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Our Mission: To seek and serve Christ in others, loving our neighbor as ourselves.

Christ Episcopal Church of Cedar Park · 3.5 miles west of 183 on W. FM 1431 · 267-2428 ·

August 2007

Viva La Ministry Celebration Day!!

Dear Friends, Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Remember to mark your calendars for September 9, our Ministry Celebration Day! After the 10:30 service everyone is requested to attend the unveiling and reception at our new Kid's Kingdom in the Education building. For more information on what will be happening this day for all ages (during the Sunday school period) please see the CEC Kids section for details. Also, on this day your vestry and I are asking for all ministry leaders to please place a poster in the parish hall with information describing the particular ministry in which you serve. What we want to do on Ministry Celebration Day is simply display in poster form all our ministries and unveil the new Kid's Kingdom. Our theme is to keep this day a celebration! The Extreme Makeover that has been an ongoing blessing of transforming our Sunday school rooms into the "Kid's Kingdom." So many of you are participating and contributing your efforts and hard work. Thank you all very much! This makeover is more than just painting walls and rearranging the furniture. There are columns, brick walls, draperies and painted murals being erected. All ages have been contributing. Amber Wright once said to me while we were painting, "Now I can tell my friends that I helped paint this room!" These are memories that will last for generations. The Kid's Kingdom is not only impacting our church presently, it will have a lasting effect for years and years to come. As we continue to minister and give to our children, they will grow in their faith and minister to our church for years and years to come. What a wonderful blessing we are building at CEC! God is so good! Peace, Bruce

CEC Kids Corner

Extreme Classroom Makeover

Thank you to all of our volunteers that have been working on our Extreme Classroom Makeover. Our education building is starting to transform into a beautiful kingdom. We will be having several more workdays before our big reveal on September 9. Please join us Saturday, August 11, 9AM-Noon Saturday, August 25, 9AM- Noon Saturday, September 8, 9AM-Noon Sundays in August, 9:15-10:15 Mid-week Workdays Wednesdays in August, 11:30-2:30

Calling All Volunteers!

Looking for a great opportunity to serve God and the children of CEC? We are looking for volunteers to assist with our children's programs, including our summer Sunday school program, Children's Chapel and our Extreme Classroom Makeover! To ensure the safety of our children, all volunteers working directly with our kids will be required to complete Safeguarding God's Children. For more information on how you can help with our growing Children's Ministry program, please contact Brielle Giard at

[email protected]

Safeguarding God's Children September 15

9:00-10:15AM- For Parents and Congregations 9:00-Noon- Children's Ministry Volunteers

Coming Soon... Kids Kingdom

Fall 2007 Sunday school will kick-off on September 9th at 9:15. Our kids will enjoy a special breakfast and ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration our new Kid's Kingdom. All children ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to this very special event. The first Rotation Sunday school unit, A New Creation, will begin on September 16. Be sure to invite all your friends to share in this exciting new program at CEC.

CEC will be hosting a Safeguarding God's Children class on Saturday, September 15. Parents and members of the congregation are encouraged to attend the first 1 _ hours to learn about the prevention of child sexual abuse. This is great educational tool for everyone to help keep our precious children safe. All volunteers that work directly with our kids are required to take the full, 3-hour course. Our youth, age 16 and up, are also encouraged to take the course with parental consent. To signup, please contact Brielle Giard at [email protected]

Cursillo 217: The Best Cursillo Ever!

Midway in the journey of our life I came to myself in a dark wood, for the straight way was lost. Ah, how hard it is to tell the nature of that wood, savage dense and harsh -the very thought of it renews my fear! - Dante's Inferno by David Enders

