A Newsletter of Parish Life at St. David's Episcopal Church and School
Kids on a Mission!
Caroline Sierra assembles care packages for Good Samaritan Community Services during our September "Kids on a Mission" project. You can get involved next month on Oct. 14. Check the E-News and bulletin announcements for more details.
The Rev. Lisa Mason, Rector
May we listen with our hearts and minds so that we dance without ceasing in the fullness of God’s love.
The Rev. Lisa Mason celebrates Eucharist in the Sea of Galilee.
In this Issue
September 2018

  • Letter from Our Rector

  • Living in Gratitude

  • Exciting Changes to Online Giving

  • Fall Christian Formation Schedule

  • Be The One Human Trafficking Presentation

  • Reflections from the Holy Land

  • Thomas Frakes: Paying it Forward

  • Bright Beginnings Brings Excellence to Infant Care

  • Lee Grest: Opening to Another's Perspective at Open Table

  • "Get in the Game" with St. David's School
Letter from the Rector
The Dance of the Church
Perichoresis is the Latin word meaning the ever flowing, life giving, interactive and inseparable relationship and movement of the Trinity- the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is a dance that spreads light and love and grace as it lives and moves and has its being. When I reflect on this summer and the transition into fall, an ever-flowing and moving dance continues to come into my thoughts. The traditional perception in the church is that summer is slow and even, somewhat “dead.” Not true at St.David’s. Summer is full of activities for children, family vacations, and people transitioning into new chapters in their lives. Almost every Sunday brought visitors, with some looking for new worship communities. Vacation Bible School welcomed 200 children and 60 youth and adult volunteers excited to learn more about Jesus and what it means to follow Him. The school offered two weeks of summer fun and a week- long science camp and dance camp. We hosted Father Bill Miller, author of The Gospel according to Sam, who shared how God shows up in our lives through our relationship with our beloved dogs. A volunteer offering raised close to $800.00 benefiting Poquita Paws. A group from St. David’s just returned from our fourth parish retreat at Duncan Park and had a wonderful experience. At the same time a group of youth participated in an Post-Hurricane Harvey clean-up and repair mission trip in Houston.

In addition to everything listed above, I spent close to two weeks at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin serving as a deputy alongside a great delegation from Diocese of West Texas. It is an exciting time to be part of the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement. Click here to learn more!

Fall brings the completion of the second floor of Lillibridge Hall, performed by Malitz Construction Co. We had a late start due to some project details that needed to be addressed, but we are off and running. Several classrooms and meeting spaces will be affected during construction, but we are prepared to accommodate all of our church, school, and community groups with patience and grace in the midst of construction. We kicked off the fall with the Blessing of the Backpacks and New Member Liturgy on August 26. Our fall Bible studies and adult formation have begun! Please pay attention to the announcements and E-news to see where God is calling you to participate in these rich offerings.

Please welcome the Rev. Josh Woods, and his wife Laura, as our new assistant rector. Also welcome Dr. Ed Rieke, who will be serving as Interim Director of Music during Ben Carlisle's year-long stay in Durham, England.

As many of you know, this summer I took my first pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I carried you with me in Spirit and prayer. The Holy Spirit continues to move through this community in amazing ways; may we listen with our hearts and minds so that we dance without ceasing in the fullness of God’s love. 

Peace,

Lisa+
St. David's parishioners enjoy our diocesan camp at Duncan Park, CO
Generations of Generosity:
Living in Gratitude
Stewardship 2018-19
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’[c] feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
--Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19)

Kirk and I stood in the cave that is believed to be where the ten lepers were kept as to not make anyone else unclean by being near to them. It was small with a few nooks and crannies with a very small hole through which light came in and sounds from the world above could be heard. The thought of ten sick men, covered in sores, confined to this small, dark space for an unknown timeframe was overwhelming. The thought that kept running through my head was, “how could only one of them return to give thanks to Jesus? How could they be so distracted and self- absorbed?” And the one man that did return was a foreigner thought to not know or believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 

Each year in the fall, we are invited to pray and discern what God is calling us to commit to give to the church of our time, our God-given gifts, and our money. For Kirk and me, it is more about remembering why we give and why we make the decision to tithe. 

• We give out of thanksgiving for God at work in our lives.
• We give in response to the abundant generosity of God that is poured out endlessly in our lives through the relationships we have as a family, as friends, with members of our faith community, and in the world. 
• We give because it brings us joy to participate in the life of St. David’s and to be part of the mission and ministry of our church. It is an exciting and life-giving community. 

