The Banner                    July 2014
In This Issue
Article Title
Rector's Corner
Wednesday Weavings
Blessing of the Animals
Spirit Poetry



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


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  


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Mark Your Calendars 
July 2         Wednesday Weavings 
July 13       Neighborhood Church Picnic
July 16       Wednesday Weavings 
July 17       Hallelujah Hour 
July 20       SafePlace bag assembly 

St. George's Annual
Neighborhood Cook-out

Sunday, July 13th 
from 12 - 3 p.m.
There will be food, fun, live music and 
a water slide for the kids!

Invite your friends and bring your favorite adult beverages!

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


All those prayers for pleasant summer weather have most definitely been answered. It's been years since we've entered July without a single 100 degree day.  For this I am very grateful, especially because I know those triple digit days will be here soon... but nevertheless I have been enjoying these pleasant days, and I hope you have too.  


I imagine many of you are enjoying time with family and friends on various vacations and outings.  The summer is definitely a great time to get away and relax.  Though in the midst of these travels and such, I want to encourage everyone to stay connected to St. George's.  When you are able, attend 

Sunday services and especially mark your calendar for the Annual Neighborhood Picnic on July 13th!  


I pray you have a pleasant and enjoyable summer.  May you be blessed in your endeavors, and safe in your travels.  God bless!  



The Rev. Kevin LJ Schubert  

Summer Kidsword
Summer vacation is here! Each year we give our KidsWord teachers a vacation as well and invite parishioners to teach a KidsWord class or two. All it requires is a desire to get to know our wonderful Kindergarten-5th graders. Lesson plans can be provided, or you can plan your own lesson. Anything goes: music, outdoor activities, games, storytelling.... Please contact Jan Phillips at if you are interested or have questions.

*Those who work with our children must have participated in the Safeguarding God's Children training.

Wednesday Weavings


The Wednesday night 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 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 July 2nd at Frances and John Rickard's home, and on July 16th at a home to be determined.


David McGhee has set up a website on 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 (this is completely optional), please e-mail David at Printed copies of the reading will also be available at church the Sunday before the group gathers on Wednesday.



Summer Choir Schedule
St. George's choir does not meet during the month of July. Regular Tuesday evening choir rehearsal will resume on August 26th at 7pm.

SafePlace Bags Ministry

Our next comfort bag collection and assembly will be Sunday, July 20th after church, with blessing and delivery tentatively for July 27th.  We continue to hear comments from the visiting nurses that the bags are indeed a comfort to these traumatized women.  In May we delivered 45 bags, so this seems like a reasonable target for the collection in July.  We certainly need people willing to sew the bags.  The pattern is available in the narthex (or 

contact Sarah Campbell to get an emailed version.)


The content list is here.  To prevent duplicates and not having enough of something else, we are proposing that people volunteer to be shoppers and agree to buy specific items.  However, if the spirit moves someone while out shopping, by all means go ahead and buy.  We can always stockpile for future collections.  Also, if anyone has any corporate sponsor connections, for someone who might be willing to provide travel-sized items, for example, or sell them at a discount, please let us know.  We would love for you to follow up on this.


We have money available in the outreach fund for shoppers, and some fabric is also available--just ask one of us.


Thank you for your participation in this important ministry, Sarah and Hollie


Shopping List

Lip balm
Lavender sachet to put in a pillow

Nice, soft tissues


Stress ball          

Small Notebook or journal

Mints or TicTacs

Purse-sized body spray and/or lotion
Little compact mirror

Sealed packet of calming herbal tea



travel sized shampoo and conditioner

soaps in packages

toothbrushes in sealed containers

ballpoint pens

fingernail polish

travel sized shaving cream or foam

M&M's or Tootsie Rolls (chocolate that won't melt or run)

Telling Our Stories
We hope you have enjoyed reading the recent issues of Real Stories Real People. This is a monthly publication that provides space for the people of St. George's to get to know each other better and, in turn, to know God through one another. If you don't use email and would like a print copy, please contact the church office.


You are invited and encouraged to consider writing your story in a future issue ofReal Stories Real People - whatever part of the path you would like to share with us. Simply let Father Kevin or me know if you have questions or if you would like to be put on the schedule for a future issue.


