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Summer Bible Study

This summer the St. George's community will gather for a six-week bible study concentrating on the Letter of James – an infrequently studied letter associated with James, the brother of Jesus. The study will look closely at the historical, theological, and ecclesial significances of the letter, with a particular emphasis on its spiritual relevancy and an application for our current context.

Due to the complexity of summer scheduling, the six weeks of the study will not be consecutive, but will be held throughout the summer on six Monday evenings, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, in the small conference room of the Wright-Giles House. If your schedule is as complicated as Father Kevin’s, and you can’t make it to every session, please join us for whatever sessions you can.

  • June 19, Introduction to the Letter of James
  • June 26, James, chapter 1
  • July 17, James, chapter 2
  • July 24, James, chapter 3
  • August 7, James, chapter 4
  • August 14, James, chapter 5

Contact Father Kevin at kevinljschubert@gmail.com with any questions. Come and join this great opportunity to enrich our knowledge of scripture!

Wednesday Weavings

To strengthen our ties as a community and to deepen our own spiritual lives are the double purposes of this adult study group. The group meets on 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).

  • Due to travel schedules, we are not meeting in July.
  • August 2, 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!

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 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.

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.

Lifelong Learning Series

Twice annually, once in the spring, and once in the fall, St. George's offers an adult education series on Sunday mornings, after the 10:30 service. These three- to four-week classes aim to engage participants in discussion of sometimes difficult issues, in order to help us discern ways to live out our faith in our lives. Past topics have included:

  • Stories of Comeback, Comedy, and Humanity
  • Our Relationship to God's Creation
  • The Way Forward in Mission
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • Common Christian Obligations and Devotion
  • Creating a Master Plan for the St. George's Campus
  • Financial Stewardship

Details will be available once the next Lifelong Learning Class has been scheduled.

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