Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Chapter One Book Group

The book for discussion March 19 is Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

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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 (previously in J-202).

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

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Mar
21
12:15 PM12:15

Lenten Recital: St. Paul's Organists

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2019 LENTEN RECITAL SERIES

Sponsored by the St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society | Free admission | Sanctuary

Thursday, March 21, at 12:15 pm
St. Paul’s Organists
Christopher Betts and Ben Kerswell play the music of J. S. Bach, Pietro Yon, and Edward Elgar, and feature  both the grand Schantz organ and the delightful Oberlinger chamber organ in George Frideric Handel’s Organ Concerto in F.

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Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Iconoclast Sessions

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Iconoclast Sessions

Iconoclast Sessions are free performance gatherings that pair academic poets with spoken word poets. In addition to introducing Iconoclast students to a wide variety of literary expressions, these sessions create a context where communities that would not otherwise meet can begin to build friendships. Learn more about the upcoming featured poets in Houston and Galveston locations: www.iconoclastartists.org.

Houston session Thursday, March 21 ■ 7 pm
St. Paul’s UMC: Fondren Hall
Special guests: Cristina Martinez, community poet + Joseph Machado, academic poet

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Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Kids Night Out

Theme:  Spring Fling

Theme: Spring Fling

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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Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Trinity University Chamber Choir in concert

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Under the direction of Dr. Gary Seighman, the Trinity University Chamber Singers are comprised of 48 undergraduate musicians committed to choral artistry of the highest quality. They will be joined in their concert program at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Houston on Friday, March 22, at 7 pm, by St. Paul’s Choral Scholars. This performance is free and open to the public.

In 2017, Trinity University Chamber Singers were one of only 12 choirs in the country selected to perform for the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference in Baton Rouge, LA. They are also regularly invited to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention. The Chamber Singers enjoy touring nationally, throughout the region, and abroad. They recently served as ensemble-in-residence for the 2018 Eisenstadt Classical Music Festival in Austria where they performed Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major. In Spring of 2020, they will be traveling to New York City where they have been invited as the featured ensemble for a program at Carnegie Hall. There they will perform a major work with the New York Chamber Orchestra and also give a spotlight a cappella program of their own on the main stage.  

The Chamber Singers are frequent collaborators with the San Antonio Symphony, having recently performed Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe, and works by Verdi, Berlioz, and Brahms. As advocates for new music, the Chamber Singers have introduced many new works to the choral repertoire including joint premieres with Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony and the renowned Minneapolis-based ensemble, Cantus.  They premiered a composition at the 2017 College Music Society National Convention based on astronomical data from the NASA Kepler Mission and traditional melodies of the Coahuiltecan people indigenous to South Texas. In 2018, they enjoyed a collaboration with Chanticleer and renowned composer Dan Forrest.

Other recent projects include a Spanish Baroque program with the Walden Chamber Players of Boston, Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with period instruments, Tomás Luis de Victoria’s 12-voice Missa “Laetatus sum” in Washington, DC, Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning in Dallas, and the nationally-touring Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess multimedia concert at the Majestic Theatre.

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Mar
23
8:00 AM08:00

Harvey Recovery Team

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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, March 23, 8 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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Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

East End Community Garden Day

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The East End Missional Community currently participates in community organizing around two key concerns: housing affordability and food insecurity.

With our partners in the East End, we have created a garden collaborative that connects all the community gardens throughout the area. We are also establishing garden clubs at each local elementary, middle, and high school.

These community gardens not only produce fruits and vegetables that can supplement the diets of our neighbors, they also give students and neighbors places of pride in their community. 

So far, we have had tremendous support from students, parents, teachers, and community members who want to start gardening or are expert gardeners. Come join us!

Rev. Paul Richards-Kuan invites members and friends in the St. Paul's community to come volunteer on Saturday, March 23, 9 am–1 pm, at Navarro Middle School (5100 Polk Houston, TX 77023). “This would be an excellent way get to know some East End neighbors, see some of the East End, and get your hands dirty in service to God,” he says.

For more details or to be added to a list of future community garden volunteering opportunities, email prichards-kuan@stpaulshouston.org or call 713-528-0527.

