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by: Keith Howell

02/21/2019

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Dear Friends,

A few notes before Sunday. A fundraiser for Meals on Wheels is scheduled at the Georgetown Applebee’s Restaurant this Saturday, February 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This is a flapjack fundraiser breakfast and tickets are $10.00 at the door. Also this Saturday, February 23, at 2:00 p.m., participants in our Homeless Outreach, Church Under the Bridge, will be at SGPC sorting donations and readying for their work this Sunday morning. You may still bring donations to the church by 2:00 p.m. this Saturday to be distributed on Sunday. Donations most needed… read more

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Dear Friends,

A few notes before Sunday. A fundraiser for Meals on Wheels is scheduled at the Georgetown Applebee’s Restaurant this Saturday, February 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This is a flapjack fundraiser breakfast and tickets are $10.00 at the door. Also this Saturday, February 23, at 2:00 p.m., participants in our Homeless Outreach, Church Under the Bridge, will be at SGPC sorting donations and readying for their work this Sunday morning. You may still bring donations to the church by 2:00 p.m. this Saturday to be distributed on Sunday. Donations most needed at this point are towels and washcloths. If you want to participate in the Church Under the Bridge ministry, you will need to be at SGPC no later than 7:00 a.m. this Sunday, February 24, to ready for travel to Austin with other participants.

As the Lord’s Day, Sunday February 24 approaches, a few notes of interest between us.

Adult Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday. Starting this Sunday, you will have two options for Sunday School! First, the Topical Studies Class continues in Room #4. This Sunday the Topical Studies Class will begin a new series on comparative religions. Rush Pierce is leading the first two lessons this Sunday, and next, March 3. This Sunday Rush begins with an “Introduction to Comparative Religions.” Next Sunday, March 3, Rush will lead a discussion on Islam. NOW, new to Adult Sunday School offerings this Sunday, February 24, is a Bible Study Class that will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the church’s Library. The class is being led by Bev Holland and will begin with a study of the book of Ruth. With a new Bible Study Class starting and a new topic beginning in the Topical Studies Class, I do hope you will take this opportunity to attend and participate in our Sunday morning educational offerings.

Also this Sunday we will begin a two-week “Time and Talent Fair.” The East and West Wings of the Sanctuary will be set up with tables at which representatives of our committees and organizations will be present after worship to tell you about their work and needs. You may see further detail about the “Time and Talent Fair” in the new addition of our newsletter, The Trumpet, which has just been published. Look for it in your email inbox. For now, I encourage you to get involved! The Lord has need of you and you have an obligation of gratitude to give of your time and talent as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The “Time and Talent Fair” will run this Sunday, February 24, and next Sunday, March 3.

One other note for this Sunday, February 24, the ecumenical Wholeness Service is being held at First United Methodist Church, Georgetown, at 6:30 p.m. The topic is “Prayer” for this contemplative, candlelight service.

Looking ahead, a few notes. First, a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace seminar facilitated by Phil and Melinda Lacy will begin Tuesday evening, March 5, at 6:00 p.m. here at SGPC. To register, or for questions, contact Phil Lacy at phillipslacy45@yahoo.com. Second, Ash Wednesday, the traditional beginning of the season of Lent, is Wednesday March 6. We will gather for a traditional Ash Wednesday Service at 6:00 p.m. in the church’s Sanctuary.

Be safe. Do good work. See you this Sunday if you are able.

Grace and Peace, Bill

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From the Pastor's Pen...

by: Keith Howell

02/15/2019

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Friends,

I do hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying this brief warm up in the weather on this balmy Friday for the middle of February.

Just a quick note on a Time and Talents Fair beginning next Sunday, February 24, and also running on Sunday morning, March 3. Tables will be set up in the East and West Wings of the Sanctuary. Representatives from our various committees and organizations will be present at these tables, following worship, for you to browse and ask questions and hopefully sign up to get involved in some aspect of… read more

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Friends,

I do hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying this brief warm up in the weather on this balmy Friday for the middle of February.

