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Outreach

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 www.fwepiscopal.org 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 

 

 
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