If you have a photograph you'd like to submit for consideration to appear in Real Stories Real People, I'd love for you to send it to me
(!  Photos of nature or of St. George's are especially welcome.


-Frances Rickard

Hallelujah Hour

Join us for our monthly community fellowship hour!  
Hallelujah Hour is held on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  We have returned to the Draught House Pub & Brewery (4112 Medical Pkwy #100, 78756). So mark your calendars for Thursday, July 17th at 5:00 pm!

Christopher House Baskets

While you're on vacation this summer, please think to bring your unused hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions back with you to St. George's. Every Sunday, we take donations of such products and create beautiful welcome baskets for new Christopher House patients and their family members. A little soap can go a long way in making someone's (often sudden) transition to 
   hospice care a little easier.

Discovery Class: 
Adult Preparation for Baptism, 
Confirmation, & Reception

Beginning on Sunday, August 3rd from 9:15-10:15 am 

Father Kevin will teachall adults that seek  to be baptized, confirmed, or received into the Episcopal Church.  This four week course will lead those interested in the polity, history, theology, and biblical interpretation of the Episcopal Church; with a special emphasis on St. George's.  All are welcome to attend, even if you are undecided about joining St. George's Episcopal Church.  The class is in preparation for Bishop Jeff Fisher's presence with us on Sunday, September 7th.  For more information please email Father Kevin:

Blessing of the Animals
Calling all animal lovers! 
We have an exciting opportunity on the horizon and your help is needed!  St. George's is partnering with Emancipet to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals and Community Fair on Saturday, October 4th.  This event will be hosted on our campus and volunteers are needed to contact community organizations, coordinate with vendors and to help welcome people and their pets the day of the event.  If this sounds like something you would like to be involved with, please contact Vanessa Nering at  An organizational meeting is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, August 10th,following    
 the 10:30 worship service. 

Blessing of Backpacks and St. George's School Installation of Teachers & Board Members
Mark your calendars for our annual back to school celebration on 
Sunday, August 24th!  During this special service we will 
bless the backpacks or lunch boxes of those entering a new school year.  
We will also participate in a special installation liturgy for our beloved 
St. George's Episcopal School teachers & board members. 

Spirit Poetry

Here they come! one by one, artists-poets-musicians-singers-songwriters-storytellers all-with abundance. The Spirit Poetry group meets monthly, based in Kleberg Hall with Austin as its venue, St. George & St. Hildegard as their patron saints.

A city calls not for uniformity but calls:

A profound unity in difference, in other words; a blending, stewing, mixing of ideas, people, cultures, motives, means of communication, movement and gatherings make up a city.

How do we find this spirit heart outside of our own limiting viewpoints, no matter how progressive, historic, conservative, devout, educated we might be at any given point in time?

First, owning our own limitations and need of each other.

Second, take time to listen, learn and let go of previous perceptions or the new viewpoint can not be born.

We must trust in each other and the Process. 
Pete Sebert poem

News from

July Events 


Summer Fun at St. George's School is happening all around. From our youngest of children to the pre-k graduates, all are involved in fun activities to spice up their summer. The children love the water play and painting experiences as you can see.

We still have room if you would like to register for a summer session. The two week sessions cost $385 for M-F, 8:30-3:30. We also have two day or three day options. Please call for details at 512-452-6063. Ask for Erin or Jerri and we would be happy to assist you. 

July Birthdays and Anniversaries

We wish the following parishioners a very happy July birthday:
Pat Black (July 7), Peter Stuart (July 7), Brad Dieringer (July 7), Athena Navarro (July 7), Betty Tobutt-Nelson (July 12), Dawn Johnson (July 12), Melody Rickard (July 13), Evan O'Donell (July 16), Walter Moreau (July 20), Vinyl Manohar (July 22), Charles Webb (July 23), Heather Schubert (July 24), Hal Stevens (July 25), Kevin Schubert (July 26), Philip Doty (July 30)

And a very happy anniversary to:
Philip Doty & Mikail McIntosh-Doty (July 5)
Anne & Josh McGonigle (July 7)
Matt & Stephanie Meldrum (July 30)
Hollie & Spencer Gordon (July 31)

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