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Response to Supreme Court Decision 

Dear friends, 

I write this while I, along with many of you, absorb and process the Supreme Court decision released today in the case of Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The court has overturned the constitutional right to abortion that was recognized in the 1973 case Roe v. Wade. 

My mind is filled with all the “what now” questions that are posited on every news and social media source today. The implications are long, and we will need to spend time together addressing the ethical, moral, and social implications of it all, as we continue to respect the dignity of every person. Conversations are underway now to plan opportunities in the coming weeks for us to learn together and to absorb this decision as a Christian community. Look for more information about those plans soon. 

We’ve started this webpage with well-articulated teachings of The Episcopal Church and a summary of General Convention resolutions on abortion and women’s reproductive health. They will help guide our conversations and actions as we move forward. 

Today, however, my heart is desperate to say something else. I want to say something particularly to all the girls and women who might read this statement. God loves you. Your church loves you. Your clergy loves you. I love you. We see you. We see you as someone who is wonderfully made in God’s image. We are filled with awe and respect for you just as you are, and we trust you. We believe that you, along with your own support systems, are able to make trustworthy decisions about your own health and well-being.  

And if it’s helpful, we can be part of that support system. Please know that if you find yourself in the incredibly difficult situation of an unexpected or complicated pregnancy, you are not alone. Reach out to us. We may not practice medicine or law, but we will walk the Way of Love with you. We will offer prayer, love, and support and a community where you are seen, heard, known, accepted, and loved, as a beloved child of God. 

Peace, 

The Rev. Dr. Chuck Treadwell
Rector, St. David’s Episcopal Church


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FILM STUDY AT ST. JAMES

Saturday, Oct. 1, 3-5 p.m.

The documentary, Slavery by Another Name will be screened at St. James Episcopal Church or online. The film explores the continuation of de facto slavery after the Emancipation Proclamation. Register for details.

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A Mass for Companions

Read a letter to the parish from Dr. David Stevens, about his composition of A Mass for Companions which will be sung by the congregation starting Sunday, June 26 until Sunday, Aug. 7 when we will say goodbye to David as he begins his retirement.

Dear Friends,

During Lent, in the morning services, we sang the Mass for Companions which I composed for this past Spring. You, the congregants of St. David’s, have always inspired me and I was happy to have conceived service music that reflected who you are as a worshiping community-a singing community, a faithful community, a generous and sweet community.

A Mass for Companions is just that-music to be sung by us companions on our earthly journey. I wanted you to feel as if you could learn the movements easily and that is the reason I wrote it as a “call-and-response” mass. I heard many positive things about your experience and I wanted to extend the usage by transforming the mass into a “continuous” mass-one where a cantor was not always the leader of the music.

My colleagues encouraged me when I told them of my idea and my hope that the Mass might have a life at St. David’s after my retirement. This coming Sunday, through at least Aug. 7, the “continuous” version of the Mass will be the service music for our two morning services in the Historic Church. I wrote another Song of Praise-a Trisagion (Holy Lord, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us!)-to take the place of the more penitent Kyrie. I, also, wrote an Alleluia for framing the reading of the Gospel and a Pascha nostrum (Christ, our Passover, is sacrificed for us).

Thank you for the opportunity to have written pieces to be used in our liturgies and to hear you sing this Mass. Blessings on all of you and I thank you for the rich time that I have had serving you at St. David’s!

Watch Dr. David Stevens teach A Mass for Companions to the congregation before Holy Eucharist on the First Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2022 (Timestamp: 0:41-12:50).
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Sr Mary Magdalene Vows

Read a letter to St. David’s from Sr Mary Magdalene as she made her solemn profession as a Benedictine sister this June.

Location: Holy Cross Oratory at Conception Abbey in Conception, Missouri

On Thursday, June 16, I made my solemn profession as a Benedictine sister in the Companions of St. Luke-OSB. This community is recognized as a dispersed Benedictine community as defined by the Canons of the Episcopal Church. CSL is a mixed community consisting of men and women, married, single, and partnered.

We can be found on the Episcopal Church website under Religious Orders and Christian Communities. People who chose to join our community can choose a Vowed life or an Oblate life. I chose the Vowed life which consisted of a total of 6 years of formation, 1 year Postulancy, 2 years Novitiate, and 3 years of Annual Vows that required a final project as an expression of my call to religious life.

The program of formation is quite vigorous and challenging, yet at the same time beautiful and life-changing. The Vowed life calls members to pray the four-fold daily office, daily private prayer (Lectio Divina), as well as continual formation after making solemn profession.

Our call as a community to the greater church and the world is through our Charism; “Our commitment to the CSL’s contemplative form of religious life is complemented by our individual ministries that help to heal a wounded world, while respecting the dignity and rights of others and fulfilling our monastic vows of stability, obedience, and conversatio morum suorum (fidelity to the monastic life). We pledge to prefer nothing whatever to Christ.

I want to thank everyone at St. David’s who has supported me on this lifelong journey. 

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Church Childcare Update

Sunday Church Childcare

Sundays 8:30 a.m.-12:30, Ages 2 mo. up to 4 yrs, 1st floor.
We look forward to seeing you!  To keep all children safe, a brief health form completion is required upon drop off.  Masks are strongly encouraged for children up to age five, and masks are required for all adults working with them. For more information please contact childcare coordinator Laura Lancaster Faulk.


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Building Update

Update on ongoing work that is part of the “It’s Our Time” capital campaign. Our building renovation plans have been submitted to the City for permitting. In addition, we have submitted an application for approval of the work with the Texas Historical Commission as the church is a National and State Historical Landmark.

Bethell Hall’s cork floor was sanded and resealed through the weekend of May 15. Worship services were not impacted on Sunday because the usual 9 and 11:15 services were combined for an outdoor Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. on Ministry Sunday.

Construction in the Historic Church is slated to begin in mid to late August.

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One Church One Book

Register below for a summertime reading event! The parish will read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Read the original novel, listen to the audiobook in the car, or bring the story to life with a staged reading.

We will post fun reading questions and other social media treats on our Facebook and Instagram pages throughout the summer with the hashtag #stdavesummer22.

All groups are in person at the church, inter-generational (i.e. for ages 8+), and kick off on June 12 at 10 a.m. Visit multiple groups or stick with one for the summer.

Many of us already have copies of this classic novel at home and we encourage everyone to borrow a copy. If you need a new copy we recommend shopping used, local, or independent bookstores. Online bookseller resource suggestions:

Austin Public Library, Half Price Books, BookPeople, Bookwoman, Indiebound, Libro, Bookshop


Stage Reading

July 24 – 10 a.m. Vestry Room

This group will read and discuss the stage play adaptation and will be led by Amanda Wischkaemper.

Book • Audiobook • Graphic Novel

July 10 and Aug. 7 – 10 a.m. Crail C

This group will discuss the original text or audiobook and will be led by Dr. Mona West. The graphic novel group has been merged with the book group.


MOVIE NIGHT

Sunday, Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m., Sumners Hall

We conclude our summer One Church One Book clubs with a movie night celebration. Enjoy free pizza and watch the screen adaptation of  A Wrinkle In Time. All are welcome! Childcare is available upon request.

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Newcomer Recognition

If you started attending St. David’s in the last 6 months or so, we would like to share your name and picture with the congregation in the Friday, May 13 issue of our e-newsletter. To be included, please send your name and picture to Dr. Amy Moehnke () by Sunday, May 8.

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