Betas Take On OKC!

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St. George Betas Attend National Convention

On June 14-18, 38 of our Beta Club members attended the Junior Beta Club National Convention in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The following students represented St. George:

Rising 9th Graders Emma Cantwell, Jessie Cromer, Delaney Dwyer, Macie Lin, Sofy Partida, Sofia Perez-Gomez, and George Welch

Rising 8th Graders Briggs Blume, Berkleigh Bowling, Kalina Calvillo, Ramiro Cavazos, Patrick Clausewitz, Rudy Davila, Eric Draeger, Nicholas Fritz, Grace Garrett, Sofia Garza-Serreli, Xander King, Lilly Kate Lannom, Megan Liu, Benicio Martinez, Sofia Pina-Cervantes, Krish Puri, Sofia Scheuerman, Kate Taylor, and Hallie Verstuyft-Trautwein

Rising 7th Graders Brooklyn Bowling, Kiara Dwivedi, Bennett Kiehne, Lauren Lacroix, Emersyn Landrum, Emily McLaughlin, Chase Miller, James Miller Nelson, Viviane Notzon, Sadie Salter, Maria Santandreu, and Rachele Zarattini

The national convention was in Oklahoma, so this year’s convention theme was “Beta Fueling the Future.” Because our students placed in the following competitions at our state convention in February, we were eligible to compete in these national contests:

 

National Office and Skit

Ramiro Cavazos ran for National President, which required him to deliver a speech in front of thousands of voters explaining why he was the right candidate to show all Betas how being an “every day hero” can change the world for the better. Ramiro emphasized that kind words, deeds, and actions transform us all into powerful heroes. Ramiro also articulately answered a live question on stage. Unfortunately, a candidate from another state (with many more voting delegates present than Texas) was elected, but we are all so very proud of Ramiro’s fine efforts.
For the Campaign Skit to support Ramiro, our 37 other St. George Beta members, dressed in 80’s neon aerobics garb, sang and danced their hearts out to a version of Bonnie Tyler’s 80’s classic song “Holding Out For a Hero.” Our lyrics focused on how Ramiro would inspire us all to be heroes as our National Chaplain. Our skit was full of energy and was well received. For the first time ever, St. George was recognized in the Campaign Skit national competition, bringing home 3rd Place!

 

Painting and Photography

Jessie Cromer, after capturing 1st Place in Painting and “Best in Show” at the state convention, entered her amazing “Oliver Tufts” which is a close-up of a lynx. Jessie’s painting unfortunately did not place, but we all agree that it truly is a masterpiece.

 

In the photography category, Sofia Perez-Gomez entered her close-up color photo of her horse Leroy “smiling” as water was splashed in his face. Sofia’s outstanding photo won 1st Place at state but unfortunately did not receive a ribbon at the national level.

 

Written Academic Tests

Emersyn Landrum participated in the written 6th Grade Language Arts test (having won 1st Place at state). Emersyn exited the testing room saying how difficult she thought the exam was. We think she was simply setting us up so that we would not expect much, and it worked because we were thrilled when Emersyn won 3rd place in this contest!

Our Book Battle team of Megan Liu, Benicio Martinez, and Sofia Pina-Cervantes captured 1st Place at the state competition. They read a list of 12 required books and worked together for months discussing the assigned pieces of literature. After collectively answering written objective and essay questions on the national test, this devoted team of readers captured 5th Place!

 

Technology

This year’s contest theme was “The Future Starts with Beta.” Our dynamic team used technology to create an impressive video which captured 2nd at our state convention and then allowed us to also compete in this contest at the National Convention.  The Technology Team consisted of: Lindsay Blanton, Elise Bostain, Ramiro Cavazos, Rudy Davila, Eric Draeger,
Nicholas Fritz, Carolyn King, Xander King, Bradley Landrum, AJ Liang, Gaige Lipscomb, Jackson Pipes,
Krish Puri, and George Welch. We are thrilled to inform you that our video that used a Back to the Future theme, captured 8th Place at National! Team members present at National were Ramiro Cavazos, Rudy Davila, Eric Draeger, Nicholas Fritz, Xander King, Krish Puri, and George Welch.

 

Group Talent

After winning 1st Place in Group Talent at the National Convention for the past two years, the St. George Betas knew we had “big shoes to fill.” Each of our attending Betas (other than Ramiro, who could not participate in any other contests other than running for office) sang and danced as we told a condensed 6-minute story of Mary Poppins on

stage. After our students gave it their all during the preliminary and final performances, St. George was awarded 1st Place in the nation in the Group Talent category!

We are extremely proud to share that this is our third consecutive year to capture 1st Place in Group Talent at the Junior Beta National Convention! AMAZING!!!!!!!! Click here to watch the award winning performance. 

