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Sunday Order of Worship


†Congregation Standing, as able

MUSIC (starts at 9:45 Videos)


PRELUDE “Allegro” William Boyce

†INTROIT “Creation Song”

Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord! Let everything that has breath,

shout and sing. For God created the heavens and earth by speaking only a word,

Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord!

†CALL TO WORSHIP (Based on Psalm 71)

Leader: In you, we take refuge.

People: In your righteousness, you deliver us.

Leader: You have taught us your ways, and we gather to celebrate your wonderful works.

Unison: Through your great love you bring us near. We unite our voices to sing your praise.

Leader: Let us worship God.

†HYMN OF PRAISE #11 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace,;

Streams of mercy, never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above,

Praise His name – I’m fixed upon it-

Name of God’s redeeming love.

Hitherto Thy love has blest me;

Thou hast brought me to this place;

And I know Thy hand will bring me

Safely home by Thy good grace.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wand’ring from the fold of God;

He, to rescue me from danger,

Bought me with His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,

Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,

Prone to leave the God I love;

Hear’s my heart, O take and seal it;

Seal it for Thy courts above.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (First in Silence, then in Unison)

Loving and gracious God, you are patient with us. We run away, and you seek us. We make foolish choices, and you teach us the better way. We hurt you and others, and instead of hurting us back, you forgive us. Help us, we pray; help us reveal your glory and goodness in our living, that we would bear the imprint of Christ throughout the world. Amen.


Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world. Grant us peace; grant us peace. 


†GLORIA PATRI  "Glory Be to the Father”

Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

ANTHEM “Written in Red” Gordon Jensen/arr. Camp Kirkland

In letters of crimson God wrote His love

On a hillside so long, long ago.

For you and for me Jesus died

and love’s greatest story was told.

I love you, I love you;

That’s what Calvary said.

I love you, I love you,

I love you written in red.

Down through the ages

God wrote His love

With the same hands

That suffered and bled.

Giving all He had to give

A message so easily read.

I love you, I love you;

That’s what Calvary said.

I love you, I love you,

I love you written in red.

Oh precious is the flow

That makes me white as snow.

There is no other fount I know,

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

I love you, I love you;

That’s what Calvary said.

I love you, I love you,

I love you written in red.

I love you.


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


Lord hear our prayer, hear our prayer have mercy on us. Lord hear our prayer, hear our prayer have mercy on us.



†HYMN OF PREPARATION #667 “Lord, Speak to Me”

Lord, speak to me, that I may speak

In living echoes of Thy tone;

As Thou hast sought, so let me seek

Thine erring children lost and lone.

O teach me, Lord, that I may teach

The precious things Thou dost impart;

And wing my words that they may reach

The hidden depths of many a heart.


Psalm 133:1

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is

For brothers to dwell together in unity!

1 Samuel 28:5-15

When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at En-dor.”

Then Saul disguised himself by putting on other clothes, and went, he and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night; and he said, “Conjure up for me, please, and bring up for me whom I shall name to you.” But the woman said to him, “Behold, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off those who are mediums and spiritists from the land. Why are you then laying a snare for my life to bring about my death?” Saul vowed to her by the Lord, saying, “As the Lord lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.” Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” And he said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice; and the woman spoke to Saul, saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul.” The king said to her, “Do not be afraid; but what do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a divine being coming up out of the earth.” He said to her, “What is his form?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped with a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and did homage.

Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” And Saul answered, “I am greatly distressed; for the Philistines are waging war against me, and God has departed from me and no longer answers me, either through prophets or by dreams; therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I should do.”

SERMON “Sorcery” Dr. Bryan Stamper


I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.



THE OFFERTORY  “Brother James’ Air” arr. Gilbert Martin

†DOXOLOGY AND DEDICATION “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host: Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

†SENDING HYMN #656 “Take Time to Be Holy”

Take time to be holy,

Speak oft with thy Lord;

Abide in Him always

And feed on His Word.

Make friends with God’s children,

Help those who are weak;

Forgetting in nothing

His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy,

The world rushes on;

Spend much time in secret

With Jesus alone.

By looking to Jesus,

Like Him thou shalt be;

Thy friends in thy conduct

His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy,

Let Him be thy Guide,

And run not before Him,

Whatever betide.

In joy or in sorrow

Still follow thy Lord,

And, looking to Jesus,

Still trust in His Word.

Take time to be holy,

Be calm in thy soul-

Each thought and each motive

Beneath His control.

Thus led by His Spirit

To fountains of love,

Thou soon shall be fitted

For service above.




Go now in peace, never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of ev’ry day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

POSTLUDE “March on ‘Last sunshine Erfreuen’” June Nixon


Members: Robin and Loretta Aplet, Jeanette and Forrest Appleton, Ramses Arce, Cline Ashenfelter, Peggy Boland, Margaret Ann Deats, Rudy Gaedke, Bonna Gehring, Jim & Betty Hayes, Harold Hibbs, Sharlene Jordan, Kathleen Nelson, Helen Saro, Jim & Deb Schwab, Lynda Shaffer, Chris Shelfer, Darlene Spencer, Jim & Mary Ann Summitt.

