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First photo sessions:

  • November 17-22. *Pet-friendly days November 19 and 21

  • December 9-13. *Pet friendly days December 10 and 12

Schedule Your Portrait Sessions

  • Monday-Saturday, schedule online

  • Sunday mornings, stop by the Plaza to schedule or for more information

All photography will be in the Activity Center, 2nd floor, Sanctuary Building. Disabled access and *pet entrance via Fannin Street Courtyard to elevator..

Participants receive complimentary 8x10 portrait and a free directory.
Pictures taken during November can arrive in time for Christmas presents.

About Your Portrait Session: Please allow up to one hour for your professional portrait session. Be prepared for your session and show the real you. Lifetouch suggests that you wear solid colors with long sleeves. Consider bringing meaningful items to be included in your portraits. Examples: special keepsakes, sports equipment, musical instruments. See note about pets below.

*Pet-friendly Days. If you want your pet(s) in your family portraits, schedule your session for one of the designated Pet-friendly Days. People without pets also may be photographed on those days but should remember that pets will be present. Please bring your pet(s) on a leash or within a carrier.  Please do not bring pets that do not travel well or do not get along with others.

Questions? email Donna Adair via dadair@stpaulshouston.org


Iconoclast poets to participate in transatlantic live reading

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Linked through technology, young writers from Houston and Cambridge will take part in a live performance of poetry on Saturday, October 29. Iconoclast poets will gather at St. Paul’s UMC in the Fellers Room from 11 am to 12:30 pm, connecting virtually with students from Cambridge in the UK. Anyone can come sit in and participate or simply listen.

Reflecting the similarities and differences of their lives, hopes and dreams, this transatlantic live reading will bring together young writers from far-flung locales. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Matt Russell and local poet Marlon Lizama, Iconoclast aims to create new friendships and understanding across the divisions of class, culture and ethnicity through poetry writing and performance. 

For more details, contact Dr. Matt Russell at mrussell@stpaulshouston.org or visit: http://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events/transatlantic-they-say-we-say

Wish Tree

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Brighten the Lives of the After School Program Families

Brighten the Lives of the After School Program Families

The After School Program Christmas wish list tree will be on the Plaza this Sunday, October 30. Remaining wishes are $100 grocery store gift certificates for families. These may  be purchased whole or in part.

Questions? Michelle Evans at mevans@stpaulshouston.org.


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A conscious contact with God requires a conscious effort. Con-spire in the Latin (com-spirare) means to "breath with" and is an intentional space to practice the spiritual disciplines and make space in our lives for God. Each week we spend time learning, reflecting and practicing ways in which our interior life can be more rooted in grace. Join us Sundays at 11.05 in J-203. The topics through October 2016 are listed below.

October 30: How to Move through Fear
November 6: Living with Uncertainty
November 13: Happiness: It's an Inside Job

Artwork by Jan Richardson

Artwork by Jan Richardson

Employment Encouragement Group

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“Standing Out and Reaching Up During Your Job Search” will be the focus for the October 30 Employment Encouragement Group.

This support group for those who are job seeking or in job transition and is open to anyone who may benefit. The group meets in the Fellers Room (S-312) and is facilitated by John Rowe, a principal at Enaxis Consulting with more than 23 years of management consulting and industry experience. Lunch is provided.

The workshop will include a discussion of what participants have found helpful during their job search, ideas for conversation starters, tips for improving resumes and online profiles such as LinkedIn, and Q&A.

Dr. Bill Gandin, Minister of Congregational Care, also will address the enduring values that all employers seek, such as trust, honesty, treating others with respect, and stewardship.

Questions? Please email Dr. Gandin via bgandin@stpaulshouston.org.

Fall Fiesta

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St. Paul's annual fall festival is a fun celebration for the whole community!

Activities include carnival games and prizes, a petting zoo and pony rides, giant inflatables, face painting, pumpkin and cookie decorating, music and dancing, and a costume parade! We'll also enjoy pizza, popcorn and snow cones. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for 25 tickets.

New to this year's festival are craft stations to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos. Make beautiful paper flowers and lacey papel picado. Sculpt and paint clay skulls and create whimsical cardboard masks.

