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a newsletter of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and School


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is called by God to illuminate San Antonio with the light of Christ through transformative education for people of all ages, compassionate care for every member of our community, and inspiring worship and music in the Episcopal tradition.


From the Rector It has been a very busy season at St. Luke’s lately. In addition to all of the activity related to the end of the school year, we’ve enjoyed several big events. These include: • St. Luke’s Live! Our second annual evening of fellowship and fundraising was a great fun gathering. Many thanks to Mike McMillan and Renee Wright and their team of parishioners, who worked with staff to create such a nice setting for the evening. We enjoyed a great dinner, and the proceeds from the silent auction and live auction exceeded our goals. Thanks to the auctions and to generous underwriters, we anticipate a net profit of close to $60,000. This result helps position us to hire a full-time youth director later this year, and it allows us to support our friends at the Gus Owen Stephens Foundation. Thank you to everyone who made this evening such a success! • Senior Sunday. On May 19 we got to acknowledge important transitions in the lives of many of our young people. We recognized fifth graders who are looking forward to moving on up to middle school next year, and we honored the many high school graduates in the St. Luke’s Church community. Four of them spoke at our services in the morning: Jake Wright and Matthew Giddens at 9:00am, and Claire White and Haley Martinez at 11:00am. What a joy it was to celebrate these milestones – so many of our young people have grown up at St. Luke’s and have been nurtured by the church in so many ways over the years. • High Tea. On the afternoon of May 19, after Evensong, the Choir and the Friends of Music hosted High Tea in the Parish Hall. This fun gathering included an arts and crafts fair featuring displays by a great variety of local artists. Hosts provided tea, tea sandwiches, and sweets to a full house. What a delightful event! Proceeds will help support the Choir’s trip to England this summer.

Even though the pace slows down somewhat after May, this issue of Tidings reminds us that there will be lots going on at St. Luke’s Church this summer. Even if you’re planning to slow down this summer, let me offer some suggestions: • Stay involved in church participation! The service schedule stays the same all year long. Remember that if you’re away for the weekend, or if you decide to sleep in on a Sunday morning, we have a lovely, quiet celebration of Holy Communion at 6:00pm – it’s a great way to help bring the weekend to a close. • If you’re traveling, find a convenient church to worship at on a Sunday morning. Episcopal or not, it’s good to gather with others and offer praise and thanks to God. Bring back a bulletin and share it with me – I always look forward to seeing what’s going on in other churches. • I hope regular contributors will make arrangements to stay current on their financial commitments. Many of the church expenses remain constant throughout the summer months. The church depends on your contributions to support the church’s ministries. When giving remains consistent, the church avoids cash flow challenges that often hit the church in the summer months. I’m looking forward to sharing the summer with you, and the staff and I are already making plans for many opportunities for ministry and fellowship in the fall. Enjoy the summer!


Dates to Know June 2nd • Community Blood Drive St Luke's will be hosting a Blood Drive on June 2nd from 7:30am to 12:30 below the south steps. Please sign up on the sheet in the hallway, or with David Schrantz during the recruitment phase. Additionally, donors will receive $20 gift cards for HEB. June 2nd • Guest Preacher: Beth Wyndham All moring services. More information below. June 5th • VBS Work Day 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall June 10th - 14th • Vacation Bible School

June 17th • Monday Mom's Group Book Club Please join us this summer for friendship, fellowship, coffee talk and book discussions. Monday mornings 9-11am beginning June 17th and ending August 26th, in the south parlor. Breakfast, coffee and childcare are provided. Friends, neighbors and non-church members are always welcome! Life gets busy, so please come when you can! Questions, contact Rachel Lincoln 985-705-6545 July 18th • Men of St. Luke's Quarterly Dinner The Men of St Luke will have their quarterly dinner on Thursday, the 18th of July at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall. Come enjoy a great meal and fantastic fellowship at a very reasonable price ($12.00). Please sign up on the list in the hallway, or call/text David Schrantz (cell: 210-885-1154); email works as well:

Guest Preacher: Beth Wyndham - June 2nd, 2019

Join us Sunday morning, June 2nd, as we welcome the Rev. Beth Wyndham, who will preach at all three morning services. She will also speak at 10:00am in the Parlor as part of our “Way of Love” series, speaking on the spiritual discipline of “Go". Beth is a diocesan church planter, currently working with her husband Jeremy to lay the groundwork for a new congregation, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, which will serve the growing population along the 281 Corridor near Bulverde, north of San Antonio. Until last year, she had served for several years as Associate Rector of St. Thomas’, San Antonio. Beth’s role represents the commitment of the Diocese of West Texas to the important work of church planting. She’s a dynamic preacher, and it will be our privilege to hear her message on June 2. June 2 is the first Sunday of June, so our “Dollar Makes a Difference” offering that day will support the new congregation of St. Nicholas Church.

