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July 27, 2022

ONE SERVICE THIS WEEK: July 31 is a 5th Sunday and we will have on service at 9:30. This time we are going to do a brunch potluck after the service. Click here for the sign up genius. Please join us even if you have not signed up in advance.
LAMBETH CONFERENCE: Bishops from all parts of the Anglican Communion are meeting July 26 through August 7 for the once every 10-year meeting. All four of our bishops are attending. Pray for this meeting as they discuss important issues for the worldwide church.
MARK WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE Aug 2-6: Wendy and I are headed to Baltimore for the International Network of Biblical Storytellers Festival that will be Wednesday-Friday. This is our first chance to attend an in-person festival since 2018. There will be multiple workshops and performances. I’m looking forward to picking up some new material. Bible Study and Theology Lunch will not meet and there will not be a healing service on Wednesday.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION: A committee has been formed to look at plans for Christian Formation for children and youth for the fall. They will also help in developing the job description for a replacement for Julia (although how do we replace such a fabulous staff member). Plans for all the activities for the fall have been made and they are looking at organizing the volunteers. If you would like to help with Sunday programs for either children or youth please e-mail Mark. We also will be looking for help with Fall Fair kids zone bouncy house and crafts, Trunk or treat the fifth Sunday in October etc.
IT’S BEEN 3 YEARS: I realized after services last week that I have had the privilege of being your rector for the past 3 years. Sure has been an interesting time and I’ve loved every minute of being with you.

 

July 20, 2022

ONE SERVICE NEXT WEEK: July 31 is a 5th Sunday and we will have on service at 9:30. This time we are going to do a brunch potluck.  RSVP and signup to bring a dish here. There is also a signup sheet in the Narthex.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION: A committee has been formed to look at plans for Christian Formation for children and youth for the fall. They will also help in developing the job description for a replacement for Julia (although how do we replace such a fabulous staff member). Plans for all the activities for the fall have been made and they are looking at organizing the volunteers. If you would like to help with Sunday programs for either children or youth, please e-mail Mark. We also will be looking for help with Fall Festival kids zone (bouncy house and crafts), Trunk or treat the Fifth Sunday in October etc.
MID YEAR FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:
Statements for the first half of 2022 will be in the narthex this Sunday. Included in that is also the church’s status letter and thank you for those who have made an extra donation to the Close the Gap campaign.

July 13, 2022

OOPS! Last Sunday’s livestream went to the wrong Facebook page because I neglected one click in the setup. The service was recorded and is now posted on our Facebook page.  Hopefully all will be well this week.
SAVE THE DATE: July 31st is a 5th Sunday and we will have one service at 9:30am. This time we are going to do a brunch potluck.  RSVP and signup to bring a dish here. There is also a signup sheet in the Narthex.
NEW PROGRAM: We have been approached by the City of Katy to host a line dancing group for the Senior Center. The current location is being remodeled and one of their staff stopped by to see if we could host for the rest of the summer. Starting July 15 we will be line dancing in the parish hall Wednesday and Friday starting at 11:30am for beginners and 12:00pm for advanced. Yes you can join the group. Watch for more information next week or in the Sunday bulletin. I also spoke with her about Gathering Place and that we offered this was news to her. So hopefully we’ll get some more clients from the city. Click here to go to the City of Katy Senior Services website or here to read their July newsletter.

July 6, 2022

SAVE THE DATE: July 31st is a 5th Sunday and we will have one service at 9:30am. This time we are going to do a brunch potluck.  RSVP and signup to bring a dish here.
WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTCongratulations to Elliot Perez and Cayla Weber who will be married July 9th.
NEW PROGRAM: We have been approached by the City of Katy to host a line dancing group for the Senior Center. Their current location is being remodeled and one of their staff stopped by to see if we could host. Starting July 15th, we will be line dancing in the parish hall on Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 11:30am (except for the second Wednesday of the month). Yes you can join the group. Keep an eye on their website/newsletters for additional information. Click here to go to the City of Katy Senior Services website.

