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eSpear for the week of February 20, 2018
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Reading for the Week
"I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word." (from the Book of Common Prayer, pg. 265)
Preaching: Lent 2018 - Be Reconciled to God
The preaching theme throughout the season of Lent is "...be reconciled to God..." from the epistle reading for Ash Wednesday (2 Corinthians 5:20bff). We will be reflecting together on "reconciliation" and what it means to be "reconcilers" engaged in a "ministry of reconciliation."
Week at a Glance
February 25
Worship 8:30 AM
Worship 10:45 AM
Safeguarding Workshop 1:00 PM
Youth Group Event- Laser Tag
March 1-3 MS Musical- Annie, Jr.
*If you click on one of the blue links above, it will take you right to that section of the eSpear!

Ministry
Click here for the Sunday Worship Ministry Schedule.  If you are unable to serve at your scheduled time, please find a substitute and then inform your ministry leader.

For more information about opportunities to serve here at St. George, click here to be directed to our "Serve in Worship" webpage, which contains this schedule as well as information about all of our worship ministry opportunities. 
Announcements
Safeguarding Workshop!
February 25th- A Safeguarding God's Children workshop will be held at St. George in the St. John Meeting Room from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There is no fee to attend. To register, email Kelley Davis at daviskm2016@gmail.com.
Pancake Supper Success!
We had an amazing turnout at this year's Annual Pancake Supper! In attendance were parishioners and school families of all ages coming together in fellowship before the Holy Season of Lent. Not only did we enjoy a wonderful meal, but we were also able to raise over $600 to benefit the St. George Camp Scholarship Fund! Because of your generous donations, kids from St. George Church or School, who may not have the financial ability to attend camp, will now be able to! This is an amazing achievement!!

A huge thank you to our Kids for Christ group, our Youth Group, our parent volunteers and our St. George staff for working so hard to put on this Episcopal tradition and to give us a time to come together as a community! KFC Group: Miranda Black, Bri Castellano, Katie Hendrick, Grant Hutcheson, Emily & Michael McLaughlin, Olivia Talley, and Saviandra & Selamir Trevino. Youth Group: Anesten Calvillo, Will Castellano, Camryn Garza, Kali Stokes, Sebastian Trevino, and Sophie & Sully Wilson. St. George Middle School Students: Austin Sanders, Kathryn Young. Parent Volunteers: Kate Castellano, Amy Hendrick, Violet Hutcheson, Julie McLaughlin, and Stacy Talley. St. George Staff: Fr. Ram Lopez, Keith Earle, Abby Saunders & Happy Wilson.
Raising Up Future Servant Leaders
Below is a beautiful article recently published by the DWTX that highlightssome of the great work happening on the St. George Campus!

We are always excited to hear when our West Texas churches and schools work together in unique and inspiring ways, but we especially love when they collaborate for Kingdom work around the world. This year, as World Mission begins to focus on raising up young leaders and missioners, cultivating multi-generational mission teams, and teaching children through our new Sunday School curriculum what life might look like for kids around the world, our conversation with St. George, San Antonio, could not have come at a better time.

For over 9 years, St. George Episcopal Church and School in San Antonio, has developed a friendship and partnership with St. Benoit Church and School in Mombin Crochu, Haiti. Embodying DWTX World Mission philosophy of establishing a long-standing, trusting, and mutually beneficial relationship with our foreign partners, the students at St. George School are learning in a tangible and exciting way what it means to serve, respect, and love others.

Elementary and middle school children are encouraged to think globally in their service to others. Throughout the 9-year relationship, they have helped raise money to build a new church building and kitchen, expand the school, support local Haitian teachers, and provide food and school supplies to the students of St. Benoit.

Raising funds is only a part of St. George's holistic approach to mission. For the 3rd year in a row at St. George School, teachers across all grade levels developed a two-week curriculum that allows their students to examine life in Haiti as they study Haitian culture, economics, water systems, and celebrations, among other topics. The students also learn how to market their own handcrafted items to then be sold in their Trade Fair, of which all of the proceeds will benefit St. Benoit.

If you are interested in being part of this wonderful story or donating to the St. George/St. Benoit partnership, please contact Keith Earle (kearle@saintgeorgechurch.org), the Partnership Coordinator.
Stations of the Cross Devotion Times
Everyone is invited to participate in our outdoor Stations of the Cross devotion times during this Lent. Gather with your fellow St. George community by checking the bulletin and
eSpear schedule weekly to see when the guided time will be for that week.

You may also consider walking these stations may as a private devotion or as a group devotion with your family or a group of friends. There are self guided books available at the front Leadership Center desk, and you may use the online guide with the link below.

Online Stations of the Cross:
http://www.saintgeorgechurch.org/learn/other-classes/lenten-journey-experience-the-stations-of-the-cross/

May God bless your time of prayer and devotion!
Lent 2018 has begun!
Here's a resource that Fr. Ram invited us all to consider.

Let's read the Bible together!!

Read this note and follow the link below to find daily reading schedule and free study resources.

The Good Book Club is an invitation to join other Episcopalians in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Participants will start reading Luke on Sunday, February 11 and read a section of Luke's Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The entire season of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts.

In addition to developing the reading schedule, The Good Book Club has brought together organizations from around the Episcopal Church, all producing helpful and engaging resources to help participants get the most out of reading Luke and Acts. Resources include printable Bible studies, podcasts, blogs, reflections and daily meditations, suggestions for children and youth engagement, a video series, and more.

To learn more: www.GoodBookClub.org
Upcoming Events
Annie, Jr. is Coming to St. George!
Are you ready for an adventure in NYC? Our cast and crew have been hard at work for months to bring you an exciting performance of Annie, Jr. Once again, we have an opportunity to allow all lower school students to view the show as part of their school day.

