to Jun 23

RSCM Gulf Coast Summer Course

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The week of June 17–23, St. Paul’s UMC will again host the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Gulf Coast Summer Course. Girls ages 10–18 will be immersed in sacred music under the direction of world-class musicians.

This year, our clinician will be Walden Moore, Director of Music at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, and our course will feature music from the Italian Renaissance and pieces written by female composers. Singers are housed at the University of St. Thomas and rehearse at St. Paul’s.

As the congregation has done so faithfully in years past, we invite you to show your amazing support of these young singers. 


Attend Worship: Come hear the beautiful music RSCM choristers have prepared all week. We hope you’ll attend any or all of these worship services, and invite your friends!

  • Thursday, June 20 @ 6 pm
    Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral

  • Friday, June 21 @ 6 pm
    Choral Vespers at Villa de Matel

  • Sunday, June 23 @ 11:05 am
    Choral Eucharist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Volunteer: Every year, we count on dedicated volunteers to help us with airport transportation, ushering for the services, setting up and/or serving meals. If you are interested, please contact volunteer coordinator Beth Brown via bobbeth@sbcglobal.net.

Make a Donation: We appreciate and depend on your financial gifts. Donations go toward snacks, music supplies, transportation expenses, lodging at the University of St. Thomas, and partial scholarships for singers. Give in the offering plate during worship, or go to www.stpaulshouston.org/give and click GIVE ONLINE. Make a one-time donation by choosing “Other” from the drop-down menu and put “RSCM” in the memo line. Thank you so much!

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7:00 PM19:00

Chapter One Book Group

The book for discussion June 18 is Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

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Chapter One Book Group is open to anyone who enjoys reading and discussing a wide variety of books. The group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in J-203, formerly J-202.

To be added to the email list for group notifications, please contact Linda Harmes at hblinda@hibit.com.

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to Jun 22

Speak Up Speak Out: Regional Youth Poetry Slam in Galveston


This summer, Iconoclast Artists will host Speak Up Speak Out (SUSO) an annual regional youth poetry slam, previously hosted by Mic Check. 

Our goal is to create platforms for young artists to speak and be heard while connecting with youth from other communities. Speak Up Speak Out invites youth from cities throughout the United States to perform and compete with original works, in preparation for the international youth slam, Brave New Voices. 

This year’s Speak Up Speak Out event will be held Friday, June 21 - Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Galveston, Texas. The two-day event will include workshops, a Friendly Indie Slam, and a Group Slam held in Galveston's East End Historic District. All events are free and open to the public. Teams competing in slams are required to register and pay the $150 registration fee which covers lodging and meals. 

Registration is open until May 15, 2019.  Information on hosts, workshops, and competing teams will be provided in the upcoming weeks. 

To register your SUSO team for this event, visit https://iconoclastartists.org/suso2019

For information about sponsorship opportunities, email Torrina Harris at: Torrina.Harris@IconoclastArtists.org

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9:45 AM09:45

Listening Session with Director of Children's Ministry Search Committee

St. Paul’s will soon begin interviewing for a new Director of Children’s Ministry as Ellen Edwards retires in August. We want your input! You're invited to two upcoming Listening Sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to share your hopes and priorities for children’s ministry with members of the Search Committee.

Sunday, June 23, at 9:45 am - J-220 (Hosted by the Living Faith Sunday School class)
Sunday, June 30, at 12:15 pm - J-204

If you can’t make it to either of these Listening Sessions, please feel free to contact any of the Search Committee members: Lacey Webster, Chair; Tiffin Wilsford, Director of Youth and Family Ministries; Anna Teagarden, Director of Children’s Music; Debra Fischer, Director of St. Paul’s School; Martha Gau; Leta Barry; Elizabeth Schorre; Ben Wells; Bevin Barrett; Eileen Stultz; Courtney Pope; and Ashley Worley.

The Director of Children’s Ministry job description is posted online. If you know any qualified candidates, please encourage them to apply. 

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to Jun 28

Register for summer youth mission trips

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Join St. Paul's Youth on summer mission trips as a youth participant or adult chaperone:

- June 2–8. UM ARMY(9th-12th graders) in Huntsville, TX. 
Registration deadline is Friday, May 17: www.umarmy.net/Registration/Indv/2921/

- June 24–28. JUMMP (6th-8th graders) in Bryan, TX.
Registration deadline is Friday, June 14: www.umarmy.net/Registration/Indv/2920/

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6:30 PM18:30

Healing Circle for Grief and Loss

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This series of our Healing Circle for Grief and Loss, we will be gathering OFF-SITE at Healing Circles Houston (1100 Milford Street, 77006) due to renovation at St. Paul’s this season. This new location is close to St. Paul’s, and all are welcome to attend the free sessions.

