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Sunday Order of Worship

September 26th ORDER OF WORSHIP

†Congregation Standing, as able


MUSIC (starts at 10:45 Videos)


WORDS OF WELCOME


PRELUDE


†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

Leader:  Lord, we gather to worship.

People: Lord, your ways are perfect. Your glory knows no end.

Leader:   Lord, you are kind.

Unison: Let us worship Jesus Christ!


†HYMN OF PRAISE #210 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”


Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!

O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!

All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near;

Join me in glad adoration!


Praise the lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,

Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!

Hast thou not see How thy desires all have been

Granted in what He ordaineth!


Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;

Surly His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.

Ponder anew What the Almighty can do

If with His love He befriend thee.


Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him!

All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!

Let the “amen” Sound from His people again;

Gladly forever adore Him!


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

God, we have studied the way of kindness revealed in Jesus Christ. We know you call us to act in ways that show our faithfulness to your son. Yet we struggle in thought, word, and deed. Forgive us again, renew our hearts in Christ, and illuminate the path of righteousness. 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 “The Call” Claire Cloninger/Gary Rhodes


His voice echoes down through all the ages. And He's calling His children to believe.

He's holding out hidden treasure that only the heart can measure, and only the humble can receive.


His voice calls to ev'ry one who'll listen. In the stillness, within it speaks our names.

But only a few will hear Him, and only a few draw near Him. They're yielding the life He's come to claim!


Still the call goes out, still the challenge sounds, "Come, follow Me!" 

Still the call is clear to the ones who choose to obey!

Still the call goes out, can you hear it now, "Come, follow Me!"

Will you open your heart to His call today?


His call comes to seek the one who's willing to walk in the life that's free and new.

This is the great adventure, making His life the center, and knowing His Spirit lives in you!


Still the call goes out, still the challenge sounds, "Come, follow Me!" 

Still the call is clear to the ones who choose to obey!

Still the call goes out, can you hear it now, "Come, follow Me!"

Will you open your heart to His call today?


MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN


CONGREGATIONAL FELLOWSHIP & CHILDREN ARE EXCUSED FOR CHILDREN’S CHURCH


†HYMN OF PREPARATION #595 “I Give All to You”


I give all my service You, I give all my service You;

No matter the cost or what others do,

I give all my service You.


I give all my future to You, I give all my future to You;

No matter the cost or what others do,

I give all my future to You.


I give all my worship to You, I give all my worship to You;

No matter the cost or what others do,

I give all my worship to You.


SERMON SCRIPTURE READING  Luke 6:32-36


If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil people. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.


SERMON “Accepting the Challenge (for life)” 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 #602 “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”


I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus,

I have decided to follow Jesus, No turning back, no turning back.


The world behind me, the cross before me;

The world behind me, the cross before me;

The world behind me, the cross before me,

No turning back, no turning back.


Tho’ none go with me, still I will follow,

Tho’ none go with me, still I will follow,

Tho’ none go with me, still I will follow,

No turning back, no turning back.


Will you decide to follow Jesus?

Will you decide to follow Jesus?

Will you decide to follow Jesus?

No turning back, no turning back.


†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

Mabrie Casbeer
Sep 25, 2021
You are Loved

Through this extended time of uncertainty, San Pedro Presbyterian continues to be the church. Ministries for all ages continue, with renewed hope for a “normal” routine. Let us rejoice to see our children on Wednesdays with their friends (Pastor Paul knows how to get kids to sing), and to engage our children on Sundays during our Time for Children and as acolytes with their parents. 


And yet, let us acknowledge the trauma that lingers. There is a general hesitancy for so many faithful Christians about being together without masks; and there is fatigue from the ever-shifting news about COVID numbers that rise and fall from week to week. 


How should the church respond now?


No matter the season, we continue to be the church. We never stopped being the church. And we will always do the work of proclaiming the Good News, meeting the needs of our neighbors, and teaching the next generation of saints about Jesus.