We strived towards a tithe years ago and tithe today for several reasons.

• Tithing, or giving 10% of our very best and first fruits is what God asks of us throughout the Bible.
• Money and how we spend our money can easily distract us from our relationship with God or tempt us to become self-absorbed with no awareness of our need for God. We are tempted by what the world says we “want or need” to make us happy. Happiness is a temporary, an in the moment emotion, whereas the joy that comes when you give sustains us through the good and the rough times. For us, ten percent keeps our eyes and hearts aware of God at work in the world because we feel it; it is sacrificial. 

Above our tithe to our church, we give to ministries that we have been blessed by and are making a difference in the lives of others, such as Growing the Tradition, Camp Capers, Duncan Park, Mustang Island, Seminary of the Southwest, and others. Watching God at work in and participating in that work through giving of our time and money is joy-filled and life-giving, and it helps keep our eyes and hearts on following Jesus.

I invite you to give to the work of your church and to strive towards tithing; it turns your heart towards Jesus and grounds you in gratitude. 

Peace,

Lisa +
Our stewardship theme of “Generations of Generosity” speaks to the way St. David’s is a special place for all ages and for all of us. Whatever age, we all come before Christ’s table at St. David’s, and together we are fed by God’s love and mercy in this place as a community, and in return we give back to God of ourselves.
IMPORTANT NEW ONLINE GIVING INFORMATION
St. David’s has a new way to give online!   You may now make an online contribution or payment to St. David’s through Tithely. There are 3 ways to give:

St. David’s Website

To give through the St. David’s website, go to www.saintdavids.net . Click on the Giving tab in the upper right of your screen, and choose Online and General Giving Info from the drop down menu. Select the Tithely link, which will take you to their website. If you are a first time user, you will need to set up your account.

Tithely Giving Application

Download the Tithely giving app, available for iPhones and Androids.

Text Giving

To give through text messaging, simply text the word give to 737-214-4049. The first time you give by text, you will receive a link to set up your account information. You will receive additional instructions by text message from Tithely for future contributions.

For questions, contact Beth Crowley at bethc@saintdavids.net or 210-824-2481.

NOTE: As of September 30, 2018, Egiving and SecureGive
will no longer be available.
Fall Christian Formation
FOR ADULTS

The Path
Aug. 26-Nov. 18

We are reading the Bible as a story, the narrative of God and God's people using The Path: A Journey Through the Bible.
 
This is a very accessible and engaging way to read the Bible week to week. Not only are we reading this narrative together, but there are incredible, thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter. Please get the book and join us again on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in McAllister Hall!
 
Icons
Nov. 25-Dec. 16
Facilitated by James Dennis

As our faith has spread across many cultures through the centuries, Christian art has developed in many unique ways. Icons, however, occupy a unique place in the Christian tradition, carrying a rich history and bringing a whole theological understanding with them. In this class, we'll examine their history, their spread across cultures (including the Greek, Russian and Coptic traditions), the thought and world view behind them, and their particular importance during the Holy Season of Advent.
FOR CHILDREN

Kids on a Mission & Joyful Noise
Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9

Families, children and people of all ages are invited to participate as missionaries right here at St. David's!

On the second Sunday of each month we will present information about the program to both children and their parents and then we will assist the children in completing the project. 
 
We would love your help to make this new program a success. Please consider helping in one of the following ways:
  • Pray for the success of the program and the young lives that will be changed through it;
  • Volunteer to help with the project
  • Donate items needed for the next project
 
Look for more information in the E-News and bulletin announcements and please drop off items at the church office by Wednesday before each project.  

Contact Stephanie Sierra (stephsierra29@yahoo.com) or Sarah Kates (sarah.kates@att.net) if you have any questions or would like more information.

Joyful Noise Children's Praise and Worship follows Kids on a Mission on the second Sunday of each month! Children ages 4 years - 5th grade join us in McAllister Hall during the 10:30 service for a special children's praise and worship service!

Godly Play and Children's Chapel
On Sundays (except Joyful Noise Sundays) during the 10:30 service, Children follow the cross to Godly Play (4 years-2nd grade) and Children's Chapel (3rd-5th grade) and return to the sanctuary at The Peace.
Other Formation Offerings This Fall:

Men’s Bible Study Group
Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 22, Oct. 29
 
The Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson, Associate Professor at the Seminary of the Southwest, will be our presenter this fall, focusing on The Bible, its origins and history. Each session will be followed the same evening by discussion and Q&A.  
 
