Book Sale

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UMW Annual Used Book Sale

Sunday, October 2 •  Jones Plaza
All proceeds go to Zoe Ministries

Suggested donations begin at $1 per book, increasing depending on condition, publication date, hard/soft cover and other intrinsic value.

Parents Matter

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Parents of elementary-age children are invited to attend “Parents Matter,” a parenting series facilitated by Karen Sullivan, LCSW, and/or Michele Russell of Small Steps Nurturing Center. Meeting in the Chapel at 9:45 am, the dates and topics are

  • October 2: Bringing Up Girls
  • October 9: Bringing Up Boys
  • October 16: Sibling Relationships

Healing Art Circles

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A second healing circle utilizing art therapy exercises for healing has begun. Both groups focus on a different topic each week, such as grief, loss, emotions, or stress.

The groups are co-facilitated by Rev. Nataly Negrete, Fe y Esperanza minister, and Helen Reynolds, who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Santa Fe with an art minor, focusing on art therapy and a masters in art therapy and creativity from New York’s Pratt Institute.

The healing art circles meet in S-300 on the first and third Sundays from 11 am to 12:30 pm and in A-104 every Thursday from 10 am to noon. Each is open for anyone to join at any time, each is conducted in Spanish and English.

For more information about these healing circles and others, please email Reynolds at or Rev. Nataly Negrete at or visit


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A conscious contact with God requires a conscious effort. Con-spire in the Latin (com-spirare) means to "breath with" and is an intentional space to practice the spiritual disciplines and make space in our lives for God. Each week we spend time learning, reflecting and practicing ways in which our interior life can be more rooted in grace. Join us Sundays at 11.05 in J-203. The topics through October 2016 are listed below.

October 2. How to Live in "Flow"
October 9: How to Forgive Others
October 16. How to Face Your Insecurities
October 23: How to Live in Grace
October 30: How to Move through Fear

Artwork by Jan Richardson

Artwork by Jan Richardson

Blessing of the Animals

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Join us for this annual outdoor gathering with special music by the St. Paul’s Children’s Choir. Pastors will offer prayers of blessing for all God’s creatures. 

Please keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier. You can bring pictures of pets that do not travel well or don’t get along well with others. Stuffed animals welcome too! Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

We’ll be accepting your donations of pet food for a local non-profit. Thank you!

War Veterans

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Over the past 110 years St Paul’s, members have been active both in the community and in service to the country. As we prepare to recognize members of St. Paul’s who have served or who are currently serving in the military, we need help identifying as many as we can of those men and women who served in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, and other conflicts.   

Please let us know of any members who have served by providing as much of this information about them as you can: full name, rank, branch of service, commendations, and where they served.

Send this information to Beverly McMahan, St. Paul’s Archives, via or leave a note with the church receptionist.

Keep Connecting with Your St. Paul's Neighbors

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Keep the neighborhood feeling alive after Fellowship Friday by meeting together in small groups. The list of and schedule for neighborhood small groups follows:

  • God’s Dream of Wholeness. Mondays, September 26 to October 17, from 7 to 8 pm in the home of Claudia and David Vassar, who will facilitate for the Med Center/Rice area.
  • Creating a Neighborhood Ministry Culture. Mondays, September 26-October 3, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the home of Patty and Bob Mahlstedt, who will facilitate for The Heights area.
  • Heart, Mind, and Soul. Wednesdays, September 28 to October 12, from 7 to 8:30 pm in S-301, facilitated by Heather and Michael McCarty for the 77002, 05, 06, 19, 56, and 98 zip codes.Childcare provided.
  • Faith, Hope and Poetry. Mondays, October 3, 10, and 17, from 7 to 8 pm, facilitated by Dr. Matt Russell in the Memorial/Katy/Spring Branch areas. (Note: Changed from Fridays, starting September 30.)
  • Sugar Land Sisters. This group of St. Paul’s women who live in and around Sugar Land formed following the very first Fellowship Friday in 2010. They invite anyone to join them on the first Thursday of the month from 8:30 to 9:45 am in the home of Judy Leatherwood Smith. The group is facilitated by Smith, Londa Wright, and Pat Pearson.
  • Rice Wesley. Most Tuesdays at 12:05 pm in the Baker College kitchenette. Questions? email

One does not need to have attended Fellowship Friday to be a part of any of these groups. Attendance is free of charge. Register online via or the printed Gatherings form. Registrants will be sent addresses of homes.