Just a quick note on a Time and Talents Fair beginning next Sunday, February 24, and also running on Sunday morning, March 3. Tables will be set up in the East and West Wings of the Sanctuary. Representatives from our various committees and organizations will be present at these tables, following worship, for you to browse and ask questions and hopefully sign up to get involved in some aspect of these ministries. It is vitally important to our faith development that we worship and study and involve our talents in service to Jesus Christ. Worship and study serve not only to glorify God, they also equip us to serve. There is an old, tried and true saying in the Reformed/Presbyterian tradition: “Truth is in order to goodness.” What this phrase means is that as we grow in the knowledge and awareness of the truth of Jesus Christ in our lives, the Holy Spirit will prompt us to grow in gratitude and service as we seek to do “goodness.” Knowing the truth of Jesus Christ, his justice, love, and mercy, his grace for us, cannot help but lead us to lives of gratitude and goodness in giving of our time and talents to glorify our Lord. I hope you will take this opportunity on Sundays February 24 and March 3, to attend the Time and Talent Fair for 2019 and get involved at SGPC.

As the Lord’s Day, Sunday February 17 approaches, a few words.

Adult Sunday School Topical Studies Class meets at 9:00 a.m. in Room #4. Phil Lacy will lead a discussion on SGPC’s local financial giving in the Georgetown community. Starting next Sunday, February 24, the Adult Sunday School Topical Studies Class will begin an “Introduction to Comparative Religions” led by Rush Pierce.

A Bible Study class on Sunday mornings returns next Sunday, February 24, at 9:00 a.m. in the church’s Library. The class will be studying the books of Ruth and Jonah. Bev Holland will be leading the first two classes on February 24 and March 3. This Bible Study will meet at the same time the Topical Studies Class is meeting in Room #4. We hope this variety of studies on Sunday mornings will interest you and encourage your growth in faith. Sunday School is a great way to make new friends, deepen old friendships, and grow more in the knowledge and love of God. I hope you will take advantage of the new Bible Study class to join a Sunday School experience in 2019.

We are still accepting donations for our homeless outreach, Church Under the Bridge. You have until Saturday, February 23 to bring items to the church for distribution to our homeless neighbors. Items of particular need include: razors, combs, brushes, travel-sized hand sanitizer as well as reusable bags, toiletry items, and socks.

There is a Meals on Wheels fundraiser going on this Sunday in the Narthex. A Flapjack Breakfast to benefit Meals on Wheels at Applebee’s Restaurant here in Georgetown will be held on Saturday, February 23, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be on sale this Sunday in the church’s Narthex. The cost is $10.00 per ticket.

Be safe. Do good work. See you Sunday, if you are able.

Grace and Peace, Bill

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From the Pastor's Pen...

by: Keith Howell

02/08/2019

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Dear Friends,

As I write, somebody shut the back door! Wow, what a breeze out of the north. Hope you are safe and warm.

As the Lord’s Day, Sunday February 10, approaches, a few notes of interest.

Adult Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. in Room #4. Jill Haus will be back to complete her study entitled “The Other.” I hope you will plan to attend.

Nationally, this is Scout Sunday. Several of the Scout groups that meet at San Gabriel will be participating in worship as greeters and ushers. We will also be awarding proceeds from October’s Pumpkin Patch… read more

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Dear Friends,

As I write, somebody shut the back door! Wow, what a breeze out of the north. Hope you are safe and warm.

As the Lord’s Day, Sunday February 10, approaches, a few notes of interest.

Adult Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. in Room #4. Jill Haus will be back to complete her study entitled “The Other.” I hope you will plan to attend.

Nationally, this is Scout Sunday. Several of the Scout groups that meet at San Gabriel will be participating in worship as greeters and ushers. We will also be awarding proceeds from October’s Pumpkin Patch to the Scout groups that assisted us with the project.

Immediately following worship this Sunday we will have our Annual Congregational Meeting. The Annual Meeting is required by the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). At this meeting the congregation will receive the annual budget for 2019 approved by the session; the congregation will vote on financial terms of call for the pastor; the congregation will receive the annual report for 2018 of the session and its committees; and the congregation will elect members to the Officer Nominating Committee for 2019. The meeting will last no more than 30 minutes. I do hope you will plan to stay and participate in this important meeting of the congregation.

