Hodgepodge Sunday

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes, Frontpage News

Dear Christ Church,

Strike two. Brent Neely, who with his wife Loretta has been a Christ Church missionary for many years, was scheduled to preach this Sunday. Brent is helping to address the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. Winter weather warnings in Denver, can you believe it, have caused a second flight cancellation! The same scenario happened last December when Brent was scheduled to conclude our Hebrews series with the final chapter, which begins with a charge not to “neglect to show hospitality to the stranger, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”  He’s now rescheduled for Palm Sunday, April 9th. The third time’s a charm, right? All of this builds my sense of anticipation about what God has for us.

Do you know any recent or about-to-be college grads that might like to spend a year of their life in a ten-month work and service leadership development program on the U.S.-Mexico border? Please tell them about the Borders Fellows program. Many of you know that before coming to Austin to serve at Christ Church, I served at the Pro Cathedral Church of St. Clement, a wonderful parish in downtown El Paso. While there I founded a community development organization called Ciudad Nueva, which “seeks to embody the gospel of Jesus Christ by advancing the renewal and development of central El Paso’s Rio Grande neighborhood through the empowerment and transformation of its residents.”

Over the years, Ciudad Nueva has expanded its programming to include this outstanding post-college internship. The Borders Fellows program challenges recent college graduates to integrate their faith in Jesus, vocation, gifts and relationships with God’s heart for service, justice and reconciliation. This program is a great opportunity for those looking to get experience with: non-profit management, urban ministry, community development, immigration, cross-culture and cross-class dynamics, Spanish language, and student ministry.

Calling all women! Periodically we gather the new moms and their newborn babies, together with older women of the church in order to bless these new moms and babies with prayer, encouragement, and love. It’s always a beautiful time. I invite you to come out, whether or not you personally know any of the new moms, and shower them with intergenerational love and prayer and blessing. See details below.