Lectionary Texts Illustrated

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For many years, the Lectionary texts have been provided in full in the sermons section of the church website (www.stpaulshouston.org/sermons). Now they also will be illustrated with art curated by Norman Mahan. Weekly posts also will be on Facebook.

A 2011 book-tour lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston by the author of Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, British art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon, so intrigued Norman Mahan that he developed presentations of his own based on Caravaggio’s religious paintings. 

As he worked with that topic, Mahan realized that another interesting series could consist of selecting biblical events and studying how artists have portrayed them over the centuries. That idea has evolved into his researching art to illustrate the Lectionary texts. 

Mother's Day Cards

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Brighten lives of SEARCH Homeless Services clients’ mothers or those who are mothers. 

Bring Mother’s Day cards by May 1 to the reception office marked SEARCH/UMW.

"I've Got the Joy" in GROW

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The GROW 2nd-5th-graders will begin their celebration of Eastertide on April 23 with a unit called “I’ve Got the Joy.”

The first Sunday they will sing music led by Jim Benton and Charlie Myer, followed by the story of resurrection and the days immediately following that with Jesus and his disciples.

Beginning April 30, the children will rotate through workshops with these themes:

  • Art: “A Place for Us”
  • Music: “A Friend in Jesus”
  • Science: “Recognizing Jesus” 
  • Culture: “No Longer Aliens and Strangers, but now God’s People.” 

GROW meets at 9:45 am in the basement of the Jones Building.

Virtual Pilgrimage with Dr. Bill Kerley

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Walk virtually with Ordinary Life teacher Dr. Bill Kerley and five others from St. Paul’s on a St. Nicholas pilgrimage in Italy from April 27 to May 11. The group will be led by Dr. Peter Sills, former vice dean of England’s Ely Cathedral, who has had a long relationship with St. Paul’s since the choir’s first Ely residency in 2003. Sills also was the first lecturer presented by The Kerley Endowment for Spiritual Advancement and Understanding. 

For more information about St. Nicholas and this pilgrimage, please see www.ordinarylife.org/st-nicholas-pilgrimage. To follow the journey, read Dr. Kerley's postings on St. Paul's Facebook page.



Crazy Busy Lives

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Share with other parents how to prioritize activities and balance the needs of the family with increasingly busy schedules.

Join with Jane and John Williams in a Parents Matter series featuring the books Crazy Busy:Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! and Dare to Forgive, both by Edward Hallowell, M.D.

Sundays, April 30 to May 21, from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in J-008.

"Incarnating the Word" Study

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After Easter, then what? We hope you'll join us for this six-week study, taught by Rev. Rick Goodrich. "Incarnating the Word: From Oral Tradition to Written Gospels" will be held on Sundays, April 30–June 4, at 11:05 am in the Fellers Room (S-312).

From the days after Jesus’ crucifixion, to the “Risen Christ” tradition, to the letters of Paul, to Mark to Matthew to Luke to John, we will look at how each tradition may have evolved into written traditions and finally into what we know as the Gospels.

To sign up for the small group, email info@stpaulshouston.org or call 713-528-0527.

The Gene: An Intimate History

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Pulitzer-Prize winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee will speak at St. Paul’s about his latest book, The Gene: An Intimate History, on Wednesday, May 3, at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary.

The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code of instructions that makes and defines humans, that governs our form, function, and fate, and determines the future of our children.

The Gene recently was selected for the NIH Big Read by The NIH Library and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. Mukherjee was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction for his The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

A cancer physician and researcher, Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center. A Rhodes Scholar, he is a graduate of Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. For more about him and his publications, please see www.siddharthamukherjee.com.

To purchase tickets, please go to www.brazosbookstore.com/events or visit Brazos Bookstore at 2421 Bissonnet.

End-of-Life Planning Workshop

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St. Paul’s Foundation and the Congregational Care team will present a workshop on how to start a family conversation about the many crucial decisions surrounding death. It's a conversation that invites each family member to voice personal wishes around these decisions. 

A panel of individuals qualified through professional expertise and/or personal experience will provide guidance to spiritual, medical, legal, and housing questions that arise out of these conversations. Moderated by Rev. Rick Goodrich, Executive Director of the Foundation, the panelists will be:

  • Tonya Knauth, Attorney and member of St. Paul’s Foundation Board
  • Rev. Dr. Charles Millikan, Vice President for Spiritual Care and Values Integration, Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Richard Spaw, Chair of St. Paul’s Congregational Care Team

Each family attending will receive a copy of Planning Guide for End of Life Issues. It provides material designed to continue the conversation begun during this workshop. Appendices include sample Living Will: Directive to Physicians and Family, Medical Power of Attorney, Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, and HIPPA Authorization Form.

