Karen Reeves to Lead Children's Choir Clinic

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Karen Reeves

Karen Reeves

The annual Children's Choir Clinic will be directed by Karen Reeves, who has prepared the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) Children’s Chorus and child soloists since 1991. She was the founding director of the High School Voice Studio, HGO's year-long intensive program for high school seniors preparing for further vocal music study. Reeves also is administrator for the opera program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

The clinic for the Choristers and Treble choir will be on Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. These choirs will lead the 11:05 a.m. worship service on May 1. After that service will be their end-of-year luncheon celebration.

The Choristers is comprised of girls and boys from grades 3 through 8. The Treble Choir is comprised of a select group of singers who are serious about advanced vocal training, sacred worship, and liturgy. Directed by Anna Teagarden, both choirs follow the Royal School of Church Music curriculum.

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie to Speak at Foundation Banquet

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Bishop Janice Riggle Huie

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie will be the keynote speaker at St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation's annual banquet on May 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fondren Hall.

Bishop Huie has been the Bishop of the Texas Annual Conference for the past 12 years and will be retiring this year. She and her husband, Rev. Bob Huie, have been frequent visitors for worship at St. Paul’s and been an inspiration to laity and clergy alike throughout the Texas Annual Conference, the South Central Jurisdiction of the UMC, and the United Methodist Church throughout the world.

If you have ever heard Bishop Huie speak, you know what a dynamic proclaimer of the faith she is. If you have not heard her speak, this will be an opportunity you will not want to miss.

Music will be provided by our own Anna Teagarden and Scott Wagner. In addition, the Foundation's annual report will be presented by Rev. Rick Goodrich, the Executive Director of the Foundation.

Please RSVP for the $15/plate dinner to info@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527 by April 28, indicating the number attending and if childcare is needed, the number of children and their ages. One need not attend the dinner to attend the presentation.

An information table will be on the Plaza each of the Sundays prior, beginning April 10. For additional information about the dinner or the Foundation, please contact Executive Director Rick Goodrich via 713-528-0527, x131 or rgoodrich@stpaulshouston.org.

Spring Fellowship Friday: May 6

Spring Fellowship Friday
in members' homes throughout Metro Houston

“Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.” — Acts 2:46-47 

This verse in Acts is one of several in the New Testament that gives us a window into the life of the early Christian communities. 

On Friday, May 6, our St. Paul’s community will gather from all corners of the city to break bread together in fellowship. Church leaders will be there to lead a prayer and share ways that we can continue to be a part of each others’ lives — in our own neighborhoods as well as our church home.

Small groups are a new thing for us at St. Paul’s and this is something we feel God calls us to do as a way to extend the fellowship we create during Fellowship Friday. These small groups are opportunities to build deeper relationships that invite conversations about faith in our lives. The initial small group gatherings would be during the weeks of  May 15 and May 22. 

Please use the form below to sign up for the May 6 Fellowship Friday or use the form in Sunday's worship bulletin.

Please pray about participating with and possibly hosting a Fellowship Small Group. You do not have to attend Fellowship Friday to be in a small group.

Name *
Phone *
Please select a location from the list below: *


Questions? email Rev. Danny Yang at dyang@stpaulshouston.org
orJennifer West at jwest@stpaulshouston.org.


Being One: a Marriage Seminar

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A marriage seminar, “Being One,” for engaged and newly married couples, will be conducted at St. Paul’s on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Seminar leaders are Dr. Sherry Beeman and Dr. Bill Kerley. Married to each other, each also is a former president of the Houston Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

This seminar fulfills the “Twogether in Texas” marriage education requirements. It is free of charge for couples who have been or who are scheduled to be married at St. Paul’s. For others, the fee is $60.  Lunch included.

For more information or to register,please email info@stpaulshouston.org or call 713-528-0527. Also see brochure.

Birds of the Bayou City

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Mary Anne Weber, Houston Audubon Society Education Director and Manager, Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center

Mary Anne Weber, Houston Audubon Society Education Director and Manager, Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center

Learn about the Birds of the Bayou City from the Houston Audubon Society at the Thursday, May 12, Primetimers meeting. 

Soaring over our city parks and nesting in our backyards are an amazing array of birds. Discover why Houston is one of the birdiest cities in the country. Meet live birds of prey and step through history as we discover the roots of bird conservation in the United States.

The speaker will be Mary Anne Weber, Houston Audubon Society education director and manager of the Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center.

She graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in wildlife biology and forestry and a minor in Geography. She began working with wild birds in 1983 as an educator and bird rehabilitator for The Raptor Trust in New Jersey. After fledgling from The Raptor Trust she moved to Montana and started a non-profit bird rehabilitation and education organization named Wind Rock Wild Bird Rescue. She has been with Houston Audubon since December of 1999.

In 2014 she was awarded the Elizabath Abernathy Hull Award by The Garden Club of America for her outstanding achievement in furthering the early environmental education of children. She is passionate about all things “Audubon” and enjoys the challenge of presenting to audiences of all ages.

The meeting begins with a gathering in Fondren Hall at 10:30 a.m. followed by the program free of charge and an $8 lunch for those who RSVP by May 10 to info@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.


Parents Matter: Let's Talk about Screen Time

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Parents Matter presents

Let’s Talk About Screen Time
by Dr. Sarah Pollack

Sunday, May 15, 2016 • 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Church Parlor, second floor, Sanctuary Building

With summer vacation approaching, don’t miss meeting with Dr. Pollack as she shares healthy guidelines for families in the digital world.

 light breakfast will be served. RSVP to jwilliams@stpaulshouston.org

Choral Evensong

St. Paul’s Choir will sing a Choral Evensong for Pentecost on Sunday, May 15, at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The repertoire will include Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, St. Paul’s Service by Herbert Howells and Preces and Responses by Bernard Rose.

