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November 16, 2022

STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN: Thank you to all who turned in their pledge cards. We have good start of $196k towards our goal of $372k. We are more than half way to our goal. Keep those cards coming in.

ADVENT EVENTS. Please check out the schedule for Advent activities on Sunday mornings, Wreath Making, St. Nicholas, Pageant and Parish Christmas Dinner listed below.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: The Christmas Pageant and Dinner will be Sunday, December 11. Families with children who want to participate in the pageant watch for an email next week from Laura Babbitt.

ADVENT QUIET DAY: The Rev. Wendy Wilkinson will lead us in an Advent Quiet Day Saturday, December 10 from 9-12:00. This will be a morning of guided meditations and prayer time. Step out of the rush of the season and focus on preparing for the birth of our Lord.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS WEEK: We will continue with our series on the Parables of Jesus. See you at 9:30 on Sunday! Adult Sunday School will not meet November 27 or December 4.

CHILDREN/YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL: This Sunday will be the last gathering until January 8, 2023.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY: Tuesday Bible study is back at 9:00 in the Conference Room of on Zoom. Join us as we look at the coming Sunday’s readings. We will meet the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

WEDNESDAY EUCHARIST AND THEOLOGY LUNCH WILL NOT MEET NOV. 16.

November 9, 2022

STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN: Thank you to all who turned in their pledge cards. We have good start of $121k towards our goal of $372k.

CALLING ALL ACOLYTES: We have been very short on acolytes and a few people, one in particular, is serving every week. Please let Christie know what Sundays you are available!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS WEEK: We will continue with our series on the Parables of Jesus. See you at 9:15am on Sunday!

VESTRY NOMINATIONS UPDATE: We have three volunteers for the three open spots on vestry. The nominations will be approved by the vestry next week and the election will occur in December. Names will be officially announced after the November vestry meeting.

COUNCIL DELEGATE NEEDED: We need a new person to serve as a delegate to Diocesan Council Feb 24&25. Like vestry this is usually a 3 years term. St. Paul’s pays all the expenses involved. This year council is in Galveston.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY: Tuesday Bible study is back at 9:00 in the Conference Room or on Zoom. Join us as we look at the coming Sunday’s readings.

WEDNESDAY EUCHARIST AND THEOLOGY LUNCH WILL RETURN MEETING NOV. 16

November 2, 2022

ALL SAINTS CELEBRATION: Sunday we will celebrate All Saints. If you didn’t get a chance to do your prayer flag you can still contact Jennifer or me in the office and we can make one for you to remember those “saints” in your life that have died.

STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN: In Gathering of pledges is this Sunday Oct 6. Please bring your pledge cards this Sunday.

CALLING ALL ACOLYTES: We have been very short on acolytes and a few people, one in particular, is serving every week. Please let Christie know what Sundays you are available!

VIDEO MINISTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP: We are looking for 2 additional people to run the livestream on Sunday at 10:30. This is not difficult to learn and is an important evangelism tool as well as a connection with those who cannot attend church.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS WEEK: We will continue with our series on the Parables of Jesus. See you at 9:15am on Sunday!

VESTRY NOMINATIONS ARE NEEDED: We are approaching the time of year when we need volunteers to run for vestry. We need three people to replace those coming off in January. That election will be in December. Please give prayerful consideration about serving in this important way.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY WILL RESUME NEXT TUESDAY: Tuesday Bible study is back on November 8th at 9:00am in the Conference Room. Join us as we look at the coming Sunday’s readings.

WEDNESDAY EUCHARIST AND THEOLOGY LUNCH CANCELLED NOV. 9: I have been invited to a lunch meeting for the partners with Hutsell Elementary from 11:30am to 1:00pm on Wednesday. I’m excited to be part of this conversation.

October 26, 2022

NEW VESTRY MEMBER: Thank you to Barbara Cloud for stepping up to replace Sarah Martin who has moved to Virginia. Barbara was voted in as her replacement last Wednesday and will finish out her term as well as stepping in as the Clerk of the Vestry.

VESTRY NOMINATIONS ARE NEEDED: We are approaching the time of year when we need volunteers to run for vestry. We need three people to replace those coming off in January. That election will be in December. Please give prayerful consideration about serving in this important way.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY/WEDNESDAY SERVICE TAKES A BREAK: With cataract surgery and follow-up appointment for Wendy on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings next week, the Tuesday Bible Study and Wednesday Service will not meet next week and will resume on November 8th and 9th.