Workshops for these craft stations will be held leading up to the festival. Come learn how to make these crafts and decorations at the workshops, then you can help kids make them at the festival:

  • Cardboard Masks | Completed on Sundays, Oct. 16 and 23, at 12:15 pm in the Jones Building Basement (with Ibraim Santos)
  • Clay Skulls | Sunday, Oct. 23, at 6 pm and Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 5 pm in the Activity Center/Gym (with St. Paul's Youth and Susan Budge)
  • Paper Flowers and Papel Picado | Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 5 pm in the Jones Building Foyer (with Fredrica Fester, Fe y Esperanza members and Ellen Edwards)

Meals and childcare will be available at the workshops. For more details, contact Ellen Edwards at eedwards@stpaulshouston.org or (713) 528-0527.

Register for Houston Marathon, Half via Charity

Spots through regular registration for the January 15 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon are sold out.

But some places are still available through the Run for a Reason program. Among the many charities that can be supported through this option are the Houston Food Bank and SEARCH Homeless Services.

For more information about how to register for either of these runs or the January 14 5K while by supporting these or other charities, please see the Charity Program Information on the marathon website. 

The marathon and/or half marathon route usually runs near St. Paul's. Maps will be provided closer to race day to help you plan your route to church that day if you are not running.

All Saints service with choir and chamber orchestra

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On Sunday, November 6, St. Paul’s will mark the Feast of All Saints with a 4 pm service featuring Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem sung by St. Paul’s Choir, with chamber orchestra, directed by Dr. Paolo Bordignon.

All Saints’ Day is a principal feast of the church year, celebrating all Christians and the spiritual bond between the living and those in heaven. Together with All Souls (the following day), it is the church’s principal feast of commemoration of the departed. At St. Paul’s, this service has come to hold a special place for so many, some drawn by a searching heart, others simply by the healing beauty of the liturgy.

The service will feature Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, Op.9 , scored for SATB choir, mezzo-soprano and baritone soloists, organ, string orchestra, trumpets, harp, and timpani. Sarah Bannon and Elliott Hines are the vocal soloists and St. Paul’s Organ Scholar Bryan Anderson will serve as organist. The St. Paul's Chamber Music Society has generously underwritten the chamber orchestra.

Although Duruflé enjoyed a full life (1902-1986) and highly productive career as a church organist, recitalist, recording artist, arranger, and teacher, his compositions are few. He was fiercely self-critical of his original compositions and signed his name to only 14 opus numbers. Since its 1947 premiere, broadcast over Radio France, the Requiem has been hailed Duruflé’s masterpiece and has justly earned praise as one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. Various admirers have described his impressionistic writing as, “softly luminous, sumptuous, suffused with a tender radiance, of a noble and restrained eloquence and a sweet and serene light, a work of scrupulous craft and exquisite sensibility, having beautiful unity and real grandeur.”

Visit Brookwood Community

The Brookwood Community in Brookshire, TX, is a God-centered educational, residential, and entrepreneurial community for adults with disabilities. The community provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging, and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities.

St. Paul's Primetimers November 10 day trippers will tour community and lunch in the Cafe at Brookwood.

The campus consists of eight group homes, two single-family staff homes, a residential Inn, health and dental clinic, Worship Center, enterprise building, activities and administration building, 47 greenhouses, Gift and Garden Center and the Café at Brookwood, and several other support buildings.

Brookwood's programs serve: 110 resident adults (known as Brookwood “citizens”), who are functionally disabled and live at Brookwood 24/7. Another 80-plus adults participate in the day program. The range of needs helped includes people with autism spectrum disorders; intellectual disabilities; developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury; dual diagnosis; and/or aging care needs. The community also serves as a resource for families. Brookwood’s outreach program actively shares its innovative concepts and techniques with other professional caregivers across our nation and around the world.

Primetimers will leave St. Paul's by county bus at 8:30 am and return around 2:30 pm. Beginning at 9:45, a walking tour will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes. Those who do not want to take the walking tour may remain in the administrative building. The gift shop and a horticulture building are among those to be visited.