So as a reminder: if you or somebody you know needs a contact from the church, for whatever reason, let us know. Call the church office and we’ll coordinate a pastoral visit or phone call. It’s o.k. to hurt or feel blue, but please remember the love of Christ offered to you through our church family. We have deacons, elders and pastoral staff who count it a privilege to reach out anytime. 


You are loved by God and your church family at San Pedro Presbyterian. 

Dr Bryan Stamper
Sep 15, 2021
Family Fun Fest

We will be having “Family Fun Fest on Wednesday, September 29th.

There will be a bouncy house, games, face painting, and more!

We'll have burgers and dogs as well as other tasty snacks.

We still need some volunteers so please contact Eric Mapes @ eric@baymaregroup.com if you'd like to be a part of this fabulous fun!

Paul Gaedke
Sep 13, 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 8, 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 7, 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 2, 2021
Hurricane Relief

Mission Presbytery is asking for your help to those affected by Hurricane IDA in Louisiana. There are three things needed in almost all natural disasters. Please consider doing one of these:


Clean up buckets filled with supplies. You can view a video of supply items and how to pack the bucket at https://youtu.be/7UxIKgSZRWQ.


Bucket assembly includes the following:

A. 5 Gallon Bucket with Lid. It can be purchased from Home Depot or Lowes. Place large items in first.

B. Heavy Duty Trash Bags 30 –45 Gallon, quantity of 24-28. Take bags out the box. 

C. Laundry Detergent, One 50 oz bottle or Two 25 oz bottles.

D. Reusable Cleaning Towels, quantity 18.

E. Clothesline, One 100 ft or Two 50 ft.

F. One Package of 48 to 50 count 

G. Clothespins.

H. Liquid Soap that dilutes in water, i.e. Dawn, Lysol or both

I. Insect Repellent.

J. One scrub brush.

K. Scouring Pads, quantity 4.

L. Seven sponges Six small and one large size.

M. Dust Masks, quantity 5

N. Two Pairs of Latex Gloves

O. One Pair of Work Gloves


Hygiene kit You can view the list at https://cwskits.org/assemble-kits/hygiene-kits/Hygiene Kit includes the following:

A. One hand towel measuring approximately 15” x 28” to 16” x 32”.(No fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)

B. One washcloth

C. One wide-tooth comb removed from package.

D. One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from package.

E. One bath-size bar of soap in the original package.

F. One toothbrush in the original package.

G. Ten standard size Band-Aids. All items need to fit inside a one-gallon Ziploc type bag. Remove excess air from bag and seal.


DO NOT add any extra items or toothpaste. Toothpaste of extended expiration date will be added to each hygiene kit just prior to its final journey.


Cash Cash can be moved to where it is needed quickly and easily. You can make a check out to San Pedro Presbyterian Church and Note: Hurricane IDA Relief for Louisiana. The church will send a check to Mission Presbytery after collecting donations. Cleanup Buckets and Hygiene Kits can be delivered to San Pedro Presbyterian Church and placed on the table outside the Sanctuary. Checks can be placed in the collection plates on Sundays or dropped by the church office Monday through Thursday. 


We will collect these for two Sundays, Sept 5th and Sept 12th. 


Ask questions at the Missions Desk on Sundays or call the church for a missions contact number/email.

Matthew 25: 40-45 “…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

Diane Redin
Aug 29, 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
Aug 21, 2021
COVID updates

August 17th, 2021 COVID Task Force UPDATE


Session approved the SPPC COVID Task Force's recommendation that all members, guests and groups on SPPC's campus wear masks while indoors. This decision was made based on the following information – 


The Delta variant is at least twice as contagious as the original COVID-19 strains. Though vaccination is the most effective means of slowing the virus, under the current circumstances continued social distancing and reinstating indoor mask wearing are also considered essential for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.


