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Sunday Order of Worship

JANUARY 23th  ORDER OF WORSHIP


Congregation Standing, as able 



MUSIC (starts at 10:45 Videos)

WORDS OF WELCOME 


PRELUDE -  Highland Cathedral 

Bagpipes and Organ


†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


Pastor: We gather to worship in Christian love and truth. 

People: It is good to be together as children of God.

Pastor: We gather to worship in the light of God’s truth.

ALL: Be glorified by our worship Lord!



†HYMN OF PRAISE #401 The Church’s One Foundation


The Church’s one foundation Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;

She is His new creation By water and the Word:

From heav’n He came and sought her To be His holy bride;

With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died.


Elect from every nation, Yet one o’er all the earth,

Her charter of salvation: One Lord, one faith, one birth;

One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food;

And to one hope she presses, With every grace endued.


‘Mid toil and tribulation And tumult of her war,

She waits the consummation Of peace forevermore;

Till with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blest,

And the great Church victorious Shall be the Church at rest.


Yet she on earth hath union With God, the Three in One,

And mystic, sweet communion With those whose rest is won:

O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we 

Like them, the meek and lowly, On high may dwell with Thee.


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

Lord, we “have passed out of death into life” because of your mercy, grace and love for us. Yet we struggle to live by and defend the truth in all our lives. We find convenient reasons to compromise your commands. Forgive us and renew a right spirit within us, that the light in us might shine forth in all we do. Amen


THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  “Lamb of God”

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. 


ASSURANCE OF GOD'S FAITHFULNESS


†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 - “Got On My Travelin’ Shoes” Ellen Foncannon

Angel come a-knockin’ on my brother’s door. 

“Come on, brother, we’re goin’ on a journey, so you better get ready.

Put on your trav’lin’ shoes, ‘cause we’re headin’ to the Jordan shore.”


And then we shout, “Hallelujah. The Promised Land’s a-callin’,

Got on my travelin’ shoes.”

And then we shout, “Hallelujah. The Promised Land’s a-callin’,

Got on my travelin’ shoes.”


Angel come a-knockin’ on my sister’s door. 

“Come on, sister, we’re goin’ on a journey, so you better get ready.

Put on your trav’lin’ shoes, ‘cause we’re headin’ to the Jordan shore.”


And then we shout, “Hallelujah. The Promised Land’s a-callin’,

Got on my travelin’ shoes.”

And then we shout, “Hallelujah. The Promised Land’s a-callin’,

Got on my travelin’ shoes.”

On Jordan’s stormy banks

And cast a wistful eye

To Canaan’s fair and happy land

Where my possessions lie.

Angel come a-knockin’ on my neighbor’s door. 

“Come on, neighbor, we’re goin’ on a journey,

so you better get ready. 

Put on your trav’lin’ shoes,

‘cause we’re headin’ to the Jordan shore.”


I am bound for the Promised land. Yes, I am bound for the Promised Land.

Oh, who will come and join with me? I am bound or the Promised Land,

bound for the Promised land.


And then we shout, “Hallelujah. The Promised Land’s a-callin’,

Got on my travelin’ shoes.”

And then we shout, “Hallelujah. The Promised Land’s a-callin’,

Got on my travelin’ shoes.”



MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN


CONGREGATIONAL FELLOWSHIP & CHILDREN ARE EXCUSED FOR CHILDREN’S CHURCH


HYMN OF PREPERATION -#694 “The Lord’s My Shepherd”


The Lord’s my Shepherd; I’ll not want. He makes me down to lie

In pastures green; He leadeth me The quiet waters by.


My soul He doth restore again; And me to walk doth make

Within the paths of righteousness, E’en for His own name’s sake.


Yea, tho’ I walk thro’ death’s dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill;

For Thou art with me, and Thy rod And staff me comfort still.


My table Thou hast furnished In presence of my foes;

My head Thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflow.


Goodness and mercy all my life Shall surely follow me;

And in God’s house forevermore My dwelling place shall be.



SERMON SCRIPTURE READING 2 John 1:4-6

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.



SERMON “Walk this Way” Dr. Bryan Stamper


†PROCLAMATION OF FAITH  “The Apostles Creed”

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.