Friends and Family: Carol Anderson, Diana Grippi's friend, Luke Baca, Jeff Bangs, Dan Blankenhorn’s cousin, Frances D’Ambrosio, Linda Hutchin’s sister, Jackie and Peyton Bigly, Chris Watson's cousin, Gerhardus Eckard, Eric Mapes’ friend, Georgia Hamlin, Debbie Pederson’s cousin, Karen Knudsen, Herb Knudsen’s wife, Melissa, Dennie Hawkins niece, Carol Miller, Linda Gibson’s mother, Casey Goodhue, Margaret and Charlie Goodhue’s daughter, Glenna McAnelly, Jay Monaco, Lydia Saro’s friend, Robert, Rose Solis’ brother, Pam Phillips, Bob and Janet Osterloh's niece, Sandra Smith, Andrew Smith’s mother, Sheri, Zoran’s grandmother, Charlotte Spencer & John Thonen, Darlene Spencer’s grandchildren, Jenifer Thornton, daughter of Robert & Carolyn Salter.

Mabrie Casbeer
Jul 10, 2022
Bryan to Fakie His Way to Fame

After his skateboarding debut in worship a couple of weeks ago, Bryan has decided to throw his hat into the Sr. Skateboarding League. At a huge risk to his own personal safety and hip health, Dr. Stamper figures it's all worth it. The purse for winning the Sr. Skateboarding Open is a staggering $1800.00. When ask why the sudden turn in plans for the future, Bryan offered the following:

After such a sick skate in the sanctuary, I headed home and began to skogg with great focus. After pulling a sweet airwalk, followed by an alley-oop, I decided I needed to work on some more advanced tricks. At this point, your basic anchor grind and benihana just won't do it for me any more. In the coming days, I'm going to focus on the very challenging caballerial. For those not hip to the lingo, this radical move was invented by Steve Caballero in the early 1980s. It requires the athlete, yes we are athletes, to perform a 360-degree ollie on a ramp while riding fakie without grabbing. Yeah, it's tough but as a goofy-foot skater, it should come easily.”

When asked his opinion, Pastor Paul shook his head and said, “Hey, skaters gonna skate you know. As a former sidewalk surfer myself, I understand the draw, I'm seriously stoked for Bryan. Having watched him progress for a few weeks now, Bryan is seriously steezy when he skates. In no time at all I see him becoming one of the world's preeminent Sr. League thrashers. I hope he shares some of those sweet frog skins with the church, but who knows. The allure of sliding into a sick boneless is hard to resist. I just hope he remembers to always wear his brain bucket!

We'll let you know how this story unfolds in the coming weeks.

Cowabunga dude!

(This is parody. Bryan is not that good a skateboarder)

Pastor Paul
Jul 4, 2022
Welcome Children's Ministry Co-Directors

It's an honor to introduce our church family to our new staff members, Alicia Jeffrey and Lisa Hunt. These two wonderful and amazing mothers are stepping up in a big way to ensure the continued growth and development of our Children's program. Both Alicia and Lisa have children of their own in our program and are invested in the kids of our church and community and we are excited to have them working with us. Learn more about these two wonderful people in their messages to the church below.

From Alicia:

I am very honored to be joining the staff at San Pedro as co-director of Children’s Ministry. SPPC has been my church home for 30+ years. After going away to college and living out of town for several years, it is great to be home. I have an eight year old daughter, Emmy, and I also work full-time as a teacher. I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I feel children thrive in a safe, loving, and enriching environment where they are free to explore, interact with others, and are comfortable being who God made them to be. Children learn when they are having fun! My goal is to help set the foundation for a relationship with Christ by teaching children about God’s love.

From Lisa:

I'm Lisa Hunt. It's my pleasure and honor serve as a part of the children’s ministry here at San Pedro. I am a full-time special education teacher, wife and mother of two. As a member of San Pedro Church, it is important to me to grow our children’s ministry by helping our children know and understand God’s love for them.

Jun 29, 2022
San Pedro on ESPN

In an exciting development, the Marketing Team at San Pedro has made a decision about how to creatively market our church to the broader community. After months of discernment, they identified an untapped demographic for church and Christian marketing.

Beginning this month, television viewers will notice our logo on the nationally televised American Cornhole League. Pictured above is one of our first spots on ESPN during a recent championship match (note the logo placement).

To be accurate, this decision was not the Marketing Team. It was Pastor Paul and Pastor Bryan.

Says Pastor Paul, "I realize spending $55,000 on one televised cornhole tournament seems excessive, but I mean... it's cornhole. Who doesn't love cornhole? Think of the exposure! Didn't somebody famous say 'Fortune favors the bold?' I mean come on. It's cornhole."

When asked how this t.v. ad would help the church, Pastor Bryan responded. "Well, you know, exposure and stuff."

So look for our next ad (when we raise more money).

UPDATE: Obviously, this entire article is satire, but the American Cornhole League is a real thing - you can read about it at And Pastor Bryan is open to cornhole and pickleball invitations.

Marketing Team
Jun 27, 2022
Pastor Bryan takes Coaching Gig

The elders of San Pedro Presbyterian Church announce Pastor Dr Bryan Stamper, Senior Pastor, accepted a coaching opportunity in the Premiere League in England. Dr Stamper will be coaching Manchester United for the coming season, serving as a mentor for the world's greatest player, Ronaldo.

Associate Pastor Reverend Paul Gaedke, in shock, gave his explanation:

"Well you know Bryan did really well with his son's 12 year old team. So I guess it makes sense. I think he's going to be flying back and forth a lot. And, of course, we'll be doing a lot of Zoom meetings (heavy sigh). But I'm supportive and excited to see what he can do. And he's making a lot of money."

