Photos of a Prophet: The Cost of Carrying the Cross

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Archbishop Oscar Romero

Archbishop Oscar Romero

An exhibit of photographs of the life of El Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be in the Gallery area of the Sanctuary Building (between the Fannin Street Courtyard entrance and the Choir room) from March 22 to April 3. One of this year’s Lenten studies is about the life and work of this outspoken leader against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. Assassinated while celebrating Mass on March 24, 1980, that date is now marked as his Feast Day.

Representing his life and ministry, the exhibit covers Romero’s life from childhood through to his pastoral role to his community, his assassination and funeral — and his resurrection in his people for the past 35 years, the latter reflecting his words in a sermon the day before he was assassinated: 

“A bishop will die, but the Church of God, which is the people, will never perish.” 

A souvenir booklet of the photographs with descriptions and other background information will be available at the exhibit. Donations to help defray costs are appreciated.

Holy Week Schedule

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In order to accommodate parking turnover, the March 29 Palm Sunday and April 5 Easter morning services will begin at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. rather than the usual 8:30, 9:45, and 11:05 a.m.

The Palm Sunday services will begin on the Plaza with the Procession of the Palms led by the St. Paul's Children's Choirs, the St. Paul's Choir, and Brass.

Throughout Holy Week

  • the Sanctuary will be open for prayer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • the Stations of the Cross will be in the Chapel
  • a labyrinth will be in the Activity Center (gymnasium, 2nd floor of Sanctuary building)
  • "Walk through Holy Week," a tableau suitable for children of all ages, will be in the Jones Building basement.
  • the Columbariam will be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday plus 5-8 p.m. Saturday.

Services of Holy Communion will be in the Chapel at 12:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday with the Maundy Thursday service including foot washing.

The Maundy Thursday evening service at 7 p.m. will include the stripping of the altar.

Three different Good Friday services:

  • 11 a.m. Children’s Tenebrae service with St. Paul’s Youth String Ensemble in the Chapel, followed by a walk on the indoor Labyrinth in the Activity Center and refreshments. 
  • Noon. Traditional service in the Sanctuary. Homilist: Dr. Bill Kerley. Sermon title: "Left Hanging."
  • 7 p.m. “Christ’s Seven Last Words” Bi-lingual Spanish/English service in the Sanctuary. Homilist: Rev. Nataly Negrete.

The Easter Vigil service begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 4, on the Main Street steps. Through the Service of Light, a series of readings from the Old and New Testaments, and Holy Eucharist, this service celebrates the whole of salvation history and Christ's saving work.

Open for Prayer

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The Sanctuary will be open for prayer throughout Holy Week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt

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Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m.
Jones Building Playground
Infants through Kindergarenters
Activities for older children, too.
Photos with the Easter bunny, refreshments, games, crafts.
Bring a basket and a camera
Older children may arrive at 9:15 to assist & stay for activities

Seven Towers Festival

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St. Paul’s will co-host the Seven Towers Ringing Festival April 8-12.

As one of the three change-ringing towers in Houston we will host ringers from around the United States and England. Other Houston towers are at St. Thomas and Palmer Memorial Episcopal churches. 

The festival will include many opportunities to hear beautiful ringing around the city and ringing courses for registrants. For more information about the festival, or how you can help, financially or with breakfast foods or snacks, please contact Dawn Uebelhart, dawn@stpauls
.  To learn how to be a ringer, also contact Dawn.

With fewer than 60 change-ringing bell towers in North America, St. Paul’s is believed to be the first United Methodist Church in the world to have such bells. 

Salt and Light

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The speaker at the next Salt an Light meeting will be Richard (Dick) Ambrus, executive director of Glenwood Cemetery for 31 years and of  its foundation since inception in 1999. 

“Houston’s silent garden,” Glenwood was designed in the tradition of other romantic rural cemetery parks of the 19th century and remains an active, operating cemetery.  The collection of statuary and monuments within its 84 acres are reminders of Houston’s rich history and the six generations that shaped it. Included among them are the last President of the Republic of Texas, four governors, and more than 20 Houston mayors, along with founders of major oil companies, and religious and professional leaders.

