Philanthropy, Service & Fellowship

Philoptochos

Philoptochos is the largest national philanthropic organization of Greek Orthodox women. Our Transfiguration chapter, established in 1993, raises money for numerous local charities and operates several philanthropic outreach programs.

The National Philoptochos Mission is: To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and; To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources; To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs; To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council. The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness. To learn more about Philoptochos, the scheduled events, and to register click here.

 

AHEPA

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is a non-profit fraternal organization dedicated to promoting Greek heritage, culture and serving local communities. We welcome new members with open eligibility and strive to grow and continue the legacy our founders created. In addition to other activities, AHEPA volunteers at the Greek Festival and at the annual Greek Independence Day festivities held at Transfiguration.

 

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Mobile Loaves and Fishes is an Austin-based non-profit organization offering food, clothing and other life-sustaining essentials to the local homeless community. On the second Saturday of every month, Transfiguration’s team of parishioners prepares lunches at the MLF site and distributes these lunches, along with other supplies, to the homeless people throughout the city.

Every month, we send out an email to the group asking for volunteers. Typically 4-5 volunteers are needed to prepare the lunches, and 3-4 volunteers are needed to deliver the lunches. If you are interested in helping, please contact John Esper.

 

OCF – Orthodox College Fellowship

OCF is the official collegiate campus ministry program under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. OCF transforms the lives of college students in the United States and Canada by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship and education.

Our Vision

To be the loving presence of Christ and the Orthodox Church on college campuses;
To be an integral part of students’ spiritual formation by challenging them to explore the Faith; and
To inspire students to commit to living an Orthodox Christian way of life daily.

Partnering with St. Elias, Transfiguration is a vital part of Austin’s very active OCF chapter. The group meets on the UT campus once per week, and gets together frequently for service projects, YES College Days and other special events. For more information visit the National OCF website. 

 

Young Professionals

The Young Professionals Ministry at Transfiguration was founded to foster spiritual growth and long-lasting relationships for young adults/professionals and their families. Events throughout the year are intended to give young professionals a space to foster genuine friendship, and build a network of support within the wider Church community. The group offers opportunities to socialize, volunteer, and learn and grow in our faith, and is Pan-Orthodox. For more information, visit our page.

 

Encore

Gathering baby boomers (55+) for fellowship and education, Encore plans fun gatherings and events several times a year. For the latest events, look at the parish calendar. To be added to the email list, please contact Linda Robertson and Christine Suehs.

 

GOLF – Greek Orthodox Ladies Fellowship

Bringing women together for fellowship and study, this group is lead by Fr. Vasileios. The group alternates between studying books of the Bible and reading spiritual literature together, and meets on weekdays in Mt. Tabor Hall. To join the group, please contact us.

 

TGOC Men’s Fellowship

The Men’s Fellowship group focuses on service and on the spiritual growth of its members. In addition to accomplishing important service and maintenance projects around the parish, the group usually meets monthly for a book study, and hosts a special men’s dinner during Bright Week. All men are welcome to join, and no registration is necessary.

Schedule: Check out the parish calendar and bulletin for announcements of upcoming events.

For more information, please contact Allen Wynn.