For more information, please contact Rev. Karyn Richards-Kuan via 713-528-0527 or

St. Francis Evening Prayer

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 The first Evening Prayer service in the 2016-17 Holy Women/Holy Men series will be on Tuesday, October 4, in celebration of the life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi. This is in addition to the Sunday, October 2, Blessing of the Animals service.

The evening prayer service will be 30-40 minutes long with music and scripture specific to the day. Bulletins will include a short biographical sketch or essay. 

The 2016-17 worship calendar will include several new festal services in celebration of holy women and holy men, or marking other notable feasts in the life of the church. These will add to St. Paul’s annual observances, from All Saints through Ascension and Pentecost, among others.

The series opened on Saturday, September 17, with a 9 am Communion service in honor of Hildegard of Bingen, mystic, poet, composer, doctor, and scientist. The service was led by Mark Stamm, ThD, Professor of Christian Worship at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. After the service, Dr. Stamm offered a lecture about the service as part of Perkins’ Houston offerings at St. Paul’s. 

“In our planning,” explained Dr. Paolo Bordignon, “we’ve aimed for one service per month through the school year, skipping December and April (Holy Week and Easter). We looked for dates that wouldn’t abut Evensong services. Developing an eclectic and, I hope, compelling series of commemorations ended up taking precedence over meeting at a regular day of the week/month.”

For the complete schedule, including Evensong and other special services, please click here. 

St. Paul's Dads

All dads are invited to meet with Rev. Tommy Williams for dinner and conversation centered around faithful families and fatherhood. October 5, 12, and 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Pearland area restaurants.

RSVP required via or 713-528-0527.  You will be sent the location for the evening.

Third Graders to Receive Bibles

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St. Paul's third graders 2015

St. Paul's third graders 2015

The third graders will celebrate with a rite of passage special to the United Methodist Church. During the 11:05 service on October 9, they will be presented with personalized Bibles.

Until this age, the children have been learning to read; now they will be reading to learn.
During the Sunday School hour, these children and their families will be honored with a brunch in the Jones Building basement. 

Approximately 35 third graders are enrolled in St. Paul’s Sunday School this year. They are part of the GROW program that also includes second, fourth, and fifth graders. To coincide with the lessons in worship services, the GROW curriculum follows the Common Lectionary. Jane Williams directs the GROW program with a host of volunteer teachers.

Parents of third graders are asked to RSVP for brunch honoring their children at 9:45 that morning in J-002. To RSVP, please contact Jane Williams via 713-528-0527 or

Coffee with the Pastors

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Enjoy this informal, family-friendly opportunity to visit with St. Paul's ministers in the Jones Building Foyer. 

Choral Evensong Service

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St. Paul's Choir at St. Mary's (Episcopal) Cathedral. July 2016.

St. Paul's Choir at St. Mary's (Episcopal) Cathedral. July 2016.

St. Paul’s Choir offers a service of Choral Evensong with all-English repertoire by Sir John Goss, Sir George Dyson, Sir William Walton, and Richard Shephard, MBE.

Sung Evening Prayer (Evensong) is similar in structure to Morning Prayer (Matins), but with different canticles and with evening-specific collects. It comprises the following: chanted Preces and responses, a portion of the psalter, two Lessons and two canticles (usually Magnificat and Nunc dimittis), the Apostles’ Creed, chanted prayers and responses (including the Kyrie and Lord’s Prayer) followed by verses and responses and three Collects, an anthem (“In quires and places where they sing, here followeth the anthem,” in the famous phraseology of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer), and additional spoken prayers.