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Mar
24
11:05 AM11:05

Conspire in Lent

“Cloud” by Brooke Summers-Perry

“Cloud” by Brooke Summers-Perry

Conspire co-facilitated by Brooke Summers-Perry and Lindsay Espejel
Sundays, March 10–April 21, 11:05 am-noon
J-203 (Jones Building, 2nd floor)

Inhale and engage spiritual practice as a breath of fresh air on the journey. Conspire provides an alternative to a world characterized by overwhelming speed, frantic lives, and failures to connect with others, ourselves, and the Holy. Conspire is designed to create places of community, belonging, spiritual formation, and compassion in action.

Fore more details, contact Brooke Summers-Perry via: brooke@summers-perry.com

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Mar
24
12:15 PM12:15

Spring Picnic & Playtime

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Spring Picnic & Playtime for Families with Babies, Toddlers, and Two’s 
Sunday, March 24 • 12:15–2 pm 

Enjoy a picnic lunch, play on St. Paul’s playground, and make new friends in your church family! Older siblings and extended family members are welcome. A picnic lunch will be provided, but of course you may bring food for your own child. 

Mark your calendar for the annual Easter Egg Hunt for infants through Kindergarten. It’s Saturday, April 20, at 10 am on the playground. 

For information about nursery care and ministries especially for young children, contact Ellen Edwards, Director of Children’s Ministries, via eedwards@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527. 

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Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

"Beholding Counter-Testimonies": Lecture and Dinner with Dr. Robert Williamson

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Dr. Robert Williamson

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 | 6:30 PM
Wesley Hall at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (12955 Memorial Drive)
Cost: $15 for entry and meal; books available for purchase

Dr. Robert Williamson teaches Religious Studies at Hendrix College in Conway, AR and is founding pastor of Mercy Community Church in Little Rock, AR.

In his new book, The Forgotten Books of the Bible, Dr. Williamson guides readers to see how the Five Scrolls of the Old Testament (Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther) deserve more attention in the life of the church and how neglecting them prevents us from having relevant conversations about sexuality, grief, existential despair, ethnic identity, and power. With scholarly wisdom and a quick wit, Williamson skillfully guides readers as they rediscover the relevance for the Five Scrolls today.

Dr. Williamson will be with us to discuss his new book, answer questions about his scholarly work, and share dinner with us.

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

"Beholding Counter-Testimonies": Panel Discussion on Faithful Responses to Homelessness

Thao Costis, President and CEO of SEARCH

Thao Costis, President and CEO of SEARCH

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 | 10 AM–NOON
Fondren Hall at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (5501 Main Street, 77004)
Cost: Free; refreshments provided

We dream of a day when no one encounters housing insecurity or experiences homelessness. But how do we respond to the homelessness that we and those in our community experience today? Listen to and engage with a panel of faith and community leaders to kindle reflection and interaction with faithful responses to homelessness in our city.

Presentation by:

Panel participants:

  • Robert Williamson, Lead Pastor of Mercy Community Church

  • Lisa Levy, Spiritual Support Coordinator of SEARCH

  • … and other panelists TBA

For more details, contact Rev. Karyn Richards-Kuan via krichards-kuan@stpaulshouston.org.

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Apr
7
12:15 PM12:15

Interest meeting for Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019

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On Sunday, April 7, at 12:15 pm, join Rev. Andrew Wolfe for an informational meeting about the Holy Land trip (Sept. 16–26, 2019). Bev Robb, the tour company president, will also be available to answer any questions or reservations people might have about going, what to expect for the trip, payment, and any extras. Location in Jones Building, TBD.

About the Trip | Discover the Holy Land with a group from St. Paul’s who will be taking a pilgrimage September 16-27, 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).

Reserve your spot today as they will fill up quickly! If you have questions about the trip, please contact Rev. Andrew Wolfe via awolfe@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

NEW! 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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Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Recital: Jeremy Filsell, piano & Erik Suter, organ

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2019 LENTEN RECITAL SERIES

Sponsored by the St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society | Free admission | Sanctuary

Thursday, April 11, at 7 pm
Jeremy Filsell, piano & Erik Suter, organ
*Note: this is an evening performance.
Internationally renowned performers, Jeremy Filsell and Erik Suter, present a varied program, including Franz Liszt’s Prelude and Fugue on BACH, Earl Wild’s Etudes on themes by George Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a theme of Paganini, arranged for piano and organ.