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

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

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


CONNECTION CARDS


THE GIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS


THE OFFERTORY - 


†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 #“We Walk by Faith”


We walk by faith and not by sight; 

No gracious words we hear

From Christ, who spoke as none e’er spoke;

But we believe Him near.


We may not touch His hands and side,

Nor follow where He trod:

But in His promise we rejoice,

And cry, “My Lord and God!”


Help then, O Lord, our unbelief;

And may our faith abound

To call on You when You are near

And seek where You are found:


That, when our life of faith is done,

In realms of clearer light

We may behold You as You are,

With full and endless sight.


†CLOSING THOUGHTS


†THE CHARGE AND THE BENEDICTION


†THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  “Go Now in Peace”


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: Scotland the Brave

Richard Kean, bagpipes


POST-POSTLUDE: “Toccata” Widor


PRAYER LIST

Members: Jeanette and Forrest Appleton, Ramses Arce, Rudy Gaedke, Bonna Gehring, Linda Gibson, Rob Hart, Jim & Betty Hayes, Harold Hibbs, Sharlene Jordan, Kathleen Nelson, Helen Saro, Lynda Shaffer, Chris Shelfer, Jim & Mary Ann Summitt. 


Friends and Family: Luke Baca - Jeff Bangs, Dan Blankenhorn’s cousin - Frances D’Ambrosio, Linda Hutchin’s sister - 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 - Norman, Charlotte Randolph’s brother - Robert, Rose Solis’ brother - 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
Jan 19, 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.


For the past several weeks, 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 through this latest wave of sickness that’s thrown us all curve balls. 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
Jan 15, 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 Lillian Davis. Good work Lillian!

Pastor Paul
Jan 14, 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
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.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C49A8AB29A5F94-presbyterian6


If you have any questions please contact: Gene Trevino genetrevino@prodigy.net 210-479-7650

Gene Trevino
Jan 4, 2022
Getting Our House Ready

With new floors being installed in the first week of January, the big job of moving our pews out of the sanctuary fell to a team of staff and volunteers. Working (and sweating) together - they were successful.


As a pastor, it always fills my heart with joy to know we can ask people for help with projects, ministries, and missions. I'm personally not at 100% physical fitness, but I know healthy churches are comprised of more than any one person or team of paid staff. Projects like these remind me of the power of a faith community - faithful saints who make the church a witness for Christ by doing what needs to get done, when it needs to get done.


Thank you (pictured left to right):


Jesse Ramirez (Facilities Manager, staff)

Dan Gostylo

Eric Buschfort

Eric Mapes

Pastor Paul

Eileen Gostylo (and yes, Eileen lifted and moved pews)


In Christ,


Pastor Bryan


P.S. You can see the new walls going up in the background of the photo. For more information about the flooring and wall project, read the article with frequently asked questions HERE.

Dr Bryan Stamper
Dec 29, 2021
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.

Communications
Dec 20, 2021
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.

Missions
Dec 15, 2021
Office Volunteers

How many volunteers does it take to do the job of our Church Administrator? We've got 10 volunteers so far! These faithful folks are all filling in to answer the phones, welcome package deliveries, and answer the office door as our own Mabrie Casbeer prepares for the birth of her third child.


Thank you to:


  • Eileen Gostylo, Dana Boom
  • Lyndsey Watson
  • Kerry Stamper
  • Bob Gibson
  • Linda Hutchins
  • Leslie Anderson
  • Gina Williamson
  • Bobbie Kelner
  • Charlotte Knoll


If you're able to serve, we've got flexible times and dates available. To get the training and sign up, click HERE.

Bryan Stamper
Dec 13, 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.


Missions
Dec 8, 2021
The Giving Tree - UPDATE!

Our annual "Giving Tree" made its appearance in the narthex again for the 2021 Christmas season. Thank you to Betty Hayes for keeping this tradition of giving and generosity going. Local families and agencies will benefit from a wide variety of donated items, from toys and games to clothing and baby supplies.


In this season of Advent, let us all consider the ways in which we might bless others from the abundance bestowed upon us. All of the items requested were taken from the tree, with items now being collected until Sunday, December 19th.


We are also collecting coats and socks for three local charities. Details HERE.

