Jesus mobilized people to go out into the world to serve Him.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:19-20
DEACON JAN’S COMMUNITY OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES:
Deacon Jan’s suggestions of a few service opportunities that are available in our area. For further information, please follow this link: http://www.deaconjan.com
CENTRAL TEXAS SPCA:
Christ Episcopal Church is involved with the Central Texas SPCA located at 909 South Bagdad Road in Leander. (Phone number: 512-260-7722). This branch of the SPCA is a no-kill shelter and totally dependent upon donations. Donations of food are not accepted because all animals are kept on the same diet, and foods are donated by the manufacturer. However, they can use many supplies and items you may have lying around your home that may not cost you a dime.
HILL COUNTRY COMMUNITY MINISTRIES:
Hill Country Community Ministries (HCCM) provides help to families in crisis and those living in poverty right in our own area—southwest Williamson and far northwest Travis counties. HCCM is a nonprofit organization supported by area churches, businesses, civic organizations, concerned individuals, and the United Way of Williamson County.
HCCM operates a Food Pantry and a Clothes Closet that is located at 1005 Lacy Drive, Leander, Texas 78641-1962; phone number 512-259-0360. More than 200 volunteers work at HCCM collecting donations, stocking shelves, and assisting families in need. Donations of imperishable food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, and cash are always welcome. At select times of the year, donations of fans or heaters, blankets, and clothing will be needed.
NEW HOPE MANOR NURSING HOME MINISTRY:
This ministry is a sister to the Angel Tree Ministry. During the holidays, Christ Episcopal Church displays a Christmas tree decorated with tags bearing the names of residents at the New Hope Manor Nursing Home and a wished-for gift item. It could be a sweater, a pair of slippers, even a hair cut from the nearby salon. Parishioners are asked to take a tag and to purchase a gift for this person and put it under the tree. On a Sunday before Christmas, volunteers of all ages will take the gifts to the residents at New Hope Manor, and we’ll sing Christmas carols. This has become a wonderful tradition for our church family. The folks at New Hope look forward to our annual visit and really appreciate our help in ensuring that everyone has a gift to open on Christmas.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:
If you love the Lord AND you have a passion for crocheting or knitting, the Prayer Shawl Ministry might just be perfect for you. These volunteers can never be accused of idle hands! While watching TV, sitting in meetings, waiting in the doctor’s or dentist’s lobby, they will break out their crocheting or knitting and work on a Prayer Shawl for a person ill or recovering from an injury. Throughout their handiwork, they are weaving prayers for recovery into the very fabric.
A Prayer Shawl can be requested by the ill or injured person, or a member of his/her family. A Prayer Shawl is selected and given to Father Bruce for a blessing. Then this homemade treasure is delivered to the intended recipient.
Among the qualities that distinguish Christ Episcopal Church is that we are truly blessed to have so many Christians eager to serve others in the community. Indeed, we share an enthusiasm to embrace Christ’s instruction to love our neighbors, and to offer our time, talent, and treasure to many worthy causes locally as well as globally.
Featured are the many outreach ministries in which Christ Episcopal Church currently participates, offering a brief description of each outreach ministry, and corresponding contact information. God’s peace to you and to all those you serve!