As always, we will have light snacks and social time beginning at 6 pm, with the circle sharing lasting from 6:30 to 8 pm. You are welcome to attend the whole series, or drop in to any of these sessions: 

  • June 26

  • July 10 & 24

  • August 7 & 21

  • September 4

  • September 11: Resiliency Workshop. Instead of the standard circle format, we will teach and practice several Mind-Body skills that help with trauma.  

For more information, contact Kat Denton via 713-528-0527 or kat@stpaulshouston.org.

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12:15 PM12:15

Welcome Reception for Rev. Dr. Jeff McDonald

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You’re invited to a Welcome Reception for new senior pastor Rev. Dr. Jeff McDonald and his wife Lenee, on their first Sunday at St. Paul’s on July 7, at 12:15 pm. It will be a come-and-go reception with a light lunch and special performance by St. Paul’s children’s choirs.

To lend your help for this event, please contact SPRC representative Denise Childres via dchildresansell@gmail.com.

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to Aug 1

VBS: To Mars and Beyond


July 28 - August 1 

  • Sunday Family Night: 5–7:30 pm 

  • Monday–Thursday: 9 am–Noon, with extended hours available

Join us for this great week of faith, fun, friendship, powerful Bible stories, great music, and helping others! The action begins Sunday, July 28 for children age 4 years through completed 5th grade. This year’s exciting theme is To Mars and Beyond - Explore where God’s power can take you! Of course, you’re welcome to invite your friends! Cost: $30/child.

For more details, contact Ellen Edwards via eedwards@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

Ready to volunteer? Opportunities to serve in this high-impact week include: planning team, classroom leader or assistant, decorations, food, storytelling, arts and crafts, assembly and music, recreation, safety, and supply coordination. Join us!  To volunteer or RSVP,  contact Helen Spaw: hspaw@stpaulshouston.org

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to Sep 26

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019


A group from St. Paul’s who will be taking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land September 16-26, 2019.

This transformational experience will include visits to many of the places we’ve read about in the Bible and to understand them with greater depth and appreciation.

Our group will walk in the footsteps of Jesus, touring the Galilee region (Nazareth, Tiberias, Capernaum, and Mount Hermon). We will travel south to the Dead Sea and visit Masada and Qumran (site of the Dead Sea scrolls). In Jerusalem, we will visit the Mount of Olives, walk the Palm Sunday Road, visit the Upper Room, as well as the House of Caiaphas, and the Via Dolorosa. We’ll spend time at the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Pool of Bethesda in the City of David. On our last day, we will visit Bethlehem, the Herodian, and Yad Veshem (Israel’s Holocaust Museum).

If you have questions about the trip, please contact Rev. Andrew Wolfe via awolfe@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

Go to the booking site for pricing information and more detailed itinerary. Scroll down to the trip named: “Wolfe/St. Paul’s.”

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12:00 PM12:00

Tim Wise is keynote speaker at Juneteenth Luncheon


The Center for the Healing of Racism will hold its 26th Annual Juneteenth Ally Award Luncheon at St. Paul’s UMC in Fondren Hall.  

Award recipients:

  • Tim Wise, one of the country’s leading anti-racism writers and educators, will deliver the keynote address.

  • Houston’s SHAPE Community Center, which has worked to improve he quality of life for Houston’s African American community for the past 50 years.

  • Maya Ford, who will receive an Individual Initiative Award for her courage to sit in silence alone in the parking lot of a detention center for migrant children and families.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by contacting the Center for the Healing of Racism at cfhr1@juno.com or (713) 520-8226. Tickets can also be purchased directly on the Center’s website. Sponsorships are also available.

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7:00 PM19:00

Reshaping Religious Imagination and Thinking: An Evening with Michael Morwood

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Guest speaker Michael Morwood will present “Reshaping Religious Imagination and Thinking” on Monday, June 3, 7–9 pm. This event will be held in Fondren Hall (2nd floor, Jones Building) at St. Paul’s UMC. It is free and open to the public.

Morwood is at the forefront of spiritual teachers who are allowing their thinking and teaching to be reformed by insights from the area that is often referred to as “the new cosmology.” He has authored numerous books, including In Memory of Jesus, It’s Time, God Is Near, and Is Jesus God?

Sponsored by the Kerley Endowment for Spiritual Advancement and Understanding, there is no charge for this event and no registration process. Space is limited, so we encourage those wishing to attend to arrive early.