The workshop will be Sunday, May 7, from 12:15 to 3 pm in the Fellers Room (S-312). To ensure the appropriate amount of handouts and food, please RSVP for the workshop to info@stpaulshouston.org, and the appropriate number of childcare workers, please RSVP for childcare via childcare@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

For more information about the workshop or end-of-life concerns, stop by the Plaza each Sunday in April or contact Rev. Rick Goodrich via rgoodrich@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.   

Amazing Parents, Amazing Kids

Amazing Parents, Amazing Kids gathers on the first Sunday of the month to find connection and compassion on the uneven journey raising children with learning differences and other needs. The group will meet next on Sunday, May 7, at 12:15 pm, in J-204. Lunch and childcare are provided with an RSVP.

The group is led by co-facilitators Jennifer West, who is working on a graduate degree in counseling, and Helen Spaw, who holds a Masters in Art Therapy and Creativity from New York’s Pratt Institute. 

For more information, call the church office at 713-528-0527, or contact Jennifer at jwest@stpaulshouston.org or Helen at hspaw@stpaulshouston.org

Coffee with the pastors

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Are you new here? Join us for Coffee with the Pastors, a family-friendly time of coffee and conversations with our St. Paul’s clergy and others in the Jones Building Foyer.

Annual Youth Banquet

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All Youth family and friends are encouraged to attend as we honor our Senior Class and Confirmation Class of 2017. Seniors and Confirmands are the guests of St. Paul’s. All other guests are asked to pay $25 per person.

RSVP for dinner online: http://bit.ly/2nwTQc5 Due to limited space, seats are reserved for the first 180 registrants.

Questions? Contact Kat at kedenton@stpaulshouston.org 

Location this year
Goode Co. Armadillo Palace
5015 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX 77098

Bishop Jones to Speak at Foundation Dinner

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Bishop Scott Jones will be the keynote speaker at St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation annual dinner on Monday, May 8, at 6:30 pm in Fondren Hall. This will be his first time at St. Paul's since being appointed resident bishop of the Texas Conference.

Born in Nashville, he was reared in Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, and Colorado. Prior to being elected bishop of the Texas Conference, he was resident bishop of the Great Plains Area, and prior to that he was the McCreless Associate Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He also has served as pastor of four congregations in Texas.

Music will be provided by Anna Teagarden and the Foundation’s annual report will be presented by Rev. Rick Goodrich, the Executive Director of the Foundation. 

RSVP for the $15/plate dinner to info@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527 by May 1, indicating the number attending and, if childcare is needed, the number of children and their ages. One may attend the presentation without partaking of the dinner. 

For additional information, please contact Executive Director Rev. Rick Goodrich via foundation@stpaulshouston.org

Forgotten Texas (or Never Remembered)

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“Native Texan” columnist and editorial writer for the Houston Chronicle, Joe Holley will speak at the May 11 Primetimers meeting. His topic will be “Forgotten Texas (or Never Remembered).”

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A native Texan himself, he earned degrees from Abilene Christian University and The University of Texas at Austin plus Columbia University.

A 2017 Pulitzer-Prize co-finalist in Editorial Writing along with Chronicle colleague Evan Mintz, Holley also is a former editor of the Texas Observer and staff writer for The Washington Post and regularly contributes to Texas Monthly. He also was a press secretary and speech writer for Texas Gov. Ann Richards.

The citation for the Pulitzer recognition stated: “for editorials on gun laws, gun culture, and gun tragedies that combined wit, eloquence, and moral power in a fine brew of commonsense argumentation.”

A selection of Holley’s “Native Texan” columns is scheduled for publication this year. He also is  the author of Slingin’ Sam: The Life and Times of the Greatest Quarterback Ever to Play the Game (University of Texas Press, 2012) and The Purse-Bearer: A Novel of Love, Lust and Texas Politics (Wings Press, 2014) and co-author of My Mother’s Keeper: A Daughter’s Journey Through the Shadow of Schizophrenia (William Morrow & Co., 1997). An excerpt from the latter published in Texas Monthly won the 1992 PEN West Literary Award for magazine journalism.

