Moms in ALL stages of life are invited to join us Wednesday mornings this Spring for MOSS (Moms of Saints and Sinners). We'll spend time together with God's Word and his people, and focus on intentional relationships and inter-generational mentoring.
Each week we will gather together for brunch, a devotional, table discussion that deepens relationships, and prayer. Once a semester we will focus on serving a local ministry.
Children 4 years and under will also engage in a weekly study, following a Bible-based curriculum with lessons, activities, music, and crafts. Elementary aged children are welcome and encouraged to attend as helpers with the approval of our Children's Director.
Who is invited to attend MOSS?
Everyone! If you have a 'mothering heart' or like to spend time with, or learn from other moms, we hope you will still feel welcome at MOSS!
What does the name MOSS mean?
In Christ, we are all saints. This means that, because of what Jesus has done, we are warmly welcomed into the house of God as his own adopted children - not because we are very good, but because God is!
At the same time, until that day when Jesus returns, we will continue to suffer with the indwelling sin that entangles us. We don't catch this type of sin from other people; it lives in us, and it also lives in our children.
And so our loved ones, like us, are simultaneously saints and sinners. Rescued from the bondage of sin, by God's amazing grace, we are all currently being made whole and holy, complete, and ever more like Jesus - but none of us is there yet!
What is the vision for the group?
In every corner of life, there are so many demands on our time, resources, and energy. We want this time during MOSS to be an oasis - a green, sacred, refreshing respite - a place for you to feel revived relationally, physically, and also spiritually.
There will be a meal; scripture and prayers; inter-generational relationships; practical and spiritual 'mothering' for moms of all ages, and monthly opportunities for service to our city of Austin.
What does the morning schedule look like?
Our schedule will be similar to below:
9:15 - 9:30 Drop off kids
9:30 - 9:45 Brunch and Fellowship
9:45 - 9:50 Announcements
9:50 - 10:30 Devotional/Testimony
10:30 - 11:00 Small Group Discussion
11:00 - 11:20 Prayer
11:20 - 11:30 Pick up Kids
**Kids must be picked up by 11:30, but you are welcome to stay and fellowship/picnic on the All Saints campus while kids run around and play - in fact we encourage it!
Is this a Bible study?
Three weeks a month, we will be studying scripture, and one week per month, we will have a shared testimony. There will not be "homework" for you to prepare each week; however, we will point you to resources that will be helpful if you would like to supplement our study. In the Spring, we will be studying Isaiah 40-66.
What will my children be learning while I am spending time in MOSS?
Pre-K children and below will participate in a bible-based curriculum (DWELL) with weekly lessons including crafts and music. Older children (including homeschool children) are welcome to attend as helpers with permission from our Children's Director.
"In a culture that worships busyness, DWELL children's ministry and Sunday school curriculum encourages kids to pause and wonder, imagine, and interact with different parts of God's story. And as they do, they'll discover that God is still at work in the world and in their lives. DWELL can awaken kids to God's amazing invitation to find their own place in his story, to live into and out of it for the rest of their lives."
What is the role of a Mentor Mom?
Mentor Moms are there to tell you how to be the perfect mom in all areas. KIDDING! Their role is to walk with you along your unique road for a little while. They hope to know you, pray for you, humbly guide you, and point you to the hope that we all have in Christ.
I am no longer in the phase of life of having young children, but I also am not in the Mentor Mom stage? Is there a place for me here?
Absolutely! Whatever your age or stage, come be with other mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends.
What will the service portion of the group look like?
Once a semester, we will be serving an local organization. You will also have opportunities to serve other members of MOSS as needs arise.
What should I bring?
A bible, pen, journal, and an open heart for connecting with Jesus and the other MOSS participants.
Debra is a mother of 4 children and grandmother of 15 grandchildren. She and her husband, David, were members of a wonderful Bible church for most of their adult lives, where they were blessed by solid Biblical teaching and loving believers. Debra has been a regular participant and facilitator of women's studies and support groups for many years.
Dave and Debra moved to Austin 8 years ago from Tyler, Texas. They visited All Saints, because their daughter, Sarah Dwelle (Children's Ministry Coordinator) and her family were members. They became enthusiastic members shortly afterwards!
Words that describe Debra: Right-brained, comfortable in the background, bookworm, violin student, watercolor dabbler, outdoors lover/hiker, children's maypole.
Susie and Bob retired to Austin in December 2013 after living in Washington DC for over 40 years. They are blessed with two grown children and four grandchildren (including their newest grand baby, Anna) who live in Houston and Denver.
Susie grew up in a Christian home and has had a personal relationship with the Lord since youth camp in seventh grade. However, each and every day and experience brings her to her knees in her desire to walk and honor the Lord in thought, word and deed.
Susie enjoys reading, travel, exercise, and spending time with family and friends.
Nancy Donaldson - Bio coming soon!
Ann's dad paid her way to Oklahoma State University so she would marry an Okie and never stray far from her hometown of 2000 people. Within the first month of college, she met Steve from Chicago and the next 45 years included 8 jobs, 6 moves, and 5 cities none of which was her hometown.
