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Spirtual Growth
Pastoral Care
Programs and Ministries

Bible Study

Each Sunday morning we offer an adult Bible Study class from 9:30 to 10:30 am. The group chooses their own topics ranging from traditional Bible study to current events. The class is ongoing, so you can join anytime. No advance preparation is necessary.

Growth Groups

As churches get bigger, they must “get smaller” if they hope to thrive. In other words, people need opportunities outside of large worship services to meet new people, develop friendships, and grow in faith. Our response to that need is our Growth Groups.

Growth Groups are groups of 10-15 people who get together each week in a convenient Austin location. Growth Groups happen three times each year. During the Spring session, each Group has its own topic ranging from tennis to piano to a study on forgiveness and just about everything in between. During the Summer, we have a series of social “meet-ups.” Past meet-ups have included seeing a show at the Zilker Hillside Theater, bowling, taking in a Round Rock Express game, and a host of other events. During the Fall session, all Growth Groups participate in a church-wide study. Those have included a book study of Adam Hamilton’s Enough, a book on stewardship and generosity, and a discussion of the 8 Points of Progressive Christianity.

Growth Groups aren’t designed to eat up your schedule. Your Group will meet once a week for 60 to 90 minutes for between 6-8 weeks. Each group will specify how many weeks they will meet.

Look around at a Sunday service and you’ll have an idea of the make-up of a typical Growth Group.

  • Convenient locations close to your work or home matter, so Groups are offered throughout the Austin area.
  • A variety of Groups allows you to choose your topic to study, along with those who share life experiences similar to yours.
  • Anyone can join a Growth Group – whether you attend MCC Austin or not.

Most groups cost nothing. If your group is reading a book together, you’ll have to purchase the book in advance. If your group is meeting for a meal at a restaurant, you’ll be responsible for your own meal. Some groups may have a small fee to cover the cost of supplies.

  • At any Sunday service on your Connection Card OR
  • Online at in the three weeks prior to a new session

In smaller churches, a single Pastor often responds to all of the emotional and spiritual needs of the individuals in the congregation. When our congregation outgrew the ability of our Sr. Pastor to respond to all the requests for Pastoral Care, we committed to training and supporting Deacons who could help meet the needs. Our Pastor is always available to you when you are struggling with your faith, experiencing challenging life events, or just want to talk to your Pastor. In all other circumstances, our Deacons stand ready to offer compassionate care and prayer.

Our Deacons work in teams, and each team fills a specific role.

Amanda Alvarado

Carly Diaz

Shae Gamble

Brenda Hammer

Velma Garcia

Lionel Laday

Jan Manning

Marlin McGuire

Chris Pettis

Craig Puckett

Al Reid

Scott Sternhagen

Dean Turner

You can reach our Deacons anytime by calling the Deacon Care Line at 512-291-8819. Someone will return your call as soon as possible.

All are welcome to join our different ministries and participate in our various programs. For more information contact our Program Director, Amanda Alvarado, at


This ministry team creates sacred space in our sanctuary for different times of the year. No special experience is required.

The History and Archives ministry is committed to identifying, acquiring, preserving, and disseminating materials that embody the culture and history of MCC Austin as a community of Christian faith.

Great preaching and wonderful music aren’t much good if you can’t hear them. Members of this team run the PowerPoints, sound, and lights for Sunday worship and other special events.

This group is open to those recovering from or affected by cancer. Through mutual support in a Christian self-help format, participants share cancer-related experiences, strength and hope.

Literacy Partners with Education Connection volunteer 30 minutes a week to read with local elementary school students. The goal is to have every student reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.

This ministry team is for people interested in helping with addiction education, prevention, and recovery.

Going out to eat with kids can be stressful, so join the Family Lunch Bunch and visit restaurants that also have playgrounds–spaces where adults and kids alike can comfortably socialize.

This ministry team nurtures and nourishes our church friends and families. Food Fairies provide loving care through limited and temporary food assistance – simple meals – in times of loss, hospitalization, medical treatment, or similar challenges.

