Advent is an intentional time of remembrance and celebration of the coming of King Jesus. It is a time when we see the longing in the hearts of all peoples everywhere for joy, hope, love, peace and reconciliation with God and others.
This season we are looking at Advent in the City by reading four stories from the scriptures of when Jesus entered a new city. Each of these cities represents a people of great hope who have flocked to the city in hopes of something better. Those who were Jewish ... ... Read more »
We are created to worship. Worship happens through our lives devoted to God and through sharing songs and stories about God with one another.
In December we are excited to invite you to join others for an evening of song & story with Rev1211 & their Unplugged Candlelight Series. Below is a promo for their evening and a link to their Facebook Event page:
"We invite you join us for our final Unplugged of the 2014 year, celebrating the birth of Christ! As always, the service will be a ... ... Read more »
It's fall in Austin and it's been beautiful outside!
So... let's celebrate it with a church-wide (and friends) picnic, kickball tourney and games! The South Austin Community Group is hosting a lunch and game day for our church community and friends. We will eat and play some games. We will have the ReWork Project cornhole toss for a friendly contest of throwing corn-filled bags through the air into a 6-inch round hole. Sounds like fun already!
But that's not all... We will also be hosting a ... ... Read more »
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"But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God ... ... Read more »
In looking at New Years resolutions the statistics aren't very promising. A recent New York Times article included the following:
“Most of us think that we can change our lives if we just summon the willpower and try even harder this time around...”“It’s exceptionally hard to make life changes,” Mr. Deutschman said, “and our efforts are usually doomed to failure when we try to do it on our own.”“80 percent of people who make resolutions on Jan. ... ... Read more »
"If it's cheap for you, it's because someone else paid the cost."- Kirsten Dickerson of Raven+Lily
Tuesday night we were filled with sorrow and anger in hearing stories of children being sold as cheap labor in the Ivory Coast, and we were filled with deep appreciation for and a desire to join those who are responding to bring renewal.
As part of the Free Austin iniative, we hosted a film screening of the Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary exposing ... ... Read more »
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We cannot exist without help. Our mission requires partnership and our partners are important to us. [Read our 2014 fundraising campaign] In an effort to honor our team of supporters we are putting up a wall of names to remind us of those that make ReWork Project possible. And since one products we are currently creating and selling is a giant Jenga tower game, we happen to be building this wall out of some of our Jenga blocks. You heard correctly!
We’ve broken ... ... Read more »
We are a jobs program rooted in the importance of community and catered toward men and women experiencing homelessness. ReWork Project provides the opportunity to build an income and invest in positive relationships, with the ultimate goal of seeing folks get into permanent housing. We promote a job-like atmosphere and social norms while encouraging intentional friendships and healthy community.
We operate out of a woodshop in south ... ... Read more »
January 12, 2010, forever changed the lives of one and a half million Haitians who were displaced from their homes after a severe earthquake.
At Soma Austin, we are committed to help rescue, renew, and restore communities throughout Haiti, one home at a time. On May 5, we will be participating in Help One Now’s nation-wide Garage Sale. We will have three sales going on throughout the city, and we'd like to invite you to join us in our effort. We are in need of all of your stuff you're ... ... Read more »
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(This is a guest post from Rachel Rich, a New City Church member and Haiti trip participant from 2012. In this post she shares her experiences and why she is heading back this June.)
"Last year I went to Haiti on a mission trip learning journey/pilgrimage with New City and Help One Now. I was on board the first day I heard Jacob mention the trip to Haiti. I was excited to get out of the country and get more involved with Help One Now. I didn’t know what to expect and when I ... ... Read more »
As part of our continuing global renewal efforts, we are excited to partner again with Help One Now on our next learning trip to Haiti this June!
For over three years we have partnered with them and local Haitian leaders on the ground to care for orphans and vulnerable children by helping childing, leaders & communities. This trip is a part of our long-term commitment to the friends and partners we've made along the way. In the past few years we've seen kids sponsored, homes built, water ... ... Read more »
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of traveling to Haiti with a team from Soma Austin and Austin New Church, in partnership with Help One Now. We spent eight days traveling around Port Au Prince, visiting with local pastors and leaders, learning about the work that is being done there. As a member of Soma Austin, the trip was especially touching because we got to shake hands with and hug many of the men and women that we have heard about over the past couple years. We were challenged, we were ... ... Read more »
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