Brighten Lives through "Brighter Bites"

Join with other St. Paul's groups this summer to help the Brighter Bites fresh, healthy foods program serve approximately 5,200 under served families that live in Houston's food deserts.

St. Paul's next group date will be Wednesday, July 22.

The program delivers fruits and vegetables to 21 different sites, one of which is only 2.3 miles from St. Paul’s — the Third Ward Multi-Service Center at 3611 Ennis St.

Volunteers are needed to unload and re-bag produce between 9 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays. The actual time commitment is usually between one and two hours, depending on the number of people who are helping.

The director of the program, Thati Moreira, noted that there is no official age limit. “We have moms that bring their babies and grandparents that bring their grandchildren. While the little ones are not able to help with the lifting and bagging, they can certainly be there.”

St. Paul’s clergy will be serving at the center on August 5 and invite others to join them. Or join with other groups from St. Paul’s on July 22 or 29. To be a part of any of these St. Paul's groups, please contact Kat Denton at

A wide variety of other volunteer opportunities also are available through the Houston Food Bank. To learn more about how you can help, please see their website:


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Con-spire in the Latin (com-spirare) means to ‘breath with’ and is an intentional ministry of spiritual formation and the contemplative practices.  Each week we spend time learning, reflecting and practicing ways in which our interior life can be more rooted in grace. Join us at 11.05 in Fondren Hall. The topics through October 4 are listed below. 

  • July 5. How to Worry Less (basic meditation)
  • July 12. How to Live in "flow" (Sensus Divina)
  • July 19. How to Live with Less Stress (basic meditation practice)
  • July 26. How to Nurture Gratitude (awareness practice)
  • August 2. Odyssey service. Dr. Bill Kerley preaches at the 9:45 service, and all are invited back to Fondren Hall at 11:05 for lunch together in community.
  • August 9. How to Move through Fear (rewriting Psalms)
  • August 16. How to Journey toward Forgiveness (walking the Labyrinth)
  • August 23. How to Stay with Joy (Sensus Divina)
  • August 30. How to Befriend your Insecurities (painting mandalas)
  • September 6. Cultivating Soul (basic meditation)
  • September 13. Odyssey service. Dr. Bill Kerley preaches at the 9:45 service, and all are invited back to Fondren Hall at 11:05 for lunch together in community.
  • September 20. How to Befirend your Sadness (walking the Labyrinth)
  • September 27. How to Worry Less (Yes meditation)
  • October 4. How to Be Where You Are, Not Where You Are Not. ((re)framing meditation)






Justice for Our Neighbors

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Grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Houston Justice for Our Neighbors legal clinic Friday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. Location: Mission Milby, 2200 Broadway 77012.

Justice for our Neighbors is a network of legal clinics in United Methodist churches, providing hospitality and compassion to low-income immigrants.

To provide help -- legal or otherwise -- during clinic hours, starting July 11, please contact



Summer Adult Ed "Elective" Classes

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For five weeks starting July 12, St. Paul’s offers its second round of summer electives in Adult Faith Formation. 

If you’re interested in the apostle Paul — his life, his theology, and his legacy — join the class led by Rev. Danny Yang in J-220.

With vibrant worship being at the center of our mission statement, come learn what it means from our clergy and music staff in S-105, below the sanctuary. 

July 12. Theology of Worship by Rev. Eleanor Colvin

  • Why vibrant worship is central to our mission statement
  • Survey of worship in Bible (offerings, altars, tabernacles, music, worship in spirit/truth)
  • Worship as means of grace

July 19. Music for Worship by Dr. Paolo Bordignon  

  • How music centers, frames, and guides our worship
  • How music is selected for worship service
  • Hymns, anthems, offering, voluntary

July 26. Order of Worship by Dr. Bill Gandin

  • Pattern to worship (Gathering, Proclamation, Response, Sending Forth)
  • How pattern can take different forms
  • Elements of worship service at St. Paul's
  • Traditions behind St. Paul's worship form
  • Liturgy as work of the people

August 2. The Word in Worship by Rev. Tommy Williams

  • History of the Lectionary
  • How to listen hear God in the Word (lessons & sermon)
  • Behind the scenes of sermon writing

August 9. Music in Worship through Children's Eyes by Anna Teagarden

  • Overview of children’s music curriculum
  • Children to demonstrate

Help Plan

Back to School/Back to Church Celebration

Share your ideas to make this intergenerational event great!

Planning meeting: Sunday, July 12 
12:15 to 1:230 p.m. in the Parlor.

Childcare and lunch will be provided.

RSVP or questions: Jane Williams via 713-528-027 or

Group tickets for Astros, Dynamo

St. Paul’s Youth have purchased group tickets to one more Astros baseball and a  Dynamo soccer game this summer:

Astros - Sunday, July 19, against the Texas Rangers, both at 1:10 p.m.

Dynamo - Saturday, July 25, at 8 p.m. against the Los Angeles Galaxy

To obtain tickets at the group price for either of these games, please contact Sam Holt at

Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

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 group's remaining reading schedule through October 2015:

  • 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

Visit the Museums of HBU

Visit the three museums in Houston Baptist University’s Morris Cultural Arts Center with the St. Paul’s Primetimers on Friday, July 24. the museums are

  • Southern History. Showcases clothing, fine furnishings, uniforms, tools, and weapons of Southern history from colonial period through WWII
  • American Architecture & Decorative Arts. Items related to social history and material culture of Texas settlers from 1820 to 1920.
  • Dunham Bible. An extensive collection of rare Bibles includes decoratively illuminated medieval Scriptures, examples of the earliest printed Bibles, and Bible translations from across the centuries and around the world, notably the new St. John’s Bible. 

