Acts of Service
God has been inspiring local churches and individuals in Greater Austin to bring justice and mercy to the city through “acts of service.” Though we affirm, bless and even participate in these various acts of service, the Governing Board of Directors seek to promote and lead an effort that requests a massive involvement of the Larger Church to solve a systemic problem in our city that will not be fixed without the Church unified and engaged. We also believe that the greatest resource of the Church is her relational capital; therefore, we seek to address problems that involve relational investments.
Good Friday Citywide Service
On Good Friday many of the churches in Austin gathered for one unified service. Thousands of believers donated $27,079 to help fund the efforts of Caritas of Austin, providing love and charity to people struggling with poverty. Thank you for your generous gift.
Helping Improve 3rd Grade Literacy
After much prayer and research, we decided to focus on addressing the systemic problem of 3rd grade literacy. Leaders in education research for Central Texas identified 3rd grade literacy as one of four systemic problems facing our community. We found that from kindergarten to 3rd grade, a child learns to read. From 3rd grade on, a child reads to learn. If a child is behind grade level at the end of 3rd grade, his/her academic and economic future is not promising.
With over 200 elementary schools located in Greater Austin, the need to reach every at-risk child is great. We have an opportunity to partner a church with each school, ministering to students one on one, while supporting educators as they help children to learn and grow. So far, 90 churches and school partnerships have started in the Greater Austin area, with hundreds of literacy partners and mentors already beginning to make a difference in the lives of students. Take a look at some of the stories below and to learn more please visit education-connection.org.