The St. Georgian Weekly E-newsletter
June 20, 2019
A Note from Our Associate Rector

Dear St. Georgians,
I hope you are all enjoying the summer!
As we continue to reflect on the nature of rest, wholeness and sabbath, I want to share with you a brief reflection from one of my favourite spiritual authors, Parker Palmer. We often mention the soul in church, but rarely elaborate on the elusive nature of this part of our being. When I think of sabbath, I think of time to nurture my relationship with God and time to listen to my soul. Here is how Parker Palmer describes the soul:
“Nobody knows what the soul is,” says the poet Mary Oliver; “it comes and goes/like the wind over the water.” But just as we can name the functions of the wind, so we can name some of the functions of the soul without presuming to penetrate its mystery:
    The soul wants to keep us rooted in the ground of our own being, resisting the tendency of other faculties, like the intellect and the ego, to uproot us from who we are;
    The soul wants to keep us connected to the community in which we find life, for it understands that relationships are necessary if we are to thrive;
    The soul wants to tell us the truth about ourselves, our world, and the relation between the two, whether that truth is easy or hard to hear;
    The soul wants to give us life and wants us to pass that gift along, to become life-givers in a world that deals too much death..”
How do you think about what the soul is? What are the conditions that allow you to best listen to your soul?
May this summer bring opportunities to be guided by your soul.
Yours in Christ,
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School Dressing Days: Volunteers and Donations Requested
School dressing days provide clothing and school supplies for students grades K-12. St. George's has been asked to collect:
  • Girls jeans size 8, 12 and 14 (skinny leg only),
  • Boys jeans size 8, 14 and 16 (skinny leg, slim and husky also),
  • Boys and girls graphic t-shirts (sizes S, M, L),
  • Women's socks (crew, black or color)
  • Men's boxers.

Please drop off your donations in the baskets in the narthex by Sunday, July 14 . Volunteers are also needed! A volunteer with a pickup truck to help transport tables to and from the LDS church and others to help with clothing distribution and sorting will be very helpful to this ministry. Please contact the Rev. Bob Miller if you would like to volunteer. 
Summertime Sabbatical Fellowship: Movie Night for Adults
Adults are invited to a movie night out on Saturday, June 29 at 7 pm in Sydnor Hall. Join us for a screening of The Big Sick.

The Big Sick tells the "awkward true love story" of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings. Rated: R; Run time: 119 minutes.

Popcorn and drinks provided; childcare available.
Register for Vacation Bible School!
Register today for Abundance Orchard!
Children ages 4 – 8 are invited to join us July 29 through August 2 on a journey through the Old Testament. We will explore how God and God’s people used food. And we will learn to be good stewards of the gifts of food we have today. Sign up today as space is filling up quickly.

Deadline for registration is Monday, July 15.

Mark Your Calendars - Looking Ahead
We have a number of opportunities this summer for fellowship! We hope you will join us.
Saturday, June 29
"The Big Sick" movie night for adults Childcare provided 
7 pm (Sydnor Hall) 

Sunday, June 30
300 to the 300th Special Coffee Hour 
Following 10 am service (Sydnor)

Wednesdays July and August
Yoga Classes - all levels welcome, please bring your own mat 
5:30 pm (Sydnor) 

Saturday, July 13
Family movie night (movie TBA) 
7 pm (Sydnor)

Friday, July 26
Family Game Night 
6:30 pm (Sydnor)

July 29 - August 2
Vacation Bible School
Sunday, August 18
Director of Music Ministry John Vreeland returns from sabbatical

Saturday, August 24
Tubing, Trolley, and Picnic 
2 pm (Old Mill Park, Shelter #2)

Saturday, September 7
Saturday Night Supper with Rev. Joe hosted by Sabbatical Planning 
6 pm (Sydnor)
Sunday, September 8
Rector, the Rev. Joe Hensley returns from sabbatical
Rally for Service Sunday 
10 am (Hurkamp Park) 

Sunday, September 15
Summer worship schedule ends. 
Christian Formation resumes 
Adult Christian Formation - Sunday, 10 am
Please note that our formation is taking a break over the summer and will resume September 15.