As part of his agreement, Dr Stamper disclosed that his salary from Manchester United of $2.5 million dollars will not replace his current terms of call. So San Pedro will be still be compensating him while he travels back and forth from Europe. When asked why the church should still pay him, he responded, "Well I'll still be writing the daily devotionals and making phone calls and stuff. I'm also coming around to the 'prosperity gospel' thing."

DISCLAIMER: Obviously the above article is satirical. But Pastor Bryan will be hosting a corn hole tournament for a Christian Night Out at his and Kerry's home. Expect the competition to be fierce. RSVP your attendance HERE.

Jun 20, 2022
VBS Kids Sing in Worship!

It was great to have the chance to play and sing with our VBS Kids in worship this past Sunday. We had a wonderful time at VBS last week as we shared Jesus' love and story with all the kids who came. Thanks to all who volunteered to make it an excellent experience for all the kids.

Pastor Paul
Jun 19, 2022
San Pedro serves 125 meals - Mobile Loaves

San Pedro's mission team helped feed 125 meals to local folks through the Mobile Loaves and Fishes ministry in June. Clothing and hygiene items also went out to three different locations. Mobile Loaves and Fishes is a non-profit focused on helping local communities in a variety of ways. San Pedro is primarily involved with their mobile food distribution efforts.

You can sign up to help once a month by reserving your spot to serve at the narthex outside the sanctuary on any given Sunday. Read more about Mobile Loaves and Fishes HERE.

Missions Team
Jun 17, 2022
Pastor Paul on Hell's Kitchen

The fabulous nuevo cuisine of our own Reverend Paul Gaedke has caught the attention of none other than Chef Gordon Ramsey. Paul had the opportunity to appear on next season of Hell's Kitchen (sneak peek shown above). The time was grueling, and he had to keep it a secret (he never went on those cruises he was raving about).

When asked how his time went, Pastor Paul responded with a curt, "I didn't learn a thing. If anything, I taught Gordon how to cook. Those shows are all staged to make him look good. And I was hoping to get the show name changed to 'Heaven's Kitchen.'"

Pastor Bryan's comments, "I stayed at the guy's house for two months and he never made the same dish twice. Shrimp and grits; corned beef with cabbage, Cuban sandwiches - the list goes on. His wife Gina is spoiled. The guy's a magician. If he opened a restaurant I'd be there every day. Seriously."

Our Fellowship Deacon contacted Gordon's team to hear their side of the story, but all we heard was a curt, "no comment."

NOTE: Obviously, the above work of satire is meant in good fun. But Pastor Paul really is a great cook, and he'll be adding his magic to the upcoming CANO night in June. RSVP your spot(s) HERE.

Fellowship Team
Jun 12, 2022
Youth Summer Schedule

Summer of 2022 is here, and we have an exciting schedule of youth events to share. Whether it’s fun in the sun, mission work, fellowship, or Bible-focused discussion, there is something for everyone that will encourage growth and build relationships. This schedule has been planned around our church entering a season of prayer for vision over the next few months giving our youth an opportunity to also begin praying for vision in how God wants to use their youth group to reach our community. Listed below are the dates of the events that will carry us through a prayerful and growth-filled summer with our youth.

  • JUNE 13TH – 17TH – VBS HELP

Dates and events are subject to change pending potential scheduling issues.

May 31, 2022
Video Devotional

Dr Stamper writes a free, daily devotional that is sent out Monday through Friday - sign up HERE.

Dr Stamper
May 25, 2022
Meals on Wheels at San Pedro

Current statistics confirm the average life expectancy for Americans at a record high of 79 years. As people get older, even the most independent among us may experience physical declines or financial hardship that strips away independence. Add to that an increase in geographic mobility of our families, and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone. 

Meals on Wheels is a national non-profit who deliver meals for people in need and/or who can not leave their homes. The Missions Committee at San Pedro has asked the Session to approve the use of our building as a pick up site for local Meals on Wheels drivers. The Session unanimously approved the request in April. Visitors to our campus will see signs outside the Arnold Building that serve as markers for the drivers who pick up meals Monday through Friday.

We are able to offer our building to other non-profits because of the generous donations of our members; your gifts keep our buildings in good condition and available for others in our community.

Read more about Meals on Wheels HERE.

Missions Team
May 25, 2022
Potluck Thank you!

We had a wonderful, packed house, turnout for our Potluck Dinner on Riser Sunday (Riser Sunday is our annual worship service recognizing all the children and students moving up to the next grade or graduating). The fried chicken, Mac-in-cheese, side dishes and dessert were more than enough for everybody in attendance. Young and senior saints alike showed up for a long overdue potluck meal. 

Our Fellowship Deacon, Rose Solis, did a great job pulling her team of volunteers together for a fabulous event. Rose conveys her thanks for all who contributed, 

The spirit of giving has always been strong at San Pedro and this spirit shows in all Fellowship events!!! THANK You sooo much to all who contributed and helped with set up and clean up at the Pot luck! Your help with these events makes each one the best!!! Please keep up the good work by reaching out with your help, it is greatly appreciated!🌹"

Our next big Fellowship Event is Donuts for Dads (and Kolaches, too). Let the office know if you’re willing to help with any opportunities to connect in fellowship. Office Email ( 

Fellowship Team
May 23, 2022
Riser Sunday Review

Riser Sunday celebrated our upcoming children, youth and graduates during worship on Sunday, May 22nd. All children and students received a special gift to affirm their accomplishments from this past year.

