The Banner                            April 2015
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4301 N. IH 35
Austin, TX 78722  

Phone: 512.454.2523


Church office hours:  

Monday - Thursday 

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  


Sunday Schedule

8:00am - Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:45am - Choir rehearsal
10:30am - Holy Eucharist Rite II  
                   with Kids Word

4:00pm - St. Hildegard's Worship

The Rev. Kevin LJ Schubert


The Rev. Judith Liro

Assisting Priest & Minister to

St. Hildegard's Community


The Rev. John Brewer


Anne Weaver 

Music Minister 

Vanessa Nering
Newcomer Minister/
Office Administrator

Jerri Thompson

Day School Director


Melissa Eason Brackin

Raul Carrera

Mark Casstevens

Brad Dieringer

August Dolan-Henderson

Spencer Gordon

Claire Irwin

Alice Nelson

John Rickard


Melissa Eason Brackin

Senior Warden

John Rickard

Junior Warden

Sandra Villalaz

Financial Secretary


Frances Rickard, Treasurer


Spencer Gordon, Clerk


Mark Casstevens, Day School Liaison  

Andrew Ellison

Gerald Mendoza

Josh Shipman

Ashley Urquidi 


Click on the following links to find:
April Lay Ministries Schedule
April Activities Calendar

Click here to sign up to be a reader or intercessor during our Rite I & II services.

May Banner Submissions
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The Banner is Thursday, April 23rd.
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 For those families whose children who will be participating in the egg hunt after the 10:30 service on Easter Day (April 5th) please leave at least one dozen plastic eggs in the designated box in the church office 
before the service begins.  

The church office will be closed  Monday, April 6th and Tuesday, April 7th , in observance of Easter. If you have a pastoral emergency during this time please call the church office (454-2523) and leave a message on the emergency extension. 

Spring Lifelong Learning Class: 
Sundays, April 12th & 19th, May 3rd & 17th
During this Easter season the St. George's community will join together for a four week class dedicated to
to discovering and discussing spiritual styles.  
Beginning 15 minutes after the conclusion of the  10:30 am  service we will gather in Kleberg Hall for this 30 to 45 minute class. All ages are encouraged to participate.

Safeguarding God's People

Safeguarding God's People is a training program for the prevention of sexual

 abuse and harassment in congregations.  Every church in the Diocese of Texas requires its ministry leaders to be trained.  St. George's is offering an opportunity for certification and recertification on Saturday, May 2nd @ 8:00 am in Kleberg Hall.  For information on how to register for this certification, please contact Vanessa at the church office (512-454-2523 or The deadline to sign-up for training is April 24th.


Who Needs - Safeguarding God's People Certification?

  • All Employees
  • Vestry
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitors
  • Leaders and Facilitators of Ministries
  • Others as noted in the SGP Policies

Prayers go up, blessings come down!
This time blessings showered down in the form of your very generous offerings for the upkeep of our Memorial Garden. My appreciation to the Vestry for finding a way to partially fund its monthly upkeep this year and designating the plate offering from the 5th Sunday in March for the Memorial Garden. However, I am especially  thankful for those of you who made the 5th Sunday plate offering so bountiful.


In April, some new plants will be added to the Memorial Garden. If anyone is available to help with the planting (as in digging holes), please contact me at or 512-837-0644.  After Easter I am free any Saturday in April to "supervise". Wishing each and every one of you a joyous Easter season. 

~Gayle Wall

Wednesday Weavings


The adult discussion group known as Wednesday Weavings resumes its gatherings this month, now that the Lenten Grace Series has concluded. We will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays in April from 6:30 to 8 p.m. We share a simple meal, have a short time of centering prayer, and discuss a selected reading or topic for the evening. Because we discuss a different topic each time, feel free to come any Wednesday you can. Please bring a contribution for the salad bar meal (for example, fruit, vegetable, or crunchy toppings). 

This month, the gatherings are on April 8th at Gayle and James Wall's home and April 22nd at Sarah Campbell's home.  Copies of the reading will be available in church on the Sunday before the Wednesday gathering.  Please join us if you can.  For more information, e-mail Frances Rickard at              

New Visitor Parking!


You may have noticed new concrete near the Wright House, where the old Scout Hut slab used to be (for those of us old enough to remember it).  This is for

three new visitor parking spaces, partly paid for by our Newcomer Ministries grant, and partly from our capital improvements fund.  Striping and signage (including a directional sign at Ardenwood) will be added soon.  Please help make our visitors feel welcome by leaving those spaces available to them!                     

Environmental Stewardship


The  Austin Earth Day Festival will take place on Saturday, April 18th, from noon to 6:00 PM at Mueller Park , inside the Browning Hangar. 