St. Luke's LIVE! The second annual St. Luke's LIVE! was a smashing success! We exceeded our goal of $50,000, bringing the total raised to $61,000. We had an excellent turnout with delicious food, great friends and incredible auction items! This event would not be what it is without the generous support of the congregation and St. Luke's staff. We are able to provide our youth group with funds to ramp up their program and continue to live in Christ. We are also excited to support the Gus Owen Stephens Foundation who is doing incredible things for our community. For everyone who donated an item, bid on an item, brought a side, or just showed up, THANK YOU!! We appreciate you! Looking forward to next years event! Lindsay Bagby, David Chidgey, Ty Edwards, Steve McAllister, Mike McMillan, Michael Mortensen, Emily Reynolds, Jon Sandidge, and Renee Wright

News from the Green Door The 66th Green Door Anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 13th was a huge success! It brought in many customers who wanted to share their stories of their mother or grandmother. We also heard some mention that their own mother was a volunteer in the early days. The event also brought in new customers who were interested in finding one of a kind gifts or treasures. We had a greeter at the front of the store and a hostess at the back of the store offering refreshments. They were happy to be part of The Green Door Anniversary Celebration. Our sales exceeded our expectations! $2000+ worth of sales for that day! Approximately 3000 items were sold in the month of April. We were also able to invite our guests to Holy Week at St. Luke’s by handing out cards with the service times on them. At the same time we handed out flyers for Vacation Bible School. This was an excellent outreach opportunity to the community. Thank you Jane for helping provide the handouts.

The Christmas in July Sale Shop early for big savings on quality brands at The Christmas in July Sale at The Green Door Thrift Shop! Find your one of a kind gifts, decorations and more. It is a good way to avoid the holiday rush that occurs in December. Remember, as you shop The Christmas in July sale, you are helping many deserving charities that The Green Door Thrift Shop supports! The Green Door Thrift Shop is at 1030 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio, TX 78209. Phone number is 210-826-7111. Store hours are Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturdays July 20th and July 27th the hours will be from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Vacation Bible School Vacation Bible School June 10th - 14th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM We will close online registration on May 27th. If you miss this deadline, please contact Jill S. Martinez ( to be placed on a waiting list.

THINGS TO KNOW • Adult volunteers can sign up for any number of days but the entire week would be AMAIZING! Also, childcare is FREE for our VBS volunteers on the days you are helping. • Teen helpers can earn service hours for the upcoming school year! • VBS Set Up Day – Saturday June 8th from 9:30am to noon. This is when we go over everything with all of our volunteers, decorate the church and other VBS stations and get things all set up and ready for Monday.

VBS Volunteers NEEDED! St. Luke's VBS works only with the help of our wonderful volunteers. In order to make this program successful, WE NEED YOU! We are looking for volunteers to help with the following: • Teachers - As a teacher you will "shepherd" the children from station to station, sit with the children during worship and participate in all the day's activities. • Craft Volunteers - You will assist the crafts leader in managing and preparing materials and guiding kids through the process of making a variety of crafts. • Teen Helpers - Rising 6th - 12th graders and recent graduates will serve alongside an adult volunteer in any of the following areas - Crafts, Music, Story, Games, Assembly & Snacks Join us for our VBS Work Nights – 4:00pm – 6:00pm, in the Parish Hall • May 29th • June 5th All supplies are provided, as well as dinner and childcare! We are also in need of snacks for our volunteers. Be on the lookout for an online Sign Up Genius and a sign up board. Interested in any of these or have questions about VBS, contact Jill S. Martinez.

