We’re honoring and celebrating the contributions of African Americans in our history! The Racial Justice Team invites you to participate in the activities that are planned for June.
Celebrate FREEDOM with us as we take a driving tour, presented by the Neill-Cochran House Museum, to understand the history of our city and the important contributions Black Austinites have made to Austin’s development. Through the magic of QR codes and smart phones, we will view pre-recorded videos at site specific locations in the Wheatville, Pease Park, and Clarksville neighborhoods. The tour shares the impact of the segregationist 1928 City Plan, which shaped the racial divide as well as the urban landscape that Austinites continue to overcome today.
Saturday June 18 at 10 a.m. - meet at St. John’s Parish Hall and we’ll caravan to the museum first and then to the designated sites together.
St. John’s church members had a great visit at Laurel Creek Apts. today. Laurel Creek is Foundation Community’s most recent affordable housing complex, on North Lamar just north of Braker Lane. It is a beautiful facility which also includes a community services center and learning center to further support the long term success of the tenants.
Foundation Communities is an amazing organization with an extremely hard-working, dedicated and loving staff. The St. John’s folks visiting are excited for our church to look for productive ways to partner with Foundation Communities in the future
St. John’s members (Paula Foy, Wayne Harry, Scott Hiers, Steve Kriechbaum, Oscar Rojas, Philip Riley, and John Williams) had a fine time volunteering Friday morning May 20, 2022, at the Habitat for Humanity “ReStore” at Lake Creek.
Habitat For Humanity describes its mission in these words: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”
The ReStore is a building materials and home furnishings store that sells donated and bargain-purchased merchandise to raise revenue to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission of constructing affordable housing. Volunteer support like that provided by St. John’s makes more revenue available to this critical mission instead of going to staff and overhead. Did you know 80-90% of the revenues of ReStore go straight to Habitat for Humanity’s core mission of providing affordable housing?
Our St. John’s volunteers spent the morning organizing merchandise on the shelves in the store, getting merchandise ready to go on the floor and going through donations to see what was marketable, breaking down and recycling items that didn’t make the grade. A very satisfying and fun morning for all involved.
Do you want to make a difference in our community in the area of affordable housing? Talk to John Williams, Mike Davis, or Henry Welles about getting involved.
DAUGHTERS OF THE KING SUNDAY TEA
On Sunday, May 15, 2022, the Daughters of the King “Woman at the Well” Chapter hosted a Sunday Tea for the women of St. John’s. All women from our congregation, from the ages of 7 years old, up to, (cough-cough) the more mature intellectual women, were invited.
If you are interested in hearing more about the Daughters of the King and the Junior Daughters, please contact Sandra Ward.
Sandra E. Ward, President
Daughters of the King
“Woman at the Well” Chapter