CDC and Bexar Co./San Antonio Metro Health recommends resuming indoor mask wearing for vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike.


https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/About-COVID-19/Dashboards-Data/Progress-Warning-Indicators


https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/About-COVID-19/Dashboards-Data


Task Force Members

  • Eric Mapes
  • Libby Fleming
  • Alex Fenton
  • Harvey Juarez
  • Jim Potyka
Safety Task Force
Aug 16, 2021
Coloring Kits for Kids

We know that having squirmy kids in the sanctuary can be a handful for parent. While we love having kids in the sanctuary, we understand the struggle to keep a kid quiet and engaged. We are happy to announce that Children's Church programs have been resurrected (Hallelujah) for our families with children.

Before the pandemic kids we offered cloth bags with various activities for children. While these bags are still unavailable, we want to provide kids with a coloring kit that they can use during the service. These kits contain coloring pages and crayons for the child to keep. These kits are to help our squirmy kiddos until the Moment for Fellowship and dismissal of children which will happen just before the pastor's message. They will be available in the Narthex, just ask an usher for a coloring kit when you check in.

I know that our adults are excited and would love to spend the service coloring fun pictures, but we ask that these kits be only kids. You’ll have to bring your own supplies. 

Dave Reiss
Aug 16, 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
Aug 16, 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
Aug 12, 2021
Thank You VBS Volunteers!

Thank you to our faithful volunteers for all your hard work and dedication last week. You brought so much joy to all our kiddos! Vacation Bible School is such a exciting time to be able to teach these beautiful children the Good News of Jesus Christ!

"...well done good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:23

Mabrie Casbeer
Jun 27, 2021
Thank you Covid Task Force team

On behalf of our Elders, Deacons and staff, thank you to the faithful members of our COVID Task Force team. They worked tirelessly over this pandemic season to ensure best practices were followed at San Pedro Presbyterian. Countless hours of meetings, ongoing research and consistent monitoring ensured our faith family was safe during these uncertain months.


Please join us in offering a prayer of gratitude on their behalf:


  • Eric Mapes – Ruling Elder, Chair 
  • Libby Fleming – Ruling Elder
  • Becky Hooper
  • Will Redin
  • Harvey Juarez 
  • Alex Fenton


The team will remain in place for the coming months, communicating every month with our Elders. Read their latest recommendations HERE. And please say "thank you" when you see them in person. This was a largely thankless job that required hard decisions and sometimes unpopular choices.

Staff
Jun 12, 2021
The San Pedro Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir performs "Baba Yetu"

On Sunday the San Pedro Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir performed "Baba Yetu" in worship on June 20, 2021. A friend in Kenya, who was watching on Facebook was delighted to hear the Lord's Prayer being sung in their native language.

Great job choir! You are spreading God's word throughout the world!


Pastor Paul
Jun 10, 2021
Senior Testimony: Kaela Williamson

The following is Kaela Williamson's Senior Testimony presented to the congreagation on Sunday, May 23, 2021.


Good morning, I am Kaela Williamson. I will be graduating from Reagan High School as a Summa Cum Laude in a few weeks and will be attending the University of Alabama to study Hospitality and Management. 


I have been attending San Pedro since I was 14, so only about 4 years. I have however been attending church my whole life. My parents raised my sister and I on going to church every Sunday and attending the preschool that was located in our church in Georgia. We celebrate Easter and Christmas, and did VBS almost every year. Christ has been a part of my life since I was a baby. Now how did I end up here you may be asking, or not and that’s cool too. We moved to San Antonio right before I got to middle school in 2014. We had scoured the city of San Antonio to find a church just right for us. Not too modern, not too big, something just right. It took us years, when finally a friend of mine Maggie Joyce who attended this church started to go through confirmation. Her mother had asked me to join her as she was not the closest with anyone here. I reluctantly accepted as it was nerve racking. I was going to commit myself to a year long church activity to a church I had never been to. Even after the first meeting I was still a bit unsure as the first impressions were extremely intimidating. But I still went through with it, and I am so glad I did. This church has such an accepting environment and the youth program is amazing. 


