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March 20, 2020
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Puzzling Together St. David's

Puzzling Together St. David's 

It started as a lark.  
   
A couple of months ago I had a photo of St. David's made into a 1000-piece puzzle. I thought we could sell them in Holy Grounds. As the coronavirus began to make headline news, I took the puzzle out of the box and set it up in the family room. For several weeks I have worked on the puzzle at the close of each day. Throughout the day I stop by the puzzle and look for a new place for one more piece. I know some of the people in the picture, so as their images appear, I take a picture and send it to a few of them, saying, "I'm puzzling out your family." Sweet, playful replies were returned.

As the shape of the church becomes clear--as the lines and potholes at 7th and San Jac make a spider web of grey; with the firming up of the outline of the Federal Building to the north, as the Day School and Trinity Center come clearly into view--this puzzle is becoming an icon of prayer for me.

The people on the sidewalk outside bring to mind all the people who call St. David's home, all of whom I am fretting and worrying about during this coronavirus crisis.
I think about the young families who are staying at home, trying to make something normal out of a very abnormal circumstance.

I think about our single parishioners who live alone, working hard to stay connected to the outside world.

I think about our senior adults who are staying at home out of necessity, perhaps isolated from the ones they love.

I think about my friends in nursing homes who can't even step down the hall to check on a friend.

I think about our seniors in high school who will not have a traditional spring semester.

I think about our candidates who were planning to be baptized at the Great Vigil and how we might still mark this important time in their lives in different ways.

I think about our homeless neighbors who don't have anywhere to self-isolate even if they wanted to.

I think about our hardworking staff, adapting their work, learning new skills to present the Gospel in creative digital ways.

On and on the prayer goes. Such is the power of a good puzzle.
 
You'll also notice that it is not finished. You see, the pieces of the sky are the problem. The colors are so similar, they blend so gently into one another, I find it nearly impossible to find what comes next. I rely on an unusually shaped corner or a unique intersection to provide a path forward, slowly, one piece at a time. At the time of this writing, the horizon is still unclear.

At the risk of driving a sweet metaphor into the ground, this feels about right for now.
 
St. David's is still solid. We are still Better Together, even if it's a bit unclear exactly how all the pieces fit together. The horizon is unclear. From all accounts, it's going to take the whole world a long time to figure out how to piece together what comes next. It will take St. David's a long time to find the interlocking pieces that make us whole at a time like this.
 
But we have done this before. We have lived through civil war, plague, world wars, economic recessions and depressions, and seasons of great uncertainty. Each time we have risen to the occasion. Each time we have found a new way, a clear horizon to set us on the right path.

Most of all, God is still God, and God is faithful, and God shows up when people are in need.

So we pray, we call, we email, we cry, we laugh, we create new ways of being
Better Together.
 
Please call and email each other often, friends. Wash your hands. Faithfully work on the puzzle set before us. Allow the puzzle to become a prayer.

I love you all.   

Peace, 

Fr. Chuck

Online Worship
St. David's has transitioned to online worship and classes.
Sunday, March 22-Sunday, April 26, St. David's will offer the following online services:

9 a.m. - Liturgy of the Word 
This service will be immediately followed by a live-streamed Children's Chapel.

 
You may use the links above or visit our Online Worship page: stdave.org/online-worship.

Online Giving
We are most grateful for your financial support as we navigate new ways to connect to each  other in these challenging times. Your gifts directly enable us to use modern technology to  stay connected to each other and the world. If you are not already giving, please consider  making St David's your giving priority this year. Thank you for your generosity. Click here to donate!
 
Please join us in prayer for those who are infected, those who are vulnerable, those who are recovering, and those who have died, all around the globe.

Online Sunday Meditation
8:30-8:50 a.m.
Practice Centering Prayer or Mindfulness meditation with others. Beginners welcome. This group is open to new participants. Led by Gustavo Hernandez.
To join the group, visit The Abbey Classroom.
Online Adult Formation
Classes are open to new participants unless otherwise noted. Join us!