Youth Director Nico Carrillo, Children's Director Lyndsay Watson, and Children's Ministry Assistant Madison Munoz did a fabulous job re-gathering our young saints this past year after two challenging years of being apart. All our programs are growing, with new opportunities coming this summer and fall. Read and RSVP for all our pending activities on their respective web pages:



Family Ministries Team
May 23, 2022
San Pedro Shopping Bags!

Avoid excessive plastic bag usage and show some San Pedro pride at the same time. Available immediately, members can purchase reusable, thermal lined shopping bags with the church logo - three colors available.

For a gift of $10, receive a shopping bag in the color of your choice AND pay the cost for a bag to go to guests. Starting on Sunday, May 29th, guests will receive a lovely shopping tote with information about our church inside. When you make your donation, you ensure a guest will get one, too.

Totes will be available in the narthex during the month of June. Get yours today, and spread the word about San Pedro when you shop.

Marketing Team
May 23, 2022
Get Your Name Tag

With the completion of our new name tag center, we're encouraging all our members and regular guests to wear badges while on campus for worship. With lots of new people attending worship and returning for in-person activities, identifying ourselves by name helps build community.

We're not charging folks for them, and it's a clearly identified check box on your Connection Card in worship throughout the month of June. Orders take about two weeks to process. And remember, wearing a name tag is a simple way to help other folks connect your name to your smile.

May 23, 2022
Children's Home expansion update

San Pedro PC's own Gene Trevino represented our Missions Team at the recent expansion of Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services event. The official notice reads,

Greeting from PCHAS! 

It is with great joy that we recently celebrated the expansion of our San Antonio campus. 

The combined campaigns of “Epiphany: Standing in the Presence of Christ Capital Campaign” and the “Home Sweet Home Capital Campaign” secured more than $5 million for this expansion in South Texas. This will allow PCHAS to serve more than twice the number of single parents and children along with young adults moving into self-sufficiency, many of whom have aged out of foster care. 

The San Antonio Express News published this article about one of our former clients and the campus updates, as well as the recent ribbon-cutting event.

Please feel free to contact me as your liaison to PCHAS and save the date of Wednesday, October 19, 2022 for the annual San Antonio luncheon. 

Banner Huggins signature

Banner Huggins

Senior Development Officer

Mission Team
May 19, 2022
Summer Time Worship @10 am

During the months of June, July and August we will have our traditional worship service at 10:00 am. Below are a few frequently asked questions about the adjustment.

Q: Why are we changing our worship time for three months?

A: There are two main reasons. First, during the hot months we want folks to get up and worship before the heat of the day. It's not unusual for churches to have a summer schedule that adjusts and shifts until the fall school season rolls back around. Secondly, we want to evaluate if this is a better time for our church family on a permanent basis. Most churches nationally find the 10:00 am worship time to be better adapted to modern life schedules. We're trying it; feedback is welcome.

Q: When will this start?

A: June 5th we'll start the summer schedule of having our traditional worship service start an hour earlier (10:00 am).

Q: How will this impact morning education classes?

A: We will coordinate with our teachers to determine what start time is best for them; but for now we believe they'll choose 8:45 am or 9:00 am. The special, monthly, children's fellowship opportunities will start at 9:00 am.

Q: How can folks share feedback about the earlier start time?

A: Some time in July we'll evaluate how the shift is impacting our worship together. It could be we only do this during the summer months, or we might discern not to do this at all, or God may be calling us to wait until a later date to reevaluate (or it might become permanent). We'll ask specifically for feedback during July after we've had time to try this service time.

We'll also make announcements about what our Elders and staff are experiencing as we move through the summer together. Nothing is decided. This is something we are trying, together, to discern our best way to reach the most people through our worship services.

Dr Stamper
May 10, 2022
A Call to Prayer

This is a season of blessing at San Pedro, with baptisms, new members, and families returning to worship. We are financially healthy, and there is a spirit of optimism and hope for our family.

With these feelings of joy and love, I've asked our Elders to affirm a three month Call to Prayer. We are specifically praying for two things: vision for San Pedro, and calling (or purpose) in Christ for all our members. Our Elders have agreed.

Accordingly, we're offering multiple opportunities to gather for fellowship and prayer. Let us seek Holy Spirit's wisdom and direction through these gatherings. Each requires an RSVP (click link).

  • Vigil #1 - 6PM May 18th (Wed) (soup & prayer) RSVP HERE
  • Vigil #2 - 6PM May 25th (Wed) (soup & prayer) RSVP HERE
  • Prayer Walk with Mark Twehues - 9AM Jun 18 (Sat) RSVP HERE
  • Prayer Bike Ride with youth and families - 9AM Jun 18 (Sat) RSVP HERE
Dr Bryan Stamper
May 10, 2022
This Week's Super Kid

Each week at Wednesday Night Kids we select one kid to be the Super Kid of the week. This week we chose our friend Lauren. Good work Lauren!

Pastor Paul
May 3, 2022

Everybody loves "church lady" punch. The big debate: sherbet, or no sherbet?

Taste your favorite flavors every Sunday in May (and get your photo snapped while you sip).

