Yesterday was the second time we have been able to participate in Serve Austin Sunday with the Restore Austin network of churches. Any time a month has a fifth Sunday, our churches don’t hold services, but serve needs throughout the city.
Our community joined with others to help sort 500 pounds of canned and dry goods for Caritas of Austin. Last time, I was able to bring our 7 year old daughter, but this time around, our whole family was able to come, including our 4 and 2 year olds. They did great, and it was fun to see them taking cans of tuna and green beans to the proper table and asking questions about who it was for.
After we sorted food for 90 minutes in their kitchen and dining area, we were given a tour of the rest of their downtown facility. We got a glimpse of how much more they do. I especially appreciate the work they do with refugees who come to Austin from around the world.
A few Sundays ago, we spent time asking what it would look like for our church community to have a presence in Austin beyond a church building or a large public gathering. This is an especially important question for us to be asking as we gather in the comfort of our family room in this season of Austin Mustard Seed. We didn’t resolve the question, but committed to live with it together. I think it is safe to say that what happened yesterday goes a long way toward answering that question. And I hope it does even when do have a larger public gathering, or perhaps even a meeting place.