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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.

March 16, 2022

THOMAS MERTON PRAYER: Many of you asked about the Thomas Merton prayer I used on Sunday. Here is a link to a website that has the prayer. This is from a broadcast of a wonderful show called On Being. I highly recommend you listen to the broadcast that is also on this site.
NAME TAGS: As more people are coming back to in person worship, please remember to wear your nametag. We have added quite a few new members during the pandemic and they would like to learn your names. If you need a name tag please email Jennifer.

March 9, 2022

WE HAVE A NEW ORGANIST!!!! Lucian Zidaru will join us on April 3rd as our new organist. Lucian played piano for us on Christmas Eve and is a faculty member at TSU with Dr. Oby. I’m truly delighted to finally have a replacement for Carl. Organists are hard to come by so this is truly great news.
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 for an informal Q&A with Mark since it is Spring Break next week and several people are out of town. There will be no Children/Youth Formation, nor Children’s Chapel this Sunday due to Spring Break.
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.
NAME TAGS: As more people are coming back to in person worship, please remember to wear your nametag. We have added quite a few new members during the pandemic and they would like to learn your names. If you need a name tag please email Jennifer.
WEDNESDAY HEALING EUCHARIST: Every Wednesday we offer a service of healing and communion at 11:00. The sermon is different from Sunday, and I offer the laying on of hands for whatever healing people are seeking. This is a very small service so if you are worried about coming to church in a large group this is the perfect service for you. Why not make this a Lenten discipline this year?

March 2, 2022

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS WEEK: I am going to have a confirmation class during Lent at 9:15, but it will be for more than just those getting confirmed. It will be a look at our sacraments using a series of videos by Rachel Held Evans as well as other ways to learn about our church. I hope many of you will join our confirmands for what should be an interesting series. As one person said, “I could use the refresher anyway.”
PRAYER RESOURCES: I mentioned last Sunday that there is a section on our website of links to a wide variety of resources. Take a moment this Lent to look at the options to enrich your prayer life. Click here to visit the related links page.
BISHOP DOYLE’S ADDRESS TO COUNCIL: Click below to watch Bishop Doyle’s annual address to council. It’s worth the time!