Last Round of Pictorial Directory Portraits

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The last sessions begin January 19.
Check your calendar for these dates: January 19-24 (Thursday-Tuesday) and January 29-30 (Sunday-Monday).

Schedule Your Portrait Sessions
NOTE: Depending on when you check, Sunday, January 22, may be full. If this date is important to you, keep checking to see if a time on that date has re-opened. 

All photography will be in the Activity Center, 2nd floor, Sanctuary Building. Disabled access via Fannin Street Courtyard to elevator. Call 713-705-6542 in advance to ensure entrance.

Participants receive complimentary 8x10 portrait and a free directory.
You also will be given the option of purchasing additional poses and formats.

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.

Questions? email Donna Adair via


Inauguration Day Prayer

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Inauguration Day
Service of Prayer and Holy Communion

in the Chapel at noon.

Join together in prayer for our nation and leaders
and gather around the Table of our Lord. 


Cultivating New Community of Leaders

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If you want to be a part of the intentional work of reconciliation across racial and socioeconomic lines, Dr. Matt Russell invites you to apply to participate in Project CURATE’s 2017 city-wide learning community. 

Project CURATE (Center for Urban Reconciliation and Theological Education) is a primary hub for St. Paul’s vision to be a “cathedral for the city of Houston that embodies its diversity, inspires faith, and leads change for the common good of all peoples and communities.” 

Divided into two semesters (Spring: January–May, and Fall: August–December), the learning community will begin the year with a retreat the weekend of January 20-21, 2017. By engaging in this year-long process, you’ll have the opportunity to build multiracial leadership capacities, deepen your biblical and theological understanding of reconciliation, and learn skills of community organizing within your unique context. 

Each participant must commit to attending 10 Saturday training sessions. Tuition is $100 per semester; scholarships are available. Apply online: Encourage other candidates to apply, too.

Collaborating with people from other faith communities throughout the city, this is sure to once again be an invaluable and transformative experience. Talk with any of these ProjectCURATE alumni from St. Paul’s about their experiences: Kelley Burd-Huss, Brad Harmes, Jennifer Harvey, John Howard, and Patty and Bob Mahlstedt.

Writers Resist

St. Paul's will host one of the marathon readings organized by writers ad poets in more than 90 cities across the United States and around the world.

In Houston, about 80 writers of diverse backgrounds have joined Writers Resist -- so many that local organizers decided to spread the readings over two days. The first was Sunday evening, January 15 at the Holocaust Museum Houston; the second will be at St. Paul's on Friday, January 20, in Fondren Hall. Both are free and open to the public.

Lupe Méndez, one of the local Writers Resist organizers and a poet featured at the January 21, 2015, Iconoclast Session with the Rev. Dr. J. Pittman McGehee, says the events are about "sharing a commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech and the fundamental ideals of democracy" at a time when people are anxious about the country's future.

For more about this event, please this article from the January 15, 2017, Houston Chronicle.

Celebrate God's Gift of Jesus

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As the GROW 2nd-5th-graders study "How We Celebrate God's Gift of Jesus," each grade level will assist in the 11:05 am worship service, beginning with the second graders on January 15. 

In their classrooms, they will read these scriptures that show how God teaches us to live:

  • Isaiah's description of the joyous reign of God (Isaiah 9:1-4)
  • Micah's famous words about what the Lord requires of us (Micah 6:1-8)
  • Isaiah's instructions for sharing God's love through helping others (Isaiah 49:1-7)
  • The Beatitudes that Jesus gave his followers (Matthew 5:1-12)

Each grade-level will rotate through workshops with these themes and activities:

  • We Worship. Practice with the pastors for the children to get ready to attend and participate in the 11:05 am worship service that same day. (2nd grade January 15, 3rd grade January 22, 4th grade January 29, and 5th grade February 5)
  • We Sing. Children will study how the Psalms help us get ready to worship in our church. St. Paul's Music Director/Ofrganist Dr. Paolo Bordignon will talk with all the children on Janaury 29 abouat music in worsipo.
  • We Pass the Peace. Children will paint and put together a work of art, "Chaos to Peace," and talk about how Jesus showed us to help our world bring God's peace.
  • We Pray. Children will explore how prayer through worship helps us experience God's grace and presence. They also will learn The Lord's Prayer.


Choral Evensong

Iconoclast Session

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The next Iconoclast Session headliners will be performance poets Corinna Delgado and Billie Duncan  -- Thursday, January 26, at 7 pm in Fondren Hall. DJ ILL-Set and Northside High School art students also will be featured.

Corinne Delgado

Corinne Delgado

Born and raised in Anchorage, AK, Delgado is a published author, visual artist, journalist, and broadcaster, currently on air in both Anchorage and Houston. Delgado has written for The Anchorage Daily News, The Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light. With two poetry collections and a writing workbook published under her indie publishing label, RockFish Indie Press, Delgado is set to release her first art book in 2017. She previously was a reporter and anchor for Fox & ABC affiliates in Alaska, but her primary role in broadcast has been as a radio personality. She is presently on air with Movin 105.7 in Anchorage and on 104.1 KRBE in Houston. 