The gathering will begin at 10:30.m. with the program at 11 followed by an $8 lunch for those who RSVP to 713-528-0527 or by April 7.

The next Salt and Light day trip will be May 14 when the group will go to Huntsville to visit the Foundation and Museum of artist David Adickes in the former Huntsville High School, his alma mater.

Mission in Motion: Get Fit/Give Back

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Just two weeks are left before the Mission in Motion team represents St. Paul's at the April 11-12 Kemah Triathlon Weekend. the athletes will be ready , but they need your support to reach their $25,00 goal to support youth ministry and families in need. Examples:

  • $75 provides fuel for a week for a team of five Youth + 1 adult
  • $150 provides supplies to build a wheelchair ramp
  • $200 provides financial assistance for a Youth to work t a week-long mission trip
  • $250 provides dinner for a team of 200 Youth and adults
  • $500 provides a life-changing experience for Youth roofing  hose

To support the Youth Missions fund, please follow this link

To support the Royal School of Church Music Gulf Coast Course students (St. Paul's Treble Choir), please follow this link. this support will go to scholarships for girls to attend  this training course and to continue the promotion, education, and love of sacred music..


Family Art Festival

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Celebrate the Joy of the Easter Season 
April 12 at 12:15 in J-120 

Lunch with professional artists for tips & techniques. 
Families choose where/what to sketch, then come to workroom to add the finishing touches. 
Lunch, art instruction, supplies provided.
Childcare for infants and toddlers available. 

Finished art will be displayed in the Jones Building 
Sponsored by Children’s Ministries for Everyone

Planned Giving

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On average, a person works more than 40 years to accumulate assets and experiences but does not spend even a few hours to anticipate, much less plan, how they want their end-of life needs handled. The burden felt by loved ones as well as yourself can be eased through proper planning.

The three-part of the Foundation’s series to help you make and implement a plan for end-of-life issues concludes on Monday, April 20, with a presentation on planned giving.

Any gift to St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston is a gift in perpetuity, whether donated during a person’s lifetime as a gift or to memorialize or recognize someone else.

The Willing Friends Society is a group of people who have designated in their estate plans gifts to St. Paul’s Foundation or Church. This workshop will provide information to assist others in determining the best way to handle their own estates. Some topics to consider include:

Gifts that Pay Income to the Donor

  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Remainder 
  • Unitrust

Other Kinds of Gifts

  • Will or Trust (Bequests)
  • Stock and Appreciated 
  • Assets
  • Life Insurance
  • Personal Property
  • Real Estate
  • Retirement Plan

This presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Fellers Room (S-312). An RSVP is not necessary. Childcare will not be provided.

Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be Song Not Yet Sung by James McBride.

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 group's remaining reading schedule through October 2015:

  • May 19, 2015. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki   
  • June 16. 2015. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer      
  • July 21, 2015. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht     
  • August 18, 2915. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • September 15, 2015. Me Before You by Jojo Mayes        
  • October 20, 2015. The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

EAC Gala

Emergency Aid Coalition
Solid Gold Gala & Auction

Saturday, April 25, 2015 6:30-11 p.m.

Royal Sonesta Hotel
2222 West Loop South 
in Greenway Plaza

A fun-filled evening of solid gold music and inspiration in support of 
the Emergency Aid Coalition

Dinner • Auction • Entertainment • Wine Pull

For more information, including $100/person ticket purchases:

Vacation Bible School

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This year's theme: G-Force

Sunday Family Night 5 to7:30 p.m.

Children:Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to noon

For children, age four years through 5th grade. Register early. space is limited and on a first-come basis. The fee of $30/child includes all supplies and snacks. An optional take-home CD is $5.

Please download and return completed registration form, following instructions on the form. Use the form to volunteer, too. These forms also are available in the Jones Building and church information racks.

Questions: Ellen Edwards at eedwards@stpaulshouston.og or 713-528-0527 x 17.