Meetings will be held in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center, 111 Torcido Dr., Alamo Heights, TX 78209. Social time from 5:30 to 6:00, followed by a catered dinner from Heavenly Gourmet, then Rev. Patterson's presentation and discussion 6:30 to 7:30.
 
Please send your RSVP to our mailbox no later than the Thursday prior to the meeting, so we may give an accurate headcount to our caterer.
 
rsvp.mens.bible.study@gmail.com
 
Or you may text or call James Willcox at 210-557-9186.
Mom's Bible Study
Begins Wednesday, Oct. 3

Mom's Bible Study resumes Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 8:45 a.m. in the Youth Loft. Join us each Wednesday morning for the study, coffee and conversation! Friends are welcome!
For more information contact Sarah Kates at sarahk@saintdavids.net
This short documentary, paid for by the attorney general's office, filmed in Texas, cuts through the confusion and arms the viewer with an understanding of what human trafficking is and is not.

Video and Panel Discussion
Thur., Sept. 27
6:00-8:00 p.m.
McAllister Hall

Childcare available with your RSVP to sarahk@saintdavids.net
Reflections from the
Holy Land
Before embarking on our pilgrimage, our team leader Rev. Ben Nelson offered one piece of advice, “Hold the tension lightly.” I was not quite sure what he meant by this or how it would affect my trip, but knew I would not be the same after our journey. Throughout our trip, I slowly began to see for myself what that advice truly meant. I felt these tensions at the most holy sites for several major religions. I expected to be overcome by the Holy Spirit (and I was) but also often felt like I was walking through busy museums or crowded tourist attractions. I became aware of the tension between the Israeli and Palestinian Jews, Muslims, and Christians on a statewide scale but stayed in towns where these same groups lived in total harmony as family and friends. We met kind, faithful people on all sides.

I arrived with hardly any understanding of the history or geography and left with a passion for the future of the Holy Land, a place that is so misunderstood and misrepresented. That land is a complicated place with a complicated history, but it has always been a place where Christ is encountered. The people there live out their faith more earnestly, naturally, and proudly than anyone I have ever met. Jesus lives there as he did 2000 years ago, and this pilgrimage opened my eyes and my heart even more to the living God who dwells among us through the stories that came to life right before my eyes.

Mary Hayden Manning, Missions Coordinator, Assistant to Youth, Children, and Family Ministries
Lisa Mason enters the Door of Humility in the
Church of the Nativity.
In the Garden of Gethsemane
Renewing baptismal vows at the river Jordan
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Western Wall
Mary Hayden in Jericho
Yamakas, phylacteries, prayer shawls, minarets, and crosses mark the way - the way of the children of God still learning how to live together in this creation since the beginning. 

Bells, shofars ad calls to prayer lead us to pray - pray to remember who and whose we are.

Caves, altars, the upper room and touching Calvary fill my heart with awe and humility while fear, faith, power and hope all hang heavy in the air.  

I never dreamed that hearing church bells and the call to prayer from the minarets of mosques simultaneously would be a normal daily experience. I never thought I would be in the Garden of Gethsemane with only the 28 others in our group in the early hours of the morning praying on the rock from which Jesus prayed the night before He suffered and died. The sights and sounds of the Holy Land are powerful. To walk the steps of Jesus and imagine what it would have been like back then and what it is today for different cultures and religions learning to live together is a complex and transformational pilgrimage. One for which I am forever thankful.   

The Rev. Lisa Mason
VBS 2018
Shipwrecked:
Rescued by Jesus!

Over 200 children and 60 adult and youth volunteers brought Vacation Bible School to life like never before!

Brights Beginnings Program Marks Milestones
as it Begins its Fourth Year
As year four of our Bright Beginnings program begins I reflect on the last three years and everything we have accomplished. We started with an idea and have grown into a thriving Early Childhood Program that has cared for over 80 children! We continue to improve our program by conducting staff think tanks and through parent input. One of the challenges our program has experienced is how to have an outside playground that is safe and functional for our walking and non-walking students. Over the past three years we have been fundraising and working hard to create this space.  Starting last school year, we created a safe zone complete with fence, shade and rubber flooring for our non-walkers as well as shade and new equipment for our walking students. Our fundraising efforts have also provided us with the funds to create a one-of-a-kind chalkboard for our playground!