On  April 19th , the Environmental Stewardship Committee will be hosting an
Earth Day resource table outside of Kleberg Hall before and during fellowship time after the 10:30 service. Come by to learn about Meatless Mondays, butterfly gardening, and more! There will also be a  fun outdoor activity for children kindergarten-age and  older during  Lifelong Learning. 

Safe Place Ministry Sew-In


The  next sew-in for SafePlace comfort bags will be April 19th  after the 10:30 am service.  We had lots of fun and fellowship at the last one, and encourage people to give it at try.  You don't have to be able to sew to help!  We need people who can iron seams and lots of help stringing ribbons.
In addition to workers, we will need:  sewing machines, irons and ironing boards, scissors, needles, thread, fabric (we have some on hand),  5/8" ribbon, seam rippers ...and it would be wonderful to have some f inger food for lunch .

We hope to see you in Kleberg 
on the 19th! 



Sarah Campbell                           


Family Chapel Service

The next family chapel service will take place 

April 19th at 5:00 pm in Kleberg Hall

The first 30 minutes of the service consists of prayers, songs, Gospel reading, & sermon, with communion shared alongside a pot-luck meal.  The service is followed by a brief seminar led by the St. George's Head of School, Jerri Thompson. 

 Please bring a dish to share for the potluck meal.           

Women's Retreat

Mark your calendar for  St. George's Women's Retreat on Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Well Spring Center at Wessedorf Ranch in Blanco, TX.     St. George's Book Group is organizing this retreat for the women of St. George's church.  Please take this opportunity to unwind, rejuvenate and relax.

The cost  for the entire weekend is $50.00; this will cover all meals and the facility fees. 

 Thank you, Sandra, 512-762-8349;

A Knight for St. George's

Please join St. George's Episcopal School for its annual silent and live auction event, A "Knight" for St. George's. This benefit takes place  Sunday, April 26th at Easy Tiger, 709 E. 6 th St. from 
6-9:00 pm . Tickets cost $40/per person in advance, $50 at the door. Please call Erin Johnson in the school office 
(512-452-6063) for tickets or more information.

"It's My Turn" Coffee Hour

April 26th is the next "It's My Turn" Sunday.  This is an opportunity for parish members to host  the coffee hour that follows the 10:30 service.  You can also team up to make it a group effort!  An additional opportunity to host coffee hour will be June 28th. To sign up, please let the church office administrator know, who will add your name to the on-line calendar ( ).  For any questions or clarifications, please contact Martha Paull,

The Church Office is Moving!

Come this May, the Wright House will become available for church use and the church office will be moving into the building.  A number of renovations will be made during May, with the office officially moving when that work is complete (hopefully in early June).  The building will include meeting space for small groups and we hope to eventually use it for Kids' Word and possibly the nursery, if we can meet all of the safety criteria that apply for the protection of our youngest members.

Seminarian's Last Sunday - May 3rd

Come and celebrate the ministries of our seminarians! Over the past two years we have been blessed to  have Josh & Ashley as our seminarians, and it is fitting that we send them off to their new positions in style. We will have a special blessing for them during the 10:30 service and enjoy refreshments in Kleberg Hall in their honor. We will also celebrate Andrew's time with us and wish him a fruitful summer during his time off. He will join us again at the beginning of the Fall seminary semester.

News from

April Events 
* No School on Good  Friday, April 3rd


* A Knight for St. George's is on Sunday, April 26th, from 6-9 pm
Ticket opportunities coming soon!
 If interested in making a donation, please contact 
the school office.

The purpose of St. George's Episcopal School is to provide a well-rounded program for the children of St. George's Church and its surrounding diverse community.  Through our programs of School and Extended Care each child can grow and develop spiritually, cognitively, physically, emotionally and socially within a Christian atmosphere. 

In order to provide a quality program for our children, the school depends on individuals from the church and community to give what they can to our 
year-round donation fund. It's simple and easy to become a recurring donor for our school. 

Go to our website and click on the PayPal button. It's just that simple.

Our school wants to thank you for your continued financial support. Great schools are essential for the lives of our young children and we are proud to be on the cutting edge of this great journey.

April Birthdays and Anniversaries

We wish the following parishioners a very happy April birthday:
Judy Wilkerson (Apr. 4), Michelle Irving (Apr. 6), Ralph Hausser (Apr. 8), Bill Wilkerson (Apr. 12), Walter Long (Apr. 13), Anne Weaver (Apr. 15), Ian Irving (Apr. 17), Melissa Mendoza (Apr. 17), Chloe Carrera (Apr. 28), Claire Jones (Apr. 29)

And a very happy anniversary to:
Kelly & Suzette Puckett (Apr. 1)
Louann O'Bannion & Tom Sethre (Apr. 3)
Sarah Campbell & Charles Webb (Apr. 6 )
Belinda & David McGhee (Apr. 17)
Carolyn Porter & David Stuart (Apr. 30)

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