The Quatrefoil: Weekly View from St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church


On Being Called

“Enter into the places of your calling to be encountered by the Holy. Be always prompted by the mystery of God’s presence so that in leading, you are caringly led; in listening, you are attentively listened to; and in loving, you are unconditionally loved. Amen.”

- Rev. Dr. José Irizarry

Interview with Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty on "Leading Theologically" podcast

November 5, 2022

For complete recording, click here.

Guest Preacher José Irizarry

We are thrilled to announce that the Rev. Dr. José Irizarry will join us this Sunday as our Selley Series Speaker and guest preacher. Dr. Irizarry is President Professor of Practical Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Since 2016, he has served as Vice President of Education at the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Dr. Irizarry will preach at both the 8:30 and 10:30 services. During the 9:30 Sunday School hour, he will speak about ‘Opportunities and Challenges in Theological Education Today,’ followed by a time of question, answer, and conversation in Frampton Fellowship Hall.

Introducing Our NEW App!

We are excited to present the new SCAPC app! In addition to providing an interactive directory of church members, it features worship service recordings, event listings, prayer request forms, messages, and giving. If you’re used to installing apps, this process will be very familiar. Download on the App Store or Google Play:

Note that in order to access the “People” module (Directory), you will need to go to the “Profile” tile first and verify your contact info by having a 4-digit code emailed (not texted) to you. If needed, you can find tap-by-tap instructions to download the app on our app page. You can also email for assistance or come by the help table outside of the Chapel this Sunday morning.

Concert in Sanctuary Tonight

The Musaica Chamber Ensemble will perform in the Sanctuary tonight at 7:30 p.m. The concert is titled "Heart of Genius" and will feature Mozart's delightful Flute Quartet in A major and Beethoven's sublime String Quintet in E flat major, op 4 among others. The performance is free, with a recommended donation of $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Rehearsals Begin Sunday!

Register for Children's and Youth Choirs today! Children's Choir 1 (3 years-Kindergarten) rehearses from 11:45-12:15 in the Learning Center, 2nd floor. Children's Choir 2 (1st-5th Grades) rehearses from 11:45-12:15 in the choir room, 3rd floor. Ringers & Singers (6th-12th Grades) rehearse from 4:15-5:00 p.m. in the choir room, 3rd floor. For details and to register, visit our Children's Choir page.

Congratulations, Joe!

Joe Bean has served on our church staff as a sexton for the past ten years and we look forward to celebrating his 10th anniversary this coming Sunday. At the 10:30 service, we will recognize Joe in worship as well as family members and guests. And after the 10:30 service, all are invited to a reception and celebration in Frampton Fellowship Hall which will include a special video presentation that tries to capture what Joe means to our community and the smooth operations of all that goes on at SCAPC. 


"Opportunities and Challenges in Theological Education Today"

One-day class led by the Rev. Dr. José Irizarry, President of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary | Frampton Fellowship Hall

"Study of the Early Church: Exodus, Matthew, & Galatians" | Land Building Riverside Room


Classes for grades 6-12 take place in the Youth Room on the third floor. Occasionally classes are posted on our youth Instagram page, @SCAPC_Youth. Learn about all youth programming on our youth page.


The Challenger Class (grades 4-5) meets in a special place that is set up with sofas and chairs where students can explore their faith, ask questions, and begin to verbalize what they believe. This year’s class topics include Psalm 23, the books of the Bible, John Calvin, the Apostle’s Creed, and The Gospel According to Dr Suess.

Our 3 year-olds through 3rd graders gather by age group for classes with a focus on hands-on learning. They are divided into three groups: 3 yrs to PreK, Kindergarten-1st grade, and 2nd-3rd grade. They engage in Bible stories with lessons packed with activities, interactive games, and creative crafts. Throughout the year we explore stories from the Old and New Testaments. These lessons help kids navigate the stories and begin to compare what they learn to their own lives.

The Pray Ground is a special place that is designated for children where families with children of any age can experience worship together. Our Prayer Ground is located in Frampton Fellowship Hall where the 10:30 service is live-streamed to the large screen. There are toys, books, and puzzles provided to help kids stay engage and present.

The Nursery for children ages 0-3 is open 8:15-11:45 a.m. in the Bear Classroom which is the corner classroom on the first floor.

Churchwide Picnic Sept. 24

Come picnic together at the Land Building on Sunday, September 24 following 10:30 a.m. worship! We'll enjoy fried chicken and sides, and don't worry...the Saints/Packers game will be screened inside!

Save the Date: Scotland Travel Pilgrimage

Chris Currie is planning a group pilgrimage to Scotland on September 23-October 1, 2024. The group will journey to Iona, walk in the footsteps of pilgrims to St. Andrews, and discover the history of Edinburgh. If you are interested, please contact Pierce Young at Travel brochures and further details are coming soon.

Fall Day of Service: Saturday, September 30, 8:30-Noon

Our Fall Day of Service is coming up on September 30! There will be projects for all ages and abilities. The day will begin with breakfast and prayer, after which we will break into groups to go out and serve our Community and Global Ministry partners. You can sign-up this Sunday in Frampton Fellowship Hall following either service.

Wednesday Evening Class on Acts

All are invited to attend a Wednesday evening study on the biblical Book of Acts at 5:15 p.m. in the Phifer Library. The class is led by the pastors. Tomorrow's class will focus on chapters 6 and 7, which you can click here to read.