SUNDAY ADULT FORMATION
10-11 a.m.
  • Lectio Divina: Praying the Scriptures
  • Healing the Open Wound: An Exploration of Border Encounters
  • Wisdom Ways Scripture Discussion for Young Adults
  • Men's Bible Study
  • The Middle Place
10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Learning to Speak Truthfully about Jews
3:30-5 p.m.
  • Signs of Life: Video-based teaching with the brothers from Society of St. John the Evangelist
6:30-8 p.m.
  • Learning to Walk in the Dark

WEEKLY ADULT FORMATION
Monday
  • 1-2 p.m.: New Life in Growing Old(er): Aging as a Spiritual Practice
Tuesday
  • 5:45 p.m. Education for Ministry: New participants may register in August
Wednesday
  • 1 p.m.: Education for Ministry: New participants may register in August
  • 6:30-8 p.m.: Wednesday Evening Bible Study (One Church, One Book) 
    Study of Entering the Passion of Jesus, by Amy-Jill Levine
Thursday
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Charles Calhoun Book Club
Online Youth Formation
Sunday
  • 10 a.m. Formation and High School Bible Study: Youth in 6th-12th grades are invited to join us on Zoom starting at 10 a.m., then go into break out rooms on Zoom for middle schoolers and high school Bible Study.
Tuesday
  • 6-8p.m. High School EYC: We will have check-ins, games, and a lesson or devotional. All 9-12th graders welcome!
Wednesday
  • 5:30-7 p.m. Middle School EYC: Wednesday night like always! Bring your dinner on screen and we will eat together from 5:30-6 p.m. Programing begins at 6 and includes check-ins as well as a game and a lesson.
Contact Director of Youth Ministry Jenny Campbell for the link to our new online 
Sunday Youth Formation and weekly middle and h igh school EYC links.

Update: March 28-29, Youth Confirmation Retreat Now Meeting Online
Online Children's Formation
Sunday
Additional Resources
Faith at Home: Devotionals for all ages to help us notice God moving in our lives & live with purpose and meaning. Bonus content: "Faithful Parenting in a Pandemic."
 
storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links/lectionary-links-revised-common-lectionary/
Storypath: Recommendations for children's literature that connects to our faith and weekly readings.

More downloadable resources for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Sunday School in a Box, and Illustrated Children's Ministry will be made available online soon.
 
For more information contact  Director of Children's Ministry Amanda Wischkaemperand please join our St. David's Children and Families Facebook page.
Holy Grounds & Café Divine
Are closed until further notice per the City of Austin
St. David's Day School Updates
Head of St. David_s Episcopal Day School School_ Leigh Moss
Head of St. David's Episcopal Day School Leigh Moss
Welcome Leigh Moss, new Head of School

Leigh is thrilled and honored to join the St. David's Episcopal Day School community as the newly selected Head of School. She began her journey at Sarah Lawrence College in NY. While working in the child development center there,  she first became fascinated and inspired by the material. The actions of these small human beings became clear in a  way they had never been before and helped define her educational ideals for the next few decades of her career.  Click here to read more .

St. David's Day School will also remain closed until April 3.
Trinity Center Update
A message from Trinity Center's executive director, Irit Umani, about service in this
Executive Director of Trinity Center  Irit Umani
Executive Director of Trinity Center
 Irit Umani
age of Coronavirus.

What do you do when distancing is the healthiest practice of the day and your whole life has been about connectedness?  What do you do when you serve and feed the poorest of the poor, your neighbors who are homeless, and the gathering hall is now closed, the doors now shut?  Click here to read Irit's full message about changes to Trinity Center such as providing to-go meals and access to mail for our neighbors.
Next to New Update
Executive Director of Next to New Vic Little
Our consignment shop and outreach ministry has been operated by volunteers from the  central Texas community since 1959. We are currently doing our best to follow best practices regarding sanitizing surfaces and have made the following changes:

Modified hours:
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

UPCOMING EVENTS
The following events will not take place in March. 
Click on the links below for more information or to contact a group leader.




Ramp Build will not meet in March or April





The Open Table (April)



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