Who hasn't found themselves in that dark wood? Especially those of us who are "midway" in the journey of our lives. your 20's and 30's it's all about color and brightness because everything is still relatively new and life's adventure has just begun. But somewhere "midway" -- for many of us -the routine of the daily chore has a tendency to fade even the brightest colors. Maybe once the color in life is taken for granted and no longer appreciated, the gloom of the dark wood creeps in. Time out! This isn't how an article about Cursillo should start. Cursillo is all about the colors of life, a celebration of color and the blessing to know that no matter where you are in the journey of your life you can call a Spiritual Time Out. You can forget about work, traffic, bills, "reality" TV shows, those commercials that implore you to "ask your doctor about ____..." and all the other silly things that, through constant repetition, bleach the color right out of your life. You can even forget about time itself, at least you can punch out of the world's time clock and live on God's time. At Cursillo, things happen when they happen and you don't need to worry about any deadlines. You will be taken care of. You will be fed in every way you can be fed. You will discuss what it really means to be a Christian. You will be surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. You will be humbled by God's profound love. At Cursillo, God's time is measured in prayer, song, study and fellowship and, over the course of a long weekend, you will come to realize you are not alone in your walk. You simply cannot be a Christian by yourself and ultimately, for me at least, Cursillo is all about fully realizing the grace of God in Christian community. Cursillo #217 was held August 2-5 at Camp Allen and was the Cursillo of "Speaking Wisdom and Meditating on Understanding" from Psalm 49. There was plenty of time for wisdom and meditation -something you don't often get at your nine-to-five. We heard many, many speakers laying down the basic tenets of Christian life, each in a remarkable and heartfelt way that connected all the Cursillistas in a common bond. The community shared everything. We ate together (alot), sang together, played together, prayed together, worshipped together and received Holy Eucharist together. By the end of the weekend, we saw each other in a whole new light! The Light that brings color to the world and makes life worth living. If only our old friend Dante had the blessing of a Cursillo, he may have found a friend and chosen a different path that day midway in his journey. The gloom would have lifted and the colors come flooding back. "All in color, and so must all love be of every bright color to make my heart cry." As Cursillistas, we were sent back into the world on the fourth day, but now we know what we are bound to do: bring others to Christ simply by being a true friend and keeping the faith in Christian community. We are not alone. You can ask your doctor.



History of Cursillo Movement A layman named Eduardo Bonnín participated in the early years of the "short courses" in Mallorca and helped develop the cursillos to the point that it became an active renewal movement in the Church. In 1957, the movement had spread to North America, when the first American cursillo was held in Waco, Texas. In 1959, the Cursillo spread throughout Texas and to Phoenix, Arizona. In August of that year the first national convention of spiritual directors was held, and Ultreya magazine began publication. In 1960, the growth of the Cursillo quickened in the Southwest, and weekends were held for the first time in the East in New York City and Lorain, Ohio. Until 1961, all weekends were held in Spanish. That year the first English-speaking weekend was held in San Angelo, Texas. Also in 1961, first weekends were held in San Francisco, California; Gary, Indiana; Lansing, Michigan; and Gallup, New Mexico. In 1962, the Cursillo Movement came to the Eastern United States. Weekends were held in Cincinnati, Brooklyn, Saginaw, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Newark, Baltimore, Grand Rapids, Kansas City and Boston. In the West, the first weekends were held in Monterey, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Pueblo and Yakima. The movement spread rapidly with the early centers carrying the Cursillo to nearby dioceses. By 1981, almost all of the 160 dioceses in the United States had introduced the Cursillo Movement. The Cursillo Movement in the United States was organized on a national basis in 1965. A National Secretariat was formed and the National Cursillo Office (currently in Dallas, Texas) was established. Today, Cursillo is a worldwide movement with centers in nearly all South and Central American countries, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Austria, Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and in several African countries. The movement is recognized by the Pope as member of the International Catholic Organizations of the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome. In 1980, the Cursillo Movement established a world-wide international office, the OMCC (Organismo Mundial de Cursillos de Cristiandad). This international office is currently located in Los Angeles, California. A story from the early days of the movement in Spain tells of an occasion where a group of men were returning from a Cursillo weekend when their bus broke down. They began to sing De Colores, a traditional folk song. The use of the song in Cursillo took hold, and has held up as the movement has spread outside the Spanish-speaking world and to other denominations. The use of a multi-colored rooster as a symbol for the Cursillo movement is believed to have originated from one of the verses of that song. The Cursillo is supported by the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. It is joined to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops through an official liaison in the person of Most Rev. James A. Tamayo, Bishop of Laredo, Texas, and through the Bishops' Secretariat for the Laity in Washington, D.C. The spiritual advisor for the USA national movement is Rev. Einer R. Ochoa of San Antonio, Texas. Cursillo (R) is a registered trademark of the National Cursillo Center in Dallas, Texas.

