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"The Curate" August 2021

Updated: May 18, 2022

Beloved in Christ at St. Philip’s,

First and foremost, I’d like to provide an update regarding COVID-19. Anderson County has gone from flirting with the promise of “low” to “high” community transmission, like most of Texas and the majority of our country. If you’ve been following the news, you will know that this has much to do with low vaccination rates and the more virulent delta variant. The worsening state of affairs has indeed prompted the CDC to recommend masks indoors for vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. While our current guidance continues to allow fully vaccinated persons to remove their masks, please do so cautiously. And, by all means, encourage those you love and care for to receive their vaccine. And, know that changing conditions could very well necessitate more stringent guidance in the days ahead.

That aside, I’m excited to resume several of our typical church opportunities. I write this to encourage you to find a place for these in your life in Christ. Beginning August 18th, St. Philip’s will resume Wednesday Healing Eucharist at 5:30 pm in the church nave. This service is a smaller, spoken service with an emphasis on prayers for healing and incorporates anointing with healing oil for those who desire. Oftentimes, the brief sermons reflect upon a saint celebrated that particular week in our church calendar.

Christian Formation opportunities will resume on Sunday, August 22nd at 9:15 am. “Godly Play” is being planned for children in the Godly Play room. “Godly Play” incorporates aspects of story, wonder, and play in a Montessori-based approach to nurturing children’s spiritual lives in Christ. “Practicing our Faith” is being planned for interested adults and youth in the Parish Hall. This 26-week series “offers a survey of the basic beliefs and practices of the Episcopal Church.” Participants will learn more of what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus each and every day of the week while gaining a greater familiarity with how our prayer shapes our belief. “Practicing our Faith” is an extensive course and will benefit long--time Episcopalians and those interested in learning more about our long-standing and prayer-book-rooted life of faith in Christ. If you are considering Confirmation or Baptism in the year ahead, make this a part of your preparation.

I pray that these opportunities will enrich your own lives in Christ and help us all “to be an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual faith…” in and around Palestine, Texas (St. Philip’s Mission Statement).

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Fr. Justin Briggle


The next DOK meeting will be Sunday, September 5th at 11:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

There will be no SMG meeting for the month

of August. The next meeting will be Monday,

September 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

There will be no ECW meeting for the month

of August. The next meeting will be Tuesday,

September 14th at 9:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

August Birthdays

2 Curt Winkler

4 Cathy Summers

5 Beverly Beck

7 Jamie Ward

8 Nancy Lavinski

13 Cynthia Dickey

19 Tracy Culpepper

19 Mike Knippers

20 Jesus Garcia-Castillo

21 Leo Mizell

23 Wanda Grimes

25 Scott Nicholson

30 Ann Davis

31 Carla Cubstead

31 Pat Redding

August Anniversaries

6 James & Tracy Culpepper

7 Bob & Merry Blackwell

8 Sparky & Barbara Kolstad

13 Clinton & Susan Taylor

14 Jerry & Kathryn Fagalde

20 Norwood & Carol Brenneke

June 2021 Year to Date

Beginning Balance $95,500.96 $83,409.68

Income $10,120.05 $97,068.00

PPP Loan Funding $3,495.87 $23,050.00

Total Expenses $14,503.92 $108,914.72

Ending Balance $94,612.96 $94,612.96


Ushers - August 2021 Ushers - September 2021

Curt Winkler To be Announced.

Altar Guild Schedule:

August 2021

Aug 7 - Aug 13 Team 1 Nancy Waggoner, Sherry Snow

Linens: Joann Evans

Aug 14 - Aug 20 Team 2 Becky Myers, Cathy Summers, Julie Law

Linens: Kirsten Knippers

Aug 21 - Aug 27 Team 3 Alex Nemer, Vicki Winkler

Linens: Vicki Winkler

Aug 28 - Sept 3 Team 4 Sara Minton, Kathy Stites, Hilda Garcia-Castillo

Linens: Jeanette George

Lay Minister Schedule:

August 2021 Reader/Server

Sunday 8/1 10:30 a.m. Carol Ann Chidlaw

Sunday 8/8 10:30 a.m. Phillip Morton

Sunday 8/15 10:30 a.m. Barbara Kolstad

Wednesday 8/18 5:30 p.m. Sparky Kolstad

Sunday 8/22 10:30 a.m. Pat Redding

Wednesday 8/25 5:30 p.m. Phillip Morton

Sunday 8/29 10:30 a.m. Carol Ann Chidlaw


Please consider contributing for

Altar Flowers on a Sunday morning in Thanksgiving for an anniversary, birthday, or other blessing or in memory of someone. Contact the church office to sign up for your Sunday.

The indoor parish luncheon on August 15th has been canceled.

