Dates to Remember:

May 16th The Brotherhood of St. Andrew Meets

May 17th Daughters of the King Meeting at noon.

May 24th Pentecost

May 28th -6:30 pm Analog - Formation Mtg 

Sunday Services
8:30 am
Rite I
In the Chapel
(no music)

10:30 am
Rite II
(with music)
In the Nave

Church Office
Monday - Thursday
Hours: 9:00 am to 
2:00 pm
The Midweek Connection
May 14, 2015

Inside this Midweek Connection:
  • Fr. Billy -- Analog
  • Safeguarding God's People Training - Report
  • News from the Atrium
  • Flower Guild Recruiting
  • Candidates for new Presiding Bishop submitted
Fr. Billy -- Analog -- It's not what you think


On May 28th at 6:30 pm we will have the first meeting of Analog -- a new group I'm starting for men of all ages. We'll meet on the green in the area just outside the youth building. 


Tim Klatt, from Strange Land Brewing will guide us in brewing our own beer, which we'll have to sample for the second meeting.  We'll discuss the opportunities for our future in terms of outreach and service  The possibilities are limitless.


With God's Help,

Billy Tweedie+
Our Visiting Preacher for Sunday:

George Ronkowitz began his ordained ministry upon ordination as a priest in 1971 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, CT.  He served for over eight years in parish ministry.  His remaining three years as a Director of Development and teacher in an inner-city high school while being Director of a Diocesan wide Adult School of Spirituality.


Upon taking a leave of absence from ordained ministry he worked as a Personnel Administrator for Richardson-Vicks Inc. and subsequently as Director of Development for the University of Bridgeport. Married in1985 and with the support of his wife he began the process to having his orders recognized by the Episcopal Church.  He was received as a priest in the Diocese of Connecticut in December 1988.


At that time he began functioning as a bi-vocational or "worker" priest.  He served as a non-stipendiary assisting priest at St. Andrew's and St. Peter's Parish both in Milford, CT until 1995.  During this time he continued working at the University of Bridgeport and then as Vice President for Government Relations and Development at Park City Hospital in Bridgeport, CT.  In 1995 drawn by the desire to serve the Lord more deeply, he was asked to become the Vicar for Trinity-St. Michael's in Fairfield CT on a part-time basis until 2003.  He also worked as the Executive Director of the Naugatuck CT Housing Authority of which he served until April 2002.


In mid-2003 with the support of his wife and children and after much discernment and prayer, he and his family moved to Homestead, FL to answer a call to serve as Rector and Headmaster of St. John's Church and School.  His wife, Janice, died of cancer in 2007.   Fr. George has been recently married to his lovely bride, Lana.  He and Lana have four adult children.

Adult Formation
Fr. Nathan Jennings will be teaching an Adult Formation Class each Sunday in May in Classroom 4, beginning at 9:30 am. Fr. Nathan is open to suggestions, and would like to hear if anyone has any special requests for content.
Safeguarding God's People -- Report
Kudos to Trainer Ann Harrington, after completing the first Safeguarding God's People Class at Resurrection. Although the course includes some difficult content to cover, Ann covered it all expertly and with grace. It was well attended by members of the Bishop's Committee and others, with three attendees from other local churches. Another class will be offered in June, for those who missed this one.  
Candidates Submitted for Next Presiding Bishop
The nominating committee has submitted the names of four candidates for the office of the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. The new Presiding Bishop will be chosen at the General Convention on June 26th. You can see a photo of each candidate and read a brief biography of each by clicking on this link: 

Dine Out Goes Seaworthy
Dine Out for May is on the third Saturday, May 16th, 2015 at RED LOBSTER SEAFOOD RESTAURANT at 109 W. Anderson Lane at 6:00 pm. Sign up sheet is in the Narthex. Everyone is invited. Come enjoy good food and good Fellowship. Contact Joe Page at 512-453-3077 for more information. 
News from the Atrium

Happy Ascension Day, everyone!

"Unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain, but if it dies, it bears much fruit." - John  12:24

We had such a beautiful meditation last Sunday on the Mystery of Life and Death, recalling these words of Jesus.  We touched and ate grains of wheat, and looked at pecans I pulled out of my yard, that had both rooted and sent shoots up.  The seeds/nuts themselves had broken apart, "died" one of the children said.  But look at what happened when it did.  Something NEW and life-giving happened.

What does it mean to bear fruit, one child asked?  What a great question.  You could see the children's minds opening to this being a symbol of something deeper, even, as one child put it, the fruit referring to a grown up's own children.  A grandparent may die, but she leaves behind beautiful fruit: her children.

We do aim to carry on with the Atrium into the summer.  But I hope to mark the end of the school year in some way soon.  Stay tuned.  

Julie Garza is our atrium parent this Sunday. Sunday, May 17.



The Flower Guild Wants You

Have you ever wanted to learn flower arranging? Or maybe you already have the knack. The ECR Flower Guild would love to have a couple more members who would help to do flowers for the altar, and for special days.

Contact Ann Harrington for more information regarding how to get connected at  
Daughters of the King 
The next meeting for the Daughters of The King will be on May 17th, 2015  in Classroom #4 at noon.  We will discuss Day 3,4 &5 for the study "Jesus The One and Only".  Please make every effort to attend this meeting.
Red for Pentecost

Remember to wear red, orange or yellow on May 24th for Pentecost, if you can, to symbolize the tongues of fire, and the coming of the Holy Spirit. 
Wednesday Bible Study Continues

Wednesday morning Bible Study continues at 8:30 am to 9:30 am at Genuine Joe's Coffee House at 2001 W. Anderson Lane. Our intrepid Bible scholars are now completing their study of the Books of Kings, and will soon begin the Wisdom Literature.
Full House for the ECR Concert

St. Francis in the Meditation Garden

St Francis watches over the new growth and the squirrels in the lovely meditation garden with all the rain.
Lost & Found
This lost earring was found after church on Sunday.

If you have the mate to it, please call the church office (see the phone number above) and we'll make arrangements for you to pick it up. 

Music for May 17th:
Anthem:  How Majestic Is Your Name, Michael Smith
Processional:  460, Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
Gospel: 495, Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus
Communion : 325, Let Us Break Bread Together
580, God, Who Stretched The Spangled Heavens
Missional: 494, Crown Him With Many Crowns
Lay Ministry for May 17th: 

If you are unable to fulfill your lay ministry, arrange for a substitute and let Marty in the office know of the change by noon on Thursday before. 

First Reading:  Acts 1:15-17
Psalm 1
Second Reading: I John 5:9-13
Gospel:  John 17:6-19

8:30 am Service -
Lector: Steffan Pilotek
Psalmist: Jon Ellis
Intercessor: Mariel Fox
Chalicist:  Robert Beyer
Usher: Jim Ryan

10:30 am Service-
First Lesson: Pat Mills
Psalm: Robert Beyer
Second Lesson:  Mariel Fox
Intercessor: Mary Morrison
Chalicists: (GC) Helen Paulsen (C) Lana Beyer
Acolytes: Holly & Charles Davis & Douglas Foxworthy
Ushers: Jim Ryan, Lance New, Jeri Wines
Altar Guild: Ginger Kirchhof, Reba Ott, Liz Haltom, Jeri Wines
Flower Guild: Reba Ott
Lay Eucharistic Minister:
Bishop's Committee Host: Robert Beyer