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12:15 PM12:15

Farewell Lunch for the Williams Family


After morning worship services on June 2, join us to celebrate the ministry of Rev. Tommy Williams and his family on their last Sunday at St. Paul’s. All are invited to a Farewell Lunch in Fondren Hall, 12:15–1:30 pm.

On the menu . . . This family-friendly lunch will be held in Fondren Hall. We’ll serve up delicious food in a laid-back atmosphere with grilled burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers prepared by the Men’s Lectionary Bible Study. 

Expressing appreciation . . . St. Paul’s Staff-Parish Relations Committee will provide a card-writing and love offering station for the Williams family. We’ll enjoy special music and a slideshow tribute as well.

Calling all kids! . . . Parents, because we expect a sizable crowd, we’re making special plans for children to be supervised and enjoy fun activities together. Please check in your children in the Jones Building Lobby to join their age-based groups (non-walkers, 2–3 years, pre-K–1st grade, and 2nd–5th grade).

The children will eat lunch from 12:15 to 12:45 pm in Jones Building classrooms and then go outside on the Playground from 12:45 to 1:30 pm for playtime, face-painting, and snow cones provided by Kona Ice Truck.

Also, please save the date for a Welcome Reception for new senior pastor Rev. Dr. Jeff McDonald and his wife Lenee, on their first Sunday at St. Paul’s on July 7, at 12:15 pm. It will be a meet-and-greet reception with light refreshments.

If you have any questions or to lend your help for either of these goodbye/hello events, please contact SPRC representative Denise Childres via dchildresansell@gmail.com.

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7:00 PM19:00

Brazos Bookstore presents author Celeste Ng



Brazos Bookstore presents Celeste Ng, reading from her book Little Fires Everywhere. Q&A and signing to follow. This event will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. This is a ticketed event. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the event starts at 7 pm.

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. 

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Tickets admit one individual, cost $17, and include a paperback copy of Little Fires Everywhere. Tickets are nonreturnable. For more information, please contact the Brazos Bookstore at 713-523-0701.

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12:15 PM12:15

Legal Planning for Family Members with Special Needs

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Families with special needs members are invited to attend an informational luncheon on Sunday, May 19, at 12:15 pm in Fondren Lounge.

The speaker will be Tonya Knauth, PLLC, an attorney, mother of three children, and a long-time St. Paul’s UMC member. Her law practice focuses on wills and trusts, probate and guardianships. Sharing information and speaking with families to clarify their legal plans is a strong part of Tonya’s mission and purpose for her practice. She helps her clients in a multitude of ways: with legal planning for incapacity and death, with guardianships where planning for incapacity is not possible, and after the death of a loved one, to wrap up their affairs.

Lunch and childcare (for special needs children and siblings) will be provided with an RSVP to Helen Spaw, Special Needs Coordinator, via hspaw@stpaulshouston.org. Also contact Helen with any questions about this event or how special needs children are accommodated at St. Paul’s.

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to Jun 16

Summer donations needed for EAC Food Pantry

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Many families in our community depend on the EAC to supplement their nutritional needs in the summer months. Let’s help stock the EAC food pantry!

Bring these items to the collections bins in the Jones Building or Sanctuary Building. Financial donations can also be made to www.eachouston.org/donationsPlease note St. Paul’s food donation on memo line. 

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10:00 AM10:00

Tackling Stress: A Mindfulness Workshop for Teens and Parents

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This workshop is being offered free of charge, but we need to know if you’re planning to attend. Please register below no later than Monday, May 13.

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11:00 AM11:00

Harvey Recovery Team - Cancelled May 11 due to weather-related concerns

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Have you ever had a checklist that seems never-ending? Let's help our neighbors still recovering from Harvey get some things checked off. 

You’re invited to serve on St. Paul's Harvey Recovery Team on Saturday, May 11, 8:30 am-4 pm. Work may include:

- installing insulation
- hanging drywall
- painting walls and trim
- cleaning up debris from storm damage
- doing yard work (mowing, weeding, etc.)

Come for any part of the day. We will train you on the job; ages 13 and older welcome. More details via www.stpaulshouston.org/harvey or contact Amy Taylor, Director of Missions, via ataylor@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

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6:00 PM18:00

Kids Night Out - Cancelled May 10 due to anticipated inclement weather

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Theme: Fiesta

Our popular Friday-night program for children 4 months to 5th grade will resume in June. Kids Night Out includes a full schedule of games, crafts, play, snacks and supervised activities from 6 to 10:30 pm while parents enjoy an evening on their own. The cost is $25/child/night ($5/each additional sibling).  A light supper is served around 6:30. During December, this activity becomes Kids Day Out.

