Passover & Easter Celebrations

The Gathering recently hosted a Passover Seder at Community First! Here are a few takeaways:

  • the word Seder means “order” … the Seder is a powerful, interactive way to learn to walk through, in orderly fashion, a vital piece of Israel’s history from slavery to liberation

  • the Passover Seder meal tangibly connects the Passover meal of Jesus (Luke 22:7-20) to Israel’s history and recasts the meal as a vehicle describing the greatness of Jesus

  • very few people can clearly explain the mysteries of Jesus concealed in the Old Testament (revealed in the New Testament) like a Christ follower from a Jewish background

  • the prevailing thought among Jewish people is that Jesus is the “Christian god” … many folks from Jewish backgrounds do not understand or embrace that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah who came in fulfillment of the ancient Jewish prophecies

  • being Jewish and believing in Jesus is possible

We are grateful for Murray & Alana Tilles and Light of Messiah Ministries for coordinating and leading an excellent Passover Seder … we highly recommend their ministry!  They are taking the message of Jesus back to the Jewish people and teaching Christ followers the heritage and foundation of the faith.


We are thankful for the Seder volunteers who invested their time to coordinate the numerous details and for the support and funding to host events like this one.  God continues giving us opportunities to reach a wide array of folks from inside and outside Community First! … and also from inside and outside the faith community.  We rely on volunteers and consider them the lifeline to everything we do to help imperfect people find and follow Jesus.

Easter Sunrise Service

The dream of The Gathering at Community First! is to empower the greater body into a lifestyle of following Christ with the homeless.  We need faithful volunteers to make that happen.  We are pumped to celebrate the greatness of God’s love and power at our annual Easter Sunrise service.  We need YOU to serve w/ us to maximize the party that will be Sunday, April 21 @ 7:07am. Here is a link to sign up & join in the celebration!


Please pray:

  • that the message of Christ would be clearly proclaimed in all we think, say and do as we minister and serve 

  • that God would raise up faithful, available, teachable and responsive disciples who make disciples

  • for God to provide the volunteer support we rely on from week to week


The Gathering is a mission that is 100% donor-funded through generous, tax deductible contributions.  To invest, click HERE.


Thank you for caring, praying and investing!

The Past, Present and The Near Future

The Past …

The Gathering helps imperfect people find and follow Christ. Most of the ministry takes place at Community First! Village. Once a year we host two retreats outside of Austin -- the Walk to Siloam for men and the Walk to Samaria for women. These awesome getaways allow our friends the opportunity to hit the “pause” button while unpacking their stories and considering the radically real claims of Jesus, our Healer and Rescuer. The responses from the weekends were overwhelmingly positive: 


 “I never understood God’s love for me until this weekend.”  (John)

“Hearing the powerful stories of Jesus giving people a new life never gets old.” (Helen)

“This retreat has given me a glimpse into what heaven will look like one day.” (Sheila)

“The brutal authenticity + the power of the Gospel removes all barriers.”  (Ed)

The Present … 

The Freeman’s are seeking to raise an additional $35,000 to purchase a park model tiny home at Community First! that will facilitate:

  • a place of permanence for The Gathering to help imperfect people find and follow Christ 

  • a venue to host supporters and disciple ministry leaders


The park model home will serve as “The Gathering Getaway” and will foster Christ-centered spiritual renewal and refocus. The Gathering is a mission that is 100% donor-funded through generous, tax-deductible contributions. You may invest HERE.

The Near Future …

We are excited to host two nights of worship and learning that will spotlight the Judeo Christian story of forgiveness, peace and hope in Christ.  Join The Gathering at Community First! for a powerful Passover celebration:

  • Saturday, April 6 at 5:05pm:  Intro to Passover and the Jewish roots of the Christian faith

  • Sunday, April 7 at 5:05pm:  Passover Seder meal to see, hear and experience the story of Jesus  

More details are on our Facebook page HERE 

 Please pray …

  • that God would raise up more volunteers as we empower the greater body of Christ to serve alongside the homeless … volunteer and serve by clicking HERE.

  • that God would provide the funds needed to bring Christ to the disabled, chronically homeless at Community First! and beyond … you can invest HERE

  • that the Gospel of Christ and the power of His grace and truth would transform lives. 

Jesus in the Passover (2-night event)

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Join The Gathering at Community First! Village as we share the hope of Jesus, the Messiah, with two nights of worship and learning that spotlights the Judeo Christian story of forgiveness of sin, peace with God, and the hope of eternity. This is a free event, and no RSVP is required! Come join us.

* Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 5:05pm at Unity Hall — Intro to Passover / the Jewish roots of the Christian Faith. This will include a time of worship and a meal.

* Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 5:05pm at Unity Hall — Participate in a traditional Passover Seder meal to see, hear, and experience the story of redemption from the viewpoint of the Israelites and Egyptians awaiting the coming of the Messiah. Please note, this night is a sit-down meal with teaching that will last 90-120 minutes.

Teaching provided by Light of Messiah Ministries, which exists to take the message of Jesus back to the Jewish people, and to teach the Christian church about our Jewish heritage and foundation.

More info: