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February 14, 2024

CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS WEEK: Children, youth, adults and confirmation classes will meet this week.

SUNDAYS IN LENT: I am planning a series of classes on Sunday evenings at 5:00 that will start with a simple potluck soup, salad and bread meal. We will look at a book entitled People of the WayBy exploring the Episcopal Church’s mission and precepts in the context of 21st century and its challenges, this thoughtful book deepens the Church’s relationship with its people and makes the faith more relevant.” We will focus on the discussion questions for each chapter. While you do not have to read the book, it is an excellent book that I highly recommend. Please let me know if you are interested in joining us so I can get an idea of handouts and food needs.

NEXT BAPTISM DATE: The next dates for baptism will be on Easter when the bishop is here for confirmation and his yearly visit.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Did you know we also have a YouTube channel and each week we post Rev. Mark’s sermon. Click here to visit the videos. While there subscribe to our St. Paul’s channel. We will be transitioning all of our live streams from Facebook to YouTube. Click here to watch the Live Streams beginning with tonight’s Ash Wednesday service at 7pm. You do not need a YouTube subscription to watch any of our videos on YouTube.

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February 7, 2024

LOOKING TOWARD LENT: Shrove Tuesday is Feb. 13, Ash Wednesday is Feb 14. Services at noon and 7:00 with ashes to go in the parking lot at dismissal time for Hutsell Elementary. which is around 2:30. You can stop in the office anytime during the day if you can’t make one f the other times.

ASH WED HELP NEEDED: I’m looking for a lector at noon and need chalice and acolytes for the 7:00 p.m. service.

SUNDAYS IN LENT: I am planning a series of classes on Sunday evenings at 5:00 that will start with a simple potluck soup, salad and bread meal. We will look at a book entitled People of the Way “By exploring the Episcopal Church’s mission and precepts in the context of 21st century and its challenges, this thoughtful book deepens the Church’s relationship with its people and makes the faith more relevant.” We will focus on the discussion questions for each chapter. While you do not have to read the book, it is an excellent book that I highly recommend. Please let me know if you are interested in joining us so I can get an idea of handouts and food needs.

CONFIRMATION RECEPTION CLASS: I have five people signed up for Confirmation or Reception into the Episcopal Church. The class will begin on the first Sunday of Lent at 9:15 for each of the Sundays in Lent. Click on this link for an explanation.

CALLING LECTORS, CHALICE AND ACOLYTES FOR 10:30: We have lots of open dates for the next couple of months. Please check out the online sign up and sign up for Sundays that you can serve. We are ok at 8:00.

CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS WEEK: The adult class will meet this week at 9:15.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Did you know we also have a YouTube channel and each week we post Rev. Mark’s sermon. Click here to visit the videos. While there subscribe to our St. Paul’s channel. Because of some issues with Facebook, we are looking at switching to YouTube for our Sunday livestream. We think this will give us a more reliable and smoother video service. Watch this space for updates. You do not need a youtube subscription to watch any of our videos on YouTube.

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January 31, 2024

LOOKING TOWARD LENT: Shrove Tuesday is February 13th and we’ll be celebrating with a Pancake Supper at 5:30pm. Ash Wednesday is February 14the with services at noon and 7pm with a Family Service at 6pm. We will also have ashes to go in the parking lot at dismissal time for Hutsell Elementary, which is around 2:40pm. You can stop in the office anytime during the day if you can’t make one of the other times.

CONFIRMATION RECEPTION CLASS: I have five people signed up for Confirmation or Reception into the Episcopal Church. The class will begin on the first Sunday of Lent at 9:15am for each of the Sundays in Lent. Click on this link for an explanation.

CHRISTIAN FORMATION THIS WEEK: This is a regular week of Christian Formation for children, youth and adults. Join us at 9:15am in Classroom 1 (children), the Youth Room (youth) or in the Conference Room (adults).

SUNDAYS IN LENT: I am planning a series of classes on Sunday evenings at 5pm that will start with a simple potluck soup, salad and bread meal. We will look at a book entitled People of the WayBy exploring the Episcopal Church’s mission and precepts in the context of 21st century and its challenges, this thoughtful book deepens the Church’s relationship with its people and makes the faith more relevant.” We will focus on the discussion questions for each chapter. While you do not have to read the book, it is an excellent book that I highly recommend. Please let me know if you are interested in joining us so I can get an idea of handouts and food needs. 