Open to all, the meeting will be Thursday, May 11, in Fondren Hall, second floor of St Paul’s Jones Building. Gather at 10:30 a.m. with the program at 11. An $8 lunch will be served at noon to those who RSVP by May 9 via info@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

Mission in Motion

This year’s Mission in Motion season is well underway, and one team member — 16-year-old Hank Philpott — will represent St. Paul's in the 70.3k Gulf Coast Half Ironman Triathlon in Panama City, FL, on May 13.  All funds raised to support his efforts will go toward St. Paul’s Youth Missions.

The next event is the Typhoon Texas Kids Tri on May 21 in Katy for ages 6 through 15. The last event is the Silverlake Triathlon on May 28 in Pearland for age 10 through adult. Registration is still open for both.

Mission in Motion is a way for everyone in the church to get fit and/or give back. All who can are encouraged to participate in the athletic events. Each participant is asked to set up a fundraising page through which they earn money for their athletic endeavors that in turn will support a variety of youth ventures, primarily missions and music.

To support team members or groups at any of these events, please go to https://my.reason2race.com/cause/StPaul

For more information about Mission in Motion or Youth activities, including the event schedule and how to register, please contact Tiffin Wilsford via tiffin@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

Grant Applications Available

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The St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston is now receiving grant applications for 2017. The purpose of the grants is to support and further the ministries, programs, and outreach of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 

The Foundation seeks grant applications from organizations and ministries that support the needs of children, youth, adults, and senior adults in the Houston area, in our nation, and throughout the world. Special attention is given to those agencies that are connected to St. Paul’s UMC and its members and that support those in need and at risk.

Grant applications are available at www.stpaulshouston.org/foundation-grants or by emailing the Foundation at Foundation@stpaulshouston.org. Completed applications are due no later than May 15, 2017.

Questions? contact Rev. Rick Goodrich via rgoodrich@stpaulshouston.org.

Chapter One Book Group

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The book for discussion May 16 will be True Confections by Katharine Weber.

Chapter One Book Group is open to anyone who enjoys reading and discussing a wide variety of books. The group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in J-202.

The book for June 20 will be Being Mortal by Atul Gawunde.

To be added to the email list, please contact Linda Harmes at hblinda@hibit.com

Choral Scholars 12th Anniversary Concert

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Choral Scholars, 2016-17. Photograph by Sandy Bankston

Choral Scholars, 2016-17. Photograph by Sandy Bankston

The 12th anniversary of the Choral Scholars program will be marked with a concert on Sunday, May 24, at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The concert will celebrate sacred choral music’s rich legacy with selections from worship service music sung over the previous school year, including folk songs, spirituals, and original compositions from American and Norwegian composers and arrangers. The program listing:

  • Give Me Jesus – African-American gospel arrangement
  • Unclouded Day – Gospel favorite set in bluegrass vocal style
  • Were You There -  arrangement of African-American spiritual with soprano solo, organ, and cello
  • Adam Lay Ybounden – Rhythmic setting of anonymous 15th century poem by American composer Carson Cooman
  • Esto Les Digo – Original setting of Matthew 18 in Spanish by Houston composer Kingley Lange
  • Poor Man Lazarus – African-American spiritual arrangement by Jester Hariston
  • Even When He is Silent – setting by Kim Andre Arnesen of a poem written by a Concentration Camp prisoner
  • Battle of Jericho – rousing arrangement by American composer and arranger Moses Hogan
  • From a Distance – by singer-songwriter Julie Gold

The focus of the choir is to study, rehearse, and perform music from diverse historical and cultural traditions in an historic setting and for a community actively committed to excellence in sacred choral music. Over the past 12 years, more than 200 advanced high school singers from the greater Houston area have auditioned and trained for this important endeavor, providing music in worship for St. Paul’s 9:45 a.m. worship service.

These vocalists also have represented St. Paul’s beyond that service. Most notable was their appearance as a demonstration choir at the 2013 American Choral Directors Association national conference. Locally, the choir has presented concerts during the Christmas season at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Chase Bank, and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International.

A reception in honor of these outstanding musicians will follow the concert.

Eddie Quaid has directed the Choral Scholars since the second year. Accompanying the Choral Scholars are Ken Coleman, St. Paul’s Assistant Organist, and Bryan Anderson, Organ Scholar.

Hero Central: Vacation Bible School 2017

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July 30-August 3
Sunday Family Night 5-7:30 pm Monday-Thursday 9 am-noon
Age 4 years-5th grade Space limited • Register early

Volunteer now, too. Opportunities beyond classroom: Snacks, crafts, activities, music,  storytelling, decorating, missions, supplies, set-up/take-down.

Registration forms in Jones Building or download here