The Banner                             February 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
9:00am - 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



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

Patsy Chandler

Mark Casstevens

August Dolan-Henderson

Spencer Gordon

Stephanie Meldrum

Mary Stewart Miller

Alice Nelson

John Rickard


Melissa Eason Brackin

Senior Warden


John Rickard

Junior Warden

Financial Secretary

Frances Rickard, Treasurer


Spencer Gordon, Clerk


Mark Casstevens, Day School Liaison  

Andrew Ellison



Gerald Mendoza

Josh Shipman 
Ashley Urquidi 



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2015 Parish Directory

The 2015 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


Ash Wednesday

February 18th 

12:15 pm & 7:00 pm


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).

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

I pray that you know of God's presence in the midst of your life this month.  I know that over the past few weeks I have been thankful for the reminder of God's presence in our midst here at St. George's.  Through our shared ministry God has been revealed within, and more importantly outside, of our communal boundaries.  Just last Sunday several parishioners gathered after the 10:30 service to participate in a Sew-In to make SafePlace Comfort Bags.  Ninety-one bags were made for victims of domestic violence.  What a wonderful example of God's presence, which is shared with the recipients of these bags who are in the midst of turmoil.


February has always been a month of transition for me.  This is probably due to the fact that, as a priest, my internal clock is linked to the liturgical calendar.  The transition from Epiphany to Lent on Ash Wednesday marks a distinct importance for our lives as Christians.  Lent brings a season of self-reflection for us, as we inwardly digest our words, actions, and motives as Christ's own.  Lent affords us a time to reflect upon our relationship with God through meditation, prayer, alms giving, and fasting.  I pray that you will enter into a Holy Lent this month and make a committed effort to strengthen your relationship with God in Christ.  May this month be a blessing to you and your family.  And, as always, I hope to see you all soon at church! 


The Rev. Kevin LJ Schubert  
Wednesday Weavings - Feb. 4th

With the approach of Lent, the adult discussion group known as Wednesday Weavings will meet just once in February. We'll gather on February 4th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.min Kleberg Hall to share a simple meal, have a short time of centering prayer, and discuss a selected reading. Please join us if you can, and bring a contribution for the salad bar meal (for example, fruit, vegetable, or crunchy topping). Wednesday Weavings will resume after Easter to give everyone a chance to attend the Grace Series on Wednesday evenings during Lent. Copies of the reading will be available in church on Sunday, February 1st, or you can email Frances Rickard for more information. 

 Hallelujah Hour - Feb. 5th 

Parishioners will be meeting 

Tuesday, February 5th at 5 pm 


Mister Tramps

(8565 Research Boulevard)


This monthly gathering is open to regulars & newcomers 

who wish to get to know each other in a 

relaxed social atmosphere.

Diocesan Council - Feb. 6th & 7th
The annual business meeting of the Diocese of Texas will take place in Galveston,
February 6th - 7th. Lay and clergy delegates from St. George's for this meeting are Frances Rickard, Spencer Gordon, Alice Nelson. The delegate alternates are Raul Carrera. Please keep the work of the Council in your prayers. For more information, visit the diocesan website.
Theology in Action - Feb. 8th

Theology in Action is a new small group ministry of St. George's that empowers young adults to live out their faiths.  The first meeting of T.i.A. will be held Sunday, February 8th after the 10:30 service in the Wright House.  Lunch will be provided, we hope to see you there!
Pancake Breakfast - Feb. 15th

Shrove Tuesday on Sunday! Pancakes and sausages for all! 

Feb. 15 in Kleberg Hall, after the 10:30 service!


Come celebrate the good life with our church family and friends before we begin our Lenten observations on the following Wednesday. Bring your appetites and a loving donation for Casa Marianella, providing shelter and services for refugee strangers in this strange land. BTW, it would be very appropriate and festive to wear your best hats. Hosted by St. George's 

Youth, and KidsWord. Questions? contact Suzette:

Men's Group of St. George's - Feb. 16th
All men of St. George's are invited and encouraged to attend a gathering on 
Monday, February 16th at 6:30 pm at Clayton & Lydia Kelley's house (2037 Wayward Sun Dr. 78754). There will be no other agenda but to gather, converse, and eat.  If you would like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your meal, you are welcome to bring what ever you like.  Please RSVP to Kevin as soon as possible and include any dietary restrictions you may have.
Ash Wednesday - Feb. 18th
On  Wednesday, February 18th 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).
Family Chapel - Feb. 22nd

The next family chapel service will be held Sunday, Feb. 22nd at 5 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. 
Hosts Needed for Coffee Hour

February 22nd 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!
Additional dates available to host coffee hour are April 26th and June 28th. To sign up, please let the church office administrator know, (  For any questions or clarifications, please contact Martha Paull, Thank you for participating in this nourishing ministry. 

Lenten Grace Series

Wednesdays 6:30- 8:00 pm

Feb. 25, March 4, 11 & 25


All are encouraged to attend the Grace Series this Spring! 

The Grace Series consists of four lectures centered around pertinent questions concerning life, faith, culture and society. We gather in Kleberg Hall, beginning with a potluck meal, followed by a lecture.  Join us Wednesdays from 6:30- 8:00 pm on Feb. 25th, March 4th, 11th, & 25th (Please note, we will not meet the week of Spring Break -March 18th.)

Austin Quantum Artists - Feb. 28th


Austin Quantum Artists (AQA, formerly Spirit Poetry), a St. George  ministry that serves the Austin arts community, invite you to attend our Annual Tribute and Fund Raiser on Saturday, Feb. 28th at 7:00 pm at Kleberg Hall.  In conjunction with Expressions, AQA has produced a book honoring 17 facts who serve Austin and their communities.  Three LBJ art students will display their original art compositions and poetry.  All are invited to attend!

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 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!

News from

February Events 

Children of parishioners of St. George's are given priority status of enrollment in the school.  For more information about the school and how to register, please attend the School Open House, which will be held on the following dates:

Feb. 3 - 6:00-7:00 PM - Kleberg Hall
Feb. 4 - 9:00-10:00 AM - Library

Please contact Erin Johnson ( for more information.


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), Joe Carrera (Feb. 7), Russell Dykes (Feb. 10), Ellen Pew (Feb. 12), Henry Dieringer (Feb. 13), Holden Schubert (Feb. 15), 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)

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