Neighborhood Ministry

 

Life Together During CoVid

SoCo offers midweek Zoom gatherings to keep our members and our neighbors growing in community during social isolation and distancing. Currently, we feature Neighborhood Novels Club on Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm. To join a group and get the Zoom link, email or call Deacon Mary Lenn (marylenn.d@socoepiscopal.org or 512.522.0062). ALL are welcome.

 

Travis Heights Elementary School

Although access and opportunities to serve are limited during CoVid, the Soco Episcopal Community provides volunteer staff and financial support for Travis Heights Elementary School events throughout the year as we are able. We also regularly support Travis Heights Elementary families who need assistance through our partnership with the school's parent support specialist. In normal times, SoCo rents the school cafeteria for our 11am Sunday worship services, and half of our rental payment stays to support the school.   

 

Stonebriar Nursing Center

Several SoCo folks visit residents of the Stonebriar Nursing Center every week when the nursing home is open to visitors. Before CoVid, we also celebrated a weekly communion service at Stonebriar and participated in various resident activities throughout the year. Last Christmas, we wrote out and delivered personalized cards to all of the Stonebriar residents. Until we are able to return in person to the community there, we support residents and staff in prayer and through Zoom visits as they are possible.

 

SoCo Neighborhood Potlucks

Our Community has hosted a SoCo Neighborhood potluck once a month at Big Stacy Park next to the pool.  This is not a religious event, just a chance for everyone to get to know their neighbors better.  We make a particular effort to invite people living in the neighborhood, families with children at Travis Heights Elementary, our homeless neighbors living in Stacy Park, and the swimmers at lifeguards at Big Stacy Pool. We look forward to resuming these when health conditions make it possible.

 

SoCo Community Cats Ministry

This creation care ministry involves capturing undomesticated cats in our SoCo neighborhood, bringing them to the Austin Animal Center to be spayed or neutered and immunized, and then releasing them back to a much higher quality of life.

 

Central Texas Interfaith

The SoCo Episcopal Community is a member of Central Texas Interfaith, which allows our community to engage in advocacy and justice work that we would not be able to do on our own.  Central Texas Interfaith is a non-partisan, multi-ethnic, multi-issue organization of 43 congregations, public schools, and workers organizations who work together to address public issues that affect the well being of families and neighborhoods in our community.  SoCo neighborhood members include Travis Heights Elementary, St. Ignatius Catholic Church, and Wildflower Unitarian Church. Through CTI, SoCo supports Get Out the Vote and Census efforts.

Tiny Chapel
The Tiny Chapel is a modified Tiny House that provides a place of hospitality, prayer, or simply quiet rest at festivals and community events. Our mission is to be fully present with people, and we do not try to convince anyone of anything except that they are welcome. Tiny Chapel will hit the road again post-pandemic.

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  • Paul Skeith
    published this page 2020-01-15 15:38:10 -0600

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