Our plans are to continue with our Holy Eucharist for the Feast of St. Philip, not only celebrating 162 years of faithfulness in Palestine (our birthday) and our own patron saint, but also blessing students and educators as well as their backpacks/

briefcases as they embark on another year of school (with a small gift to take with them). As we are dismissed into the world at the conclusion of the Holy Eucharist, we’re planning to have individually packaged slices of cake for you to take with you.


Wednesday Evening Healing Eucharist will return in-person on August 18th. Mark your calendars! Live-streamed Wednesday Evening Prayer is taking a break. If you're interested in learning how to pray the Daily Office, contact Fr. Justin Briggle.

Our Daughters of the King chapter has elected Carol Ann Chidlaw as its new President and Debbie Tisdale as its Treasurer. Many thanks to the faithful years of service by outgoing President, Deborah Morton. Interested in prayer, service, and evangelism? Consider becoming a Daughter.


A Note from the Organist/Choirmaster:

As we enter into this time of transition and change within the music ministry of our parish I felt led to offer a few words on the role of congregational music in the development of the church. Here below is a brief primer on the history of sacred music in Christianity.

The lineage of sacred music according to Christian use can be traced back to the very earliest Christians whose worship practices were largely identical to Jewish tradition of the time. The earliest references in written text to hymnody and sung liturgy can be found in the letters written by St. Paul to the Corinthians and the Ephesians, circa AD 64. Later, these liturgical songs and hymns would be joined by the practices of Gregorian Chant as well as the polyphonic motets of the Medieval French Christians.

Hymnody in the “modern” sense (that is, a set of text sung in a strophic manner to a repeated tune) would develop in the Late Medieval period. During this time, churches were beginning to install large pipe organs for the purpose of supporting large congregational singing. Up to this point service music was generally performed by clergy and select groups of singers. This movement would reach its zenith in the Baroque when composers such as Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Claudio Monteverdi began to compose chorale preludes for Lutheran and Catholic hymn chorales. These preludes would introduce the hymn tune and serve as a cue to the congregation as to when to start singing. As a result of these practices the congregations of Bach’s time and beyond were well-equipped and supported for the task of congregational singing.

Sacred music in the Anglican Communion is highly influenced by both the German Baroque (who were largely Lutheran) and the music of English church musicians like Henry Purcell, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and David Willcocks. The musical traditions of our own parish reflect the fine lineage of English choral music and the heavy use of the pipe organ. Our pipe instrument, a Roy Redman tracker organ of German disposition, is heavily influenced by the organs of the Baroque through its all-mechanical operation.

Music in the context of the church is a very powerful tool for communicating the teachings of God. The prevalence of music in both the Old and New Testaments speaks to the importance that God places on music in our spiritual lives. By lifting our praises in song each week at St. Philip’s we continue to uphold a two-thousand year heritage of sacred music. Whether you sing in St. Philip’s Choir or lift your voice from the congregation you are engaging in one of Christianity’s oldest and most reverent traditions.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Ethan Ainsworth

Organist and Choirmaster


July 2021 Junior Warden Report

  • Contacted Kim Keplar, contractor, to look at window seals on South and North stained glass windows. She will send plans on replacing and weather proofing.

  • Reviewed West Narthex doors again and revised plans. Need to contact another contractor for 2nd bid.

  • Called Haws roofing to look at overhang on west end of building which may be contributing to water damage to Narthex doors.

  • Peace of Mind Electrical Technician out to retrofit last of LED tubes in Parish Hall. Replaced “U” tubes in Sacristy and hallway outside library. Capped electrical line to old church sign on SW end of church. Replaced 4 LED flood lights in Nave and Altar area. Technician will find another emergency light to replace non-functioning one outside Parish Office.

  • Installed new warm air hand dryers in Men’s and Women’s restrooms in Parish Hall.

  • Reviewed plans for water heater in Paris Hall repair/replace. Gary Cooper, plumber, will move water heater out so work in cabinetry can be performed. Kim Keplar will send plans for review.

Phillip O. Morton, RN, Junior Warden St. Philip’s Episcopal Church


Rector: Fr. Justin Briggle Cell: (512) 799-9365

Parish Assistant: Malane Nix Treasurer: Melissa F. Cox

Sexton: Martín Rodríguez Organist/Choirmaster: Ethan Ainsworth

Vestry Members


Bill Fraser

Phillip Morton, Jr. Warden

Tucker Royall

Bob Snow


Barbara Kolstad, Sr. Warden

Pat Redding

Mike Tisdale

Nancy Waggoner


Melissa Cox, Treasurer

Alex Nemer, Clerk

Vincent Salaz

Joan Strominger

Normal Office Hours: Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Closed Federal and Occasional Church Holidays

Phone: (903) 729-4214 Fax: (903) 729-8691

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