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EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND SCHOOL The Newsletter of Parish Life at St. David’s Episcopal Church and School • Spring 2017

Join us for our Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Day following the 10:30 service In This Issue Holy Week and Easter Schedule Letter from the Rector “The Glass Man”: A Profile of Thad Ziegler

Holy Week and Easter Palm Sunday • April 9 Palm Procession at 8:00 and 10:30 • Donkey Procession at 10:30 and Petting Zoo • St. David’s *Easter Lily Memorials due April 10*

Tenebrae • Wednesday, April 12 Service at 7:00 p.m. • St. Matthew’s (810 Kitty Hawk Rd.)

Maundy Thursday • April 13 Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. • St. David’s

Good Friday • April 14 Stations of the Cross at Incarnate Word Headwaters • 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Directions at

Youth-Led Contemplative Service • 7:00 p.m. at Church of Reconciliation (8900 Starcrest)

Easter Eve Vigil • April 15 7:00 p.m. at St. David’s

Easter Day • April 16 Services at 8:00 and 10:30 • Flowering of the Cross at 10:30 Easter Egg Hunt following 10:30 service

Sunday, April 16

Easter Egg Hunt

Flowering of the Cross

After the 10:30 a.m. service on Easter Sunday

During the 10:30 a.m. service bring your flowers to adorn the cross on Easter morning.

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Bring a dozen candy-filled eggs per child to church or school office on or before Easter morning.


Entering Jerusalem I pray that you are having a holy Lent which includes self-examination and a deepening prayer life. I pray that you have been engaging in repentance from those words and actions that have separated you from your relationship with God, yourself and others, which weigh down your heart and mind. God never leaves us and God longs to forgive us and make us new. God longs to reconcile us with God and with one another. If you have found yourself going through Lent without taking the opportunity to dig in and reflect on your relationship with God, it is never too late. Today is a new day! We are approaching Holy Week, and with that, we are preparing to enter Jerusalem with Jesus as we pave Jesus’s pathway with palms and shouts of Hosanna! On holy Wednesday, we hear a recap of creation in the Tenebrae service, which ends in darkness. The darkness reminds us of the evil and brokenness that exist in the world that is soon to be overcome by the light of Christ. On Maundy The Rev. Lisa Mason Rector Thursday we gather to break bread as Jesus did in that upper room with his disciples as He prepared for Judas’s betrayal and the journey to his death. He asked us to remember Him in the breaking of the bread and in the drinking from the cup; He promised to be in the bread and in the wine; His Body and Blood. We have the opportunity to live out Jesus’s mandate to love one another as He loves us through washing one another’s feet, as Jesus did to each of his disciples. (None must, but all may participate in the foot washing). We then strip the altar and the sanctuary of color and symbols to remind us of the tomb into which Jesus was laid. We follow this service with the option to “watch and pray with Christ.” As Jesus asked his disciples to stay awake and await with him all that would happen that night and in the days ahead, we’ll hold a period of vigil within the side chapel of the church or at home (sign-up sheet available).

Empty eggs remind us of the empty tomb for which we boldly proclaim, “Alleluia, Christ has Risen!”

On Good Friday, we will be able to walk the Stations of the Cross at the Headwaters at Incarnate Word Campus as artists offer reflective interpretations of Jesus’s journey from the time he was condemned to death to his crucifixion and the laying of his body in the tomb. That evening the youth will lead us in a Good Friday service remembering Jesus’s crucifixion. On Saturday morning, we will gather for a brief prayer service. In the evening we will gather in darkness as the Christ candle is lit by a fire and then individual candles are lit as we briefly retell our story of creation to salvation at which time, we will go from darkness into light and the first service of Easter. We will celebrate baptism, Holy Eucharist and the resurrection of our Lord. Through the death and resurrection of Christ, God has triumphed over death; death is no longer fatal, but rather we are promised life everlasting with God in the company of the saints in heaven…and Alleluia will be our joy-filled response. On Easter morning, we will gather again to celebrate the resurrection, flower the cross and hunt for eggs as a reminder that empty eggs remind us of the empty tomb for which we boldly proclaim “Alleluia, Christ has Risen! The Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia!” continued on pg. 4 Page 3

