Youth, Activity Center Renovations

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One of the first steps in renovating the Activity Center (aka Gymnasium) is to rip out the old flooring.

One of the first steps in renovating the Activity Center (aka Gymnasium) is to rip out the old flooring.

The renovation to the Youth and Activity centers, thanks to an anonymous donor and announced in February, will begin Monday, April 13. Replacement of the floors in both spaces will bel the first step. The goal is to have both projects completed by summer.

During this period many activities normally scheduled in those spaces will be moved or cancelled. Below is a list of most of the temporary locations for church-related activities:

  • Sundays: Youth Sunday School in Abraham Station, UMY and Confirmation in Fondren Hall.
  • Mondays &/or Wednesdays: Tai Chi in Fondren Hall, Dance Aerobics in J-220, Youth mid-week in Fondren Hall.
  • Tuesdays: Young Adult Bible Study dinner in 2nd floor Sanctuary kitchen, then to the Parlor for study.

“We ask you to be in prayer for what all that God would want us to do with these multi-use facilities to better serve our congregation and community, enabling us to be a cathedral church for all people of Houston,” said Tiffin Wilsford, Director of Youth Ministries.



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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 July 5 are listed below. 

April 19. How to Nurture Compassion for Others You Live with

April 26. Odyssey. Dr. Bill Kerley will preach at the 9:45 worship service, and the Odyssey continues to Fondren Hall with lunch for those attending it plus the Conspire class and anyone else interested in this community. 

May 3. How to Forgive Yourself

May 10. How to Forgive Others

May 17. How to Live in Joy

May 24. How to Live in Gratitude

May 31. Dealing with Resentment”

June 7. How to Face your Insecurities

June 14. Soul Care

June 21. How to Walk with Grief

June 28. How to Worry Less

July 5. How to Live in Grace




Farewell Celebration for Rev. Gail Williford

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Celebrate the service of Rev. Gail Williford over her many years at St. Paul’s as a member, then clergy.

The celebration will be on the Labyrinth at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, April 19. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved to the Parlor on the second floor of the Sanctuary Building.

Everyone also is encouraged to walk the Labyrinth at any time throughout the morning, remembering Rev. Williford’s role in bringing the Labyrinth to St. Paul’s.

Planned Giving

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On average, a person works more than 40 years to accumulate assets and experiences but does not spend even a few hours to anticipate, much less plan, how they want their end-of life needs handled. The burden felt by loved ones as well as yourself can be eased through proper planning.

The three-part of the Foundation’s series to help you make and implement a plan for end-of-life issues concludes on Monday, April 20, with a presentation on planned giving. Rev. C.J. Taylor, president and CEO of Heartspring Methodist Foundation, will be the speaker

The.presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Fellers Room (S-312). RSVP is not necessary; childcare will not be provided.

Any gift to St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston is a gift in perpetuity, whether donated during a person’s lifetime as a gift or to memorialize or recognize someone else.

The Willing Friends Society is a group of people who have designated in their estate plans gifts to St. Paul’s Foundation or Church. This workshop will provide information to assist others in determining the best way to handle their own estates. Some topics to consider include:

Gifts that Pay Income to the Donor

  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Remainder 
  • Unitrust

Other Kinds of Gifts

  • Will or Trust (Bequests)
  • Stock and Appreciated 
  • Assets
  • Life Insurance
  • Personal Property
  • Real Estate
  • Retirement Plan


Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be Song Yet Sung by James McBride.

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:

  • May 19, 2015. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki   
  • June 16. 2015. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer      
  • July 21, 2015. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht     
  • 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

Organ Studio Recital

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In the Sanctuary by the Students of Ken Cowan, Associate Professor of Organ, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

MFAH Neighborhood Information Sessions

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Model of the future Fayez S. Sarofim Campus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,, from the perspective of Hotel ZaZa. The future Nancy and Rich Kinder Building (the white building) will be located directly across Main Street from St. Paul's.

Model of the future Fayez S. Sarofim Campus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,, from the perspective of Hotel ZaZa. The future Nancy and Rich Kinder Building (the white building) will be located directly across Main Street from St. Paul's.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is hosting information sessions for stakeholders in the immediate neighborhood about the upcoming redevelopment of the Museum's campus and its impact. The second of these sessions will be April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium Theater on the lower level of the Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet. Similar update sessions are anticipated throughout the project, which is to be concluded in 2019.

MFAH director Gary Tinterow and chief operating officer Willard Holmes will provide an overview of the project as well as details on the impact construction will have in the area. 

This program is free and open to the public; however, they request RSVP to Mary Haus,, or sign in at the event. 