June 29, 2022

BAPTISM THIS WEEK: We will welcome Timothy Weston into the body of Christ at the 10:30 service this week.
WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTCongratulations to Elliot Perez and Cayla Weber who will be married July 9th.
DISASTER PREPARATION: The Diocese of Texas has asked all congregations to develop disaster plans for several different possible events. Leslie Weston and Joyce Davis are chairing this effort for our parish. This will include developing plans to assist our own congregation as well as being available to help other congregations that may need help. This planning involves safeguarding our building, contents, files, computer records. The possible disasters include hurricane, flood, freeze, active shooter, tornado. This also involves plans to help you the individual member of the congregation. Watch for a more detailed email about our plans when they are completed.
EFM Education for Ministry: EFM is a wonderful in-depth study of scripture, church history and theology. Lisa Sivils is in a weekly online group that has an opening this fall. If you would like more information, please contact Lisa.
CLOSE THE GAP: Thank you to those who have already responded to our Close the Gap campaign to balance our budget. Please prayerfully consider increasing your support of our parish to help close the gap so we can continue to do the work that God is calling us to do. To contribute today, just go to our online giving page and select the fund “Close the Gap”.

June 22, 2022

VBS IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK: We’ve had a great group of kids and volunteers this week for our annual VBS. Thanks to Julia and her volunteers for a great week of programs.
DISASTER PREPARATION: The Diocese of Texas has asked all congregations to develop disaster plans for several different possible events. Leslie Weston and Joyce Davis are chairing this effort for our parish. This will include developing plans to assist our own congregation as well as being available to help other congregations that may need help. This planning involves safeguarding our building, contents, files, computer records. The possible disasters include hurricane, flood, freeze, active shooter, tornado. This also involves plans to help you the individual member of the congregation. Watch for a more detailed email about our plans when they are completed.
NEW LIGHTS IN THE KITCHEN: A big thank you to Ted Howden for donating 6 new LED lights for the kitchen. Also, a big thank you to Harold Frauli and Peter Parson for the installation. Our plan is to slowly replace the old florescent lights throughout the Education Building with new LEDs. We have already begun to replace the Parish Hall bulbs as needed.

June 15, 2022

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS SUMMER: No class this Sunday. We will resume mid August.
ADULT PROGRAMS WILL NOT MEET NEXT WEEK: We are going to be a busy place with VBS Monday – Thursday this week. Tuesday Bible Study, Wednesday Healing Service and Theology Lunch are all cancelled for next week so Mark can take part in VBS.
EFM Education for Ministry: EFM is a wonderful in-depth study of scripture, church history and theology. Lisa Sivils is in a weekly online group that has an opening this fall. If you would like more information, please contact Lisa.
CLOSE THE GAP: Thank you to those who have already responded to our Close the Gap campaign to balance our budget. So far we have donations that total $6,850.44. This is a good start, but we have a way to go. Please prayerfully consider increasing your support of our parish to help close the gap so we can continue to do the work that God is calling us to do. To contribute today, just go to our online giving page and select the fund “Close the Gap”.

June 8, 2022

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS WEEK: This week we will continue a video series on how different faiths look at their traditions and in particular the idea of religious pilgrimages.  This week will be a look at the Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage.
CLOSE THE GAP: Thank you to those who have already responded to our Close the Gap campaign to balance our budget. So far we have donations that total update figure. This is a good start, but the gap as of this month is now $6,630.44. Please prayerfully consider increasing your support of our parish to help close the gap so we can continue to do the work that God is calling us to do.  To contribute today, just go to our online giving page and select the fund “Close the Gap”.
EFM Education for Ministry: EFM is a wonderful in-depth study of scripture, church history and theology. Lisa Sivils is in a weekly online group that has an opening this fall. If you would like more information, please contact Lisa.

June 1, 2022

THANK YOU: Thank you to the Fellowship Committee and all who attended our first joint service and picnic. July also has 5 Sundays so we will plan something special for July 31.
ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS WEEK: This week we will continue a video series on how different faiths look at their traditions and in particular the idea of religious pilgrimages. We will watch the second half of the one about Jerusalem and all three faiths that worship there.
COMMUNITY GARDEN PRESENTATION: Thank you for your kind reception to Josh with his presentation last Sunday. Watch the Epistle for opportunities to help support this project. Josh was working on the initial water line for the irrigation Tuesday morning.
CLOSE THE GAP: Thank you to those who have already responded to our Close the Gap campaign to balance our budget. So far we have donations that total $4,640. This is a good start, but we have a way to go. Please prayerfully consider increasing your support of our parish to help close the gap so we can continue to do the work that God is calling us to do. To contribute today, just click here to go to our online giving page.

