Since our parish joined the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in 2015, much
of the money that had been used for outreach in previous years is now going to
the Diocese in the form of our tithe to them. Ten per cent of our income
from 2014 will go to the Diocese for its support and outreach. You may
check out their website at
to see the ministries in which the Diocese is involved, and we through them.
As we become more familiar with the workings of the diocese, there will be
additional opportunities to become involved.
St. Francis continues its own outreach locally. We have just completed our
annual Lenten food drive for the benefit of The Storehouse, a Christian
ministry in Pflugerville, Texas which operates not only as a food bank for
the area but also conducts prayer services and Christian witness to their
clients. This year St. Francis donated nearly 900 pounds of food and $350.00
in cash to help them with their ministry.
Each fall, St. Francis participates in Operation Christmas Child from
Samaritan's Purse. This is a ministry which supplies a box of Christmas
presents to needy children around the world. In 2015, St. Francis sent around
100 shoe boxes of gifts to these children. In addition, our parish also
partners with the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center with monthly contributions
as well as donations of diapers and other needs for mothers and their new
babies. Our Anglicans for Life group oversees this association with APRC.
Finally, on each fifth Sunday of the month during the year, some of our
members have an outreach to a nursing home in the area where they pray and
sing hymns with the residents. Along with all of the above-mentioned
ministries, this one is open to anyone who wishes to participate.
Fr. Len Giacolone