For additional information, please see

St. Paul's UMC, Houston, circa 1946

St. Paul's UMC, Houston, circa 1946, when the block across Main Street was an empty field. Now a parking lot, that property will be the home of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Piano Recital

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Andrew White

Andrew White

Junior Recital
Andrew White, Piano
April 23 at 7 p.m.
Bach, Poulenc, Beethoven, Mendelssohn

A reception will follow.

(Andrew is a St. Paul’s member and student of Brian Connelly, Rice University)

EAC Gala

Emergency Aid Coalition
Solid Gold Gala & Auction

Saturday, April 25, 2015 6:30-11 p.m.

Royal Sonesta Hotel
2222 West Loop South 
in Greenway Plaza

A fun-filled evening of solid gold music and inspiration in support of 
the Emergency Aid Coalition

Dinner • Auction • Entertainment • Wine Pull

For more information, including $100/person ticket purchases:

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, April 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. Mabry at or Rev. Colvin at


Eastertide Choral Evensong

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St. Paul’s Chamber Choir

offers repertoire from England’s Restoration period, including music 
by Blow, Smith, Stones, and Henry Purcell’s evening service and anthem,
“O God, Thou Art My God.”

Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m.

Being One: A Marriage Seminar

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A marriage seminar, “Being One,” for engaged and newly married couples, will be conducted at St. Paul’s on Saturday, May 9 , from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Seminar leaders are Dr. Sherry Beeman and Dr. Bill Kerley. Married to each other, each also is a former president of the Houston Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

This seminar fulfills the “Twogether in Texas” marriage education requirements. It is free of charge for couples who have been or who are scheduled to be married at St. Paul’s. For others, the fee is $60.  Lunch included.

For more information or to register, contact Yaima Tapia via 713-528-0527 or 

Brochure with more information.

Foundation Annual Dinner

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Dr. John Leinhard will speak at the Foundation's annual dinner

The annual dinner of the St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in Fondren Hall. The evening will celebrate the life and work of the Foundation — now in its 55th year.

Following the theme of “The Common Good,” the speaker will be Dr. John Leinhard, creator of and primary contributor to KUHF-FM Houston Public Media’s The Engines of Our Ingenuity.

To reserve a $15 dinner, please use this form or call 713-528-0527 by May 8.  Childcare will be available by reservation. Please indicate if childcare will be needed when making your dinner reservation.

The M.D. Anderson Professor of Technology and Culture, Emeritus, at the University of Houston, Dr. Leinhard introduced the “Engines” public radio program on January 4, 1988, on KUHF Public Radio. The program was made available nationally three months later, and it continues to air twice a day over KUHF plus more than 30 other National Public Radio affiliates.

To tell the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity, the program uses the record of history to reveal the way art, technology, and ideas have shaped us. Episode topics range from arc lights to crop rotation, the connection between Romantic poets and Victorian science to the invention of the bar code.

Leinhard has not only won many awards for his work on this series and teaching, but an award has been designated in his own name — The John H. Lienhard Award was created by Region X of ASME in 1996 to honor contributors to a public understanding of engineering. 

He also has been awarded by ASME for his outstanding contributions to the science of heat transfer, the topic of one of his text books. Several books also have been published based on  “Engines” broadcast. These are How Invention Begins: Echoes of Old Voices in the Rise of New Machine, Inventing Modern: Growing up with XRays, Skyscrapers, and Tailfins, and The Engines of Our Ingenuity: An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture.

After graduating with B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oregan State College and the University of Washington, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley from which he was named Outstanding Engineering Graduate. 

At the end of every “Engineers” program, Dr. Lienhard closes with “we’re interested in the way inventive minds work.” 

St. Paul’s Foundation supports that concept through its scholarships and speaker funds as well as, more indirectly, its several other funds.

Adickes Foundation and Museum

This statue of Sam Houston by David Adickes greets motorists as they approach Huntsville from the South.

This statue of Sam Houston by David Adickes greets motorists as they approach Huntsville from the South.

The St. Paul's Primetimers' next activity will be May 14 when the group will take a day trip to Huntsville to visit the Foundation and Museum ($3/person admission) of artist David Adickes in the former Huntsville High School, his alma mater. 

To go on this day trip, please email or call 713-528-0527 by May 12. Seating is limited. The group will leave from St. Paul's at 9:30 a.m. and plan to return around 3 p.m. after a self-paid lunch in Huntsville.

To be placed on the group’s newsletter mailing list, please email Gwen Kunz at

Vacation Bible School

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Sunday Family Night 5 to7:30 p.m.

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

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: Ellen Edwards at eedwards@stpaulshouston.og or 713-528-0527 x 17.