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Hello Friends!

When Jeremy and I were called to begin a new worshiping community, we were given the opportunity to research different areas and blessed to choose the area to plant a church. We did a fair amount of study in West San Antonio, Bulverd/Spring Branch, South Eastern New Braunfels, and Kyle. 

On our first day driving in the Bulverde/Spring Branch area we were in love. We loved the beauty of the Hill country and we loved the friendliness of the people. Early afternoon, after spending the morning exploring the area, we stopped at this little hamburger place called Front Porch Bar and Grill for lunch. It was rustic and cute, had down to earth food, and we discussed what we had witnessed driving around. 

I remember dreaming and us talking about how cool it would be to worship in a place like Front Porch. It was so approachable and peaceful and warm. We did not know then that God would lead us to make that dream come true. 

That was in January of 2019 and here we are in October of 2021, worshiping at the New St. Nicks - old Front Porch Bar and Grill. God’s hand has been guiding us since the beginning of St. Nick’s and everyday we thank God for God’s providence, grace, and blessings.
 
I love that the space we occupy was once a gathering place for family and friends. Restaurants are places where people come together to connect, experience good food, remember stories, and make new memories. Sometimes the food is comforting, sometimes gourmet, sometimes familiar and sometimes new and horizon expanding. But no matter what gets served, memories form and become embedded within us when we gather to eat. 

I can remember countless coffee dates, breakfast, lunches and dinners with many of you all as we have spent time dreaming, planning, and organizing for St Nick’s. It seems fitting and right for our space and for our faith formation to continue gathering around food and making memories together. 

On Wednesday Octoer 6th we will begin a new endeavor, Dinner Church. Dinner Church is a simple way of doing and being church that is centered around the process and experience of dinner together as a community of faith. It is pretty simple, faithful, and harkens back to the beginning of the Christian Church. Much like the earliest beginnings of the church, we will gather to prepare a meal together, pray, eat, learn, clearn-up and make faithful memories. If you want to learn more about the Dinner Church movement you can check out this website. 

Dinner Church is come as you are, casual, everyone participates as they are able, and an intimate and authentic time of getting to know each other. We will begin to gather at St. Nicholas at 5:30 to begin to chop fruits and veggies for salads and for dessert, set the tables, and finish prepping the meal. This week we will have pulled pork for sandwiches (with regular rolls and gluten free rolls) and vegetable soup for the vegetarians among us. You are invited to bring a favorite side dish (if you desire) for you and two to three other people. We are a generous community that loves to cook for armies, so please keep it small family sized. You are also invited to bring your favorite beverage although we have water, soda water, sodas and ice tea in the fridge. 

After our prepping, we expect begin dinner around 6:15 or 6:30pm. Over dinner we will have an informal prayer of thanks – an informal eucharistic prayer reminding us of the many meals Jesus shared with his disciples and followers. We will be reminded that we belong to this great cloud of faithful witnesses of culinary awesomeness. We will have short talk about meals with Jesus and small group questions for us to get to know each other and share our stories. 

Dinner church is a place, time, and experience where all ages are welcome. It is a time when all people are welcome – churched and non-churched, those questioning and those wondering and those who have (or think they have) lots of answers to their faith ponderings. You can invite your friends, your family, your work colleagues, your neighbors. 

I do need a couple things from you. Show up with an open mind and heart to a new experience for all of us. Recognize this is a new ministry and us attempting to “do church differently and intimately” so we will experience changes as the weeks go by. We will utilize our outdoor and indoor spaces with garage doors that open to continue being safe during this time of pandemic life. Please RSVP to revbeth@stnickshillcountry.org or text me at 214-213-0739 by midafternoon on Tuesday October 5th. If you are able to donate a small fee, we will have a basket out for donations to cover the cost of the food.

