Serving human need is a major part of the mission and ministry of our church.
Our sense that the church is called to community service grows out of our conviction that Jesus calls us to practice neighborly love and to respond to the needs of “the least among you”.
We believe in applying our faith through action. A big part of our church life is outreach and support of local community agencies and national and international ministries.
Members of Faith Presbyterian Church support:
Budgeted Benevolences and Other Community Involvement
Each year, we budget the first 10% of our projected income from offerings for ministries beyond our church. Many of our congregation are directly involved in the activities of service organizations and missions to people in need, such as the Austin Area Interreligious Ministries (AAIM), South Austin Area Ministries (SAAM), Drive A Senior, South Austin, and Manos de Cristo. We also provide financial support to organizations such as Casa Marianella and the Foundation for the Homeless.
Periodically during the year, we give special offerings that are sent to the Mission Presbytery and/or the Presbyterian Church (USA) for work to relieve hunger and other hardships in developing countries; to support the church’s connection with youth; to support peacemaking efforts; and to support pensions for retired workers and missionaries from racial ethnic colleges and ministries.
Other Community Involvement
Our congregation has also taken on through the years a variety of community service projects including building homes with Habitat for Humanity, caring for the homeless, working for living wage jobs, promoting peace-making initiatives, sponsoring an economic development project in Concepcion del Oro in Mexico, participating in Austin’s annual CROP Hunger Walk, developing eco-justice programs, and holding an alternative gift market at Christmas to support Third World human development projects.