May 25, 2022

ONE SERVICE THIS WEEK: This Sunday we will have one service at 9:30 followed by a Memorial Day weekend picnic. Please RSVP here or email Jennifer so we have an estimate of how many people to plan for. Please bring a side or dessert to share.
COMMUNITY GARDEN PRESENTATION: Josh Singleton will be at our 9:30 service to describe our new Community Garden plan. He will also join us at the picnic afterward to answer questions that you may have.
CLOSE THE GAP: Thank you to those who have already responded to our Close the Gap campaign to balance our budget. Within the first two weeks, we have seen several donations that totaled $3,810. This is a good start. Please prayerfully consider increasing your support of our parish to help close the gap so we can continue to do the work that God is calling us to do. To contribute today, select the “Close the Gap” fund on our online giving page or drop a check off with the church office or in the plate on Sunday (please note “Close the Gap” on the check).
CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS WEEK: No Christian Formation this week. Next week we will continue a video series on how different faiths look at their traditions and in particular the idea of religious pilgrimages.

May 18, 2022

CLOSE THE GAP: Thank you to those who have already responded to our Close the Gap campaign to balance our budget. In just the first week we saw several donations that totaled $3590. This is a good start. Please prayerfully consider increasing your support of our parish to help close the gap so we can continue to do the work that God is calling us to do.  To contribute today, just scan the QR code to go to our online giving page.
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY: Just a reminder that we have bible study every Tuesday morning at 9:00, both in person and online using zoom. If you are not getting the email reminders and the readings for the week, please contact Jennifer and she will add you to the distribution list. If you had been getting the emails and you are not getting them now, check your junk mail folder. Several people had that happen this past week.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS WEEK: We will continue a video series on how different faiths look at their traditions and in particular the idea of religious pilgrimages.  This week is a Jewish pilgrimage in Jerusalem.
THEOLOGY LUNCH STARTING NEW BOOK: The Wednesday theology lunch will start a book by Brian McLaren entitled “Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road: Christian Identity in a Multi-faith world.” This book looks at how these 4 major faiths intersect and can talk to each other.
SAVE THE DATE: Save May 29 for a special Sunday. This is Memorial Day weekend and is a 5th Sunday. On months with 5 Sundays we are going to try something different and that is a single service at 9:30 followed by a potluck, in this case with a Memorial Day picnic theme. Please RSVP here and make a note what you plan to bring to the potluck so others can know and keep a variety of dishes.
FELLOWSHIP NEEDS YOU: All of our committees and ministries need new people, but as we have more social affairs Stacie Perez, really needs some new folks to help her on the Fellowship Committee who makes sure our fellowship activities run smoothly. This is a great ministry if you are new to the church and want to meet people. If you would like to help please email Stacie

May 11, 2022

MISSION AND VISION REPORT: Join us this Sunday at both services when we see how our work on mission and vision falls into a biblical context with this week’s readings from Acts and the last commandment of Jesus in John. The Core Values, Mission and Vision statements will be in the bulletin.
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY: Just a reminder that we have bible study every Tuesday morning at 9:00, both in person and online using zoom. If you are not getting the email reminders and the readings for the week, please contact Jennifer and she will add you to the distribution list. If you had been getting the emails and you are not getting them now, check your junk mail folder. Several people had that happen this past week.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS WEEK: We will continue a video series on how different faiths look at their traditions and in particular the idea of religious pilgrimages.  This week is a Shinto pilgrimage in Japan.

