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2019 Save the Dates (Just a Few Highlights)

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February 28-March 2   MS Musical –Mary Poppins, Jr. 

March 5   Shrove Tuesday @ 5:30 PM
March 6   Ash Wednesday @ 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 7:00 PM
April 14   Palm Sunday
April 18   Maundy Thursday @ 7:00 PM
April 19   Good Friday @12:00 PM
April 21   Easter Sunday
April 29   Chain of Love
May 19   Bishop’s Confirmation Visit, High School Graduate Recognition
July 8-11   Vacation Bible School

Generosity Funds Pastoral Ministry

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Clara Willmann was a tiny lady who has had an outsized impact on the pastoral care work of St. George Church in the 36 years since the inception of the Clara B. Willmann Trust. Although we hear and read about the Trust often in our church life, many of us may not know the story. Clara was a parishioner who had a vision of the people of St. George doing the work of Jesus among those struggling with emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. So much did she have a passion for the work that she gave 61% (or about $625,000) of her estate for the ongoing pastoral care of the St. George community. Part of the subsequent trust was the Willmann family home on Castle Lane, known as the Willmann House, which has been used over the years for everything from temporary housing for parishioners to youth group gatherings to temporary church offices during the recent capital campaign.

The purpose of the trust was specifically and narrowly laid out to meet Clara’s wishes to establish a Pastoral Care Ministry at St. George. As stated in the Trust documents, “Pastoral care ministries are caring and healing ministries, as demonstrated by the life, teachings and ministry of Jesus Christ, to individual people dealing with their individual, as opposed to group, needs and involve meeting and dealing, in a personally caring way, with the human emotional, spiritual and physical needs of hurting people.”

The Willmann Board has been invested and stewarded since the initial very generous contribution for 38 years with the interest income being used as Clara requested. The Trust provides for a salaried pastoral care administrator who is currently Marilynne Herbster. She monitors the pastoral care needs of St. George parishioners and keeps the trustees informed as to the ongoing programs. Parishioners and agencies in the San Antonio area can apply for grants which are dispersed yearly. For instance, last year grants were given to Christian Assistance Ministry, Larkspur Elementary School, Magdalena House, Pay It Forward (Clean and Sober Living), and West Avenue Compassion Center.

Clara Willmann’s generosity has made a dramatic impact on St. George life, insuring that the work of Jesus among the emotionally, physically, and spiritually hurting continues.

 By Pam Piedfort

KFC Celebrated Valentine’s Day at The Forum Assisted Living

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The weather this past Sunday might have been cloudy & misty, but the spirit of our KFC kids was full of sunshine!! We had 13 of our Kids for Christ (3rd-5th grade) kids gather and share a warm meal together, while they made sweet Valentine cards for the residents at The Forum Assisted Living. Afterwards, a group of parents drove the kids down to The Forum, where we all shared a heartwarming afternoon playing Bingo with some very grateful & joyful residents!

It was amazing to see the love in the hearts of the kids & residents as they interacted with one another.

One resident, Ms. Scott, didn’t have plans to play Bingo that afternoon, but came down only after being told that her young friend Ella Holbrook was there, hoping to spend the time with her! Friendships were reunited and new bonds were made that afternoon, making it a wonderful day that both the kids of KFC and the residents at The Forum will always remember!

A HUGE thank you to Violet Hutcheson, Sandra Goodwin, Cari Holbrook, Caanan Blake, and Justin Howe for helping to prepare the lunch, oversee the valentine making and transporting the kids to The Forum! We could not have done this without you!!

Coffee & Conversation Class Update

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Last Sunday the class started out to read the three Bible verses referred to in Question 6 of the questions for Chapter 1 in Max Lucado’s book “Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World.” In the last bullet of that question, Max asks, “What scares you about getting older?” He asks us to consider how these three passages relate to our today’s society:

  1. Proverbs 16:3, “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.”
  2. Isaiah 46:4. “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
  3. Job 12:12. “Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does long life bring understanding?”

One of the more interesting points made was the difference between the way the class’s Hispanic non-Hispanic members’ families view aging. The Hispanics tend to have stronger family ties that regard the older members as matriarchs and patriarchs, rather than in “other” ways.

Much time at the beginning of the class was devoted to spontaneous accounts of various members’ answered prayers. One member for whom the Prayer Team had prayed was hospitalized to diagnose an excruciatingly painful abdominal mass. The exam two days later showed the mass had “disappeared!” Another member reported that a friend who the class had been praying for has come back to Christ, and also how long-term health problems affecting ability to work were finally starting to be resolved.

Your participation in C&C Class is a way to help fulfill Fr. Ram’s calling in last Sunday’s service to do God’s work by “fishing,” as Jesus had charged his disciples. C&C is a “safe place” where one can share personal stories of God’s work in our lives. Hope you can join us next Sunday, 2/17/19 (normal time and place, between services starting at 9:45 in St. Mark’s Room, second floor in the Learning Center), for another round of stimulating “conversations.”