 

Premier Performers

Macie Lin, Viviane Notzon, and Rachele Zarattini “captured the eyes” of judges at our state convention in February and were selected to perform as Premier Performers at the national convention. After putting in several hours of dance and vocal practices at the convention center in Oklahoma City, these 3 girls were outstanding entertainers in ensemble groups on stage at the convention’s opening convocation. We are proud of you, ladies!

 

Challenge Competitions

Because we earned the right to compete in two on-site contests at a Beta Club Leadership Summit in October 2018, the following teams participated:

Lauren Lacroix, Sadie Salter, Maria Santandreu, and Sofia Pina-Cervantes competed in a challenge called “Lead Outside the Box.” These four Betas were given a problem that involved students’ over-usage of technology and social media. The team had to devise, propose, and explain a solution for this problematic situation. After a brainstorming session, our team’s proposal was to completely limit student internet usage during the school day, while providing many more student opportunities for healthy face-to-face interactions. This group’s quick thinking skills and teamwork made us proud!

In the expo titled “Rapid Response” our team of Kalina Calvillo, Jessie Cromer, Eric Draeger, Sofia Garza-Serreli, Meg Liu, Sofia Perez-Gomez, Krish Puri, and George Welch had to quickly “apply collaborative leadership skills and effective communication to produce a result or response in an allotted time.” Our team employed their abstract reasoning, problem-solving, and memory skills to complete two different on-site tasks within a very short amount of time. They definitely exhibited great teamwork!

 

“We will never forget you, Mary Poppins!”

 

Jumping into nationals like…

 

Paying our respects at the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. 

 

Sofia “The Air” Scheuerman

 

The Man, The Myth, The holder of all the things! Thank you, Mr. Davila!

 

No matter what, there is always Starbucks!

 

Betas in Training!

 

“It’s not ok…”-Ms. Leibowitz

 

We are extremely proud of our St. George Beta Club members who represented our school so well at the national convention in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We undoubtedly showed the nation how bright, talented, well-behaved, and service-oriented St. George Episcopal School truly is! Next year’s national convention will be in Fort Worth, Texas, so we cannot wait to show everyone how Texas Betas host a national convention!

 

Coffee & Conversation

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Last Sunday we read and discussed the first question and part of the second question for Chapter 5 in Max Lucado’s book Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World. Question 1 had us recall the part of the chapter relating to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

The Russian submarine commander, under stress from events including depth charge attack by U.S. ships, was about to launch nuclear-tipped missiles at U.S. targets. A junior officer persuaded the commander to surface the submarines and talk to the Americans. By this “calm” response, the nuclear attack, and the possible beginning of a World War III, was averted.

Members of the class told of times they were tempted to “lash out” at other people when unexpected things happened. It was interesting to hear of instances where the lashing out did occur, and other instances where calm prevailed and hurtful events were avoided.

One member recalled trying to find more “Texas Blend” stones to complete a gardening project, and having to be satisfied with stones of this kind but  different size from those already in place. The member found out later that “tunnel vision” had precluded looking at other kinds of stones that were the right size and would have worked just as well as Texas Blend. The conclusion was how to react calmly to disappointments like this.

This Sunday, 6/30/19, we will continue with Question 2 on page 173, which asks, “Do you know people who are characterized by calm?” The five parts of this question should spur more lively “conversation” (to go with the coffee and muffins). Usual time and place, 9:45 between services, St. Mark’s Room, upstairs in the Leadership Center.

In Christ,
Peggy & Paul Foerster

P.S. The following Sunday, 7/7/19, there will again be a “Splashin’ Through the Summer” event, with just one church service, at 10:00 a.m., followed by picnic lunch. So C&C will resume its regular meetings the Sunday after that.

Backpacks and School Supply Drive 

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July is our opportunity to bring backpacks and school supplies for children who will not have these items for the beginning of school. Eight churches in our area, called the Convening of Churches, partner to provide these children with the tools they need to help them be successful as they start school. Children from elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in our area will benefit from these donations. (Note: Middle School and High School require clear backpacks). One of the main elementary schools that benefit from this is Larkspur, which is the school that St. George supports.

Please bring backpacks and school supplies on Sundays, or drop them off at the Leadership Center between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM during the week. Click here to view the supply list. If you would rather donate money to purchase these items, please be sure to put “Backpacks” on the memo line of your check or online donation. It costs an average of $40 to $45 per student to furnish a completed backpack. In past years the Convening of churches packed 1,000 backpacks.

All of the backpacks and school supplies donated from St. George, along with all backpacks and supplies donated from the other 8 churches of the Convening, will be taken to Coker United Methodist Church, and on Monday, August 5, and Tuesday, August 6, we will sort and pack. Volunteers are needed for all of these dates. This is a great “family” activity. Please consider helping. It is a very rewarding experience!

For questions, please contact Julabeth Carden, kittylady46@yahoo.com or 210-365-6377.

Splashin’ Through the Summer, Sunday July 7!

