We read in Acts 2:44-47 about early Christians who were known for their spirit of sharing, day by day. They pursued the common good, exhibiting generosity and hospitality not only among each other, but throughout the wider community around them. Their actions, as scripture says, kindled the goodwill of all the people.
At St. Paul’s, we are passionately interested in the common good for all who call St. Paul’s home and for everyone in our beloved city of Houston. We articulate this desire “to lead change for the common good of all peoples and communities.” This is a vital part of our vision statement, and it’s demonstrated in how we live out the ministries of the church.
All for the Common Good is the theme for St. Paul’s Stewardship 2019. Our collective pledges toward the budgeted ministries of the church in 2019 will enable us to promote the common good with greater intentionality and purpose. Whether you are accustomed to making a pledge or this is a new habit for you, I encourage every household to participate.
I’d also like to extend a special invitation to each of you to join me at the Churchwide Stewardship Luncheon on Sunday, November 11, 2018. At the luncheon, I will share more details about the milestones accomplished this year, our projected budget for 2019, and where we anticipate God leading us. I sincerely hope to see you there!
key milestones in 2018
Our Church's Mission Statement: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church centers itself around vibrant worship that moves us to Christian mission, hospitality, and faith formation for all peoples and communities.
Worship Our rich worship life encircles us in liturgical practices, excellent music, dynamic preaching, and much more as we grow in faith together.
Mission Harvey recovery efforts are sustained through our own volunteer base paired with visiting work teams, while an increased emphasis on MacGregor Elementary yields even more mentors for students at our partner school.
Hospitality Pastors connect one-on-one with 3rd graders receiving their Bibles, lay visitation teams serve those hospitalized or homebound, and people of the church gather in one another’s homes for a spring and fall Fellowship Friday.
Faith Formation We see peak engagement levels with small groups and Bible studies, new attention is given to customized special needs ministry for children and youth, and St. Paul’s longtime After-School Program receives new leadership.
“to Lead change for the common good” in 2019
Our Church's Vision Statement: To be a cathedral for Houston that embodies its diversity, inspires faith, and leads change for the common good of all peoples and communities.
Health Ministry Developing programs to support positive health outcomes inside and outside the church.
SEARCH Coming Home Sharing weekly dinners and building intentional friendships with neighbors who have experienced homelessness.
East End Missional Community Cultivating a community of prayer, hospitality, and justice in the East End.
Iconoclast Artists Empowering under-resourced students in 18 public schools and juvenile justice facilities through poetry-writing and social/emotional support.