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Apr
14
to Apr 21

Holy Week & Easter at St. Paul's

Palm Sunday | April 14

  • 8 am, 9:30 am, and 11 am: Begin outdoors with a palm processional into the Sanctuary. Worship continues with music led by St. Paul’s Choir and an introit sung by the Choristers and Treble Choir. Highlights include a brass ensemble and the premier of a commissioned work for St. Paul’s children’s choirs by Philip Moore. Rev. Tommy Williams will preach all three services. 

Monday of Holy Week | April 15

  • 12:15 pm: Service of Holy Communion in the Chapel. Homilist: Rev. Nataly Negrete.

Tuesday of Holy Week | April 16

  • 12:15 pm: Service of Holy Communion in the Chapel. Homilist: Rev. Paul Richards-Kuan.

Wednesday of Holy Week | April 17

  • 12:15 pm: Service of Holy Communion in the Chapel. Homilist: Rev. Dr. Bill Kerley.

Maundy Thursday | April 18

  • 12:15 pm: Service of Holy Communion in the Chapel with foot washing.
    Homilist: Rev. Andrew Wolfe.

  • 7 pm: Service of Holy Communion in the Sanctuary with music sung by St. Paul’s Choir and Treble Choir. Homilist: Rev. Andrew Wolfe.

Good Friday | April 19

  • 11 am: Children’s Good Friday Tenebrae Service in the Chapel with St. Paul’s Youth Strings, followed by snacks and labyrinth walk in the Activity Center.

  • Noon: Worship Service in the Sanctuary with music by St. Paul’s Choir. Homilist: Rev. Karyn Richards-Kuan.

  • 7 pm: Dual language (Spanish/English) Worship Service in the Sanctuary. Homilist: Rev. Nataly Negrete.

Holy Saturday | April 20

  • 7 pm: Easter Vigil, beginning on the outdoor Labyrinth then processing into the Sanctuary. The service will feature the music of Philip Baker and René Clausen sung by St. Paul’s Choir.

Easter Sunday | April 21 

  • 8 am, 9:30 am, and 11 am: Worship in the Sanctuary with music by St. Paul’s Choir, including the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel. Rev. Tommy Williams will preach all three services. Flowering of the cross all morning near Main Street steps. 

  • 5 pm: Servicio de Pascua a la capilla (en español).

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Apr
27
8:30 AM08:30

Mitzvah Day 2019

Saturday, April 27 ■ 8:30 am–4 pm
Location:
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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May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Brazos Bookstore presents author Celeste Ng

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Celeste Ng - LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

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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Jul
28
to Aug 1

VBS: To Mars and Beyond

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2019 
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!  Our March Planning Luncheon is Wednesday, March 20, at noon. To volunteer or RSVP,  contact Helen Spaw: hspaw@stpaulshouston.org

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Mar
17
12:15 PM12:15

Information Luncheon on St. Paul’s Special Needs Program

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Build a trusting relationship and share on Sunday mornings the spiritual life of a child with special needs through individually designed activities. One hour on Sunday mornings can make a world of difference in the life of a child. No prior experience required; training and background checks are provided. 

To learn more about this opportunity, attend an informational luncheon on Sunday, March 17, at 12:15 pm, in Fondren Lounge. Led by Helen Spaw, MPS, lunch and childcare will be provided with RSVP via hspaw@stpaulshouston.org

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Mar
14
10:00 AM10:00

Primetimers: "Post Oak Boulevard, A Texas Legacy"

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St. Paul’s Primetimers is an activity-based group for senior adults who are interested in lifelong learning. Programs are presented on cultural, historical, social issues, and local topics of interest, featuring noted experts in these areas.