Cultural Connections - June 28th St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the San Antonio Art League and Museum have some fascinating cultural connections. Our architect, Henry Steinbomer, was an Episcopalian and also a member of the San Antonio Art League and Museum, SAALM. Many of the artists who created work in St. Luke’s during this time (referred to as Mid Century Modern) were also Art League members who were commissioned by Steinbomer.

Among the original artists are Cecil Casebier, stained glass; Robert K Winn, enamelist; Garcie Schoolfield, enamelist; Ruth Dunn, painted mural in children’s chapel and stained glass; Margaret Pace Wilson, large mosaic mural; Cletus Behlmann, portable altar; needlepoint kneelers by Women of St. Luke’s, and later work, such as sculpture by Ludwick Kienenger and Charles Umlauf. Art of the 21st century will be noted, such as the Baptistry design by Charles John and Mack White, and the The Art League is highlighting Mid Century enamel work and liturgical design by Terry Gay Modern Art with an exhibition from its permanent Puckett, and more. collection from June 9th–August 17th at their King William location. Our goal is to share information 50 reservations are available. and celebrate connections in Mid Century Modern design at St. Luke’s with the San Antonio Art Please email your request to: terrygpuckett@ League and St. Luke’s members, as well as the San If you do not have email, call 210-826-8210 Antonio community. and leave a message. A get-together to discuss this period of art and design in our church will be held at St. Luke’s on Friday, June 28th. We will begin in the parlor, move to the Sanctuary, and then go to other sites in the church to explore and view art and architectural design. We will begin at 1:30 pm and continue until 3:30 p.m. Reservations are requested, and donations of $10 appreciated, which will to be used to purchase a plaque in honoring Steinbomer as the architect of St. Luke’s.

St. Luke's School FOUR SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADERS WIN FIRST PLACE AT 2019 TEXAS STATE JUNIOR CLASSICAL LEAGUE CONVENTION St. Luke’s Episcopal School announces four first place winners at the 2019 Texas State Junior Classical League Convention. All seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in Latin at St. Luke’s attended the statewide convention in Austin, Texas on April 5 and 6. The Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) is a branch of the National Junior Classical League, an organization of over 45,000 middle and high school students dedicated to the study of Latin, Greek, and classical antiquity. Every year, thousands of Latin students from all across Texas convene for the TSJCL convention, a two-day competition over all things related to the classical world. Students compete against their peers in a wide range of academic and creative categories that include Roman history, Latin and Greek derivatives, Latin sight recitation, dramatic interpretation, catapult construction, mosaics, and many more. For those new to convention, it is quite the spectacle to see crowds of students dressed in full togas and t-shirts with Latin slogans. St. Luke’s has had a long and successful tradition of participation in TSJCL. This year’s state convention, hosted by Anderson High School in Austin was no exception. Four SLES students won first place in their individual events, including Miley Hamilton in Roman Life, Mia Miller in Classical Art, Allison Poulter in Latin Vocabulary, and Charlotte Stevens in Costume. “My favorite part of learning Latin is seeing the similarities with English words and the connections between Roman culture and our own,” says eighth grader Miley Hamilton, two-time TSJCL champion in the Roman Life contest. “I love going to JCL every year because there are so many different activities to experience and so many Latin students to meet. There is something for everyone.” In addition to these four first place winners, every SLES student who attended the convention won an award for their performance in their individual academic and creative arts contents. “Not many people understand the value of learning a language such as Latin, which is not spoken today,” says SLES Latin teacher Amanda Kimura. “I am fortunate to teach at a school where there is a lot of support and advocacy not only for Latin, but also language learning in general. Our students have a passion for learning, which shows in their excitement for and success at the TSJCL convention each year.

(from left to right): Charlotte Stevens, Allison Poulter, Miley Hamilton, and Mia Miller.

Music at St. Luke's Sumer is icumen! (13th c. English)

The program year is pretty much done. We had our big fundraiser on May 19 when we sang Festive Choral Evensong followed by High Tea with an Arts & Crafts Fair. Thank you so very much to all who supported us – it means the world. The choir’s role at St. Luke’s is to provide the finest music we can offer, not for the sake of egotism or edification, but because we are required to give the best we can. We are a ministry and we are privileged to be able to spread that ministry beyond 78209. In July we will be Choir-in-Residence at Ripon Cathedral, England, where we will continue the unbroken heritage of the Anglican choral tradition. Ripon’s crypt is the oldest in the country – older than Canterbury or even Durham. Music has been offered daily since the 7th century and we’ll continue that custom. In August a couple of new choral scholars will join us as we continue to reach out to different universities around the city – they enrich us with their gifts, and we hopefully provide them with a useful experience that goes far beyond the singing. We hope soon to address the ‘black hole’ that has existed in the gallery for the last four years. The miserable lack of a real organ had been detrimental to the authenticity of our worship. Some feel the present ‘device’ sounds fine, but it can’t support a quality program or the large congregations we have at Easter and Christmas. Labor Day will be the start of a brilliant new year of exciting plans and growth as we strive to do more and be better. We look forward to continuing this journey with you!

RUSSELL JACKSON Music Director and Organist

Finance Commitee Report Finance Committee Report to the Parish. We had been providing weekly updates in the Sunday bulletin reporting the pledged revenue received vs. pledged budget. We felt that this number alone was not helpful without additional context. Therefore, we are trying a new format that will be published with each issue of Tidings. This report shows the revenues received and various expenditures for the recent current month and Year-to-Date. Please contact the Treasurer, Bill Bangert or Parish Administrator, Dave Thomas if you have any questions or comments.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church Statement of Activities - Operating Funds April 30, 2019

Monthly Budget Apr-19 Apr-19

Revenues Contributions Current year pledges Nonpledged gifts Loose plate offerings

Year-To-Date Budget Apr-19 Apr-19 $ 381,235 * $ 319,507 37,073 37,756 9,248 6,567

Annual Budget

$ 108,007 13,865 4,092

$ 62,068 11,438 1,032



Total Contributions




5,252 131,216

9,175 83,712

Other Revenue Total Revenues

155,839 583,395

168,847 532,677

257,620 1,424,923

68,869 20,633 2,952 4,144 16,119 942

64,610 20,633 4,929 6,458 13,395 1,250

Program and Operating Expense Personnel Costs Diocesan Apportionment Church Ministry Administration and Operations Church Building and Grounds Interest on Long-term Debt

264,955 82,532 22,297 34,576 64,565 5,764

266,103 82,532 25,165 35,553 60,579 5,000

815,911 247,596 71,750 89,500 182,836 15,000



Total Program and Oprtg. Exp.




$ 108,705

$ 57,746

$ 17,557

$ (27,563)

Income (loss) from ops.



947,303 197,000 23,000


NOTE: * (above) Year-to-Date Pledges include $49,000 in Pre-Paid Pledges received in 2018 and posted in January 2019. This $49,000 can skew the actual Pledges received vs. Budgeted Pledges until later in the year.

Christian Giving 2018 Each year the The Green Door supports nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organizations dedicated to benevolent and humanitarian efforts using proceeds from the Green Door Thrift Shop sales. Organizations must have a mission and vision consistent with that of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, which is called to illuminate San Antonio with the light of Christ through transformative education, compassionate care, and inspiring worship and music. The list below shows the Christian Giving recipients for 2018.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and School 11 St. Luke's Lane San Antonio, Texas 78209

Nonprofit Org US Postage Paid San Antonio,TX Permit No. 1001

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 11 St. Luke’s Lane, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210)828-6425 | The Rev. Irv Cutter Rector -

Gracie Gonzalez Facilities Manager -

The Rev. Michael Koehler Associate Rector -

Jill S. Martinez Director of Children's Ministries -

The Rev. Dr. Mark Lee Assisting Priest -

Daniel Kittrell Director of Communications -

Ilya Franco Administrative Assistant to Clergy -

Catherine Landis Mustard Seed Director -

The Rev. Dr. James Hamner Interim Head of School -

David Thomas Parish Administrator -

Russell Jackson Music Director & Organist -

Rhonda Jordan Parish Secretary -

Dr. David Heller Associate Organist -

Vol. 60, No. 3

Profile for St. Luke's Episcopal Church & School

Summer at St. Luke's - 2019  

Summer at St. Luke's - 2019 issue of Tidings for St. Luke's Episcopal Church in San Antonio

Summer at St. Luke's - 2019  

Summer at St. Luke's - 2019 issue of Tidings for St. Luke's Episcopal Church in San Antonio