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St. Peter’s

CONNECTION VOL. 4, No. 15 February 14, 2014

Connecting the World with God’s Love

THIS ISSUE: Magnify & Multiply additions now open for students, children Getting ready for Lent

Make plans to attend the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and one of our two Ash Wednesday services.

Help rebuild tornado damage Join our team that is returning to Moore, Okla., to help the people there rebuild after a devastating tornado last May.

Junior high students attending Rooted on Wednesday night celebrated their first day in the new Student Ministries space. This space and the new SPLASH Theatre are the first components of our Magnify & Multiply expansion program to be operational.

20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, Texas 77450 (281) 492-8031

Blood Drive set for March 2


ign up today in the Lobby for the March 2 blood drive. Donation times are from 8 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. More than 1,000 units of blood are needed each day in our 26-county area, so please plan to donate at this drive. There will be a drawing for two items from the Commit for Life Store. For more information, contact Marsha Asplin at [email protected].

Christ has no hands but our hands Dear Friends, God uses us to “connect the world with God’s love.” A couple of Sundays back, I shared a poem about this subject. The poem is by Annie Johnson Flint. Christ has no hands but our hands To do His work today; He has no feet but our feet To lead (others) in His way; He has no tongue but our tongues To tell (others) how he died; He has no help but our help To bring them to His side.

t. Peter’s will offer the God and Church program for all Scouts in grades 6 through 8. The program begins March 2 and will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. in E227. The cost is $10. Registration forms are at the Information Desk in the Lobby. For more information, contact Dawn Champagne at [email protected].

There is a story about a farmer who bought an old farm that had been unoccupied for many years. The farmhouse was run-down, the weeds had taken over everything, and a great deal of work was required to bring the farm back up to a functioning endeavor. After the Dr. Pat Sparks, Senior Pastor farmer had spent many months working on the house, barn, fences, and even the land, he thought it was ready to begin farming. He invited a friend over to see his new farm. When the friend looked out over the land, noticing the house and barn and well-prepared land, he said to the farmer, “Look what God has done – it is beautiful!” The farmer thought about what his friend had just said and then replied, “You should have seen it when God had it by Himself!” Obviously, the point is that God uses us to accomplish God’s work. God counts on us to be generous with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness. These are the ways we go about “connecting the world with God’s love.” I hope to see you in church this Sunday. Grace and Peace,

Registration Dates for Children’s Summer Programs

Ash Wednesday services begin season of Lent

God and Church scouting program


Volunteers: March 31-April 1 St. Peter’s members: April 2-4 Community: April 7-11 Complete information coming soon




sh Wednesday is March 5. We are offering two opportunities for you to mark the beginning of the season of Lent. From 6-8 a.m., Rev. Nathan Bledsoe will offer a time of prayer and the imposition of ashes in the Parlor. You will be able to pray, reflect, and repent and begin your day contemplatively. We will have Wednesday Night Dinner from 5-6:30 p.m., after which you are invited to come to the Sanctuary for music and meditation. At 7 p.m., we will have our Ash Wednesday service, including the imposition of ashes.

Alzheimer’s Support Group



n the construction front, we continue to get closer to the finish line. The

he Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in S209 for a time of caring and sharing. For more information, contact Beverly Deerhake at (281) 856-6217.

most exciting news right now is that we are less than two weeks away

from taking over the new Music building. As of today, we are hoping to take possession of this space on Feb. 24, which will also be the same day we begin the landscaping around the building. As soon as we get David Galasso and his crew moved in, we will begin work on the new Sacristy and the new area behind the chancel. This will be our last project to start! The Wesley Student Center and the new Nursery also continue to move along nicely. In the Nursery, the millwork will be installed next week, which will allow the painting and flooring to fall right in line behind it. We are still right on schedule and could potentially be looking at an earlier takeover date. In Wesley, the new roof has been installed as well as all of the new mechanical systems. The framing is finished, and they will soon be completing the sheetrock and moving right into the millwork. The new Library and classroom behind the Sanctuary are moving ex-

Open Hearts Support Group


his support group for families and friends of gays and lesbians will meet Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in E225. We offer a safe and affirming setting for those who desire understanding, education and support. For more information, please contact Elaine Saunders at (281) 944-4924 or [email protected].

tremely fast! The walls have already been rebuilt, and mechanical systems have been finished. I would imagine this space will be done in the next couple of weeks. As always, if you need anything, just let me know!

Chris Scott

Building Operations Manager

Enjoy a pancake supper before Lent


oin us for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper sponsored by the

United Methodist Men March 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Lott Hall. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, and free for children younger than 6. You may pay at the door. Proceeds benefit the Cliff Lott Ministerial Scholarship Fund.

