Conspire

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To provide an alternative to a world characterized by overwhelming speed, frantic lives, and failures to connect with others, ourselves, and the Holy, St. Paul’s has introduced Conspire.

From the Latin con-spirare, or breathe together, Conspire is designed to create places of community, belonging, spiritual formation, and compassion in action. These learned practices dovetail and enhance each other and are best taught in concert with one another. 

An intentional ministry of spiritual formation and the contemplative practices, Conspire will offer weekly workshops that explore the inner dimensions, leading us to become more and more aware of God, self, others, our world, and how we are to be Christ to one another.  

Designed to be taken as stand-alone or sequential, interconnected offerings, each class will include teaching, reflecting, and practicing. 

Highly practical, Conspire will be deeply helpful, a great way to grow intentionally this year. 

For more information please contact Yaima Tapia at ytapia@stpaulshouston.org.

Schedule — The Next Four Weeks
February 22: How to See the World Differently: Visio Divina
March 1: How to Let Go of Habits: Awareness Examen
March 8: Odyssey Lunch
March 15: How to Live Creatively: Imaginative Prayer

Lenten Choral Evensong

On Sunday, March 1, the St. Paul’s Treble Choir will lead a Lenten service of Choral Evensong at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This is the culmination of the February 28 Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Winter Festival at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, San Antonio, where they will combine with trebles from surrounding areas.

In San Antonio they will rehearse under the direction of the festival clinicians, St. Paul’s Dr. Paolo Bordignon, Dr. Giles Brightwell of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Houston, and Joseph Causby of St. Mark’s. Repertoire includes works of E. C. Bairstow, Malcolm Archer, John Ireland, and Felix Mendelssohn.

The RSCM Winter Festival is a precursor to the RSCM Gulf Coast Summer Course hosted by St. Paul’s June 29-July 5. For more information about RSCM curriculum or opportunities, please contact Anna Teagarden, St. Paul’s Director of Children’s Music, at annateagarden@msm.com.

Lenten Recital: Organ/Piano Duo

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The St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society’s 2015 Lenten Recital Series will be presented every Thursday in Lent, beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Each is free of charge.

The organ/piano duo or Yuri McCoy and Yvonne Chen will present the March 5 recital. Hear Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor plus selections from Bach and Franck accompanied by the full resources of St. Paul's 84-rank Schantz pipe organ.

For more about this duo and the other recital artists, please see this complete description.

The St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society has presented exceptional concerts, recitals, and special events for more than 20 years. This recital series, which features secular as well as sacred music, continues that musical tradition.

Lenten Recital: Hui Shan Chin, Piano

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The St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society’s 2015 Lenten Recital Series will be presented every Thursday in Lent, beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Each is free of charge.

Pianist Hui Shan Chin will be  the March 12 artist. The winner of the 2014 Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, she will present repertoire of Beethoven, Schumann, and Ravel.

For more about this and the other recital artists, please see this complete description.

The St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society has presented exceptional concerts, recitals, and special events for more than 20 years. This recital series, which features secular as well as sacred music, continues that musical tradition.

Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be Someone by Alice McDermott.

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 group's remaining reading schedule through October 2015:

  • April 21, 2015. Song Not Yet Sung by James McBride
  • 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

Lenten Recital: St. Paul's Chamber Choir

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The St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society’s 2015 Lenten Recital Series will be presented every Thursday in Lent, beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Each is free of charge.

St. Paul's Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Paolo Bordignon, will present the March 19 recital. The chamber choir drawn from St. Paul's Choir will offer music of the German Baroque and anthems inspired by the sensual imagery of the Song of Songs.

For more about the St. Paul's Chamber Choir and the other recital artists, please see this complete description.

The St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society has presented exceptional concerts, recitals, and special events for more than 20 years. This recital series, which features secular as well as sacred music, continues that musical tradition.

Varner-Hogg Plantation

Pecan orchards and magnolia trees surround the Varner-Hogg Plantation, an antebellum mansion built of bricks from Brazos River mud. The interior is furnished with Ima Hogg’s early American antiques.

The Salt and Light group will visit this beautifully preserved State Historic Site in West Columbia and other nearby attractions, such as the first capitol of the Republic of Texas, the Capitol of Texas Park and the Stephen F. Austin statue by David Adickes, with Salt and Light on Friday, March 20. 

Cost for plantation tour is $4. Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

The bus leaves the church at 9:30 a.m., returning around 3 p.m. RSVP by March 18 with call 713-528-0527 or email info@stpaulshouston.org. Limit: 22 persons.

Lenten Recital: Montgomery High School Choir

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The St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society’s 2015 Lenten Recital Series concludes on Thursday, March 26, in the Sanctuary at 12:15 p.m. The recital is free of charge.

The Montgomery High School Choir will present this recital. One of the Houston area's most acclaimed high school choirs, the organization performs under the direction of Heather Orr.

For more about the Montgomery High School Choir and the other recital artists, please see this complete description.

The St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society has presented exceptional concerts, recitals, and special events for more than 20 years. This recital series, which features secular as well as sacred music, continues that musical tradition.

Mission in Motion: Get Fit/Give Back

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Training is underway by athletes of all ages for St. Paul’s third annual Mission in Motion fundraiser. They will represent St. Paul’s at the  April 11-12 Kemah Triathlon Weekend in these events:

  •  Sprint Triathlon (swim/bike/run or walk)
  •  Sprint Relay (swim or bike or run/walk)
  •  Youth Triathlon (ages 6-10 and 11-16 swim/bike/run or walk)
  •  Youth Relay (ages 6-10 and 11-16 swim or bike or run/walk) 
  •  5K Fun Run

Support.Through their efforts, they are raising money for Youth Missions and Music. 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.

Athletes also have set up individual fundraising pages and may seek your direct support through their own pages.