October 19, 2022

MARK AT CLERGY CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK MONDAY – WEDNESDAY: Every fall the bishops hold the Fall Clergy Conference at Camp Allen. This is a chance for us to meet as a group to discuss the business of the diocese as well as several workshop opportunities. All active clergy are required to attend.

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION: Will meet this Sunday at 9:15. We will begin an 8 week series on the Parables of Jesus.

VESTRY NOMINATIONS ARE NEEDED: We are approaching the time of year when we need volunteers to run for vestry. We need one person immediately to replace Sarah who has moved to Virginia. Then we need three people to replace those coming off in January. That election will be in December. Please give prayerful consideration about serving in this important way.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY TAKES A BREAK: With my trip to Scotland and then cataract surgery for Wendy on two Tuesday mornings, the Tuesday bible study will not meet during the month of October.

NEW PICNIC TABLES: We have put a couple more picnic tables under the trees by the Franz Road entrance. There are families that use them every afternoon during afternoon dismissal. Just another step in making us a welcoming place for the neighborhood.

October 12, 2022

MARK OUT OF TOWN: Wendy and I will be in Scotland and England Oct 3-14 for my younger son’s wedding. Jennifer will be able to reach me in an extreme emergency. I do have a backup priest for any pastoral emergencies. Contact Jennifer for assistance if needed.

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION: Will meet this Sunday at 9:15.

VESTRY NOMINATIONS ARE NEEDED: We are approaching the time of year when we need volunteers to run for vestry. We need one person immediately to replace Sarah who has moved to Virginia. Then we need three people to replace those coming off in January. That election will be in December. Please give prayerful consideration about serving in this important way.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY AND WEDNESDAY NOON SERVICE TAKES A BREAK: With my trip to Scotland and then cataract surgery for Wendy on two Tuesday mornings and follow-ups on Wednesday, the Tuesday bible study and Wednesday Noon Service will not gather during the month of October.

STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN: See the Stewardship Page

October 5, 2022

THANK YOU FOR ALL WHO HELPED OUT: Thanks to all of you who turned out to assist with the Fall Festival. It was a great day and we had lots of positive feedback from those who visited.

MARK OUT OF TOWN: Wendy and I will be in Scotland and England Oct 3-14 for my younger son’s wedding. Jennifer will be able to reach me in an extreme emergency. I do have a backup priest for any pastoral emergencies. Contact Jennifer for assistance if needed.

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION: Sunday School for adults will not meet this Sunday.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY TAKES A BREAK: With my trip to Scotland and then cataract surgery for Wendy on two Tuesday mornings, the Tuesday bible study will not meet during the month of October.

NEED AN AV PERSON FOR SUNDAY: We need 2 new volunteers: We need to replace one of our AV folks who help with the Sunday livestream. We could also use at least one more person to free up some of the regular volunteers. This is not complicated once you’ve done it a couple times. Email either Mark or Stacy if you can help out one Sunday a month.

September 28, 2022

FALL FAIR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are very short of volunteers for the fall fair. Set up/clean up, and the children’s area are in need of volunteers. See above for additional details.

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS SUNDAY: Who wrote the Bible? What is Papyrus 66 and how might what has been discovered change the Gospel of John? No adult formation Oct. 9.

MARK OUT OF TOWN: Wendy and I will be in Scotland and England Oct 3-14 for my younger son’s wedding. Jennifer will be able to reach me in an extreme emergency. I do have a backup priest for any pastoral emergencies. Contact Jennifer for assistance if needed.

NEED AN AV PERSON FOR SUNDAY: We need 2 new volunteers: We need to replace one of our AV folks who help with the Sunday livestream. We could also use at least one more person to free up some of the regular volunteers. This is not complicated once you’ve done it a couple times. Email either Mark or Stacie if you can help out one Sunday a month.

PICNIC TABLES NEEDED: We had a picnic table donated several months ago and we put it under the trees over by the Franz Road entrance. We have families picking up their children from Hutsell who are bringing a little snack and enjoying it using that table. But there are others sitting on the ground. I think it would be nice to provide two more tables. They are $200 at Lowes with some assembly required. Would you be willing to donate a table or money towards a couple of tables so we can offer St. Paul’s hospitality to our neighbors?

 September 21, 2022

VOLUNTEERS IS THE THEME OF THIS WEEK’S EPISTLE: A Church like ours is very dependent on our volunteers. The next two weeks is one time when we need lots of help. An ongoing need is for help on Sunday mornings in a variety of ways. 10:30 needs additional lectors, chalice ministers and especially acolytes.