Ann's career has included staying home with her 2 daughters until they were 10 and 12, teaching pre-k and first grade, elementary school counseling, and working as a play therapist at Dell Children's hospital. Currently, she is working on a doctorate in Nanaology and has enjoyed the blessings of having all 5 of her grandchildren living in Austin!
Ann has experienced God's steadfast love, protection, and provision as she has had to depend on Him through each step of this adventure as a daughter, wife, mom, and (her personal favorite) grandmom.
Knowing God planned each moment of her life before she was born has been a great source of comfort and encouragement and she continues to seek His direction and wisdom into retirement and beyond.
Mary Jane Grooms
Mary Jane became a believer while a student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She realized immediately that conversion is more than adding a religious dimension to an otherwise unchanged life. It means changing the way you look at and think about everything. After reading the Schaeffer's books she set aside university for a time in order to study at L'Abri. There she served as secretary and helper to Edith Schaeffer for four years prior to marrying Greg.
Greg and Mary Jane have 5 children, all post college now, and 6 grandchildren. Mary Jane has over three decades of experience in teaching, counseling and hospitality and serves as co-director of Hill House, serving students at UT.
Delia was born in Matador, TX. She married Don Hunt in 1960, and they moved to Dallas for medical school. Delia and Don adopted their two children, Lezlie and Davis, while living in Mississippi during Don's residency.
The Hunts have moved eighteen times! They have traveled extensively, living in Massachusetts, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, India, Africa (twice), Mississippi, and are now settled in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Delia is an artist, and especially loves to paint.
Funny Story: When Delia was born, the doctor's bill was $35 and her daddy was not able to pay the fee. He was just out of the navy (WW2) and only 20 years old when she was born. 10 years later, when her father finally had $35, he got in the car and drove back to Matador, TX to pay that doctor!
Gail and her twin brother were reared in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas. She attended the University of Texas where she received a degree in Child Development and Family Relations.
Sara (Linville) Lathan, wife of Garrett Lathan, and mother of 4 month old, Wren Frances Lathan, is her only child. Sara and her family also attend All Saints, where Garrett serves on staff as the Director of Counseling.
Marlin Linville, Gail's first husband and Sara's father, was a professional artist. He passed away in 2001. Five years ago Gail married Gary Loudamy, also widowed with one adult daughter, Aime Nickel, who lives in Australia.
When Sara was young, Gail taught preschool. Following that, she started the Kindergarten program for Regents School of Austin and continued as a teacher there for 19 years. For eight years following Marlin's death, Gail also taught an afternoon art class for five and six year olds. Since retiring from teaching four years ago, she has trained to be an Academic Language Therapist to work with children who are experiencing difficulty reading or have dyslexia.
Gail's interests include tennis, reading, exercise, travel and Bible study.
Joanne and her husband Harry relocated to Austin from L.A. (Lower Alabama) in January 2009. Many moons ago Joanne was a commercial artist. However, as their family grew (eventually six children; five daughters and one son) she gave up her "career" to be a stay-at-home mom and to home educate their children.
Joanne and and Harry are 'empty nesters' now. While Joanne is "retired" Harry is still working. Joanne spends her time caring for her ninety-six year old mother-in-law and being Nana to their ten (soon-to-be eleven) grandchildren.
Although she was raised going to church, Joanne did not become a true believer until the age of thirty. Thirty five years later, she is still learning to walk by faith.
Jenny and her husband have been married 47 years and are the parents of two, Aimee Bradshaw and Caleb Noel. They have three grandchildren, Campbell, Marjorie, and Gear.
Jenny is a former speech therapist. She was born and spent her early years in Texas but has also lived in Venezuela, Libya, Arizona, California and Illinois. They have been members of All Saints for about 5 1/2 years.
Lida has been married to Allen for 25 years. They are entering their second year as empty-nesters, as their twin daughters, Catherine and Mary Frances, are beginning their sophomore year in college.
Lida has lived in Austin for 24 years and her family has been members at All Saints since the doors opened!
Lida grew up in Dallas, graduated from the University of Texas, taught elementary school for 13 years in both public and private schools, was a stay at home mom for 16 years, and she is currently pursuing a home based kitchen business.
Lida was raised going to church, but her first real understanding of the gospel was at a backyard Bible club down the street from her house. As she looks back on her loving but dysfunctional family, God has truly surrounded her with Godly adults and friends that have constantly pointed her to Him and reminded her of her need for Him throughout her life.
Kathy is a true Austin Native who just celebrated her 60th birthday!
Kathy is married to Joe, and they have a big, beautiful, blended family that the Lord has brought together after they both lost their first spouses. Both Kathy and Joe are UT graduates, and together they have four married children and seven grandchildren.
Kathy is fairly new to All Saints, after being in another denomination for 32 years. She feels blessed to be part of this church where God has led them to worship with their son and daughter in law, Phillip and Caitlyn Allen. Kathy loves to study God's word and teach it - she has taught Sunday school and small-group Bible studies for 30 years.
Besides teaching, Kathy loves traveling, cooking, entertaining, photography, gardening, and most of all, just being with her kids and grandchildren. She looks forward to seeing where she may serve and plug-in in this beautiful community of faith.