Special From Our Rector continued from pg. 3

Prepare your hearts for the depth and breadth of God’s love for us as we remember the crucifixion and celebrate the resurrection which enlightens our understanding of God’s promise to make all things new. May our hearts be humbled and filled with thanksgiving and a renewed gratitude for the gift of life and light and love! Be present to today. Do not look forward to tomorrow. The same God that cares for you today, will care for you tomorrow. God will either shield you from suffering, or you will be given the unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations. The Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you now and remain with you forever. Peace,

Save the Date! VBS 2017 July 10-14 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Ages 2 years - 5th grade Adult and Youth Volunteers Needed Registration opens April 1! The congregation gathers around the font for the baptism of Peter Frederick Brittain

Children's Formation On Sundays during the 10:30 service, children follow the cross at the beginning of the service to Godly Play (4 years -2nd grade) and Children's Chapel (3rd -5th grade). Children return to the service at The Peace. Nursery care is provided starting at 8 a.m. for children through 3 years of age. Page 4

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Intentional Prayer

During this Lenten season I am trying to be more intentional about prayer. I began the practice of praying throughout my day when I was a 9th grader in boarding school. Burdened with the struggles of high school and being away from home, I was frequently overwhelmed. Over phone calls, my mom would encourage me daily to fully rely on God, moment by moment, asking God to take my hand and wrap me in his love. Doing this made me acutely aware of his presence and gave me, a naïve and Sarah Kates shy freshman, the confidence and courage to be Director of Family Ministry myself. I am grateful for this difficult experience in my teenage years for it immensely shaped my faith and laid the foundation for who I am today. Anything can become second nature especially if you practice it for 18 years.

Youth Groups @St. David’s GAP Group (3rd-5th graders) First Sunday of the month 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. ////// Junior High Youth 1st and 3rd Sundays 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

For this Lenten season, I knew I needed to shake things up; in addition to my constant praying throughout the day I am committing to pray for 6-8 specific people each day. I have a 40 day list on my phone and every time I think about it, including every morning and night, I pray for the people assigned to that particular day. And when someone asks me to pray for them, I add them to my list. It helps me stay organized and more intentional. I am being stretched for sure because it is out of my routine and takes a little more time (heaven forbid!). One of the great takeaways and benefits of giving up or taking something on in Lent is that one might continue this discipline or newly found habit after Lent. I am intending to keep this new addition to my prayer life after Lent, at least through the Easter season, and then we will see how it goes from there. Small steps in the right direction are my motto. I have had experience with overreaching in regards to implementing a change; it usually fails and is very discouraging. My hope is to make small changes that draw me closer to Jesus allowing Him to stretch and transform me into a more Christ-like individual. In case you were wondering, Lent is not over and there is still time to do something different. The Easter son is six weeks after Lent and it is a wonderful time to turn over a new leaf as well. What is a small step or change you can implement to allow an opening of the heart in order to draw closer to Jesus? Use technology or something you are already familiar with to help remind you.


Senior High Youth Every Monday 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Sarah!

Coming Up in Family Ministry •First Communion Classes for 4 years and older on Sundays, Apr. 2 and 9 from 9:15 to 10:15 in the Godly Play Room. •Easter Egg Hunt & Flowering of the cross on Easter Sunday at the 10:30 service. •Junior High McAllen Mission Trip—June 19-22—Email to reserve your spot. We will be volunteering at the Humanitarian Respite Center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church during the day and staying at St. John’s Episcopal Church, McAllen’s youth house. Cost TBA. •VBS is July 10-14 and registration began April 1. •For more information on any of these events, contact Sarah at Page 5


