Hurricane Harvey Recovery Continues

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St. Paul’s is sharing efforts and resources with three other United Methodist churches — Chapelwood, St. Luke’s, and Westbury — to respond to long-term post-Harvey recovery needs, focusing on marginalized communities. Teams from these churches

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  • Identify with the churches’ community partners those who qualify and need recovery help.
  • Seek financial and grant opportunities to help offset supply costs.
  • Host mission teams that come from around the US to help.
  • Provide labor and related support — professional and volunteer — to those without resources to rebuild.
  • Teams are needed for the remaining Fridays and Saturdays of December to install insulation and dry wall and perform other minor repairs. 

To see availabilities and to register, please use the Sign Up Genius at

A team leader will contact you with the house location at least one day before the work date. One must be at least 14 years old to work on these houses.

More about St. Paul's Harvey Relief and Recovery efforts.

Las Posadas

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Chapter One Book Group

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The book for discussion on December 19 will be The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.

Chapter One Book Group is open to anyone who enjoys reading and discussing a wide variety of books. For the December meeting the group will meet off-site. For location, please email Linda Harmes at

The group normally meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in J-202.

To be added to the email list, please contact Linda Harmes at

Prayer Vigil and Service of the Longest Night

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Prayer stations will be outside the Chapel from 5 to 7 pm. The service of scripture and prayer in Chapel at 6 pm offers a place for those experiencing grief and loss. 

Worship on Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve

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On Sunday, December 24, the Lectionary texts for the Fourth Sunday of Advent will be followed at the 10 am worship service. Rev. Dr. Matthew Russell will preach. The Lectionary texts for Christmas Eve will be followed at the additional services that day:

  • Noon. Holy Communion. Rev. Tommy Williams will preach. Sermon title: The Story of God
  • 4 pm Christmas Lessons and Carols. Rev. Tommy Williams will preach. Sermon title: The Story of God
  • 6 pm Christmas Lesson sand Carols. Rev. Tommy Williams will preach. Sermon title: The Story of God
  • 8 pm Holy Communion. Rev. Tommy Williams will preach. Sermon title: The Story of God
  • 10 pm Bilingual Spanish/English. Rev. Nataly Negrete will preach.

Christmas Eve Parking. To help ensure parking spaes for our many Christmas Eve visitors, to the extent you are able, please park in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, garage across Binz from St. Paul's large lot. Thanks to the MFAH for making the garage available from 10 am to 11 pm for those services.

Cornell University Chorus Concert

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Former Treble Choir member Autumn Watt is in this chorus.

Marathon Route

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The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will be Sunday, January 14. Plan your route with this map and list of street closures.

If you still can't make it to church that Sunday, please consider watching the service through live streaming.


Fine Arts Academy

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St. Paul's provides first-class instruction to all ages in a broad range of fine arts arenas through the Fine Arts Academy. Classes are available for young children in visual art, dance, and Musikgarten®. Private lessons are available in piano.

Registration for the 2018 spring term is now open. Classes begin January 16.

For more information, including class descriptions and a registration brochure, see

Primetimers Go to the Moon

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The St. Paul's Primetimers 2018 programming will begin with a day trip January 18 to Space Center Houston for a private tour of Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission Exhibit.

The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and showcases the Apollo 11 command module, which is on loan from the Smithsonian for the first time since 1971. 

The trip will be from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and cost $15 per person + a self-pay lunch. RSVP required earlier than usual -- by Tuesday, January 9 -- to or 713-528-0527 x 113.


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Applications for the scholarships awarded by St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston are available on the church website at

The application deadline is February 15. Please use the appropriate application for the situation -- graduating high school seniors or returning college students.In 2016, the Foundation gave 35 scholarships, totaling $86,720.

A description of each of the scholarship funds from which these are awarded is also on that site. Donations toward any fund are always appreciated.