May 4, 2022

CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS WEEK: We will look at a video series on how different faiths look at their traditions and in particular the idea of religious pilgrimages.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS: Financial statements and a letter from the senior warden, treasurer and myself will be available in the narthex this Sunday and then mailed out if not picked up. Please take the time to read the letter for some very important information.
SAVE THE DATE: Save May 29 for a special Sunday. This is Memorial Day weekend and is a 5th Sunday. As we re-gather after the long covid hiatus, the vestry is looking for ways to help us all reconnect. On months with 5 Sundays we are going to try something different and that is a single service at 9:30 followed by a potluck, in this case with a Memorial Day picnic theme. The idea is for everyone to have a chance to meet people from a service they may not attend and to worship and eat as one gathered community. Please RSVP here and make a note what you plan to bring to the potluck so others can know and keep a variety of dishes.

April 27, 2022

MARK AT CAMP ALLEN THIS WEEK: I will be serving as the staff chaplain at Camp Allen this week. Morning Prayer will be every day at 7:30am livestream from the chapel at Camp Allen. Wendy will do Evening Prayer each day at 5:00pm, also livestreamed on Facebook. I will be available by phone, message or email all week. I can only get emails when I check in at the conference center so text message is probably the best way if you need me. Jennifer will be in the office as usual.
NO ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS WEEK: Class will resume next week May 8th. This year three major religions all celebrated major holidays during the same time. Starting May 8 we will look at a video series on how different faiths look at their traditions and in particular the idea of religious pilgrimages. Sunday school for younger ages will take place as usual.
VESTRY CHANGE: Jane Woodward has moved and will not be able to finish out her term on vestry. John Beck has agreed to finish out her term for 2022-2023. Thank you to Jane for her service in so many ways to our parish. We will miss her. Thank you to John for volunteering to take her place.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS: Financial statements and a letter from the senior warden, treasurer and myself will go out next week. Please take the time to read the letter for some very important information.
SAVE THE DATE: Save May 29th for a special Sunday. This is Memorial Day weekend and is a 5th Sunday. As we re-gather after the long covid hiatus, the vestry is looking for ways to help us all reconnect. On months with 5 Sundays we are going to try something different and that is a single service at 9:30 followed by a potluck, in this case with a Memorial Day picnic theme. The idea is for everyone to have a chance to meet people from a service they may not attend and to worship and eat as one gathered community. Watch for details in the coming weeks.
FELLOWSHIP NEEDS YOU: All of our committees and ministries need new people, but as we have more social affairs Stacie Perez, really needs some new folks to help her on the Fellowship Committee who makes sure our fellowship activities run smoothly. This is a great ministry if you are new to the church and want to meet people. If you would like to help, please email Stacie.

April 20, 2022

THANK YOU FOR THIS HOLY WEEK: Thank you to all who served in our 5 services and a special thank you to the altar guild for the beautiful altar on Easter. The biggest thanks go to our musicians and to Jennifer for all of their hard work. For the three Easter services we had 280 attend the services. This is more than twice as many as last year. We more than doubled the Maundy Thursday attendance. Special thanks to Stacie for helping out with this. Your suggestions on that service are welcome.
BISHOP’S RECEPTION: Come and visit with the Bishop and celebrate our confirmands at a brunch style reception. We have plenty of food, but if you are planning on bringing something, please drop it off prior to the 10:30 service in the kitchen. Stop by the Parish Hall after the 10:30am service on Sunday to enjoy some fellowship with friends, old and new.
MARK AND CAMP ALLEN NEXT WEEK: I will be serving as the staff chaplain at Camp Allen this week. Morning Prayer will be every day. Monday will be at 8:00 as usual but then Tuesday -Saturday will be at 7:30 livestream from chapel at Camp Allen. Wendy will do Evening Prayer each day at 5:00 Monday – Saturday. I will be available by phone, message or email all week. I can only get emails when I check in at the conference center so text message is probably the best way if you need me. Jennifer will be in the office as usual. There will be no Tuesday Morning Bible Study, Wednesday Lunch Theology nor Wednesday Healing Service the last week of April. All activities will resume as normal the following week.

