Help Rescue Historic Church Records

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The St. Paul’s Archive Committee is hard at work transcribing the church’s historic membership ledgers. Thanks to Mary Dix, Gwen Kunz, Susan O’Brien, and Steve Rumble (in picture), the very early baptism, membership, death, and removal information has been transcribed. 

Alfred Lazzeri and Rob Wubbenhorst are compiling information on St. Paul’s members who served in World War I (1914-1919) and World War II (1941-1945).

To learn more about this work or to help, contact Beverly McMahan at

Acoustical Panels

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Starting May 23, activities normally in the Activity Center have been moved or cancelled while acoustical panels are being installed. Check with  your Group.

Journey with J.W.

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Starting May 29, the GROW 2nd-5th-graders will spend the summer on a “Journey with J.W.," focusing on the life, travels, and work of John Wesley.

They will learn his story, including his early training and his faith in God, which led him to activities that resulted in the Methodist movement in England.

Students also will “meet” his mother Susanna Wesley and his brother Charles, along with missionaries Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury. And they will learn about Richard Allen, an African-American who was born a slave, bought his freedom, and became a Christian businessman who also preached and organized prayer meetings.

Activities will include cooking, forming Holy Clubs, making hornbooks and saddlebags, and “visiting" communities like the early Methodist circuit riders did, learning about the habits and devotion that made the early church an important movement in America and beyond.

Ordination Service

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Rev. Eleanor Colvin, a St. Paul’s associate minister, will be ordained as an elder and Rev. Emily Everett, who grew up at St. Paul’s and now serves at First UMC Pasadena, will be ordained as a deacon at this year’s Annual Conference. The Service of Ordination and Commissioning will be on Tuesday, May 31, at 7 p.m. in the Lanier Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Americas Hotel, 1600 Lamar, in downtown Houston.

RSCM Choral Services, Concert

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2015 RSCM Gulf Coast Training Course Choristers rehearse Rice University's Bates Recital Hall, augmented with Altos, Tenors, and Bases.

2015 RSCM Gulf Coast Training Course Choristers rehearse Rice University's Bates Recital Hall, augmented with Altos, Tenors, and Bases.

Girls from all over the country will come together this summer at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (UMC) for the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Gulf Coast Course for Girls. These serious young musicians, ages 10 through 18, will be immersed in a week of sacred music under the direction of world class musicians and directors.

The training course choir will present one concert and lead four worship services at three different churches. The public is welcome to attend any of these opportunities to hear choral music. The schedule follows:

The course clinicians are Dr. Paolo Bordignon, Director of Music and Organist for St. Paul’s; Dr. Giles Brightwall, Organist and Choirmaster for St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Houston; and Dr. Joseph Causby, Director of Music and Organist for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, San Antonio.

“The principles of RSCM invite choristers to approach sophisticated music written for their voices throughout the centuries as well as today, encouraging them to sing with beauty and understanding,” said Anna Tegarden, director of the course and Director of St. Paul’s Children’s Music.

Repertoire will include

Choral Evensong at Christ the King Lutheran (with ATBs)

Introit: Couperin Christo Resurgenti
Responses: Plainsong
Psalm: C. Gibbons, Psalm 15, John Scott Psalter
Canticles:  Tomkins, 5th Service
Anthem:  Purcell O God, Thou Art My God

Concert – Friday at Crain Garden, Methodist Hospital

“Old favorites,” including “Over the Rainbow,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” and “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie.

Choral Evensong – Friday at Christ Church Cathedral (Trebles Only)

Introit:  Sacred Harp
Responses: Archer, Responses
Psalm: Ben Hutto, Chant #100 vrs. 1 – 8, Psalm 46
Canticles:  Farrington, Blues Service
Anthem:  Howard Goodall, The Lord is My Shepherd
Hymn: Kaiser, Now Evening Comes to Close the Day

Choral Eucharist ¬– Sunday at St. Paul’s UMC

Introit: Sacred Harp
Setting: Faure, Messe Basse
Psalm: Ben Hutto, Chant #100, Psalm 46
Offertory: Couperin, Christo Resurgenti
Communion: Goodall, The Lord is My Shepherd; Dankworth, Light of the World

RSCM - America is the United States branch of the Royal School of Church Music founded in England in 1927 by Sir Sydney Nicholson, Westminster Abbey organist. The goal of the organization is to uplift the spiritual life of its member communities through high quality choral music by providing musical education to singers through a structured choral music program and summer music courses. This is the tenth year that the Gulf Coast course has been based in Houston and the fourth hosted by St. Paul’s.

