The Banner                             February 2014
In This Issue
Calendars
Museum Outing
Rector's Corner
Youth Gathering
Book Signing
St. George's History
 

ST. GEORGE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

 

4301 N. IH 35
Austin, TX 78722  
 

Phone: 512.454.2523    

stgeorgeaustin@gmail.com

 

Church office hours:  

Monday - Thursday 

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

www.sgchurch.org  

 

Sunday Schedule

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

4:00pm - St. Hildegard's Worship


The Rev. Kevin LJ Schubert

Rector

The Rev. Judith Liro

Assistant Priest & Minister to

St. Hildegard's Community

 

The Rev. John Brewer

Deacon 

Anne Weaver 

Music Minister 

Vanessa Nering
Newcomer Minister/
Office Administrator


Kate Wright

Interim Day School Director

Vestry

Melissa Eason Brackin

Patsy Chandler

Herb Dickson

Mark Casstevens

August Dolan-Henderson

Spencer Gordon

Stephanie Meldrum

Mary Stewart Miller

Alice Nelson

John Rickard

 

Patsy Chandler

Senior Warden

John Rickard

Junior Warden

Melissa Eason Brackin

Financial Secretary

 

Frances Rickard, Treasurer

August Dolan-Henderson, Clerk

Mark Casstevens, Day School Liaison  

Josh Shipman
Seminarian

Ashley Urquidi 
Seminarian

Laurence Wainwright-Maks

Seminarian  

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Click on the following links to find:
February Lay Ministries Schedule
February Activities Calendar

Click here to sign up to be a reader or intercessor during our Rite I & II services.
March Banner Submissions
The deadline for news for the next issue of
The Banner is Thursday, February 20th.
Please e-mail information and articles you would
like included in next month's edition to stgeorgeaustin@gmail.com .
2014 Parish Directory

The 2014 parish directory was recently completed and emailed to all parishioners.   If you did not receive a copy of the directory and would like one, please email the office administrator at stgeorgeaustin@gmail.com

Thinkery Children's Museum Outing  

 
Please join us for an outing to the
Thinkery Children's Museum
(1830 Simond Ave, Mueller Development)
February 9th
We will meet at St. George's 
Kleberg Hall after the 10:30 service.
Museum admission for parents & children
 will be paid by St. George's.
All ages welcome!

For more information on the museum, visit their website: thinkeryaustin.org

Rector's Corner
Dear St. George's Family,
 

I pray that you and your family are well during this season of drastic weather change and annoying allergies.  I am so very thankful for each and every on of you and the blessing you are to one another.  We lost two important members of our community over the past several weeks.  Throughout the communal grieving process I have witnessed an outpouring of the Spirit of God.  We will all miss Pat and Suzie immensely, and know that their memory will forever be in our hearts.  

 

February is upon us with some fun events planned!  I am looking forward to the community field trip to the Children's Thinkery Museum and meeting with the youth of the parish to plan some fun events.  Check out the articles below for more information. 

 

On a personal note, I am also excited for Holden's one your birthday!  Last year around this time Heather and I were so overwhelmed with joy of the love the St. George's family shared with us.  We are extremely grateful for your love and care.

 

May God bless each and every one of you this month as we continue to celebrate in the Epiphany season.  Only a month from now we will begin our penitential trek through Lent in preparation for the resurrection of Christ at Easter!  

 

Peace, 
The Rev. Kevin LJ Schubert  
Family Worship Service!  

 

We had a great celebration at the first Family Worship Service held Jan. 19th.  The Family Service focuses on community building and children as we worship God and share our faith through word, action, and service.  The first thirty minutes of the service consists of prayers, readings, sermon, and songs directed toward children and their families.  The service then moves into a special table liturgy; sharing communion alongside a pot-luck meal.  The service provides families an opportunity to worship God through community while not disrupting children's nap time and Sunday morning activities; as well as providing a meal before bedtime. 
So, come and enjoy the next 5 pm Family Service
of St. George's on Sunday, February 16th
 
Sunday Evening Yoga Class

Starting in February, please join Maddie Kadas and other Cherrywood friends and neighbors for the return of Kundalini yoga and meditation classes at Kleberg Hall, St. George's Episcopal Church.  Classes are designed to promote core strength, flexibility and total wellness through ancient yoga techniques of posture, meditation, mantra, breathwork, and deep relaxation.  Classes are followed by chai tea service.  All levels of yoga practitioners are welcome, including those new to yoga and those new to Kundalini Yoga.  Classes are free (with a gentle request to pay it forward in your own way).  
Classes will be held each Sunday evening from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., starting Feb. 2nd.
 