One of the fondest memories I have through my years of attending San Pedro is my first Youth Sunday. The Theme, Make An Impression. Which is kinda funny considering how much of an impression it made on me. I volunteered to act in the play we produced. I am not and have no plans on becoming an actress so, so sorry for all the mediocre performances I have done. This was an experience that was so different from anything I had ever done for church. It is such a creative way to get the youth involved in spreading the word of God. It makes the youth listen to the message as well as the audience. This is such an impactful memory as I saw for the first time, how much everyone truly cared to make the event work. No one slacked on their parts and made sure they were not the one to ‘mess it up’. Because of the amazing experience I had the first time I was compelled to keep doing it. Sure Dave’s pressure did have an impact on my decision, but it was not a burden. I would have volunteered anyways. It's my favorite week of the year and I am sad I will not be a part of it next year. This event always helps me to strengthen my trust in God by understanding his messages in a new enlightening way. 


Mrs. Cindy and Dave have had the most impact on me through my years in the youth program. They have always pushed me out of my comfort zone in order to be more involved. Without them I would have never attended my first lock-in. Which was so much fun. They teach everyone in the youth program how valuable they are as people and how they can have an impact on everyone’s lives. I also want to thank my parents for raising Landry and I in such a caring environment. Attending church from such a young age has taught me valuable life lessons and shaped my personality. I do not know who I would be without Christ in my life. I hope to find a church as homey in Tuscaloosa as it is here at San Pedro. 


San Pedro has been able to teach me more about the Bible and life lessons that I can use. It has most importantly taught me that God is there for me. He cares about me and knows what's best for me. San Pedro has one of the best youth programs and I am glad I got to grow up here if only for a short while. I encourage any youth on the fence about participating in youth activities that you should definitely include yourself. It may seem intimidating at first but everyone here is so nice and Dave will make you feel included. Thank you so much for making me feel welcome here and I will miss coming to church here every Sunday, well most Sundays.


 


Kaela Williamson
May 21, 2021
Senior Testimony: Parker Mapes

The following is the senior testimony of Parker Mapes presented to the congregation on May 23, 2021.


Hi good morning everyone , most of yall already know me but if not my name is parker mapes , i'm a graduating senior from johnson high school and will be attending the university of north texas in the fall. I will be studying speech pathology and hope to be a speech therapist one day to kids. I've been here at san pedro my whole life, yep, all 18 years. So many of y’all have seen me grow up here and share memories with me from when I was a kid, that I usually don't remember, but hey it is always amazing to hear about. This church is my 2nd family and growing here gave me nothing but great memories and lifelong friends.

I came to know about Jesus at a very young age, and have always been surrounded by the church growing up. I felt the love of not only Jesus but by everyone here in this church who constantly helped me grow. Mrs carol shelfer for being the best confirmation sponsor, Mrs pj and Mrs dawn for including me on wednesday nights with the kids and treating me so well, dave for always encouraging me with my faith and every individual here that i've met whos always only wanting the best for me. I truly love each and every one of yall.

Here at San Pedro I've been given endless opportunities to put myself out there with Jesus by my side, and do what I can for him. All the mission trips i've been on (which will never be enough) have let me learn so many things and helped me get to know myself as well as grow with those around me. Several years ago i gave a youth sunday speech and briefly brought up heifer ranch (one of the most “unique” trips i've been on) this trip has stuck with me and always will. We were put in poverty scenarios for 3 days and had to live without air conditioning, proper food, showers, electricity, and worst of all, We couldn't even...have… our phones. I know it's unbelievable. 3 days living like this and you'd never think you could. But in reality there are people, families, and children who live like that everyday and yet all we continue to do is still complain about the things we don’t have. Yet they continue to be thankful to have each other and a roof over their heads. It has shown me how absolutely blessed I am to have everything I do and I thank the lord everyday for it. I don't need a whole bunch of fancy food or the best technology they have to offer, or the new clothes everyone's buying, all I need is those around me who continue to love me and care for me for who I am.