“All Saints, Triumphant, Raise the Song! " Diocesan Hymn Festival Comes to St. David’s May 6 “Sing to the Lord!” That is God’s most frequent command to us in the Bible. And, when that command is modified, it is NOT “Sing beautifully,” but rather “Sing joyfully.” Everyone can sing Ben Carlisle joyfully, and the more we sing Director of Music joyfully together, the more benefits we all receive from that act. Studies have repeatedly shown that singing with a group of people draws us closer to that group of people. Literally, everyone in the group’s respiratory and heart rates become united. We become one body when we sing together. And, besides the Bible, the Hymnal is the richest collection of Christian texts we have at our disposal, with pieces that come from all corners of the globe, and from two millennia of spiritual devotion. We have a unique opportunity to “Sing joyfully to the Lord!” On Saturday, May 6, St. David’s is hosting “ALL SAINTS, TRIUMPHANT, RAISE THE SONG!” a hymn festival sponsored by the Diocese of West Texas. At 4:30 p.m., we will sing a selection of some of the most loved hymns in our hymnal (from “O Come, All Ye Faithful” to “America the Beautiful”, with festive arrangements for organ and brass). Dr. Robert Delcamp, who retired last year after 33 years as Organist and Choirmaster of the University Choir at the University of the South will be the festival’s guest conductor, and choirs and members of congregations from all across the diocese and beyond will join us, and I hope you will, too.

There’s more information at And, please feel free to ask Ben any questions at

Pillars of Anglicanism: A Pilgrimage to England Our pilgrimage to cathedrals, collegiate chapels, and other places important to our Anglican heritage is now less than a year away. During Spring Break 2018, we will travel to the southern UK for 10 days of visiting such places as Westminster Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral, King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, and many more. There are, as of this writing, still a very few spots available for you to join us. Please contact Ben at as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

St. David’s Episcopal Church and School

The Rev. Lisa Mason, Rector Ashley Miles, Head of School Sarah Kates, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries Ben Carlisle, Director of Music Jennifer Ekberg, Director of Bright Beginnings Beth Crowley, Finance & Administration Kathryn Schweninger, Facilities & E-News Amy Case, Communications Mary Hayden Manning, Assistant to Children, Youth and Family Ministries Dan Fletcher, Mike Rytell, & Stephen Villareal, Exceptional Adults Martha Blanco, Sexton 1300 Wiltshire Ave. • San Antonio, TX 78209 • • (210) 824-2481

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“The Glass M A long time member of St. David’s, Thad M. Ziegler has been an important and loyal leader of this church family for over 50 years. He’s been on the vestry numerous times and Senior Warden twice.

In the beginning, St. David’s members met in a nearby home, and as plans for the church building began, Thad worked with Cy Wagner, the architect. That was the church we knew for many years and included the beautiful mosaic cross that hung suspended over the altar, artistically designed and built by Sue Jockusch and Margaret Pace Wilson. Thad has worn many hats during his years at St. David’s Church and School. He was chairman of the school board at one time as our lovely children learned about what it was to grow up in a loving Christian atmosphere.

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Thad with great-grandson Hunt Conger and daughter Lori Conger

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By Patsy McGaughy

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Thad has been active in a variety of business and civic organizations, notably past president of the Alamo Kiwanis Club which included being chairman of the Western Art Show. Other responsibilities have been with the Builders Exchange, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Boy Scouts, the Fiesta Commission, the Lamplighters Club and the San Antonio Livestock Show, to name a few. If you think he has a regal air about him, it’s because he was a big Fiesta man for many years and made his way up to becoming King Antonio LXVI. Thad currently sits in the first pew at the 10:30 service. Be sure to greet him the next time you see him. He’s got a warm and hearty handshake.

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The Zieglers circa 1982

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Stations of the Cross

Spring is in Full Swing at St. David’s School

Ashley Miles Head of School

2017 is off to a great start at St. David’s Episcopal School! Our students welcomed the year with all kinds of fun learning experiences including Dad’s Math Bingo Night (an evening during which kids brought their dad or special friend to school to play bingo and eat pizza); Pajama Day; Winter Week (complete with two snow days with REAL snow on the playground); and a dental health experience, among other fun events! Our combined church and school staff experienced a weekend of bonding and enjoyment at Mustang Island Conference Center. Our focus was “Invite, Welcome, and Connect” and much conversation was held celebrating what we do well in these areas as well as ways we can improve. Before Spring Good Friday Maundy Thursday Break, our school community celebrated Teacher Appreciation week with various treats and gifts for our outstanding educators - the heart of our school.

