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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
9:45am - 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

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


Financial Secretary


Frances Rickard, Treasurer


Spencer Gordon, Clerk


Mark Casstevens,
 Day School Liaison  

Andrew Ellison

Gerald Mendoza

Josh Shipman

Ashley Urquidi 


Click on the following links to find:
March Lay Ministries Schedule
March Activities Calendar

Click here to sign up to be a reader or intercessor during our Rite I & II services.

April Banner Submissions
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Daylight Saving Time begins



Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Be sure to move clocks forward one hour from  2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. before you go to bed Saturday night, or you'll be early for church on Sunday!

Thank you to our St. George's family for eating many pancakes made by the youth for Mardi Gras, Feb. 15 th We are able to give Casa Marianella a check for $199 to continue their good work, all due to your generosity.  We hope you enjoyed letting the good times roll with us!

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

I pray that you are having a transformative experience of Lent so far.  We are well in the midst of this important season as we prayerfully consider our continual relationship with God through Christ.  If you have not done so already, I encourage everyone to adopt a Lenten discipline in some form or fashion, especially though prayer, fast, and almsgiving.  

The season of Lent moves us in closer relationship with God as we approach the beautiful morning of Easter at Christ's resurrection.  This year Easter falls on Sunday, April 5th, and leading up to it we will celebrate Holy Week together.  Please see the Holy Week Service Schedule in this publication and mark the dates on your own personal calendars for these special offerings.  One change from previous years will be the move of our Stations of the Cross service to directly before the Good Friday service.  Stations will be held at 11:30 on Friday, April 3rd followed by the Good Friday service at 12:00 pm.  

I pray that you and your family have a meaningful and prayerful season of Lent this year. And, I pray, you are continually blessed by God's presence in your lives. 


The Rev. Kevin LJ Schubert  
Grace Lenten Series
Wednesdays 6:30- 8:00 pm
March 4, 11, & 25
March 4th & 25th @ St. George's (Kleberg Hall); and March 11th @ St. James Episcopal (1941 Webberville Rd)

 The Grace lecture series is held Wednesday evenings during Lent and consists of dinner and conversation .  This year we will join with St. James Episcopal Church as we compare Christian views of Charity, Hospitality, Mysticism & Sacrifice with those of our Muslim brothers & sisters from the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest - Austin.  After a shared meal, speakers from both faiths will address the evening's appointed topic, and questions and a discussion will follow.  We will alternate hosting the event and being hosted by the St. James community.  Participating in the Lenten Grace Series is a wonderful way to observe a Holy Lent!  Please bring a dish to share.

Church Office Transition 
This year we are looking forward to the  transition of the church office from its current location to the historic home on site, called the Wright House.   If you  would like to be involved with the task force that will oversee this transition, please contact John Rickard,

Also, the Wright House Wellness Center put together a video announcement of their move as they will be vacating the Wright House space during the month of April .  They will be consolidating their office spaces temporarily  at  8101 Cameron Rd., Suite. 105  Austin, TX, 78754 and will  announce their new home in March 2015.   

See their announcement video here:

Southwest Showdown BBQ 
Saturday, March 7th 11:30 - 3:00
The 2015 Southwest Showdown Charity Barbecue Competition will be held on

Saturday, March 7th on the campus of the Seminary of the Southwest (501 East 32nd St).  Southwest Showdown is is a student-organized barbecue competition sponsored by the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.   

Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 per child, children 4 and under eat free (credit cards accepted).  There will be a bounce house and petting zoo for the kids!  

Come and support a good cause while getting your fill of some great BBQ!

Women's Book Club

On  Saturday, March 7th from 3-5 pm the book group will be  discussing  "The Orchardist" by Amanda Coplin at Sarah Campbell's  home.

Please contact for directions or more information.


Meal Train for Katie Prentice

Baby Prentice is here! Katie gave birth to her little man last Wednesday, Feb. 25 - Murphy Benjamin Prentice, 6 lbs, 8 oz. and 20 inches long.  The family is doing well, settling in at home, although the parents are quite sleep-deprived, as is to be expected! 
A "Meal Train" has been created for individuals or families who wish to bless the Prentices with a meal over the next two months.  If you are interested in providing a meal for Katie and her family, please visit: 


5th Sunday potluck

March 29th  is the date of the next potluck lunch after the 10:30 service.  
This is a great opportunity for extra visiting time  with church friends and visitors. Bring something to share if you can, but if you can't bring anything, don't let that

keep you away. There's always plenty to go around!
Don't forget your non-perishable food item for the Hope Food Pantry.

Family Chapel Service

The next family chapel service will take place March 29th

The first 30 minutes of the serviceconsists 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.  


Please note that the Family Worship Service will NOT meet in April.   The service will resume on May 17th. 

Memorial Garden Offering on March 29th

The St. George's Memorial Garden occupies a special place on our grounds, just outside the south door of the church. Newcomers notice it right away if they enter the church building from that door, and it is very visible to passers-by along the frontage road of I-35.  It also occupies a special place in the soul of our congregation. For nearly 40 years, the ashes of beloved parishioners, former parishioners, relatives, and friends of St. George's have been scattered in the garden after their deaths. Many of us have stood in the garden -- with the rain or the wind or the sun and the whizzing sound of cars -- in witness to this solemn act.


As with any garden, our Memorial Garden needs care and upkeep. Often the garden has been tended by dedicated parishioners, more recently by professional landscapers. The Vestry has budgeted $600 this year to help out with this expense, but that is not enough to cover a monthly cost of $150 or more. The rest of the cost is borne by individual parishioners.


