Spring 2018 Gatherings. Find out what’s happening at St. Paul’s and ways you can connect, serve, worship, and learn within this community of faith. www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings
Many of our adults participate in various Sunday morning classes. Learn more about Sunday School options.
LECTIONARY BIBLE STUDIES
St. Paul's worship is very traditional with an emphasis on liturgy. The Lectionary forms the basis for planning our worship experience. Several weekday groups study the Bible following the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday. These groups are open for anyone to join at any time.
Tuesdays | Lectionary Bible Study led by Dr. Matt Russell, in J-211 at noon
Wednesdays | Men’s Lectionary Bible Study led by Rev. Tommy Williams, in Fondren Lounge at 7 am
Thursdays | Women’s Lectionary Bible Study led by Rev. Barbara Roberson in J-203 at 8:30 am
Disciple Bible Studies
These intensive Bible studies are offered once a year starting in September and lasting through May. It's an opportunity for deep growth in the company of others seeking the same.
Enjoys discussions and studies of historical religious figures such as John Wesley, John Calvin, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther. They meet on Tuesdays in J-203 at 1 pm.
Chapter One Book Group
Discuss a wide range of books, selected by group’s nomination and voting, emphasizing literary fiction. Members of this group also serve as the core of greeters for Brazos Bookstore author events at St. Paul's.
Dates: 3rd Tuesdays, 7 pm
Facilitator: Linda Harmes
Location: Jones Building (J-202)
- March 20. The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
- April 17. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
- May 15. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
- June 19. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offil
- July 17. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- August 21. Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon
- September 18. Lost and Found by Brooke Davis
- October 16. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- November 20. Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
- December 18. Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer
- January 15, 2019. Isadore's Secret by Mardi Link
Ordinary Life Book Group
Explore books on spirituality, religious literacy, and social justice.
Dates: 3rd Mondays, 6:30 pm
Location: Rotates among homes
Details: Contact George Sroka via firstname.lastname@example.org
March 19. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle.
- April 16. The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook by Niall Ferguson
- May 21. The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Herschel
The Living Room
Our Sunday class for young adults in their 20s and 30s aims to be an environment where newcomers and regulars all feel welcome (like a living room!) as we explore faith and living together. Topics are curated by the class and led by both clergy and fellow young adults. In the past, the class has studied the life & theology of St. Paul, faith and art, and spiritual disciplines. We meet 10–10:45 am in S-105 beneath the Sanctuary.
We go out to lunch after the 11:05 service twice a month.
St. Paul's Primetimers
Primetimers is an activity-based group for senior adults who are interested in lifelong learning.
- Congregational Care Minister Rev. Andrew Wolfe
- Hospitality and Congregational Care Coordinator Nina Hall
- Primetimers Steering Committee
Location: Fondren Hall, 2nd floor of the Jones Building
Dates: 2nd Thursdays February-June and September-December (10:30 am-noon)
Program Meetings. Programs are presented on cultural, historical, social issues, and local topics of interest, featuring noted experts in these areas. The gathering usually begins in Fondren Hall at 10:30 am with light refreshments, and the program begins at 11 am. The programs are free of charge, and anyone is welcome to attend, regardless of church membership or age. An $8 lunch is served at noon to those who have made a reservation. To eat lunch with the group, please RSVP within two weekdays prior to the meeting to Nina Hall via 713-528-0527 x113 or email@example.com.
Day Trips. A variety of field trips to interesting places in the greater Houston area are offered periodically.
Check out the Primetimers latest newsletter or the Events section for the latest information on programs or day trips. If you would like to be mailed the newsletter, please contact Dorothy Conn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- March 8. Texas Courthouses by Jim Bailey, co-producer of the PBS documentary The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses and award-winning The 1910 Harris County Courthouse. NOTE: For this program, the gathering begins at 10, the program at 10:30, and lunch at 11:30.
- April 12. Transforming Buffalo Bayou by Trudi Smith of Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
- May 10. Interfaith Ministries by Rev. Dr. Jim Bankston, former senior pastor of St. Paul's and former Chair of the Board of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.
- June 14. Barbara Johnson Tucker and A Chosen Few
- September 13. Architecture in Houston by Jim Parsons, Special Projects Director for Preservation Houston.
- September 25. Day Trip to Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site in Anderson.
- October 11. Chase Untermeyer, former U.S.Ambassador to Qatar.
- November 8. Day Trip to tour Lanier Theological Library.
- December 13. Christmas Traditions, Tales, and Tunes
Gather with us at 9 am on the third Thursday of each month for a self-pay breakfast and fellowship time at the IHOP on U.S. 59 access road, near Kirby. (2515 Southwest Freeway 77098) All senior men are welcome and no reservations are required.
For more information about Senior Adult activities, contact the church office at 713-528-0527 or email Nina Hall, St. Paul's Primetimers assistant, at email@example.com.
Women at St. Paul's
United Methodist Women
The purpose of United Methodist Women is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. For more information contact the church via 713-528-0527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group meets in the Jones Building (J-204) on the third Tuesday of the month from 10 am to noon. All women (church members or not) are welcome to attend any or all meetings of UMW. Free baby-sitting/nursery service is available at the church. Reservations are required via email@example.com.
St. Paul’s Moms
Facilitators: Jennifer West and Judy Peterson
Location: St. Paul’s, Youth Center
Dates: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays (9:30–11 am)
Fellowship, prayer, scripture study and relationship building for moms with children of all ages and stages. Breakfast and childcare provided.
Ordinary Life Women
Facilitator: Lynn Schroth
Dates: 1st Thursdays (noon-2 pm)
This group began as a subsidiary of the Ordinary Life class, but all women are welcome. The purpose of the group is threefold:
- to grow spiritually
- to develop a sense of community among the members
- to participate in charitable activities as a group
- March 1. SEARCH Homeless Services.
- April 5. The Beguines, an activist group of semi-monastic women in the Middle Ages.
- May 3. Joint meeting with the Jewish and Muslim women of Saalam/Shalom to discuss the meaning of fasting in their religions.
- June 7. How to Talk to Ill and/or Dying People.
- July 5. Houston Botanic Garden.
- August 2. Emergency Aid Coalition.
- September 6. Nonviolent Communication and how to talk with those who do not share our religious or political views.
- October 4. Conversation around a YouTube video of Pema Chodron's book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times.
- November 1. Visit to Hindu temple in Stafford with curry lunch to follow.
- December 6. Discuss On Being podcast of Krista Tippett's conversation with Imam Abdullah Antepli and Rabbi Sarah Bassin.