Summer Highlight Dates

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Below is the schedule for the remaining notable events/activities at or related to St. Paul's this summer, most of which extend for several days.


Journey with J.W.

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The GROW 2nd-5th-graders are spending the summer on a “Journey with J.W.," focusing on the life, travels, and work of John Wesley.

They will learn his story, including his early training and his faith in God, which led him to activities that resulted in the Methodist movement in England.

Students also will “meet” his mother Susanna Wesley and his brother Charles, along with missionaries Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury. And they will learn about Richard Allen, an African-American who was born a slave, bought his freedom, and became a Christian businessman who also preached and organized prayer meetings.

Activities will include cooking, forming Holy Clubs, making hornbooks and saddlebags, and “visiting" communities like the early Methodist circuit riders did, learning about the habits and devotion that made the early church an important movement in America and beyond.

Healing Circles for Grief and Loss

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On Sunday, June 26, St. Paul’s first Healing Circles for Grief and Loss will be formed. This concept was introduced at the June 12 “Acquainted with Grief” presentation, but one need not have attended that session to attend. This meeting will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Fellers Room (S-312). Lunch will be provided.

The June 26 meeting will include a question and answer session about Healing Circles. Attendees also will be invited to share what has brought them today and what they hope will come of this experience. Grief is an individual experience; yet, conversations can be healing and supportive.

Those interested in ongoing circles will be given the opportunity to indicate meeting days and times. 

For more information about Healing Circles and how to join one, please contact Dr. Bill Gandin, Minister for Congregational Care, via or 713-528-0527 or David Spaw, Healing Circles Houston, via

New Member Coffee

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All who have joined St. Paul’s Family within the past 15 months are invited to a new Member Coffee on Sunday, June 26, at 12:15 p.m. in the Parlor.

This will be a time to meet and greet each other, meet church staff, and find about ways to connect within our community of faith.


Choral Evensong

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St. Mary's (Episcopal) Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

St. Mary's (Episcopal) Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Sung by St. Paul's Choir with orchestra, directed by Dr. Paolo Bordignon

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A-major, Charles Villiers Stanford

Te Deum Laudamus in B-flat, Charles Villiers Stanford

Preces and Responses, David Ashley White

This is the final Evensong service before the choir serves in residence at St. Mary's (Episcopal) Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, where they will offer daily choral services of Evensong and Holy Eucharist. These services also will be sung on Thursday, June 23, at 1:30 and 3:40 p.m. for the American Guild of Organists and will be open to the public.

The orchestra is provided through the generosity of the many members of the St. Paul's Chamber Music Society.


Pizza in the Park

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Family Neighborhood Outreach

Poe Spark Park • 5100 Hazard
Wednesdays in July (6,13,20, 27) • 5-7 p.m. 

Families, come and be a part of this neighborhood fun night! Participate in activities, Bible stories, music, and a pizza supper with our families near the church. 

For more information or to register
contact Jane Williams,, or 713-528-0527, ext. 34. 

Celebrate Summer with PrimeTimers

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Vinnie Mahal

Vinnie Mahal

The Primetimers will celebrate summer with light music, hot dogs, and ice cream at their July 14 meeting.

The music will be provided by Vinnie Mahal, a former Choral Scholar from Friendswood who is now a music performance major at Southern Methodist University (SMU).

Named “an extraordinary male soprano” by Scott Cantrell, the former classical music critic of the Dallas Morning News, Mahal also is a tenor specializing in Handel and Rossini. He sings contemporary classical and modern music as well and plays several instruments — electric and acoustic/classical guitar, electric bass, piano, and ocarina.

An aspiring opera singer, he has sung in several operas at SMU and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. For a preview of his music, please see these videos.

The meeting begins with a gathering in Fondren Hall at 10:30 a.m. followed by the free program and a $5 lunch for those who RSVP by July 12 to or 713-528-0527.

Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

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

The remaining schedule:

During October/November, the group will select books for the next several months.

Re-Imaging Incarceration and Re-Entry

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Successful re-integration of people from prison back into mainstream life in Houston is vital for the benefit of everyone in our community. It is not a journey that can be made alone. 

ProjectCURATE is presenting a conference at St. Paul's that will bring together criminal justice professionals, community service providers, academics, community organizations (faith-based and non), and people who have spent time in prison to share ideas and help us to shape a new way forward together. 

Individually, and together, we form the contours of the world we live in. This conference is a chance for us all to think together about what kind of a world we want to live in and how we can work together to bring it about.

Fr. Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, will kick-off the conference with a free, open-to-the-public talk on Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. in Fondren Hall.

A $35 registration fee covers the July 28-29 portion. Register via

Fr. Gregory Boyle
As Executive Director of Homeboy Industries and an acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Fr. Boyle is an internationally renowned speaker. Among his numerous accolades, he has been featured at White House conferences and summits by both Democrat and Republican presidents. He is a consultant to youth service and governmental agencies, policy-makers, and employers and a member of the National Gang Center Advisory Board (U.S. Department of Justice). 

Other Featured Speakers
Dr. Shadd Murana. Dean, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark and author of award-winning Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives. Dr. Maruna has been a Soros Justice Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and an H. F. Guggenheim Fellow. 

Anthony Graves. Death Row Exoneree 138, Graves more than 18 years in prison, 16 of which were in solitary confinement 12 on Texas Death Row for a crime he did not commit. Assisted by The Innocence Network, he was vindicated and released in 2010.

Dr. Ruth Armstrong. Now at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, her doctoral studies examined life after release from prison and described the gritty realities of trying to get out of a life of crime.

Register Now for "Surf Shack" -- Vacation Bible School 2016

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Vacation Bible School (VBS) has a high impact on children's faith formation along with fun and friendships.

VBS here serves all the families of St. Paul's -- church members, Fe y Esperanza, St. Paul's
School, the After-School Program, and the surrounding community. Register your own children, their friends, and relatives as soon as possible.

Teams of enthusiastic adults and teens are getting on board, and we need many more volunteers to serve all the children who will come. Opportunities include age-level classroom mentors, storytelling, crafts, outreach, decorating, snacks, recreation, special activities, and more. No prior experience needed.

Specific dates and times are Sunday, July 31, Family Night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Monday-Thursday, August 1-4, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The $30/child registration fee covers supplies and snacks, and for an additional $5, families may purchase a CD with this year’s VBS songs. Extended care options also are available for additional fees.

To register, please download this form or pick one up in the Jones Building foyer or one of the church entrances, and return it as indicated on the form.

Questions? Contact Ellen Edwards via or 713-528-027x117.