Altar Guild - We would like to invite anyone (male or female) to join us in setting Our Lord's Table. This is a wonderful way to serve the church and does not take much effort or prior experience.
We are a loving group and will help in every way to make this an enjoyable time. We would like to add more members so each one will only have to set up or take down once a month. If you have prior experience, please reconsider joining us.
We also schedule the Flower Ministry and are looking for an individual or a family to bring flowers on the 4th Sunday of each month. This is a very worthwhile endeavor even if you do not feel you can arrange the flowers. They actually arrange themselves in anticipation of the Sunday service! Well, almost. Please consider this joyful contribution.
Thank you! Ann Vail and Sally Jo Crowson.
St. Christopher’s will embark on a new project this summer. The Diocese of Texas is one of the faith groups that provides a chaplain for seafarers who dock at the port of Houston.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the chaplain asks parishes to pack shoeboxes with sundries for the mariners who often are not allowed to go ashore when the ship is in port. This ministry of hospitality to the stranger is well received by those aboard ship. Playing cards, paperback books, and toiletries are some of the items sailors like best. The boxes are wrapped in colorful paper. Parishioners are asked to begin saving their shoeboxes for this ministry.
We have a wonderful playground that was installed by Fr. Bo and the men of the church. All the funds for our playground were donated by the generous members of St. Christopher's. Our children have a great time and are very safe on this new equipment.
Out-Reach Programs -
St. Christopher’s reaches out to serve neighbors far and wide . . . "for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me . . . just as you did it to the least of these . . .you did it to me." Matthew 25:35-41
Members of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church are involved in service that shows their care and love for God and their neighbors. For a number of years St. Christopher’s has been involved in several activities with El Buen Samaritano , a community built around the mission church of San Francisco de Asis in South Austin. El Buen includes a clinic, a food pantry, and educational activities that help the poor improve their lives.
Each Sunday St. Christopher’s parishioners bring healthful cereals and small bottles of cooking oil to stock El Buen’s food pantry. Two members serve on the Board of Directors of El Buen and several others tutor children after school and are involved in other educational activities at El Buen. At Thanksgiving time, parishioners join with others in funding and distributing turkey and the trimmings to about 1000 families through “Hands for Hope.”