April 13, 2022

EASTER VIGIL SERVICE Saturday night 4/16 before Easter. The Easter Vigil is back. This is a wonderful and ancient service that will begin at 7:30. Meet on the labyrinth for the lighting of the new fire and procession into the church to the Exultate. I will need extra lectors since there are multiple readings that are different from Easter Morning. Please join us for this fantastic service that begins in darkness and transitions into light and glorious music. Bring a bell to ring at the announcement of Christ resurrection.
Week of Easter: Please note that the office will be closed on Monday, April 18th. We will also not have Tuesday Morning Bible Study nor Wednesday Lunch Theology next week. There will be the Wednesday Healing Service at 11am on April 20th.
Last Week of April: I will be out of the office beginning Monday, April 25th returning to the office on Monday, May 2nd. I will be the Chaplain at Camp Allen. There will still be the daily Morning Prayer at 7:30am on St. Paul’s Facebook page as well as Evening Prayer at 5:00pm on Christ the King’s Facebook page. Since I’m out of the office, we will not be having Tuesday Morning Bible Study, Wednesday Lunch Theology nor Wednesday Healing Service the last week of April. All activities will resume as normal the following week.

April 6, 2022

BISHOP VISIT APRIL 24: Bishop Hector will visit us on the 24th. He will celebrate and preach at both the 8:00 and the 10:30. He will meet with confirmands at 9:15 and then probably around 9:45 with anyone else from the parish who would like to speak with him. There will be a reception after the 10:30. We are looking for people to bring “finger” food. Things that do not require knife and fork. Deviled eggs, ham biscuits (or the Texas version) veggies that type of thing. Watch for more information next Wednesday and probably a google sign up for that as well.

March 30, 2022

PALM CROSSES: If you would like to learn how to and then make palm crosses for Palm Sunday come to the parish hall at 9:00 on Saturday, April 9th.
PARISH WORKDAY: There will be a grounds clean-up day also on Saturday, April 9th. Starting at 8:00. Details below.
PREPARING FOR HOLY WEEK: We want to offer something different during Holy Week, especially on Maundy Thursday. We are planning an Agape meal at 6:00 in the Parish Hall followed by the Maundy Thursday liturgy that will start in the parish hall with the Liturgy of the Word including families doing the foot washing and then moving to the sanctuary for the communion portion of the service and the stripping of the altar. This will be a potluck but with suggested items to bring keeping with the theme of an early church meal in the Middle East. Please see the signup genius here. The service will start at 6:30pm if you wish to only attend the Maundy Thursday service.
EASTER VIGIL SERVICE Saturday night, April 16th before Easter. The Easter Vigil is back. This is a wonderful and ancient service that will begin at 7:30. Meet on the labyrinth for the lighting of the new fire and procession into the church to the Exultate. I will need extra lectors since there are multiple readings that are different from Easter Morning. Please join us for this fantastic service that begins in darkness and transitions into light and glorious music. Bring a bell to ring at the announcement of Christ resurrection.
ELECTRICAL REPAIR: Some of you may be aware of a major electrical issue in the administration/classroom building. A transformer that is part of the system failed Sunday afternoon leaving the building with reduced power on Monday. Fortunately the problem was identified by our electrician Tuesday and repairs should be complete by midday on Wednesday. While this blows a $5800 hole in our maintenance budget, I’m relieved that there wasn’t a fire as a result of the failure.

March 23, 2022

PREPARING FOR HOLY WEEK: Now that restrictions are dropping away, we want to offer something different during Holy Week, especially on Maundy Thursday. We are planning an Agape meal at 6:00 in the Parish Hall followed by the Maundy Thursday liturgy that will start in the parish hall with the Liturgy of the Word including families doing the foot washing and then moving to the sanctuary for the communion portion of the service and the stripping of the altar. Watch for more details and sign up links. We will also return to having the Easter Vigil Service Saturday night before Easter. Extra lectors will be needed for this.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS WEEK: Joyce Davis has volunteered to lead a class for those who would like something other than attending the Episcopal 101 class. She will lead a class looking at the Lent reflections in the Living Compass book. The class will meet in the Parish Hall. Episcopal 101 will meet in the Conference Room with those to be confirmed by the bishop and anyone else interested in a discussion of the sacraments and the Episcopal Church.
BISHOP DOYLE WANTS TO TALK TO YOU! Bishop Doyle  is holding a 360 tour and is visiting a number of churches in the diocese for town hall meetings. Click here to see a list of locations and to register to attend. Dinner is included in the one in Houston and it’s only a 25 minute drive.