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Outreach Ministries

Outreach

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.

Windsor Campus contact: The Rev. Dean Lawrence
The Hill contact: Sam Hensley

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Service Opportunities

AFTER-SCHOOL MINISTRY
Mondays from 3:00p - 5:00p | Pleasant Hills Apartments
Tuesdays from 3:00p - 5:00p | Pleasant Hills Apartments
Provide tutoring assistance and play games with the children of Pleasant Hills Apartments and Rosemont Oak Valley, two affordable housing apartment complexes located near The Hill. This transformational ministry invites us to be in relationships of mutual respect and reciprocity.

Contact Sam Hensley.


GIVING TREE
Seasonal | Windsor Campus
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.

Contact: The Rev Dean Lawrence


HABITAT BUILD DAYS
Fall | Offsite
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.

Contact: The Rev. Dean Lawrence


HILL'S KITCHEN
Monthly | The Hill
Cook up delicious food and lasting friendships by joining one of our cook teams. Members help prepare and serve a delicious meal to the congregation about once a month. All skill levels welcome!

Contact: The Rev. Kathy Pfister


MOBILE LOAVES AND FISHES
Monthly | Offsite
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.

Contact: The Rev Dean Lawrence


OPPORTUNITY GARDEN
Ongoing | Woodland Campus
Opportunity Gardens on the Hill create an opportunity to put down roots, both physically and figuratively, in the neighborhood. Here we grow the ingredients necessary for communication, self-reliance, mutual respect, tolerance, caring and food security.

Contact: Lisa McMinn


PARK ON THE HILL
Ongoing | Woodland Campus
Love Hill is a neighborhood park and sanctuary freely offered to the neighborhood. Help us 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.


SHEPHERD BAGS
Seasonal | Windsor Campus
Several times a year, our Good Shepherd family comes together to assemble bags containing daily necessities to share with the homeless community of Austin.

Contact: Kathy Jolink


TRINITY STREETS
Monthly | Trinity Center
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.

Contact: The Rev. Dean Lawrence