Ministry Schedules for August

Aug. 5 10:30 a.m. Bill Sterling/Joan Steele: Lectors Bill Sterling/Joan Steele: LEMs Cindy Wells/Jan Buntebart: Hospitality Jobie Guzman: Altar Guild Frank Wells/Michael Reeh: Ushers Fallon & Gianna Gordy: Accolytes

Quilt of Holes

- submitted by Jerry Lyle

Aug. 12 10:30 a.m.

Jan Buntebart/Arthur Callaway: Lectors Jan Buntebart/Arthur Callaway: LEMs Cindie Scanlon/Shirley Murphy: Hospitality Martha McEver: Altar Guild Mandy Moore/Travis Holliman: Ushers Richard Pelkey: Accolytes Deborah Davies/Marilee Verdesca: Lectors Deborah Davies/Marilee Verdesca: LEMs Fran Hart/Muriel Kalita: Hospitality Polly Enders: Altar Guild Tony & Elias Martinez: Ushers Amelia Gossett/Annaissa Kalita: Accolytes

Aug. 19 10:30 a.m.

Aug. 26 10:30 a.m.

Cathy Wood/Charile Cole: Lectors Carolyn Dupy/Kristi Gordy: LEMs John Keahey/Becca Marbury: Hospitality Katie Scanlon/Arthur Calloway: Ushers Cathy Valusek: Altar Guild Suzie Scanlon/Elias Martinez: Accolytes Cindie Scanlon/Cathy Valusek: Lectors Cindie Scanlon/Cathy Valusek: LEMs Jan Halstead/Cindy Wells: Hospitality Jobie Guzman: Altar Guild Rachel & Joel Holliman: Accolytes August Vestry of the Month: Robert Wren and Sarah Short

Sept. 2 10:30 a.m.

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life. But as my angel took each piece of clothe off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all. I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air. Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayers, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me. And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my lie to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes. Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, "Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you." May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.

Staff and Ministry Coordinators:

Bishop: .....................The Rt. Rev. Don Wimberly Vicar:......................Rev. Bruce Bonner 267-2428 Treasurer: ........................Sylvia Jones 331-9126 Lectors/LEM'S: ............Jan Buntebart 528-9338 Music Director: ............... Patty Craig 267-7981 Prayer Ministry: ...Rev. Bruce Bonner 267-2428 Children's Ministry.........Brielle Giard 388-0175 Children's Chapel: .......Kris Holliman 267-2266 Children's Sunday School: Cathy Callaway 218-9150 Youth: ......................Brandon Wilson 438-9036 Acolytes....Richard Pelkey & Fran Hart 291-2726 Altar Guild: .................Jobie Guzman 267-1462 Communications:....Marilee Verdesca 864-1942 Food Ministry: ...Cindy & Frank Wells 778-5421 Hospitality: .....................Cindy Wells 778-5421 Adult Education: ..........David Enders 259-4430 Ushers: ........................Mandy Moore 528-9588 Flower Ministry: ..........Jill McDonald 248-1938 Brth. of St. Andrew: .....John Keahey 259-2232 Cursillo: ..Randall & Jeanette Holahan 260-1774 Discovery Class:....Rev. Bruce Bonner 267-2428 Admin. Asst: ....................Judy Tobey 267-2428 Trumpet: .......................David Enders 259-4430 Womens' Ministry: ..Kathryn Bonner 260-7797 Greeters: .................Christine Luchini 267-2476 Episcoplayers: .........Randall Holahan 260-1774 God's Geeks: ......................Fran Hart 291-2726

Bishop's Committee:

Senior Warden: ............Robert Wren 255-7494

Members: Charlie Cole........................................ 294-2958 Bernie Davies.......................................930-5087 Carolyn Dupy.......................................267-2633 Jim Hart...............................................291-2726 Sarah Martinez.....................................260-1326 Robert Wren........................................255-7494 CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH P.O. Box 638, Cedar Park, TX 78630 phone: 512-267-2428 fax: 512-267-7337 web: e-mail: [email protected] requests: [email protected]


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