Rev Paul Gaedke
May 1, 2022
Contemporary Service UPDATE #2

On Sunday, April 24th we worshipped for the second of our beta test services in the Neal Building. Once again we had to bring out chairs to make room for everybody, which was exciting to see. With feedback from the first service, we made some tweaks to how we ordered the service (a little less music), and presented the sermon (in 3 parts).

We have another round of adjustment to make before the last of our test services on May 29th, but all in all we're getting good feedback and participation. We're going to make another improvement to the sermon content by working on the sound, and we'll get a bit smoother with slide transitions. We'll also maybe add a little percussion and more singers for the last service.

Two things to point out about the crowd on April 24th. One, there were a number of adults who again joined us to try this style of service. We were building it as something we thought was of main interest to students. We think there are some adults and young families who might regularly join a contemporary service. And secondly, our youth had a lock-in the previous Friday, so we think some of them were still recovering (we're were up most of the night). Even without the bulk of our youth, we had a crowd.

So keep praying and keep passing along your suggestions. We've still got one more service to put together before our summer break and final discernment about what to do in the fall. Your participation and feedback is really helpful, so thank you again. I'm enjoying being the new guy on staff.

RSVP for the last test service HERE. I'll have the chairs ready!


Our first contemporary test service is in the books! I want to thank everyone for your prayers and support in preparations for this service and a special thanks to those who were able to attend and provide much needed feedback. Firstly, I want to say how humbled I am just to have the opportunity try something new here at SPPC. Secondly, the amount of support and prayer that has surrounded this service has not gone unnoticed and I have been truly blessed by your willingness to try something different. This first service was by no stretch of the imagination “perfect”, however I believe it was successful and I am going to share my thoughts on why I believe that to be the case.

Simply put, this service was successful in my mind because it provides us with the opportunity to learn what works and what doesn’t. The most difficult part of trying anything new, is starting. We now have something to reference and grow from as we begin shaping this service into a healthy and nurturing element of worship at SPPC over the next two services. We also found success with this service with the amount of engagement and feedback we received. There were nearly 30 people who not only attended the service but worked together to come up with ideas for how we can reach more people with this service.

What we learned from this service is that there is more for us to learn. However, what I can say with certainty is that the youth of our church that did attend the contemporary service were genuinely excited about the service and the potential it brings to their faith walk and worship involvement. I don’t know yet if this contemporary service can engage the youth and young adults of our community, but I am excited for the possibility. 

Nico Carrillo
Apr 27, 2022
May Missions Update

As we gear up for our summer missions activities, your San Pedro Missions Team conveys deep appreciation for the generosity shown from our San Pedro Family. For the previous quarter we helped build and dedicate a Habit for Humanities home for a local family, distributed food every month through Mobile Loaves and Fishes, collected clothing and shoes for folks in need, and supported local charities and non-profits with volunteer hours, financial donations, and prayer support.

Thank you, San Pedro family and friends, for continuing to express the love of good through mercy, kindness and your financial blessings. The previous paragraph and photo montage only show a portion of what we did in the name of Jesus through your faithfulness. Please keep praying for our efforts in missions as we prepare for our summer projects, programs and planning.

Apr 26, 2022
Potluck, Pictures, & Punch-A-Palooza

Every Sunday in May is an opportunity to have some fun at San Pedro. Three fellowship highlights:

Potluck - Sign up in the narthex before or after worship for our Fried Chicken Pot Luck (meat provided by the church). We need specific items to ensure we'll have enough. Then put your eating pants on for the luncheon on May 22nd.

Pictures - Have your portrait updated for the online directory every Sunday in May. With new folks coming into our faith community, we need to update your information and picture. We're unrolling a new system, it's time to update your photo.

Punch-A-Palooza - Everybody loves "church lady" punch! Come taste your favorite mixture of magical juice, sparkling flavors and sherbert ice cream every Sunday in May before worship in Reynolds Hall. Sip some punch and get your picture made. Which version of punch will you pick as our San Pedro favorite?

Apr 25, 2022
Youth Fun (Lock-In)

Great news! We had a strong turnout of students for our April 22nd lock-in (pictured are a few who braved the "color battle"), with a lot of guests and tons of laughs.

While it is so exciting to see so many youth attend an event, please keep our middle and high school students in prayer. It has been a challenging season for all of us the past couple of years navigating through the uncertainty and the impact of not meeting regularly. The same can be said for the youth of our community that is now returning to a sense of normalcy after significant time apart. As the family of God, this is a great opportunity to remind them of the promises we've made to them through their baptisms.

So thank you for generously supporting the ministries we provide to future generations of saints. Your grace, patience, and long-standing commitment is making a difference. Now is the time when young lives need to experience San Pedro's loving, caring and supportive attention.

Nico Carrillo
Apr 25, 2022
Meet me at the Name Tag Cabinet!!

Our new, beautiful name tag cabinet was created by our very own Brian Schwab. He saw our members nearly tripping at the mobile board to get their tags. He was inspired to create a better and safer solution. He designed and built and installed the magnet cabinet in just weeks. He had some help from another fellow member, Darren Aplet. The name tag cabinet is also lighted – the colors can change to reflect the season.

Brian has a construction background and enjoys making many things. I am looking forward to his next church improvement project- keep your eyes out for it!!

