Category Archives: Outreach Activities

Sunday, December 10 in the Sunday School after church service

This Christmas season, we are again partnering with SAFE’s Sponsor a Family program. SAFE is a merger of Austin’s Children Shelter and SafePlace, a non-profit organization providing safety and counseling for families affected by domestic violence and abuse.  Paper angels will be hanging from the garland in the Children’s Room hallway, holding the personal wishes of individuals living in SafePlace transitional housing or those served through its counseling program.

To participate, simply take an angel shopping with you and purchase the item listed on the back (suggested spend is $25-$50 per angel). Bring your unwrapped gift to the Sunday School’s gift-wrapping, hymn-and-carol-singing, lunch-and-Christmas-cookie-party on Sunday, December 10, immediately following the services!

 

“Raise the Roof” iACT Hands on Housing – paint a house for a community member in need!

Join us as we paint Henry Acosta’s house as part of the iACT (Interfaith Action of Central Texas) Hands on Housing program. All are welcome! (Children 16 and under are not encouraged to attend). We will be working with the Olivet Baptist Church and the Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church.

Alex Carter, a Sunday School student at First Church Austin, is organizing this event for his National Leadership Council (NLC) capstone project. This event is also co-organized by Asher House, Austin and is part of the “Asher in Action” volunteer initiative.

Food and supplies will be provided.

WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2017 — begins at 9:00am (can arrive/depart anytime between 9am and 4pm).

WHERE: 2011 Holly Street, Austin TX 78702

RSVP: Register at handsonhousing-oct28.eventbrite.com.

Also, please fill out THIS WAIVER.
(If you cannot fill it out online, there will be paper copies if necessary)

MORE INFO:

Henry Acosta is a man who has been interviewed by the Hands on Housing program and deemed worthy of needing the Interfaith Council’s help. He has 4 children, 8 grandkids, and a dog named Mini. He’s a handyman, but hasn’t been physically able to do his own painting in recent years.
As a group of three churches, we have been paired to paint the house, which has recently been re-sided by other volunteers. We anticipate the work will go from 9am-4pm, so people can arrive and depart anytime during that window. The other churches are planning on 15 volunteers each, so there should be a large group of us who can get to know each other as we work. Alex Carter and the head of the Baptist church group will be power washing the house 72 hours in advance so that it can dry and be free of dirt for when we paint. We will use the Baptists’ truck to bring the ladders, paint, rollers, brushes, drop clothes, rags, tape, etc. Everything should be there ready for us to start at 9.

“iACT’s Hands on Housing utilizes volunteers and skilled professionals to repair the homes of senior citizens and disabled individuals who are living in deep poverty. Our goal is to keep our homeowners safe and help them remain in the homes and neighborhoods they love. We believe that repairing homes restores hope to those who need it most and changes the hearts of those who do the work. Hands on Housing is a transformational expression of compassion in action.”

Disaster Relief Fund – Committee on Publication Manager’s Office Message

The Mother Church and the Committee on Publication Manager’s Office are so grateful for the outpouring of unified prayer and support we have been seeing for those impacted by the hurricane in Texas and Louisiana in the U.S. Because we have been receiving inquiries about donation opportunities, we thought it would be helpful to provide information about how one can donate.
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If one would like to make a donation to financially support branch churches or societies in need as a result of this storm, donations can be made to The Mother Church’s fund to aid emergency relief for branch churches and societies. Donations should be made by check written to “The First Church of Christ, Scientist” with “Disaster Relief Fund” noted the memo line and mailed to:
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The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Treasurer – PO Box 239103
Boston, MA USA 02123-9103
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If one would like to make a donation to financially support individual Christian Scientists in need as a result of this storm, the Principle Foundation has a Disaster Relief Fund, which responds to natural disasters in all states. One can learn more by visiting www.principlefoundation.org or by calling +1 816-561-5955.
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To help relief efforts more broadly, donations can of course be made directly to one’s charity of choice, such as the American Red Cross, America’s Second Harvest, Salvation Army, Oxfam, Habitat for Humanity or other on-the-ground relief agencies.
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For any other questions, please be in touch with The Mother Church’s Customer Contact Center at +1 617-450-2000 or info@christianscience.com.
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Please do not send funds directly to the Committees on Publication for Texas or Louisiana. Those Committees have been very helpful in providing information related to funding for those in need, but future inquiries can go to the Customer Contact Center as noted above.
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Please feel free to share the information from this Bulletin with anyone.
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“Human mentality, expressed in disease, sin, and death, in tempest and in flood, the divine Mind calms and limits with a word.” (My. 106:19-21). How wonderful it is to know that the word of God calms the storms and instructs “the proud wave, ‘Thus far, and no farther.’”
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Keith Wommack, Committee on Publication for Texas
3615632559 / Texas@compub.org

Sat., June 3, 9am – noon at Community First! Village – 9301 Hog Eye Rd. Austin, 78724

 
You are invited to join Asher House, Austin for a day of service in our local community! 
2017 AsherinAction_Austin“Asher in Action” is a new community service initiative at Asher Houses around the country. Asher students, House Managers, Local Advisory Council members, alumni, friends and family are invited to participate in a local community service project that supports the idea of “home.”

Asher House, Austin has chosen to volunteer at Community First! Village, which is a part of the Mobile Loaves and Fishes organization. We will work in the village on Saturday, June 3 from 9am-12pm. Work may include laying pathways, harvesting the gardens, tending the chicken coop, prepping micro-homes for new neighbors, or beautifying the property.

Participants will get one of our new ASHER IN ACTION t-shirts! 🙂

WHENSaturday, June 3rd from 9am – 12pm

WHERE: Community First! Village – 9301 Hog Eye Rd. Austin, 78724

*Specific information about parking, carpooling, etc. will be emailed to volunteers the week before.

RSVP: Space is limited, so please RSVP soon to Jessica Dunlap (Austin Asher House Manager) by May 31. Call/text (707) 287-3645 or email asher.austin@asherstudentfoundation.org. You may also RSVP at this link: www.asherinaction_atx.eventbrite.com.


In addition, every participant must register here by May 31https://mlf.secure.force.com/volunteers/GW_Volunteers__VolunteersJobListingFS?jobId=a0di000000CjBo3&nMonthstoShow=12.
Children and welcome! However, volunteers under 18 must have their parent/guardian sign up for them and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian while serving at the village.

 
A donation of $10 per person is requested for each volunteer.

WHAT IS COMMUNITY FIRST! VILLAGE?
Community First! Village is a 27-acre community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for homeless in Central Texas. The transformative residential program exists to love and serve our neighbors who have been living on the streets, while also empowering the surrounding community into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. Find out more about Community First! Village at mlf.org/community-first/.
We are excited about this project and hope you will join us!
Feel free to invite your families and friends!