Casa Marianella & World Communion Sunday

Together, we welcome and care for the poor, the stranger, the sojourner, the outcast. Together, we enable national and international graduate students to change the world. This October, our communion rail offering will be shared between Casa Marianella and World Communion Sunday.

Casa Marianella is the only immigrant-specific homeless shelter in Austin. In addition to shelter, Casa offers access to legal and medical resources, food, clothing, English classes, and other resources. First UMC of Austin was one of the founding congregations of Casa back in 1986. Over the years, their population has evolved from survivors of the Salvadoran war to asylum seeking refugees and other immigrants from over 40 countries. 65% of the shelter residents, including children, are asylum seekers, many coming from immigration detention. Their vision is that all immigrants arriving in Austin will have safe housing and access to the services they need to be successful.

Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified youth and young adults face financial obstacles that hinder their preparation for their God-given vocations. For ethnic students who will be the first generation to attend college, or for people of color who haven’t historically had access to higher education, the road toward education has often been unwieldy. The World Communion Sunday offering helps provide scholarships through the United Methodist Church for national and international graduate students whom God has called to learn and to serve.

Your gifts, marked “World Communion”, may be left in the Offering basket as you leave the Sanctuary, made online, or mailed to the church office throughout the month of October. To donate online, select “Other Designated” from the drop-down menu and indicate “World Communion” in the memo section.

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