The Inner Child

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Parents Matter: Parenting Topics for Families with Children from Birth to 5th Grade

Licensed Professional Therapist Michele Russell will share her insights on "The Inner Child." The discussion is open to all adult family members of children from birth to 5th grade. 

Location: Parlor, 2nd floor, Sanctuary Building.

Russell also is married to St. Paul's senior associate minister Rev. Dr. Matt Russell with whom she parents three sons.

This is the first in a new series of St. Paul's Family Support gatherings, "Parents Matter."

 

Thanksgiving Sunday Dinner

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For family members of all ages:

  • Fun and fellowship with church friends
  • Sing-along led by children
  • Thanksgiving crafts and holiday treats to take home
  • Information and resources for Advent and Christmas
  • Playground open after dinner

Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Main dishes provided.

RSVP to marisa@stpaulshouston.org or call 713-528-027 and ask for Marisa.

World AIDS Day Prayer Vigil

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Observed on December 1 each year, World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS and to show their compassion and support for those living with the disease. St. Paul's will hold a World AIDS Day Prayer Vigil at 6 p.m. Monday, December 1.

Advent Retreat

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Fondren Hall and the Bankston Green

A time of reflection that includes walking the outdoor or indoor labyrinth.  Led by Judy Leatherwood-Smith.

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Alternative Gift Market

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Fair Trade, environmentally sustainable artisan items from around the world for sale, including household, apparel, holiday, and gift items from SERRV (www.serrv.org) and coffee, chocolates, and teas from the interfaith-sponsored Equal Exchange

In the Activity Center all morning. Be sure to shop before and after church and Sunday School. Bring your family and friends, too.

 

Advent Lessons and Carols

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Led by St. Paul's Choir and the Treble Choir

6 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Dessert party follows in the Youth Center

Houston Grand Opera Studio Artists at Salt and Light

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The December 11 Salt and Light program will feature studio artists in residence from the Houston Grand Opera. The artists will be D’Ana Lombard, soprano, and Sahar Nouri, pianist/coach.

This also marks the last program arranged by Susie Ragsdale, who retires once again from the St. Paul’s staff, though she has assured all that she will still be a presence here. Susie has worked almost her entire professional life at St. Paul’s or United Methodist organizations. She was the founding director of Prime Timers, the former name of Salt and Light, and the long-time director of the St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston. During her now-retiring staff position she had lead visitation as well as Salt and Light.

The HGO Studio is one of the most respected young artist programs in the country. For more than 30 years it has served young singers and pianist/coaches, providing a bridge between the full-time training and full-fledged operatic careers. Each year after an exhaustive nationwide search, a hand-selected group of talented individuals is brought to Houston to work alongside the best in the business at Houston Grand Opera. In main-stage productions and at other less traditional venues, these artists hone their craft as singing actors. 

The first-prize winner of HGO’s 2014 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias, Lombard has appeared with HGO as Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and First Lady in The Magic Flute.

This season with HGO, Nouri’s coaching includes Cosi fan tutte, Madame Butterfly, and Sweeney Todd plus appearances with the HGO Studio in recital at Rienzi.

Gather at 10:30 a.m., program at 11. An $8 lunch served to those who RSVP by December 9 to info@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

Gingerbread House and Bake Sale Extravaganza

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Baked, designed, and decorated by St. Paul's Choir and Friends

December 13

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jones Building Foyer

About the Choir's Gingerbread House Tradition Page 1, Page 2

Children's Christmas Candlelight Service

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Re-telling of the Christmas story in scripture reading, music, and dramatization -- all by children. All ages encouraged to attend.

Service of the Longest Night

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Where:  Chapel

Homilist: Rev. Gail Williford

A quiet, thoughtful service for those for whom Christmas this year will be more subdued, bleak, sad, or lonely.  This pretty service includes music, a homily and lighting of memory candles for persons or situation that are missed this year.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services

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All in Sanctuary with the lighting of candles.

Noon - Holy Communion

4 p.m. - Christmas Lessons and Carols

6 p.m. Christmas Lessons and Carols

8 p.m. Holy Communion

10 p.m. Bi-lingual English-Spanish

Labyrinth Workshop - "Forming Community"

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Meet Rev. Dr. Kay Mutert of Veriditas and learn about the first Facilitator Training to be held on the Gulf Coast.  Meet others in the Houston area with an interest in the Labyrinth.

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