What do you think needs to be improved? How will you help make it happen? See you at the Cabinet!! You may not have said this yet—but you will!!

submitted by Libby Fleming, Elder

Libby Fleming
Apr 24, 2022
The Man Behind The Camera

Member Tom Workman serves as the unofficial/official photographer of San Pedro Presbyterian Church. Over the last years I have shared hundreds of photos with the people of San Pedro before online worship. Almost all of them come from Tom Workman's camera. He's done great work compliling a photographic history of San Pedro over the last 10 years!

Tom has discovered a way to minister to God's people using his gifts and talents, and he keeps on giving. Throughout the month of May he'll be set up in Reynolds Hall to update member portraits for our directory. So, the next time you see Tom, offer him a word of thanks for all he does for San Pedro. And when you're on campus for worship in May, stop by Reynolds Hall to get your picture updated.

Pastor Paul
Apr 18, 2022
What do Deacons do?

Deacons are the "hands and feet of Christ," serving in ministries of compassion and complementary roles to the elders. At San Pedro Presbyterians the deacons are organized into organizational committees that cover a broad variety of service. Every deacon, as with every elder, commits to a three year term. So with each calendar year, three to four deacons are rolling off their active service to make room for new deacons to roll into active service.

Current Deacons and their ministry leadership positions (in alphabetical order)

  • Marcia Blankenhorn (member care)
  • Eileen Gostylo (stewardship)
  • Lori Hockley (hospitality)
  • Brown King (children)
  • Cindy Mapes (youth)
  • Eric Mapes (outreach)
  • Geoff Morgan (worship)
  • Diane Redin (missions)
  • Rose Solis (fellowship)
  • Mark Tapley (adult education)

Dr Bryan Stamper
Apr 4, 2022
Calling All Acolytes!

Parents and grandparents of 1st through 5th graders are invited to put faith into practice on Sunday mornings! Join the Acolyte Team and lift high the cross to help other faith family members of San Pedro focus on the worship of Jesus Christ. Acolytes light the candles at the beginning of worship, carry in a Bible, and assist with other worship elements as their reading and comfort levels permit. Experienced acolytes can serve as team captains to mentor the younger and new trainees.

If you would like to sign-up or if you have any questions about the Acolyte Ministry, please contact Browyn King We are excited about training the next group of future servant leaders as Acolytes. It is a special way for young people to serve God and church.

Browyn King
Apr 3, 2022
Why a contemporary service?

We are test launching contemporary worship services on March 27th, April 24th and May 29th during the 11:00 worship hour. The services will take place in the Neal Building. The music will be live with a praise team - the message will be a prerecorded video.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why are we trying this at San Pedro?

A: Three primary reasons:

  1. This opportunity presented itself with the hire of our newest staff member, Nico Carrillo. He and his family have experience leading worship, and Nico has a music degree.
  2. We are focusing on a service that will appeal to our students and young adults (who Nico was brought on staff to reach).
  3. There is no substantive cost increase to our budget since Nico is full time staff. The other members of the praise team are volunteers and we have no extra staffing costs as the service runs at the same time as our traditional service.

Q: Why is this service at the same time as the 11:00 service?

A: We hope to reach a different group of people with this service, which may include children and students of our current adults who prefer traditional worship. We will not incur any added strain on our volunteers by having this service at the same time (shared Sunday school for children and youth).

Summary thoughts:

Candidly, there were no plans to try contemporary worship until we hired Nico. As part of his calling he offered to reach students who are not worshipping at church with us, In short it's an experiment we can evaluate, but with a potential to reach people who currently do not attend San Pedro. Also, it will not impact our members who worship in the sanctuary - the traditional worship will continue as before.

For now, please pray for God's blessing as we try something new over the next few months. After the three test services, we will evaluate them to discern if we want to continue in the fall. These should be fun, exciting opportunities to grow and nurture our faith family.

To all our members, thank you for being generous in supporting the call to reach people for Christ. There will be things we try, some that work and some that fail, in our attempts to faithfully glorify God with the resources He has given us as San Pedro family members. Keep praying and know the Lord still leads us to follow Him in faith.

P.S. RSVP a spot for the service so we'll know you're praying and supporting this new adventure. RSVP HERE

Dr Bryan Stamper
Mar 21, 2022
Going Beyond

Working for a church is a privilege; our faithful members’ generosity enable several folks to make their livelihood by way of serving at San Pedro on staff. The vast majority of our faith family only encounter our staff on Sunday mornings, which means the vast majority of work “behind-the-scenes” is unseen.

Two of our hard working saints on staff have gone beyond the norm to ensure our flooring installation and sanctuary renovation stayed on target. They’ve not only put in extra hours on their days off, they’ve also stayed late to prepare for our live stream and worship in Reynolds Hall. 

Thank you Pastor Paul and Jesse Ramirez (Facilities Manager), for working hard for the Lord. Your church appreciates your diligence and dedication. I appreciate you both as colleagues.

Pastor Bryan

P.S. We’ve got lots of great staff at San Pedro - thank all of them when you get a chance.

Dr Bryan Stamper
Mar 8, 2022
What do Elders do?

Presbyterian governance (the fancy term is “polity”) consists of a group of elected women and men who rule/govern the local church. Every neighborhood church is shepherded by a group of elected Elders called the Session (often referred to as a “church board” in other denominations). At San Pedro, we have six elders who serve three year terms. This means every year a class of two elders is rolling off the Session while two new Elders roll onto the Session.

