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SENIOR MOBILE LOAVES & FISHES SERVING OPPORTUNITY
This is a great time for fellowship and an opportunity to serve the homeless in Austin.
Day: Every Third Tuesday of Each Month
Time: 2:00PM Kitchen Prep and 5:00PM Truck Run
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**Make sure you tag the Senior Adults run!
DATE: OCT 13
TIME: We will leave by motor coach (provided we have at least 25 going) at 9:00am from Quads. We should return around 4:00PM.
COST: $80 - Including: a meal, the motor coach, and a tour guide.
Mission San José
San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, the “Queen of the Missions,” is the largest mission in San Antonio, established in 1720 and completed in 1782. Spanish designers, directing workers from the local Coahuiltecan tribe, built the mission using Texas limestone and brightly colored stucco. At its height, it provided sanctuary and a social and cultural community for more than 300 Indians, and was surrounded by acres of fields and livestock herds. The mission had its own gristmill and granary, which have been preserved.
The beautiful church at Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuñalooks much like it did in 1755 when it was first dedicated. Interior renovations in 2010 returned the church’s interior walls to the rich colors of 255 years earlier. The church’s exterior was originally decorated with geometric designs painted on the façade and iron crosses and weather vanes were placed atop the two towers. The exterior paintings have faded, but inside you can still see original frescos in some of the rooms. The church stands as the oldest unrestored stone church in the U.S.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan was established in San Antonio in 1731. The church, priest’s quarters and granary were completed in 1756. The mission’s fertile farmlands allowed for a self-sustainable community, and its surplus helped supply the region with produce. The chapel and bell tower are still in use. Note the typical Romanesque archway at the entrance gate and the remains of a half-completed, more elaborate church that was begun in 1772 and abandoned in 1786 when the mission’s population declined. Guests can also tour a self-guided nature trail that leads to the river.
Mission San Francisco de la Espada, the southernmost of the four in the park, contains the best-preserved segment of the acequia (irrigation system) that was used to bring water to the fields. Today, part of the acequia operates the Espada aqueduct and dam. Also noteworthy are an unusual door and stone archway. The mission was established in San Antonio in 1731. The priest’s residence was completed in 1745 and the church in 1756. Inside the mission compound were a blacksmith shop, kiln for baking brick, and workrooms with looms and spinning wheels. Corn, beans, melons, pumpkins and cotton were grown in the irrigated fields adjacent to the mission.
DATE: NOV 10
We will be heading for Vanderpool, TX and the Lost Maples State Park.
Lost Maples State Natural Area covers 2,174.2 acres in Bandera and Real counties. It is north of Vanderpool on the Sabinal River. Purchased from private owners in 1973 and 1974, the site opened on Sept. 1, 1979. About 200,000 people visit the park each year. Evidence shows that prehistoric peoples used this area at various times.
The Spanish began exploring and colonizing around here in the late 17th century. Apache, Lipan Apache and Comanche Indians ranged over the land. They posed a threat to settlement well into the 19th century. Lost Maples protects a special stand of Uvalde bigtooth maples. Many folks come here to see colorful leaves on these and other trees in autumn.
DATE: DEC 8
TIME: We will leave from the Quads at 3:00; eat at the Blue Bonnet Café and then see the Christmas light there. After that, we will head to Johnson City and see the lights there. We should be back by 9:00pm.
COST: $75 - Includes bus, meal & tour
MARBLE FALLS WALKWAY OF LIGHTS
Featuring over two million lights, the Walkway of Lights located in Marble Falls, Texas, is a season-long holiday extravaganza. Walk the lighted pathway along beautiful Lake Marble Falls featuring holiday-themed, whimsical and patriotic light features and sculptures.
JOHNSON CITY TEXAS LIGHTS SPECTACULAR
Johnson City, Texas comes vibrantly alive during this event which includes a collection of fun activities for the young and not-so-young. The hallmark of this event is the opening night (Friday after Thanksgiving) lighting of the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City with 100,000+ white lights to celebrate the holiday season (don't worry, no nails or screws are used to secure the lights on this beautiful Courthouse building.) The entire Courthouse is draped in lights, from the ground to the special effects lighting of the dome in a red color. Surrounding trees are lit with complementary red lights, producing a magnificent spectacle.
Even the inside of the Courthouse is decorated with a traditional Christmas tree and lots of hallway greenery and decorations. Nearby, the local Pedernales Electric Co-op headquarters won't be outdone. An entire block of magnificent old oak trees strung with 1+ million white lights covering the entire canopy of each tree plus white trunks, along with the stately two story PEC building, are simply brilliant
The small but quaint downtown Johnson City Memorial Park (about a half block area on Main Street) is stuffed with the most colorful lighted trees, figures, and presentations that are eye-catching in their own right, as they sparkle in a variety of decorative and vibrant colors. Almost every business building and many homes participate in the lighting adventure.