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by: Keith Howell

05/31/2019

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Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is Friday again. The weeks seem to fly by. I trust you are well.

Last evening, Thursday May 30, the session welcomed two representatives from the Commission on Ministry of Mission Presbytery. Mission Presbytery is committed to visiting with the sessions of its member churches at least once every three years. This was SGPC’s Triennial Visit. I was moved by the responses of elders to the questions that were posed by our presbytery visitors. I work on the Commission on Ministry as well. I can tell you that… read more

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Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is Friday again. The weeks seem to fly by. I trust you are well.

Last evening, Thursday May 30, the session welcomed two representatives from the Commission on Ministry of Mission Presbytery. Mission Presbytery is committed to visiting with the sessions of its member churches at least once every three years. This was SGPC’s Triennial Visit. I was moved by the responses of elders to the questions that were posed by our presbytery visitors. I work on the Commission on Ministry as well. I can tell you that we have a good thing going here at SGPC! I know, I am biased, I am the pastor. But honestly, we are a growing, vibrant, generous, caring congregation. Not all church’s can say that, or at least say it with a straight face. As one elder noted, we strive to live out at San Gabriel what we profess about Christ and his ministry of love, peace, and justice. I am overjoyed to be with you at San Gabriel and I thank you for being the dynamic congregation that you are.

As the Lord’s Day, Sunday June 2 approaches, a few items of note between us.

This is a first-Sunday of the month, so the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated. This means that we are encouraged to bring pantry items for The Caring Place. We are also in the midst of a four-Sunday Summer Food Drive for The Caring Place. So to avoid confusion, first, the pantry items that are always needed by The Caring Place are: cereal, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrushes, baking mixes, bar soap, deodorant, size 5 and 6 diapers.

Second, the Summer Food Drive item for this Sunday is CONDIMENTS: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish. Last Sunday’s Summer Food Drive haul was 184 boxes, 126 pounds of Mac and Cheese! Many, many thanks for your generous donations. Don’t forget, condiments for this week’s Summer Food Drive.

Adult Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. in Room #4. The Sunday School classes are combined for the summer months. Jim Wayland will lead this Sunday’s class. The title of his presentation is “Faith and Loneliness.” Jim is a practicing psychologist and counselor. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to hear from Jim and his rich wisdom born of experience.

As we look ahead, the Second Saturdays of the month the Men’s Ministry pulls out all the stops with a full-blown breakfast gathering. The next Second Saturday Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is coming Saturday, June 8, at 8:00 a.m. here at the church.

Vacation Bible School is August 4-7. Volunteers are needed to help provide this vital outreach to our children, and the community. There are plenty of opportunities for you to serve, including crafts, playground, kitchen, and as crew leaders to lead the children from station to station. I hope you will plan to serve in this year’s SGPC VBS! See the display in the Narthex to sign up or you may contact Toni Howell at tonisgpc@gmail.com or 512.508.1300.

That’s it for now. Be safe.

Do good work.

See you Sunday if you are here and able.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Bill

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From the Pastor's Pen...

by: Keith Howell

05/24/2019

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Dear Friends,

I trust you are well and in good spirit. As Memorial Day approaches, it does feel like we are settling into the warm, humid days of late spring that are soon to be replaced by the hot, humid days of summer. Oh well, God bless Texas!

Speaking of summer, our Summer Food Drive for The Caring Place is underway. Last Sunday you produced about 100 pounds of cereal that was contained in 66 boxes. Many thanks for your generosity! This Sunday, May 26, our Summer Food Drive continues. We are collecting Mac and Cheese.

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Dear Friends,

I trust you are well and in good spirit. As Memorial Day approaches, it does feel like we are settling into the warm, humid days of late spring that are soon to be replaced by the hot, humid days of summer. Oh well, God bless Texas!

Speaking of summer, our Summer Food Drive for The Caring Place is underway. Last Sunday you produced about 100 pounds of cereal that was contained in 66 boxes. Many thanks for your generosity! This Sunday, May 26, our Summer Food Drive continues. We are collecting Mac and Cheese.

Speaking of summer is also a reminder that Vacation Bible School is coming August 4-7. Look for a display in the Narthex beginning this Sunday highlighting this year’s VBS. We need all hands on deck to make this VBS the best ever! Volunteering is easy, fun, and there are many jobs. Though VBS teachers and assistants are important, there are ways to contribute other than in the classrooms. We have need for kitchen, crafts, recreation, and other volunteers. I hope you will plan ahead this summer and give of your time to this wonderful outreach to our children and the community.

I appreciated Mark Kinzler, a lawyer in Austin who specializes in immigration law, who spoke at our Forum on Bible, Theology, and Culture last Sunday afternoon in the Sanctuary. Mark brought a very complex issue to clarity and gave an inspired, thoughtful presentation. Regardless of our political leanings and/or affiliations, the purpose of these SGPC Forums is to seek the facts about complex cultural issues so we can be enlightened in our knowledge and make informed decisions as Reformed Presbyterian Christians and citizens of this great state and nation.

Last evening, Thursday, May 23, I was asked to give the Invocation at the graduation ceremony for the Bridges Vocational/Transition Program of GISD. San Gabriel Presbyterian Church was recognized during the ceremony as “an Outstanding Community Partner for Bridges 18+ Program.” I am proud that SGPC has been a partner with GISD in the Bridges program for many years now. During the school year, students come each Tuesday morning to SGPC, along with their Job Coach Courtney Marak, and do custodial work throughout our building. You should be proud that our facility is serving to enhance the lives and livelihood of our special neighbors, many of whom graduate to be productive citizens of our community.

