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Our Sunday Schedule is:
9.00 AM Morning Prayer
9.30 AM Holy Eucharist (sung with sermon)
10.45 AM Fun, Food and Fellowship
As much fun, food and fellowship as Anglicans allow themselves to have
11.15 AM Class (first, second, fourth and fifth Sundays; the parish Vestry meets on the third Sunday)
1.00 PM - Evening Prayer during the summer
4.00 PM - Evening Prayer rest of the year
4.00 PM - Evensong on the Second Sunday of each month
Our Sunday morning Liturgy (Morning Prayer followed by the Holy Eucharist) is live-streamed on our parish Facebook page beginning at 9.00 AM each Sunday morning. www.facebook.com/stjosephsnewbraunfels
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
11:45 AM - Morning Prayer
12:00 noon - Mass
7.00 PM - Evening Prayer
Holy Days as above
For each week's schedule of Saint's Days & Holy Days, and the Epistoller's Schedule, see the schedule on our "About Us" page
Parish Dates to Note in September:
Vestry Meeting: Our Vestry usually meets on the third Sunday of each month at 11.15 AM; in September we meet on the 18th
Parish Women’s (Healthy!) Luncheon: canceled for summer
Parish Men's Not-So- Healthy Breakfast: Saturday, September 24 in David Hall
Bishop Peter Ng'ang'a will be with us on September 4 & Saturday, September 24 (for the Chrismal Mass); he celebrates the Eucharist on his first visit of the month and preaches at the next.
Sunday, September 18 - the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity and the feast of Blessed Lancelot Andrews, Bishop of Winchester, 1626
9.00 AM - Morning Prayer
9.30 AM - the Holy Eucharist & Sermon (Fr Wilcox, celebrant & preacher)
10.45 AM - Treats & Teas in David Hall
11.15 AM - A History of the Book of Common Prayer in 38 MInutes
4.00 PM - Evening Prayer
…as every final Sunday of the month, is our parish after-Mass Big Breakfast, and this Sunday we’ll be enjoying a Mexican breakfast of egg, bacon and cheese burritos, chips and salsas, and a variety of Mexican sweetbreads…while y’all eat, I’ll talk: our last session on the History of the Prayer Book in 38 Minutes was cut short when I mis-heard the alarm and stopped, it turns out, after only 33 minutes, so this Sunday I’m making up my lost time and I’ll go on for 43 minutes about the Prayer Book during the reigns of King James (of Bible fame) and Charles I, who got his head lopped off by a very angry Puritan Parliament…before the sermon this Sunday I’ll be talking with y’all for a couple of minutes about trading some sermon time every now and then over the next few months for some time learning a bit of liturgical music (to add a thing or two to our musical repertoire before Christmas)…Bishop Michael Pease, who visited us a few times and with his wife donated our current parish organ last year, died last week after a long illness: this Sunday there will be a letter of consolation for Linda, the bishop’s wife, posted in the narthex. Please join me in signing it, assuring her of our prayers for them both…inserted in your bulletin this Sunday is a Requiem page for the names of those you’d like remembered at our September Parish Requiem this Monday at noon…
St Francis’ Day Blessing of Animals
The feast of St Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals, is October 4th. It’s customary to bless animals on his day, so this Saturday, October 1stat 1.00 PM, we’ll bless any pet, livestock or critter, domesticated or not, you want to bring, including tarantulas that hop and dogs that bite (I reserve the right to bless from a distance). After the blessing, treats for your animals and medals of St Francis will be distributed.
…on Saturday, October 1, come to church and bring your chihuahua, crocodile or cockatiel and get him/her/it blessed at our Almost-St Francis’ Day Blessing of Animals (St Francis’ Day is October 4)…Bill Hull, our Junior Warden, has called for a parish workday, and chosen Saturday, October 8 as the date. This workday has grown, to paraphrase Tolkien, in the planning: it has now become a morning workday with a noon barbeque and a post-prandial Ragtime musicfest which may very well degenerate into another sing-along. We do need to do some respectable work clearing out and organizing the space in the storage bin out back to allow us to declutter David Hall and Omar’s Room, but it’s also agreed that we never quite eat together enough here, nor have the time to fully share our views on every imaginable topic, so we’ve tacked the barbeque onto the schedule; and if you haven’t heard Trevin Roming make our piano come to life, this will be your chance, so mark a red circle on your calendar for 10 AM, Saturday, October 8…sometime around the middle of the month, Judith Goody is flying in from London to spend four or five weeks with us, so be ready for that (she has just the right way of saying the thing people are thinking but nobody’s saying, doesn’t she?)…we’ll close out October with the Feast of our Lord Jesus Christ the King on Sunday, October 30 and after church, we’ll be planting our Swithintree between the hall and the church, so come and help (bring a shovel!)...
An Apple Tree for St Swithin
Our preparations continue for the planting of our St Swithin Apple Tree. The planting date is Sunday, October 30, which is the 1,170th anniversary of the consecration of St Swithin as Bishop of Winchester (back in AD 852). It’s also only a few weeks after the expected arrival of the fall apple trees best suited for planting in central Texas. Sometime next week we’ll be visiting the nursery to discuss which variety of apple tree will suit us best and place our order. Remember, Sunday, October 30, is the date, so circle it on your calendar!
“There is no use trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it. I know some muddle-headed Christians have talked as if Christianity taught that sex, or the body, or pleasure, were bad in themselves. But they were wrong. Christianity is almost the only one of the great religions which thoroughly approves of the body – which believes that matter is good, that God Himself once took on a human body, and that some kind of body is going to be given to us even in Heaven and is going to be an essential part of our happiness, our beauty, and our energy.”” – CS Lewis , Mere Christianity, 1952
And, of your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Michael, Bishop in the Church of God, his wife Linda, their family and all who mourn his loss. May he rest in peace.
See this week's Liturgical Schedule on our "About Us" page
Parish Food Closet
We collect non-perishable food items throughout the year and every two months we caravan the donations to the New Braunfels SOS Food Bank. Our current food collection is continuing till Sunday, September 5, so please remember to bring something for one of our collection baskets by then. We have one collection basket by the front entrance of David Hall, just ot the right of the door. The other basket is in the back of the church on the Gospel side. Thanks to your ongoing generosity, st Joseph's is one of the major contributors to our local food bank.
Options for Life
Throughout Lent we've been raising money for an annual gift to the New Braunfels "Options for Life" Program, supporting young, single mothers struggling to raise their children. The garishly-colored plastic baby bottles lined up on the narthex table are for you to take home and fill up as part of our common parish Lenten Alms program. We also have an OfL Collection Jar in our parish hall for through-the-year donations. We'll being collecting bottles on Easter Day and on Whitsunday present our check to the office of OfL.
On Memorial Day and Veterans' Day we take up special collections for the "Wreaths Across America" program. At Christmastime, we participate in this by laying wreaths at the graves of veterans in New Braunfels and Comal County. For more information, contact Tanya Wilcox.
Most-Needed Items at Food Bank
The brochure for our local Food Bank lists the following items as their greatest needs: Canned meats, tuna, chicken or salmon; Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili); Low-sodium canned vegetables; Canned fruit in its own juice or water; Peanut butter; Olive or canola oil; Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, salt-free spice blends); Canned foods with pop-top lids; Low-sugar whole grain cereals; Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit).
Their brochure goes on to say: “Please avoid items packed in glass. No candy or sugar-sweetened drinks. We request that you do not donate bulk quantities of rice, flour, or sugar. Although we appreciate and can utilize every donation we receive, the Food Bank does not have the repackaging facilities needed to properly distribute such items.”
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