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Artwork by Jan Richardson

Artwork by Jan Richardson


Con-spire in the Latin (com-spirare) means to ‘breath with’ and is an intentional ministry of spiritual formation and the contemplative practices.  Each week we spend time learning, reflecting and practicing ways in which our interior life can be more rooted in grace. Join us at 11.05 in Fondren Hall. The topics through October 4 are listed below. 

  • August 30. How to Befriend your Insecurities (painting mandalas) - location changed to J-204 today due to Celebration Sunday! activities in Fondren Hall.
  • September 6. Cultivating Soul (basic meditation)
  • September 13. Odyssey service. Dr. Bill Kerley preaches at the 9:45 service, and all are invited back to Fondren Hall at 11:05 for lunch together in community.
  • September 20. How to Befirend your Sadness (walking the Labyrinth)
  • September 27. How to Worry Less (Yes meditation)
  • October 4. How to Be Where You Are, Not Where You Are Not. ((re)framing meditation)






Esther Women

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This group for women in their 30s and 40s meets the first Thursdays of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. for a self-led Bible study and fellowship. The group will resume for the new school year on September 3 with a potluck dinner with a brief Bible study in the Parlor. All women in this age range are invited to attend. Based on the interest, new groups may be formed to meet at other times and locations. 

For more about this dynamic group, please email Jennifer West at

GROW Parent Orientation Coffees

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Parents of children in the 2nd-5th-grade GROW Sunday School classes are invited to informational/orientation coffees in J-008 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on the Sundays listed below:

  • September 6 - Parents of 2nd and 3rd graders
  • September 13 - Parents of 4th and 5th graders

GROW coordinator Jane Williams will explain the goals and teaching methods employed in the classes to assist these children in their faith formation.

Questions? Contact Jane Williams via email or 713-528-0527 x134.

St. Paul's Moms

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Mothers with children of all ages are invited to this new group as we come together to study the Bible, pray together, and support each other while raising our children.

The first gathering will be Wednesday, September 9, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in J-204. The plan is for the group to continue meeting on the second and fourth Wednesdays.

For more information, please contact Jennifer West at or 713-528-0527.

Revisit Shamrock Hotel Grand Opening

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Postcard image of the legendary Shamrock Hotel and swimming pool, site of water ski shows and more. Now the site of the Texas A&M University Institute of Biosciences and Technology.

Postcard image of the legendary Shamrock Hotel and swimming pool, site of water ski shows and more. Now the site of the Texas A&M University Institute of Biosciences and Technology.

The Primetimers’ September 10 meeting will take attendees back to St. Patrick’s Day 1949 for the grand opening of the Shamrock Hotel. The “journey” will be provided by Jeff Lindemann, whose picture collection includes photos of the hotel interior, the famous swimming pool, and the stars who came. The opening is still considered by some as the “grandest and wildest event ever held in Houston.”

The program in Fondren Hall begins at 11 a.m., with social gathering at 10:30. An $8 lunch will be served at noon to those who RSVP by September 8 to or 713-528-0527.

Register for Children's Choirs

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To register children for any of the Children's Choirs for the 2015-16 year, please stop by the registration table inside the Jones Building between 9 a.m. and noon September 6.

Rehearsals begin after Labor Day

Elementary Children’s Choirs

  • Wesley Singers (1st & 2nd grades). 10:45 a.m. Sundays
  • St. Paul’s Choristers (3rd grade & older). Attend 11:05 Sunday worship, exiting for rehearsal during the second hymn.

Treble Choir  - ages 10  to 18 interested in advanced sacred music, liturgy, and worship, following the Royal School of Church Music curriculum. Rehearse 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays plus with Choristers on Sunday morning.


Wedding Guild Sign Up

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Wedding Guild members provide that extra level of welcome and expertise to the wedding party and their families. 

To help with weddings from October through December or to learn how to become a Wedding Guild member, please visit the Bride’s Room (S-102) during this period. 

Men as well as women are welcome.


Choral Evensong Service

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St. Paul's Choir, Easter 2015. Photograph by Rev. Danny Yang

St. Paul's Choir, Easter 2015. Photograph by Rev. Danny Yang

St. Paul’s Choir and Choral Scholars offer the first Evensong of the fall on Sunday, September 13, at 4 p.m.

Evensong always includes the singing of two Canticles (biblical hymns other than the Psalms), usually the Magnificat (Song of Mary) and Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon). These will be sung in Charles Villiers Stanford’s setting in A Major.

Other repertoire in the September 13 service will include Charles Wood’s resplendent anthem for double choir, “Hail, Gladdening Light.” Wood’s anthem, from 1912, is a masterpiece of a cappella writing and sets one of the earliest hymns of the church still in regular use, the third-century Phos Hilaron.

Please see the St. Paul's Choir section for music samples and this year's schedule.



Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be Me Before You by Jojo Mayes

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 book in the group's current list is The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane, which will  be discussed October 20, 2015.

A new list for the next several months will be compiled. To submit your suggestions, please contact Linda Harmes at

Texas Independence Trail

The Primetimers next day trip will be Thursday, September 17, when they will visit parts of the Texas Independence Trail:

The bus will leave the church at 10 a.m. and return around 3 p.m. To reserve your spot, please RSVP by September 15 to or 713-528-0527.


*St. Paul's architect, Alfred C. Finn, also designed the San Jacinto Monument.

Fellowship Friday

Coming back by popular demand to a neighborhood near you.

Meet your St. Paul’s neighbors at a church-wide potluck dinners on Friday, September 18.

St. Paul's members across the greater Houston area have volunteered to host this time of fellowship and connection in these neighborhoods:

  • Medical Center/.West U
  • Meyerland/Westbury
  • Pearland
  • River Oaks/Galleria
  • Sugar Land
  • The Woodlands

If your area is not listed and you would like to host, please contact Jennifer West, Hospitality and community LIfe, at or 713-528-0527.

Social and Emotional Development of Children

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Dr. Michelle Forrester, noted Houston child psychologist and author, will address St. Paul's parents on the topic of social and emotional development of children. Her talk will be Sunday, September 20, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the Parlor.

The meeting is open to parents of children of all ages, though children from ages 0 to fifth grade will be the primary focus.

Questions or RSVP to Jane Williams via email or 713-528-0527 x 134.

Parents P.R.A.Y.

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Parents P.R.A.Y.: Parents Relating about Youth provides parents of Youth the opportunity to meet each other periodically to learn about and discuss relevant parenting issues and how our Spirituality strengthens them as parents.  

The topic September 20 will be “The Teenage Brain and Why” by Karen Sullivan, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in teenagers and children. Specifically, she will help parents understand why teens do what they do.

Begin with optional dinner in the Youth Center at 5 p.m., then the Fellers Room (S-312) for the program, including Q&A, until 7 p.m. The meeting is open to all interested. For more about the speaker, please see

"History and Significance of the Labyrinth" - Community wide lecture

Rev. Dr. Kay Mutert presents the history and significance of the labyrinth to the greater Houston community.  Registration is requested for the dinner and/or child care.

Cost:  $5.00 for dinner (payable at the door); lecture is free

Where:  Fondren Hall, Jones Building, St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Registration form

Name *
Age of child if child care requested

"Taking Our Place" - Veriditas Qualifying Workshop

Taking Our Place is the theme for the workshop that precedes the Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training.  It is important for you to attend a qualifying workshop first so that you can have an embodied experience of the labyrinth as Veriditas presents it, which will give you a solid experiential foundation from which to share the labyrinth with others.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 31, 2015.  9 am - 4 pm

Place: Fondren Hall, Jones Building at St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Cost: $100.00  includes lunch

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