This Week's Announcements
Our Schedule of Services:

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

Sunday July 18:

8:30 am In Person Eucharist

10:30 am In Person(also streamed virtually) Eucharist

11:30 am Online Coffee Fellowship

Plans to Re-Gather
Please use THIS LINK to be redirected to Signup Genius to reserve your seat(s) for our upcoming In-Person Eucharist Services(If you see available seats the evening before a service, please feel free to fill in)
A special thanks goes out to Fr. Ben and fellow parishioners Mike, Dave, Jim, John and the Cudly family, for helping remove the two trees that came down during our past windstorm. One tree, the Linden tree was located in the south Hitchcock Memorial Garden and Prayer Walk/Quiet Garden and the other tree was located along the property line on the east side of the garden. Numerous trips were made using a trailer to haul the tree branches and wood to either the construction dumpster or to the tree disposal site at Ta-Ha-Zuka Park. The actions of these individuals saved our church hundreds of dollars in tree removal costs. In addition, it would have been weeks before an Arborist could have been hired to remove these trees from our church property. Again, thanks to all of our helpers for a job well done. It is the parishioners and rector who make our church great! ~James Keepers
We have served Native American students from the reservations in Nebraska, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Arizona and California during the past 11 years.
Special Collection for July Native American Book Fund:
Texts are not covered by the students' scholarships. The students receive no financial assistance from home, and they are often unable to purchase their textbooks despite working two or three part-time employments. The fund was started several years ago and has enabled many students to purchase texts. Most of the students repay the loan and return the texts. The St. Augustine Native American Ministry is hosted by the Creighton University Intercultural Center.
Please join us Sunday, August 15th at both services for a back to school backpack blessing. We will also have a giant Slip n' Slide after the 10:30 AM service to enjoy. Be sure to bring backpacks, and have kids wear a swimsuit under their clothes and a beach towel!

The slip n' slide will be set up on the south side of the play set.
Save the Date for Brewsky's Golf Open 2021!

Thursday, September 30th Crooked Creek Golf Course 333 S 134th St Lincoln, NE

Shotgun start at 11 AM

Please register and pay by September 24. For more details, please see flyer below.
Save the Dates for Summer/Fall Fun!

August 15--Backpack Blessing and Slip and Slide Day
September 12--Fall Kick off Party/Picnic
Date TBD--Tour of new Youth Classrooms and Parent Meeting
June Vestry Notes
Capital Campaign Updates
Building Plan Feedback?
*These are mock up photos, actual building and garden space may look different once project is complete
Capital Campaign Pledge Update
We continue gathering gifts and pledges for our Capital Campaign. To date we have received 86 pledge cards representing $1,233,375.00 in three year pledges and parish commitments. Please know that every gift and pledge will help us address our space issues at St. Augustine.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Capital Campaign Update

This past week has seen a good amount of activity on many fronts!

First of all, an update on our Fourth Year pledging: we have now crossed the $200,000 mark in pledges! This is a very healthy number for us to hit at this point, and a number of people have let me know that they plan to participate, but will wait until we are closer to the Fourth Year beginning; we’ll certainly have reminders at that time. As a reminder, our 3-year campaign runs from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2022, so the official Fourth Year of giving that we’ve added will run from June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023. Beyond that, our whole community should be proud of the generosity and faithfulness in financially supporting our project: this is happening because we’ve made those commitments together, and it’s incredibly exciting to see the fruits of our labor coming together!

The building itself is nearing its final weeks! Our contractor is beginning to meet more regularly with the city inspectors to ensure that we have a really clear understanding of exactly the state they will require our site and spaces to be in to issue a Certificate of Occupancy. We may experience small delays depending on what final touches need to be corrected, but we are getting better and better confidence that we’ll be able to keep our timetable of a “soft open” towards the end of the summer, with an official opening celebration on Sunday, September 12 – our traditional “Kickoff Sunday” for the Fall! We will also have a visitation from Bishop Barker the following Sunday, who has been a great supporter of our project from the very early stages, and is excited to come and make a visit!

We’re also in the process of finalizing plans for move-in activities. By its nature, this will be an ongoing process, but some of the big pieces are being put in place – the unpacking of our storage spaces, the designation of areas for ministry use, and the coordination of staff and volunteer time to get things into an initial configuration. Like every new space, we’ll wind up making adjustments as we go and discover different options and needs, but we’re planning out the major pieces … and preparing ourselves for another major purge of the “maybe we’ll need it” items that lingered on in our pack-up last summer. Questions around this can come to Grant Suhr, our Junior Warden, or Fr Ben.