PLEDGE CARDS PLEASE: If you haven’t returned your pledge card, please bring it in as soon as possible. We currently have 61 pledges turned in comparison to a total of 65 last year. This is a good start and we would really like to wrap this up to finalize our budget for 2024.

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January 24, 2024

LEANNA BRUN’S ORDINATION TONIGHT: LeAnna’s ordination will be this evening at 6pm Mountain Time / 7pm Central.  You can watch it on https://www.youtube.com/@saintjames654. Mark will be out of the office Wednesday and Thursday to attend.

PLEDGE CARDS PLEASE: If you haven’t returned your pledge card, please bring it in as soon as possible. We have about 58 pledges turned in comparison to a total of 65 last year. We have 9 new pledges.

NEWCOMER BREAKFAST: We are bringing back the newcomer events for the parish. These went away during covid but we really want to great all of our newer members. Anyone who joined us in 2023 or got active is welcome to come Sunday, January 28th. Joined us in 2022, well come on and join us as well. Starting at 9:15am in the parish hall. Vestry members will be there to talk with you and answer any questions you may have, get to know you and help you plug into our many ministries.

THE BISHOP IS COMING ON EASTER: Bishop Hector will be here at 10:30am on Easter for Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation. If you have not been confirmed in the Episcopal Church this is your only chance this year. Please let me know since I need to plan the preparation during Lent which begins February 14th. What is Confirmation? Click on this link for an explanation.

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January 17, 2024

LEANNA BRUN’S ORDINATION POSTPONED: Mark will be at church this week. LeAnna unfortunately tested positive for Covid on Tuesday which has caused her ordination in Taos to be postponed for several weeks. Mark will be at services this week.

ALL SUNDAY SCHOOLS CLASSES WILL MEET: Sunday School for all ages will meet this Sunday at 9:15. The Adults are looking at a video series on Embracing the Prophets by Walter Bruggeman. Youth class will be looking at why so many translations of the bible and Godly Play for the young ones will also be meeting.

PLEDGE CARDS PLEASE: If you haven’t returned your pledge card, please bring it in as soon as possible. We have about 54 pledges turned in comparison to a total of 61 last year. This is a great start!

HEALING MINISTRY THIS WEEK: Healing prayers will be offered during communion time in the back of the church by the Jesus icon and prayer bench.

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January 10, 2024

NEWCOMER BREAKFAST: We are bringing back the newcomer events for the parish. These went away during covid but we really want to great all of our newer members. Anyone who joined us in 2023 or got active is welcome to come Sunday, January 28th. Joined us in 2022, well come on and join us as well. Starting at 9:15am in the parish hall. Vestry members will be there to talk with you and answer any questions you may have, get to know you and help you plug into our many ministries.

THE BISHOP IS COMING ON EASTER: Bishop Hector will be here at 10:30am on Easter for Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation. If you have not been confirmed in the Episcopal Church this is your only chance this year. Please let me know since I need to plan the preparation during Lent which begins February 14th. What is Confirmation? Click on this link for an explanation.

PLEDGE CARDS PLEASE: If you haven’t returned your pledge card, please bring it in as soon as possible. We have about 45 pledges turned in comparison to a total of 65 last year. Details at the parish meeting on Sunday. To read about the Stewardship campaign – click here to visit the website to catch up. If you want to see Stewardship Chair Barbara Cloud’s 4 minute presentation on stewardship click here.

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Parish meeting will be this Sunday between services. you cannot attend in person here is a zoom link so you can join us and also vote.

PARISH PICTURE: For the 175th anniversary of the Diocese of Texas they would like every parish to take a parish picture before Jan 15th. We will take that picture at the end of the parish meeting.

NEWCOMER BREAKFAST: We are bringing back the newcomer events for the parish. These went away during covid but we really want to great all of our newer members. Anyone who joined us in 2023 or got active is welcome to come Sunday, January 28th. Joined us in 2022, well come on and join us as well. Starting at 9:15am in the parish hall. Vestry members will be there to talk with you and answer any questions you may have, get to know you and help you plug into our many ministries.

