“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” ~ Teresa of Avila

Since 2015, MCC Austin has been providing food through our Project Brown Bag for the approximately 85% of children and families in our area who are food insecure. In our first summer, we served sack lunches to about 100 students attending summer school at Dawson Elementary The following summer we provided sack lunches as well as food boxes to a dozen families. Since that time, the program has expanded and we now provide food for more than 100 students and two dozen families. In addition, we also have provided sack lunches to students at Becker Elementary during a special four-week summer program and for students involved in a Communities in School program, provided food for families during holiday seasons, and assisted families throughout the school year who are experiencing food insecurity. Members of the congregation donate non-perishable food throughout the year, and funds from grants and congregants allow us to purchase perishable food during the main summer delivery times.

Every month, MCC Austin provides outreach and financial support in the amount of $750 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 to deserving projects. The organizations do not need to be religiously affiliated nor connected to the GLBTQ community; they simply need to be doing things that complement Jesus’s ministry of peace, justice, and reconciliation. Most of our MCC Cares awards now go to organizations recommended by members of our congregation.  We have contributed to the Alzheimers Foundation, the ALS Foundation, OutYouth, Town Lake Animal Shelter, AIDS Services, Southern Poverty Law Center, Foundation Communities, Si Se Puede, and many, many more.

“You can change the world with a hot bath, if you sink into it from a place of knowing that you are worth profound care, even when you’re dirty and rattled.” Anne Lamott

Our Unsheltered Neighbors Ministry sets up shop in the Austin Family Dental parking lot in Southpark Meadows on the second Sunday of every month. Any person experiencing homelessness is invited to stop by for a homemade meal and water or another drink such as Gatorade or tea. Our guests are also welcome to look through other items including clothing and hygiene products, and they may take as much as they want or need. In addition to addressing the needs of our unsheltered neighbors, members of this ministry form friendships with these folks and see the same people return month after month.

We are always looking to expand this important work. When our mobile shower truck is completed, we will offer showers to our neighbors. Bombas Socks generously donated 3,500 socks to hand out, as well. And we encourage members and friends to think about what goods or services they might offer to our Unsheltered Neighbors Ministry.