ADVENT | 2020
Dear Christ Church Family,
As we come to the end of this unprecedented and challenging year, we are grateful for God’s faithful presence and provision and for the promise that He has not abandoned us and will never forsake us. We thank God for you, dear people of Christ Church, for your love for God and each other. You have faithfully borne your own burdens as well as those of others in our community and beyond. You are a persevering, light-filled people who bear witness to the love and presence of God in the midst of darkness.
As we acknowledge and deeply lament the turmoil, hardships and losses that have marked this year, we also reflect on the things for which we are grateful to God and celebrate:
- Our community has found ways to stay connected through livestream worship, outdoor worship, and various small group gatherings
- We welcomed Claire Ratliff to our staff team to shepherd small groups, which continue to provide meaningful community and connection between Sundays.
- We have remained active in service and mission through benevolence offerings and disbursements within and beyond the walls of our parish, including the Acts 2:44 CARES FUND. We’ve participated in blood drives, given care to Zavala elementary students, and supported remote learning for children in East Austin with funds, gifts, rides, and food.
- Our spirits have been formed end encouraged through the Devoted series, weekly Midday Prayer, Prayer Vigils, Fuller Formation cohorts, and the participation of over 200 parishioners in the Advent of Care.
In the midst of great uncertainty and economic challenges, this incredible community has continued to give generously of your time, talents, and financial resources, enabling Christ Church to remain true to our calling and core values. Thank you!
As you are able, we ask that you prayerfully consider Christ Church in your year-end giving. On average, 15-20% of our giving comes from December. A strong finish allows Christ Church to continue to meet the general operating budget and provides margin for the growth and mission of our church.
This community is a uniquely warm and resilient one, and there aren’t words to sufficiently express our gratefulness for you. As together we cling to Advent hope, we trust that we are in the care of the Prince of Peace.
Blessed Advent from your Rector and Vestry,
Cliff Warner+, Jonathan Sempsrott (Senior Warden), Emily Padula, John Nehme, Paul Adeleke, Kim Polk, Kevin Lloyd, and Eleanor Chote.
P.S. All charitable donations must be postmarked by December 31, 2020 to be eligible for a 2020 gift receipt for tax purposes.
And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
And hear the angels sing!
For lo!, the days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When with the ever-circling years
Comes round the age of gold
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.