Except for the lessons and concluding prayers, the service is entirely sung, and lasts approximately 50 minutes. St. Paul’s Choir’s monthly Evensong services are at the heart of “traditional worship for a contemporary people,” much loved by our community and one of our most significant cultural offerings to the city.

At the October 9 service, the choir will sing a setting of the Preces and Responses by Richard Shephard (for whom they sang while in residence at York Minster) and Psalm 48 by John Goss of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. The canticles in D Major by Dyson are at the core of the repertoire and dear to choirs everywhere. William Walton enjoyed much success with his music for concerts, stage, and film, as well as making several notable contributions to the choral literature. His Jubilate Deo is a thrilling work, from 1971, for six solo voices, double choir, and organ.

MST Director at Primetimers

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Rebecca Green Udden, the founding director of Main Street Theater (MST), will speak at the Primetimers’ October 13 meeting. 

Rebecca Udden, Main Street Theater Founding Director

Rebecca Udden, Main Street Theater Founding Director

From a collective of theater professionals in a temporary home at Autry House on Main Street in 1975, Udden and cohorts have developed the organization into today’s two primary production locations — the West U Village and the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH) — plus year-round classes and camps throughout the area through its Education Department .

Meet the woman behind all this action and learn all about this marvelous company near St. Paul’s and the role she and MST have played — and will be playing — in the arts in Houston and beyond.

Gather in Fondren Hall at 10:30 am followed by the free program and a $8 lunch for those who RSVP by October 10 to 713-528-0527 or

Day Trip November 10

Primetimers will visit the Brookwood Community on November 10 for a tour and lunch. Be among the first to sign up at the October 13 meeting. RSVP deadline is October 20.

Sr. Joan Chittester on "Spirituality, Self and Society"

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You're invited to attend a Faith+Reason seminar at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral. Sister Joan Chittister of the Order of St. Benedict will give three public lectures on the theme, "Spirituality, Self and Society." Each of Chittister's lectures will be followed by audience conversations and responses by four responders representing the Wisdom literature in Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.

Friday, Oct. 14, 6:45 pm
Compassion: The Glue of Society

Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:30 am
An Uncommon Case for a Common Good

Saturday, Oct. 15, 1:30 pm
The Role of the Public Intellectual in a Just Democracy

The seminar cost is $77.50 (lunch included on Saturday), with a student rate available. Please register online.


Register for Houston Marathon, Half via Charity

Spots through regular registration for the January 15 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon are sold out.

But some places are still available through the Run for a Reason program. Among the many charities that can be supported through this option are the Houston Food Bank and SEARCH Homeless Services.

For more information about how to register for either of these runs or the January 14 5K while by supporting these or other charities, please see the Charity Program Information on the marathon website. 

The marathon and/or half marathon route usually runs near St. Paul's. Maps will be provided closer to race day to help you plan your route to church that day if you are not running.

Choral Scholars Recital Benefitting Emergency Aid Coalition

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2015-16 Choral Scholars

2015-16 Choral Scholars

Sunday, October 16, at 4 pm in the Sanctuary,.

Featuring individual performances of classical and musical theater selections by the 2016-17 Choral Scholars, an auditioned choir of high school vocalists.

Chapter One Book Group - We Are Completely Beside Ourselves

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The book for discussion on October 18 1will be We Are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

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

The remaining schedule: November 16 discuss The Martian by Andy Weir

During October/November, the group will select books for the next several months. To submit your recommendation(s) -- limit three per person -- please send them to Linda Harmes.

Theologian-in-Residence to Teach Old Testament

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What do the Jewish sabbath, negro spirituals, and the movie classic Chariots of Fire have in common?

Each finds its inspiration in the Old Testament. Sabbath rises from the rhythm of creation. Negro spirituals have deep roots in the sway and swagger of the exodus from Egypt. And Chariots of Fire reimagines the ascent of Elijah in the drive of Olympian Eric Liddell.

