COMMUNICATION UPDATE!

Livestream: Where to Watch!
We have made significant upgrades to our Livestream over the past month to ensure a better viewing experience for you! Thank you to our loyal Livestreamers for hanging in there with us as we worked through our technical issues. As the
choir and I settle back into the Choir Loft we are still finessing camera placements so look for new angles in the coming weeks.
 
Did you know you can find us on YouTube? We post videos of our sermons, services, and all the other videos we make on our St. Luke’s Channel! You find the direct link to our channel at slecsa/tidings. If you visit us on YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram make sure to hit subscribe to stay up to date on our postings!
 
We look forward to bringing the Christmas Pageant to you Live this year as well as our Christmas Eve service at 7:00 pm. If you are traveling during the holidays you will still be able to celebrate the season with your family at home and your
St. Luke’s Family.
 
If you have suggestions for what you would like to see on our social media channels, website, or in your inbox please email them to andreat@stlukes-sa.net!

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From the Associate

Greetings St. Luke’s!

I am back from maternity leave and filled with gladness to share the Advent and Christmas seasons with you. We have many ways for you to enter the quiet and reflective season of waiting, and I hope you will join us. As we say in Godly Play, “this time of year you will see people hurrying around, buying things, and doing this and that. But they will miss the mystery. Maybe they don’t know how to get ready or maybe they just forgot.”
 
I hope that you will take the time to savor the mystery of Christmas, and rest in the richness of this season alongside your church family. I look forward to walking to Bethlehem with you.
 
I am in the office Tuesday – Friday and am happy to meet with you on or off-campus to get to know you better, to talk about the serious or the holy ordinary things in your life.
 
I hope to see you around soon!
Rev. Reagan

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Parishioner Stories

Dr. Mary Dixson

Mary Dixson’s 2020 Spring Break plans came to an abrupt halt with an early morning call from her mother. The US was closing the borders to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and they had 24 hours to get back. Dr. Dixson, a Distinguished Senior Lecturer at UTSA, her husband, and two children who were in Amsterdam for Spring Break scrambled to find a flight out of Europe. After a circutuius trip they made it San Antonio and started quarantine life.
 
She started seeing stories asking for volunteers for the Pfizer vaccine trials happening in San Antonio and she jumped at the chance to do something, other than just staying at home. “It’s one of those moments where you think, If not me then who? Who’s supposed to do it?”
 
She weighed the pros and cons and there wasn’t a good reason not to do it; no health conditions that put her at greater risk, and she’d never had a bad reaction to vaccines. She’s a healthy middle-aged person and so she filled out the application.
It had been two months since Dr. Dixson filled out her application for the vaccine trial and as we collectively eased into curbside and carry out life, she was still waiting to be called. Two days before the trial began her phone rang and she picked the first available time and became patient 001 of the Pfizer vaccine trials in San Antonio.
 
Ten hours after the second shot she suspected she was in the vaccine group and not the placebo. “Instinctively when you have chills, fever, dry mouth you know something is going on. I couldn’t get warm. I had on extra layers of clothes, in the middle of summer, I was freezing.” Her suspicions were confirmed when her group was unblinded in January of this year, six months after the trial began.
 
Because of existing RNA technology, the vaccines for Covid- 19 were able to be developed in record time. The trials were a giant success but last year this was an unknown risk, it wasn’t guaranteed that the vaccine would be effective or safe. “Once you know you have the vaccine that’s where faith really kicks in. That’s what we prayed for every day. Lord keep us safe, keep us healthy, and keep my mother healthy.”
 
One of the joyful side effects of the vaccine was being able to share her experiences to give people around her confidence in the vaccine. She felt called to connect with people on Twitter, on Facebook, in the media to let people know it’s ok to be scared but you know someone who’s been through this trial. You can ask me questions to help you feel more confident when you get your turn.
 
God puts opportunities in your path and for Dr. Dixson taking part in the vaccine trials has allowed her to be a voice for people that don’t have faith in the science behind the vaccine. “You have faith in the Lord that He has sent us the vaccine and He’s giving you the opportunity to protect yourself and your family but you to take advantage of it. Science and faith are one – the Lord has given you the knowledge to make life safer and easier but you have to grab it when it comes to you.”
 

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St. Luke’s Staff Transition

In July we’ll have some changes in administrative positions on the church staff.

Angie Hudgins, Dave Thomas, and Amy Foster.

 
• Parish Administrator Dave Thomas plans to retire in mid-July. Dave has worked at St. Luke’s since 2009, and we appreciate so much his diligence in overseeing many complex aspects of parish life at St. Luke’s Church!
 