I'll always try to stay involved in church as much as I can, yes even in college I know I know, because the church has endlessly shown me the best version of who I am and who I can be and it will always be here for me, I've loved my time here at San Pedro, and the memories and photos are there to prove it, and my connection with you guys, God and Jesus will be here to keep growing with me every single day and i will be forever grateful for that.

Parker Mapes
May 18, 2021
What a raffle?!

What a special raffle prize?! Our very own Nancy Brown hand painted the magical dragon, Sisu from the Walt Disney Animation Studios' Raya and the Last Dragon! Ms. Nancy you have a true gift! Thank you for sharing those gifts with our church family!

Mabrie Casbeer
May 17, 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
May 14, 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
May 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)
  • Bob Gibson (financial development)
  • Tom Workman (financial management)
  • Marcia Blankenhorn (member care)
  • Diane Redin (missions)
  • Lori Hockley (marketing and outreach)
  • Harvey Juarez (property)
  • Geoff Morgan (worship)
  • Cindy Mapes (youth)
Dr Bryan Stamper
May 11, 2021
Mothers Day Celebration!

San Antonio is a family friendly town, and San Pedro Presbyterian is a family friendly church. Mothers Day was a return to kids and youth programming on Sunday morning - and our rooms were full of life, laughter and fellowship.


We also hosted fun photo opportunities for families and friends who wanted to capture the holiday with a beautiful keepsake. The snapshots will be edited and emailed to everyone who participated (the montage above only shows a small portion of the people who sat for portraits). We especially thank Rose Solis and Tom Workman; they spent a lot of time preparing their camera equipment in leading up to Mothers Day.


And from now on, children's programming for kids up to 5th grade will happen during worship. Families are invited to start worship together, then before the sermon the children and elementary students will be shepherded to age appropriate activities. Our kids, families and students are back!

Dr Bryan Stamper
May 9, 2021
150 Coffees in 150 Days

May 5th UPDATE:


"To date I've met with 64 people for coffees and conversation. My hope remains the same: to listen and learn in an effort to build a relationship of trust. Our faith family is sharing hopes, dreams and concerns and I'm taking notes.


A few consistent threads have come up.:


  • When can we return to pre-COVID non restricted gatherings?
  • When will we start up the early service?
  • I'm worried about the number of young families in our church.


I'm still taking notes. Schedule a time at your convenience."



Share your thoughts, dreams, hopes and fears with Dr Stamper over coffee (or tea if you prefer). This is a time for listening and learning while working towards a simple vision: building a place of trust. Call the church office to set up a meeting (calls and zooms are fine, too).


Dr Bryan Stamper
May 3, 2021
A Growing Invitation

Inviting people to church is vital for church growth. In a recent survey it was discovered that 71% of people would attend church if someone invited them. The Williamsons are one such family. Several years ago, Kaela, the oldest daughter, was invited by a friend in her Irish Dance troupe, Maggie Joyce to a youth event. Kaela and her family slowly started attending church services and youth events.


When the Joyce family moved away, I wondered if the Williamsons would begin to look elsewhere. Thankfully, that was not the case. Kaela and Landry have been active members of our youth program, attending small groups, going through confirmation, and performing in Youth Sundays. Their mother, Gina has been a youth leader and adult small group leader. She currently leading one of our Good Life small groups!


You never know what will happen when you invite someone to church, but you do know what will happen if you don’t. Inviting people to church can seem intimidating, here are a few suggestions. Invite them to an age-appropriate event. Share with people why you love San Pedro. Ask them what they are looking for in a church.