During the summer, we will be offering a sermon talk-back with the preacher. Join in the conversation following the 10 am service in Sydnor Hall.
Spotlight On: Sabbatical Committee
Thank you very much for those who have served on our Sabbatical Planning Committee. Your time, talent, and expertise has helped us plan for the summertime sabbaticals of our rector, Joe, and director of music ministries, John. This committee has also been working on fun fellowship events for our parish to enjoy! See the flyer in the pew or pick one up in the tract rack in the narthex.
Pastoral Emergency Phone Number
If you have a pastoral emergency, including but not limited to hospitalization or a death, please text or call 540.361.8573 to reach the clergy on call.

Courtesy Reminder
During services, we ask everyone to please silence electronic devices so that all can focus on our worship together. Be mindful that using electronics during services may be distracting to others, even if they are silenced, so please be considerate of those beside and around you.

Noon Day Prayer Readers
St. George's has been a beacon of prayer in Fredericksburg for nearly 300 years, offering daily prayer throughout the week. We have opportunities for readers at our Monday and Friday noon day prayer services. If you have an hour in your day to offer your gifts to the community, please contact the church office (540.373.4133,

300 to the 300th:
Sunday, June 30 is 300 days until we begin our 300th anniversary celebration! We will have a special coffee hour after the 10 am service. Join us as we celebrate our history together.

Invitation to serve as an acolyte
Acolytes are an essential part of our worship team. They lead the congregation in worship as they carry candles, bear the Gospel Book, carry the cross and help with communion. All children and youth from our parish are encouraged to serve, starting from second grade onwards. We will have acolyte training and lunch for all acolytes on Saturday, August 17 from 10:30 - 1:00 pm in the Nave. Please contact Hecti Musa if you are interested in acolyting and attending.

Looking for Your Name tag?
If you are missing your name tag on the board in the narthex, please request one on the sheet on the Welcome Cart or by contacting the church office. Once we get your request, we will make you one with the new logo. If you keep yours in a different spot, let us know so that we may make you a new one. Thanks for your patience.

Holy Baptism
We will have baptisms on September 1 and November 3. Please contact Hecti Musa or clergy if you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child, so we can arrange preparation sessions.

Support St. George’s Concert Series
Last season, we offered our concerts for free, with donations accepted at the door. Thanks to your overwhelming support, free concerts have been a great success. Attendance has increased by 56% over the previous year, and continues to grow with every concert.
The 2019 - 2020 season features Washington’s Camerata, the St. George Chamber Orchestra, Terra Voce, Peter and Will Anderson, local favorite Hazel Run, and more. To donate, please pick up a concert season brochure at church or click here.

Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM is a four-year program that provides education to carry out a personal ministry. EfM resumes in the Fall from 5:30 - 8 pm on Mondays. Please contact Laurel Loch, or Carol Lawson for more information or to sign up. Registration is due by July 15.

Donate Your Empty Printer Ink and Toner Cartridges
Recycling printer ink and toner cartridges helps us receive discounts to purchase office supplies. Please consider donating yours by dropping them off at our church office.

Registration Open for Shrine Mont
Join us in the mountains! Our annual parish weekend at Shrine Mont is Oct. 11 - 13. Register on our website or fill out the form in the brochure in your pew.

Sabbatical Reminder
Our rector, Joe Hensley, will be away on Sabbatical June 3 - September 4. John Vreeland, our director of music ministries will be on sabbatical May 19 - August 18.

Yoga Wednesdays:
Wednesdays in July and August, we will offer free Yoga classes from 5:30 - 6:30 pm in Sydnor Hall. July will feature Restorative Yoga taught by Carly McHale and August will be Family Yoga taught by Janice Brunson. Please bring your own mat.
Youth News and Events
Glory Ridge
Our Glory Ridge Mission Team will leave on June 30th for their mission trip. Please pray for them as they prepare for their trip. We will have a special blessing for them at our 7:45 am service on June 30.
Giving at St. George's
Meditative Moment