 CLEAN UP SATURDAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We really need people to come to help with the fall cleanup this Saturday in prep for the fair – see below for additional details.

 FALL FAIR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are very short of volunteers for the fall fair. All areas – set up/clean up, children’s area, and parking are in need of volunteers. See below for additional details.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL: We really need some additional adult volunteers to help us the children and youth programs. We have trained teachers but need a second adult in the room especially with our younger ones. Email Laura Babbitt or sign up in the narthex if you can help out.

NEW ACOLYTES NEEDED: If you have a child that is 4th grade and older that has not been trained as an acolyte, now is the time to get started. Contact Mark to set up a time for training.

NEED AN AV PERSON FOR SUNDAY: We need 2 new volunteers: We need to replace one of our AV folks who help with the Sunday livestream. We could also use at least one more person to free up some of the regular volunteers. This is not complicated once you’ve done it a couple times. Email either Mark or Stacy if you can help out one Sunday a month.

CHRISTIAN FORMATION: Sunday school for all ages gets going this week at 9:15. Stop by the parish hall for your donut holes and coffee before coming to class.

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS SUNDAY: Who wrote the Bible? Who are the JEPD, the four “authors” of the 5 books of Moses?

September 14, 2022

CHRISTIAN FORMATION: Sunday school for all ages gets going this week at 9:15. Stop by the parish hall for your donut holes and coffee before coming to class.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL: We really need some additional parent volunteers to help us the children and youth programs. We have trained teachers but need a second adult in the room especially with our younger ones. Email Laura Babbitt or sign up in the narthex if you can help out.

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS SUNDAY: Who wrote the Bible? A look at the authors of the Hebrew Scriptures this week. How does ancient Hebrew effect how we read the bible in English today? What are some of the translation issues that we have when moving from Hebrew into English.

NEW ACOLYTES NEEDED: If you have a child that is 4th grade and older that has not been trained as an acolyte, now is the time to get started. Contact Mark to set up a time for training.

 SCHEDULING THE 10:30 SERVICE: Christie needs help in getting the 10:30 scheduled. I’m going to sit down with her and work out a standard schedule. We can’t do this without your help. The goal is a standard set of people, lector, chalice, usher and acolytes for each week of the month. In other words, service team just like we have for Altar Guild. Please email Christie with the Sunday you want to be scheduled or that you want your family scheduled since we have several families that have lectors, eucharistic ministers and acolytes all in them.

NEED AN AV PERSON FOR SUNDAY: We need 2 new volunteers: We need to replace one of our AV folks who help with the Sunday livestream. We could also use at least one more person to free up some of the regular volunteers. This is not complicated once you’ve done it a couple times. Email either Mark or Stacy if you can help out one Sunday a month.

SOUND ON LIVESTREAM BROADCASTS: When we put in a different switcher we didn’t have the sound levels calibrated properly which is why there was some distortion last week. We worked on it this week and it should be much clearer.

September 7,  2022

ROUND UP SUNDAY: This Sunday is our kick off for Sunday School for ALL AGES this fall. Please join us at 9:15am for some breakfast snacks in the Parish Hall and then head to classrooms after that. Adults will meet in the Conference Room after breakfast in the parish hall.

ACOLYTE TRAINING AND PIZZA LUNCH: September 11th after the 10:30 service. It’s been a long time since we’ve had an acolyte training. Covid changed how some things were done and it would help everyone to go through what needs to happen with all of the acolytes. This training and party is for both experienced and new acolytes. Click here to let me know you are coming so I can order pizza for lunch when we are done.

NEW ACOLYTES NEEDED: If you have a child that is 4th grade and older that has not been trained as an acolyte, now is the time to get started.

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION ON SUNDAY: The plan for the fall is to start with a couple sessions on who wrote the bible and the different types of biblical criticism, how we look at different aspects of scripture. Then I have an 8 week program on parables.

SCHEDULING THE 10:30 SERVICE: Christie needs help in getting the 10:30 scheduled. I’m going to sit down with her and work out a standard schedule. We can’t do this without your help. The goal is a standard set of people, lector, chalice, usher and acolytes for each week of the month. In other words, service team just like we have for Altar Guild. Please email Christie with the Sunday you want to be scheduled or that you want your family scheduled since we have several families that have lectors, eucharistic ministers and acolytes all in them.