Thursday, November 16, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Presiding Bishop speaks on Texas church shooting

'We pray for those who suffer and for those who have died'

Follow this link to see Pres. Bishop Curry's Video Message:

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Episcopal climate-talks delegation plans to continue church’s advocacy

'It's important for the church to be there," Presiding Bishop says

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians from across the church are heading to Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd United Nations climate change conference, where they hope to continue the advocacy begun at the past two gatherings.
Officially known as the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Nov. 6-17 conference is an annual intergovernmental meeting to focus on global dialogue and action around the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Fiji is presiding over COP23 in Bonn with the support of the German government. More information on COP23 can be found here.
Previous meetings have produced the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2015 Paris Agreement, which serves as the basis for standards on climate action and lowering carbon emissions.
Appointed by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to represent him, the 11-member COP23 delegation will share Episcopal Church resolutions on climate change and information about the church and its ministries centered on ecojustice. Led by Diocese California Bishop Marc Andrus, the delegation will offer a spiritual presence through daily interfaith prayer and worship, and by encouraging active churchwide participation by Episcopalians through virtual participation and social media.
“Our goals are to build on the work done at previous conferences by urging member states to implement the Paris Agreement and pay particular attention to developing nations and the poor,” said the Rev. Canon Charles Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond the Episcopal Church, in a press release.
Robertson said the delegation also hopes to “network within the accredited and public zones of the conference to spread the word about what the Episcopal Church is doing on climate issues.”
In addition, the delegation hopes its efforts will “raise awareness across the Episcopal Church of the importance of engaging on climate change as Christians,” according to Robertson, and “digitally engage Episcopalians in that work.”

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Interested in the Book of Revelation and End Times? 
Here is a free course by an Episcopal theologian, The Rev. Dr. Michael Battle who shares a video course regarding The Book of Revelation.

  Follow this link to see the curriculum

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pentecost Memories with Mother Kelly...

Baby Louie's Baptism, and Clayton and the other Atrium kids were watching closely.

 Big Brother Robert looks on and wonders if he actually had to have water poured on his head like that. 

The Atrium kids are clearly enthralled. 
 Louie is presented to the Church.

Making Pentecost torches in the Atrium

Thursday, September 28, 2017

From Our Music Director, Sara Burden-McClure:


Rehearsal Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm
Sunday warm-up 10:00 am 
Sing for Sunday 10:30 am service
Occasional opportunities to sing for
special events and services

Pull Out Your Instruments!
Play in the Prelude or Postlude
Play solo lines with choir anthems
Add parts to hymns!
Play guitar for Special Services

Concert Series Guild
Reception crew
Promotions assistant
Setup and strike

Sara Burden-McClure
Director of Music
cell: 512-587-5699

Friday, September 15, 2017

Something Beautiful From Mother Kelly

Dear all,

At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. - Gen. 8

The Level III children wondered about the raven.  We don’t hear anymore about it.  But we do hear about the dove, the olive branch, and that the waters subsided, and God rescues Noah and all in the ark.  

Whether raven or dove, feeling hope or not, take heart today, parents.  Do not be afraid—I will save you.  I have called you by name—you are mine.  When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you.  Your troubles will not overwhelm you. (Isaiah 43)

Being a parent is hard.  Please reach out if you need help with a ride, a pick up, a meal, a sitter.  It’s what we, the church, are here for.   

Thank you, Father Billy and Tim, who helped on the playground last week, while five assistants met with Jesse and Kelly to go over some nuts and bolts about serving in the Atria.  The Lord continues to work wonders through all this growth.  Ministry Fair this Sunday and next.  Explore a new one, or share about one you already love.

We will have a combined Level II and III this Sunday, with Lindsay Rose-Arellano kindly assisting Mother Kelly.  Level I will have a guest catechist, who is on loan from St. David’s, Ms. Daly Turner, who visited us last week.  Katy Sturich will be assisting her.

When we are afraid we will trust in you. - Psalm 56:3

Peace in Him,

Thursday, September 7, 2017

News From The Coastal Churches post-Harvey:

