When I came home from the Iraq War I felt like I lost everything. My first marriage ended, my untreated PTSD spiraled out of control, and I felt like God had abandoned me. During those difficult days, a friend invited me to an Episcopal Church. I went, and for the first time in a long time, while I was receiving communion, I felt that God loved me. Back then I wasn’t able to feel God’s love anywhere else in my life, but I felt it there at that altar.
This is why I’m part of this new church plant here in Pflugerville. I want people to experience God’s love through the good news of Jesus and the sacramental life he calls us to. Truly nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ.
The new church plant in Pflugerville began on January 2nd, 2019, when our Vicar, the Rev. David Peters drank his first cup of coffee at West Pecan Coffee. This was 180 years after the Rev. Caleb Ives announced the formation of the first Episcopal Church in Texas, Christ Church in Matagorda in 1839. Christ Church, Matagorda first met in a Masonic hall, so we expect to utilize creative spaces as we begin this exciting new community. Every Tues-Thursday we meet for Cranmer’s Coffee Club, Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. On Sundays we meet at the Three Legged Goat, 9:30 a.m. for our service of Bible Teaching and Holy Communion. Check out our Events Page for the latest times and locations.
In May, the Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle, our Diocesan Bishop, approved our new name, Saint Joan of Arc! Her life of mystical faith is commemorated on The Episcopal Church Kalendar and reminds us to follow Jesus even in times of severe difficulty. As there are numerous churches with names of male saints, we feel that a woman’s name will bring some balance to the larger Church, as well as communicate that our Church has women at every level of leadership and influence. We often meditate on Joan’s statement that “If I be not in a state of grace, I pray God place me in in it; if I be in it, I pray God keep me so.” For more information on St. Joan’s life, please contact us below.
Priests don‘t start churches. Teams of people start churches, as they discern the call of God in a particular community. Would you consider being on this team? If you are, please contact our Vicar, David Peters. Fr. David’s biography can be found here. If you would like to give to St. Joan of Arc’s mission, please click HERE to access Tith.ly