Holy Week at Home

View a message from Mother Katie about our Holy Week worship schedule and Holy Week at Home resources at The Abbey

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Building closed through April 13

To further contain the spread of COVID-19 in Austin and Travis County, a stay-at-home order was issued today by Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Our St. David’s campus will be closed through April 13. Please join us for Sunday worship and weekly classes online. Our clergy is also available for pastoral care and prayers.

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Café Divine & Holy Grounds Update

A note from Chef Ray and Taylor Cloyd

Greetings. We hope that everyone is doing as well as one can in these trying times. To everyone we have the pleasure to cook for and to serve, know that you are in our hearts and prayers as we all work to overcome the challenges presented to all of us by COVID-19.

Café Divine and Holy Grounds are following all ordinances mandated by officials at the city, state and federal level. Like all other restaurants statewide, we have suspended our in-person food service operations until May 1, 2020. However, we are not shutting down and quite frankly need your support. 

As we write this, the staff at Café Divine and Holy Grounds are working on curbside pick-up service at St. David’s. We will offer both ready-to-eat and ready-to heat foods that you enjoy from Café Divine and Holy Grounds. We envision sandwiches, soups, salads, sliced brisket, roasted chicken dinners–the list goes on!

We would love to hear from you, our loyal customers, about this. Please feel free to drop an email note or even a phone call (we would love that!). The best way is to first contact Chef Ray via email, chefray@stdave.org and we can schedule a time. Your support is needed! 

As you know, Café Divine and Holy Grounds are ministries of St. David’s Episcopal Church. If you find yourself in need of someone to talk to, our St. David’s clergy and staff are available. Let us know and we will have someone contact you.  We also invite you to join our online Sunday church services as well as adult, youth, and children’s Christian education classes. You can find links to our ongoing programming at www.stdave.org.

Thank you and we will get through this together,

Chef Ray
Director of Hospitality

Taylor Cloyd
Holy Grounds Manager

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Updated Resources for Youth and Children’s Formation Online

Children’s Formation Online

This week, Director of Children’s Ministry Amanda Wischkaemper shared this message about transitioning to online worship and formation.

Dear Friends,
As we adjust to our “new normal,” I hope your family is doing as well as possible. In uncertain times, we realize how much we need community. We may not be together in person, but can continue to connect with friends and feed our spiritual formation in a new format. We are learning as we go, and we are better together. All worship and formation is now online. Click here to read the rest Amanda’s letter and access links to formation resources.

Youth Formation Online

Director of Youth Ministry Jenny Campbell wrote in the latest youth newsletter about All-Austin EYC activity on Instagram:

All Austin EYC is now on Instagram! St. Michael’s, St. Luke’s, Good Shepherd, St. James’ and St. David’s have come together on one platform for all of our community-wide news. We will be posting multiple times a week with both encouraging and light-hearted content. We will also be holding Morning Prayer on IG live as well as hosting zoom activities for our whole group. Follow us on Instagram at @austin_eyc to stay informed on city-wide offerings and conversation.

Weekly Youth Formation will continue on Zoom.
Parents, contact Jenny Campbell for access to Zoom links and passwords.

  • Sunday: 10 a.m., Youth Formation
  • Tuesday: 6-8 p.m., High School EYC
  • Wednesday: 5:30-7 p.m. Middle School EYC

Youth Confirmation Classes and Confirmation Retreat transitioning online

ATTENTION CONFIRMANDS: We are STILL having class, AND the retreat, just online! Wondering how we’re going to have a retreat online? Cameron and I are getting creative and are dedicated to creating an awesome confirmation experience online.

  • Retreat: March 28, 9 a.m.-March 29, 11 a.m.
  • Classes: March 30-April 2: 10 a.m.-noon

For more information about how to access Youth Formation Online, or to be added to the Youth Mailing List or Group Me account please contact Jenny Campbell.

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Zoom into The Abbey’s Classroom

We’ve transitioned many of our Christian education classes online to The Abbey at St. David’s Classroom. Classes will use the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Most classes are open for anyone to join.

You’ll find virtual classrooms for Journey Groups, Sunday morning classes, and instructions on how to participate on Zoom. For children’s and youth classrooms, contact the ministry leader for Zoom invitations.

We’ll see you in the The Abbey’s Classroom!

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Update: Environmental Guild Meeting via Email in March

This meeting, a planning session for the Earth Day Fair on April 19, will be held via e-mails over the next two weeks.

Contact group leader Kathy Cramer to be connected for the latest updates.

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March 28-29 | Youth Confirmation Retreat Moves Online

Saturday, March 28 (all day)-Sunday, March 29 (until 11am)
Youth grades 10th and up are invited to prepare for the sacrament of confirmation! Youth confirmation is led by Jenny Campbell and Fr. Cameron Spoor. It begins with a virtual retreat 3/28-3/29, then online morning classes from 3/30-4/2, then afternoon classes on 4/5, 4/26, and 5/3. Confirmation itself is June 7. Youth Retreat required for confirmation. Contact Director of Youth Ministry Jenny Campbell for details.

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Update from Fr. Chuck

We continue to ask you to join us for worship online. We believe this will be the case at least until Sunday, April 26. Read Fr. Chuck’s full letter here: https://conta.cc/3b8HCy4.

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Update: Bedtime Story Brigade will not meet in March

Bedtime Story Brigade was on hiatus during the renovation of the Salvation Army family shelter, and was scheduled to resume on March 24. However, the Salvation Army Family Shelter, out of concern for volunteers, staff and residents, has decided to cancel all activities through the remainder of March. They will re-evaluate the policy at the end of March and make a decision about continuing into April.   

When Bedtime Story Brigade resumes it will be at a new time:
7 p.m., second Sunday of every month and volunteers will meet at the Salvation Army Rathgaber Center rather than the St. David’s lobby.
Volunteers will share an evening of bedtime stories, crafts, milk, and cookies with homeless children at the Salvation Army family shelter. Contact Bedtime Story Brigade for more details.

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Updated Response to Coronavirus

As things shift quickly in response to the Coronavirus, we must adapt quickly as well. In order to help slow the spread of the virus, and protect the most vulnerable among us, we are making significant changes immediately. Please visit this link for the latest information about changes to our worship practices starting this Sunday, March 15.

We pledge to keep everyone informed about our practices as time goes on. You can follow our Facebook pageupdate your contact information, or visit stdave.org to receive updates. 

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