Ministering to the Northeast Area of San Antonio for over 50 years


September 1, 2020

This week's Events… 
  • Online Bible Study on the Prophets - 10:00 a.m. - Thursday Sept 3.
  • Contemplative Prayer Service - 10:00 a.m. - Saturday Sept. 5
  • Sunday Worship followed by Virtual Coffee Hour - 9:00 a.m.- Sunday Sept 6

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO OF AN ORCHID. We're wondering if anyone has seen a black and white photo of an Orchid. It was last seen in what was the RCC director's office. Please contact Fr. Chris with any information.

TIME TO UPDATE THE ONLINE DIRECTORY. It's time to update our online directory. You can  log in using this link: or the link you will find on our website: Please check over your information and update as necessary, If you haven't already done so add a picture of yourself to your profile. If you have not signed up for our directory - click on "create account" at the bottom of the log in box.

DONATIONS FOR ALTAR FLOWERS ARE BEING ACCEPTED.  If you would like to donate the altar flowers there is a sign up sheet in the narthex or you can click here to order online. The cost is $30. People often donate them in celebration of birthdays and anniversaries or to remember loved ones. Or sometimes just because. If you have any questions contact Gera Chestnutt.

PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS  As we spend this time in isolation, we are still capable of small acts of generosity.  Please continue your contributions to the Church as they enable larger acts in your name. You can either donate online via the Church website OR you can drop a check in the mail - The church address is 5909 Walzem Rd. Windcrest TX 78218. Thank you for your continued support - Dorcas Sampson, Sr. Warden.
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Fr. Chris
I saw this on Facebook the other day. It was posted by a colleague in the Diocese of Oregon. I think it is certainly appropriate in this season of unrest and division, but also as a daily spiritual discipline.
"Historian Henry Adams once defined politics as the 'systematic organization of hatreds.' It was true in the Civil War era, and just as true today. In 2020, who you hate is who you are."
(From an article in "The Week" by William Falk)
Since the Christian may only hate sin, not other people (even our enemies), this calls into question any shackling of faith to partisanship. Who we hate should be brought before Christ's altar for judgment. If our political alliances, predilections, news-feeds, or biases are leading us to hate other "types" of people, then they must be cast before that altar. If we do not, it is simply idolatry--the deepest and most detestable of sins.
If you read this and immediately thought of all the people you know who need to do this, you missed the point. The exercise of bringing hate to Christ's altar for judgement is something that does not pertain only to "the other side," or to "those people." In fact, it doesn't apply to "them" at all, it applies to you and me personally. This is an exercise we all need to participate in, it is why we say the Confession of Sin publicly every week - to acknowledge not only our bad behaviors, but our bad attitudes as well. Chief among them and most important to guard against is hate.
Take a good look this week at your political alliances, predilections, news-feeds, and biases. Are they leading you to hate others? Don't sugar coat it. If you come up with other words such as dislike or disagree go deeper. Don't think in terms of 'right and left" conservative or liberal. Try empathizing with those on "the other side" or "those people." If you discover that a certain person or group is leading you to hate others, abandon it, turn your back on it and turn toward the two great commandments" Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself.
This is hard work, but it is work each of us needs to do every day as we try to follow Jesus the way he wants to be followed and to care about the people, Jesus cares about.


The numbers of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, people on ventilators and the positivity rate have all been decreasing over the last several weeks. This is encouraging but we need to remember that COVID-19 hasn't and isn't going away. It's simply being contained by the wearing of masks, social distancing and hand washing.

That said, we will begin gathering in-person again on September 27. This date will allow us to thoroughly assess any COVID-19 related issues that may arise on Labor Day or are connected to kids going back to school. We will monitor both situations and if they create significant problems we will push back our opening date.

In addition, the Bishop has lifted restrictions on gathering for Sunday School, Bible Studies and various other meetings beginning September 14. This does not mean we will go back to in-person meetings right away, but does mean we can begin to make plans and come up with protocols for these meetings.

