Back to School – Drive-Thru Blessing

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This past Sunday, 23 families loaded up in their cars and came to the church to receive a personal blessing from Fr. Ram and some of the St. George Staff! Over 30 kids were blessed and received a sticker to place on their electronic devices to remind them to not be discouraged…for God is with them and they are prayed for and loved by their St. George family! Families were also given prayers to do at home with the kids as well as a frozen treat to cool everyone off from the blistering Texas heat! Although masks were required, we were able to see the smiles & the joy in everyone’s eyes and felt the love of St. George flowing through all of us! Our back-to-school blessing looked different than it has in the past, but the love and blessings were still abundantly present! It was so wonderful to see everyone! We look forward to the day when we can all be together again!
For those who were not able to make it and would like to receive the sticker for their electronic devices, please contact Happy Wilson at hwilson@saintgeorgechurch.org!

Sunday Digital Fellowship & Formation Hour

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Join us for our 8:30 AM Fellowship & Formation Hour on Sunday Mornings. Bring your coffee and enjoy this fellowship time in your own living room as you join this Zoom video gathering on Sunday mornings before our 10:00 AM worship stream.  Our Understanding the Gospel class starts at 9:00 AM on the same meeting. This will be a Zoom gathering at 8:30 AM. All you need to do is enable your camera and microphone. You may use cell phones, laptops, or computers. Contact Keith Earle at kearle@saintgeorgechurch.org if you would like to join and he will send you the Zoom link to join.

Quest in a Box

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Summer at St. George has a new look during these extraordinary times! Since we can’t come together for the summer fun…we’re bringing the summer fun to you. We are excited to give you, Quest in a Box: St. George’s Summer of Bible Fun!! It’s great for kids of all ages…and parents can even join in on the fun too. Quest in a Box is specially designed for summer where you’ll find activities to keep your kids busy…but more importantly, the activities in each box can help your kids, or your whole family, grow their faith together…all the while keeping your kids connected to the Bible right from your own home!
By clicking here, you will get the following detailed information:
What is Quest in a Box: St. George’s Summer of Bible Fun?
What all is included in our Quest in a Box?
How do I get one for my child?
We have limited supplies….so sign up to get yours today!

Backpack Drive

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This year the Backpack Drive for the Convening of Churches is going to look different because there is so much uncertainty of when students will be back in school. Backpacks will be distributed on July 24 from 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM at Coker UMC.
In order to limit in-person contact, Coker has purchased all of the backpacks and school supplies needed to fill approximately 600 to 700 backpacks. They need our help. They are asking for monetary donations this year to help cover the cost. St. George has participated in this event for many years, and this is our opportunity to participate again. Perhaps we cannot volunteer to help pack the backpacks or to help deliver them this year, but we can certainly participate by making a monetary donation. Please keep our tradition of helping those who need our help alive! Click here to contribute online, or you can mail in a check with Backpacks on the memo line. Thanks so much, St. George!!

Summer 2020 Family Bucket List Challenge

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The Summer 2020 Family Bucket List Challenge is an exciting family activity packed with awesome ideas that make it easy for families to grow in faith and create fun summer memories. The challenges fall under a variety of categories: physical+health, relational, community, spiritual, etc. The goal is for families to have a well-rounded experience of developing healthy habits, making great memories, growing in their relationship with God, and making an impact on the community. Click here to see the challenge and get started!

Counselor’s Corner

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Counselor Corner
The Freedom in Letting Go
When we give up having to control everything-we can gain so much in return.
By: Taylor Brown
We as people like control. We like the assurance that whatever is coming, we can control the outcome no matter what. We crave this feeling of control because we believe that it’s what takes away the feelings of anxiety, worry, and panic. To a certain extent, it does…for a while. The machine we have created runs effortlessly until a pesky rock disrupts one of our perfectly placed cogs and the entire enterprise comes crashing to a halt. Our machines, rocks, cogs, and inevitable crashes are unique to everyone- but we are united in the experience of “I really thought I had this all under control.” Click here to read more.

St. George COVID-19 Pastoral Care Response

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Dear Friends in Christ:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Even as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and heed the advisories from the CDC and other national and local agencies and officials, the Church staff and I are working diligently to see to it that the essential parts of our mission and ministry continue through the duration of the situation.

In times like these, there is a great temptation to simply hunker down and hide until the storm passes and life returns to normal.  Life will return to normal but it will be a new normal. Even as long-held ideas and assumptions in a number of areas of our lives have begun to crumble, God is at work in new ways.  God’s Mission will not be stopped. Ever.

Indeed, God’s Mission has a Church, the Body of Christ, which has to come to constant terms with its reality, its limitations, its humanity.  In times such as these, the Church; the People of God, redeemed and renewed in Christ; will continue to be equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue to do the work the Church has been called to do.