Kids Night/Day Out is available for families of St. Paul’s Church and School. Reservations, which are required due to limited space and staff, are accepted for each date up to two weeks in advance.

For questions or special needs, please contact Ellen Edwards via eedwards@stpaulshouston.org.

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6:30 PM18:30

Foundation Annual Dinner

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St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston was established in 1960 as a permanent endowment to undergird the church’s facilities and ministries. Thanks to generous donors throughout the years and prudent investment strategies, the Foundation now has a robust fund balance of over $20 million and is uniquely positioned to be here for good. Being here for good means the Foundation: 1) safeguards financial stability for the church’s future and 2) supports St. Paul’s commitment to pursue the common good.

Each year, the Foundation takes a portion of its fund earnings to provide scholarships to college students and makes grants to support the efforts of local ministries and international missions. In 2018, the Foundation made 23 grants ($79,208 total) to non-profit organizations.

We invite you to the Foundation’s 2019 Annual Dinner where guests will enjoy a delicious catered meal ($15/person) and hear from representatives of local non-profits supported by Foundation grants. Panelists will be:

  • Lisa Levy (SEARCH Homeless Services)

  • Rev. Dr. Matthew Russell (Iconoclast Artists)

  • Kyttie Sanford (Emergency Aid Coalition)

Guests will also get an update on Revive capital project renovations and receive a copy of the 2018 “Here for Good” Annual Report.

For questions, please email foundation@stpaulshouston.org or call 713-528-0527.

To pay for your meal online, visit our online giving platform. The Foundation Annual Dinner is $15/person. Select “Payments” from drop-down menu.

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5:00 PM17:00

Youth Banquet

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We hope you’ll attend the Youth Banquet this year. Tickets are $25/person. If you are a graduating senior or 2019 confirmand, you will receive a complimentary ticket.

Even if you can't attend, please consider making a donation in honor of Tiffin Wilsford, who has served for 20 years in youth ministry at St. Paul’s.

Jennifer West says, “When we asked Tiffin how we could honor this milestone, he requested donations for mission trip scholarships, supplies, dinners for UMY, and other programing needs.”

“Our goal is $20K for 20 years! We are also looking for 20 new volunteers to serve on youth mission trips, teach Sunday School classes, and more.”

If you’d like to volunteer, or send a note of gratitude and/or photos for a memory book for Tiffin, please email Oksana Schwack, Assistant Youth Director, at oksana@stpaulshouston.org by April 29.

To give online, go to www.stpaulshouston.org/give and click GIVE ONLINE. Make a one-time donation by choosing “Other” from the drop-down menu. Put “20 for 20” in the memo line.

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4:00 PM16:00

David Oluwo recital

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David Oluwo, a baritone/bass in the select choir of St. Paul’s Choral Scholars, will present a recital on Sunday, April 28, at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. He will perform classical selections from arias to art songs by Fauré, Schubert, and Poulenc, as well as spirituals. He will be accompanied by pianist Brittany Ruhmann.

The recital is free of charge, though donations will be accepted to help defray costs of his attending the invitation-only Colorado Vocal Institute in Copper Mountain and the highly competitive Schmidt Vocal Institute in Oxford, Ohio.

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8:30 AM08:30

Mitzvah Day 2019

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Saturday, April 27 ■ 8:30 am–3 pm
Wesley Community Center, 1410 Lee St.

In the Jewish tradition, mitzvah involves doing a good deed. This churchwide serving day will benefit Wesley Community Center, one of our partner organizations. Wesley has been serving the Northside community since 1904 providing early education, programs for children and youth, employment and financial services, a community garden and food co-op, and programming and social services for seniors.

Various mission projects will be available for people of all ages. There will be projects ideal for families with small children, but childcare will be provided for those who need it. 

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6:00 PM18:00

Kids Night Out

Theme:  Earth Day

Theme: Earth Day

Our popular Friday-night program for children 4 months to 5th grade includes a full schedule of games, crafts, play, snacks and supervised activities from 6 to 10:30 pm while parents enjoy an evening on their own. The cost is $25/child/night ($5/each additional sibling).  A light supper is served around 6:30. During December, this activity becomes Kids Day Out.

Kids Night/Day Out is available for families of St. Paul’s Church and School. Reservations, which are required due to limited space and staff, are accepted for each date up to two weeks in advance.

Please use this secure link to register and pay. For questions or special needs, please contact Ellen Edwards via eedwards@stpaulshouston.org.

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