THE BISHOP IS COMING ON EASTER: Bishop Hector will be here at 10:30am on Easter for Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation. If you have not been confirmed in the Episcopal Church this is your only chance this year. Please let me know since I need to plan the preparation during Lent which begins February 14th. What is Confirmation? Click on this link for an explanation.

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January 3, 2024

BRING YOUR PLEDGE CARDS THIS SUNDAY FOR EPIPHANY: Just as the Wise Men brought their gifts to the baby Jesus on Epiphany the Stewardship Committee is asking you to bring your pledges for 2024 to the service on Sunday. If you will not be there you may email your pledge amount to the office and bring in the card at a later date. Turning your pledge in this week will really help us as we move forward into 2024. To read about the Stewardship campaign – click here to visit the website to catch up. If you want to see Stewardship Chair Barbara Cloud’s 4 minute presentation on stewardship click here.

BAPTISM ON EPIPHANY: There will be a baptism THIS Sunday, January 7th at the 10:30am service. If you have someone in your family desiring baptism please let Mark know ASAP. Epiphany/Baptism of Jesus is a traditional baptism Sunday.

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Parish meeting will be between services on January 14th.

PARISH PICTURE: For the 175th anniversary of the Diocese of Texas they would like every parish to take a parish picture before Jan 15th. We will take that picture at the end of the parish meeting.

THE BISHOP IS COMING ON EASTER: Bishop Hector will be here at 10:30am on Easter for Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation. If you have not been confirmed in the Episcopal Church this is your only chance this year. Please let me know since I need to plan the preparation during Lent which begins February 14th. What is Confirmation? Click on this link for an explanation.

December 27, 2023

GAGA BALL PIT:  We have an Eagle Scout project happening this week. Gavin Simmons is building a Gaga Ball pit for us over by the picnic tables that are across the parking lot. What’s gaga ball? If your child has been to Camp Allen, they will know. Here is link that describes it.

BAPTISM ON EPIPHANY: There will be a baptism on January 7th at the 10:30 service. If you have someone in your family desiring baptism please let Mark know ASAP. Epiphany/Baptism of Jesus is a traditional baptism Sunday.

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Parish meeting will be between services on January 14th.

PARISH PICTURE: For the 175th anniversary of the Diocese of Texas they would like every parish to take a parish picture before Jan 15th. We will take that picture at the end of the parish meeting being held between the services on January 14th.

OFFICE CLOSURE: The office will be closed Tuesday, December 26th and will re-open Wednesday, January 3rd. We will be monitoring emails and voicemails.

December 20, 2023

Greening of the Church: Put on your Christmas Spirit and come help us decorate the church for Christmas. Stay after the 9:30 service and join the Altar Guild for fun and fellowship. We always have so much fun and the more the merrier! Come help make this our most beautiful Christmas ever!

MESSAGE FROM THE STEWARDSHIP CHAIR: If you missed Barbara Cloud’s presentation last Sunday please click on this link to watch her 4 minute presentation.

GAGA BALL PIT:  We have an Eagle Scout project happening this week. Gavin Simmons is building a Gaga Ball pit for us over by the picnic tables that are across the parking lot. What’s gaga ball? If your child has been to Camp Allen, they will know. Here is link that describes it.

BAPTISM ON EPIPHANY: There will be a baptism on January 7th at the 10:30 service. If you have someone in your family desiring baptism please let Mark know ASAP. Epiphany/Baptism of Jesus is a traditional baptism Sunday.

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Parish meeting will be between services on January 14th.

PARISH PICTURE: For the 175th anniversary of the Diocese of Texas they would like every parish to take a parish picture before Jan 15th. We will take that picture at the end of the parish meeting being held between the services on January 14th.

OFFICE CLOSURE: The office will be closed Tuesday, December 26th and will re-open Wednesday, January 3rd. We will be monitoring emails and voicemails.

December 13, 2023

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE: This service is designed for people who have experienced some sort of loss that makes the “festive” part of Christmas somewhat problematic. This can be a death or loss of a relationship anything that makes Christmas a bit of a challenge. If you have a friend for which this is true, invite them to come this Sunday, December 17th at 5pm.

THANK YOU FOR THE COATS: Thank you for the generous donations of coats for the children at Hutsell and Katy Elementary. We collected 65 coats plus hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves. This is big increase from the 50 we donated last year the guidance counselors at both schools are very thankful.

