The Simple Message We Declare & Live Out

The Gospel message declared by Christians is simple: Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead (I Corinthians 15:3-7). Ten words. Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead. It’s NOT complex. It is the message that, if received by faith, delivers from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and one day, the presence of sin.  And it is THAT message: Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead -- that we proclaim and live out among our friends and neighbors at Community First! Village. 


Our Easter Sunrise celebration was amazing. We declared the power of Christ to resurrect lives as beautifully laid out in Paul’s prayer from Ephesians 1:18-21. We weaved the Gospel stories of Emily and Steve throughout the Scripture. Emily and Steve are neighbors at Community First! with lives tainted by the loss of family, abandonment, abuse, exploitation and homelessness. Steve is currently battling lung cancer. They eached moved to Community First!, became neighbors, fell in love and got married at the conclusion of the service. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G … and a fitting punctuation mark on the Gospel message that resurrects lives from hopelessness to hope, darkness to light, and death to life.

 Photo credit: Margaret Licarione Photography 

Photo credit: Margaret Licarione Photography 

Thank you for empowering us to serve folks like Emily and Steve and hundreds of others through the ministry of The Gathering at Community First! To invest in this Christ-centered mission to the disabled, chronically homeless (and formerly homeless), click here. If you want to serve at The Gathering, we would love for you to be a part of what God is doing. We are set up for individuals, families and groups. Sign up to serve here



One of the most life-giving highlights of serving at Community First! (CF!) is the opportunity to give up an up close, behind the scenes look into what has evolved into a miraculous movement of God. It’s an awesome privilege to share! We have given CF! tours to countless thousands of folks from the Austin area and way beyond. There are a few “nuggets” that are strongly emphasized on these tours, including:

  • the single greatest cause to homelessness is the profound, catastrophic loss of family
  • housing will never solve the problem of homelessness, but community will
  • a lot of what we do in the name of compassion is transactional, not relational (personal note: we believe at CF! that nothing beats a human to human, heart to heart connection)
  • little is much when God is in it (this is conveyed as we conclude the tour by sharing how the original leaders of Mobile Loaves & Fishes could not have possibly imagined the dream of Community First! when making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the first MLF truck runs 20 years ago)

Community is aptly defined as a group of people sharing a common interest and relating together.  We call this #BetterTogether and it is something The Gathering believes God is miraculously bringing to life.  We recently witnessed #BetterTogether following two weekend retreats at Camp Buckner under the theme #BetterTogether (one for the men of CF! and one for the women of CF! and all served by faithful, loving volunteers). This is a living example of what happens in the beautiful community called the body of Christ. Watch this!

We would love to invite you to our special Easter sunrise service coming up Sunday, April 1 at 7:17am at CF! Come and see! This promises to be a powerful, Christ-centered celebration of what God is doing to resurrect and restore the lives of men and women. RSVP here! 

Thank you for praying, caring and investing in The Gathering at Community First!  We are a Christ-centered, life-giving ministry 100% donor-funded through generous, tax-deductible contributions at this link.