Following Spring Break, we turn our attention towards the gift of Easter. Our students have learned about Lent and will experience the Easter story through daily chapel and Godly Play. Spring Fling is around the corner on April 6th. Event chairs Stephanie Sierra and Christina Thompson along with their committee have prepared a star-studded evening… literally! Spring Fling 2017’s theme is Hollywood Nights - everyone is a star at St. David’s! If you haven’t done so already, please join us for this fun night of fundraising! We ask for your prayers and thoughts throughout the spring months. Our precious students are growing and learning each and every day and our school year is flying by. Thank you for your love and support!

Thank you Spring Fling Donors and Underwriters! (as of March 24) Lina and Justin Triesch/Rivercity Steel and Recycling Amy and Ben Bratteli/Satel's Peter W. Hollimon Nicole and Rob McClane/Avalon Advisors Cutler and Doug Crockard Ross Ormond/Offenhauser & Co. Stacy and David Schlagel Lauren and Pete McLaughlin Jean and John Parsons Ann and Bill Carson Lauren and Wade Vielock Canon Kirk and The Rev. Lisa Mason

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Stephanie and Mike Sierra Diane and Jerry Turner Christina and Forrest Thompson Ann and Tom Francese Mazurek and Holliday, PC Julianna Hawn Holt Pam and George Willeford Louise and Jimmie Thurmond Marisa and Graham Ketchum Mike Sierra/The Trust Company Malini and Justin Fowler Leslie and Tom Oliver/Pinnacle Construction & Remodeling Casteel and Will Ochse The Longoria Family Karen and Jeff Bryant Daniela and Antonio Serna Jennifer and Chris Mitchell Callie and Jake Loden Catherine and Matt Bishop/Bexar Holdings, LLC Thompson Medical Sales Linda Gail and Robert Dullnig Emily and Ellen Hasslocher John and Chiemchai Piskai Samantha and Andrew Rodriguez Kristina and Jim Aderhold/Gray Digital Group

Spring Fling is Thursday, April 6

Donate online at Click on “Donate Now”

BRIGHT BEGINNINGS NEWS The Future is Bright for our Youngest Students

we are excited to sell Bu uelos for Fiesta.

Looking ahead to next year we are excited to have three returning students. This is special to us because our students generally age out of our program As the church’s Bright Beginnings Program is nearing the after one year. We will also be end of our second year, I was asked to write an article of caring for three St. David’s reflection. In doing, so I thought about the transformation employee’s children! The staff is of our classrooms from a parlor and music room into also excited to care for eight new classrooms that care for infants Monday through Friday. We babies born to our first year have painted, built furniture, moved rose bushes, installed alumni families. We look doors and built a ramp! Through all of this the St. David’s forward to meeting all of our new community has been a tremendous source of support for our students and watching our program. You have opened your hearts and your church to graduates grow at the Day Jennifer Ekberg these precious babies and we thank you! Director, Bright Beginnings School! To date our program has cared for over sixty children! It is hard to believe we are already preparing for the third These students have included Day School siblings, parishionyear of Bright Beginnings. The future of this wonderful er's children, employee’s children, and many families new to program is very bright and we can see many graduates of our St. David’s. In our first two years we have been blessed with program continuing their St. David’s journey at the Day a full student enrollment and the 2017-2018 school year is School. We look forward to many years of caring for the fully enrolled, as well. Word of mouth has helped our youngest students at St. David’s. program grow and our waitlist and enrollment reflect this. Many blessings! Each year the Bright Beginnings Staff look for ways to improve the care we provide. For our second year we implemented a new lesson plan format, improved our playground space and made improvements to our classrooms that included equipment and furniture. These improvements were made possible by our new fundraising adventures. These fundraisers have included Pumpkin Sales, Fall Fling Booth, Christmas Tree Sales, and Tamales. In April