THANK YOU FOR PAGEANT AND DINNER: Thank you to Laura and Stacie as well as the entire Fellowship ministry members and the Vestry for making this our best pageant/dinner since the start of Covid. Check out our Facebook page for pictures.  

VESTRY NOMINATIONS: Are closed we have out the three candidates for the three open positions. John Beck who is returning after filling to seat left when Jane Woodward stepped down as well as Lisa Sivils and Kris Larson. Formal election will be at Parish Meeting January 14th so we can have our vestry members in place for the first vestry meeting.

LECTORS, CHALICES AND ACOLYTES: We have several openings for this Sunday and the 24th. Please check our online signup sheet and fill in where needed.

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Parish meeting will be between services on January 14th.

December 6, 2023

LAST SUNDAY FOR COATS: This is the last Sunday to bring in coats for the children at Hutsell and Katy Elementary.

NICHOLAS SUNDAY THIS WEEK: We will celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas this Sunday at 9:15am in the parish hall. St. Nick will join us for a fun morning. He will be available for pictures after he does his presentation. Children’ should leave their shoes in the narthex for the 10:30am service since St. Nick usually brings some treats with him to leave in their shoes.

SAVE THE DATE: Christmas Pageant will be December 10th at 5:00pm. We will be looking for children and youth to take the various parts including shepherds, angels, wise men (or women) and animals. Please stop and get a costume after church on Sunday.  We have narrators and a Holy Family. For those who are new to the parish, the pageant is very informal and nobody must memorize any lines.

SAVE THE DATE: Christmas Dinner will be December 10th at 5:00pm. Immediately following the pageant will be our Christmas Dinner. Please bring a side dish everything else is provided.

VESTRY NOMINATIONS: We have 3 candidates for Vestry – John Beck, Lisa Sivils, and Kris Larsen.

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE

This service is designed for people who have experienced some sort of loss that makes the “festive” part of Christmas somewhat problematic. This can be a death or loss of a relationship anything that makes Christmas a bit of a challenge. If you have a friend for which this is true, invite them to come Sunday, December 17th at 5pm.

November 29, 2023

SAVE THE DATE: Christmas Pageant and Dinner will be December 10 at 5:00. We will be looking for children and youth to take the various parts and to read the pageant story. We also need a holy family so we need mom, dad and a young child. For those who are new to the parish the pageant is very informal and nobody has to memorize any lines. There will be a potluck dinner afterwards. Turkey and ham is provided so we are looking for sides and desserts.

A BUSY ADVENT IS PLANNED: Please see the list of dates below and mark your calendars so you don’t miss anything.

VESTRY NOMINATIONS: We are looking for 2 people to run for vestry. Term starts in January. Please contact Harlan or Mark if you are interested.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE: Thank you to all who have brought your pledges up to date and to all who have put a contribution above and beyond their pledge. This is really helping although we have a ways to go.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Adults, Elementary School and Youth will be on hold for Advent and will return in 2024.

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November 15, 2023

CELEBRATION OF STEWARDSHIP: Please pick up the first of the stewardship letters in the narthex. If you do not have one with your name on it, please ask for one. I will talk a little about our plans during the sermon.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Adults, Elementary School and Youth will all be held this Sunday, November 19th at 9:15am. There will be no Sunday School the following Sunday, November 26th.

SAVE THE DATE: Christmas Pageant and Dinner will be December 10 at 5:00. We will be looking for children and youth to take the various parts and to read the pageant story. We also need a holy family so we need mom, dad and a young child.

A BUSY ADVENT IS PLANNED: Please see the list of dates below and mark your calendars so you don’t miss anything.

VESTRY NOMINATIONS: We are looking for 2 people to run for vestry. Term starts in January. Please contact Harlan or Mark if you are interested.

SUPPORT FOR THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF JERUSALEM: Bishop Doyle announced a matching grant from the United Thank Offering. All donations up to $100,000 will matched and go to support the ministries in the Holy Land which include hospitals and schools. Click here for a link to more information.

HEALING MINISTRY THIS WEEK: Healing prayers will be offered during communion time in the back of the church by the Jesus icon and prayer bench.

