Supplies for Unaccompanied Central American Children, Refugee Families Arriving in Houston

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As unaccompanied children and refugee families fleeing Central American violence are now arriving in Houston for scheduled detention hearings, St. Paul’s will be prepared to help in diverse ways. Attorneys will be trained at St. Paul’s on August 9 to provide legal aid. Supplies also will be needed for support during this period; collection barrels will be at the church entrances to receive them through the month of August. Suggestions:

  • Non-perishable food & beverages (ex: juice boxes, snack bars)
  • Toiletries (ex: soap, deodorant, toothbrush/paste)
  • Spanish & bi-lingual children’s books, (small) toys, coloring books, crayons
  • Baby formula, diapers 
  • Small blankets for children
  • Small Bibles in Spanish or bi-lingual
  • Clothing  (ex: t-shirts, sweatshirts)
  • Duffle bags 

For more about this situation, please see the video by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Central American Refugees Flee Violence.

Main Street Moms

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Main Street Moms -- for moms of all ages -- resumes Wednesday, September 24, at 9:30 a.m. in J-202. Meet, Greet, and Eat as the group selects a study for the Fall.

For childcare, please email two days prior.

Questions? or deannagjone

Shop and Support the EAC

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Upscale Resale Boutique on behalf of the Emergency Aid Coalition

September 25-27 (Thursday-Saturday)

Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard in Rice Village

  • "First Pick" Recpetion Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Tickets.
  • Free entry Friday and Saturday. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday focus: Children's clothing

All proceeds support the Emergency Aid Coalition's mission of providing emergency aid to Houston's homeless and working poor.

Choral Evensong Service

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Led by St. Paul's Treble Choir

augmented by St. Paul's Choir members

4 p.m. Sunday, September 28, in the Sanctuary.

Bishop Huie's Annual District Visit

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The Year of “Training Transformational Clergy and Lay Leaders” kicks off with Bishop Janice Riggle Huie’s trek across Texas to meet with clergy and laity via nine district meetings between September 27 and October 15. 

St. Paul’s hosts the Central South District visit on Sunday, September 28, in Fondren Hall. All are invited to the Laity meeting at 5 p.m. A Clergy meeting will be at 3 p.m.

Each district visit typically includes approximately 200 participants, a devotional, presentation, interactive group participation, and opportunities for clergy-focused and laity-focused mini-meetings.

 “The Bishop will be talking about four qualities of leadership: courageous leading, faith talking, compassion sharing, and bridge building. Attendees will also hear stories focusing on leaders from our annual conference who emulate these qualities,” said B.T. Williamson, Assistant to the Bishop..

“At the end of the day, these visits are held to empower the local congregation, so we always encourage attendees to share their experiences with their individual churches. We also encourage the local congregations to extend a special invitation to young leaders and members to attend this interactive forum.”

Music in Liturgy and Life

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Dr. Paolo Bordignon

Dr. Paolo Bordignon

Dr. Paolo Bordignon, St. Paul’s Director of Music and Organist, will present a lecture, “Music in Liturgy and life,” about music at St. Paul’s and his vocation as a musician in church and in concert. 

The lecture will be Monday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

This is the first in a series of events giving St. Paul’s Family and Friends the opportunity to learn more about the work of some of St. Paul’s clergy and staff.

Paolo will speak about how liturgies at St. Paul’s are framed, including how music is programmed and prepared. A Question & Answer session will follow. 

For more about Paolo, please see his website,

Mitzvah Day 2014

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Fourth Annual Mitzvah Day for Stop Hunger Now

During this one-day event for all ages in Fondren Hall, St. Paul's will pack 120,000 meals to be shipped to places in most need. (Last year we packed a total of 120,212 meals.)

  • Morning shift: 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Afternoon shift: 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Help set up, beginning at 8 a.m. Help clean up until 5 p.m.

Stop by the Plaza any Sunday morning through September 28 to register or donate.

Video of Mitzvah Day 2013.

Newsletter coverage of Mitzvah Day 2013.

St. Paul's Mitzvah Day was originated and named in honor of our neighbors at Congregation Emanu El.


Blessing of the Animals

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Photograph by Zachary Taylor

Photograph by Zachary Taylor

Music by the Children's Choirs

Please bring food donations for your species. 

  • Pet food will be given to animal rescue organizations. 

  • Human food will be given to the Emergency Aid Coalition.

Please keep animals on leash or within carriers. 

Bring pictures of pets that do not travel well or do not get along well with others.

Stuffed animals welcome.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo Galleries of last year's Blessing of the Animals are in the Media Center.

Estate Planning

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Part one of a three-part series to help you make and implement a plan for end-of-life issues.

Full Series:
10/6/2014: Estate Planning
1/26/2015: End-of-Life Care Planning
4/20/2015: Planned Giving

Craven-Wilson Lecture presents Dr. Malcolm Guite

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Poet and singer-songwriter Dr. Malcolm Guite will be our guest at the 2014 Craven-Wilson Lecture. He is also a chaplain and a teacher at University of Cambridge, and lectures widely in the UK and North America.

Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be *Americanah by Chimamando Ngozi Adichie.

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 author was featured with this book during the 2013-14 Houston InPrint season. Accolades include: One of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year, An NPR "Great Reads" Book, a Chicago TribuneBest Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Nonfiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Good Reads Best of the Year pick.

Willing Friends Annual Luncheon

The annual Willing Friends luncheon honors individuals who have included St. Paul's Foundation or St. Paul's United Methodist Church in their estate plans. This year's luncheon will feature a special treat by St. Paul's Director of Music, Dr. Paolo Bordignon. He will share his experience traveling to Leipzig and Berlin as part of his doctoral studies.