This Week's Announcements
Our Schedule of Services:

Here is our schedule;
more information may be found by downloading the bulletin.



Sunday August 7:

8:30 am In Person Holy Eucharist Service


10:30 am In Person(also streamed virtually) Holy Eucharist Service
Opportunities to Get Involved
Backpack Supply Drive for COPE!
(Christian Outreach Program of Elkhorn)
Through Sunday, August 7th

Back-to-school time is almost upon us! This year the Christian Outreach Program – Elkhorn (COPE) is collecting supplies to benefit DC West Schools. Lists of needed supplies are available on the narthex table. WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR:
24 packs of pencils
2 packs of erasers
3 packs of glue sticks
Ziploc baggies of all sizes
Index cards
8-10 packs of primary colored markers
24 packs of crayons
Loose-leaf paper

To ensure we get the variety of supplies needed, an online registry has been created at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a48aea723a46-staugustine

You can indicate which supplies you will be donating as well as discover what we are still in need of. All supplies must be brought to the church on of before THIS Sunday, August 7. Look for the table full of school supplies in the narthex (the parish entryway by the red west doors).
Backpack Blessing
 Most local school districts will be back in session this week and next and most college students return to class soon! To send our youth and adult learners off for a year of knowledge, wonder, and exploration, please bring your backpacks to church Sunday, August 7th & 14th to either service, for a special blessing.
First Sunday Offering for August is C.O.P.E.
(Christian Outreach Program of Elkhorn)
Christian Outreach Program – Elkhorn (COPE) provides assistance to those whose needs are temporarily greater than their means. Services provided include monthly food pantry shopping, clothing closet shopping, household goods shopping. Other services provided include Christmas program, Easter food baskets, school supply backpack program as well as rental and utility assistance.
COPE has recently moved into their new building in Downtown Elkhorn at 20601 Elkhorn Drive, please contact them for more information, or stop by during open hours to take a tour. You can also drop off your food, clothing and household item donations the first Saturday of each month!
Kick Off Planning Team
Do you love to plan parties? 
Are you an amazing organizer? 
Can you get into a little bit of organized chaos?! 

If so, we need YOU to help plan our Kick Off Party/Picnic this year! We have a date, and a few small plans made, but we’d love to invite you to a planning meeting! If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, join us next Sunday, August 14 at 9:30(in between services) in the Conference room to get this amazing party organized!
Multigenerational Fun Night at The MARK
Wednesday evening, August 24 at 6:00 PM
All are welcome!

The MARK offers a group package with 1 hour of bowling(including shoes) 2 slices of pizza and pop for $12/person under 18. For adults, bowling is $11.25, and you can order your own food, or if we have at least 10 people who would like to pay extra for a taco bar, bowling for 1 hour and a taco bar is $30/adult. Your family may choose to add on laser tag or play arcade games if you would like as well for $5 for children and $7 for adults. Please RSVP HERE
Youth Group and Sunday School Kick Offs are quickly approaching! 
Some dates to note are:
  • Multigenerational Fun Night of bowling at The Mark Wednesday, August 24
  • Youth Group Kick Off Wednesday August 31
  • Annual Program Year Kick Off Party/Picnic Sunday, September 11
  • First Day of Sunday School Classes Sunday, September 18

-Register for Youth Programming
If you have a child who will be playing in the nursery during 10:30 church service, attending Sunday School(Youth 3 years-12th Grade) or Youth Group Wednesday evenings(Youth 6th-12th grade). Please update your information by registering your child through THIS FORM
 
-Youth Group Kick Off
Our first official evening of Youth Group is Wednesday, August 31 from 6-8 PM. We always serve dinner at youth group and on our first night we always have a party or competition! All youth 6th-12th grade are welcome to join us, and bring a friend if they would like!  
Looking for Helpers in our Canterbury Village Community
It takes a village to raise a child, and each of us can help them grow in Christ. 

Here's a great big thank you to those who participated last year and helped us achieve more than we ever thought possible! 