Otherwise, just quick reminders: we still have a “construction site” at St A’s, so please be aware that there are some trip hazards and loose items, and we continue to ask people not to go “on site” (the north area where parking has been disrupted and our new construction is) until we fully re-occupy it.
More as it develops!
Capital Campaign: Fourth Year Commitments Reminder

Thank you to everyone who has already returned a pledge card for the Fourth Year of our building campaign – we are already showing quite a bit of strength in our response! These commitments are showing us an even clearer picture of the strength we have to complete our project and its funding over the coming months and beyond. If you are planning to make a commitment at this time, please plan to send it in over the coming week so that we can add it to our projections and totals as we take up the next steps of our planning.
Thank You Jay for the updated photos!
Walking the Mourners Path
Daughters of the King Women's Retreat
Elaine Randall Book Club
Friday, July 16

  • 8:00 AM -Men's Bible Study via Zoom CLICK HERE
  • Meeting ID: 725 959 1126

Sunday, July 18

  • 8:30 AM -Eucharist in person

  • 10:30 AM -Eucharist in person & via Facebook Live CLICK HERE

Tuesday, July 20

  • 6:30 PM -EFM (Contact Jack for Zoom Link)

  • July 17-Garden Work Day
  • August 15-Backpack Blessing/Slip & Slide Day
  • August 21-DOK Women's Retreat
  • September 4-Ranch Run
  • September 12-Fall Kick Off Party
  • September 19- Visit from the Bishop
  • September 19-Walking the Mourners Path first session
  • September 30-Brewsky's Golf Outing
  • October 10-Ministry Fair
Rector's Reflection
Thursday, July 15, 2021

After a Storm

Our area of greater Omaha had quite a bit to say about the major wind and lightning storm that blasted through last weekend. I happened to be out late playing board games with some buddies (friends: your priest has a wild Friday night life), and we wound up sheltering there for a few hours until 1:30 am or so, when the front had passed and it was safer to drive home. Even so, I wound up going fully through an intersection because the power was down for the traffic light and I didn’t see that it was there (nor was there any other traffic), as well as cutting a wave through a flooded underpass, and finally weaving my way cautiously through two downed trunks in the middle of a road back in my neighborhood – thankfully my little Prius was able to thread the needle, there, without my having to backtrack out of the neighborhood and meander a different way home, or park the car somewhere and hike the last part of my route. The morning light made clear that we had lost a 30-foot section of fencing in the back yard, which we’re still coordinating with a neighbor to haul away and plan replacements for.

At church, we lost two trees and some shingling from Morgan Hall. In some ways, this was fairly “best case scenario.” The garden tree debris has been relatively straightforward to clean up (though quite a bit of thanks go to Jim Keepers, Mike Ehinger, David Randall, John Fraser, and Shelley and Luke Cudly, for coming out with chainsaws, rakes, and other tools), and having a construction dumpster on-site already gave us a clearer plan for waste removal than some groups have had. We’re confirming that we have some good shingles left over from the construction project, and coordinating with some volunteer groups to finish cleaning up the messier tree that was downed along our lot line. Meanwhile, our contractor is going to do us a favor and remove the large trunk piece still in our garden using their skid loader – just waiting for the ground to dry up fully so he doesn’t tear up our lawn in the process.

It’s always impressive to me to see how a storm going through calls on people to jump in and help their community. I’ve heard of people sharing homes with electricity, making big meals and donating food, or simply showing up outside with tools and know-how to help clean up the streets.

A storm is also an occasion to seriously count some costs. For example, the reports I hear from our north Omaha church are that the power went out harder there, and stayed out longer, than it did in more affluent parts of town. Our public infrastructure – theoretically available equally to all citizens – has been built up more around our more affluent neighborhoods than our less affluent ones, and a wealthy life isn’t, on a moral level, any more significant than a life with little worldly wealth.

Our hospitals, too, have been fairly stressed. I saw on the Omaha Scanner feed that overtaxed Emergency departments were having to go on “diversion” status – that is, diverting incoming care to other hospitals unless it was extremely acute. I’m not fully clear on the ins and outs of this kind of logistics, but it seems that part of what was happening was that those who require machine assistance at home for breathing or medication were having to come in to the hospital because of their power outages. It’s worth keeping ourselves aware: losing power can mean losing health or life, too, and not simply the inconvenience of not having our creature comforts.

I’m becoming more and more convinced that spiritual maturity involves, in part, an ability to “feel” more than one thing at a time. I’m really proud of the suburban corps of volunteers that unpacked their garage of tools to go forth and help clean their local streets. I’m grateful for the long hours that city employees put in, from OPPD and other services, to help the city recover as quickly as possible. I’m reflecting on the critical-thinking questions of whether that response was in some ways pressured to get the “squeaky wheels” of more affluent or connected neighborhoods the “grease” of restored services any faster, and all the minor and major impacts on health, comfort, and economics that might have played out for our broader neighbors within our area. And my heart goes out to those who have experienced serious hardship, property damage, or loss of health or life in the face of this storm.

Being a follower of Jesus, it seems to me, means praying that God converts us more and more to see the world as God sees it. And an event like a storm can make visible, in a very sudden way, dozens of different stories of everyday life, next door and just down the road from us. Like a lightning flash itself, things become illuminated for just a moment. And like a lightning flash, that illumination can bring grief or strife … but it’s also simply making visible what’s already there, unseen, in the dark.

We build up before the storms so that when they fall upon us, the damage isn’t as bad. We disciple ourselves to be stewards of one another so we protect the lives of our neighbors and the infrastructure of our neighborhoods through the long, mundane obedience to the guiding commandment of Jesus that we love one another.

A storm came last weekend. We’ll be repairing the immediate damage for a time, and thanks be to God for all the goodhearted effort set out to be of help in that. May we also tend and mend our hearts, minds, and communities, that they have strong foundations for the storms that will come, ready to stand and care for one another throughout.

St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
285 S 208th Street
Elkhorn, NE 68022
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