Office
Dec 6, 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 Christmas Tree

This past Sunday, the youth, powered by tacos and sopapillas, jumped into the Advent season by decorating the Youth Room. Good work Luke, Leah, Cole, Thomas, and Brady!

Paul Gaedke
Nov 28, 2021
Lit N' Lattes Book Club

The Lit n' Lattes Book Club meets in the Fireside Room on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7pm. Betty Hayes is the facilitator of this group. If you have an interest in learning more about this group please give Betty a call at 210-497-3433.

Betty Hayes
Nov 15, 2021
Welcome Stephanie Price

We are very excited to welcome our new organist Stephanie Price to San Pedro. We look forward to seeing them in person in a few weeks. Keep Stephanie and her family in your prayers as they make their way to San Antonio.


A little about Stephanie:


Stephanie is a native Texan, raised in San Antonio. She graduated from North East School of the Arts and attended Indiana University to pursue a B.M. in double bass, but felt the Lord call her to pursue a B.M. in organ performance as well. She met her husband, Jerrod Price, at IU where he earned an M.M. in trumpet performance. School and work led them to Rice University for a short while before they married at Coker UMC and started their lives in Denver.  


Stephanie earned her M.M. in organ from the University of Denver. She maintained an active studio of piano and bass students alongside working at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church where she played organ, sang in the choir, and co-founded and directed a youth orchestra. Life took the Price Family to Interlochen, MI where Stephanie served as organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and taught piano and organ students.  


Most recently, the Prices have been in Cleveland, Ohio where she has served as music director and organist at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland as well as teaching private piano and bass lessons. Stephanie and Jerrod have been married for 14 years and have 3 children: Elijah (10), Anna (9), and Sarah (6). In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys entertaining, cooking good food, and masters swimming.

Mark Twehouse
Oct 24, 2021
A Warm Welcome Home

Grab your tissues… and be inspired to witness the surprise homecoming of San Pedro Presbyterian's own, Air Force Lt. Col. Renee Matos. Renee just returned from a three-month deployment in the African nation of Djibouti, and she let NEISD video the moment surprising her son Elias at Nimitz MS this afternoon. Thank you, Lt. Col. Matos and all the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.


Watch the video - CLICK HERE

Office
Oct 23, 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
Oct 22, 2021
Spiritual Sunday

On October 17, Our Chancel Choir offered music celebrating the African American tradition of spiritual songs with special prelude, hymns and choral offerings. Click on the link below to listen.

https://youtu.be/mBKJ1htuvrY

We are truly blessed by Mark and our Chancel Choir. Thanks for all the hard work!


Paul Gaedke
Oct 18, 2021
When something tickles your mind

Suppose you get a small, quiet, inspiration. Some whispering voice or insight tickles the back of your mind, a tiny light bulb goes on or a spiderweb thread connects two ideas. Maybe a question trips up the otherwise smooth flow of your ideas, and you think to your self there might be a spiritual idea there that you could explore to your benefit.


If you are like me, what might happen is you think, “I should dig into that someday” and that is pretty much the end of it. The followup gets procrastinated into oblivion.


But, suppose instead, there were a schedule! You considered the inspiration just enough to subdivide your exploration of it into a handful of themes, and decided to look at one theme per week. Then each week, you pick up that theme, hunt through the Bible or research in other sources to get more insight on that theme, and put together a few central points on that theme. Even better, you then get to present the few central points, and a whole panel of thoughtful, attentive people give you their feedback, share their ideas, connect and weave the theme into their experience of the world, and amplify it.


How rewarding that is! I say so with complete confidence, having been privileged to lead a few classes at San Pedro. Most recently, the Les Miserables class this winter was a truly wonderful experience. There was the weekly panic, “do I have enough to make it worth-while for people to attend”, then the digging into the source material (Victor Hugo’s monumental novel, in this case), the research to find connections throughout the Bible and references in later works, finding alternate interpretations relevant to my themes (turns out, there’s a pretty good musical in this case…) and finally, getting to sit down and bounce my ideas back and forth with interested, engaged people from the San Pedro family. Afterwards, each week, there’s sitting back and digesting their suggestions and just feeling warm and happy for days (until next week’s panic). 


