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

Phone: 512.454.2523

stgeorgeaustin@gmail.com

 

Church office hours:

Monday - Thursday

9 am - 2 pm

 

www.sgchurch.org

Sunday Schedule

8:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:45 am Choir rehearsal
10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II with KidsWord & YouthWord
5:00 pm Recovery Eucharist


The Rev. Kevin LJ Schubert

Rector


The Rev. John Brewer

Deacon 

Anne Weaver

Music Minister

Jennifer Joslyn-Siemiatkoski
Office Administrator

Jerri Thompson

Day School Director

Vestry

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
CALENDARS
Click on the following links to find:
December Lay Ministries Schedule

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Please sign up for Advent & Christmas Eve services!! Your participation is appreciated!
January Banner Submissions
The deadline for news for the next issue of
The Banner is Friday, December 18th.
Please e-mail information and articles you would like included in next month's edition to stgeorgeaustin@gmail.com.
Christmas Services


Thursday, December 24th
6:00 pm - Christmas Eve Service, 
Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Pageant 
10:30 pm - Christmas Eve Service, 
Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Choral Music

Services will not be held Christmas Day.

Sunday, December 27th
8:00 am - Holy Eucharist Rite I (No music)
10:30 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II

Sunday, January 3rd
8:00 am - Holy Eucharist Rite I (No music)
10:30 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II,
with Lessons & Carols
Church Office Closed
The church office will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday from 
Thursday, December 24th,  through 
Friday, January 1st , reopening on Monday, January 4th  May you have a safe and blessed holiday and a very happy new year! 
Rector's Corner
This past   Sunday  marked the beginning of Advent, ushering in a new year for the church. Advent is a special time in the church, and especially for St. George's. The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning coming. In reference to Christ, the first advent is his incarnation, the second is his future second coming. The season is a time of expectant waiting and anticipation for the coming of Jesus Christ. The four Sundays of Advent  leading up to Christmas mark a time of patient anticipation that calls Christ's believers to reverently and prayerfully prepare for Christ's entrance into the world. I especially invite each of you to participate in the season of Advent at St. George's. During this season we are usually bombarded with preparing our households for parties and big family meals, as we rush to gather presents for loved ones and decorate our homes for the celebration of Christmas. I invite you to take the time to prepare your heart, mind, and soul for the coming of Christ as well by attending  Sunday  morning worship at St. George's. By participating in the Advent season we prepare ourselves to welcome Christ into our lives time and time again, noticing the ways in which Jesus continually transforms our lives into a holy vessel for God's love to reside. May God bless you and your family during this Advent season!

Peace, 
The Rev. Kevin LJ Schubert  
  Poinsettias for St. George's 
St. George's will be adorned with poinsettias for our Christmas  celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord and throughout the Christmas season. We invite you to make an offering for poinsettias, perhaps in a loved one's memory or honor, or in thanksgiving for a blessing in your life. 

 Donation forms are available on the Su nday  mornings of Advent, and completed forms and donations may be placed in the alms basin or mailed to the church office. Names of donors, along with any memorials or thanksgivings (optional), will be published in the Christmas service bulletins. Be sure to turn in your card by noon on Monday, December 14th, to have your name appear in the bulletin.  

The suggested donation is $15 per plant. Make checks payable to St. George's and note "Poinsettias" on the memo line.
The Angel Wreath Project

The St. George's Angel Wreath is an annual Advent project of the Outreach Committee, which gives parishioners the opportunity to make donations providing support to people served by local charities. This year, the Angel Wreath will collect HEB and Wal-Mart gifts cards for residents of  St. George's Court and monetary donations for phone cards for the residents of  Casa Marianella .
  • To sponsor a resident of St. George's Court, take a stocking (or more than one) from the bulletin board in the Narthex. Add an angel to the board, find the name of the resident whose stocking you've chosen on the list on the table in the Narthex, and write your name (or "Anonymous") next to it. Take the stocking with you, in its baggie to protect the decorations, and return it with a $20 gift card from HEB or Wal-Mart to the box in the Narthex or the church office.
  • To make a donation for phone cards for the residents of Casa Marianella, write a check to St. George's with "OR/Casa Phone Card" in the memo line, or put cash in an envelope marked "OR/Casa Phone Card" (loose cash will not be credited to this project). Donations may be put in the alms basin or sent to the church office. The Outreach Committee will send a check for the full amount to Casa Marianella's director, who will purchase phone cards for the residents to help them call family at Christmas.
All Angel Wreath donations must be received by Sunday, December 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Gayle Wall at gwall9407@austin.com or 512.837.0644.

Thank you for your participation!
The Outreach Committee
Pink Candle Party

Please join us for the annual Pink Candle Luncheon fund-raiser sponsored by the youth of St. George's, on   Sunday, December 13th , after the   10:30   service. The third Sunday of Advent, the "pink candle" Sunday, is traditionally a more light-hearted and lively day in the season. We will have a selection of Italian foods, holiday crafts to make, songs to sing, and lots of good cheer! The youth will decide on a charity to donate the proceeds to. If you would like to lead a craft, help with food offerings, or assist in any other way, please contact Martha Paull at   mpaull@grandecom.net .
Andrew Ellison's Ordination

Andrew Ellison, seminarian at St. George's and student at Seminary of the Southwest, will be ordained as a deacon this December! The ordination will be held on Wednesday, December 16th, at 7:00 pm, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church at Theatre Arlington, 305 Main Street, Arlington, Texas. Ordination invitations traditionally say, "Your prayers and presence are requested," so anyone who would like to attend is more than welcome. Whether you can be there in person or not, be sure to keep Andrew in your prayers as he takes this next step in his vocation.
Christmas Greening

Christmas is coming! And one of the great Christmas traditions here at St. George's is the greening of the church. We'll gather
after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, December 20th, to decorate our church for the Christmas season. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
Christmas Eve Pageant

At the 10:30 Sunday morning services throughout Advent, during Liturgy of the Word, youth and younger children will meet together in Kleberg Hall. We will hear again the story of waiting for the Messiah and the birth of the Christ child. We'll sing carols and play Orff instruments, in preparation for the Pageant on Christmas Eve. Youth will help the younger ones learn songs, and begin to practice their own instruments. All kids can pick up a CD of songs and a songbook. Please know that we want all kids - all ages - to join us! Even if you won't be here for the Pageant, come sing with us. Once you know them, you can carry this story and these songs with you wherever you go. 

