Highlights and Spotlights

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Let me tell you about two highlights of my week. First, spending 2-3 hours with the staff in God’s Word during our staff retreat. We dug deep into Judges 6-7, reading, marking, discussing and inwardly digesting Holy Scripture. I loved hearing everyone’s insights. We have an amazing staff team! The next highlight was the Explore God dinner and discussion group at Foodheads Wednesday night. We had people who came via the website, as guest of a parishioner, and literally off the street moments before we began, a beautiful and diverse group of people seeking God from different points on the spectrum of belief. I loved it! Bring a friend next week and join us Wednesday at 6:30pm.

Now, three spotlights on our mission. At Christ Church we love Austin, which means seeking her shalom, her flourishing, freedom and justice. Spotlight #1: Christ Church installed and maintains an Urban Garden for the Homeless with year-round opportunities to get your hands dirty and serve, literally. Matt Evans has a very funny and informative blog where you can learn about some fresh ways to engage this mission. Thank you Matt, for your stellar leadership!

Spotlight #2: John Nehme, a parishioner of Christ Church, is the Executive Director of Allies Austin, a coalition of individuals and institutions working to make Austin a slave free city. Allies is also the organizer of Free Austin. The domestic trafficking of human beings occurs right her in our city. Check out the upcoming events of Free Austin in order to learn more about how you can join the effort. Note especially the keynote on “Justice” at the Summit by pastor Ken Wytsma, founder of the Justice Conference.

Spotlight #3: The Faith & Culture Series is back! Our next one is Oct. 6, by Kit Johnson, parishioner of Christ Church and The City Architect for the City of Austin. He will be discussing “Christianity and Urbanism: loving your neighbor starts with having neighbors.” Kit is passionate; I can’t wait for this one. More details below.

Seeking the shalom of the city, with you,
Cliff