This Thursday’s gathering begins in Fondren Hall at 10 am with light refreshments, and the program begins at 10:30 am. (The group is meeting earlier than usual to allow time for folks to listen to the Lenten Recital Series performance in the Sanctuary at 12:15 pm..

Free of charge, and anyone is welcome to attend, regardless of church membership or age. Lunch ($10) is served to those who have made a reservation within two weekdays prior to the meeting to Nina Hall via 713-528-0527 x113 or nina@stpaulshouston.org.

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Mar
10
12:15 PM12:15

"Assemblage" art show opening reception

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“Assemblage,” an art show by David Kaufman, opens with a reception on Sunday, March 10, at 12:15 pm, in the Open Heart Studio (Room S-300).

David Kaufman, a St. Paul’s Fine Arts Academy student since 2016, graduated from The Briarwood School in Houston and The Horizons School in Birmingham, Alabama. He has always been interested in art, particularly 3-dimensional expressions.  He uses found objects to create balance and beauty in experimentation. He also enjoys photography and computers. 

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Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

Kids Night Out

Theme:  Kids in the Kitchen

Theme: Kids in the Kitchen

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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Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

LSU Choir Concert

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The A Cappella Choir of Louisiana State University, directed by Dr. John Dickson, will present their Spring 2019 tour program, “My Letter to the World,” on Sunday, February 24, at 7 pm, in the Sanctuary of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The vocal ensemble will spotlight music by J. S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Heinrich Schutz, Jake Runstad, Eric Whitacre, and LSU student composers. In addition to the LSU A Cappella Choir, the program will also feature the choir of Clear Springs High School under the direction of Rob Phillips.

The LSU A Cappella Choir has achieved national and international prominence through its performances in many of the most prestigious venues in the world.  The Choir’s rich history includes invitational performances for divisional and national audiences of the American Choral Directors Association. During their six European tours since 1991, they have been invited to perform high mass in Notre Dame and St. Peter’s in the Vatican, and have given invitational performances at the famed Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Mendelssohn Hochschule in Leipzig, Germany. They have performed before the Louisiana Music Educators Association, the American Society of University Composers, the College Music Society, and the American Musicological Society and have received invitations to perform in Russia, South America, Israel, Bulgaria, and Italy.

The chorus is chosen each year from the LSU student population and remains a representative cross section of LSU with majors and non-majors as well as both graduate and undergraduate students. In the past decade, members of the choir have won two national Met Auditions in New York and have been named Rhodes and Fulbright Scholars. Graduates hold teaching positions representing all levels of education in twenty-two different states. In addition, many are now studying in prestigious graduate programs throughout the United States as well as performing with major opera companies throughout the world.

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Feb
24
5:30 PM17:30

"Setting Priorities, Obtaining Goals" with Evan Weinberger and Angela Koreth

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Motivating kids and teens at home and school can be complex, even challenging. Parents often wonder how they can provide guidance for their kids and implement effective structure for their families.

Join us for “Setting Priorities, Obtaining Goals,” a 2-part presentation by Evan Weinberger, an academic coach, and Angela Koreth, a mental health professional. These presenters have devoted their work to helping families improve relationships, maximize communication, and create a healthy culture of performance.

In Part I on January 27, speakers will address topics related to life at home, such as:

  • creating healthy positive and negative reinforcement systems

  • establishing productive habits and routines

  • setting appropriate TV/gaming rules

  • identifying and addressing at-risk behaviors

  • engaging in acceptable parent-child negotiation

  • knowing when to seek professional help

In Part II on February 24, speakers will address topics related to academics, such as:

  • setting meaningful academic goals

  • achieving a healthy, school-life balance

  • managing school-related stress

  • understanding the impact of learning differences

  • supporting your children through successes and failures

  • being an effective cheerleader (motivator) for your kids

  • assisting your kids in creating organization and time-management systems

All participants will leave with helpful information, as well as resources to take action immediately. If you cannot join us for both Part I and Part II, come when you can.

Register online: www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings. Childcare available upon request to childcare@stpaulshouston.org

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Feb
23
12:30 PM12:30

Table for Six: The Beloved Community

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Table for Six is an event organized by St. Paul’s Health Ministry. Enjoy lunch and conversation related to community health initiatives in Houston. You’ll sit at a table with the professional of your choice (see list below). This unique format creates space for in-depth questions and answers with experts in the field.