Elders have authority over almost every aspect of our church life together, including how our church is organized (committees, ministries, missions), and how our church is managed by staff. However, much of the management of the church is delegated to our pastors and staff because it would be impossible for Elders (who are volunteers) to keep up with the ongoing operations from day to day. At each Session meeting staff and committees provide information to the Session as monthly updates.

Pastors have exclusive authority over what is preached and only ordained pastors can baptize and officiate at the Lord’s Supper, but otherwise elders and deacons have a significant influence over our church health. Our polity is designed to be a system of checks and balances between pastors, officers (Deacons and Elders), and our local presbytery (Mission Presbytery) to ensure accountability and authority is rightly balanced.

Every church has leeway in determining details about the number of officers, committee structures, and details within daily operations according to church by-laws. Who Presbyterian churches elect as officers is extremely important.

Current Elders at San Pedro:

Class of 2022 Shelly Buschfort, Ed Olson, Libby Fleming

Class of 2023 Patrick Maio, Jonette Simpson

Class of 2024 Sam Hakim

Dr Bryan Stamper
Mar 2, 2022
Kids Update

San Pedro Kids are busy! We've enjoyed two Fellowship Hours together over the last two months. We've had our faces painted, played with balloon animals, and spent time laughing and enjoying each other's company. The picture above is our first time singing together as a choir in over two years - what a great turnout!

The kids are also learning about the Ten Commandments on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. They are engaged and excited to know God's laws for our lives and their intelligence and engagement in what we're learning never ceases to amaze me.

Here are more great things happening in March and April

March 9th (Wednesday) - No WNK due to Spring Break

March 20th (Sunday) 10 am - Kid's Fellowship Hour! It's also Mr. Rogers Day, so wear your favorite sneakers and sweater.

April 8th (Friday) 6-9 pm - We're hosting a Parents' Night Out! RSVPs required.

April 10th (Sunday) - Palm Sunday Children's Choir!

April 17th (Sunday) 10 am - Easter Sunday - Kid's Fellowship Hour, Easter Egg Hunt and Children's Choir

With so many kids, our volunteers are priceless and we so appreciate you all! Sign up to volunteer once in a while.

Sunday school teacher openings CLICK HERE

Lyndsey Watson
Feb 28, 2022
A Prayer for Peace

We join with Christians around the world - our hearts ache for the people of Ukraine who suffer because of the war brought into their homes. We call on all Christians, of every denomination and every theological stance, to unite as one in a prayer for peace.

"Lord, we humble ourselves and pray for your mercy: intervene in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Change hearts and minds of leaders, that they would turn from pathways of evil to journeys of peace. And teach us, Holy Spirit, how to live in ways that promote the teachings and example of Christ. Lord, be with us, we pray. Empower us with courage to be your peacemakers. Amen."

Dr Stamper
Feb 24, 2022
New Sun Shade for Kids

Our playground received another upgrade with the installation of our brand new sun shade! Now our children who love being outside before and after church, and all our friends who come early for Wednesday Night Kids, have a nice cool place to frolic in our hotter months.

A special thanks to the member who donated proceeds from stock proceeds to make this addition possible. Generations of families will enjoy this beautiful addition to our ministries for children and families. As you receive unexpected blessings from the Lord, please consider donations to special projects around our campus. With your help, Pastor Bryan and our Elders can complete a few more "wish list" items both large and small this year.

Feb 8, 2022
NEW Youth Director - Nico

It's an honor to introduce our faith family to the newest member of our staff - Nico Carrillo. He comes with excellent references and local experience working with teenagers in the San Antonio area by way of a local church.

From Nico:

"I was born in San Antonio and grew up in the Floresville area. I pursued degrees in various fields (including culinary arts, and physical therapy) before I followed God's call into the ministry. Following this calling led me to obtain an associate's degree in music from San Antonio College and a bachelor's degree in worship studies from Liberty University.

It was in my pursuit of God that I felt there was more that I could do to glorify Him in the way that I live my life. My siblings and I partnered in a small business, Overflow, where we strive to live intentionally for God's glory through creative worship. This mission includes screen printing Scripture-inspired apparel with eco-friendly practices while sourcing our garments from fair trade and sustainable sources, and then giving back to impoverished communities and environmental efforts.

Some fun facts: I am a tennis player, I enjoy musical theater, and I am a songwriter. I feel blessed and honored to be a part of the San Pedro PC family."

Please welcome Nico as he serves in a full-time role with our main programming team, focusing mainly on ministries to junior high and senior high students.

Feb 7, 2022
Casbeer Family Update

Our very own Business Administrator, Mabrie Casbeer, has returned home with the newest addition to her family - Bailey Denise Casbeer. Bailey arrived on December 23rd, 2021 at 1:08 a.m., entering the world as a gift from God at 6 lbs, 3 oz and 19.25 inches long.

Bailey is a beauty and a cutie.

Mabrie and her husband Sean wish to thank the San Pedro family for prayers and best wishes while they dealt with a few minor health concerns for Bailey, who is now home with her siblings. The entire family are also on the mend after exposure to Covid; and they're looking forward to returning to church and Bailey's baptism (scheduled for March).

Dr Stamper
Jan 24, 2022
Coats & Socks Delivered

San Pedro Presbyterian has been collecting coats, socks and blankets for the past several weeks. These items all go to Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM), House of Neighborly Services, and the SAMM shelter. 

Recently volunteers from San Pedro delivered 56 coats and 5 blankets to CAM to help our neighbors in need and area homeless survive the cold winter months. No truck? No problem! Our folks piled the items into their cars and made the trip over to CAM together. 