Year four of Bright Beginnings looks to be full of many firsts for our students. We will have babies start on the first day unable to roll over or sit up and by the end of the school year they will be walking and feeding themselves. We will have parties to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Grandparents Day, Easter and Graduation. We will visit the Day School for Thanksgiving Feast, Spooky Parade, King Antonio and sometimes to just say hello. There will be many hugs for older siblings attending the Day School and pride from the Bright Beginnings Staff when we see our graduates and how far they’ve come.

This year, as in the past, Bright Beginnings will continue with our wonderful fundraising events. Each year we have a fantastic pumpkin sale and hold a booth at the Day School’s Fall Fling. We also have our delicious Tamale sales for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This will also be year two of our Love Offering Fund held in February. Love Offering was created to help support a scholarship fund so that every student that would like to attend Bright Beginnings is afforded the opportunity.  
Our enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year consists of two returning students, Day School siblings, prior Bright Beginnings siblings, parishioners and new families to St. David’s. We are blessed to be supported by all of St. David’s and we want to thank you! 

Blessings!

Jennifer Ekberg
Director of Bright Beginnings
Bright Beginnings students enjoy playtime in McAllister Hall
Bright Beginnings Pumpkin Sale
Bright Beginnings is hosting a pumpkin sale.
Please join us in raising funds for our infant program while celebrating fall. Simply pre-order your fall family pumpkins and volunteers will load them into your car on Wed. & Thur., Oct. 10-11. All pumpkins are $7, medium size, and perfect for carving or looking pretty on your front porch. Orders accepted Sept. 17-Oct. 5.
 
Lessons From My Father
Paying it forward on a youth mission trip
I felt no hesitation when responding to a simple request: Will you go on a mission trip with a bunch of kids to help with Harvey relief in Houston? For a week? Mallory had been asked several times, and either was unable to go, or hesitant. When my call came in, I was ready to say yes. My employment situation was in flux, and I believed there was an opportunity for me to use my various skills for some sort of good, although that was unclear at the time of my agreement. 

As the trip approached, there was still no clear definition of what mission work the group would be asked to do. I learned many things from my father, but, among the most poignant and useful is the ability to accept anything that comes my way with an open mind. I had no problem with a lack of information about what we would be doing. I knew that the organizers did not have a clear idea about what we would be doing. The spirit of the trip was to show up and contribute in any way possible. Surely, there would be plenty of opportunities. I was working on faith that I would be in a position to do something great for a group of people that I had never met. As the trip approached, I believed that I would be able to accomplish something important, regardless of what I was asked to do. We picked up at the vans and the trailer, and set out on a very humid Sunday morning, prepared to answer the call. 

After we arrived, I began to see that I was destined to be on this mission trip. I was the only male that said yes to being a chaperone, and I also seemed to have experience with almost every task that the host organization was asking of our group. We went to an Astros game, and Sarah asked me if I had ever built a fence (Yes). An inning later, Sarah asked if I had ever done drywall work (Yes). It was then that I realized that I would be able to help in more ways than anticipated: helping someone in need, and teaching kids about working with your hands to build something with purpose, care, and love. After the baseball game, we returned to our bunkhouse, and had some pizza. The kids were exuberant and full of energy. It was pure madness, and a constant state of worry about these clumsy children running around with multiple tables and chairs ready to be collided with. I managed to fall asleep for a few hours, regardless of my anxiousness about what we might be able to accomplish in the coming days. 
We set out on Monday morning to finish building a fence. I learned about fence construction when I was in elementary school, when we had to replace a section of fence in our yard. I dug the holes by hand, helped mix the concrete and learned the difference between plumb and level. I learned how to hammer the fence planks in, because my father believed it was incredibly useful to be able to swing a hammer. In Houston, we were using screws to fasten the fence planks. In the interest of time and safety, this was the best option. The kids had an idea of how to use a drill, but there were still techniques that could be taught. I was excited to give a few pointers to someone and see a sense of accomplishment in their face after sinking the screw into the plank perfectly. The kids soon began to help each other, and pass the pointers on. Seeing that team effort meant a lot to me, and I realized that there was a desire on their part to not just go through the motions, but to actually excel at the task. My father always pushed me to follow through on any task I started. He would frequently ask me to do something that I was unsure I could accomplish. I would say I can’t do it. This upset my father more than anything I ever did growing up. He had unyielding belief in me long before I believed in myself. I know exactly where my patience comes from, especially in this case. I was doing exactly as my father had done for me, and I was getting a sense watching these kids of what he must have felt when I accomplished something. 

