Invitation to the Psalms

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This short-term Disciple class -- Tuesdays, January 19 to March 15 -- will dive into the Psalme, which express the whole spectrum of human experience -- joy, faith, anger, uncertainty, sorrow, praise -- and how people of faith have sung these songs to God through the ages.

Dr. Randy Zercher, a former minister of music, will lead the study and provide musical examples.

Perkins School of Theology Houston-Galveston

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The Perkins School of Theology Houston-Galveston will offer these courses during the Spring 2016 semester. Most will take place at St. Paul's.

January 21 - February 13

NT 6302 - Interpretation of the New Testament II taught by Dr. Abraham Smith.
This course is the second semester of Interpretation of the New Testament. The primary purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the content of these biblical writings and to develop their competence in the critical analysis and interpretation of the texts.

PR 6300 - Introduction to Preaching taught by Dr. Wesley AllenAn introduction to preaching, focusing on the preparation and delivery of the sermon.

March 13 - 18

WX 8328 - Theological Issues in World Christianity: Cultural Agility and Mission - the Gospel in the Context of Cultural Complexity and Change taught by Dr. Robert Hunt

March 31 - April 21

MT 6303 - Moral Theology taught by Dr. Theo WalkerAn introduction to ethical inquiry from a Christian point of view.

XS 6310 - The Church In Its Social Context taught by Dr. Hugo Magallanes. An examination of social structures, trends and dynamics affecting contemporary life, local communities, and the mission of the church.  This course will help prepare students to understand and respond to specific sources of social structure and power, including economic, racial, ethnic, and gender differences.

For more information about Perkins School of Theology Houston-Galveston, please contact Rev.Lisa Beth White at


Begin New Year with Genesis

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Rev. Rick Goodrich will lead a 12-week study on the first 11 chapters of Genesis., The class will meet on Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., starting January 25. For more information, please contact Rev. Goodrich at

The Executive Director of St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston, Rick  is a retired clergy person of the Texas Annual Conference. He served numerous churches in the conference, including Moody Memorial First UMC in Galveston. He also was district superintendent of the Tyler District and, for the last years prior to retirement from full-time ministry in 2010, he served as the Assistant to the Bishop.

Rev. Goodrich earned his Master of Theology, Summa Cum Laude, from Perkins School of Theology and did post-graduate work at Rice University in New Testament studies
and biomedical ethics.

He has two great loves outside of his family and his church: teaching and missions. He taught “The Pastor as Interpreter of The Bible” and “The Old Testament” in the Perkins
School of Theology Course of Studies program for 17 years, courses in religion at Rice University for four years, and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Houston where he teaches “Belief and Unbelief: The Search for Meaning.”

In addition, Rick has taught numerous Adult Sunday School Classes and long-term Bible
studies for 35 years. Soon after joining the St. Paul’s staff, he led a Sunday morning series about how to study the Bible.

Covenant Bible Study

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Covenant offers an opportunity to read the Bible together with fellow explorers, and it is an ideal experience for those looking to understand the Bible better, whether you have read it before are jumping into it for the first time. 

Rev. Danny Yang will lead this group on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m., starting January 25 through March 14.

Divorce Recovery Workshop for Children and their Parents

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The Congregational Care and Children's departments will provide a divorce recovery workshop for both children (K -5th grade) and their parents on six consecutive Tuesday nights, beginning January 26.

The program for children from kindergarten through fifth grade will be led by nurturing adults and include

  • learning to accept and respond to the emotions that come with family transitions
  • stories, art, and active play
  • peer group support and friendships

The program for parents will provide insights and skills for helping children and support for the parents' own challenges

Childcare will be provided for infants through pre-K.

For more information about these workshops, please contact Dr. Bill Gandin, Minister for Congregational Care, at or Dr. Ellen Edwards, Director of Children's Ministries, at Or call either of them via 713-528-0527.

End of Life Planning Workshop

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For all generations.

Ensure that all family members come through
losses of loved ones strengthened,
not estranged.

Childcare will be available with RSVP to

More information to come. In the meantime, address questions to Dr. Bill Gandin, Minister for Congregational Care, at or 713-528-0527.

Scholarship Applications Available, due February 15

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For more than 30 years various groups of St. Paul's United Methodist Church Houston have provided or administered scholarships to students pursuing higher education. Most of these scholarship funds were established to memorialize or honor others. Some of the scholarships are restricted to application for specific majors or attendance at a certain college or type of institution; other scholarships are unrestricted.

Gradually, these scholarships have come under the administration of St. Paul's Methodist Foundation of Houston. Donations to any of the scholarship funds may be made at any time, and new scholarship funds may be established. The current total of funds is 16 -- seven restricted and nine unrestricted. Scholarship money is distributed only from earnings of the individual funds. The principal remains intact.

Recipients are selected annually by the Foundation's scholarship committee. Most funding requires membership in or affiliation with St. Paul's United Methodist Church Houston.

Scholarship applications for the 2016-17 academic year are now available: 

The deadline for submission of completed applications is February 15, 2016. Recipients will be notified by April 15, 2016.

For more information about the Foundation or the scholarships administered through it, please contact the Foundation via 713-528-027 or

Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.

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 book for March 15 will be Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain.

The Divine Spark - Luncheon with Paula D'Arcy

Luncheon with Paula D'Arcy.  

Fondren Hall in the Jones Building.

Cost for luncheon alone is $25.00.  

Full Retreat registration which includes this luncheon is listed as a separate event.  Click on "Registrations" below to register for this event or for the full retreat.

The Divine Spark - Luncheon and Retreat with Paula D'Arcy

The author of over ten books, Ms. D’Arcy travels throughout the world speaking, leading retreats, challenging communities of spiritual seekers to live thoughtful, courageous lives bringing peace, compassion, and love to those with whom we share life.  Asking provocative questions is a key feature of Paula’s work.  “What must I do to show love in this situation?” is one of her trademarks.  Another question “is this mine to do?” has refocused the decision making of many. 


Desiring to present Paula D’Arcy to as many people as possible, the Spiritual Formation ministry at St. Paul's United Methodist Church is offering two opportunities to experience Ms. D’Arcy’s profound and accessible ministry. 

First is a luncheon Friday, April 1st from 11:30 am to 1 pm in Fondren Hall at St. Paul's UMC.  The cost for the luncheon alone is $25.00.


Second is a Retreat at the Cenacle Retreat Center which begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 and runs until after Sunday, April 3rd  lunch.   Attendees having reservations can begin checking into their Cenacle rooms after 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 1.  The $185 cost covers 2 nights in a private room with its own sink and closet.  The communal bathrooms are close-by.  Five buffet-style meals will be served,  3 on Saturday and the 2 on Sunday.  Dinner Friday night is on your own.  The Cenacle Retreat Center is in West Houston at 420 N Kirkwood Road (77079) off Memorial Drive, phone # (281) 497-3131.

Cost for the luncheon and retreat is $200.

Click on "Registration" below to register for the full retreat.