Therefore, mindful of our calling, we will continue on, admittedly in a new way, with the “work we have been given to do.” (BCP, pg. 366)

You will be receiving a series of emails over the next few days detailing information on a number of topics.  This email deals with Pastoral Care, Outreach Opportunities and Financial Giving.

Pastoral Care

One of my primary concerns is providing pastoral care to the St. George Community.

The Book of Common Prayer reminds us that in “case of illness, the Minister of the Congregation is to be notified“ (pg. 453). Please do communicate your need for pastoral care for you or a loved one.  St. George is blessed by an abundance of caring hearts. Community of Hope Lay Chaplains and an active number of prayer ministers partner with your clergy to tend to the spiritual needs of the Community.  We are pleased to be useful in assisting you in a time of need.

You may arrange an in-person, phone or Facetime visit by emailing Marilynne Herbster, Director of Pastoral Care, at mherbster@saintgeorgechurch.org.  You may also contact Rev. Susan Burnham, our Curate, via email:  sburnham@saintgeorgechurch.org.  I have charged them with organizing our pastoral care efforts within the congregation. We have also added a new email address. For any and all prayer requests, confidential or otherwise, you can email prayer@saintgeorgechurch.org.

Please note that we will assess, per best practice, the potential for exposure to COVID-19.  It is critical that pastoral caregivers stay healthy so as not to inadvertently and unknowingly expose others.

Outreach Opportunities

COVID-19 has caused many disruptions to the daily lives of many.  Those who struggle with basic necessities will find themselves struggling even more due to loss of work hours and income.  Those who are food insecure, especially children who have access to food only at school, will find themselves with less food.  Proper nutrition is critical to our ability to think, perform and learn. It is a basic need.

I invite you to consider supporting one of the following agencies who are already at work helping those who struggle daily with meeting their basic needs.  We cannot control the circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and that can leave us fearful and anxious, but we can replace fear by faithfully sharing, freely and generously, what God has given to us by giving to help others.

Rector’s Discretionary FundFunds used to help those in need.  Gifts received into the RDF will be allocated first to members of the SG Community in need then to those outside the SG Community. https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/360119

SA Food Bank: While dropping off food is always a good thing; monetary donations can go much further! 1.00 = 10 pounds of food, 10.00 = 100 pounds of food. 100.00 = 1000 pounds of food!   They will accept monetary donations online (see link below), but if you are not able to go online, their address is: SA Food Bank, 5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy. San Antonio, TX 78227. They will also need volunteers to help during this time of increased activity.  Their hours of operation are: Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Please be aware that you will be asked a few questions when you first go to volunteer. Please see the link below to donate or volunteer. https://safoodbank.org/

Larkspur Elementary School: At this time they are not in need of supplies while the school is closed, but when they return, the Family Specialist has requested soaps and hygiene items for the families.

West Avenue Compassion:  WAC is aware of the hard times people are going through during this time of stress.  They will continue to be open for their “Choice Pantry” on Mondays and “Open Pantry” on Tuesdays with extended hours to maintain a safe environment. They are asking for donations of canned food and cereal, as well as volunteers (young and able) on Mondays and Tuesdays to help assist those who come in for food. https://westavenuecompassion.org/  

Lunches for Kids: Below is a link to information on where meals can be picked up for children while the schools are closed. Please share with those who may need it.  https://therivardreport.com/students-can-pick-up-meals-during-coronavirus-school-closures/

Meals on Wheels:  During this uncertain time, Meals on Wheels wants to make sure our senior neighbors have enough food in their pantries.  They have expanded their delivery time to the weekend. If you would like to help, please contact Sadie at 210-735-5115. 

Prayer:  Prayer is the most powerful tool we have in our toolkit. So this is a call to pray. You may not have money or the ability to get around but we can all pray. Below is a link to the Daily Lectionary. Praying the Daily Office gives us all an opportunity to help.  http://www.satucket.com/lectionary/

Financial Giving

Please be diligent about making and keeping up with your financial offering to God through St. George.  Continuing to give during this time allows us to respond to the ministry needs before us and continue to plan for the time when this pandemic has passed. To give online, please use our Tithe.ly website or you can give through your bank.

Should you have questions about how to give online, please contact Jennifer Kirkland, Bookkeeper, via email:  jkirkland@saintgeorgechurch.org or Keith Earle, Senior Director,  kearle@saintgeorgechurch.org and they can assist you.

Closing

In closing, I would share the words of St. Paul to the Philippians, “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” (4.8-9)

May God’s peace be with you and your loved ones.

Stay well and God bless you!

Peace,

Ram+

Welcome To Our New Curate!

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Join us this Sunday, March 8th, as we welcome The Reverend Susan E. Burnham as our new Curate.
Susan joins us on our staff bringing much experience in serving as a staff lay minister at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Braunfels for the past three years. Susan graduated from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin.