You're Far Happier Giving Than Getting

Jesus’ words are direct and cut to the heart of our tendency to live for ourselves:  “…it is better to give than to receive…” (Acts 20:35) 

We are celebrating the outcome of our first ever “Back to School Bash.” This was a tangible opportunity God provided to serve and be a blessing to under resourced students and parents at Oak Meadows & Decker Elementary Schools. Both schools are located a few miles from Community First! These are our neighbors and our volunteers and partners hit a home run. We handed out over 300 backpacks stuffed with school supplies, provided helpful back to school information and gave free haircuts to hundreds.   


Thanks to Austin Ridge Bible Church, LifeAustin, Hat Creek Burgers, Spirit 105.9 FM and Avenue Five Institute for teaming up with The Gathering and Mobile Loaves & Fishes to create a practical, life-giving ministry that facilitated the formerly homeless to give and serve folks in need. 

Thank you for caring and for investing in The Gathering at Community First!

We are a volunteer-led ministry that is 100% donor-funded through generous, tax-deductible contributions. The Gathering is currently facing a financial deficit and we appreciate your willingness to invest in this Christ-centered mission!

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Donations needed for Back to School Bash!

One of our dreams is to create practical ministry environments where the formerly homeless residents of Community First! Village have tangible opportunities to serve and to be a blessing to our neighbors in need. Through a partnership with two elementary schools in far East Austin (both located near Community First! Village), we are looking forward to serving under-resourced students and parents with a Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 11th. We need your assistance!

Please see the list of needed items below, along with direct links to shop online at either Target or Amazon.

We are also looking for volunteers who can help collect supplies from the drop off locations on Saturday, July 28 as well as volunteers for the Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 11!

Click here to see the volunteer calendar and choose a slot!

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