You can contact me with questions – I am always happy to talk about our events and ministries here at St. NIck’s. I hope and pray, through Dinner Church and through our time together, you too will begin to dream about the opportunities before us in our community of faith. We are blessed beyond measure. God is doing infinitely more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20) so let us dream our dreams, invite our friends, and make beautiful, holy memories.

God's Peace, Blessings, and Love,

Beth+
SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
Organizing
More organizing
Thank you to our helpers who came out to organize supplies for the Bulverde Spring Branch Activity Center last Friday.

We helped organize wreath supplies for their upcoming Craft Show fundraiser on November 14th. To learn more about them go to https://www.bsbac.com/
PROVISIONS FOOD PANTRY
Have a desire to encourage others? Provisions Food Pantry would love some encouragement and folks to come and share their faith! They have all the volunteers they need right now, but have asked churches to come and pray with them and share a devotion. St. Nick's is scheduled for Monday mornings at 9am and Wednesday mornings at 9:30am. They have other times available as well. This ministry takes about ten minutes as you read a devotion and lead a prayer. You can sign up for convenient dates here . If you are interested in helping, talk to Rev. Beth for more details.
Sunday Oct 3rd - 5-7pm
Don't forget to come to the Pet Blessing on Sunday afternoon for a fun time of activities and blessing. Be sure to bring the items you have been collecting for local Veterinarian clinics and the Bulverde Area Humane Society. We are collecting -

Gifts for Local Veterinary Clinics -
·   Small Gift Cards for coffee, fast food, and local eateries
·   Packaged store bought goodies like cheese and crackers, cookies, nuts
·   Cute and encouraging notes and inspiring items
 
Bulverde Area Humane Society is in need of the following items for dogs, cats, and the shelter -
·   Purina one Lamb and rice dry and wet dog food
·   large rope toys
·   large nylabones
·   Pup-peroni treats
·   Purina one healthy kitten dry food
·   Fancy Feast Chicken or Turkey Canned food
·   Friskies Pate Chicken or Turkey
·   Clorox Clean-up wipes with bleach
·   large kitchen drawstring bags
Bulverde Musik in the Park
On Saturday, October 16th we are helping out at the Bulverde Musik in the Park Event. We will be doing crafts for kiddos, meeting new friends and neighbors, and enjoying our time together listening to music. We begin set up at 5:15pm. Food trucks are available and the music starts at 6:30. We usually last until 8:30 although the concert lasts longer. Come and join in on a fun and casual time together!
This week at ST. NICK'S
8:30am Outdoor Worship
9:30am Indoor Worship
9:30am Live Stream Worship
5-7pm Pet Blessing with adopt a stuffed animal, the Kona Ice Truck, Painting for Puppies, Certificates for Blessing, Fall Photo Booth, Ice Blocks for anxious puppies, horses, koala video, and more!
Monday morning at 9:15am Bible Journal at St. Nick's. Join in for a time of drawing, painting, coloring or writing. We are studying the book of Psalms.
Wednesday evening Dinner Church - prep begins at 5:30pm. RSVP to Rev. Beth at revbeth@stnickshillcountry.org
Thursday morning mom's group at 9:15am. Come for an hour of friendship, prayer, and devotion.
Thursday Men's Lunch Group at 11:30am. Stop by a local eatery to pick up lunch and come to St. Nick's for friendship and mini-bible study.
Thursday 1pm Bible Study via zoom. We study and discuss the upcoming Sunday's readings. Contact Rev. Beth for the link.
All ages (kids, teens, adults) are invited to Saturday afternoon pick-up Soccer from 3-4 on the front lawn at St. Nick's. Begins this Saturday, October 9th. For more information or questions contact Montana at 979-257-0079.
Administration at St. Nick's
Directory and Church Management
You will be receiving an email from me in the next few weeks with an invite to our online directory and church management program. This will become a place where we can internally communicate, have a password protected online directory, and grow in our stewardship and ministry efforts. If you are not tech savy, don't worry, we will help you get setup!
2265 Bulverde Rd.
Bulverde, TX 78163
Phone: 214-213-0739