Here are a few roles within the Canterbury Village we are hoping you will fill:
  • Provide donations as needed
  • Assist with Special Events
  • Provide dinner(or a monetary donation for dinner) for Youth Group on Wednesday evenings(1-3 times per year)
  • Join the planning team for Vacation Bible School
  • Please also prayerfully consider volunteering to teach or assist Sunday School or Youth Group this upcoming school year.

The "job description" is below: 
  • Get to know the youths’ names, interests, and activities; respect what they have to share.
  • Participate in the games, activities, or discussions.
  • Display a positive attitude (or fake it!).
  • Encourage spiritual growth.
  • Praise positive behaviors.
  • Lead by example.
  • Have fun!
Recommended skills: Sense of humor, Flexibility, Patience, An open mind, Listening, Talking/Sharing, Creativity, Ability to act immature but still be responsible
Optional Skills: Dance Experience, Singing Ability, Guitar Strumming, Harmonica Blowing, Tambourine Shaking, Toe Tapping!
 
To either confirm your previous role, or volunteer for a new role in Canterbury Village, please fill out the volunteer form HERE We would love to have you join this amazing team of people! 
Contact Kate(ministries@sainta.net) with any questions.

Acolyte Training
Sunday, August 28th, 11:30 – 12:15
Rising 3rd-12th graders
From young children ready to start their first ministry during worship to older youth who can help set the table and stand as an example, our acolyte program invites young people at church to use their gifts as full members of the community who help us offer our worship to God.
 
This year, we’ll be training returning and new acolytes about how to use our Sanctus bell, which you’ll begin to hear during communion again, as well as reviewing how to use our altar railing during communion. We ask that acolytes be in at least 3rd grade to serve as torchbearer and at least 6th grade to serve as crucifer. Please contact Fr Ben and Pam Wright if you have a youth interested in serving in this ministry! Please also send Pam any conflicts you may know about through December, and whether they would like to serve at the 8:30 service or the 10:30 service OR either one, as she is beginning to prepare a schedule. Parents are welcome to stay and learn too, so you can help remind your acolyte of the details. Acolytes are scheduled to serve several times a quarter, and can coordinate subs with one another or through Pam Wright, if there’s a conflict. The training will begin at 11:30 am, after worship on Sunday, August 28th, and is scheduled until 12:15.
 
If you have an acolyte who would like to serve but isn’t available for the training, please let Pam or Fr Ben know.
Confirmation and Newcomers
Fall, 2022, Specific Sundays at 9:30
Are you new to St Augustine’s and curious about where our traditions come from? Have you been here a while, but have questions you’ve never really gone through about how some things fit together in the Episcopal Church? Do you have questions about the sacrament of Confirmation?

This Fall, we’ll have a class for high school youth and adults, meeting at 9:30, between our two services several times a month (see schedule below). For high schoolers, this is a chance to make a first young adult claim on their faith tradition, and ask Fr Ben and others real questions about what it means to grow up as a Christian as they get ready to go forth in the world in the next few years. For adult newcomers, this class is a chance to learn about traditions and practices, how to live faithfully as a member of St Augustine’s, and bring your questions as well!

Everyone who participates (youth and adults) will have a chance to be Confirmed (a sacramental blessing like baptism) or Received (a formal reception into the Episcopal Church for those already Confirmed) by Bishop Barker on his visit on February 12th, 2023.

Sunday Class Dates:
September 25th, October 9th, October 23rd, November 6th, November 20th, December 4th, January 8th, January 22nd, February 5th
Interested? Please let Fr Ben and Kate Kielion know!
New Lector Sign Up
There is a new 10:30 AM Service lector schedule on the Narthex table. You can also use the sign up genius HERE. You do not need to have been a lector previously to sign up. Fr. Ben would be happy to help run you through the process before your first time reading!
United We Walk Event
Sunday, September 11th, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
We’re Saving the Date for the United We Walk event hosted by the Tri-Faith Initiative on September 11th. This fun afternoon will include food trucks, live music, and a chance to take a 1.5 mile walk together around the Tri-Faith campus, including Abraham's Bridge, a circle connecting the campus's church, mosque, and synagogue.

The Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha has the vision statement “to build bridges of respect, trust and acceptance, to challenge stereotypes of each other, to learn from one another, and to counter the influence of extremists and agents of hate,” and our Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska has been in relationship with Tri-Faith since their early planning. For questions, please contact Fr Ben!
2022 Triennial Conventions Review
Saturday, August 6th, 10:00 - 1:00
On Saturday, August 6 from 10 am - 1 pm  a Review of Highlights of the 2022 Triennial Conventions by delegates of: Episcopal Church Women, House of Bishops, House of Deputies, and Daughters of the King. This has been moved to a virtual event held entirely on Zoom and pre-registration is required. You can register at: https://alliance.wufoo.com/forms/z2mlz781gi7byq/

Please note: this virtual event replaces the previously announced live event and the times have changed which is NOT reflected on the registration form.
Blood Drive
Saturday, August 20th
Amy Churchill, who most of you know as a beloved member of our parish living with metastatic breast cancer, is hosting a second blood drive at St Augustine in Elkhorn on Saturday August 20th. Available appointment times are between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. She shared this on her Facebook page before the last drive, and we thought we would share it with you:
 
Lets do this!!! There is a desperate need for blood right now. Locally and all across the united states. So many times in the past year I have received blood. The chemo that worked so well, also made my hemoglobin and platelets tank. A couple of times I even landed in the ER where I received life saving units of blood. I have never been able to give blood. I have been on the receiving end more times than I can count. I thank anyone who has ever donated. It truly is life saving! I urge you to help and sign up. If you can’t donate blood there are many ways you can help. I am looking for volunteers for the day.
 
Appointments are scheduled in 15 minute increments(Whole Blood) and on the hour (Power Red). For eligibility requirements and to see the difference between the two donations, CLICK HERETo schedule your donation time, CLICK HERE enter 68022 for the zip code, click "find a drive", click "by distance", scroll down to St. Augustine Episcopal Church and click "see times". If you have any questions, please contact Amy Churchill
Education For Ministry
Starting Fall 2022
Education for Ministry (EfM)
The EfM program is preparation for the ministry to which we are all called. It is that vocation for which we pray at the end of the Eucharist: “And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.”
 
Education of Ministry is sponsored by The University of the South encompassing four years of study with group meetings for thirty-six weeks of the year. Year One studies the Old Testament, Year Two the New Testament, Year Three the history of Christianity and Year Four a survey of Theology.

The process of theological reflection which is designed to help participants see the world and their lives through a theological perspective is introduced and practiced.

Sandra Squires is currently our contact person for Education for Ministry, and also serves as the coordinator of EfM for our Diocese. The group beginning in the Fall of 2022 will be meeting on Zoom, and include members from several parishes.

Contact Sandra Squires by email for more information, or contact Fr Ben at the parish office at 402-289-4058.
May Vestry Notes
Elaine Randall Book Club
In August, the Elaine Randall Book Club is reading Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca. The True Story of the first female US District Attorney who focused on solving cases no one else wanted and advocating innocents. One of her greatest accomplishments was solving the cold case od a missing 18-year-old girl, Ruth Cruger. In the process, she changed how the country viewed the problem of missing girls.
This true-crime tale, in the literary tradition of In Cold Blood and The Devil in the White City, is told in spine-tingling fashion and has important repercussions concerning kidnapping, the role of the media, and the truth of crime stories. But the great mystery of this book - and its haunting twist ending - is how one woman became so famous only to disappear.

A book bag is available in the parish hall for this month. You are welcome to join us for our discussion on Tuesday, August 30, at 11:30 a.m. at the church. Zoom connection is also available. For questions, please contact Sandra Squires at sksquires@cox.net.

