The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.  Luke 4:18-19.

Mission is not just a program, but defines us as God’s people sent to follow God’s call to love our neighbors both near and far.

Westminster is a missional church.  Mission is not just a program, but defines us as God’s people sent to follow God’s call to love our neighbors both near and far.  We are called to be a blessing to all peoples.  Westminster seeks to be a caring congregation actively committed, both communally and individually, to local and global concerns.

A Report from the Recent Mission Trip to the Humanitarian Respite Center
Jill Clark was one of eleven members of the Spring Break Mission trip to the border.  You can read the report she recently presented to the congregation here.

Here are some of the projects we support.  Get involved!

Earth Care Congregation

PrintEarth Care Congregations are congregations that have committed to the “Earth Care Pledge” and accomplished a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth in four categories: worship, education, facilities, and outreach. In 2016, Westminster Presbyterian Church became the first church in Mission Presbytery to earn Earth Care Congregation status.

Our faith urges us to strive for eco-justice: defending and healing creation while working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it. This call is rooted in the human vocation of “tilling and keeping” the garden from Genesis 2:15, as well as Christ’s charge to work with and for the most vulnerable. Because of their love for Christ who is firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15), churches are challenged to live in a manner consistent with God’s call to not only care for creation, but commune with creation.

Contact: Cynthia Hanes

Faith and Grief Ministry

Mission: to provide ongoing comfort to persons who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Those in the process of grief and mourning benefit from an organized, significant event that delivers ongoing compassion. In response, Faith & Grief Ministries offers a luncheon program that provides a community where persons feel safe to express their grief. They are encouraged to speak their truth in love, even their doubts, while being offered measures of comfort, hope, and support by trained facilitators.
More information and newsletter sign up: click here.

Contact: Judy Skaggs

Manos de Cristo

This is a Presbyterian ministry that provides affordable dental care, a clothes closet, a food pantry, ESL classes, and citizenship classes.

Contacts:  Jare Smith

How to Get Involved

Food Pantry: Volunteers work two hours per month sacking groceries to give to those in need.  Manos de Cristo gives each client family enough food for several days in an emergency.

Back to School Drive: Each July, a Back-to-School event provides school supplies, clothes, backpacks, and love to children entering a new school year.

Tamale Sale: Tamales make a great holiday meal!  Each fall, WPC participates in this annual tamale sale and fundraiser benefiting the Manos de Cristo dental clinic.


Foundation Communities

This organization provides affordable housing for over 2,600 families including 228 formerly homeless children, as well as on-site support services.  WPC assists this transition by providing “Welcome Home” baskets filled with the essentials for moving into a new home.  Click here to find out more.

Contact:  Angela Oliver

Trinity Center

image009Several times throughout the year, WPC partners with the folks at Trinity Center to lead worship and provide a meal to their downtown “neighbors” who live in shelters and on the streets.  To learn more about the Trinity Center, go to www.trinitycenteraustin.org.

Contact:  Angela Oliver

How to Get Involved

Volunteer to help set up the room for worship, attend the worship service, and serve lunch.

CROP Walk by iAct

This event fights hunger in Austin and around the world.  Once a year, members raise money by walking, running, skating (and sometimes crawling) the course for pledges by friends and family.  It’s a festive time while many local churches to join to fight against hunger.  You can read more here.

Contacts:  Nancy Ebert and Elise Ragland

Drive A Senior

Caregivers provide services like transportation to the doctor, visits to the store, and other errands for persons who can no longer drive.  They also provide minor home repairs to enable seniors to continue to live in their own home.  The typical time commitment is two hours a week or less.

Contacts:  Jare Smith

Austin State School Christmas Party

Each Christmas season, Westminster hosts a party for two resident homes at the Austin State School, our neighbors across Exposition Blvd.  We bring gifts, sing carols, and fellowship with the residents.

Contact:  Randy Cain

Minter Alternative Gift Market

Every year we enjoy a joyous occasion while doing our early Christmas shopping.  Lib Minter, a long-time Westminster member and missionary, was known to reach out to the poor, the sick, the bereft, the troubled, and the lonely.  This alternative market is named for her giving spirit.

Shoppers have the opportunity to buy gifts, in honor of a friend or relative, that benefit local and global support organizations.  Funds raised help educate women in developing countries, or assist in providing clean water for a rural village, or support local shelters for women living on the streets in Austin.

Other Projects We Support

Christmas Benevolence Fund:  Westminster has received a gift fund that keeps giving.  Each church member has access to $300 from this fund to help people with needs at Christmas.  Do you know someone who needs help with rent, groceries, or medical care?  Do you know a family who needs help providing Christmas for their kids?  Can you help respond to requests to the church office?

Contact:  Elise Ragland or the church office