ACL’s story is featured in the January 2019 edition of Living Lutheran, the national magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Pastors Tim Anderson, Brad Highum, and Ellen Williams – all members of ACL’s board of directors – are quoted in the article, as is Bread For All volunteer extraordinaire Jane Harrington. ACL’s moniker of “More, Better, Together” is used as the title of the article, which appears on pages 10 and 11 of the periodical.
Pastor Candice Combs, Youth Director Joel Timmons, and six youth from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran display warm smiles on an image that spills onto both pages of the feature. The article’s photo (below) was taken in October prior to a Bread For All distribution at Faith Presbyterian.
Austin City Lutherans, of course, is one of many cooperative ministry organizations, whether in Austin or in various parts of the world, doing important work in Christ’s name. As the article points out, though, ELCA congregations in Austin face the particular challenge of having no official Sunday morning presence east of I-35. The challenge, as we remember how Jesus ministered in Samaria and in other regions outside of Jerusalem, is to remain involved in ministry throughout the whole city of Austin.
Rather than abandon a part of the city where the ELCA has no church presence, Bread For All and ACL’s early childhood development initiative give ELCA members, and others, the opportunity to reach out to neighbors – in solidarity and partnership – who live east of I-35. As Pastor Williams says in the article, “We give a little time and some treasure and receive the experience of God’s grace through our neighbors.”
Follow this link to the Living Lutheran website where you can see an online version of the article.