Text and photos courtesy The Episcopal News Service

[Episcopal News Service] Sometimes, it is the simplest words that work the best. That, and some humor.
“What a week.”
That is how the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, began his Sept. 3 sermon. Like many preachers faced with the task of bringing the word of God to bear on the experience of Hurricane Harvey, Levenson combined simple comfort laced with humor and biblical interpretation with a call to ministry.
When he asked his congregation how they were doing and there was what seemed to be a positive murmuring reply, Levenson said gently, “Yeah, you’re all lying.”
He elicited a good laugh.
At Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church in Port Aransas, Texas, near where Harvey first struck on Aug. 25, the Rev. James Derkits described in his sermon a typical conversation.
“ ’Hey, how’re you doing?’ ”
“ ’Oh, holding up all right.’ ”
“And then we cry for a minute. And then we say, ‘OK, back to work.’ ”
“We’re just going to keep on doing that,” Derkits said.
He admitted that he didn’t know if he could preach that day. “I wasn’t sure I could say one word without crying,” said Derkits, whose family lost much when Harvey destroyed the rectory. He has been helping to lead recovery efforts in his town.
At St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Houston, the rector, the Rev. Rob Price, confessed that he had been busy that week with “the work of doing the word of God and I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to prepare for preaching upon the word of God.”
Luckily, he said, the lectionary came to the rescue. The appointed readings included the story of Moses standing on holy ground before the burning bush to receive God’s call to lead his people out of misery, Paul’s exhortation to the Romans not to lag in zeal and be ardent in spirit as they serve the Lord, and Jesus’ call to his disciples to take up their cross and follow him.
Price said he had seen St. Dunstan parishioners engaged in “simple acts of love that will persist long after the media has left Houston.” And, he pledged that “we will be walking with our [church] family and your friends for as long as it takes.”
At St. Martin’s, Levenson told his congregation that God was everywhere while Harvey was submerging Houston under nearly 52 inches of rain, whether they themselves suffered damage or had to be rescued – or not. He urged his listeners to act.
“In the wake of nature’s havoc, now comes the work of God. You, as you stand before him in prayer, are like Moses,” he said, telling them they have the opportunity to show the world that they are the body of Christ. “You, as you allow genuine love to pour out of you. You, as you show others you’re his disciples by loving” the people in their communities.
He warned against despair. “You can allow this storm to define you in such a way that you are frozen and stagnant, or you can allow this storm to pass through us and over us, because as its waters recede, even slowly in some places, life will begin again,” Levenson said.
The waters of baptism are stronger that Harvey’s flood, he said, urging the congregation to transplant the holy ground of their worship space into the community. “My friends, it’s what we’re called to do,” he said.
That ministry will help rebuild Harvey-hit areas, preachers said.
At St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockport, Texas, also near where Harvey first came on land, the Rev. Jim Friedel pointed to symbolic new growth. “When I returned from evacuating a few days ago, every single tree was bare,” he said. “But today, if you look closely at the oak trees on our church grounds, new leaves are budding.”
Friedel held Eucharist in the church’s parking lot in muggy weather under a blazing sun. During the readings, a neighboring congregation could be heard singing “Bless the Lord, my soul.”
“We have an opportunity to respond in a way that will give new life,” the rector said as helicopters droned overhead.
Reminding worshippers that God heard the cries of the Israelites, Friedel said “he has heard our cries and the cries of this community. We have suffered, and now with grateful hearts, we will press forward.”
The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson, dean of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston, also used the image of communities being stripped bare but beginning to show new life. In a Sept. 3 blog post, he described what Houston looked like “after the world ended.”
“In the wake of disaster, beyond the wilderness, when everything is stripped bare, the God whom fire cannot consume and water cannot drown comes to us and says, ‘I will send you,’ ” he wrote. “God is calling now – us, this cathedral, this community of disciples – and he does not send us alone. We are Christ Church together, and we will see the dawn.”
Eucharist at Trinity by the Sea in neighboring Port Aransas took place with the sounds of recovery in the background. Derkits thanked the police chief, mayor and city manager for being at the service, and for their leadership.
He said that Paul could have found on the battered streets of Port Aransas the basis for the inventory of Christian behavior that he gave to the Romans.
“This is what the kingdom of God looks like; this is what the Son of Man coming into his kingdom looks like,” Derkits said. “People are reaching out in love to each other and so we are living out this gospel teaching and we are living out the teaching of Romans.”
Earlier in the service, Derkits gathered children around the baptismal font and showed them shells he had found along the hurricane-littered beach. He called them treasures that Harvey had washed up, adding that they were symbols of what was happening in their city.
“We’ve had this challenging terrible hurricane that’s come through and all these treasures have been stirred up in people’s hearts,” he said, explaining how residents and volunteers alike were taking care of the city and of each other.
He asked each child to take a shell to serve “as a reminder to watch out for the treasures because even though we’ve had a hard time and it’s going to be a rough road ahead, there’s lots of good treasures out there to be had.”
Diocese of Texas Bishop Andy Doyle told the congregation at St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church in Houston that seeing Episcopalians helping their communities was among the most joyous parts of his job.
“Nothing shows me the kingdom and God’s love for us more than the work you all have undertaken in the last week and the work that is before you,” he said in his sermon. “And it would be easy to say we don’t have the resources or we don’t know what we’re doing. We’re not professionals. We don’t know about remediation. But that does not stop the kingdom of God.
“God gives us a spirit to walk into the breach and change people’s lives. Christ’s church is at its best when it puts down all its mightiness, when it puts down all its victory, when it puts down its ‘church knows all’ attitude. And instead, it is at its best when it rolls up its sleeves and creates a new community out of generosity, hospitality, vulnerability and love.”
To the east, the Rev. Sharon A. Alexander, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, recalled for her congregation Hurricane Katrina in 2005, last year’s so-called 1,000-year flood in Baton Rouge and her city’s deep economic connections to Texas through the energy and chemical industries.
“They extended their help to us last year after our flood. It is our turn to return the favor. It is not in our DNA at Trinity to ignore the suffering of others,” she said of Texans. “You all have demonstrated many times qualities set forth in today’s passage from Romans: hope, zeal, prayer, hospitality – these are keys to the kingdom that we have inherited from St. Peter.”
Alexander said Trinity will use those keys to help people in the Beaumont, Texas area. She asked parishioners to ask in their prayers “how we can be bearers of Jesus’ compassion and hope, as we were once the receivers of these holy gifts.”
Preachers as far away as California spoke of Harvey. The Rev. Peggy Bryan, pastoral assistant at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in Saratoga, California, described how her two sons and their families, spared from the flooding in Houston, had taken in evacuees – human, dog and guinea pig. In part, she said, their actions reciprocated the help they received in the wake of Hurricane Rita in September 2005.
Bryan noted that both CNN and Breitbart News had acknowledged this sort of volunteerism on the part of ordinary people. “Seriously, if those two news sources can spin the same direction, even for a fleeting moment, there is hope,” she said. “And it’s not hope for more unifying disasters but hope we can pursue bold love and courageous hospitality, so one divine day it’s not radical, but natural.”
— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is interim managing editor of the Episcopal News Service

