Loving Our City

Winter Storm Relief

Winter Storm 2021 Update

Ash Wednesday – Febraury 17th, 2021

Message from the Rector & Staff

This week’s unprecedented weather crisis has impacted us all. Most people in Central Texas suffered the loss of electricity, water, or both. Like our Medina property, many experienced frozen and broken pipes, damaging their homes, businesses, or church. For others the additional stress and suffering raised or exacerbated mental and emotional health challenges.

In the midst of the suffering, we also witnessed beautiful acts of love as you, Christ Church, served others across our parish and city. Some of you took in families who had no heat or water; others made repairs or prepared meals for those who could not; still others ventured out on the ice to help those who needed transportation. You embodied the kingdom of God, bearing with one another’s burdens without growing weary of doing good as Paul instructs in Galatians 6. 

As the weather warms this weekend, many in our community are still in need of relief. We’re called to be a people of changed lives in the heart of our city, mending our world for the praise of God’s glory.

four ways to love our city

Give Your Resources

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Christ Church and the Anglican Development Relief Fund are contributing financially to the 2:44 Cares Fund. Created initially in response to COVID-19 and housed under the Austin Disaster Relief Network, the 2:44 Cares Fund is a benevolence fund created to foster generous care within the Body of Christ, radical mercy in service to the city, and inter-congregational unity. Christ Church is making a $15,000 donation to the fund, and you can also make a donation here.

Area #1

You live: East of I35, South of 290, North of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Christ Church Courtyard

Area #2

You live: West of I35, East of MoPac, South of 2222, North of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.

Area #3

You live: South of 183, West of I35 & MoPac, North of 222 & Bee Caves Road

Meet at: Bull Creek Park, 6701 Lakewood Dr. (under the massive oak tree)

Area #4

You live: South of Bee Caves Road, West of MoPac

Meet at: Dick Nichols Park, 8011 Beckett Rd.

Area #5

You live: East of MoPac, South of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr.

Area #6

You live: North of 183

Meet at: Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park – 12138 North Lamar Blvd.

Give Basic Goods

Christ Church has partnered with Communities in Schools (CIS) to support families with students at Blackshear and Zavala elementary schools. Our CIS contacts shared that they are working with families right now who need food (particularly milk, bread, and produce), water, and gift cards. You can sign up to provide an item, and you’ll receive more information about where and how to get those basic goods to the families.

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Area #1

You live: East of I35, South of 290, North of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Christ Church Courtyard

Area #2

You live: West of I35, East of MoPac, South of 2222, North of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.

Area #3

You live: South of 183, West of I35 & MoPac, North of 222 & Bee Caves Road

Meet at: Bull Creek Park, 6701 Lakewood Dr. (under the massive oak tree)

Area #4

You live: South of Bee Caves Road, West of MoPac

Meet at: Dick Nichols Park, 8011 Beckett Rd.

Area #5

You live: East of MoPac, South of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr.

Area #6

You live: North of 183

Meet at: Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park – 12138 North Lamar Blvd.

Give Your Time

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If you have capacity and interest, you can volunteer with Austin Disaster Relief Network. They have several different ways people can sign up to help in response to the impact the weather had on Central Texans. Visit their website to learn more.

Area #1

You live: East of I35, South of 290, North of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Christ Church Courtyard

Area #2

You live: West of I35, East of MoPac, South of 2222, North of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.

Area #3

You live: South of 183, West of I35 & MoPac, North of 222 & Bee Caves Road

Meet at: Bull Creek Park, 6701 Lakewood Dr. (under the massive oak tree)

Area #4

You live: South of Bee Caves Road, West of MoPac

Meet at: Dick Nichols Park, 8011 Beckett Rd.

Area #5

You live: East of MoPac, South of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr.

Area #6

You live: North of 183

Meet at: Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park – 12138 North Lamar Blvd.

Receive Help

At Christ Church, no one stands alone! We want to be aware of any needs within Christ Church that we can support. You can ask for help or share more information about a need in our church community by clicking below.  Needs that are submitted are confidentially reviewed by Christ Church staff.

How can we help?

Community Resource Map

Area #1

You live: East of I35, South of 290, North of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Christ Church Courtyard

Area #2

You live: West of I35, East of MoPac, South of 2222, North of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.

Area #3

You live: South of 183, West of I35 & MoPac, North of 222 & Bee Caves Road

Meet at: Bull Creek Park, 6701 Lakewood Dr. (under the massive oak tree)

Area #4

You live: South of Bee Caves Road, West of MoPac

Meet at: Dick Nichols Park, 8011 Beckett Rd.

Area #5

You live: East of MoPac, South of Hwy. 71/Ben White

Meet at: Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr.

Area #6

You live: North of 183

Meet at: Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park – 12138 North Lamar Blvd.

Resources

Spiritual Formation
Public Health Info & Updates
Christ Church Digital How-to’s
Life in Quarantine
Love and Lament in March Madness
Curt Thompson
Quarantine Playlist for Christ Church
Songs that might bring comfort or nourishment during the Coronavirus quarantine
Kids & Parents
King COVID & The King Who Cares 
Video: Kids’ lesson from our June 28th Sunday Worship Service
God’s Very Good Idea
Video: Special guest Ms. Tanisha, along with Ms. Terrice read about God’s great idea to make PEOPLE!  Lot’s of different people!

Jesus, The Bread of Life
Video: Terrice brings some treasures out of the treasure chest and talks about how the risen Jesus reveals himself to the disciples in Luke 24.

Jesus Storybook Bible in English and Spanish

Community Needs

Ways to serve each other

Tell us about your need and we will try to connect you with someone from our community.  If you are able to give of your time, energy or skills, let us know.

Community Life

It is critical that we get and stay connected, in community and prayer. Let us know if you want to get connected in small online communities or how we can be praying for you.

Coronavirus Updates

 
Loving Your Neighbors

In the midst of our global pandemic, never has the call to love our neighbors, neighborhoods, and city been more important. We invite you to invest in the your neighborhood, our neighborhood in the Downtown Eastside. The opportunities below will bring the message of Christ to our community, in word and action.

The Art of Neighboring

taken from the book, The Art of Neighboring, and used by our own parish in small groups and sermon series 5+ years ago can and will be a tremendous resource as we seek to care for those around us in our communities. Let’s make Jesus known together!

“When Jesus was asked to sum up everything into one command, he said to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Most of us have turned this simple idea of loving our neighbors into a nice saying, putting it on bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets and then going on with our lives.”

Technology for Zavala Elementary Students

Our desire is to continue our relationship with Zavala elementary school, where our Neighborhood Engagement Team ministers by mentoring kids, by addressing their desired need for technology to help marginalized kids learn at home. Our goal is to provide 15 tablets or laptops to 15 families at Zavala through 15 small group donations to aid in home-learning.

Check back soon for details about how you can get involved!

Other Ways to Serve

If you are looking for other ways to serve the community at large in East Austin, then consider the options that are given in EastsideATX in their recent article. These incredibly tangible ways to partner with organizations can have a lasting impact on our city.

Read the article HERE!