• Angie Hudgins joined the staff earlier this year as our Financial Associate. Upon Dave’s retirement, Angie will step into the role of Parish Administrator. She and Dave have been working together on this transition, and we anticipate that she will do a great job as she moves into this new role.
 
• Amy Foster will succeed Angie as the next Financial Associate. Amy has been our Mustard Seed Director since fall 2019. We will combine these two positions into one: Amy will continue to oversee the Mustard Seed during the school year, and her work with the church’s finances will fill out the rest of her time.
 
We appreciate the work that Dave and Angie and Amy have done so far, and as Dave eases into retirement, we’re so excited about the new roles that Angie and Amy are taking on. Many thanks to them and to all the staff who are so dedicated to supporting our common life here at St. Luke’s Church!

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THE MUSTARD SEED UPDATES

The Mustard Seed was selected as one of fifty schools to participate in the Healthy Child Care Texas – Social Emotional Development (HCCT-SED) Project funded by the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC).  The goal of the HCCT-SED Project is to increase the number of children receiving developmental screening in child care programs for children ages 0 to 5.  This age range is a critical period of child development and a child’s success in school increases the sooner they receive early intervention services.

The Mustard Seed staff attended a 6-hour child development training led by Child Care Health Consultant, Dr. LuzDalia Sanchez, where they learned how to use and administer the Ages and Stages Questionnaires “ASQ”.  The ASQ’s are a children’s developmental and social-emotional screening tool, which helps to identify a child’s areas of strength and areas to foster growth.  The ASQ’s are a collaboration with parents to unlock critical knowledge of their child’s development, enabling teachers to plan developmentally appropriate activities for each of their students. 

The Mustard Seed was honored to be a part of the statewide initiative to improve outcomes for all children and families in Texas by giving children the best start in life.

 


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The Public Prayer List at St. Luke’s Church

The Public Payer List at St. Luke’s Church

One of the features of our Sunday services is the Prayers of the People. The Book of Common Prayer provides forms for guiding the congregation in lifting up prayer concerns and thanksgivings. In addition to the specific prayers we offer every week – for our clergy, for example, and for elected officials and members of the Armed Forces – there is an opportunity to name people who desire the prayers of the Church. Prayer has the power to draw us closer to God and each other.
 
It is good when there are clear expectations regarding the Public Prayer List: the list of names that are recited during the church’s worship services.
 
Request for Prayers:
A person may ask for prayers for themselves or on behalf of someone else. If someone requests prayers for someone else, the church assumes that the requester has gotten permission from the person for whom prayers are being solicited.
 
Prayer requests may be submitted in various ways:
• Filling out a Connect Card on Sunday and placing the card in the Offertory Plate.
• Contacting the Administrative Assistant to the Clergy, Ilya Franco, at 210-828-6425 or clergysec@stlukes-sa.net.
• Submitting an online form through the church’s website at slecsa.org/prayer-requests/
 
Information to submit:
• Name (either first name or full name). Beginning in September, when someone submits a name for the Public Prayer List, unless you indicate otherwise, the whole name will be printed in the bulletin and read during the Prayers of the People.
• A general indication of what kind of prayers are desired (e.g. healing, comfort, guidance, protection). This will be listed in the bulletin. If you do not tell us what we should be praying for, we will simply offer general prayers.
• If you are requesting prayers for someone else, please tell us your name, too.
 
Boundaries and Privacy
Even someone who desires the prayers of others may not want to share specifics of their situation with others. Church staff and pastoral ministers are committed to respecting people’s desires for privacy. Likewise, we assume church members will not be overzealous in seeking out details on someone for whom the church is praying.
 
Duration of Prayers:
• We generally keep someone on the Public Prayer List for four Sundays. If you would like to extend that time, contact the church again and submit a new prayer request. We generally do not keep someone on the prayer list indefinitely: circumstances change, and we think it’s good to get regular updates on people who desire long-term prayers.
What do we do with the Public Prayer List?
We name the people on the Public Prayer List in the Prayers of the People during our Sunday celebrations of Holy Communion.
The Public Prayer List is printed in the bulletins for Sunday services. Individuals may take this list with them and pray for the people on the list in their private devotions.
Even on the occasional times when the Prayers of the People may not happen in a particular liturgy, the Public Prayer List will still be printed in the bulletin.
The Public Prayer List is shared regularly with the Daughters of the King (DoK), a women’s group dedicated to prayer, service, and evangelism. Members of the DoK have their intercessory prayer list and they include the names on the church’s Public Prayer List.
As it has been throughout history, our confidence today is that God receives our prayers and is generous and gracious in responding to them. Questions? Feel free to contact the Rev. Irv Cutter, rector@stlukes-sa.net.

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