We are continuing to collect socks and toiletries for our Homeless Outreach. You have until Saturday, February 23, to bring items to the church for this vital project. Beside socks, especially needed items include razors, combs, brushes, hand sanitizer (travel size). Look for the bins in the church’s Narthex labelled Homeless Outreach for your donations. “On Saturday, February 23, anytime between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., you are invited to take part, with our Scout groups, in sorting and packing the donations for distribution on Sunday, February 24, with Church Under the Bridge.

As we look ahead, I would like to highlight our annual Time and Talents Fair, Sundays February 24 and March 3. Each committee and organization of the congregation will have display tables up in the East and West wings of the Sanctuary, along with some snacks at each table. Following worship on those Sundays, there will be representatives of each committee and organization present at the tables to give you more information about their particular ministry. The hope is that you will take this opportunity to learn more about the various ministries SGPC engages and get involved in at least one, or hopefully two, or three of those ministries.

Be safe. Be warm. Do good work! See you Sunday if able. Bill

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From the Pastor's Pen...

by: Keith Howell

02/01/2019

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Dear Saints of San Gabriel,

I trust you are well and that this Friday note reaches you in good spirits.

As the Lord’s Day, Sunday February 3, approaches, a few notes to highlight.

Adult Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. in Room #4. Phil Lacy will lead the class in examining and discussing SGPC’s financial giving to denominational causes.

The session has designated this Sunday Deacon Sunday. I will be assisting in worship, and active deacons Carolyn Ali and Karen Blevins will be participating. Carolyn is liturgist this week. Karen will be preaching. Joyce Gill, also an active deacon,… read more

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Dear Saints of San Gabriel,

I trust you are well and that this Friday note reaches you in good spirits.

As the Lord’s Day, Sunday February 3, approaches, a few notes to highlight.

Adult Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. in Room #4. Phil Lacy will lead the class in examining and discussing SGPC’s financial giving to denominational causes.

The session has designated this Sunday Deacon Sunday. I will be assisting in worship, and active deacons Carolyn Ali and Karen Blevins will be participating. Carolyn is liturgist this week. Karen will be preaching. Joyce Gill, also an active deacon, will give the Children’s Sermon. This is a first-Sunday of the month so we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. I do hope you will come and participate as we learn more about our deacons, their service, and celebrate the ministry we share together.

As is our custom on first-Sunday communion Sundays, we will be taking donations of food and cash for The Caring Place. For your convenience and planning, The Caring Place has requested the following items: soup, assorted beans (not green), tomato products, juices, baking mixes, cereal, diapers (size 4,5,6), deodorants, shampoos, other hygiene items. Your consideration of this worthy outreach to our underserved neighbors is greatly appreciated.

Toni Howell is hard at work with her Family Ministry events. This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday and the young adults will gather at the home Brian and Kate Mullaney at 5:00 p.m. for a Super Bowl Watch Party. Give Toni an email or call for further information: tonisgpc@gmail.com; 512-508-1300.

Please note that next Sunday, February 10, the session has called the congregation to meet for its Annual Meeting as required in the PCUSA Book of Order. The meeting will take place immediately following worship. It will last for approximately 20 minutes. At this very important meeting, the congregation will receive the church’s budget for 2019 as approved by the session; the congregation will vote on financial terms of call for the pastor; the congregation will receive the annual report from the session and its committees for 2018; and the congregation will elect members to the Officer Nominating Committee for 2019.

As we look ahead into February, there are a few items of note. The Second Saturday of the Month Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 a.m. The Men meet every Saturday for light breakfast and study. But the Second Saturdays of the Month the Men pull out all stops and prepare a big breakfast. If you are thinking about becoming part of the Saturday Men’s Breakfasts, next Saturday, February 9, would be a good time to start! If you would like to get involved in Meals on Wheels, this week, February 4 – 8, is SGPC’s delivery week. We could use your help. Contact Ann Weir at weirahe@gmail.com for more information or to sign up to get started with this wonderful and vital ministry. SGPC will be participating, along with our Scouting programs, in Church Under the Bridge on Sunday, February 24. Donation baskets are up and prominently displayed in our Narthex near the Kitchen. SOCKS ARE THE MOST NEEDED ITEM OF CLOTHING. In addition, items needed include travel-sized toothpastes, deodorants, body lotions, sunblock, gallon Ziploc bags, reusable plastic grocery bags.

Be safe. Do good work. See you Sunday, if you are able. Grace and Peace, Bill

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