Christianity is all about relationships. Shared exploration of inspirations turns out to be a great way to build and strengthen relationships. Leading a class discussion is a fantastic experience, and I commend that experience to every one of you.


The next time a little, quiet voice tickles the back of your mind, be aware what it’s inviting you to - you will get a lot out of it if you accept the invitation. Note it down, drop an email to me or Dave, and get a schedule. The rest will exceed your expectations.

 

Mark Tapley
Oct 11, 2021
Blessing of the Pets

San Pedro Presbyterian hosted a beautiful ceremony asking God to bless our furry family friends. We had over 20 dogs, 3 horses, and 1 cat family (they brought a picture). We all enjoyed fellowship over pizza and animal treats. Every participant received a special card commemorating the occasion, with the following prayer included -


A Prayer of Gratitude

Almighty Lord, all glory, honor and praise is yours for creating animals to love and enjoy. May all pet owners think of you and thank you when playing with and caring for your blessed creatures. Thank you for the joy of pets. 

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


We included a prayer for all our San Pedro family pets in their absence. You're invited to pick up a card for your pet in the narthex.

Oct 11, 2021
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. Each deacon, as with elders, commits to a three year term. So with each calendar year, four deacons are rolling off their active service to make room for four new deacons to roll into active service.


Current Deacons and their ministry leadership positions


  • Doug Boom (chair)
  • Mark Tapley (adult education)
  • Brown King (children)
  • Rose Solis (fellowship)
  • Tom Workman (financial management)
  • Marcia Blankenhorn (member care)
  • Diane Redin (missions)
  • Lori Hockley (marketing and outreach)
  • Geoff Morgan (worship)
  • Cindy Mapes (youth)
Dr Bryan Stamper
Oct 8, 2021
The Man Behind The Camera

As we begin our new sermon series, Find Your Fit, I was reminded of one of our members, Tom Workman. Tom serves as Finance Deacon. He keeps an eye on our finances working with Mabrie and all of our deacons.


But there's more! 


In addition Tom serves as the unofficial/official photographer of San Pedro Presbyterian Church.

Over the last year I have shared hundreds of photos with the people of San Pedro before online worship. People have asked where this photos come from. They come from Tom Workman's camera. Tom has done great work putting 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 in numerous ways. So, the next time you see Tom, offer him a word of thanks for all he does for San Pedro.

Pastor Paul
Oct 8, 2021
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 contact Browyn King at 210-288-7320 or browynking@gmail.com. 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
Oct 7, 2021
2021 Fall Choir Retreat

SPPC Choir Retreat


This was the first choir retreat since “the Covid time” began two years ago. The choir and some spouses went up to Mo-Ranch Retreat Center this past weekend for spiritual renewal, quiet, and superb fellowship. And what a blessed and impactful weekend it was!


The focus of our retreat this year was “Becoming a Vessel for the Lord”. It began Friday evening with fellowship. Everyone brought some nochings to share and it was a time of good stories and laughter. 


Saturday included three prayer services developing the theme of being a vessel using Scripture, prayer, demonstration, reflection, and some good ol’-fashioned hands-on “arts and crafts” to experience our brokenness and redeemed healing by our Savior, Jesus Christ. Saturday evening we had a prayer service of blessing accepting that we are beloved by God up at the outdoor chapel with its inspiring vistas overlooking the valley below. We also had two rehearsals during the day to introduce this year’s Christmas cantata. The day closed with fellowship celebrating four birthdays and a Facetime gathering with Katarina and Sean McAnelly and Walter, the Wonder Dog.


Sunday morning started with some Scripture, sharing about the weekend, and a short rehearsal. We closed the retreat uniting in Spirit and prayer with the rest of the congregation in San Antonio using the same hymns and Scripture texts being used in San Antonio.


I can honestly say that we all came away from the weekend feeling deeply blessed by our time together. Christ was with us as we gathered in His Name and graced us abundantly with His divine Love and Spirit!


Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of Your Love that we experienced through our time with each other in song, prayer, food, and fellowship. May we continue to share Your Love with the rest of the congregation as we serve the community as Your ministers of music. We ask this in Your Holy Name. Amen!





Mark Twehouse
Sep 25, 2021
We Are The Body of Christ

The above photo of Pastor Paul playing the guitar was taken by San Pedro member Tom Workman. It serves as a visual reminder of the powerful truth conveyed by the Apostle Paul.