Date: Saturday, February 23 ■ 12:30–2 pm
Location: Carrabba’s (3115 Kirby Dr)
Cost: price reduced to $30/person

Whose table would you like to sit at? Choose from among these community health professionals:

  • LINDA JENKINS - FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE (RN, IRNPA)

  • JANICE FINDER - DIRECTOR OF POPULATION HEALTH AT M.D. ANDERSON (RN, MSN)

  • STUART C. NELSON - VICE-PRESIDENT AT THE INSTITUTE FOR SPIRITUALITY AND HEALTH AT THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER

  • DR. SHAINY VARGHESE - ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR/PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER (PHD, RN, CPNP)

  • DR. SANDRA TYSON - SENIOR POLICY PLANNER FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH AT HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

  • STACI LOFTON - HEALTH EQUITY STRATEGIST AND ATTORNEY (J.D., M.P.H.)

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Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

Kids Night Out

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Theme: Go Texan

Theme: Go Texan

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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Feb
19
9:15 AM09:15

The Truth About Why Kids Push Our Buttons

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St. Paul’s School Parent Education Event":
The Truth About Why Kids Push Our Buttons, presented by Randi Rubenstein 

As parents, we frequently find ourselves in a gap between the parents we want to be and the ones we currently are, especially when our kids are pushing our buttons!

Randi Rubenstein calls this The Parent Gap. In this masterclass, she will teach you the best tool to close that gap to create the family you truly crave! 

Instructor: Randi Rubenstein helps parents, particularly ones with strong willed children, learn tools to raise confident, kind, and self-motivated children by improving the conversations in your family. As the founder of Mastermind Parenting, host of the Mastermind Parenting podcast and author of The Parent Gap, Randi helps parents stay cool and replace old patterns. Randi's parenting motto is, "When our thoughts grow, the convos in our home flow".  To learn more go to www.randirubenstein.com

Parent Education Events are free and open to everyone. RVSP and Reserve Child Care here

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Feb
17
9:45 AM09:45

Rev. Tommy Williams to share updates on "Way Forward"

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In late February, representatives from across the United Methodist denomination will gather in St. Louis for a Special Session of the General Conference. The purpose of this session will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward. This commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops. Members of the commission were tasked with examining paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church. Several proposals from the commission will be considered by the assembly of 864 delegates, both laity and clergy from all around the globe. 

Rev. Tommy Williams will continue to visit St. Paul’s Sunday school classes to share some context and history about this process and how decision-making happens within the UMC’s broad connection. The invitation is open to all, whether or not you regularly attend a Sunday school class.

Having visited the Journeys class last month, Rev. Williams will share updates with these classes in the coming weeks:

  • Sunday, Jan. 20, 9:45 am: Living Faith in J-220

  • Sunday, Jan. 27, 9:45 am: Roundtable in S-301

  • Sunday, Feb. 3, 9:45 am: Special Studies in J-203

  • Sunday, Feb. 10, 9:45 am: Connections in J-202

  • Sunday, Feb. 17, 9:45 am: Candlelighters in J-211

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Feb
14
10:30 AM10:30

St. Paul's Primetimers: February program and day trip

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Senior adults who are interested in lifelong learning attend programs and day trips on cultural, historical, and social issues, as well as local topics of interest. RSVP for lunch within two weekdays prior to the program to Nina Hall via 713-528-0527 or nina@stpaulshouston.org.

Presentation by Claudia Gee Vassar, St. Paul’s member & president of Houston Botanic Garden
Thursday, Feb. 14
10:30 am–1 pm in Fondren Hall
Free program; lunch available for purchase with RSVP

Day Trip to St. George Orthodox Christian Church in West University Place
Thursday, Feb. 21
9 am–3 pm
Free tour; self-pay lunch at Cleburne Cafeteria

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Feb
13
6:30 PM18:30

Training for Lay Visitation Team

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St. Paul’s Lay Visitation Team shares the gifts of caring, compassion, and presence with those in the hospital, in hospice, or who are homebound.