Begin your work week with calm, awareness and a great night's sleep!
 Hallelujah Hour - Feb. 4th 
 

Parishioners will be meeting 

Tuesday, February 4th at 5 pm 

at

The Vortex  

(2307 Manor Road, directly across the street

 from the Haymaker)

This monthly gathering is open to regulars & newcomers 

who wish to get to know each other in a 

relaxed social atmosphere.

 
Wednesday Weavings

The adult discussion group known as Wednesday Weavings meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in different homes. We share a simple meal, have a short time of centering prayer, and discuss a selected reading for the evening. Readings come from the current issue of Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life and are circulated in advance. 

 

Because we discuss a different reading 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 February 5th at Sarah Campbell's home and February 19th at Frances and John Rickard's home.

 

David McGhee has set up a website on Rallyhood.com that provides a central source of information for the group, including meeting dates and an electronic copy of the upcoming reading. If you would like to join the Rallyhood site, please e-mail David at dmcghee@austin.rr.com. Printed copies of the reading will also be available at church the Sunday before the group gathers on Wednesday.

Diocesan Council 

The annual business meeting of the Diocese of Texas will take place in Galveston,
February 7th - 8th. Lay and clergy delegates from St. George's for this meeting are Patsy Chandler, Spencer Gordon, Mary Stewart Miller, Alice Nelson. The delegate alternates are Frances Rickard and Raul Carrera. Please keep the work of the Council in your prayers. For more information, visit the diocesan website.
Pancake Breakfast

Come join us for our annual Pancake Breakfast at St. George's Court.  This annual event raises money for the resident council and we appreciate your support.  The breakfast will be held on Saturday, February 15th from 9:00 - 11:00 am in the 
Community Room of St. George's Court
located at  1443 Coronado Hills Drive.  
 
The cost is $4.00 for all the pancakes, sausage patties, orange juice, coffee or tea you can consume. Please come enjoy a wonderful breakfast and meet some of the lovely residents of St. George's Court.
 
Youth Gathering

There will be a gathering of the youth in order to discuss upcoming events February 16th, after the 10:30 service.  The meeting is open to all youth currently in 4th - 12th grades.  Please meet after the service in Father Kevin's office.  After the meeting, Father Kevin would like to speak with those who currently serve as acolytes and those who wish to learn more about this ministry.

"It's My Turn" Coffee Hour

February 23rd is the next "It's My Turn" Sunday.  This is an 
opportunity  to host the coffee hour that follows the 10:30 service.  Additional dates available to host coffee hour are April 27th and June 22nd. To sign up, please let the church office administrator know, who will add your name to the on-line calendar (stgeorgeaustin@gmail.com). 
For any questions or clarifications, please contact Martha Paull, mpaull@grandecom.net. Thank you for participating in this nourishing ministry. 
 

Book Signing in Kleberg on March 1st

 

On Saturday, March 1st, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Kleberg Hall, 

Lyn Fraser will be selling and signing copies of her new book, Debits and Credits, recently published by Mainly Murder Press. Currently residing in Colorado, Lyn worshiped at St. George's, St. Hildegard's, and St. James when she lived in Austin a few years ago. The book is set in Austin and introduces intrepid amateur sleuth and forensic accountant Grace Edna Edge in her investigation of a murder that takes place in the stacks of the public library. It includes underlying themes of social justice and, in keeping with that tone, Lyn is donating the profit from sales at the event to Foundation Communities. 