We will continue with one service at 9 AM for the foreseeable future. The KEEPING EACH OTHER SAFE DURING WORSHIP guidelines are still in full affect and will be until there is some sort of treatment and/or vaccine. Click Here to read them. Please not there is one change from the previous guidelines - face masks will be required

We will continue to offer services via YouTube for those of you who are not able or would prefer not to attend in-person worship. Click here to watch last Sunday's service


We continue with our study of the Prophets. This week we will take an in-depth look at Hosea 4:1-5:15. Here are some discussion questions that will guide our conversation.
  1. What does the Lord claim is lacking in Israel? What does God find instead? What are the consequences of such a climate of evil? (Ch. 4)
  2. Of what are the priests guilty? What are the consequences of their actions?  (Ch. 4)
  3. What is a "spirit of prostitution"? How does it hook it's victim? What is it's seductive impact on future generations?  (Ch. 4)
  4. What is God's concern for Judah? What does he urge them to avoid?  (Ch. 4)
  5. What three groups are indicted by the Prophet? To whom have they been a snare? Why does the Lord promise to discipline them all? ( Ch. 5)
  6. How far have the people sunk in their corruption? What is their root problem? (Ch. 5)
  7. How does God intend to deal with Israel and Judah? (Ch. 5)
Join us this Thursday (Sept. 3) at 10:00 a.m. Here is the link you will need:
You can also call  in: (346) 248- 7799  Meeting ID: 833 2234 1114

Fr. Chris

With the addition of these Psalms we now have fifteen Psalms posted on YouTube and look forward to more in the future.  You can view them by clicking here. Invite your friends to view them and use them in your daily devotions.  The psalms are primarily hymns and they need to be spoken and/or sung in order to receive the full impact of what they are saying to us and for us.  

There are plenty more Psalms to be recorded. If you would like to participate or have already participated and would like to record some more Psalms contact Fr. Chris at


"God never said the journey would be easy,
but he did say that the arrival would be worthwhile." 
                                                            ~Max Lucado~

Mack Hawkinson (9/5), Doug Thomas (9/5), Becky Blankenship (9/6)

Watch over your children, O Lord, as their days increase; bless and guide them wherever they may be. Strengthen them when they stand; comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they fall; and in their hearts may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Scott and Janene McKay (9/9), Don and Marty Swartwout (9/4) 

O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage that in it is represented the spiritual unity between Christ and his Church: Send therefore your blessing upon these your servants, that they may so love, honor, and cherish each other in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a haven of blessing and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Jennie, Sean, James, Cheryl, Doris, Lauren, Michael, Darryl, Beth, The Filippini Family

Almighty God, giver of life and health: Send your blessing on all who are in trouble, sorrow,
need, sickness or any other adversity, and upon those who minister to them, that all weakness may
be vanquished by the triumph of the risen Christ; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer requests are kept in this list and in the prayers of the people until the end of any given month unless otherwise requested. If you would like to view the complete parish prayer list click here
If you are interested in joining any of the following groups, please email the point of contact. All of our ministries are open groups and anyone can join. Some ministries require training. If you're not sure where you're being called to serve, Fr. Chris is available to talk with you about it.

Opportunities: Rhonda Campbell (
Worship Leaders: Fr. Chris: (
Music: Cheryl Sanders (
Vestry: Dorcas Sampson (tante_d@att,net)                                            
Altar Guild: Gera Chestnutt (     
Daughters of the King: Andrea Knight (
Boy Scouts: Kathy Cranford (
EfM: Larry Morgan (
Foreign/Domestic Missions: Ferol Senter (
Godly Play: Misty Whitney ( 
Pastoral Care Team: Alan Whitney (

Mission to the Neighborhood: Jay Buzzini (
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5909 Walzem Rd
Windcrest, TX 78218
Phone: 210-655-5484

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