The Banner                             January 2015
In This Issue
Rector's Corner
New Tables for Kleberg
Vestry Nominees
SafePlace Ministry Event



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

Patsy Chandler

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,



Mark Casstevens, Day School Liaison  

Andrew Ellison



Gerald Mendoza

Josh Shipman


Ashley Urquidi 


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January Lay Ministries Schedule
January Activities Calendar

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Annual Parish Meeting  


St. George's annual parish meeting will take place Sunday, January 11th after the 10:30am service.
On this Sunday we will enjoy a potluck brunch together and take care of some church business. The annual parish meeting is the time we elect members of the Vestry, select Diocesan Council delegates, hear reports on various parish activities, and discuss other church business.  In preparation for the meeting, Father Kevin is encouraging all ministry leaders to have reports prepared. 
We hope to see you all there and 
please remember to bring a dish for 
the potluck meal!
Church office closed
The church office will be closed in observance of
  Martin Luther King, Jr. day on
Monday, January 19th.

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


Happy New Year!  I pray that you have entered the new year with hope and anticipation for God's blessing to be upon you.  St. George's welcomes the new year as exciting things are on the horizon.  I hope all of you are able to attend this Sunday's Annual Parish Meeting as we will discuss many exciting happenings for this year, as well as hear about the wonderful year 2014 has been for the church.  We will also elect our new vestry members from the slate presented by the vestry, and elect our representatives for this year's Diocesan Council in February.  I encourage all members to be in attendance for this important meeting of our parish.


In this month's banner you will find great events for the parish.  I hope that you will take advantage of the wonderful opportunities St. George's offers to build upon your relationship with God.  May God bless you in the new year and may you share God's love to the world around you!  

The Rev. Kevin LJ Schubert  
New Tables for Kleberg Hall 

The tables in Kleberg Hall have been rolled out for countless coffee hours, parish meetings and education events for young & old.  It's time to give them the rest they deserve. 
Through Feb 1st, we're accepting donations to buy replacement tables. Please write "New tables" in the check memo line
 if you are moved to contribute.
Vestry Nominees
As mentioned above, the annual parish meeting will take place Sunday, January 11th, in Kleberg Hall, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. At that meeting, three new members of the vestry will be elected, each for a three-year term. The nominating committee, composed of the outgoing vestry members, presented a slate of nominees to the vestry for approval at its December meeting. The vestry approved the slate and presents the following parishioners for election: Raul Carrera, Brad Dieringer, and Claire Irwin. More information about each nominee will be provided in the meeting packet.
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 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 January 7th at Sarah Campbell's home and January 21st at Hollie and Spencer Gordon's home.  On Wednesday, January 7th, we will use the Epiphany service at Casa Marianella as our conversation starter. Please join us if you can.  For more information, e-mail Frances Rickard at
SafePlace Comfort Bag Event


The Outreach Committee will be hosting a "sew-in" after the 10:30 service on January 25.  We hope to assemble as many workers as are available and a few sewing machines, irons and ironing boards. Now that I think of it, we can also use a few vacuumers to get up the loose threads and scraps of fabric!


Even if you don't sew, we will need lots of volunteer to cut out, press seams, thread ribbons--there will be plenty for all to do.  Sarah Campbell has a list of the contents needed for the bags, so shoppers can spring into action.


Please let Sarah know if you can help on this project, and if you can bring a sewing machine, iron or ironing board, her email is  We still have fabric left from the gift from The Quilt Store, but if you have fabric, do bring it along.  We can also use thread, ribbon, scissors, quilt rulers, and the rolling cutters and mats for quilt cutting.  
See you January 25th!
Safeguarding God's Children


Safeguarding God's Children is a training program for the prevention of sexual abuse of children and youth.  Every church in the Diocese of Texas requires its leaders to be trained.  St. George's is offering an opportunity for certification and recertification on Saturday, January 31st at 8:00 am.  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 January 20th.


Hallelujah Hour


Hallelujah Hour is a monthly gathering in a relaxed social atmosphere that brings together St. George's members. This informal time together is perfect for creating fellowship and for sharing stories that may not get shared otherwise. 
Join us for the next gathering, which will be held at Mister Tramps (8565 Research Boulevard) on February 5th at 5:00 pm!
New Flower Chart 
The flower chart for 2015 is now hanging in the narthex of the 
church. If you would like togive the altar flowers on any given Sunday, or the altar candles for any given month, please sign up on the flower chart so you can be recognized in the Sunday service bulletin. Be sure to print clearly and 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.
News from

January Events 
First day of school after winter break is Monday, Jan 6 
No school on Monday, Jan 19

 Family chapel service and parenting workshop is Sunday, Jan 25th at 5:00 pm        

St. Hildegard's Community 

Dear St. George's friends,
You are invited to participate in the Servant Leadership School semester, January 22-March 26, as we learn more about Nonviolent Communication.  There is only one class this time and it is being offered both Thursday afternoons and evenings. There is a sliding scale fee $40-100.  Please register with Francesca  Let her know whether you prefer afternoon or evening.  Consider inviting friends and others who want to learn about listening and speaking from the heart. 

Judith and Francesca
SLS Mission Group

Nonviolent Communication 101

'Nonviolence' may bring to mind Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr and other heroes who have worked for social change using 'soul-force' rather than violent means. 'Nonviolent Communication,' a process developed by Marshall Rosenberg, has been useful in addressing larger conflicts, as well as transforming the violence within personal conversations and interactions. It is a method that can help us practice compassion within our relationships and in community.  Our goal in this class is simply to introduce some of the ideas and to begin to put them into use. 

This class will use Marshall Rosenberg's book, Nonviolent Communication:  A Language of Life. Since our earliest days as children, we've learned the language of the domination system and its manifestations may be subtle.  This class will help us become more aware and explore options that are liberating. 

 Co-leaders: Judith Liro and Carol Mische.  We are beginners ourselves and will be learning along with the classes.

This class will be offered in the afternoon (4:00pm) in Judith's office (the East Office next to the library) as well as the evening after dinner.  Both classes will share dinner and worship beginning at 6:15 p.m.    

January Birthdays and Anniversaries

We wish the following parishioners a very happy January birthday:
Ashley Carrera (Jan. 2), Betsy Wilbur (Jan. 3), Jenny Sahs (Jan. 4), Sarah Kerver (Jan. 8), Rebecca Brackin (Jan. 11), Randy Parker (Jan. 11), Jan Phillips (Jan. 13), Paul Paschall (Jan. 18), Lisa Wagner (Jan. 18), Nora Kadas (Jan. 20), Evan Sayer (Jan. 22), Vanamala Manohar (Jan. 22), Francesca Wigle (Jan. 25), Mary Parker (Jan. 29), Rick Price (Jan. 30), Bonita Snyder-Jones (Jan. 30)

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