So much of our world, so much of our culture, so much of our faith is Old Testament based, yet we know so little about its fascinating crevices and corners.

Well, fix that! Fix it now!

Join Perkins School of Theology students in a demanding and deeply rewarding study of scripture, from Genesis through the book of Esther. Learn about your culture. Learn about your faith. Learn about yourself!

The W. J. A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins School of Theology, Dr. Jack Levison, will be St. Paul’s first Theologian in Residence will teach the Introduction to the Old Testament to lay people here as well as to seminary students as part of St. Paul's partnership with the Perkins Houston-Galveston extension program.

Lay people may audit this graduate-level course this fall for only $40. The classes will be at St. Paul's on the Thursdays of October 20 and 27 and November 10 from 5:45 to 9 pm. plus the Saturday of October 29 from 9 am to 4:30 pm at Moody Memorial UMC in Galveston. Registration begins soon. 

Dr. Levison has authored nine books, including Inspired: the Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith (2013), and Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life (2012), as well as numerous articles in professional journals, books, and reference works. “The Bible and Family Values” co-authored by him with a doctoral student, will be published in the forthcoming book, The Bible and Political Debate: What Does It Really Say?

A featured blogger for the Huffington Post, his articles have appeared in,,, and on Patheos, the world’s largest independent religious site, which hosts his column, spiritchatter

Dr. Levison has been awarded grants from the National Humanities Center, the Lilly Fellows Program, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Rotary Foundation, the International Catacomb Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mitzvah Day: October 22

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All ages welcome! Childcare also available for babies through fifth graders.

All ages welcome! Childcare also available for babies through fifth graders.

For Mitzvah Day, October 22, we will be serving our school partner —MacGregor Elementary Projects will be

  • campus beautification — a variety of projects, primarily landscaping and light painting
  • book collection — please place elementary-age readers, new or gently used, into baskets at church entrances from now through October 22. At the church on Mitzvah Day we will sort them into collections to help individual students raise their reading levels throughout the year.
  • teacher appreciation — these creative projects also will be conducted at the church on Mitzvah Day and may be done by people of all ages. This project is ideal for small children. 

Sign up on the Plaza any Sunday prior to the day or register online. For more information about this day, contact Amy Taylor, Director of Missions, via or 713-528-0527.

Suggestions for Books

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

  • Step 1,2, and 3 readers
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Pinkalicious
  • Geronimo Stilton
  • Captain Underpants
  • Little Critter
  • Flat Stanley

2nd and 3rd Grades

  • Junie B. Jones
  • Magic Treehouse
  • A to Z Mysteries
  • Amelia Bedelia
  • The Chocolate Touch

4th and 5th Grades

  • Wonder
  • Auggie and Me
  • Big Nate
  • Holes
  • Judy Moody
  • Harry Potter
  • Percy Jackson

Fall Fiesta

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St. Paul's annual fall festival is a fun celebration for the whole community!

Activities include carnival games and prizes, a petting zoo and pony rides, giant inflatables, face painting, pumpkin and cookie decorating, music and dancing, and a costume parade! We'll also enjoy pizza, popcorn and snow cones. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for 25 tickets.

New to this year's festival are craft stations to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos. Make beautiful paper flowers and lacey papel picado. Sculpt and paint clay skulls and create whimsical cardboard masks.

Workshops for these craft stations will be held leading up to the festival. Come learn how to make these crafts and decorations at the workshops, then you can help kids make them at the festival:

  • Cardboard Masks | Sunday, Oct. 16 at 12:15 pm in the Jones Building Basement (with Ibraim Santos)
  • Clay Skulls | Sunday, Oct. 23 at 6 pm and Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 5 pm in the Activity Center/Gym (with St. Paul's Youth and Susan Budge)
  • Paper Flowers and Papel Picado | Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 5 pm in the Jones Building Foyer (with Fredrica Fester, Fe y Esperanza members and Ellen Edwards)

Meals and childcare will be available at the workshops. For more details, contact Ellen Edwards at or (713) 528-0527.

