St. George Family Fun Day, Oct. 20, 9:00-2:30

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Let’s Get Together!

Join the St. George family for a day of fun, food, fellowship, and formation.

There will be activities for children and adults, worship time, a message from Bishop Lillibridge, free time for fun and catching up including board and card games, card making, and bar-b-que for lunch – all for $1 for children under 13 and $5 for adults (13 and older).

Adult Schedule

9:00-9:30        Sign in at the Registration table
9:30-10:00      Gathering and Worship Time, Sanctuary
10:00-11:30   Kids’ programming (see below)
10:00-11:30   Presentation and Formation with The Right Reverend Gary R. Lillibridge, retired Bishop, Diocese of West Texas – Sanctuary
11:30-1:30      Lunch – Bill Miller’s BBQ – in the Parish Hall, followed by time to enjoy fellowship through lawn games, football games, giant Jenga on the deck, jam session on piano, card making (Leadership Center) board games (Parish Hall), and karaoke
1:30                 St. George Community Family Picture (Courtyard)
2:00                 Closing Worship, Sanctuary

Kids’ Programming Schedule – VPS Style

10:00-10:20   Lesson: Family
10:25-10:45   Games
10:50-11:00   Craft/Activity
11:05-11:25   Bounce House fun
11:30-1:30     Lunch and fellowship activities with adults

All this for $5 (adults) and $1 (kids under 13)

BUY  TICKETS  HERE!

This is a great chance to visit with friends and to make new friends.

If you’d like to organize or facilitate any of the activities above, please contact clerk@saintgeorgechurch.org.

Suggest a Mini-Drive

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Submitted by Marti Nodine 

St. George Church and School members have always been so generous to contribute to whatever planned donation drive comes up: Thanksgiving meals, Christmas Angel Tree gifts, back-to-school backpacks, CAM food drives, Chain of Love, and so on. However, two clever St. George parishioners, Pat Barger and Linda Canas, create their own mini-drives several times a year.

They are part of a group of women who have an August Celebration for some of the group who have birthdays that month. Cards were usually exchanged in lieu of gifts until a decision was made several years ago to bring gifts for charity. At the most recent August get together, attendees were asked to bring underwear and toiletries for homeless women who come to CAM downtown for a sandwich lunch and a change of clothes. The celebrants responded with piles of products to donate! The CAM clients will experience some normalcy after being able to wash their hair, brush their teeth, put on clean clothing, and even smell better. When Linda has a dinner party and guests ask what they can bring, she says, “The food is taken care of. Why don’t you bring something to donate to charity.” We can all institute mini-drives throughout the year using the example of these generous women.

St. George Full Family Fun Day

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Fun for everyone in the family.
Join the St. George family at the Family Fun Day, October 20, 9:00-2:30, at St. George.
There will be activities for children and adults, worship time, a message from Bishop Lillibridge, free time for fun and catching up including board and card games, card making, and bar-be-que for lunch—all for $1 for children under 13 and $5 for adults (13 and older).
This is a great chance to visit with friends and to make new friends.
If you have any questions or want to volunteer to help, please reach out to clerk@saintgeorgechurch.org.

Belonging and Membership: Finding Connection and Community at St. George

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A short essay by Fr. Ram Lopez

Baptized member. Baptized, communicant. Baptized, confirmed, communicant in good
standing. All of these are technically definitions of “membership” in an Episcopal Church.

Technically correct but not really helpful to someone new to Episcopal ways and making
their way along one’s spiritual walk.

So, what does membership mean in an Episcopal Church? More specifically to the
reader of this essay is this question: How do I become a member of St. George? Over the
next few paragraphs, I want to unpack that question in ways that might help us make sense of
the canonical categories. My main goal, however, is to help the reader make some
determinations of how they will nurture their ever unfolding faith life and how the community at
St. George can support that growth.

Before we can get there, we need spend time reflecting on the notion of “belonging.”
“Belonging” is a basic need. All humans have a need to belong. We belong to our parents. We
belong to our schools. We belong to clubs and other groups. To belong is to become a part of
something larger than just our own individuality. We understand and grow in our own sense of
self-identity as we mix and mingle with others.

Belonging to a faith community has one key difference to other types of belonging. We
make a choice to actively participate in a group that may or may not share our specific affinities.
In fact, we can say with assurance that when we are at Church we are often in proximity to
people who are very different from us: we hold different political ideas, we have different life
circumstances and commitments, we come from different cultural or generational backgrounds.
The folks right next to us in the pew—as unfathomable as it may seem—might be Lakers fans
and not Spurs fans! Yet, in spite of our external differences, we choose to belong to the same
church, share the same bread and wine and share the same call to serve our Risen Lord by
worshipping, learning, and growing together as part of the same faith community.
Belonging—that is, claiming our place as ones who belong to St. George, who are a part
of this faith community—is the first step on this particular phase of our spiritual journey. If you
are reading this, it is likely you are new to St. George. If you choose to belong to this vibrant
community, you need only express your desire and say that you belong. And know that once you are a part of the St. George family, you are always a part of the family—even if life moves you from here.

