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Summer at St. Luke's TIDINGS

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 Associate Rector “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby As a kid and now even more so as a parent, I look forward to the change of pace that Summer brings. The normal hustle and bustle required for getting kids out the door to school loses its frantic pace. Traffic lightens and makes for a less stressful commute into the office. The longer days beacon us to find something to do in the evenings outside (if the heat doesn’t get too oppressive). We set aside some time to be away from the grind for some leisure and recreation or vacations. Now halfway through the calendar year, it is as though we collectively agree to take a deep breath and gather our thoughts and focus for the second half of the year. We reflect on where we’ve been. We set our course for where we want to go. In the Church, we hold a similar ritual. Our cyclical calendar pushes us ever forward from one season to next as we share the stories and context of the Love of God in Christ Jesus. The Expectation and Incarnation of Advent and Christmas leads to Hope and Manifestation of Epiphany, which in turn takes us through the dry time and temptation of Lent. The pain and suffering of Holy Week leads us to the Joy and Victory of Easter, which continues our journey with the promised gift of the Holy Spirit as our Advocate at Pentecost.

And now we are here in this Season after Pentecost. And then we mark time and breath. We call it “Ordinary Time”, but it is not ordinary by the common meaning. This Season is one of marking time (ordinal) and ordering our common life in the church. This is a time for us to walk systematically through the Gospel stories and follow Jesus’ path of ministry (this year according primarily to the Gospel of Mark.) We establish the rhythm that will carry us into the rest of the Seasons when they come. And Summer is the perfect time for us to begin this task. Summer gives us the somewhat laid-back and relaxed environment to collect our thoughts and focus our attention on the tasks ahead. With the reduced stress load these summer months can bring, you are afforded the opportunity to walk with intentionality the life of Faith that can be a struggle under the increased pressure of the rest of the year. You now have the opportunity to join with us and establish some norms about your own faith practices. Make decisions about how you are going to spend your time and resources to grow in your Love for the Lord. Make room in your schedule to read, study, pray, and worship God in this beauty of this relaxed time. Come join us as we seek to be part of something bigger than ourselves and to serve Christ in our world.


Dates to Know June 10th • Summer Sunday School Begins at 10 AM; Adults meet in the Narthex. Children and Youth meet in the large conference room. June 18th - 22nd • Vacation Bible School July 6th • Parent's Night Out July 18th • Fellowship Event Keep your eyes out for information on a church-wide fellowship event! August 3rd • Parent's Night Out August 15th • Fellowship Event Keep your eyes out for information on a church-wide fellowship event! August 19th • Back to School Sunday Bring your backpack for the "Backpack Blessing"! Septermber 2nd • Rally Day Septermber 16th • Evensong September 28th - 30th • SAVE THE DATE St. Luke's Fellowship Retreat Save the date for this a church-wide retreat of fellowship, fun, and worship at Camp Capers!

All Sunday services will continue through the Summer 8 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, & 6 PM Church Office Hours during the Summer

Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Seeds and Roots The history of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America has its origins in the Church of England, a church which stresses its continuity with the ancient Roman Church. All that we are and all that we do today in our Christian efforts harkens back to our forefathers. Tradition and deep meaning still exists today. Our service to one another, to those in our cities, states, country and the countries of the world fulfill Christ’s mission of sharing the Gospel “the good news” with others. At St. Luke’s we are planting seeds that will root our future in the service of our Lord. Here are some ways we are at work in the world:

Green Door Thrift Shop The Green Door was established in 1953 as a ministry of St. Luke’s church and the proceeds from its sales are distributed to local and international charities. Staffed almost exclusively by volunteers the Green Door netted $76,000 this last year which benefited twenty three local and international organizations. Volunteers are always needed, so if you feel moved to be a part of this great ministry call 210-826-7111 or just go by the Green Door (1030 Nacogdoches Road) and check it out.

Recovery Ministries St. Luke’s and the Diocese of West Texas is “recovery” friendly! Each week 3 different AA groups meet in the Undercroft for a 12 step meeting and fellowship. Wednesday at 8:00pm, Thursday at 8:15pm, and Saturdays at 10:00am (women only). These groups are open to anyone who may be struggling with their drinking. There is no age or education requirement and no invitation is necessary. These groups are nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial and apolitical. You will be welcomed warmly!

Global Mission and Outreach St. Luke’s, through a portion of what we give to support the work of the Diocese of West Texas and the Episcopal Church USA, helps fund missionary and outreach work in places throughout Mexico, Central America, Uganda, Kenya Ethiopia and Belarus. These services are being provided by the Episcopal Church in some of the most vulnerable and dangerous places in the world. Your support of St. Luke’s helps to insure these ongoing worldwide needs are met.


St. Luke's Live! Recap On May 2nd, the wonderful people of St. Luke’s met up for the Inaugural St. Luke’s LIVE! event, and it was a tremendous success!! Guest were welcomed by the lovely ladies of St. Luke’s who presented each person a beautifully bound auction brochure. There were tables full of silent auction items that ranged from home design consultations to golf outings to artwork to hotel stays and many more. The smell of briskets made under the direction of David Shrantz by the Men of St. Luke’s, corn casserole, beans, bread, salad and desserts filled up the room with a sweet aroma that was enjoyed by all. The sounds of the night were uplifting with a 1980s playlist. We had special star lighting overhead to shine bright on each one of you, set up by our very own Damon DiBari. Rev Jim, from the Strong Foundation Ministry, was there to give us an insight to the mission they abide by and was very appreciative for our efforts and generosity. Next up was the LIVE Auction, emceed by our very own Roberta Kidder. Items included a 2-hour performance by the Rick Cavender Band, weekend hunts in Devine, Beeville & Hunt, TX, Penaloza Diamond Necklace, a day of fishing at

