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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.

August 31, 2022

WEDNESDAY TUTORING TO RESUME: One of the things I talked with the Hutsell guidance counselor was the tutoring program that we host from Katy Christian Ministries. That will be starting up this week and is every Wednesday from 4-5:30pm. With this new connection with Hutsell I hope we will need quite a few more people. There are also a couple other opportunities that I will share over the coming weeks.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION HELP: There is a food distribution program at RCCG the King’s Palace on East 5th and Drexel. They started an extra distribution program this summer on Wednesday afternoon for fresh produce and milk products that have been donated by grocery stores. The Wednesday distribution is needed because much of produce that is donated on Monday will not keep until the regular Friday distribution. With school back in session they are short of volunteers. They are looking for help starting at 3:00 to pack about 40 boxes for distribution. The distribution starts 4:30pm with cleanup from 5:30-6:00pm. There are several jobs like checking people in, helping pack the boxes and cleanup that are needed at this to continue. If you can help with any or all of this effort, please contact Christine Vasquez or call (713) 591-0832 (# revised).

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/lunch is for both experienced and new acolytes. If you have a child that is 4th grade and older that has not been trained as an acolyte, this would be the best time to get trained.

August 24, 2022

MARK OUT OF THE OFFICE: I will be on an 8 day Ignatian Silent Retreat August 22-31 at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Grand Couteau, Louisiana. The diocese strongly suggests that all clergy take a retreat as part of their continuing education requirement. This will be my first chance since Covid closed the various centers.

WEDNESDAY TUTORING TO RESUME: One of the things I talked with the Hutsell guidance counselor was the tutoring program that we host from Katy Christian Ministries. That will be starting up this week and is every Wednesday from 4-5:30pm. With this new connection with Hutsell I hope we will need quite a few more people. There are also a couple other opportunities that I will share over the coming weeks.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION HELP: There is a food distribution program at RCCG the King’s Palace on East 5th and Drexel. They started an extra distribution program this summer on Wednesday afternoon for fresh produce and milk products that have been donated by grocery stores. The Wednesday distribution is needed because much of produce that is donated on Monday will not keep until the regular Friday distribution. With school back in session they are short of volunteers. They are looking for help starting at 3:00 to pack about 40 boxes for distribution. The distribution starts 4:30pm with cleanup from 5:30-6:00pm. There are several jobs like checking people in, helping pack the boxes and cleanup that are needed at this to continue. If you can help with any or all of this effort, please contact Christine Vasquez or call (713) 591-0932.

FINANCIAL UPDATE Some Good News: The Finance Committee reviewed the budget after the diocesan grant and the Close the Gap campaign and we are at a slightly positive balance as long as pledges keep coming in at the current rate.

August 17, 2022

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Thank you to all who have donated. We have met our goal thanks to a couple of generous gifts. I also had a great meeting with the guidance counselor at Hutsell Elementary and will be working with her on some new outreach opportunities.

BIG THANK YOU TO JOSH: Josh who is our community garden leader came over last Friday and cut up all the limbs that came down in last Wednesday’s storms. He also took down a dead tree that needed to be removed. He is now getting the soil for the remaining boxes and was working on the irrigation system this week.

FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM: John Aherns came over and diagnosed the issue with last week’s Facebook livestream. We have a different switcher (the device that combines audio and video input and sends it out to Facebook). All should be working although we may have to tweak sound levels on Sunday. John is going to see if he can get the switcher we own working again.

MARK OUT OF THE OFFICE: I will be on an 8 day Ignatian Silent Retreat August 22-31 at Jesuit Retreat Center in Grand Couteau, Louisiana. The diocese strongly suggests that all clergy take a retreat as part of their continuing education requirement. This will be my first chance since Covid closed the various centers.

August 10, 2022

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Thank you to all who have donated. We have collected $1,670 as of last Sunday and need and additional $830 to meet our goal. The supplies have already been delivered to Katy and Rhodes Elementary Schools. See details below.

 BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS THIS WEEK: Our annual Blessing of the Backpacks is this Sunday. Teachers and students of all ages are urged to join us with your backpacks for the annual blessing. We have a special treat for those who bring their backpacks to church at either 8 or 10:30.

JENNIFER OUT OF THE OFFICE: Jennifer is on vacation this week and will return Monday the 15th.

August 3, 2022

CLOSE THE GAP UPDATE: I shared with the congregation Sunday morning that we have secured a grant from the diocese of $40,000. This is money that the Episcopal Church Foundation set aside to help parishes that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. This is to cover our $15,000 deficit for 2021 and our deficit to date for 2022. I am thankful that we were able to obtain this grant and a big thank you to Jennifer for providing the financial information to the diocese.

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 UPDATE: The Formation Committee has met twice to plan for the fall and we have completed plans for a regular schedule of programs for the fall. We can always use additional volunteers to help staff the Sunday morning classes that resume after Labor Day. We need to adults for each class, one is the lead teacher the other is there to help out and provide a the second person needed by the Safeguarding God’s Children requirements. Let Mark know if you are able to help out.

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.