Weekly E-News - September 15, 2020

The Feast of St. Francis and Virtual Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 4th during the 10:30 a.m. service. 
We can't see and bless your pets in person this year, but we can see and bless them virtually. We will feature a special video presentation and blessing of our beloved pets this year during the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, October 4th. This video will be shown both in church and on our livestream on Facebook. 

If you would like your pet(s) to be included, please send your photos (either with or without their humans) to  Photos must be received by Sept. 30th to be included.  

Sliding back into a new school year! 

The new playground is in and the kids are loving it! 

St. Philip's Episcopal School is off to a great start! We are now in week 3 of classes. Most of our students are attending classes in person, but we do have 3 working virtually from home. Our teachers have risen to the occasion (as usual) and worked to make this the best experience possible for our students. We currently have 60 students enrolled in 2K through 4th grade. Things are different this year. We miss experiencing Chapel together as a St. Philip's family. Each day of chapel one class attends in person and we livestream to the rest of the campus and the public. We miss having lunch together and playing on the playground as we come to school first thing in the morning. Despite these changes we are so thankful to be here together. We are blessed by each family who has entrusted their child to us. We are grateful to be able to continue to provide a safe, loving, learning environment for each of our students. Please remember St. Philip's School in your prayers: pray for our safety, pray for our health, pray for our teachers and administration, lift up each family and give thanks to God for the abundance of favor he has provided to our school. 
Many blessings, Jean Ann Chisum, Principal

Church in the Digital World

What does this mean for St. Philip's? 
What does it mean to be the church in this new digital world? This is a question many are asking. I recently attended a webinar entitled  “Welcoming and Belonging in the Digital Sphere.” This is a two-part webinar hosted by the Diocese of Washington and facilitated by Jerusalem Greer, a staff officer for Evangelism in the Presiding Bishop’s Office of the Episcopal Church. 

When we were forced to have only online services due to Covid St. Philip’s was ready! We were already aware of the benefits of live streaming as we had been doing so for some time. Now we are able in have in-person services again, with safety modifications of course. But, for various reasons, many are still choosing to worship with us online. With that realization my question is: How do we move forward and what can we learn from this unexpected wilderness time we are experiencing in not doing church “like we’ve always done it?”

It was an insightful webinar and I can’t wait to see what Part 2 brings next week. But I wanted to share some of my thoughts from Part 1 of the webinar.


The Time is Now . . . to join the Book Study 

Via Zoom, Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

The new book study began last week, but it's not too late to join. In fact we haven't even started the first chapter. Purchase the book online and join the book study group at 9:00 a.m.on Sunday mornings on Zoom. Please email the church office if you need the Zoom link to join the class. 


With the world around us cracking at the seams and America in a state of polarization and political disarray, this book sets out to answer the most serious questions of them all: 

How do we really get out of the swamp we're in? 
Answer: By confronting it.
Response: How?
Answer: Truthfully.
Response: But what will that take?
Answer:  A model, a vision, a commitment, courage, and . . . 
Annnnnnd . . . ?
What else is needed to fix this muttled world?
Answer: You." 

Did you miss your Summer Vacation?

Consider a Fall Family Weekend or Retreat at Camp Capers
Fall Family Weekends & Retreats at Camp Capers 
Registration is open for Fall Retreats at Camp Capers; individuals, couples, and families needing a safe, stress-free weekend getaway are invited to: 
  • Creation Care Family Retreat (Sept. 24-27)
  • Helping Hands, Serving Hearts Family Retreat (Oct. 2-4)
  • Mother/Son & Father/Daughter Retreat (Oct. 9-11)
  • Halloween in the Hill Country Family Retreat (Oct. 29 - Nov. 1)
  • Art & Soul Retreat (Nov. 6-8)
  • A Very Capers Christmas Retreat (Dec. 10-13)
Each retreat will include time to savor the beautiful Texas Hill Country, play in the Guadalupe River, enjoy fun family activities, and share delicious meals. Worship services, including Compline, will be led by Camp Capers staff and chaplains. Click here for more information about all upcoming Camps & Conferences retreats.

1   Jack Fitzgerald
2   Marchal Oswald
3   Pat Carver
4   Jim Woodward
5   Sharon Wilson
8   Clarissa Neutze
9   Browder Graves, Pamela Haines
11  Chris Carper, Conrad Klein, Kyra Routh
12  Cleo Lemon
15  Sherman Mumme, Caitlin Wimberley
17  Sarah Buchanan, Rebekah Lamb
18  Kay Anderson
19  Lane Kalmring
20  Don McLaughlin, Nicholas Mumme
21  Sarah Buckner
22  Dorothy Jimenez
23  Brenda Martin
28  Phyllis Hellums
29  Lory Zimmerman
30  Lewis Downing, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mark Huffstutler

 1  Mike and Cyndy Marsh 
11 Ronnie and Brenda Martin
19 Gary and Janice Griffin

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