Today we recall the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Sam Shoemaker who lived very recently, from 1893 to 1963. He was the rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in New York City (where I am today) which was the headquarters of the Oxford Group which sought to be living Christianity building on the accomplished work of Jesus Christ as set forth in the New Testament. The Oxford Group’s aim was to bring to life and make real for each person the articles of faith. A man by the name of Bill Wilson would attend meetings of the Oxford Group at Calvary. Fr. Sam was instrumental in helping Bill write the book Alcoholics Anonymous.
In 1955 Bill Wilson wrote:
It was from Sam Shoemaker, that we absorbed most of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, steps that express the heart of AA's way of life. Dr. Silkworth gave us the needed knowledge of our illness, but Sam Shoemaker had given us the concrete knowledge of what we could do about it, he passed on the spiritual keys by which we were liberated. The early AA got its ideas of self-examination, acknowledgement of character defects, restitution for harm done, and working with others straight from the Oxford Group and directly from Sam Shoemaker, their former leader in America, and from nowhere else.
Fr. Sam’s life and ministry has impacted the lives of countless individuals the world over.
NEWS FLASH: Our own Allen Robinson is 1 of 6 candidates to become the next Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey!
164thDIOCESAN COUNCIL: 8 & 9 February in Houston, Texas. The Episcopal Churches on the Island will host the 165th Diocesan Council in 2014.
SEASIDE SENIORS AT ST. AUGSUTINE’S SUTTON HALL, Thursday, 21 February 2013.
REMEMBER TO BRING A FRIEND ON THE 2ND SUNDAY FOR THE CONTEMPORARY JAZZ SERVICE AND ON THE 4TH SUNDAY FOR THE TRADITIONAL JAZZ SERVICE.
The Painted Church Tour—only 6 spots left: We will travel to Schulenburg (about a 2 hour ride), tour 3-4 churches, have lunch and return to St. Augustine. We will be traveling on the bus to each of the churches so there is not a lot of walking expected, but it is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and dress comfortably.
Departure Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.
Depart From: St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church, 1410 41st St.
Cost: $20 to cover tour and lunch
If you are interested in going but may not have the funds, please contact Michelle Allen, there may be some scholarships available.
The bus will only hold 30 passengers, so it is a first come first serve basis. If we have more sign up, Mr. Allen will add you to a waiting list. Please respond to her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Ms. Allen at 832-244-1817 to let her know if you are interested.
MARDI GRAS AT ST. AUGUSTINE’S HOSTED BY OUR KING & QUEEN OF MARDIGRAS, BILL & TAMMIE TAYLOR, in Sutton Hall on Tuesday at 6 p.m., February 12.
ASH WEDNESDAY IS FEBRUARY 13, Ash Wednesday Liturgy with the Imposition of Ashes at 6 p.m.
LENTEN PROGRAM: Starting at 6 p.m. with the Way of the Cross, Eucharist, light supper and then the program with—
Feb. 20: The Rev. Allen Robinson, Rector of St. James in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Galveston native and a son of St. Augustine (1410 41st St.)
Feb. 27: Br. Michael Gallagher, OSB & Fr. Peter Funk, OSB, Benedictine Monks and Co-Founders of Holy Cross Monastery at Grace (1115 36th St.)
Mar. 6: Ms. Kathy Culmer, Storyteller & Diocesan Mission Funding Coordinator, at Trinity (2216 Ball Ave)
Mar. 13: The Rev. Canon John Newton, Diocese of Texas Canon for Lifelong Christian Formation, at St. Augustine (1410 41st St.)
Mar. 20: The Rev. Pittman McGehee, Priest, Author & Jungian Analyst, at Grace (1115 36th St.)
Mar. 27: The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of the Diocese of Texas, at Trinity (2216 Ball Ave)
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, especially Marilyn and her entire family and Dave.
Your servant in Christ,
The Rev. Chester J. Makowski+St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550