St. Philip's e-News - October 30, 2018
Celebration with Bishop Reed
If you missed church last week you missed a real treat. We were blessed to have Bishop David Reed with us as well as the baptism of Rachel Ann Holley, the reception of Carlos and Dorothy Jimenez, Travis Kimbell's conformation, and beautiful music from our choir. Here are a few of the pictures from last Sunday.
Don't forget the time changes this weekend.
Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night and enjoy your extra hour of sleep.
Daughters of the King New Meeting Time, Officers and Invitation to All
The Daughters of the King will begin meeting on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 12 noon beginning on November 7th. The meetings will be in Grace Hall and you are invited to bring your lunch and a drink. The new DOK officers are: President Tane McGehee, Vice President Delia Light, Treasurer Shirley Graves, and Secretary Bea Ybarra.
If you are not a member and you are interested in learning more about the DOK, please come to the next meeting Nov. 7th at noon in Grace Hall - bring your own lunch and a drink!
Are you interested in going to Diocesan Council?
The annual meeting of the diocese will be February 21-23, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. It is an opportunity to participate in the work of the larger church, to learn what is happening in the diocese, to bring ideas and energy back to St. Philip's, to gather with old friends, and meet new friends.
The vestry will soon be electing parishioners to serve as St. Philip's delegation to Council. If you are interested in being considered for election please contact either Charlie Downing, Senior Warden, or Fr. Mike.
All Saints' Sunday - November 4th
We will celebrate the Feast of All Saints this Sunday, November 4
. As in past years we will pray the Litany of Saints before the opening hymn and during the liturgy we will read the names of our local saints, those who have gone before us but who in their earthly life loved, taught, nurtured and cared for us, and whom we still love and remember.
We will include the names of those from St. Philip's who have died in the past fifteen years. This is, however, just a starting place and is not intended as a limitation or exclusion of anyone. You may add anyone to the list, regardless of the date he or she died, and regardless of whether he or she was a member of St. Philip's. If there is someone you want named please check with Julie to insure the name is on our list. Please give names to Julie no later than Wednesday, October 31st.
A Statement from our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
We must pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters.
Parish Dinner - Sunday, November 11th - 6:00 p.m.
Our parish dinner is coming up on November 11th. Please RSVP as soon as possible in the church office. We will be preparing for Sunday night's feast on Saturday the 10th. If you would like to help please contact Julie in the church office
, 830-278-5223. It's always a good time in the kitchen at St. Philip's! Thank you for your willingness to help. Hope to see you there!
Taizé Service - December 9th
Mark your calendars and invite your friends - the next Taizé service will be Sunday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Ministry Moments Continue
Our Ministry Moments will continue this Sunday with Beverly Heyen speaking about Philip's Closet and on November 11th Mike Fitzpatrick will be talking about our video streaming outreach. On Sunday evening November 11th we will gather for a parish dinner to give thanks for the many ways St. Philip's has been blessed and to learn about how we can support the continuing work of St. Philip's.
Field Education at St. Philip's
Last year the Diocese began a training program for bi-vocational priests called the Iona Collaborative. These are men and women who, upon completion of their training, will be ordained to serve in the Diocese of West Texas. They are non-stipendiary, meaning they are not paid by the church. They will continue to work in their day job but serve in a congregation on Sundays.
I am one of the teachers in the Iona Collaborative. I taught both semesters last year and will again this year. As part of the training the students are placed in a parish other than their home parish so they can see and experience life in a different congregation and receive some mentoring from the priest of that congregation. Bishop Reed has asked us to take Arnoldo Romero from Del Rio. Arnoldo's first Sunday with us will be November 18th. Thereafter he will join us every 3rd Sunday of the month through May. I am looking forward to this opportunity and grateful for Bishop Reed's trust of St. Philip's. - Fr. Mike
UPCOMING SERVICES & EVENTS
Sunday, November 4th, The 24th Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. - Spiritual Formation Classes for All
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
Friday - Sunday, November 9-11
- 47th Annual Silent Retreat TBarM - New Braunfels, TX
Sunday, November 11
- Parish Dinner @ 6 p.m. RSVP to Julie at 278-5223
Sunday, November 18th
- Seminarian Arnoldo Romero's First Sunday at St. Philips
Sunday, December 2
- First Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 9
- Taizé Service @ 6:00 p.m.
God calls St. Philip’s to be a public face of Christ and to offer all people concrete ways to participate in the mystery of God. St. Philip’s responds to God’s call by:
+ Reflecting the beauty of holiness in our sacred spaces and worship;
+ Being a catalyst in our region for collaborative ministries that care for people in need;
+ Providing transformative experiences for people in our region through teaching and practices of Christian formation; and
+ Appreciating the uniqueness of each person and nurturing and supporting their relationship with God.