"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues." 1 Corinthians 12:27-28


We are called to serve the Lord, and there are many ways to serve.


We find no references in Scripture to the notion of "retirement" from service unto the Lord. What God calls each of us to do may change, but commitment to stewarding our resources of time, talents, and treasures continues throughout our lifetime. The challenge for our faith family is to make space for Holy Spirit to reveal each of our callings in Christ. Every church of every size has a divine purpose from God, and we clarify how each of us plays a part in what we read as the "body of Christ."


So how will we do this? As we celebrate how our church organically affirms the talents of others (like Tom's pictures and Pastor Paul's preaching and musicianship), let us consider the intentional ways we might nurture the calling of others. Who are the teachers, helpers, care givers and leaders of the future? Let us commit to the journey of discovering the talents and treasures God has put within each of our members of every age.


Pastor Bryan

Dr Bryan Stamper
Sep 24, 2021
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 2021 Libby Fleming, Eric Mapes


Class of 2022 Shelly Buschfort, Ed Olson


Class of 2023 Patrick Maio, Jonette Simpson

Dr Bryan Stamper
Sep 24, 2021
Wednesday Night Kids is back!

Calling all children ages 4-12 years old!! Come join all the fun on Wednesday nights starting at 5:30pm! We will start on the playground and end in the Arnold building. What do we offer??


  • Bible Lesson
  • Crafts
  • Music
  • Playground/Games

and.................

  • PIZZA!!!
  • God's Everlasting Love and Forgiveness
Pastor Paul
Sep 10, 2021
A Prayer of Remembrance

Lord we pray for people who grieve. 

Comfort, Holy Spirit, those who lost relatives, friends and co-workers on this day twenty years ago. 

Fill with love the hearts of those who mourn.


Lord we pray for our nation. 

Guide, Holy Spirit, those who are lost.

Bring people to Your Son, Jesus Christ, and give them peace.


Lord we pray for your church.

Empower, Holy Spirit, your people who serve in your name.

Open the doors of your church around the world, that your light might shine in the darkness.


Lord we pray for kind hearts. 


In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Sep 9, 2021
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
Sep 8, 2021
New Sound System is UP

A big “thank you” is due staff members Pastor Paul Gaedke, Jesse Ramirez, and Griffin Gaedke for our new sound system and sanctuary improvements. San Pedro is now experiencing an exponential improvement in our audio/visual system due to their long hours and dedication to get the brand new system up and running. 


Pastor Paul and Jesse have also put their carpentry and construction skills to use in repurposing our music room risers for the sanctuary and sound booth. By utilizing what we already had on hand, we’ve both opened up the music room to become a bell choir room, and also saved about $8000 in building costs. We’ve got more room for the choir in the sanctuary, and our sound booth is no longer partially obscuring the side exit. 


Griffin’s been with us throughout the pandemic, and he’s been instrumental in keeping our online sound and visual system going for these many months. What you see online is now a weekly offering that many of our San Pedro folks continue to enjoy while traveling or away from the sanctuary. 


So again, take a moment to say “thank you” to each of them when you see them face to face. We’re lucky to have them on our staff. 

Dr Bryan Stamper
Sep 3, 2021
Be a Friend to Make a Friend

What a "blessing" it was to witness some of our beautiful children receive a special gift from Pastor Bryan to place on their backpacks for the new school year. With ever changing COVID news, family vacations, and uncertainty that so many of our San Antonio churches have faced, it was a beautiful scene to watch in worship.


We've waited throughout the summer to ensure a sizable number of our families would be in worship. Now that we've confirmed folks are ready for our new schedule of children and youth programs, we are thrilled to add this element of family participation back into weekly worship.


The tags the children received read: "This Child is loved by God, prayed over by the San Pedro church family, and blessed to be a blessing to others." The children's message reminded the kids, and all of us, that we are called to be a friend to make a friend. Don't wait for others to love and care for you - instead make the commitment to first bless others. Tags are available for those who could not be in attendance.


In other great news for opportunities for kids in worship, read about the return of our acolyte ministry HERE.

Mabrie Casbeer - Office Manager
Sep 2, 2021