There is something both dreadful and wonderful about the smell of new notebooks, pens, paper, and binders. Dreadful, because they mean new challenges, new and likely harder classes, and for some, a new school like Texas State, where the sheer size of the place can be overwhelming. Wonderful, because new school materials means new friends, new learning, and a new start toward the finish line that is a degree.
New can be scary, especially if it means walking into a new place like Christ Chapel. "Will I be welcome?" (YES!) "Will they be weird?" (Somewhat). "Will it be like church back home?" (Probably not) are some of the questions students have before daring to enter the door. So we try to make it easier by sending out this newsletter so you can see what we're about, and by operating a free, organic, fair-trade coffee house (tea, too) every morning from 8:30 until noon.
We also provide a great place just to relax or do schoolwork with free WiFi. Come on by and give us a try. We hold worship year-round on Sunday nights at 7:00, and will be serving free, home-cooked meals starting in October, when our newsly remodeled kitchen is completed. On Wednesday nights, we share a loaf of fresh-baked bread and then worship in a variety of styles, including guest professors who talk about the intersection of their faith and work.
Throughout the semester, we have a variety of activities that we keep cheap so that everyone can take part. Read more (in the newsletter) about our annual trip to Wessendorff, a beautiful retreat center and swimming hole in the Hill Country. You'll also find out how to help feed the homeless of San Marcos everyone month and you can read about upcoming events such as a day at Spring Loaded, a trampoline park near New Braunfels. Whatever the event, know you are welcome. Whether you've never been in a church before or were there every time the lights were on, this is a place for you.
So, what is this place we're welcoming you to? We are "evangelical catholics," the middle way. We are evangelical (people with good news) without being fundamentalists. We take the Bible seriously, but we also see it as a living word that demands to be interpreted for each new generation. We are catholic (literally, "universal"), meaning that we are grateful for the great gifts of the Christian tradition and appreciative of the diversity of the family of God. As a Reconciling in Christ Ministry, we rejoice in the full participation of people regardless of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in every aspect of our ministry.
We are generally reserved, reflective, and deliberate in our worship and hospitality. Our expression of the faith emphasizes God's infinite love and grace in Christ and in the freedom of the Christian life. We never ask anyone to check their brains at the door, but welcome the questions and struggles that faith and life brings. Come; you'll find a home here, and we are looking forward to meeting you.