The bus will leave St. Paul’s small parking lot at 10:30 a.m., returning by 2:30 p.m. Museum fee is $5. Lunch will be at Serenitea Tearoom, 13889 Southwest Freeway, in Sugar Land. 

To reserve your spot on the bus, please call 713-528-0527 or email by Wednesday, July 22.

Join the Museum Experience

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Be part of Summer’s Cultural Block Party when  The Museum Experience returns July 25.

St. Paul’s and three neighboring museums — the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and The Jung Center — will be open for tours and a variety of activities between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

This year, St. Paul’s will also feature a cathedral scavenger hunt and medieval workshop along with tours throughout the day. And from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. enjoy drama, dance, and music on Bankston Green and a pop-up taqueria in the circle drive. 

To help with the tours, please contact Donna Adair at To help serve in other ways, please contact Kat Denton at or Rev. Eleanor Colvin at

To learn more about the other opportunities for the day, please see the Museum District's website.

Exploring St. Paul's

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New to St. Paul’s? 

Been around for a while but would like to know more about St. Paul’s?

Explore St. Paul's on Sunday, July 26, at 9:45 a.m. in the Parlor (second floor, Sanctuary Building). One of our ministers will present a one-session introduction to St. Paul’s, including where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how we connect.

These classes will be offered on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Questions? Email Rev. Danny Yang at


EAC Books & Backpacks

The Emergency Aid Coalition’s (EAC) annual distribution of books and backpacks to pre-qualified families will be at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main, this year. And most ages can help. 

Please check the schedule below, then contact 
Marian Bryant via
or Theresa Jackson via or 713-732-1108 
to ensure that everyone is effectively deployed or if you have questions about the event and what may be needed. 

  • Thursday, July 30 -10 a.m. to 1 p.m. School supplies delivered and inventoried. 
  • Monday, August 3 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Set up, sort, and organize.
  • Tuesday. August 4 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Receive uniforms, continue to set up, sort, and organize.
  • Wednesday-Thursday, August 5-6 - 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Distribution Days.
  • Friday, August 7 -9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cleanup Day and return all supplies back to EAC

The EAC has volunteer opportunities throughout the year on site at Abraham Station across from St. Paul’s and also at the Houston Food Bank’s Emergency Food Pantry, 535 Portwall.

Vacation Bible School

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Sunday Family Night 5 to 7:30 p.m. with supper

Children:Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to noon

God's Love in Action -- We'll keep moving while we learn powerful stories from the Bible, row in faith, and reach out to help others.

For children, age four years through 5th grade. Register early. space is limited and on a first-come basis. The fee of $30/child includes all supplies and snacks. An optional take-home CD is $5.

Please download and return completed registration form, following instructions on the form. Use the form to volunteer, too. These forms also are available in the Jones Building and church information racks.

Questions or to serve as a teacher or help with crafts, activities, storytelling, snacks, supplies, or decorating: Ellen Edwards at eedwards@stpaulshouston.og or 713-528-0527 x 17.

Welcome Perkins Extension Program to St. Paul's

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St. Paul’s is now the headquarters for the Perkins School of Theology/Southern Methodist University Houston-Galveston Extension Program. This includes Library reserve and reference books. Rev. Lisa Beth White, Student Services Specialist, is the on-site coordinator. 

A special launch reception will be held in the Parlor on Wednesday, August 5, at 6 p.m.

The program also will operate from St. John’s UMC, Houston, and the Houston Methodist Hospital and will continue to hold classes at Moody Memorial UMC in Galveston.

“Perkins’ move to the Medical Center (area) affirms our mission of preparing women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry in relationship to the greater setting of the southwestern United States that includes hospitals, clinics, and biomedical research laboratories,” said Dr. Evelyn Parker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Susannah Wesley Centennial Chair of Practical Theology at Perkins.


Paul's First Century Thought for 21st Century Christians

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The August 8 Perkins Lay School of Theology at St. Paul’s will be on the topic of  Paul’s First Century Thought for 21st Century Christians.

The instructor will be Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie, Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Director of the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence.

Suggested readings are Paul: A Novel by Walter Wangerin Jr. and Paul: The Mind of the Apostle by A.N. Wilson.

The course will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., including lunch. For more about this opportunity, including registration and pricing, please see the school's website.

"History and Significance of the Labyrinth" - Community wide lecture

Rev. Dr. Kay Mutert presents the history and significance of the labyrinth to the greater Houston community.  Registration is requested for the dinner and/or child care.

Cost:  $5.00 for dinner (payable at the door); lecture is free

Where:  Fondren Hall, Jones Building, St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Registration form

Name *
Age of child if child care requested

"Taking Our Place" - Veriditas Qualifying Workshop

Taking Our Place is the theme for the workshop that precedes the Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training.  It is important for you to attend a qualifying workshop first so that you can have an embodied experience of the labyrinth as Veriditas presents it, which will give you a solid experiential foundation from which to share the labyrinth with others.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 31, 2015.  9 am - 3 pm

Place: Fondren Hall, Jones Building at St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Cost: $100.00  includes lunch

Click Here to Register for the event