Youth, Activity Center Renovations

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One of the first steps in renovating the Activity Center (aka Gymnasium) is to rip out the old flooring.

One of the first steps in renovating the Activity Center (aka Gymnasium) is to rip out the old flooring.

The renovation to the Youth and Activity centers, thanks to an anonymous donor and announced in February, will begin Monday, April 13. Replacement of the floors in both spaces will bel the first step. The goal is to have both projects completed by summer.

During this period many activities normally scheduled in those spaces will be moved or cancelled. Below is a list of most of the temporary locations for church-related activities:

  • Sundays: Youth Sunday School in Abraham Station, UMY and Confirmation in Fondren Hall.
  • Mondays &/or Wednesdays: Tai Chi in Fondren Hall, Dance Aerobics in J-220, Youth mid-week in Fondren Hall.
  • Tuesdays: Young Adult Bible Study dinner in 2nd floor Sanctuary kitchen, then to the Parlor for study.

“We ask you to be in prayer for what all that God would want us to do with these multi-use facilities to better serve our congregation and community, enabling us to be a cathedral church for all people of Houston,” said Tiffin Wilsford, Director of Youth Ministries.

 

Texas Annual Conference 2015

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The annual meeting of the Texas Annual Conference will be May 24-27. Hilton Americas-Houston. Everyone is invited to attend any of the worship services, business sessions, and exhibits.

Of particular note to St. Paul’s members is that Rev. Danny Yang will preach at the Texas Annual Conference Service of Remembrance on Monday, May 25, at 1:30 p.m. 

Rev. Yang also will be among those commissioned as a provisional elder as will former St. Paul’s intern Rev. Stephanie Snyder, now at Bering. Other former St. Paul’s interns, Rev. Nathan Bledsoe (now at St. Peter’s, Katy) and Rev. Mireya Martinez (now at First, Freeport), will be ordained. 

The Ordination and Commissioning service will at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. 

Both of these services will be in the Lanier Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston. 

For more about this year’s conference, see www.txcumc.org.

Conspire/Odyssey

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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 July 5 are listed below. 

May 24. How to Live in Gratitude

May 31. Dealing with Resentment”

June 7. How to Face your Insecurities

June 14. Soul Care

June 21. How to Walk with Grief

June 28. How to Worry Less

July 5. How to Live in Grace

 

 

 

Summer Adult Ed "Elective" Classes

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Summer is coming, and St. Paul’s is offering some classes that are open to everyone during the 9:45 hour. This is a great chance to meet the people of St. Paul’s in a relaxed environment around different topics that help form our faith. See below for the four elective classes available this summer.

Summer Session #1 — May 31 - June 28

  • Tee-Ology - Inspirational Lessons from Golf. All of life can teach us about God, including sports. Dr. Bill Gandin teaches on the fascinating ways golf connects with our faith and practice. Just in time for the U.S. Open! J-220.
  • Vocation - Finding and Following Your Call. Explore with Rev. Eleanor Colvin how we listen for our calling in life — at any age — and serve God and God’s kingdom through vocation. S-105.

Summer Session #2 — July 12 - August 9

  • Vibrant Worship. Each week, a St. Paul’s clergy or musician will teach on the value of “vibrant worship” at our church. Examples: from Dr. Paolo Bordignon, learn how hymns are selected or from Rev. Tommy Williams learn how the Lectionary helps proclaim God’s Word. J-220.
  • Saint Paul - An Extraordinary Life. Led by Rev. Danny Yang, learn about the life of the apostle Paul and how it shapes our faith today, engaging with both the book of Acts and Paul’s epistles. S-105.

Trinity Sunday Choral Evensong

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St. Paul’s Choir offers its final Choral Evensong of the spring on Trinity Sunday, May 31, at 4 p.m. 

Repertoire is drawn from the rich Anglican tradition from both sides of the Atlantic, with the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B-flat of Stanford (Ireland), Psalm 29 of Henry Ley (England), and music of two Texans: Gerre Hancock and David Ashley White. 

For the first time in several years, the choir will offer White’s challenging, Jubilate, composed for, and premiered by St. Paul’s Choir. The work was commissioned by Nancy and John Curry in memory of their son Randy and is offered by the Choir in tribute, in the 20th anniversary year of his passing.

Vacation Bible School

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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.