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We’re Splashin’ through the Summer on Sunday, July 7, with a one-service July 4th celebration at 10:00 AM! Afterwards we’ll gather together for lunch and some Wet ‘n Wild fun out by the playground! There will be an inflatable water slide for the kids, hula hoops, splash sponge balls, and other outside fun! Make sure kids bring (or wear) their swimsuits, towel, and sunscreen! There are some picnic tables out by the playground, but please feel free to bring your lawn chairs for additional seating.

It will be another great day for us all on our beautiful grounds! So come on . . . join us . . . as we Splash through the Summer and celebrate July 4th . . . St. George style!

Haiti Trip

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Praise God’s blessings! The Lord has provided new opportunities for our Haitian partnership this past spring. Next month, Keith Earle and two representatives from Texas Water Mission will be heading to St. Benoit with Fr. Goursse to asses the current water situation on the campus at St. Benoit. In partnership with Texas Water Mission, we hope to come up with a quality and useful water solution for our partners. Please pray for God’s vision and discernment on this trip as the team works together during this time.  The team is set to head out on July 10 and we look forward to continuing to build the bonds of friendship as well as work on this solution with our partners. If you desire to contribute towards the work of this trip, you may do so by praying for us and offering your voice to God in support. If you wish to support further with your own gifts, you may donate by check, cash or electronically byclicking here. Please designate “Haiti Outreach” in the memo or locate the giving category electronically. If you have any questions, please contact Keith Earle for more details. Thank you for your prayers during this time.

Wired Word

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If you are wondering, YES we are still having The Wired Word classes even with the Parish Hall under construction. We are temporarily meeting in the Leadership Commons space.

Please consider joining us as we enjoy great conversations together. Remember we also have children’s formation opportunities during this time as well, and we also will take care of the Tacos!

In the summer change of season, consider adding this to your Sunday morning routine. Class starts at 10 am See you there!

Blessings,
Keith

A Summer Schedule Reminder

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Beginning June 3, please note that the best way to contact our staff during the summer break is through an email and a scheduled appointment. We will not be able to effectively address walk-in appointments, and you may walk in at a time when our staff is unavailable, so please use the guide below to contact the office. We want to help, and we look forward to a great summer with you!

Summer Office Hours:

Monday–Thursday 8:00–1:00 PM
Friday 8:00–12:00 PM.

St. George Staff Contact Information

Rector – Fr. Ram Lopez rlopez@saintgeorgechurch.org
Senior Director – Keith Earle kearle@saintgeorgechurch.org
Director of Pastoral Care – Marilynne Herbster mherbster@saintgeorgechurch.org
Director of Family Ministries – Happy Wilson hwilson@saintgeorgechurch.org
Director of Youth Ministries – Taylor Brown tbrown@saintgeorgechurch.org
Director of Music Ministry – Bernadette Williams bwilliams@saintgeorgechurch.org
Bookkeeper/Admin. Assistant – Jennifer Kirkland jkirkland@saintgeorgechurch.org
Communications Manager – Aimee Martinez amartinez@saintgeorgechurch.org

Blessing of Campers and Staff — Every Sunday

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Every Sunday at the 10:45 service, we will have a special blessing for our young people as they head off to various summer camps.

If your child will be attending Camp Capers, please let us know their name(s) and what session they are attending. In addition to a blessing during the church service, St. George will send a letter to them while they are at camp. Please email hwilson@saintgeorgechurch.org with your information.

Bloomers & Boomers 2019-2020 Schedule

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Fall 2019–Spring 2020

September 10, 2019
Program: Food Bank
Coordinator: Paul and Peggy Foerster
Time: 9:20 at St. George and carpool to Food Bank

October 15, 2019
Program: St. George’s Stained Glass Windows
Coordinator: Jerry Canavit
Place: St. John Room and church
Time: 10:00-12:00

November 12, 2019
Program: Fellowship
Coordinator: Debbie Swindell
Place: St. John Room
Time: 10:00-12:00

December 10, 2019
Program: Christmas Luncheon and Dave May
Coordinator: Pat Lindemood
Place: St. John Room
Time: 10:00-12:00

January 14, 2020
Program: Reading Literacy
Coordinators: Paul and Peggy Foerster
Place: St. John Room
Time: 10:00-12:00

February 11, 2020
Program: Billy Sartor’s Alaska Adventures
Coordinators: Billy and Barbara Sartor
Place: St. John Room
Time: 10:00-12:00

March 10, 2020
Program: “Amazing Church People We Have Met”
Coordinators: Ron and Joyce Merrett
Place: St. John Room
Time: 10:00-12:00

April 14, 2020
Program: Categorizing the Willmann collection
Coordinator: Pam Piedfort, Marilynne Herbster, Linda Canas
Place: St. John Room
Time: 10:00-12:00

May 12, 2020
Program: Planning for Next Year
Coordinators: Everyone
Place: St. Mark Room
Time: 10:00-12:00