Visit Brookwood Community

The Brookwood Community in Brookshire, TX, is a God-centered educational, residential, and entrepreneurial community for adults with disabilities. The community provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging, and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities.

St. Paul's Primetimers November 10 day trippers will tour community and lunch in the Cafe at Brookwood.

The campus consists of eight group homes, two single-family staff homes, a residential Inn, health and dental clinic, Worship Center, enterprise building, activities and administration building, 47 greenhouses, Gift and Garden Center and the Café at Brookwood, and several other support buildings.

Brookwood's programs serve: 110 resident adults (known as Brookwood “citizens”), who are functionally disabled and live at Brookwood 24/7. Another 80-plus adults participate in the day program. The range of needs helped includes people with autism spectrum disorders; intellectual disabilities; developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury; dual diagnosis; and/or aging care needs. The community also serves as a resource for families. Brookwood’s outreach program actively shares its innovative concepts and techniques with other professional caregivers across our nation and around the world.

Primetimers will leave St. Paul's by county bus at 8:30 am and return around 2:30 pm. Beginning at 9:45, a walking tour will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes. Those who do not want to take the walking tour may remain in the administrative building. The gift shop and a horticulture building are among those to be visited.

A $15 set-menu lunch will served at noon. Bring cash or check payable to St. Paul's UMC.

Reservations are required by October 20. Reserve your spot via 713-528-0527 or An RSVP sheet also will be available at the October 13 Primetimers meeting.


Diverse Journeys on a Common Path

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The Labyrinth Society's 18th annual gathering will be at St. Paul's November 10-12 with pre- and post-gathering events. The theme for this public conference will be "Diverse Journeys on a Common Path: Building Community through the Labyrinth."

Gather with labyrinth enthusiasts and experts from around the world to learn, share, and celebrate labyrinths. The Annual Gathering includes featured speakers, workshops, sales of labyrinth-related products, a silent auction, and a wide variery of Labyrinths for walking, including St. Paul's outdoor labyrinth on the Bankston Green and indoor labyrinth on the floor of St. Paul's Activity Center.

Featured speakers will be Debi and Marty Kermeen, master stone artistic team and builders of St. Paul's outdoor labyrinth, and Reginald Adams, Houston public artist and community builder.

Workshops will include

  • Integrating Labyrinths on the Autism Spectrum
  • Promoting Labyrinth Use of Diverse Groups
  • Labyrinths Online: Pathways beyond Borders
  • Sacred Symphony: Suls on a Journey of Synchronicity
  • Making Peace with Our War Path
  • Meeting Millennials on the Path 

Pre- and post-gathering events will include 

  • Learning how to create temporary labyrinths for community events with Lars Howlett
  • Touring Houston labyrinths with local artist Sarah Gish
  • Visiting Galveston to see one of Marty Kermeen's famous terrazzo labyrinths in its newly relocated home and creating sand labyrinths on the beach.

For more information or to register, please see


Ilia Delio to speak at St. Paul's

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Ilia Delio

This fall, we welcome author and theologian, Sr. Dr. Ilia Delio, for a one-day conference and guest lecture. Sr. Dr. Delio is a Franciscan Sister of Washington D.C. and Director of Catholic Studies at Georgetown University. With doctorate degrees in both pharmacology and historical theology, she explores the intersections of science and spirituality. Learn more about Sr. Ilia Delio and her work with the Omega Center.

Compassion and Quantum Entanglement: A New Common Good
When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Fondren Hall (2nd Floor Jones Building)
Cost: $15 (includes lunch)

Register now!

Technology and Human Becoming
When:  Sunday, Nov. 20, 9:45 – 11 am
Where: Fondren Hall (2nd Floor Jones Building); hosted by the Ordinary Life Class
Cost: free