Growth Groups are gatherings of 10-15 people who get together each week (for 6-8 weeks) in convenient locations around Austin to grow in faith and have fun together. There are three Growth Group sessions each year:

The Lay Delegates of MCC Austin are elected to represent our congregation at the MCC General Conference by participating and by voting at the business meeting. Delegates also communicate the results of the General Conference with the congregation.

Each month MCC Austin provides outreach and financial support for organizations and individuals whose missions and ministries are aligned with those of MCC Austin. Through MCC Cares, our congregation has given away more than $100,000 over the years to deserving projects.

Psalm 95 tells us to “sing joyfully to the Lord.” At MCC Austin, we don’t just sing joyfully…we sing passionately, artfully, inclusively, diversely, beautifully, with or without accompaniment, in solo and ensembles, and often! Nearly every event is an occasion to raise a chorus of praise to the Gracious Creator that has blessed our church with a wealth of musically talented individuals. After all, we ARE located in the live music capital of the world!

Occasionally members of our church face serious illnesses that prevent them from being able to take care of common household chores. This ministry team will be available for simple household tasks (cleaning or yardwork) on an as-needed basis.

This permanent endowment allows you to provide for MCC Austin in your estate planning and support the church’s worship, programs, and social justice efforts far into the future.

The mission of this ministry team is to make sure that everyone who walks through our door feels welcome. Ministry volunteers greet everyone, offer information, and serve as ushers at services as well as other special events.

At every worship service people are invited to leave their prayer requests. The Shepherding ministry volunteers collect all of the prayer requests and distribute them to the deacons and pastoral staff.

This ministry team seeks to make sure all Deaf and Hard-of-hearing members and visitors have access to the resources they need to fully participate in the service and life of our congregation. Signs of Love also hopes to educate hearing members about Deaf culture and help form relationships between Deaf and hearing people at MCC Austin.

Our congregation’s generous financial support helps us turn our hopes for outreach and ministry into reality. The Stewardship Team organizes our Stewardship education efforts.

This fellowship group is for folks who are 40+ (and their friends and family). They meet on the 3rd Sunday of every month for lunch to meet new people and connect with old friends!

The adult Bible study meets every Sunday at 9:30am. Different members of the class lead the discussion type format on the Bible and various faith topics.

Worship services are led by both pastors and lay leaders. If you would like to lead the community in prayer, preside at communion, or participate in worship in another way, this team’s for you.

Xtreme encompasses both our Sunday school program and youth group. Xtreme volunteers teaching on Sunday have the opportunity to serve one of three age groups: PreK/K, 1st-4th grade, or 5th-8th grade. In addition to class on Sundays, the youth (5th grade and  up) participate in extra activities and service opportunities, and adults from the congregation volunteer for these events, as well. Anyone working with our young people must agree to a background check.

This fellowship group is for adults under 40 (and their friends and family). They meet for brunch on the 3rd Sunday of every month. They also occasionally meet up for other social outings.


The Board is primarily responsible for making sure that financial and other resources are available to do the ministry of MCC Austin. For the past several years, the Board has primarily been busy raising the funds and completing the preparations for our new sanctuary, scheduled for completion this spring.

CLM is a three-course curriculum which explores ways to rediscover relationship with the sacred, with my self, and with my passion. These three courses correspond to the spiritual experiences of being changed, gifted, and called. CLM takes place over four weekends in the early part of the year.

MCC Austin provides food and shelter on nights when the temperature drops below 32 degrees during the winter. Volunteers will help provide dinner and breakfast and help staff the church overnight while guests are here.

General Conference is a time for the members of UFMCC to conduct denominational business and provide training opportunities through workshops and plenary sessions. The General Conference is held every three years, and the next gathering will be in July 2019.

The purpose of L.E.A.D. is to offer lay leaders of UFMCC an opportunity to deepen their spiritual growth, develop their existing skills and furnish them with additional leadership tools so that they may be effective leaders in the church and the world.

MCC Austin participates in the annual Austin PRIDE events every fall. You are welcome to help us set up and/or host our PRIDE festival booth or participate in the parade with us by walking with us and/or helping create our parade entry.

This ministry team was formed to help feed children who are on the school lunch program and their families during the summer.

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If members are to grow in their faith, they need to have established an emotional bond with their congregation. And for that bond to have optimum strength, it must go beyond just the worship experience. ~Albert Winesman