I continued to see this sense of accomplishment over the next few days, guiding the kids while hanging sheet rock, and teaching as I went along. I really believe that they learned a great deal over the course of the trip. I am thrilled that I had a chance to walk in the footsteps of my father, passing along knowledge, and the concept of putting your heart and soul into what you do for other people.
 
A few days after the trip, I had a conversation with my father. I told him I was amazed that these kids did not know how to work with their hands as well as I did when I was their age. He reminded me that I was interested in learning those skills and tried to do everything he was doing. It was clear that I had a special upbringing with my father, and was blessed with amazing love and support for everything that I ever attempted. He told me that he was proud of what I had done, giving up a week to help people in need and show some kids a few of the things that he taught me. I knew that my father was proud of me, and did not need that reminder. I think I was supposed to say yes to going to Houston, so that I could have that moment with my father. During an evening compline, Sarah Kates said she gets constant reminders of God at work. Her most recent example was that I agreed to go on the mission trip. I was supposed to be there to spread the gifts that he gave me. I was supposed to be there to help people in need, including Sarah. I think most importantly, I was sent there to have that final conversation with my father. I was open to help and willing to help. I had love in my heart and a desire to do something selflessly for other people. I learned it from my father, Stephen Wayne Frakes. 

Thomas Frakes
Thomas's father, Stephen Wayne Frakes, passed away shortly after Thomas returned from this mission trip.

Below: Thomas shows youth missionaries how to use power tools and hang drywall.
Opening to Another's Perspective
by Lee Grest
A presiding topic of discussion in our country is how do we achieve civil dialogue? How do we become better stewards of our differences? How do we resist the urge to criticize and instead extend a listening ear? In an ever-connected world, how do we forge meaningful relationships? In a culture that conditions us to be reactive, task-oriented, hyperproductive, and rushed, Open Table encourages me to slow down and open my heart and mind (and ears!) to perspectives other than my own.
 
More often than not, in my best intentions to fix, tinker, and check things off my to-do list, I grow deaf to a greater invitation. Too many of my conversations are shaped by half-eared listening that rushes along, forming a response founded on my presumption of what others have to say. It’s not an original problem. Proverbs 18:13 cautions us, “If one gives answer before hearing, it is folly and shame.” Over and over, God calls us to a new pattern of hearing one another, one defined by empathy and presence.
 
Founded on the importance of relationship, Open Table invites its members to shift the conversation from mere transaction to connection. In doing so, the Open Table model calls me to tune out the noise and prioritize being in relationship with a member of my community. Frequently, items on the weekly agenda do not lend themselves to immediate solution. What’s left is a rich and fertile ground for simply being with each other to practice an intentional form of listening—to listen without agenda and to answer without solving.
 
Lee is part of the St. David’s Open Table Leadership team and currently serves on OT9. To learn more about Open Table, contact Lee at aliceleegrest@icloud.com , Catherine Lillibridge at catherinelillibridge@gmail.com or Leslie Mixson at leslie.mixson@dwtx.org . Visit www.theopentable.org for videos and stories of the movement.
 
Meet The Rev. Josh Woods, Assistant Rector
A little over two years ago, I arrived at St. David’s as a seminarian, still relatively new to the Episcopal Church and just entering my “middler” year at the Seminary of the Southwest. 

It didn’t take long for me to realize that St. David’s was a special church, comprised of exceptionally gifted individuals—both ordained and lay—who were not only welcoming, but also eager to come alongside of me during my journey toward priesthood.

In the beginning, my assignment at St. David’s was only supposed to be a temporary field placement while I was in seminary. In my wildest dreams, I would have never imagined that this temporary placement for learning could become something
The Rev. Josh and Laura Woods

more permanent and extend beyond my time in seminary.

Yet, here I am—recently graduated and freshly ordained to the diaconate, and somehow, through the grace of God, I’ve been given the great privilege of answering the call to become the associate rector of this very special church. I truly could not be more thankful for this opportunity.