Grant Applications Available

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The Grant Committee of the St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation is now accepting applications for 2016 grant requests. The completed applications are due May 15.  

The grants support St. Paul’s UMC's ministry areas, including, but not limited to, literacy, children’s programs, and poverty outreach. 

For more information about the Foundation or the grants, please contact Executive Director Rev. Rick Goodrich via rgoodrich@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.


Chapter One Book Group - The Nightingale

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Due to the weather conditions, the April 19 meeting was cancelled, and the book scheduled for that night's discussion -- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah -- will be discussed at the May 17 meeting. The remaining schedule also will move by one month. 

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 hblinda@hibit.com.

The remaining schedule:

During October/November, the group will select books for the next several months.

Painted Churches of Schulenburg

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Built in the late 1800's  by devout Catholic immigrants from the Czech and German areas of central Europe, the painted churches of Schulenburg are a marvel of beautiful and unique artistry -- original frescoes, stained-glass windows imported from Germany, hand-carved altars, faux-finish painting of columns to resemble marble, painted woodwork, flying buttresses, ceilings and statues.

Visit this unique haven of art and inspiration nestled in the gentle rolling hills of Fayette County with the Primetimers on Thursday, May 19.

The county bus will leave the church at 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 4:30 p.m. Cost of the private tour, which will include three churches, is $10/person. Lunch at the Oakridge Smokehouse will be self-pay.

RSVP for the tour by Tuesday, May 17, via info@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527. The bus seating capacity is 27.

Cultivating Scriptural Imagination: Reading the Bible in Grace and Truth

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Bob Ekblad, projectCURATE lecturer, May 21

Bob Ekblad, projectCURATE lecturer, May 21

How can we read the bible in ways that will bring about healing within communities?

How can we read the Bible with the poor, the imprisoned, the addicted, the immigrant, and the marginalized?

projectCURATE presents Bob Ekblad, who will address these questions in a public lecture on Saturday, May 21, at 9 a.m. in Fondren Hall. Childcare will be provided.

With his wife Gracie, Bob is co-founder and co-director of Tierra Nueva in Burlington, Washington. Together they minister at Tierra Nueva and at their home-based retreat center New Earth Refuge in the Skagit Valley. Bob is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He holds a Th.D. in Old Testament and is known internationally for his courses and workshops on reading the Bible. .

At Tierra Nueva-New Earth, the Ekblads work together with a team of staff and volunteers to serve immigrants from Latin America, inmates, homeless people and people struggling with addictions. Bob’s roles include serving as director of The People’s Seminary, Tierra Nueva's ministry training center for pastors, theology students, and lay people. He also is a part-time chaplain to inmates in Skagit County Jail, a sessional lecturer for Regent College of Vancouver, BC, an associate professor of Biblical Studies faculty at The Seattle School and at Westminster Theological Centre in the UK, and an Elder with Servants of Asia’s Urban Poor.  

Training current pastoral workers and future leaders to minister to people on the margins of society is one of the Ekblads' highest priorities. One of their core values is that theological reflection and teaching be rooted in hands-on ministry to the poor and marginalized. The “vineyard” that produces the “wine” that is dispensed through teaching and itinerant ministry is Tierra Nueva’s day-to-day ministry to inmates in the local jail, advocacy and accompaniment alongside immigrants and ex-offenders through the Family Support Center, and pastoral support of participants in Tierra Nueva's faith community.

They also make regular trips to Honduras, where they founded Tierra Nueva, which began as a sustainable farming and preventive health program and a grassroots Bible study movement.

Ekblad's publications include the Isaiah's Servant Poems According to the Septuagint, an Exegetical and Theological Study, Reading the Bible with the Damned, and A New Christian Manifesto: Pledging Allegiance to the Kingdom of God.

His personal mission statement is "God has called me to bring good news of Jesus' love and Kingdom to the poor and oppressed through respectful presence, liberating Bible study, and Spirit-empowered action, raising up, equipping, empowering, and multiplying leaders from the margins and the mainstream as agents of Jesus-inspired advocacy, community, and transformation."

Choral Scholars Concert

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Sunday, May 22, will be the last Sunday for the 2015-16 Choral Scholars to lead the 9:45 a.m. worship service. They also will present their end-of-year concert at 4 p.m. that day.

The concert program will highlight music that is inspiring the next generation of serious young choral singers featuring traditional and eclectic literature by Lotti, Mozart, Telemann, Moses Hogan, Gwyneth Walker, Philip Stopford and Ian David Coleman.

Summer Highlight Dates

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Below is the schedule for notable events/activities at or related to St. Paul's this summer that occur for several days.



Register Now for "Surf Shack" -- Vacation Bible School 2016

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Vacation Bible School (VBS) has a high impact on children's faith formation along with fun and friendships.

VBS here serves all the families of St. Paul's -- church members, Fe y Esperanza, St. Paul's
School, the After-School Program, and the surrounding community. Register your own children, their friends, and relatives as soon as possible.

Teams of enthusiastic adults and teens are getting on board, and we need many more volunteers to serve all the children who will come. Opportunities include age-level classroom mentors, storytelling, crafts, outreach, decorating, snacks, recreation, special activities, and more. No prior experience needed.

Specific dates and times are Sunday, July 31, Family Night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Monday-Thursday, August 1-4, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The $30/child registration fee covers supplies and snacks, and for an additional $5, families may purchase a CD with this year’s VBS songs. Extended care options also are available for additional fees.

To register, please download this form or pick one up in the Jones Building foyer or one of the church entrances, and return it as indicated on the form.

Questions? Contact Ellen Edwards via eedwards@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-027x117.