YOU belong. As such, you are a member of the Body of Christ in this place.

After a time of belonging (and this is different for each of us), we find it a logical next step
to be baptized (if we have not been already) or be confirmed. The Canons provide different
ways for us to connect to the larger Body and the Prayer Book gives us rituals to mark those
moments of passage to more intentionally responsible categories of membership. As we
worship, learn, and grow we discover that God has invited us to be baptized (or, if we have been
baptized already, to reclaim our baptism) in ways that allow us to share with our sisters and
brothers in receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus. This makes us a “baptized communicant,”
meaning we are a baptized person who receives communion. To receive communion at a
minimum of three times per year, we become a “communicant in good standing.” After a time
of connection and conversation with others who are seeking to reaffirm their faith, we can be
confirmed. This makes us a “baptized, confirmed communicant.” If we are a “giver of record,”
that fact and our “membership” status” is listed as “baptized, confirmed, communicant in good
standing,” then we have opened to us opportunities to lead and serve in the local and wider
Church—Vestry, ministry leadership, Diocesan participation and leadership, and ordination. The
priest of the congregation or the Bishop can baptize. Only the Bishop can confirm and ordain.

It is important to note that baptism, being a communicant, and confirmation are deeper
manifestations of “belonging.” These levels of “belonging” balance our giving and receiving.
Early in our life of belonging, the Church might have many offerings that meet our needs—or
the needs of our family—for learning, growth or healing. As we move through the sacraments of
Baptism and Confirmation, we balance our receiving with increasing levels of giving (financial
and time) to meet the needs of others both inside and outside the congregation. Obviously,
everyone’s experience is different, but this is a general sense of the movement from belonging to
membership.

If you desire to belong to St. George, then please contact the priest of the congregation
and that can be done. If you wish to take your belonging to deeper levels of service and
responsibility, please speak to the priest about baptism (if you are not already baptized) or
confirmation.

We are delighted that you have chosen to belong to this vibrant community and are
eager to see what God brings to St. George in you!

Children’s/Youth Ministry Spotlight

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Hi! My name is Happy Wilson, and I am so blessed with the privilege of serving as the Director of Family Ministries and love being a part of the amazing things that happen here at St. George! My love for children’s ministries began many years ago when I was a stay-at-home mom and volunteered in many roles throughout the church from Sunday school teacher, children’s chapel leader, VBS station leader to VBS Director.

In 2011, I became an official member of the staff when I accepted the part-time position of Children & Family Ministries Coordinator. As the children’s program grew, so did my role and I was named Director of Family Ministries. In this role, it has been my goal to equip every child with the knowledge and desire to reflect Christ through their lives. It is important for every child, no matter their age, to recognize that God wants to use them for His purpose and glory each and every day; at church, at home, at school, when they are with others and when they are alone. It is an honor to continue this work in a place that has been a loving church home for me and my family for the past 21 years! My husband, Bart Wilson, and I have 15 yr. old twins, Sophie & Sully, who have grown up in the church and recently graduated from St. George School in May of 2018. They are now paving their own paths at 2 different high schools: Tom C. Clark & Antonian College Preparatory High School! While our lives are crazy busy, our family continues to be deeply involved in the life of this wonderful St. George community! When I am not working at the church, you can find me volunteering at Sophie & Sully’s schools or cheering them on at their team events! I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where Bart and I met, and hope to one day see Sophie & Sully follow in our footsteps and become proud Aggies themselves! My family and I love our Aggies and attend as many A&M games as our schedule allows! We also enjoy traveling, hiking, taking our sweet beagle Bo for walks, and spending time with family in Port Aransas! I gives me great joy to share our lives with the family of St. George!

2018 Save the Dates (Just a Few Highlights)

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2018 Save the Dates (Just a Few Highlights)
Jan. 21 Council Delegate Elections

Feb. 4 Annual Parish Meeting @9:30 AM
Feb. 14 Ash Wednesday @ 7:00 AM12:00 PM7:00 PM
March 3-4 MS Musical – Annie, Jr.
March 25 Palm Sunday
March 29 Maundy Thursday @ 7:00 PM
March 30 Good Friday @12:00 PM
March 31 Holy Saturday @ 9:30 AM
April 1 Easter Sunday
April 30 Chain of Love
May 20 Bishop’s Confirmation Visit, High School Graduate Recognition
July 9-13 Vacation Bible School
Sept-TBD Fall Parish Meeting
Oct. 28 Celebration Sunday– Ingathering

Greening of the Church and Christmas Caroling on Dec. 21st @5:00 PM

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Our annual Greening of the Church will take place on Thursday, December 21 beginning at 5:00 PM. We need volunteers of all ages to help us setup the Sanctuary for our upcoming Christmas Season worship services. We will be putting up wreaths, decorating with poinsettias, and setting out our Nativity. Pizza will be served. Afterwards, we’ll spread the Christmas spirit by caroling through the neighborhood!  Hot chocolate will be served afterwards.