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Discovery Class

Are you interested in becoming a member of St. George's? Are you a member of St. George's who would like to learn more about the church? If you answered yes to either of these questions, or you're just curious, you are invited to attend the St. George's Discovery Class on Saturday, August 26, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, beginning in the Church and continuing in the Wright-Giles House. The class will help you become familiar with St. George's and the Episcopal Church, as we discuss church polity, history, biblical interpretation, and our common life in community. All youth and adults are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in attending the Discovery Class, please RSVP by Thursday, August 24, to the church office at stgeorgeaustin@gmail.com. If you have any questions regarding the class, please contact the Rev. Kevin LJ Schubert at kevinljschubert@gmail.com.

After completing the Discovery Class, those who wish to may participate in the sacrament of Confirmation, or the rites of Reception or Reaffirmation, with Bishop Harrison on Sunday, September 17. Confirmation is a mature, public reaffirmation of the Christian faith and of the promises made at one's baptism. Reception is the rite by which those already confirmed in a different Christian tradition are received into the Episcopal Church. Reaffirmation is a rite in which adult Episcopalians who have already been confirmed or received may publicly reaffirm their faith and baptismal vows. All three are administered by a bishop because bishops serve as symbols of the wider Church and its continuity throughout the centuries.

Outreach Meeting

Please join us on Sunday, August 27, from 9:30-10:30 am (between the services), in the Wright-Giles House, for an Outreach meeting. Coffee and donuts provided! Anyone interested in any of our church's many outreach projects is welcome. We will discuss our current projects and new ideas for ways to faithfully engage with and serve our larger community, as we are called to do as followers of Christ. Please contact Hollie Gordon or the church office (stgeorgeaustin@gmail.com or 512-454-2523) with any questions.

Worship Leadership Training

Making worship services happen requires the participation and leadership of many people, not just the ordained clergy. Here at St. George's, as at many Episcopal churches, lay people prepare the altar for the eucharist, greet and assist people coming to church, carry the processional cross, read the Scripture lessons, lead the Prayers of the People, and serve communion. Many of you have participated in these ministries over your time at St. George's, and many more of you may feel called to! If you currently participate in worship leadership at St. George's in any way, or if you are interested in the possibility of doing so, please plan to attend a Worship Leadership Training after the 10:30 service on Sunday, August 27. After coffee, goodies, and fellowship in Kleberg Hall, we'll head back to the Church and learn about the many ways we can faithfully and lovingly lead God's people in worship. For more information, please contact Father Kevin at kevinljschubert@gmail.com.

Wednesday Weavings

Wednesday Weavings, St. George's adult discussion group, meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month in different locations, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. We share a simple meal, a short time of centering prayer, and discussion on a selected reading for the evening. We are currently reading the book Formed by Love, by Scott Bader-Saye, Academic Dean at the Seminary of the Southwest and a former Grace Series presenter at St. George's. (Please contact Frances Rickard or the church office if you need a copy of the book.) Please bring a contribution for the salad bar meal (for example, fruit, vegetable, or crunchy toppings).

  • September 6, location TBD
  • September 20, location TBD

Contact Frances Rickard or the church office (stgeorgeaustin@gmail.com or 512-454-2523) with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Women's Book Group

The St. George's Women's Book Group meets monthly at various locations on Saturday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, to discuss a variety of books suggested by our members. All St. George's women are welcome to attend; this group is open and welcoming of all. We hope you can join us for interesting conversation, delicious snacks, and our book discussion.

  • Saturday, September 9, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, home of Belinda McGhee, Above the East China Sea, by Sarah Bird
  • Saturday, October 14 (date tentative), 3:00 to 5:00 pm, location TBD

Please contact Sandra Villalaz or the church office (stgeorgeaustin@gmail.com or 512-454-2523) with any questions, or if you want to join the fun. Happy reading!

The Bishop Is Coming!

The Right Reverend Dena Harrison, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Texas, will be with us on Sunday, September 17th, at the 10:30 service. All four bishops in our diocese spend much of their time with congregations throughout the diocese in order to provide whatever support and guidance the parishioners and clergy need, and to maintain connections between the various parishes of our far-flung diocese. While here, Bishop Dena will preside and preach at the Eucharist, as well as administer the sacrament of Confirmation and preside at the rites of Reception and Reaffirmation of Faith (BCP, pages 412-419) for participants in the Discovery Class.

The sacrament of Confirmation is a mature, public reaffirmation of the Christian faith and of the promises made at one's baptism. It is administered by a bishop because bishops serve as symbols of the wider Church and its continuity throughout the centuries. Confirmations performed in most other Christian traditions are considered valid in the Episcopal Church, so those confirmed in such a tradition who now wish to join the Episcopal Church do not need to be confirmed again. They may participate in the rite of Reception, in which an Episcopal Bishop receives them into the Episcopal Church. At times, adult members of the Episcopal Church wish to publically reaffirm their faith, either because they've returned to the church after a period of absence, or because they've come to a new understanding of their faith which they wish to acknowledge liturgically. The rite of Reaffirmation provides an opportunity to do so with the blessing of a bishop, and may be repeated as many times as one feels called to do so.

Fifth Sunday Potluck

When a month has five Sundays, St. George's takes advantage of the "extra" Sunday by holding a potluck lunch in Kleberg Hall after the 10:30 service, where we enjoy good food and fellowship. Our next Fifth Sunday Potluck is on Sunday, October 29. This is a great opportunity for extra visiting time with church friends and guests. Bring something to share if you can, but if you can't bring anything, don't let that keep you away. There's always plenty to go around!

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