A $15 set-menu lunch will served at noon. Bring cash or check payable to St. Paul's UMC.

Reservations are required by October 20. Reserve your spot via 713-528-0527 or info@stpaulshouston.org. An RSVP sheet also will be available at the October 13 Primetimers meeting.


Diverse Journeys on a Common Path

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The Labyrinth Society's 18th annual gathering will be at St. Paul's November 10-12 with pre- and post-gathering events. The theme for this public conference will be "Diverse Journeys on a Common Path: Building Community through the Labyrinth."

Gather with labyrinth enthusiasts and experts from around the world to learn, share, and celebrate labyrinths. The Annual Gathering includes featured speakers, workshops, sales of labyrinth-related products, a silent auction, and a wide variery of Labyrinths for walking, including St. Paul's outdoor labyrinth on the Bankston Green and indoor labyrinth on the floor of St. Paul's Activity Center.

Featured speakers will be Debi and Marty Kermeen, master stone artistic team and builders of St. Paul's outdoor labyrinth, and Reginald Adams, Houston public artist and community builder.

Workshops will include

  • Integrating Labyrinths on the Autism Spectrum
  • Promoting Labyrinth Use of Diverse Groups
  • Labyrinths Online: Pathways beyond Borders
  • Sacred Symphony: Suls on a Journey of Synchronicity
  • Making Peace with Our War Path
  • Meeting Millennials on the Path 

Pre- and post-gathering events will include 

  • Learning how to create temporary labyrinths for community events with Lars Howlett
  • Touring Houston labyrinths with local artist Sarah Gish
  • Visiting Galveston to see one of Marty Kermeen's famous terrazzo labyrinths in its newly relocated home and creating sand labyrinths on the beach.

For more information or to register, please see www.labyrinthsociety.org/annual-gathering.


Churchwide Stewardship Luncheon

You are invited to St. Paul's Churchwide Stewardship Luncheon in Fondren Hall. 

Together, let's enjoy a delicious lunch, served family-style, and catered by Jim Benton of Houston LLC. The menu will be roast beef and ham with mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and fruit cobbler for dessert, for $12 per person. 

Rev. Tommy Williams, senior pastor, will make a special presentation. You'll hear how the church has been rooted in its mission this year and is branching out into its vision for ministry in 2017. 

All are welcome to join us! Childcare and a pizza lunch is available for children 5th grade and younger, for families who prefer that option. 

Please note: stewardship pledge cards will not be collected at the luncheon. It is simply a time for you to be informed about and inspired by what God is doing in and through the people and ministries of St. Paul's.

Make your reservation today!

Chapter One Book Group - The Martian

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The book for discussion November 15 is The Martian by Andy Weir.

Chapter One Book Group is open to anyone who enjoys reading and discussing a wide variety of books. The group meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in J-202. To be added to the email list, please contact Linda Harmes at hblinda@hibit.com.

The December 20 meeting will be off site when the group will discuss NW by Zadie Smith. Smith will be at St. Paul's on Friday, January 13, as part of her tour with her new novel, Swing Time.

The compilation of books for the next reading cycle is underway and may be announced prior to this meeting. To submit your nominations (limited to three per person), please contact Linda Harmes.

Ilia Delio to speak at St. Paul's

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Ilia Delio

This fall, we welcome author and theologian, Sr. Dr. Ilia Delio, for a one-day conference and guest lecture. Sr. Dr. Delio is a Franciscan Sister of Washington D.C. and Director of Catholic Studies at Georgetown University. With doctorate degrees in both pharmacology and historical theology, she explores the intersections of science and spirituality. Learn more about Sr. Ilia Delio and her work with the Omega Center.

** SOLD OUT! ** Compassion and Quantum Entanglement: A New Common Good
When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Fondren Hall (2nd Floor Jones Building)
Cost: $15 (includes lunch)

Technology and Human Becoming
When:  Sunday, Nov. 20, 9:45 – 11 am
Where: Fondren Hall (2nd Floor Jones Building); hosted by the Ordinary Life Class
Cost: free