The Austin Statesman ran a piece on downtown churches that are committed to renewing the city. The cool thing is that Eileen connected it to other church planting efforts in our local network PlantR.org. Here’s an excerpt:
Some are part of a local church planting network that includes about 40 leaders who aim to spread the message of Jesus throughout the city — not just within the walls of already established churches — and to be a renewing presence both socially and spiritually. These churches are cropping up all over the Austin area, but for some leaders, downtown venues hold a particular appeal.
Similar efforts are happening in cities such as Minneapolis and Seattle where church leaders have established sanctuaries in downtown bars, coffeehouses and warehouses.
Jonathan Dodson, pastor of Austin City Life, said his congregation chooses to worship on “common cultural ground,” the idea being “the church goes to the city. The city does not go to the church.”
Oh, and Austin City Life is covered in about a third of the article. Read the rest here.
Yesterday I got to help out a few hundred evacuees by bringing bottled water and diapers to a local shelter. Apparently there are now well over 5,000 evacuees in Austin, with the shelters maxing out and volunteers tiring. If you want to help volunteer, its an easy process.
Just click here to register with Red Cross and then drive down to the volunteer center, located at 2913 Northland Drive.
Here is a list of drop-off locations and items needed.
- Housing: The median home value in Austin, TX, is $312,500. Home appreciation is 3.78% over the last year. The median age of Austin, TX, real estate is 24 years.
- Crime: Austin, TX, violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 10, is 6. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 3.
- Politics: 56.01% of the people in Austin, TX are registered as Democrats. 42.00% are registered Republican. Remaining are independent: 1.99%.
- Religion: 46.17% of the people in Austin, TX are religious, meaning they affiliate with a religion. 20.41% are Catholic; 20.12% are Protestant; 0.58% are LDS; 2.95% are another Christian faith; 1.66% are Jewish; 0.07% are an eastern faith; 0.38% affiliate with Islam.
See more at Best Places who get their Data from here.
In a recent article released by Forbes, Austin ranked #1 among the hardest drinking cities in the U.S. Here are some interesting stats from the article:
- The CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey last year found that 61.5 percent of residents said they had had at least one drink in the past 30 days
- Nearly 9 percent of people surveyed said they drank daily. For men, two drinks a day was considered daily alcohol consumption in the survey. For women, it was one.
- In the CDC survey, about 20 percent of adults in Austin admitted to binge drinking, or having at least five drinks in one sitting.