Ministries of Service and Presence as we walk through Advent…

Angel Tree Ministry
Angel Tree is a community, ecumenical ministry by which we provide Christmas gifts for children of incarcerated persons on their behalf.  We’ll be offering $25 gift cards on behalf of our friends.  To participate, please write a check for $25 payable to Church of the Cross and mark it “Angel Tree.” Or go to, our Go Fund Me page for this ministry, to make a donation.

Giving Comfort for Christmas…
The ECC is coming alongside the ministry of Comfort House this Advent season.  Florence Ponziano moved into the east Austin neighborhood of Montopolis over twenty years ago.  In response to the need in her community, she established Florence’s Comfort House.  Comfort House is a ministry of caring, mentoring, and support for her neighborhood.

Florence has put forth a call for four items to share with the residents of her community:

  • White socks, for either men or women.
  • New men’s and women’s underwear.
  • New or gently used and fully cleaned blankets.
  • $25 HEB gift cards.

We invite one another to bring these items to worship through Sunday, December 17.  We’ll gather them together, and get them to Comfort House; and in so doing, share a bit of the grace God has shown each one of us.  We are mighty grateful for this opportunity to walk alongside the ministry of Florence’s Comfort House this Advent season.