Some Things to Look Forward to in 2018
by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund | January 18, 2018Hi friends, we’re in a new year, so today I want to highlight some opportunities to connect with other members of St. Elizabeth and with our broader Diocese of West Texas community. This isn’t an exhaustive list…but there’s a lot of good stuff on here!
First, Youth Group is back! Youth Group is for all 6th-12th graders of St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church, and yes, you can bring your friends. This Sunday, January 21st we’re going to Pinballz Arcade. Lunch is on us; bring your own quarters; we’ll head out pretty soon after the service. Our plan for this semester is to do a few things and to do them well. We’ll meet at least once a month to play, serve, and learn…and occasionally a combination of those!
Second, part of being an Episcopalian means being part of a church family broader than our own community at St. Elizabeth. There are a whole host of diocesan events for folks of all ages. For example, a full schedule of summer camp at Camp Capers can be found here: http://www.dwtx.org/departments/camps/ Please note: financial assistance (through either the diocese or through St. Elizabeth) is available for anyone for whom the cost of diocesan events is preventative. Please contact me if that’s you. For now, I want to highlight three 2018 events:
- Family Camp at Mustang Island Conference Center June 14th-17th. I’m serving as the Chaplain. This Camp is for families of all agest: your two year-old sister through grandpa Joe!
- Happening #140 in Boerne, TX, August 3rd-5th. Happening is a spiritual renewal retreat for 10th-12th graders. There are several Happenings through the year (#139 is in March), but I’m one of the spiritual directors for #140 in August! For more info on Happening, visit http://www.dwtx.org/calendar-events/happening/
- Cursillo (pronounced “ker SEE yo”) is a spiritual renewal retreat designed for adults. There are several throughout the year. For a full calendar and more info, visit http://www.dwtx.org/calendar-events/cursillo/ Members of St. Elizabeth served on staff at the October Cursillo this past fall and more will be serving on staff for Cursillo #278 coming up March 15th-18th. Laurie Haney and Lisa Sartorio are both big supporters of Cursillo and would be happy to talk more about it with you! Laurienorene@yahoo.com and firstname.lastname@example.org respectively.
Third, Life Groups start back up over the next few weeks! There are five Life Groups meeting this spring:
- Every Monday at 7pm, starting this Monday, January 22nd at the home of Dave and Ina Jensen. Contact Ina or Dave for details: Ina is (361) 728-0320, and Dave is (361) 658-7852. Dave and Ina live in Buda.
- Every Wednesday at 7pm, starting this Wednesday, January 24th at Creekside Villas. Contact Lisa Beach for details: (512) 590-3883. Creekside Villas is just down FM 967 towards Main St from the church.
- Every Monday at 7pm, starting this Monday, January 22nd at the home of Julie Warfield. Contact Julie for details: (512) 913-4633. Julie lives in Buda.
- Every Thursday at 7pm, starting this Thursday, January 25th at the home of Steve and Paula Goodson. Contact Paula for details: (512) 239-8643. Kids welcome. Steve and Paula live in Buda.
- First and third Wednesdays at 6pm, starting February 7th at the home of Juan and Susan Guerra. Contact Susan for details: (512) 256-5200. Kids welcome. Juan and Susan live in Kyle.
Fourth, Godly Play continues every Sunday at 9am. Ruth Ann Bloor and Kimra Hamilton are our Storytellers. Godly Play is appropriate for children as young as “toilet independent.” I attend the first Sunday of every month to hear the story and visit with the kids, and I always find myself nourished, amazed, and a little more at peace afterwards. The kids love it, too J Ruth Ann can be reached via email at email@example.com and Kimra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, our choir gathers for practice (and fellowship!) every Wednesday at 7pm and every Sunday morning at 9am. I know, I know…you don’t think you sing very well. I would say you just haven’t had a good opportunity to sing well! The right environment, community, and leadership can change everything—and I think St. Elizabeth’s choir has all three. It’s fun, it’s a close and supportive group, and it’s a glory to God. Try it out! Contact Wanda and Mark Slater if you’re interested or even curious about participating. Wanda and Mark can be found at email@example.com