But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” - Romans 10:14-15 (NLT)

Dave Reiss
Apr 27, 2021
The Man Who Wears Many Hats

Gene Treviño is a man who wears many hats! This photo is a recent picture of Gene at handbell practice, demonstrating the new LED lights with rechargeable batteries that he researched and purchased for the handbell choir. In addition to playing in the handbell choir as one of the founding members, he is also the handbell equipment manager and inventor of several pieces of equipment, such as: extendable legs for the handbell tables, sticks we use to make the handbells “sing,” and a handbell “tree,” used to hang bells from (for handbell soloists). Gene even fixed the oven of one of our ringers, Diane Redin!


If Gene looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen him at all of the Habitat house builds, or helping out with the courtyard cleanups, or volunteering with mission outreach, on the Session, and, most recently, on our Pastor nominating committee.


I am so thankful that Gene wears so many different hats, aren’t you? Be sure to ask him about one more...his Indiana Jones hat!


Peace,

Katarina

Katarina McAnelly
Apr 23, 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
Apr 12, 2021
Missions Makes a Difference

Who's ready for lunch? Pictured are members of San Pedro Presbyterian's Missions team delivering 45 sack lunches to SAMMinistries of San Antonio. Our prayer to accompany the lunches was simple: "God use these meals to nourish and bring hope. In Jesus' name, Amen."


Let us remember, with gratitude, the privileges and blessings bestowed upon us as a church family. And in light of the grace gifted to us, let us continue to answer the call to serve those in need in our San Antonio community. Coming out of COVID many people continue to show up to food banks and area non-profits in record numbers. They are hungry and scared and in need of assistance.


When you give to San Pedro Presbyterian you make it possible for our Missions Team and volunteers to deliver desperately needed items to our immediate neighborhood and community. We give thanks for those who serve, and for those who give generously to our San Pedro missions and ministries.

Apr 12, 2021
Riser Sunday Celebration

It has been almost nine years since I started here at San Pedro. I remember hosting my first Riser Sunday here and only recognizing some of our high school grads and none of our college grads. It is exciting being here so long that I have the pleasure of knowing both of these groups, high school and college grads. I even know our rising elementary students and am excited to welcome them into youth program.

This year's college graduates were about to enter their 8th grade year back in 2012 and now they are setting their sights on this great big exciting world. Our high school graduates were still in elementary school and now they are about to open up the next chapter of their lives. It has been such a joy watching both of these groups grow into men and women of God. I am blessed to know that God has used me, in some part, in these students' lives and I am excited to see how God will use them in the years to come.

I am working with our High school graduates to help share their story with the congregation. It is always a beautiful thing to hear how God works through our faith family to nurture students in the faith. I hope you will join us on Riser Sunday as we hear these powerful testimonies. I want to take a moment to thank all of our youth leaders, past and present, for how they have poured their heart, time, and energy into our students. You are a vital role in souls of this rising generation.

As we start planning our 2021 Riser Sunday, one of the thing we look for is a list of people from our congregation who have graduated from college. If you know someone from our faith family that is graduating from college or acquiring a post-graduate degree, please let me know. Send their name, Institution, degree, a way to contact them (email or phone) to dave@sppcsa.com.


Riser Sunday will be on May 23. It is also Pentecost Sunday so we are encouraging everyone to wear red!

Dave Reiss
Apr 8, 2021
Ed Olson - IT Man

When I first arrived at San Pedro Presbyterian, almost 12 years ago, one of the first people I met was Ed Olson. At the time, I think he was our Worship Deacon. There is a reason I'm not 100% sure.


Over the years I have witnessed Ed serving on multiple committees, serving on the Session, running the soundboard, repairs on our computers, working to compile our Congregational Report, working alongside our treasurer and Finance Committee . . . the list goes on.


Several years ago, I spoke with Ed about the possibility of improving our internet and online capabilities. Ed jumped in with both feet. He looked into setting up more wireless connectivity throughout our campus and made it happen.


When we began broadcasting online last year, it became clear that we needed a better internet connection. In the midst of the pandemic, Ed again stepped up and got a high-speed, dedicated fiber optic line for our church.