 

Lyn is the previous author of short stories, two books on the

 psalms, and a popular business book; she has taught at the university level and served as a hospice chaplain. Please mark your calendars and plan to come out on March 1st, meet the author, buy a new book, and support one of St. George's favorite nonprofit organizations all at the same time!

 

You can preview the book at the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. It's available in paperback and e-book formats. For more information about the event, feel free to contact Frances Rickard (fajrickard@gmail.com) or Judith Liro (jliro@swbell.net).

 
St. George's Facebook page 
Did you know that St. George's has a Facebook page?  In conjunction with our newcomer ministry, the Facebook page is a great way to promote all the wonderful things going on at St. George's.  It's a nice way to keep informed of upcoming events and a great way to share a little bit about ourselves with our friends and community around us.  We would love to start sharing more pictures from various events and activities.  If you have pictures that you would like to see on the Facebook page, please email them to Katie Prentice at katiereeder@gmail.com and then be on the lookout for more smiling faces on our page!  If you have not yet "liked" us on Facebook, be sure to look us up under St. George's Episcopal Church!

Recipes from St. George's


If you would like a copy of Cooking to Serve, a collection of recipes from St. George's members, copies are available on the tables at both entrances to the church. This is an informal collection of recipes gathered from St. George's parishioners over the last couple of years, which was released at the Annual Parish Meeting this year. If you would like an electronic copy or if copies run out in the church, please contact Frances Rickard at fajrickard@gmail.com
 or 512.346.5216 and she will get a copy to you. And, thanks again to everyone who contributed       recipes!  
Ash Wednesday
On  Wednesday, March 5th at 12:15 pm and 7:00 pm the St. George's community gathers for Ash Wednesday services.  This service initiates the season of Lent in the church calendar, which is a season of penitence and fasting.  The observance of a holy Lent includes self-examination and repentance by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and reading and meditating on God's holy Word (BCP p. 265).
Newly Baptized

 

Congratulations to Claire Elise Ruttan, daughter of Sarah & Timothy Ruttan, who was baptized at St. George's in a joyful service on Sunday, January 26thGrant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and for ever.  Amen. 

 

 

In Loving Memory

We give thanks for the lives of the following parishioners and extend our sympathy and prayers to their families:

 

- Pat Shoop, who entered the gates of larger life on December 25, 2013, and whose life was celebrated at a memorial service at St. George's on January 25th. Pat's ashes were scattered in the St. George's Memorial Garden.

 

- Suzie Keith, who entered the gates of larger life on January 21, 2014. Her memorial service will be held at St. George's on February 9th at 4:00 p.m.

 

Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. 

 

News from


February Events 
 

 

No school on President's Day, Monday, February 17
 
Breakfast with Kevin and Kate, Thursday, February 20 from 8-8:50 am
in Kleberg Hall. Chapel follows breakfast, and all are welcome!

 

 

       
St. George's History
St. George's office has received some historical documents of our great church! The files we received are invaluable to understanding our past. 
The history of St. George's is rich and interesting, and should be shared with all!  So, each month Father Kevin will choose a piece of that history to include in the monthly Banner.
 
This month's historical article chronicles the 1976 General Convocation which voted to ordain women to become Episcopal priests. We hope you enjoy these installments of our history, and gain insight into our beloved church.     

 

 Historical account of St. George's Episcopal Church

 

February Birthdays and Anniversaries

We wish the following parishioners a very happy February birthday:
Anne McGonigle (Feb. 1), Dora Robinson (Feb. 1), Melissa Eason-Brackin (Feb. 2), Sutton Stevens (Feb. 2), David Dykes (Feb. 3), Matt Meldrum (Feb. 3), James Rickard (Feb. 5), Russell Dykes (Feb. 10), Ellen Pew (Feb. 12), Henry Dieringer (Feb. 13), William Price (Feb. 16), Carolyn Powe (Feb. 16), Luke Stevens (Feb. 18), Dylan Worcester (Feb. 22)

And a very happy anniversary to:
Herb Dickson & Sandra Villalaz-Dickson (Feb. 13)
Gayle & James Wall (Feb. 17)

Congratulations!
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