In Christ,
Peggy and Paul Foerster

Kids for Christ Event–Sunday, February 10!

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Come and join us Sunday, February 10, from 12:00 PM-2:45 PM, for a fun and memorable service event at The Forum Assisted Living where the kids of KFC will volunteer their time running a Bingo game for their residents! Immediately following the 10:45 AM service, we will gather in the Cafeteria for a lunch, which will be provided. Kids will make valentine cards for the residents before carpooling to The Forum at Lincoln Heights. Bingo will begin at 1:45 and end at 2:45 PM. All kids in the 3rd-5th grades are invited to join us!

WHERE: Lunch at St. George Church/ Bingo at The Forum at Lincoln Heights located at 311 West Nottingham Place; 78209

WHEN: Sunday, February 10, from 12:00-2:45 PM

RSVP: by Tuesday, February 6 (it is important for us to have an accurate number so we can plan food/transportation accordingly)

Notes to Parents:
1) We will need some help transporting children from the church to The Forum. If you are available, please let me know via email at hwilson@saintgeorgechurch.org.

2) Each child is asked to bring 2 small gifts that can be used as prizes for the residents playing Bingo. Example of small gifts: boxes of kleenex, full size chocolate candy bars, small bottles of hand lotion, small bottles of hand sanitizers, packages of pens, crossword puzzle books, word search puzzle books, playing cards, warm socks, any small and inexpensive item they can have or use in their rooms. All items will be placed in a basket for the winners to choose their prize, so items should NOT be wrapped.

3) You will be picking your child up from The Forum at 2:45 PM.

Community of Hope Training Feb. 9

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The 3rd training class for the Community of Hope Lay Chaplains at St. George will begin February 9. This is a 14-week study to help equip lay people to serve in all forms of pastoral care — when a person is being “present” in a listening, compassionate, non-controlling manner to an individual or group for the purpose of representing God to them.

More information about Community of Hope can be found at http://www.cohinternational.org/.

If you feel you are being called to this ministry, there is still time to enroll. Please call or email Marilynne Herbster (mherbster@saintgeorgechurch.org).

Congratulations New Vestry Members!

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Congratulations to Meg Grant, Cathryn Grigsby, Jason Keller, and Arden McLean our newest Vestry members.

What is the Vestry?

The vestry of an Episcopal Church is an elected group of parishioners responsible for oversight of the church. To be eligible for vestry duties, one must be at least 16, an active member of the parish for at least six months, be a confirmed Episcopalian, and receive the Eucharist weekly.

Fiscal Oversight

The vestry oversees all financial aspects of the church.

The vestry provides financial oversight for the church, preparing an annual budget and filing a corporate report yearly. Vestry members raise money for the church, pay salaries and bills and take care of all assets held by the church. Assets the church may have include endowments and trust funds. The vestry also governs the sale or transfer of any securities held by the church. The vestry approves or recommends any salary increases and denies or approves any expenditures.

Property Management

The vestry provides oversight of all physical changes to the church property.

Property management is another duty of the vestry; responsibilities include maintaining buildings, furnishings and the surrounding property. If upgrades need to be made to physical property, the vestry decides what changes can be made and allocates funds to these changes. Property management includes the rectory and parking lots as well; all should be free of any hazards. The vestry also holds the duty of making sure that all property is insured.

Rector Assistance

The rector votes only when there is a tie.

A rector of an Episcopal Church won’t have time to handle oversight of the church alone, and that is why the vestry exists. The rector is the head of the parish and is also called a reverend or priest. As a member of the vestry, the rector is president of the parish corporation. The rector does not vote on church matters unless there is a tie. The vestry acts in partnership with the rector, and not as a CEO with staff to direct. All work collectively and provide guidance to the rector as needed.

Parishioner Recruitment and Enrichment

Strong attendance is vital to parish growth.

As a group of elected individuals, the vestry must seek ways to form community among parishioners. A vestry defines its own mission, goals and values, depending on the variety of backgrounds among the vestry members. Celebrations, picnics, outings, and other events are organized and carried out by the vestry as a way to build community within the church. The vestry also oversees the religious education of both adults and youth within the parish.

Welcome Team – Opportunity to Serve

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Contact:  Renny Worsham, worshamillath@sbcglobal.net

Mission:  To greet, guide, inspire, and provide first-time guests, repeat visitors, and members to a loving experience and enjoy our Sunday worship. Greeting and ushering at funerals and special occasions. Handle and guide large crowds on special services.

Short Description:  The overall goal of the welcome team is to greet, welcome, engage, and inspire others to feel that they truly have a spiritual home at St, George Episcopal Church.

Person who would enjoy this ministry:  Friendly people who enjoy meeting and greeting, are willing to serve with a smile, preferably once a month commitment and be on time when scheduled to serve.