Learn about these non-profits San Pedro supports through their websites - SAMM, CAM & House of Neighborly Services

Diane Redin
Jan 11, 2022
Super Kids at San Pedro!

Children are an integral part of our faith family, and we’re thrilled with the turnout on Wednesday nights to launch our fall semester. We’ve got a great team of leaders who facilitate a wonderful program of music, fun, food, and Bible teaching. There is nothing like this program in our area.

We’ve also introduced a weekly “Superkid” award for children who attend regularly and respond faithfully to the Good News message. We know all our kids are super, so it’s fun to affirm their faithfulness to God and their enthusiasm for church life. Wednesdays continue through the fall from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at no charge to families. Children and families are encouraged to bring friends to this “VBS style” weekly discipleship night.

Also we celebrate creative ways for children to participate in the spiritual life of San Pedro. Sunday mornings we host a time for children by the pastors, and a unique children’s church program during worship. In addition, children up to 5th grade can participate in our acolyte program (click HERE for more information about acolytes). 

Kerry Stamper
Jan 5, 2022
Habitat Build with San Pedro PC
San Pedro PC joins other Presbyterian churches to build another Habitat for Humanity home in 2022. Our build starts on February 5th and will continue through April 9th. Volunteers are needed every Saturday. No previous building experience is needed and all tools and lunch will be provided.  Please contact the office with questions.
As a reminder, Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio constructs modest, affordable homes alongside hardworking families in San Antonio and Bexar Counties. The people receiving the homes participate in the build. Habitat likes to say, "we provide a hand-up, not a handout." San Pedro has been a longstanding financial and hands-on supporter of this area branch of Habitat for Humanity. Read more about them HERE. 

Please use this link below to sign up to volunteer.

If you have any questions please contact: Gene Trevino 210-479-7650

Gene Trevino
Jan 4, 2022
New Flooring Installation

We are installing new floors and updating/cleaning our sanctuary walls. These major renovations are funded by the generosity of San Pedro friends and family. The renovations will begin after Christmas and run through the first two weeks of January.

Frequently asked questions:

Q: Why are we getting new floors? 

A: The carpeting is several decades old, with permanent stains and tears in multiple places. The laminate flooring was improperly installed and has previously buckled in the narthex (we have no more replacement tiles for repairs). We are installing modern, lighter color flooring that will be repairable and cleanable. The floors will run seamlessly from the sanctuary into the narthex, all hallways, and Reynolds Hall. 

Q: Will our sanctuary be noisy without the fabric?

A: If needed, we will add individual sound panels after we sheetrock over the current brown coverings. This will allow us to paint the walls in the future (which are currently dirty and cannot be cleaned). Our sound installation company will balance our new speakers to match the needs of the sanctuary.

Q: When will the installations take place?

A: Sanctuary wall updates start January 27th. Floor demo and installation happens the first two weeks in January (when we will worship in Reynolds Hall).

Q: Where is the money coming from?

A: We had a high operating cash balance, which allowed us to fund the flooring project without incurring debt. The wall updates are paid for by a couple in our church ($29,000), for which we are grateful. If you would like to contribute towards the new flooring as an end of year gift, donations can be sent to - Attn: Treasurer, San Pedro Presbyterian Church, 14900 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78232.

Q: Who approves these projects?

A: All projects are approved by the elected Elders on Session. The vote for these projects was unanimous.

Jan 3, 2022
Missions Donations to Local Charity

The Missions Committee delivered 60 Christmas gifts for Senior Citizens to House of Neighborly Services of San Antonio. The gifts included 40 blankets and 20 scarves. Items were collected and purchased through donations from San Pedro members and volunteers.

House of Neighborly Services is a San Antonio non-profit that serves our westside San Antonio neighbors. Their mission focuses on four areas:

  1. Family Support
  2. Child Development
  3. Senior Health
  4. Food Security

You can learn more about Neighborly Services through their website HERE.

Dec 15, 2021
Gift bags for a local non-profit

The San Pedro Missions Committee supports several local non-profits who serve our neighbors in need. Recently CAM (Christian Assistance Ministry) asked for gift bags to give away to local homeless folks in our community. Our volunteers put together about 50 bags with supplies for CAM to distribute.

CAM's mission is: "To share the love of Christ by providing immediate assistance and encouragement to people in crisis." Founded in 1977, CAM requires no appointments for clients in our area who need help with physical, spiritual and emotional needs. You can read more about CAM through their website HERE.

Dec 8, 2021
WNK helps CAM

Every Wednesday night we have about 20 kids who sing, have fun and learn about God's love for us. This Wednesday night the Wednesday Night Kids helped sort and package clothes and other donations for Christian Assistance Ministry. Well done kids!

Paul Gaedke
Dec 2, 2021
youth good times

A sampling of the San Pedro youth got together for food at a local wing restaurant, and fellowship at cosmic mini-golf. Laughs, smiles and joy filled the evening.

As we return to more and more activities, we're placing a high priority on fellowship events for our 6th through 12th graders. We're subsidizing the costs so everybody can focus on having a good time and being together. This event included a meal of wings, a round of mini-golf, and a treat from Sonic - total cost: $5.

We're lining up a lock-in for December to see the new Spiderman movie. And we're reserving our spots for a Mo-Ranch January retreat.

The Fun Time kid
Nov 4, 2021