To give others a chance to help, the Vestry has designated that the loose offering on the fifth Sunday of March (March 29, Palm Sunday) be given to the Memorial Garden Fund for its upkeep. "Loose offering" means the cash and coins you place in the alms basin that day. You may also write a check to St. George's and designate "Memorial Garden" on the memo line.  Please be generous with your gifts and help us be good stewards of this beautiful and holy ground.


If you have any questions about the Memorial Garden or want to find out how you might be able to use your time or talents in the garden, please contact Gayle Wall at


Holy Week & Easter Offerings

Palm Sunday            March 29th        8:00 & 10:30 am 
Monday             March 30th           12:00 pm
Tuesday              March 31st           12:00 pm
Wednesday          April 1st               12:00 pm
Maundy Thursday       April 2nd              7:00 pm
Stations of the Cross    April 3rd            11.30 am

Good Friday                 April 3rd            12:00 pm

Easter Vigil                   April 4th               7:00 pm


    Easter Sunday       April 5th       8:00 & 10:30 am* 

*With Choral Music & Flowering of the Cross, Easter Egg Hunt & Reception 


Women's Retreat Weekend
April 24-26
Calling all ladies at St. George's to a relaxing, rejuvenating weekend at  Well Spring Center at Wessendorf Ranch in Blanco, Texas, Friday to Sunday, April 24-26, 2015. The Women's Book Club is sponsoring this retreat for female members of the church so that we may build relationships and enrich our overall community. I hope you will consider joining us.


Please take this opportunity to unwind, rejuvenate and relax. The retreat is very low key and loosely organized.  We have opportunity for each of us to bring a gift of expression (if you desire), like yoga, painting, a game or whatever you would like to share.  


If you have attended one of the annual church retreats, you are familiar with the magical location of the Wessendorf Ranch. If you haven't, you are in for a treat since this location offers a tranquil atmosphere with incredible views of the surrounding hill country, comfortable accommodations, a lovely chapel on the highest point and a 15 -20 foot Umlauf sculpture of Jesus walking-gorgeous and inspiring!


The cost for the entire weekend is $50.00. This will cover all meals and the facility fees. Please call me with questions, or let me know you want to come. I need to provide the Ranch with our final numbers sometime toward the end of March.

Also, watch for an invitation to join the planning meeting for this enjoyable weekend.


Click here for more information regarding the Women's Retreat



Sandra Villalaz


Camp Allen

All St. George's children & youth are encouraged to attend a camp session this summer at

Camp Allen, a camp located in the Piney Woods area and run by the Diocese of Texas.  Father Kevin will again be directing a Middler camp session this year for kids entering 5th & 6th grades.  His camp session will be July 5-July 11.  Spaces fill up quickly, so if you would like

 your child to attend camp sign up soon.  

For more information about Camp Allen or Father Kevin's session please contact Kevin at the church office. 


To register, please visit the Camp Allen website.


Theater Camp


Alice in Wonderland   

presented by

Summer Performing Arts


a Musical Theater Performance Camp

New this year: for kids graduating grades 1 - 7

Teaching theater skills, stage craft, choreography, vocal skills

and the teamwork it takes to bring a show to the stage in 2 weeks!


at Trinity Episcopal School's Performing Arts Center

3901 Bee Caves Road, near downtown Austin and Capitol of Texas Highway

July 6 - 17   (M-F)   9 am - 4 pm

Tuition$100 deposit (non-refundable, deductible from total) to hold a space

$425 total tuition due June 8 (non-refundable after June 8)

$435 if paying @ PayPal


1st performance on Thursday afternoon. Final Performance at 6 pm on Friday, July 17. 

All participants will have the opportunity to work

on costumes, sets, props needed for a show, in addition to performing.

Confirmation of registration and details about camp days will be emailed upon receipt of registration.

Scripts and cd's will be available for pick up a few weeks before camp starts.


Make checks payable to Summer Performing Arts

Mail applications and checks to:                Summer Performing Arts/ Suzette Puckett

                                                                                1802 Cedar Ridge Dr.

                                                                                Austin, Tx. 78741

or, $435  to Register Online for (includes processing fee) :  

                 1) request registration form at summerperformingarts@

                 2) return email registration form to above email address

              3) go to, click "send money", enter

Diocesan Council 2015  

Diocesan delegates and clergy members from St. George's participated in last month's council meetings in the Woodlands, TX.  

You are encouraged to read Bishop Doyle's address to the council at  

News from

March Events 
Registration for the 2015-2016 school year is underway.
Tell a friend about our wonderful school and direct them to our webpage for more information or give us a call.

We also have an exciting summer program this year and registration begins March 1st. For the first time we are offering a summer camp, called mini camp, for children kindergarten - 3rd grade. Each week will focus on a specific theme that ranges from science to cheerleading. We will continue to offer summer care for children 18 months-pre-K. Our website has more details, so check it out and tell a friend.   


March 16th-20th is Spring Break at St. George's!
March Birthdays and Anniversaries

We wish the following parishioners a very happy March birthday :
Pat Booker (Mar. 1), Carolyn Roseboom (Mar. 6), Elaine Hosage (Mar. 9), Patrick Dieringer (Mar. 9), Emily Dieringer (Mar. 10), Jeremy Stevens (Mar. 10), Richard Stuart (Mar. 12), Josh McGonigle (Mar. 16), Vanessa Nering (Mar. 16), Maddie Kadas (Mar. 21), Christina Fultz (Mar. 23), Lisa Knaggs (Mar. 24),  Scott Hoffman (Mar. 25), David Savage (Mar. 30), Frances Rickard (Mar. 31), Kirk Wilson (Mar. 31)

And a very happy anniversary to:
Dale Curry & James Duran (Mar. 1)
Robert Blech & Mary Stewart Miller (Mar. 20)

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