St. Liz Offerings + Ways to Get Involvedby Fr. Daniel+ on October 7, 2021
Last Sunday during outdoor worship, we talked about seasons of the spirit. Seasons of abundance and power, like Jesus surrounded by palm-waving crowds. Seasons of growing lean and dying to self or to the world. Seasons of spiritual hibernation: grief, isolation, a soul sleep close to death. Seasons of emerging with the wildflowers into spring, a bit ragged and fuzzy headed perhaps, but undoubtedly alive.
St. Liz, like so many other communities, has been in a lean season of late. But Outside October kicked off this past Sunday with a pretty big crowd on the front lawn. Music, smiling faces, kids on the playground—trumpets literally sounded! It was a wonderful reminder of how very much alive we are. (We were also reminded of how alive the ants in the yard can be. We’re taking care of it!) All I want to do today is continue that reminder with some specific invitations to get involved. Home is the place where you’re one of the people who helps with the chores, after all. What follow is not an exhaustive list, but it’s a good start!
*Work Day: This Saturday, Oct 9 @ 9am! Painting work inside, and yard work outside. Lots of weeds to pull, too, so bring your yard gloves and other gardening/yard things! Rumor on the street is that someone is providing lunch, too.
*Youth Group Event: Sunday, Oct 17th from 4pm-7pm. Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Dripping Springs has invited St. Liz, along with St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Blanco, to a multi-congregation youth event at Holy Spirit in Drip. There’ll be indoor and outdoor games, and food will be provided. I emailed some families directly this week, so we’re still getting a head count and figuring out transportation. Let me know ASAP if your young person is interested!
*Grief Group: A group for those experiencing loss, either recently or as an ongoing reality. This group will be led by Sue Ann Harrison, a member of St. Liz and Licensed Professional Counselor. Although Sue Ann has retired from her private practice, she has maintained her professional license, and has recently added Certified Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist to her credentials. We are currently gauging interest for the group and will schedule meetings so as to best accommodate participants. If you would like to participate, please contact Sue Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Sunday Worship Volunteers: We schedule volunteers a few months at a time, but a new schedule will be upon us before we know it. All the moving inside and outside has disrupted some of our liturgical muscle memory, so some of these groups will gather for training in the coming weeks. For now, here’s a brief description of each ministry and who the team lead is!
-Altar Guild. This team works behind the scenes and is responsible for the upkeep and proper use of the altar vessels. Their work is detail-oriented, with clear ways of how to set the altar for worship and clean up afterwards. They also provide flowers and make sure our worship space is seasonally appropriate for Advent, Christmas, Easter, etc. Team lead is Kim Fry.
- Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, + Intercessors. Members of this team read scripture, pray publicly for our community, and/or serve the chalice during communion. This team always has a role in our liturgical choreography. Along with our acolytes, their motto is, “Move slowly; look holy.” Team lead is Will Piferrer.
-Ushers + Greeters. These friendly folks are our first line of Gospel hospitality on Sunday mornings. Greeters make sure newcomer cards find their way into the proper channels. In addition to making sure everyone gets a bulletin, ushers are responsible for the communion count, the offertory, and bringing forward the bread and wine on behalf of God’s people. Team leads are John Sharkey (ushers) and David Joiner (greeters).
-Acolytes: Our acolyte team has been on pause for much of coronatide, but as we get closer and closer to having more young people able to be vaccinated, we’re planning to start it back up in November/December. Your young person is welcome to start serving as soon as we’re back inside after Outside October, or once vaccinated. Acolytes lead liturgical processions and help around the altar. This ministry is open to older elementary kids through high schoolers. Team lead is Kevin Hammond.
*Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels in our area operates out of the St. Liz Mission Hall, Monday through Friday. They are still on a pared back schedule, but they do need volunteers. The site coordinator is Rhonda Vrba, whose Meals on Wheels number is (512) 618-4440. Please leave a voicemail if Rhonda doesn’t answer. St. Liz has congregants who volunteer and who receive. If you’re interested in either, Rhonda would love to talk with you.