When you join us for worship online, when you see videos in the Narthex, when you get online at the church, you have Ed Olson to thank. 


Ed has found so many ways to minister to God's people using his various gifts and talents. When you see Ed again, offer him thanks for all he's done, and continues to do for God's church.

Pastor Paul
Apr 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
Apr 4, 2021
All Ages

It was great to have folks from every generation join us for worship on Easter Sunday. Family is folks of all ages. Children, Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, Parents, Grandparents . . . that's what family is.


As we return to in person events, let us be mindful of making space for new family members. Somebody may be sitting in your seat when you show up, be gracious and kind and mindful of what it is like to look for a new church home. They want to be family, too. Hospitality takes all of us, of every generation, to make folks feel like they've come home.


We're in a unique time in history. People are thinking about routines again, and that includes looking for a church. We've had several new guests and folks tell us they're ready to join our church. Let's do our part to make everybody, of every age, feel welcome - even if they're sitting in your seat.

Pastor Paul
Apr 2, 2021
Turning shoes into opportunity!

Thank you everyone who donated shoes to the Soles 4 Souls Shoe Drive benefiting CAM. Through your generosity, SPPC was able to deliver a truckload of shoes to help the San Antonio homeless population. 

Diane Redin
Mar 28, 2021
View From Above

Have you ever wondered what the sanctuary looks like from the top? I have.

We had some electricians come by the church today to change out the lights over the chancel. In order to get up that high, they brought in a 40' lift. I asked if I could take it all the way up to get a picture.

They said no.

I asked if they would take a picture for me, and they took this shot.

So, that's the view from above!


Pastor Paul

Pastor Paul
Mar 24, 2021
Presbyterian Children's Home: Home Sweet Home Campaign

Founded in 1903, PCHAS provides Christ-centered care for children and families in need. The agency has two core goals of (1) permanent homes for children and (2) self-sufficiency for their families. The San Antonio programs include Transitional Living for young adults aging out of foster care; Single Parent Family provides housing and services to give struggling single parents a chance to raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment where they can all succeed; and Child & Family to stabilize families in crisis.


The San Antonio campus expansion which began in 2020 is finalizing the first homes to be occupied soon. The caring congregation of San Pedro Presbyterian Church has helped to secure many home essentials for the new units which will be occupied by families and young adults in the near future. To learn more, feel free to visit pchas.org.

Diane Redin
Mar 21, 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
Mar 17, 2021
Habitat Build Update

Habitat for Humanity has built over 1,000 new homes in our area. Habitat families invest hundreds of "sweat equity" hours working alongside volunteers to help build their homes. San Pedro PC is joining up with other Presbyterian churches in 2021 to sponsor and help build our 26th Habitat home. The build began on Saturday, January 30, 2021 and continues every Saturday through March 30, 2021. Our church provided lunch to the build volunteers on February 6th.


Special thanks to Leslie Anderson who made the lunches, and Cindy Mapes and Gene Trevino who delivered the lunches to the build site!!

Mabrie Casbeer
Mar 15, 2021
Spring Cleaning

As we begin to see the real possibility of returning to a time that our lives together feel more normal, lots of folks are working hard to be sure we are ready. As I came out of the church today, I ran into Susie Guerrero and Jonette Simpson with an armful of choir robes. They are just a part of a group of folks who are working to get the robes for our choir cleaned and ready for use. In addition to Susie and Jonette, Rachael Trevino, Charlotte Noll, Nancy Lowry, Charlotte Randolph, and Bobbie Kelner have been working on this project.


It's easy to forget all of the pieces that have to come together for worship, and for a healthy church to function. At first glance, these small tasks can seem inconsequential. But the reality is that these tasks are vital. Ecclesiastes 9:10 reminds us, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might . . ."


Never let yourself think that your contribution to God's kingdom is small, regardless of what it is. It's important. It's significant. So, do it with your might for the glory of the Lord.

Pastor Paul
Mar 7, 2021