In Holy Baptism, we promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves." Good Shepherd recognizes that we live in a broken and hurting world. Therefore we seek to feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, clothe the naked, tend the sick, and visit the imprisoned. Good Shepherd promises to give of time, talent, and treasure to serve the Austin community and beyond.
During Advent in preparation for Christmas, Good Shepherd families provide gifts for children and families in Austin who would otherwise not have a gift to open on Christmas Morning.
GOOD NEIGHBORS AT ROSEMONT
Rosemont at Oak Valley is a low-income, 280-unit apartment complex in southeast Austin, near our Woodland Campus. As a part of the Good Neighbor Program, members of both our Woodland and Windsor campuses support the Residential Community Center by providing enrichment activities for children and their families. This transformational ministry invites us to be in relationships of mutual respect and reciprocity.
HABITAT BUILD DAYS
We seek to serve the local community through the Austin Habitat for Humanity program assisting in the building of homes alongside the families who will live there once completed. Twice a year, members of our church community participate on an Episcopal build or an all faith build in Austin. Most build Saturdays are limited to workers over sixteen years old. However, on days when there are no power tools in use, it is possible for families with young children to join in for landscaping days. Sign up for a Saturday and prepare to work from 8:00a-3:00p. Volunteers are also needed to help provide lunches for our group or other groups on Saturday during the build.
MOBILE LOAVES AND FISHES
MLF is a wonderful way to serve our Austin area, homeless people. To fill more than just stomachs, MLF seeks to build relationships and offer transformative opportunities. For the food truck portion of the ministry, one team makes sandwiches and loads the food truck. Another team drives the truck to different Austin locations where homeless people congregate or have temporary shelter and there distributes the food. Children are welcome to participate with the first team with the presence of a parent or guardian. We ask that only children over 13 years of age participate on the second team, always with a parent or guardian, and that they display a certain level of maturity necessary to interact with the homeless.
PARK ON THE HILL
Taking advantage of the expanse of natural space, and the beauty of the Austin skyline view, The Hill has begun creating a neighborhood park for walking, meditating, picnicking, and gardening. Over time, this area will continue to add more trails, features, and amenities to further its identity as a beautiful and welcoming community space. If you would like to help grow and shape the Park on the Hill, contact the Rev. Kathy Pfister at firstname.lastname@example.org
Several times a year, our Good Shepherd family comes together to assemble bags containing daily necessities to share with the homeless community of Austin.
The Gardens on The Hill create an opportunity to put down roots, both physically and figuratively, in the neighborhood. They are an opportunity for community engagement centered around creating abundance and increasing well-being. Join us as we consider the ingredients necessary to build communication, self reliance, mutual respect, tolerance, caring, and food security. If you’d like to be a part of creating and sustaining authentic community through gardening.
Trinity Streets is a ministry of St. David’s Episcopal Church in downtown Austin, that provides meals and a worship service with music for up to 80 homeless neighbors several Sundays throughout the year.