As the Lord’s Day, Sunday May 26 approaches, a few notes of importance between us:

Adult Sunday School is now combined for the summer months. It meets at 9:00 a.m. in Room #4. This week Jill Haus is leading a class entitled “Praying the Psalms.”

The community-wide Wholeness Service meets this Sunday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Georgetown. The Wholeness Service is a candlelight contemplative prayer service. The music for the service is led by Ginger Mann and other of our choir members and musicians contribute to the worship.

Be safe.

Do good work.

See you Sunday if you are able.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Bill

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From the Pastor's Pen

by: Keith Howell

05/17/2019

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Dear Friends, as always, I hope this note finds you well and in good spirit, despite whatever you may be facing in life at this time. Know you are loved and appreciated, greatly.

A Memorial Service in celebration of the life of Rollie Blondeau will be held in our Sanctuary tomorrow, Saturday May 18, at 2:00 p.m. A reception for the family will follow the service in the East Wing of the Sanctuary. If you are able, I hope you will come and support Rollie’s daughters, Elisse and Carrie, and their families, as we gather to celebrate the life… read more

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Dear Friends, as always, I hope this note finds you well and in good spirit, despite whatever you may be facing in life at this time. Know you are loved and appreciated, greatly.

A Memorial Service in celebration of the life of Rollie Blondeau will be held in our Sanctuary tomorrow, Saturday May 18, at 2:00 p.m. A reception for the family will follow the service in the East Wing of the Sanctuary. If you are able, I hope you will come and support Rollie’s daughters, Elisse and Carrie, and their families, as we gather to celebrate the life of a truly remarkable man whose voice and musical talents enhanced our worship of God so eloquently. Rollie died on May 3.

On the front page of our worship bulletins, perhaps you have noticed a change. Under the Celtic cross you will see the words “Serve…Grow…Praise…Connect.” As you see, the first letter of each word is the church’s acronym: SGPC. The session has chosen these words, with accompanying description, as the session’s and congregation’s focus for 2019. Thus for 2019, our life and work will be characterized by the following values and vision: SERVE all people as God calls, Christ equips, and the Holy Spirit inspires. GROW disciples through the love of God in worship, prayer, study, and fellowship. PRAISE God for God’s goodness through word, song, and deed. CONNECT with our world to fulfill Christ’s command to love one another. I hope these words, and accompanying descriptions, might inspire and encourage your worship and service to Jesus Christ as you participate in the life of SGPC in 2019.

As the Lord’s Day, Sunday May 19, the Fifth Sunday of Easter approaches, a few items of highlight.

Adult Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. The Topics Class meets in Room #4 and will be led by Jill Haus. Jill’s topic is “Spiritual Disciplines for Vacation.” The Bible Study Class will meet in the church’s Library. It is led by Karen Blevins and is a study of the book of Jonah. Looking ahead, next Sunday, May 26, the Topics and Bible Study classes will be combined for the summer months. The combined classes for the summer will meet in Room #4 at 9:00 a.m. Jill Haus will begin the combined classes for the summer with the topic, “Praying the Psalms.”

Our Summer Food Drive begins this week in support of The Caring Place. Our item for this Sunday is breakfast CEREAL. Please bring cereal to share with our neighbors in need. During the summer months, The Caring Place receives more volume of need as children who are on no charge to reduced charge breakfasts and lunches in GISD are off for the summer. Please give generously in support of our underserved children, youth, and their families.

During worship this Sunday, we will honor our graduating senior, class of 2019, Aubrey Ford. We will present Aubrey with a study Bible during worship. A reception for Aubrey will follow worship in the East Wing of the Sanctuary. A basket will be set up at the reception for you to drop off a card of congratulation for Aubrey.

Immediately following worship this Sunday, May 19, and before Aubrey Ford’s reception, a called congregational meeting will take place. The purpose of this called congregational meeting is to elect four elders and four deacons to three-years terms. Those to be nominated for elder are Ellis Gill (second term), George Hejtmanek (second term), Melinda Lacy, and Barbara Pennington. Those names to be placed in nomination for deacons are Lynn Chapman (second term), Joyce Gill (second term), Fred Thompson, and Byron Williams. The floor will be open for further nominations as required by our Book of Order. Secondly, the call of the congregational meeting includes a proposal “to approve extending by 6 months the terms of service for existing classes of elders and deacons, to end December 31.” The purpose of this second item of business at the called congregational meeting is to move our rotation of elders and deacons from July to January each year. Rotating officers in July poses a problem for many of our officer-elects, as well for me in training new officers. Many of our members travel during the summer months, making it difficult to be present for officer training and ordination/installation in July. The session cannot automatically extend terms of elders and deacons. It requires congregational approval. After congregational approval of a six-month extension of officer rotations from July to December 31 yearly, Mission Presbytery will have to concur for the extension to be granted. I hope you understand the reasoning for moving our officer rotations from July to December 31, yearly. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to speak with me, your clerks of session, Mike and Ann Weir, or any of our elders.

And last but certainly not least, this Sunday afternoon, May 19, at 3:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary, we will gather for the second SGPC Forum on Bible, Theology, and Culture. Our topic for this Forum is “Immigration.” Mark Kinzler, an Austin attorney who specializes in immigration law, will present the program. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to reasonably explore an issue that is front and center in our culture today.

Be safe.

Do good work.

I will see you Sunday if you are able to attend.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Bill

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