Volunteers
Friday, August 5

  • 8:00 AM -Men's Bible Study


Sunday, August 7

  • 8:30 AM -Holy Eucharist Service in person with backpack blessing

  • 10:30 AM -Holy Eucharist Service in person (with backpack blessing) & via Facebook Live CLICK HERE

  • August 14 Backpack Blessing
  • August 20 Blood Drive
  • September 11 United We Walk Tri-Faith
  • October 2 Blessing of the Animals
Rector's Reflection
Thursday, August 4th, 2022

Leaping Before We Look

One of the catchphrases that my wife Megan brought home from work to our household is “Action before motivation!” (it works especially well if you yell it enthusiastically!). It’s a useful catchphrase if you’re the parents of a toddler at the end of a workday, say, but there are still things left to do. Some days, all it does is help us keep discipline to finish up the tasks at hand. But sometimes it has an extra grace to it: you wind up getting that second wind, or sinking into a rhythm, and recovering the good cheer of a job well done, or hobby time that’s well enjoyed (sometimes I need to “action before motivation” my miniature painting, which I usually end up really appreciating).

I’ve been thinking a bit about how that idea works in a life of faith.

Sometimes I think it’s the simple acts. Saying a prayer before a meal takes a bit of attention – even just around the little things of waiting until whoever’s in the kitchen is done and settled before anyone starts, or avoiding the very-modern temptation to spread out to couches and tablet computers and dine on our laps around the house. But something changes when we all pause, give thanks, and spend time together, and not apart.

Other times I think it’s more a matter of the everyday inner lives of adults: is there really more peace to be found in worship and sacraments than an extra 60 minutes in my pajamas? With so much I could be doing in my own life, should I really carve time out for outreach projects to help others?

But perhaps the biggest leap of faith is the first one. Just recognizing that we each, fundamentally, have an opportunity to be in relationship with our Creator, who has loved this world, sent Jesus into it as a Living Word, and blessed it with a living Holy Spirit that can still stir our hearts and guide our daring hopes into building up a different way of living before God and neighbor that is loving and holy – that’s a huge thing.

The ”Action Before Motivation” in that first leap of faith sometimes demands some daring of us: daring to believe it’s possible … that leap – spiritual, emotional, psychological – winds up letting us let go in some tiny measure of the tight control we keep on things like our curiosity and our hope. We extend them out, wondering what they might find … and astonishingly, often what happens is not that we find something by our hope and wonder, but rather our own hope and wonder ARE found.

Sometimes first by the grace that flows out from a loving neighbor who is already somewhere on this sort of path, and sometimes, in an astonishing way, we find ourselves inexplicably grasped by God. Those moments defy words; they are at once perfectly simple and also infinitely fraught. Sometimes they remain within us like a living coal; other times they feel like a moment on a mountaintop that can barely be remembered, and we wonder if it was anything like what we recall of it at all.

And sometimes it’s the very strange journey that a child has – of being raised in a life of faith, and only slowly coming to realize later in life that not everyone has a chance to have their understanding of the world formed in a way that describes our relationship to God as a part of the fabric of every person’s life – a holy inheritance given freely to us by a loving God, and a chance to live our own lives lovingly amongst God’s people.

I can’t help but think that many people start out with the same semi-sincere, tongue-in-cheek enthusiasm that my wife and I use when we shout “Action Before Motivation!” (when we really don’t want Action or Motivation right now). But when we take the risk of wondering what’s there, just beyond what we already know or understand, or begin by humbling ourselves and asking, “What ARE you like, God?” we find that the questions, and even the partial answers we begin exploring, wind up blessing us, and those around us, by the faith we discover we do have, after all (strange though it sometimes is!).

 Even all of that is awkward language for what happens. Honestly, the best thing I can do is challenge you to take up your leaping again. Jump towards God. Jump towards Church. Jump towards your neighbors with an open heart. One of the most beautiful things that happens in our lives is that we get caught up in mid-air and land somewhere unexpected, and sometimes only years later realize it was God who landed us there.

Ben 
St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
285 S 208th Street
Elkhorn, NE 68022
402-289-4058
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