Billie Duncan

Billie Duncan

Duncan is an award-winning poet and author of three books, including Beneath the Desk (acquired by Brown University for inclusion in the Harris Collection of American Poems and Plays). Her chapbook, Requiem for the Plastic Clown, won the Weasel Press Chapbook Competition and will be released Spring 2017. Duncan’s poems also are in numerous anthologies and journals. She is the director of and a performer/writer in The Balcony Poets, a collaborative performance group that melds multi-voice poetry with live music and art inspired by the poetry. She also is communications director of Houston Poetry Fest and coordinator of Houston Poetry Summit.

Mission in Motion

Get Fit — physically, mentally, and spiritually — and Give Back

Mission in Motion 5K and Triathlon team information meeting

Ages 6 and up: 1k, 5k, 10k, kids’ and adult triathlons

Sunday, January 29, at 12:15 pm in Fondren Hall. Childcare and snacks provided. 

Essential Life Skills for Academic Success

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Parents, do your children need help staying organized?

The Parent P.R.A.Y. group for parents of teens and Parents Matter group for parents of younger children invite all parents to hear Evan Weinberger, founder of the student coaching company Staying Ahead of the Game

Evan Weinberger

Evan Weinberger

He will offer tips about how to help your student achieve higher performance in school through mastering the essential life skills for success academically and beyond. Topics will include organization, time management, calendaring in 2017, self-presentation skills. 

All audience members will leave with tools they can implement immediately with their children for a strong start in the new semester.

Weinberger is an active member of the Professional Advisory Bpoard of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association and has presented at events for ADDA, LearningRx, Neuhaus Education Center, Family-to-Family Network, several churches and many schools, both private and public, in the Greater Houston, Austin, and DC Metro area.

Meet from 5 to 7 pm in the Fellers Room (S-312) after an optional supper with the Youth in the Youth Center.

The Parent P.R.A.Y. February 19 topic will be anti-bullying.

The Parent P.R.A.Y. March 26 topic will be preparing and applying for college.

Other upcoming Parents Matter topics will be announced soon.

Clay Artist Susan Budge to Speak to Primetimers

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Susan Budge

Susan Budge

The February 9 Primetimers meeting will feature Susan Budge, an award-winning clay artist and St. Paul’s member. In a Lenten workshop last year she guided participants to experience the meditative quality of forming clay and prayer.

From 1998 until her recent return to Houston she had been head of Ceramics and Art Metals at San Antonio College.

Primetimers gather in Fondren Hall at 10:30 am, the program is at 11, and an $8 lunch is served at noon to those who RSVP by February 7 to 713-528-0527 or

Lay School of Theology

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The Reign of Heaven...What on Earth? The Heart of the Gospel of Matthew

Dr. O Wesley Allen, Jr.

Dr. O. Wesley (Wes) Allen, Jr., Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, will teach a one-day course for the Houston Lay School of Theology.

In this workshop, Dr. Allen and class participants will examine the first gospel in the New Testament—the Gospel of Matthew—through the lens of its eschatology, that is, its theology of the end of times and the return of Christ. Modern readers often miss how strong an apocalyptic worldview this gospel offers. We will not only discover how much the Gospel of Matthew emphasizes eschatology, but also we will uncover clues for a non-literal way to understand eschatology in the twenty-first century.

The Houston Lay School of Theology is sponsored by Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, in cooperation with the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Houston. The school meets each February and August, offering an opportunity for laity and others to explore issues of spirituality, theology, religion, and church leadership with faculty and leaders from Perkins.

Online registration is available through February 6, 2017.


RSCM Winter Festival

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The 2017 Winter Festival is a fun-filled weekend of singing for boys and girls 3rd grade and up. In addition to a rich musical experience, there will be fun activities, including a movie night. Register at


Missa Brevis in D by Benjamin Britten
Sing and Dance, Children of God by Michael Bedford  
Fairest Lord Jesus by Richard DeLong
Litany to the Holy Spirit by Peter Hurford


Saturday, February 11
9:30 AM - Registration
10 AM - Rehearsal
11:15 AM - Break
12:45 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Game
1:50 PM - Rehearsal
3:15 PM - Break
4 PM - Rehearse in Church, vested
4:30 PM - Cookie/Bathroom Break
5 PM - Sung Eucharist
6 PM - Activity Time, Youth Center/Gym
7:15 PM - Dinner
8:15 PM - Compline
8:30 PM - Host Family Pick Up for out-of-towners/Dismissal

Sunday, February 12
8:30 AM - Call time, St. Paul's Choir Room
9:45 AM - Sung Eucharist (dismissal following the service)

Acquainted with Grief

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St. Paul’s members Martha A. (Marti)Nelson, LCSW, Director of Bereavement Services at the Houston Hospice, and David Spaw of Healing Circles Houston, will conduct an Acquainted with Grief Seminar on Sunday, February 12. 

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Following the presentation and time to interact, participants will be invited to join in future Healing Circles for Grief and Loss, which will be offered in six gatherings for those who want to continue the dialog at times agreed upon by the attendees. This is the continuation of Healing Circles offered last year.

The seminar will be in the Fellers Room from 12:15 to 2 pm. Lunch and childcare will be provided. To ensure proper quantities, please RSVP to or 713-528-0527 by February 9.

College Scholarships

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Scholarship applications for the 2017-18 academic year may be downloaded via -scholarships or picked up at the church. The deadline for submission of completed applications is February 15, 2017. Recipients will be notified by April 15, 2017.

Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.

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 p.m. in J-202.

The book for March 22 will be The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.

To be added to the email list, please contact Linda Harmes at