Today, as I reflect on this new calling, I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s charge in the Letter to the Galatians:

“For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

St. David’s is a church where I have experienced the people of God faithfully answering this call and using their freedom to love their neighbors. It is my most sincere prayer that in my time here, I too will be able to be faithful to the calling of love and servanthood to this congregation and our surrounding community. 

The Rev. Josh Woods
"Get in the Game" at St. David's School!
Get in the Game! Every great team is composed of all kinds of players, coaches, former players, support systems, etc- all who work together to accomplish a common goal. The fans cheer them along as they have successes and when they hit rough patches. St. David’s Episcopal School is ready to ‘Get in the Game! - our theme for the 2018-2019 school year. We are thrilled to welcome our students back to school and know they are going to achieve great things this year!
 
Our 2018-19 Angels Annual Fund campaign has officially kicked off. We strongly believe in the mission of St. David’s Episcopal School: “We are here to love God, love learning and love our neighbor.” Each child that walks through the halls of St. David’s is not only exposed to a strong early-childhood curriculum, but invaluable lessons on Christ and His love for each and every one of us. St. David’s excellence rests firmly on the generosity of our church and school community, past and present, whose gifts of time, talent, treasure and prayer help ensure the success of this amazing school. Thank you for the outpouring of support you generously provide our students each and every year.
 
We are looking forward to much this fall season!  On Thursday, October 4, St. David's hosts Fall Fling- a family oriented fall festival. Please join us and bring all of your family and friends along with you!  Early November brings an opportunity to give thanks and spend time together at our annual Thanksgiving Feasts and chapel service on November 6-8.  Before we know it the holidays will be upon us!
 
Thank you so much for your prayers and love!
 
Ashley P. Miles
Head of School
Dr. Ed Riecke
St. David's Welcomes Interim Music Director Ed Riecke
As many of you know our Music Director, Ben Carlisle, is spending a year in Durham, England. St. David's is blessed to have Dr. Ed Riecke serve as our Interim Music Director in Ben's absence.

Ed was born in Chicago and raised in a northwestern suburb. He has a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. Ed was Director of Music and Organist at St. Mark's, San Antonio for thirty years, retiring in 2010. Since then he has done supply work in many different churches in San Antonio.

Ed is passionate about the liturgy of the Episcopal church and choosing hymns and choral music which reflect upon the lectionary of the day. He also enjoys working with choirs and preparing them for the liturgies.

When asked if he ever plans to fully retire, Ed says, "I want to stay "on the bench" as long as I am able (or until someone tells me it is time to get off the bench!!). During my year at St. David's, I hope to build on the well-established music program that Ben has nurtured and I hope to grow the choirs."

We are thrilled to have Ed at St. David's!

Contact Ed at edr@saintdavids.net
Young Adult Events Coming Up
September St. David's Bible Study
When: Sunday, Sept. 16 starting at 6:00 p.m.
Where: 2614 Waterford 78217
Please RSVP by September 14th so we can plan dinner accordingly. 

Young Adult Family Dinner @ Pig Pen 
When: Thursday, Sept. 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Where: 106 Pershing Ave. 7809
Feel free to bring kids to the Adult Family Dinner and you are welcome to come and go as you please.
(Above: Young Adults enjoy a meal together at BurgerFi)
Episcopal School Sunday and Potluck Lunch

Sunday, Sept. 23

*Main Course Provided*
Last names A-P please bring a side dish. Last names O-Z please bring a dessert. All food items may be dropped off in the Atrium.
Ready or Not... Christmas Greenery Sales are HERE!
Our amazing youth group is continuing their tradition of selling beautiful, long-lasting holiday greenery, wreaths, poinsettias and garland. Make your Christmas decorating easy and support our youth mission trips and ministries.
Click here for the form - you may pay by check or online! Questions? Contact Sarah Kates at sarahk@saintdavids.net.
Clergy and Staff of St. David's Episcopal Church:
The Rev. Lisa Mason, Rector
The Rev. Josh Woods, Asst. Rector
Ashley Miles, Head of School
Jennifer Ekberg, Director of Bright Beginnings
Sarah Kates, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry
Mary Hayden Manning, Missions Coordinator, Assistant for Children, Youth and Family Ministry
Dr. Ed Riecke, Interim Music Director
Beth Crowley, Finance & Administration
Kathryn Schweninger, Facilities & E-News
Amy Case, Communications
Bailey Thompson, Youth & Children's Ministry Intern