Sermons by, Reception for Yang, Colvin

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Prior to moving to their next appointments, Rev. Danny Yang and Rev. Eleanor Colvin will be honored by a reception at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

Rev. Yang will preach all three services on June 5, and Rev. Colvin will preach all three services on June 12. 

Rev. Yang has been appointed senior minister at Westbury UMC in Houston.

Rev. Colvin has been appointed to lead First UMC in College Station.

As you are able, you are encouraged to leave a lasting impression of gratitude with them through whatever gift you can give. Love offering envelopes are in the pew and have been mailed. When responding, please be sure to designate your gift as a love offering for Danny and/or Eleanor. We will then give them each a financial gift from St. Paul’s as they move on to the next chapter of ministry that God has for them. 

Thank you for being a church that invests in the lives of pastors and for sending each one out with the grace and generosity of God.

Summer Highlight Dates

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Below is the schedule for notable events/activities at or related to St. Paul's this summer that occur for several days.



Memorial Park Remembers Camp Logan

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Camp Logan (photo above) was established in 1917 on 7,600 acres in Harris County as one of 16 national guard camps to train 40,000 soldiers for the U.S. entry into World War I. In remembrance of the Camp Logan soldiers, Memorial Park was established in 1925 on 1,500 acres of the original Camp Logan site. Only its foundations remain today in the wooded areas of Memorial Park, and they have been designated Texas State Archaeological Landmarks.

The Memorial Park Master Plan approved by the Houston City Council last April indicates Memorial Groves to be placed in the area of the park with the highest number of Camp Logan remnants.

Learn more about Camp Logan and Memorial Park at the June 9 Primetimers meeting when the speakers will be Louis Aulbach and Linda Gorski of the Houston Archeological Society. Aulbach, with contributions by Gorski and Robbie Morin, recently published a book about this history, Camp Logan: Houston, Texas 1917-1919.

Gather for Fellowship in Fondren Hall at 10:30 a.m. The program begins at 11, and an $8 lunch is served at noon to those who RSVP by June 7 to or 713-528-0527.

Acquainted with Grief

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Rev. Terry J. Thompson

Rev. Terry J. Thompson

During his 41 years of ministry, including 30 at St. Paul’s, the Rev. Terry Thompson officiated at more than 700 funerals or memorial services.

“Grief is a part of the fabric of life,” he explained, and he will help others in this process at a presentation in the Fellers Room (S-312) on Sunday, June 12, at 12:15 p.m.

Among the points he will cover are

  • Understanding the experience of grief
  • Coping with the effects of grief
  • Dealing with relationships
  • Reflecting theologically on grief
  • Dealing with anger
  • Dealing with difficult questions from family and friends.

“Many people want to shorten the grief process since it is so painful,” he reflected. In his experience, however, “these efforts often lengthen the process. There is a lot of social pressure to shorten it, and many are uncomfortable with the process. But no one else can decide how long it is or should be for you. People need to find a safe place to grieve.”

Following this presentation, the Congregational Care committee is offering opportunities to form Healing Circles.

For more information about this presentation or the formation of Healing Circles, please contact Dr. Bill Gandin, Minister for Congregational Care, at or 713-528-9527 or David Spaw, Director of Healing Circles Houston, via or 713-806-4668.

Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be Terms & Conditions by Robert Glancy.

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:

During October/November, the group will select books for the next several months.

Pizza in the Park

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Family Neighborhood Outreach

Poe Spark Park • 5100 Hazard
Wednesdays in July (6,13,20, 27) • 5-7 p.m. 

Families, come and be a part of this neighborhood fun night! Participate in activities, Bible stories, music, and a pizza supper with our families near the church. 

For more information or to register, 
contact Jane Williams,, or 713-528-0527, ext. 34. 

Register Now for "Surf Shack" -- Vacation Bible School 2016

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Vacation Bible School (VBS) has a high impact on children's faith formation along with fun and friendships.

VBS here serves all the families of St. Paul's -- church members, Fe y Esperanza, St. Paul's
School, the After-School Program, and the surrounding community. Register your own children, their friends, and relatives as soon as possible.

Teams of enthusiastic adults and teens are getting on board, and we need many more volunteers to serve all the children who will come. Opportunities include age-level classroom mentors, storytelling, crafts, outreach, decorating, snacks, recreation, special activities, and more. No prior experience needed.

Specific dates and times are Sunday, July 31, Family Night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Monday-Thursday, August 1-4, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The $30/child registration fee covers supplies and snacks, and for an additional $5, families may purchase a CD with this year’s VBS songs. Extended care options also are available for additional fees.

To register, please download this form or pick one up in the Jones Building foyer or one of the church entrances, and return it as indicated on the form.

Questions? Contact Ellen Edwards via or 713-528-027x117.