Rev. Andrew Wolfe and Rod Kotenbrink will offer a comprehensive 3-part training for those currently serving and those who wish to serve on the visitation team. Volunteers will be equipped to provide care on behalf of the church by developing active listening skills, learning how to pray for people in various situations, and more.

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 13 & 27
■ 6:30–8 pm
Location: J-204 (Jones Building)
Details: Free; childcare provided with RSVP to childcare@stpaulshouston.org

Register online: www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings

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Feb
8
6:30 PM18:30

Fellowship Friday: Spring 2019

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We hope you’ll come to Fellowship Friday. For one evening each fall and spring, the people of St. Paul’s gather in neighbors’ homes all over the greater Houston area.

Look at the map, and pick the location closest to you. We will notify you with the address when we receive your RSVP. 

Your host will provide the main course; please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Families with children are welcome, or you may opt to register them for Kids’ Night Out at the church via www.stpaulshouston.org/kids-night-out

Our Spring 2019 Host Homes
Contact Nina Hall via nina@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527 with any questions.

  • 01  Shirley and Larry Roberts

  • 02  Biddie and David Webb

  • 03  Jim and Jeff Benton-Henningsen

  • 04  Jeff Johnston

  • 05  Sherry Beeman and Bill Kerley

  • 06  Sharon McKenzie and Herb Agan

  • 07  Eileen and John Stultz 

  • 08  Jennifer and Shawn West

  • 09  Anna and Darrell Anderson

  • 10  Hattie and Jim McKinley

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Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Kids Night Out

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Theme: Lunar New Year


Theme: Lunar New Year

St. Paul’s 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 ($5/sibling). A light supper is served around 6:30.

Kids Night 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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Feb
6
6:30 PM18:30

Healing Circle for Grief and Loss

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Grief and Loss Healing Circle
Facilitated by Kat Denton and Nanette Saha, this series offers connection and healing for those experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. Open to new and continuing participants. 

“Every great loss demands that we choose life again. We need to grieve in order to do this. The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life. When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past.” – Rachel Naomi Remen

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 13, March 27, and April 10 ■ 6:30–8 pm (optional social time at 6:15 pm)
Location: Fellers Room (S-312)

Register online: www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings

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Feb
5
9:00 AM09:00

Memory Training Course

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Amazing Place presents a 4-week Memory Training Course designed by Gary Small, M.D., and Linda Ercoli, Ph.D., of the UCLA Longevity Center. Through this training, participants will learn strategies for:

  • Remembering names and faces

  • Recalling appointments, messages and plans

  • Avoiding misplacing objects

  • Overcoming “tip of the tongue” memory slips

Dates: Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26
Time: 9–11 am
Location: Fondren Lounge (Jones Building)
Trainer:  Susan Giles, UCLA Certified Memory Trainer and Amazing Place  Community & Church Liaison
Cost: $80, payable to Amazing Place

Organizers say that nine out of 10 participants report improvements in their memory! Sign up via email to trainyourbrain@amazingplacehouston.org or call Sally Davis at 713-552-0420.

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Feb
3
12:15 PM12:15

Retirement Reception for Ken Coleman

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Ken Coleman, longtime organist at St. Paul’s, is retiring. Join us for a reception in his honor on Sunday, February 3, at 12:15 pm, in Fondren Hall.

Ken holds degrees in music education and organ from the University of Houston (UH). He began singing in St. Paul’s Choir in 1979 while still at UH. It also was at UH where he first heard a pipe organ. His response was “Wow!”

“Wow!” also is the response to his many contributions to St. Paul’s, especially the music department. 

“In addition to playing the organ on Sundays and for many special services, performances, weddings, funerals, and on choir tours, Kenny has worked tirelessly in front of and behind the scenes,” noted Director of Music Christopher Betts. 

“He has helped with choir rehearsals and sectionals, the music library, service planning, receptions and choir gatherings, the pastoral care of choir members, and as the driving force behind our annual St. Paul’s Choir Gingerbread Bake Sale. His greatest strength is his servant’s heart. He will be sorely missed.”

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