Thank you to all who have contributed to the Bright Beginnings Love Offering Scholarship Fund. Your generosity means that funds will be available for families in need of financial support to give their babies the opportunity to thrive in our program. Anne and Steve Ballantyne ♥ Jane Dingivan ♥ Tommy Funk ♥ Nell Hely ♥ Sarah and Brian Kates ♥ Cannon Kirk and The Rev. Lisa Mason ♥ Don Mills ♥ Jean and John Parsons ♥ Kathryn and Ross Pinson ♥ Bettie and Charles Schrade ♥ Linda Woodlee ♥ Thad M. Zielgler To contribute, please go to or contact Beth Crowley at (210) 824-2481. Page 11

Around the Church

2017 is off to an exciting start at St. David’s Church with a youth group trip to Thin Air trampoline park, serving Snack Pak 4 Kids and Under the Bridge, a bustling Bright Beginnings infant program, a delicious and entertaining jazz mass and brunch, and a very gourmet Valentine’s Dinner! Page 12

Around the School

Students enjoyed a fun and educational winter at St. David’s which included Dads’ Math Bingo Night; a “Snow Day” with real snow brought onto the playground; Bows & Bow Ties Day; and Wild West Week with a trick roper. Page 13

St. David’s Episcopal Church Bright Beginnings Program 210-824-2481 Stations of the Cross

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday


Viva Fiesta Colors

Buñuelos have been a San Antonio tradition for many years. These thin and crispy rosette buñuelos are sure to please! They are deep fried, and dusted with cinnamon & sugar. You can share them, serve them with a cup of coffee, crumble over vanilla ice cream or they can be served as the star alone! Available in traditional or ready to party in Viva Fiesta colors!

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN Order forms due by April 12 Bu uelo Pickup: April 20 between 11:00-2:30 in the Atrium (School) or Church Office (BB and Church). _____ Traditional $12 PER DOZEN

$ __________

_____ Viva Fiesta Colors $15 PER DOZEN

$ __________ TOTAL AMOUNT DUE $ __________


MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO ST. DAVID’S NAME:_________________________________________ PHONE NUMBER:_____________________________

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Save the Date for Duncan Park, CO July 30 - August 4, 2017 Duncan Park, our Diocesan Camp in Colorado, is holding a spot on the calendar for a retreat for our congregation and friends this July 30 - August 4 (please note: this year's trip is Sunday-Friday). It is a beautiful camp and offers a wide range of opportunities. You can relax by the fire, take a leisurely stroll on a trail, take a hike as challenging as you like, shop in nearby towns, or take advantage of some of the local tours. To find out more about Duncan Park go to and click on the camps and conferences page. If you're interested in joining in on the adventure, please let Rev. Lisa know at **Please note: this camp may be challenging for those with mobility issues and those who do not do well at high altitudes.

Coming Up at St. David’s April 2 - First Communion Class @ 9:15 a.m. April 3 - Men’s Bible Study @ 5:30 p.m. April 5 - Moms’ Bible Study @ 8:45 a.m. Wednesday Nights in Lent at 6:00 p.m. April 6 - Spring Fling “Hollywood Nights” April 9 - Palm Sunday at 8 & 10:30 a.m. First Communion Class @ 9:15 a.m. April 10 - Men’s Bible Study @ 5:30 p.m. Easter Lily Memorials Due April 13 - Maundy Thursday @ 7 p.m. April 16 - Easter Sunday @ 8 & 10:30 a.m. Flowering of the Cross & Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 April 21 - “New Beginnings” Junior High Retreat April 25 - Men’s Bible Study @ 5:30 p.m. April 27 - King Antonio at St. David’s @ 9 a.m. April 28 - EfM Class Registrations Due May 6 - Diocesan Hymn Festival at 4:30 p.m. May 8 - Men’s Bible Study @ 5:30 p.m. May 14 - Confirmation/Bishop’s Visit May 21 - Seniors’ Sunday and Under the Bridge Ministry May 22 - Men’s Bible Study @ 5:30 p.m. May 25 - Graduation/Closing Chapel Complete Holy Week Schedule on pg. 2 For a complete schedule of all events go to

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