For those who will be participating in the pageant, mark these dates in your calendars!
  • Tuesday, December 22nd, 10:00 am - Pageant Dress Rehearsal in the church
  • Thursday, December 24th, 6:00 pm - Christmas Eve Pageant service
Bring a costume from home ... or show up before 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve, to get into an extra costume. And parents, know that the Pageant can include grown-ups too! W e are all part of this enduring and on-going story. 

Please contact Suzette Puckett at  cshpuckett@austin.rr.com  with any questions.
Archives Exhibit
The exhibit of images from the St. George's Archives, "Gratitude for the Past," will be on display in the hall and front meeting room of the Wright-Giles House  through the end of the year . Stop by and take a look sometime, if you haven't already. Don't miss this chance to see some of the fun and special treasures in our parish history collection! Contact Frances Rickard at fajrickard@gmail.com or 512.346.5216 if you have information on any of the images in the exhibit.
2016 Flower Donation Calendar
A new flower and altar candle calendar for the year 2016 is hanging in the narthex of the church. If you would like to give altar flowers for one or more Sundays next year, or altar candles for one or more months, please print clearly on the calendar sheet so you can be recognized in the Sunday bulletin.  Be sure to note if you are giving the flowers or candles in memory of someone or in thanksgiving for some blessing in your life. 

 

A donation of $35 (for either flowers or candles) is requested; checks may be made payable to St. George's and placed in the alms basin on Sundays or mailed to the church office. Be sure to note on the memo line that the check is for altar flowers/candles.

2016 Parish Directory       
It's time to prepare our 2016 directory! So we can be sure to have the most up-to-date contact information for you, please review your directory listing in one of the directories o n the  tables in the Narthex. If all information is correct, please initial next to your  listing. If your information is not correct, please complete the Information Request form,  which can also be found on the tables in the Narthex. Please also circle the name you  would like printed on your magnetic nametag.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office  ( stgeorgeaustin@gmail.com or 512.454.2523). The last day to turn in forms is Sunday, January 10th.
Epiphany Service

The celebration of Epiphany will be held at Casa Marianella , at 821 Gunter Street. Epiphany is a church festival celebrating the revelation of Jesus Christ to the entire world, as represented by the coming of the Magi to worship the Christ child. The service will be held on  Wednesday, January 6th, at 7 pm Casa Marianella is a community that provides much-needed services to adult immigrants. If you are interested in finding out how to volunteer or donate, please contact their offices at info@casamarianella.org or by phone at 512.385.5571.
Annual Parish Meeting 

St. George's an nual parish meeting will take place on    Sunday, January 10th , a fter the 10:30 service. On this Sunday we will  share a meal and take care of church business. The annual parish meeting is our opportunity to elect members of the Vestry, select Diocesan  Council delegates, hear reports on various parish activities, and discuss other church business. All ministry leaders are encouraged to  submit reports  to the church office by  Tuesday, January 5th  for printing purposes. 


News from the School


St. George's Episcopal School's  Annual Fund  Drive 
is running through the month of December.   
 
Thank you to all the families who have donated to our annual fund. 
Your show of support offers us the means to improve quality within your child's school 
and our community. It is an exciting time in the life of St. George's Episcopal School, and 
your donation advances our vision of quality care and education in Austin.

The Holidays are in full swing at St. George's Episcopal School! Our annual 'Tis the Season celebration was a success. We were able to gift our families with an evening full of holiday arts & crafts, sweets, and time together as a community. The classrooms are full of Thanksgiving feasts and we're overflowing with gratitude. Our Annual Fund will be happening through the end of the year, and you can make an end-of-the-year donation on our website at  www.stgeorges-austin.com .
Camp Allen

Let the countdown begin to the best week of your child's year, because registration for Summer Camp 2016 is now open! Camp Allen's mission is to provide a unique environment for young people to experience God, establish valuable relationships, and grow through a variety of creative, safe, and challenging activities. Each session is led by a priest, youth minister, or experienced adult dedicating to enriching the lives of young people. Camp Allen's summer camp program serves rising 3rd- to 12th-graders with one-week sessions throughout the summer, and scholarships are available. Many sessions are often sold out by mid-spring, so the best way to ensure your camper's slot is to register early! For more information, or to register, contact Camp Allen at  www.campallen.org  or 936.825.7175.
December Birthdays and Anniversaries

We wish the following parishioners a very happy December birthday:
Judith Liro  (Dec 2)
Brian Wolfe (Dec 3)
Louann O'Bannion (Dec 4)
Lexie McGhee (Dec 6)
Katie McGhee (Dec 6)
Raul Carrera (Dec 15)
Belinda McGhee (Dec 18)
Alec Nelson (Dec 20)
Shirley Haulotte (Dec 22)
Patsy Chandler (Dec 26)
Miriam Long (Dec 31)

And to those who celebrate their anniversary in December:
Divesh & Vanamala Manohar (Dec 20)
Nancy & Raul Carrera (Dec 27)

Congratulations!
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