NEXT WEEK: The office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving week. We will have no Tuesday morning bible study, Wednesday healing service, nor Wednesday Theology Luncheon and St. Lydia’s will meet Tuesday at 10am.

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November 9, 2023

SUPPORT FOR THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF JERUSALEM: Bishop Doyle announced a matching grant from the United Thank Offering. All donations up to $100,000 will matched and go to support the ministries in the Holy Land which include hospitals and schools. Click here for a link to more information.

OUTREACH SERMON IS ONLINE: If you missed last week several of our ministry leaders spoke about how we show our love of neighbor through our Outreach efforts. Did you know we have 20 different ways we do outreach in Katy and Houston. Check out the sermon and learn about what we do.

QUARTERLY STATEMENT: If you did not pick up your quarterly statement Sunday, they were mailed out on Monday.  If you have any questions about your statement, contact Jennifer in the office.

SAVE THE DATE: Christmas Pageant and Dinner will be December 10th at 5:00pm. We will be looking for children and youth to take the various parts and to read the pageant story. We also need a holy family so we need mom, dad and a young child.

A BUSY ADVENT IS PLANNED: Please see the list of dates below and mark your calendars so you don’t miss anything.

CHRISTMAS COATS: Cooler weather is finally coming. Along with the cooler weather comes children without coats. For the fifth year in a row, your Outreach Commission has requested the Christmas Outreach Project be to buy coats, hats, gloves and even socks for needy children at Katy and Hutsell Elementary. Please bring coats and accessories on or before Sunday, December 10th. Coats will be delivered week of December 11th as the schools need time to distribute the coats to the children before the Holidays begin.

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

COUNCIL DELEGATE NEEDED: We need a new person to serve as a delegate to Diocesan Council February 9-10th. Like vestry this is usually a 3 years term. St. Paul’s pays all the expenses involved. This year council is in Waco.

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November 1, 2023

FALL BACK: Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour this Saturday.

ALL SAINTS IS THIS SUNDAY: We always remember those who have died when we celebrate All Saints which will be November 5th. I want to do something different this year. I will move the candles that we light for those who have died in front of the altar. I encourage you to light a candle for your loved ones when you come in on Sunday morning.  Will we leave them lit for the entire service.

LAST WEEK’S SERMON IS ONLINE: If you missed last week several of our ministry leaders spoke about how we show our love of neighbor through our Outreach efforts. Did you know we have 20 different ways we do outreach in Katy and Houston. Check out the sermon and learn about what we do.

THANK YOU: Thank you for all who made our single service, trunk or treat and potluck a success! Special thanks to the Fellowship committee for getting the potluck all set up.

QUARTERLY STATEMENT: Your third quarter (plus October) statement will be in the narthex this Sunday. Please save us postage and pick up your statement. Also in the statement is an important letter from our Senior Warden. If you have any questions about your statement contact Jennifer in the office.

CHRISTIAN FORMATION FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND YOUTH: will be held this Sunday, November 6th at 9:15am.

LOOKING FOR A NEW NURSERY ATTENDENT: We are losing one of our nursery attendants and are looking for a replacement. Contact Jennifer if you or someone you know is interested.

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

COUNCIL DELEGATE NEEDED: We need a new person to serve as a delegate to Diocesan Council February 9-10th. Like vestry this is usually a 3 years term. St. Paul’s pays all the expenses involved. This year council is in Waco.

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October 25, 2023

SINGLE SERVICE OCT 29: We will have a 5th Sunday single service at 9:30am. Trunk or treat for our younger members right after the service and a potluck brunch after that. Yes they can wear costumes to church! As we look towards All Saints I will take a look at how we live out the command to love our neighbor through our outreach ministries. If you are involved in one of our outreach ministries, I hope you will make a special effort to attend.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ELAINE WILSON: There will be a memorial service for Elaine Wilson on October 31st at 11:00am here at St. Paul’s.

ALL SAINTS IS COMING UP: We always remember those who have died when we celebrate All Saints which will be November 5th. Please write the name of the person you want remembered on the prayer flags which will be in the narthex this Sunday or next.

CHRISTIAN FORMATION FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND YOUTH: will meet November 6th at 9:15am.

LOOKING FOR A NEW NURSERY ATTENDENT: We are losing one of our nursery attendants and are looking for a replacement. Contact Jennifer if you or someone you know is interested.

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