Though several Christ Church-ers live near the recent wildfires, we are thankful to report that their homes were not damaged. Jack McCool, one of our vestry members, and Brian Murphy, our Executive Pastor have each been out to Bastrop to serve in different capacities, and discovered some ways that Christ Church can help, both financially and with hands and feet.
We received $2700 in a special offering recently, which has already been forwarded to the Austin Disaster and Relief Network, a coalition of areas churches and individuals who conduct year-round training to mobilize the church for such a time as this. They are directing resources to the neediest and most strategic places. They also coordinate channels through which people like Christ Church can serve. Here are two ways we can serve those who’ve lost their homes: Property Clean-up and Adopt-a- Family.
They are looking for 10 people who will spend a Saturday cleaning up a property. Individuals or groups can sign up. This would be a great small group outreach, or maybe 2 groups in a joint effort. Also, out of the 450 households affected, there are 200 that have not been “adopted.” You can be part of a support team for an adopted family. For more information, or to sign up to help, please contact Jack McCool, our fire relief coordinator.
On a different note, we are getting closer to welcoming our new Associate Pastor, Peter Coelho, and his family from Canada. We have been working hard to get them a visa in time to arrive for our parish retreat; it’s going to be a close call. Please pray that all the logistics will work out for them to join us for that special weekend together!
We look forward to welcoming you, Peter, Shannon and Lucy!