Monday, August 21, 2017

Information Sheet for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
        Thanks to Mother Kelly Jennings:


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chinapa Ruled Last Sunday Night
The theme was immigration with their Migrante Performance.

No matter the theme, there's always dancing in the aisles, when Chinampa's in the house!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Kids of Resurrection -- A Week of Good Deeds

They picked up trash on the 
Greenbelt and then cooled off in 
Barton Springs. 

We'll get more reports on what they
did as helpers once they are rested up.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

From Plough for July 14th:

Daily Dig for July 14

Eleanore Roosevelt
Now, more than ever, we must proclaim, “The Lord is at hand!” We are part of this, quietly and actively, through our faith and expectation. It is enough for us to know that God is weaving his design in the warp and weft of the world. His goal will be reached, not just for this or that person, but for everyone.
Source: “If You Ask Me,” Ladies’ Home Journal,November 1941

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's a Tear-jerker, But A Great Story

Episcopal priest takes dying dog on road trip for ‘Last Howlelujah Tour’ through Southwest

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Bill Miller is taking a close friend to Las Vegas on vacation, but this trip is about the bark, not the bet.
Miller’s traveling companion is his 12-year-old dog Wili, who is dying of cancer, and Vegas is only the final stop on a six-state road trip that the Episcopal priest from Louisiana is calling the “Last Howlelujah Tour.”
“It’s been extraordinary,” Miller said July 6 when reached by phone in Corsicana, Texas, south of Dallas. “The best parts of the trip have been really what we set out to accomplish, just to spend time together. We’ve just had a ball being together.”
In addition to spending precious time with Wili, the other goals of the tour are to remind people of the spiritual importance of close relationships – whether with family, friends or “man’s best friend” – and to promote and raise money for animal welfare organizations.
The stop in Corsicana was about a week into the two-week tour, and a fundraiser there July 5 raised $1,600 for the Humane Society of Navarro CountyMiller has lined up about two dozen similar events in 18 cities on his route. Miller also is the author of two books, which he sells during his visits to churches, breweries and bookstores, and part of the proceeds of those sales are added to the fundraisers.
“We have met some incredibly gracious and loving people along the way. They have shown [Wili] great hospitality,” Miller said.
Miller, a 58-year-old Texas native, has served as a priest about 25 years. He was living in Austin when he got his first dog, an Airedale named Sam, in 1993. The dog’s story of surviving a house fire became the foundation for Miller’s 2005 book, “The Gospel According to Sam.” (Miller’s other book is “The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God.”)
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