Great way to begin a full day of life at St. George! Thanks Alana for letting us come be a part of God pouring out blessing upon you and your lovely home! House blessings are great excuses to get your friends and family together to pray and eat! –Fr. Ram
Following the completion of our Sanctuary Revitalization project this past summer, St. George had many used Hymnals and Books of Common Prayer that were taken out of the pews and replaced with new ones. Thanks to the missional thinking of the Vestry, our used books were taken out to Camp Capers this past Friday as a donation to replace their current set of books. If you’ve been to Camp recently, you are aware that the Hymnals and BCPs out there were in need of retirement. Camp Capers is thankful for the generous gift from St. George, and we are thankful for the work and ministry done at Capers. Thank you to Jerry Carden for taking the books out to Waring, and another thank you to Gene Rachels, whose legacy gift funded the majority of the Sanctuary Revitalization.
The picture shows Meredith Rogers, Program Director of Camp Capers, happily accepting our gently used books!
Later this month, St. George Parishioner Art Meier will be taking his 22nd trip to Honduras with the Texas Water Mission, which is a project of the Diocese of West Texas (http://texaswatermission.org/our-history/). The team will be researching new drilling sites, checking on 17 prospective well sites, and meeting with the World Vision Charity. Since 2002, 80 wells have been drilled, serving over 50,000 people. Art Meier serves on the Diocesan Texas Water Mission Operations Committee, and this trip to Honduras will be his 22nd.
Please keep Art and the team in your prayers as they do this important work. To read more, please click here. We’ll follow up with Art after his return.
Camp Capers weekend MidWinter Camps Countdown……..3 Days!! Break the winter cycle by adding some Camp Capers Fun! If you have not had a chance to register, there is still time! Go to www.dwtx.org/events or log into your Ultracamp account. Please contact Shelly Agee/Registrar at email@example.com or 830-995-3966 if you have any questions or need assistance with registrations, hope to see you there! Scholarship Assistance is available.
MidWinter I Jan 8-10, 2016 (Senior High Students)
MidWinter II Jan 15-17, 2016 (Grades 6-8)
MidWinter III Jan 22-24, 2016 (Grades 3-5)
A great time was had by all at our annual Paper Bag Epiphany Pageant. This was followed by a Tamale Potluck to celebrate the Newborn King! Haley Bankey wrote the following:
Our St. George tradition continues as we entered the season of Epiphany with our Epiphany Pageant and Tamale Potluck, and this year I got to experience it in a whole new way. My oldest is just about to turn 5 and she is really starting to show an understanding of our basic Christian stories, and she is especially interested in learning about ‘Baby Jesus.’ For her, the Epiphany pageant let her see all the moving pieces that surrounded Jesus at his birth. She eagerly anticipated the next group to come up, constantly questioning why her dad (who had been assigned as a sheep), hadn’t come to see Jesus yet. It was also special to sing those wonderful hymns that are still being sung days later at our house. While this is a simple activity, it is a powerful one enjoyed by all ages. Following the pageant, our parish family broke bread over tamales and sides that were loving setup by our Family Ministry volunteers. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make it such a beautiful event. Also, thank you to everyone who helped with clean up. It went so fast when everyone pitched in to help. Lastly, the unopened tamales and king’s cakes were taken down to our Castle Hills Fire Department as a special thanks for all they do here in our city.
Our St. George Church and School community helped those in need this December through the Adopt a Needy Family organization. The agency’s chairman and St. George School Alumni parent Mike Weiss spoke at the school’s chapel one morning to share the history of the AANF organization. He explained how this program can trace its roots back to a very generous caring individual by the name of Father James Hubert, who achieved much of his passion for assisting the needy through his introduction to Mother Theresa in 1967. In Chapel, Mike read a letter written to Father James from Mother Theresa, (http://www.adoptaneedyfamily.org/history/). That letter closes with this thought:
“Let Jesus use you without consulting you.”
Our St. George Children served others, learned about Advent, and took a ride on the Polar Express this month. Kids for Christ completed their “Mission Possible,” where they performed acts of kindness for our Castle Hills Community. (Click here for more). In C3:16, children made advent wreaths with their families and received devotional readings to take home and use with their families. Finally, church and school children enjoyed our annual Polar Express party! Maricela Ramos, a church and school parent shared this letter about this wonderful tradition.
My daughter has participated in the Polar Express event every year for the past three years and my son began participating this year. This is something that at the age of four and six, they are still talking about one week later. The magic of the movie coupled with the magic of friends they have made at St George has created memories in their sweet little hearts. A chance to sit back, eat as much popcorn as they can handle while giggling and enjoying the idea of “Believing” was a precious moment that I will not forget, as I chose to stay and bring my own pillow and blanket. Once the movie was over, they enjoyed the holiday cookies with hot cocoa while laughing at each other’s milk mustaches. The type of cookies didn’t matter, what mattered was the fellowship and feeling of being connected and slowing down to enjoy the Christmas Spirit. Daniel, our Youth Ministry Leader, collected the sugar filled children and played marshmallow dodgeball with the active, silly children. Winning wasn’t the object of the game, playing with food and having the older ones help the little ones was the object of Daniel’s game. My children talked about it for days afterwards and look forward to creating more memories in the years to come. Thank you to St George Church, Happy Wilson and Daniel Foreman for their dedication to making this season special for all the children and adults like me, alike!
Our St. George Youth group answered their “Call to Serve by providing their own homemade soup for some of our parishioners. Helen Kyse wrote the following thank you letter:
To the Youth Group,
A thousand thanks for the homemade chicken noodle soup that I received after the service on Sunday (November 29th).
In addition to being wonderfully delicious, since it was loaded with chicken and vegetables each bowlful was a full meal. The generous amount of your gift will provide additional future meals.
I deeply appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness.
Helen B. Kyse