Blue Wing Lake (and lunch with Steve McAllister), vacation homes in Breckenridge and Boulder, CO, Scuba Lessons, Gage Hotel stay and last but not least…TWO absolutely adorable Labrador puppies!! The success of the event was not possible without each one of you. With your support we raised just about $30,000 for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and a portion (10%) will be donated to the Strong Foundation Ministries. Thank you to all our underwriters who helped to cover the entire cost of the event. Thank you to the Church staff who were crucial to executing and making everything run smoothly. Thank you to the members of the Vestry who helped in any way they could to raise money or donate items. And thank you to the congregation for donating auction items, bringing food and showing up! We look forward to the next St. Luke’s LIVE! and hope you do to! Have a great summer! Lindsay Bagby, David Chidgey, Ty Edwards Steve McAllister, Mike McMillan, Jon Sandidge and Renee Wright.


ST. LUKE'S LIVE! Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Vacation Bible School 2018 Shipwrecked! Rescued By Jesus. June 18th - 22nd 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

As of May 28th, online registration has CLOSED.

Please contact Jill S. Martinez ( to be placed on the watiting list.

VBS Volunteers NEEDED!! To have the best adventure possible, we need lots of volunteers who can give some time, energy, and love to the kids who will attend. There are many ways you might be able to make this program a success.

We are looking for ENERGETIC volunteers to help with the following

• Like to sing and dance? We need a couple of Song Helpers! You will assist our Song Leader, Mr. Dale Harris with leading VBS songs! • Are you a bit dramatic? We need a couple of Skit Helpers! You will assist our Skit Leader, Mrs. Nancy Hawkins with our entertaining skit!

We are also in need of the following items to be donated for a craft project: • 3D Stickers • Miscellaneous Lego Pieces • Buttons • Loose Costume Jewelry Pieces • Miscellaneous Puzzle Pieces • Large Beads

Join us for out VBS Work Night - 5:30 PM -8:00 PM, in the Parish Hall

• May 30th • June 6th • June 13th

All supplies are provided, as well as dinner and childcare! Intersted in any of these Contact, Jill S. Martinez (

Search Process Update The Parish Profile is available on-line at the St. Luke's website. Printed copies are also available in the Narthex. The Parish Profile is critical and essential in our finding the best fit for St. Luke's. • The Bishop’s Office is up-to-date on our progress through the search process. • The Reverend Don Lee, the transition officer assigned to St. Luke’s, met with the committee on April 19 and presented approved names from the Bishop’s Office. The list includes names submitted by the congregation, priests who want to be considered and other names from Bishop Reed’s office. • At the April 26 meeting, the committee worked through the approach the community would take in vetting candidates. - A qualification sheet was created with the priorities from the Parish Profile—a tool by which to vet candidates. - Members of the committee studied the portfolios individually. - Then, the community vetted candidates over two weeks of meetings. The conversations were led by the Holy Spirit; and were lively, transparent and diverse. There were moments of healthy disagreement—essential to the formation of the community and establishing “norms” for decision making. • Invitation letters and a copy of the Parish Profile were sent to potential candidates soliciting their interest in participating in the discernment process. • Please hold St. Luke's-our community, our clergy, the Vestry, the search committee, and our school-in your daily prayers

Prayer for New Rector Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a Rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Mustard Seed The Mustard Seed had a fabulous 2017-2018 school year. It was a huge year for us- we became fully accredited by The State of Texas. We are now a licensed preschool. We have full enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year, but are accepting children for the waitlist. To get more information about our application process, please contact the Director (Catherine Landis). The Mustard Seed office will be closed for the summer, but Catherine can be reached through e-mail at We have exciting news: Playground Improvements are coming this summer!! • Improvements include: • Mud Kitchen • Giant building blocks • Force and motion wall • Music Wall • Nature Weaving • And more! The playground improvements have been made possible by an anonymous grant. Our very own Rachel Lincoln designed the improvements. The Alamo Heights-Terrell Hills Garden Club will be helping us start a vegetable/herb garden this fall.

The Pipe Organ The Pipe Organ Committee has met five times over the last six months pursuing any possible remedy to the situation we find ourselves in with an instrument damaged beyond repair. After thorough research the committee has determined the following: The organ builder has gone out of business and declared bankruptcy, the organ builder did not carry the proper insurance to cover our loss, our insurance will not cover the loss, the transportation carrier will not cover the loss. The committee therefore adjourned until such time as a new rector is on board and plans are made for the future of the pipe organ.

Little Pantry and Little Library St. Luke’s community stocks a Little Pantry and Little Library on the south side of the church campus near Devine Road. The principle of both of these ministries is simple: if you need something, take it. If you have something, leave it. Parishioners and neighbors leave canned goods in the pantry for any who have need. All in the community are welcome to use the Little Library.

Welcome to the Body Welcome the newley baptized: Colton Christopher Warmack Lola Marie Mowen For more information on being baptized or having your child baptized at St. Luke's, contact Ilya Franco, Administrative Assistant to the Clergy, at Upcoming Baptism dates are: July 1st and August 5th.

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

Joseph Degollado, Facilities Manager -

The Rev. Michael Koehler, Associate Rector -

Jill S. Martinez, Director of Children's Ministries -

Ilya Franco, Administrative Assistant to Clergy -

Daniel Kittrell Director of Communications -

Lenesa Leana, Interim Head of School -

Catherine Landis, Mustard Seed Director -

Russell Jackson, Music Director & Organist -

David Thomas, Parish Administrator -

Dr. David Heller, Associate Organist -

Rhonda Jordan, Parish Secretary -

Vol. 59, No. 3

Summer 2018 at St. Luke's  

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

Summer 2018 at St. Luke's  

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