section 7-8, Chapters 10-11
- August 10 (Jonathan and Alison Baker), Course section 9-13, Chapters 12-15
- Start the course
- Get your book
- Email Chris to RSVP for dinner on June 15
April 14th, 2016
Don’t forget: There will be no liturgy at Seminary of the Southwest this Sunday, because we’ll be camping at Inks Lake!
Here’s three ways you can participate:
Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Rd 4 W, Burnet, TX 78611, about an hour from Austin.
If you need a ride, or have stuff to share, check out the list here.
A few things you’ll want to bring:
- Cash for Entrance and Day Fees
- Bug Repellant
- Hiking Boots
- Lawn Games
- Swim Suit
We’re planning on having Liturgy at the campsite on Sunday at 10:30. However, this will depend on the weather.
See you at the lake!
March 7th, 2016
The final days of Lent are also the beginning of Holy Week — days marked by Jesus’ activities in Jerusalem in the final week before his death and resurrection. Recognizing Jesus’ own activities that week enrich our own experiences leading into Easter.
The night before Jesus was crucified is commonly known as the Last Supper. Christians have celebrated this through a piece of bread and cup of wine for centuries, but this was a meal Jesus shared with his followers as part of an elaborate feast and retelling of the Passover story. It was an intimate part of a larger festival, as the descendants of slaves in Egypt celebrated their freedom from centuries of toil.
The first meal of this Passover festival is known as a Seder — a meal which Jason and Megan Engel have been celebrating for many years. This year, they have offered to host a meal for our church community as another opportunity in Holy Week to anticipate the resurrection to come.
Interested? Here are the details:
When: Thursday, March 24, 7:30-10:30pm. (Please plan to arrive at 7:30 and stay through the end. The Seder begins promptly at sundown.)
How Much: Free. Optional donations up to $10/person are accepted to help offset the cost. You can donate directly to the church via the giving page or in Sunday liturgy.
Use the form below to sign-up. But please make you plans as early as possible because seating is limited and advanced planning is necessary for menu preparation!
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February 24th, 2016
Every Sunday we kick off our “see-you-throughout-the-week” lifestyle with Sunday lunch.
Next Sunday, February 28, lunch will be a special Fishing Picnic at Mueller Pond.
Here’s what you need to know to have a great time:
Still have questions? Ask Kevin.
February 15th, 2016
“Why do we do what we do?”
It’s an important question that we don’t always get a chance to ask, or answer.
Our next Primer is Sunday, February 21! If you are new to aMS or curious about who we are, this is a great way to find out.
We’ll meet at the home of Noah Kim and Anna Yi (512 W Croslin St) at 6pm. While eating East Side Pies, we’ll talk about who we want to become and what it means to be part of our church community. We’ll also have lots of time to discuss any questions you might have.
Email Chris Morton to RSVP.
November 11th, 2015
We all want to grow to be more like Jesus.
But do we have a plan for how to get there?
Spiritual formation is a process, but we often treat it like a collection of random moments rather than a life-long process of partnering with the Holy Spirit that we can intentionally engage with.
This Saturday, we’ll host Bob Hyatt, the founding pastor of Evergreen Community in Portland, Oregon and the Director of Equipping and Spiritual Formation for the Ecclesia Network.
Bob describes the workshop this way: “Our time together will provide not only various lenses through which to see how God is always at work in our lives to grow us, but how we can intentionally co-operate in that process.
Further, we’ll have times to move beyond the general theory/learning, and allow individuals/groups of leaders to use what we will be given during the time to work through specific challenges they are facing right now, asking and answering the question “What might God be forming in me/us through this?” and “How should we respond?”
The workshop will take place this Saturday from 9am-2pm at 3811 Harmon Ave. The event has no cost, but donations will be accepted for lunch. Please RSVP so we can make sure to order enough food.
October 28th, 2015
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” (1 Corinthians 13:11)
We need to grow up.
Austin Mustards Seed is a church community committed to practicing the way of Jesus. When we first start following Jesus, it’s hard. We have formed by forces like family of origin, trauma and even pop-culture.
The good news is that we can be transformed into mature women and men who live like Jesus.
On November 14, we’ll host Bob Hyatt. Bob is the founding Pastor of The Evergreen Community and the Director of Equipping and Spiritual Formation for the Ecclesia Network.
Transformation happens when we learn to hear God and respond, both as individuals and as a church community.
The workshop will take place from 9am-2pm at the 3811 Harmon Ave. Lunch and snacks will be provided with a suggested donation.