Strategic Planning Session at WNO

Tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. in Frampton Fellowship Hall (following WNO dinner at 6), the Strategic Planning Committee will lead a listening session, so come share your ideas for our church's future! The deadline for dinner reservations has passed, however you don't need to attend dinner to participate.

Vases Needed for Flower Ministry

The Congregational Care is in need of SMALL vases for its Flower Ministry. Vases must be sized to only house small to medium bunches of flowers. No plant containers (i.e. orchid containers), square vases or large vases please. You may drop them off in the vestibule at the State Street entrance. If you have a question, you may reach out to Gail Kaliszeski at

Theology Reading Group

Looking to delve into a dynamic study of theology? Chris Currie will continue his theology reading group this Thursday, September 14 at 12:15 p.m. in the second floor conference room or by Zoom. The group will be examining Frederick Buechner's Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Comedy, Tragedy and Fairy Tale. 


Chris thought picking theologically insightful but smaller-bite classics might provide more variety and shorter term assignments over a period of time. So, in the coming months, he would like to read Frederick Buechner’s Telling the Truth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, and some other theological classics that can be covered in about a chapter per week but only contain 4-6 chapters each. 

If you are interested in joining in-person or on Zoom, contact Miriam Hollar at for further information. The discussions are recorded and available on the study groups webpage.

Events for Young Adults & Families (YAF)

YAF POLO ("Parents of Little Ones") Party!

Join Pastor Sarah and Tyler for a special gathering for little ones ages three and younger on the Land Building Lawn this Sunday, September 17 from 4:30-6:00! We will have water tables, bubbles, and chalk for the littles to play with as the grown-ups gather for fellowship and fun. We will have plenty of kid-friendly snacks to share and adult refreshments in the cooler. For questions or to RSVP please email

Saints Watch Party at Urban South with YAF

Wear your black and gold and join us at Urban South to cheer on the Saints as they take on the Panthers on Monday, September 18. We'll gather around 5:30 for the 6:15 kickoff. Urban South has a variety of beers and usually hosts a food truck on-site or you're also welcome to bring in food to enjoy while you watch the game. Please RSVP to by this Friday.

YAF Camping Retreat

Sign up today for our tented camping retreat taking place Saturday, October 7 at 3 p.m. through Sunday, October 8 at 12 p.m.! We'll enjoy gatherings based on our theme "Rooted in Christ" as well as games, fellowship, and of course a campfire for s'mores. Click here to register by Friday, September 22.

An Amazing Start to the Youth Year

Our first week of youth programming was beyond amazing! We had a huge group of youth at our first Sunday School, where we shared our highs and lows of the week and learned about “binding and loosing” in Matthew 16 through a “human knot” activity. At the 10:30 service, 16 confirmands reaffirmed their baptismal covenant: Harper Beezley, Harrison Currie, Lauren Fish, Adele Fort, James Gottsche, Oscar Grabill, Elise Griffith, Bizzie Guy, Owen Heymann, Caroline Hillery, Logan Lanier, Elle Marshall, Parker Pugh, Elliott Rice, Rachel Ruiz, and Caroline Schmidt.

We had a full porch of parents for our first Parents Group happening simultaneously with Youth Group. And we had 60 6th-12th graders at our first Youth Group of the year, the biggest crowd ever in SCAPC Youth memory. The kids explored what our yearly theme of “Loving our Neighbor” might mean to each of them and got to know each other better through a number of hilarious and high-energy games.

This weekend, 6th-12th grade youth are invited to a “Service Saturday” opportunity at the church. The project, which is geared to supporting our college students, will be from 10am-noon in the 2 Floor Learning Center. Youth will compile care packages and write notes to help our college-age adults feel loved as they face the stressors of exams and being away from home. Any interested middle and high school volunteers can buzz-in at the side door for entry, as usual, and young adult Catherine Karas will be chaperoning the service event.


On Sunday, Youth Sunday School will continue as usual, but there will be no Youth Group at night.

Meet Our New Aden Program Director!

We are thrilled to welcome Kasey Bealer as the new director of the Aden Program, SCAPC's elder care ministry. Kasey is a native New Orleanian and has been providing social support and engagement for people living with dementia for the last 20 years. As a certified dementia trainer and consultant, she conducts hands-on educational seminars, therapeutic engagement, and an educational Care Partner Support Series. In addition to her knowledge and skill, Kasey brings light-hearted fun to programming focused on bringing value and purpose to people living with dementia. She enjoys sewing, camping, hiking, and is actively involved in Scouts BSA with her children and husband.  

Aden Program Open House: September 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

We will be welcoming Kasey in worship on Sunday, September 24, so please introduce yourself and learn more about the Aden Program. Kasey can be reached at All those interested in volunteering or participating in the Aden program can also stop by our Open House in the Land Building on September 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We look forward to the program restarting in early October. 

Class on Curse Words

On Sunday, Chris Currie led a class entitled "More than Curse Words: The Gospel in the English Language" in which he gave an overview of the origins of English and scripture translations. To listen, click the link below.


Men's Retreat: Limited Spaces Left

If you haven't already signed up for the Men's Retreat on Friday-Saturday, October 6-7, you need to do so quickly! Learn more and register at this link.

Our Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Gen Trimble who passed away last weekend. We will communicate service details when they become available.

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