Thursday, March 1 @ 1:45PM- JrK-2nd Grades will attend this show. General admission tickets are available for this show. Parents of these students are welcome to purchase a ticket to see the show at the same time. Note: All students will sit with their class. We will not allow parents to check them out to sit together.
Friday, March 2 @ 1:45PM-3rd-5th Grades will watch this show. General admission tickets are available for this show. Parents of these students are welcome to purchase a ticket to see the show at the same time. Note: All students will sit with their class. We will not allow parents to check them out to sit together.

Additional Performances:
Friday, March 3 @ 7:00PM
Saturday, March 4 @ 2:00PM
Saturday, March 4 @ 7:00PM

Click here to purchase your tickets!
lentenlunches
Lenten Lunch Schedule
Thank you for joining us this past Sunday. We will continue to meet every Sunday during Lent at 12:00 PM in the Parish Hall/Cafeteria. All members of the St. George Family are invited to break bread over crock pots of homemade soup and warm bread, and share in conversation about our Lenten journey. Come one Sunday or enjoy them all! There will be no program or agenda--we will enjoy connecting person-to-person during this spiritual walk we take each year.

Soup Assignment:
February 25 - Last Name Crawford thru Hamilton
March 4 - Last Name Hamlin thru Meier (in the Leadership Center)
March 11 - Last Name Melton thru Sherriff
March 18 - Last Name Shumway thru Z---
Talkin' St George!!
How do I become a member?
How can I get my child baptized?
What is confirmation?
Why do we have a bishop?
Where do different groups meet?
How can I get more involved?

Talkin' St. George is a conversation time led by Fr. Ram. It is geared to help those new to the Community find opportunities for connection and growth for themselves and their loved ones.

Adults desiring to be confirmed will read Unabashedly Episcopalian by Andy Doyle, Bishop of our neighbors, the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

Talkin' St. George meets in the Commons Room in the Leadership Center from 9:45 AM-10:20  AM every Sunday unless otherwise noted. See weekly eSpear and Sunday Bulletin for upcoming Sunday schedule.
Daughters of the King...It's not too late!
Thank you to all of the women who attended the first session of the Daughters of the King study on Sunday, February 11. Our next study session is March 11 at 12:15 PM in St. John Meeting Room of the Leadership Center. If you are interested but are not sure it is for you, come to the next session or contact Susan Alwais for more information at 210-710-9513 or e-mail at susanalwais@gmail.com. There is no obligation to become a member if you want to just "sit in" on the study session.
Jubilee Free Sale
When:  Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is a 'Free Sale'?  It is much like a garage sale, except everything is FREE! All items are donated and underprivileged families from 10 area schools are given the opportunity to 'shop' this event. St. George, along with 8 other neighborhood churches will hold the 
Seventh Annual Jubilee Free Sale  on Saturday, March 24th. 

Location:  This year's Jubilee Free Sale will be held at the Churchill Baptist Church, 12400 Vista View.

How can you help?  By donating items and volunteering to help gather and distribute.

Donations:  Items should be gently used and serviceable
Children's Toys and Children's Clothing (Needed!) 
Baby items
Adult clothing
Kitchenware
Tools
Books
Furniture
Appliances (both large and small)

Collection Dates:  Donated items can be dropped at Churchill Baptist Church Saturday, March 10 from 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM; Sunday, March 11 from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM; Saturday, March 17 from 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM; and Sunday, March 18 from 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM.

Volunteering Opportunities
Friday, March 23:  Need 20+ Volunteers to help unload the moving van at Churchill Baptist and set up the sale. Time is 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Saturday, March 24:  Need 20+Volunteers to assist shoppers, maintain displays and clean up after sale. We will be working with volunteers from other churches. The Free Sale takes place from 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM. Start time that day for volunteers is 7:30 AM.

For information and questions or to volunteer, please contact Julabeth Carden at 210-365-6377 or kittylady46@yahoo.com. 

Please consider being a part of this great outreach program. Make a difference in someone's life! 
2018 Save the Dates (Just a Few Highlights)
March 1-3 MS Musical - Annie, Jr.
March 24th Jubilee Free Sale
March 25th Palm Sunday
March 29th Maundy Thursday @ 7:00 PM
March 30th Good Friday @12:00 PM
March 31st Holy Saturday @ 9:30 AM
March 31st Baptisms @ 5:30 PM
April 1st Easter Sunday
April 30th Chain of Love
May 20th Bishop's Confirmation Visit, High School Graduate Recognition
July 9-13 Vacation Bible School
Sept-TBD Fall Parish Meeting
Oct. 28th Celebration Sunday- Ingathering
#stgeorgelife
Take a family or friendship photo in campus and share it on your social media account with all your friends! Connect with us on Facebook using the hashtag #stgeorgelife.

Click here for a great article that has some ideas for how to set up the shots, etc. This is a great way to show the growing life of St. George.
Fr. Ram
Sermon
To listen to a recent sermon, please click  here.  
Forms
Publication Request Form
We have a new form to submit publication requests!   Click here for the form.  Have a great week, everyone! 
Room Request Form
If you would like to reserve a room here at St. George for any ministry, please click here to complete the form.
Promise Plans/ Time and Talent
Below are links to electronic 2018 Promise Plans and a streamlined Time and Talent Survey.  Every member of your household is invited to submit an online Promise Plan and Time and Talent Survey.  You will receive a follow up communication from the Church Office upon receipt of these online instruments.  Please contact the Church Office should you have questions about these forms.

2018 Electronic Promise Plan - Click Here
2018 Time and Talent Survey - Click Here
Text Reminders
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