Compassion Experience


ompassion International is bringing the Compassion Mobile Experience to Blessington Farms in Simonton west of Katy on March 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Through this exhibit you will learn the stories of real children whose stories started, but did not end, with poverty. Tickets are free at www.compassion. com/change and include the exhibit, lunch and admission to Farm Funland at Blessington Farms.


KEYS Trip to Brookwood. The KEYS senior adult group will take a walking tour of the Brookwood Community for adults with disabilities on March 20. The trip also includes lunch at the Brookwood Café. The bus will leave St. Peter’s at 8:30 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. Sign up at the KEYS bulletin board in the Lobby, where you will find information on cost. Payment is due by March 2 by cash or check payable to David Steere. For information, contact David at (281) 693-4710.

Members of the KEYS senior adult group visited the Texas Prison Museum during their trip to Huntsville. They saw an electric chair, stepped into a prison cell and saw a gun taken from Bonnie and Clyde’s car. Others in the group toured the HEARTS Veteran’s Museum. Then the entire group toured the Sam Houston Museum and home. Check the KEYS bulletin board in the Lobby for information about future trips and activities.

Substitute volunteers needed


e need substitutes for our regular volunteers who answer the phone and greet visitors in the church office. These volunteers provide a valuable service for the staff. We have morning and afternoon shifts from Monday through Thursday. Please contact Marcia Churns at [email protected]. net or (281) 578-6654 if you can serve as a substitute volunteer.


In January, 85 women came together to learn how to faithfully trust and lean on God while balancing the craziness of life at our annual women’s retreat, Girlfriend Getaway, at Round Top. Guest speaker Carla McDougal helped the women work biblically through this journey. They enjoyed comedy skits, a shoe fashion show, games and fellowship.

Fellowship group for men meets Thursdays


ll men of St. Peter’s are invited to join the Men’s Breakfast Group each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at Red Oak Grill, 2004 S. Mason Rd., for fellowship, food and fun. No reservations are needed and you are welcome to bring any male guests. We look forward to seeing you!

Children’s Ministries introduces two new summer camps


hildren’s Ministries is excited to announce two new camps for this summer. Princess Prep

School and Warrior Prince Academy are camps designed to teach girls and boys how to be true Princesses and Princes for the King of Kings. Both camps are July 14-18 and are for children in first through fifth grades. Cost and registration information will be out shortly, so make sure to mark your calendar for these exciting new camps!

Wednesday Night Dinner 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Lott Hall Feb. 19 Braised pork chops with onions and sweet peppers, parsley Parmesan couscous, broccoli salad and red velvet cake Feb. 26 Roast chicken, buttered rice, savory green beans, rolls and cobbler with ice cream Kid’s meal: macaroni and cheese, green beans and dessert of the day Healthy option of a grilled chicken breast available by reservation. Adults/Kids: $6/$3 with reservation Make reservation by Sunday at midnight at or by 12:15 p.m. Sunday at the Information Desk.

ST. PETER’S ATTENDANCE February 2 Traditional Worship 8:30 228 9:45 237 11:00 392 the element 9:45 139 11:00 142 SPLASH 209 TOTAL 1,347

February 9 Traditional Worship 8:30 227 9:45 236 11:00 481 the element 9:45 126 11:00 174 SPLASH 119 TOTAL 1,363

In Our Prayers

PRAYERS Ray Britt, Faunelle Deaton, John Duffield, Ann Hlinak, Brian Jones, Betty Marsh, Martha McKitterick, Theresa Ortowski, Leslie Smuts, Wyndoll Stephens, Cheryl Swift and Tommy Tomlinson. SYMPATHY To Peggy Batig and family on the death of her brother. To Al Brooks and family on the death of his father. To Judy Frankson and family on the death of her mother. To Jane Hall and family on the death of her daughter. To Bill Land and family on the death of his brother. To Beth Spragins and family on the death of her brother. To Mary Zavesky and family on the death of her sister. PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY Johnathon Baker, Tim and Alison Batig, Jared Behne, John Belsha, Amanda Berg, Colin Binion, Patrick Boutall, Will Brandt, Eric Brookover, Martin Busch, Randy Butcher, Sean Cain, Devin Camp, Darron Chamblee, Scott Chumbley, Daniel Clarke, Skyler Cook, Thomas Cotten, Patrick Couch, Kathryn Donnelly, Brandi and Josiah Fast, Westley Freeze, Daniel Fritz, Charles Fray, James Gilbert, Anita Marie Gilliam, Tyler J. Gorcie, Jason Gordon, Eric Graesley, Tye Grasshoff, Dylan Greismeyer, David Gutierrez, Stephen Travis Harding, George Harrison, Steven Heath, Jeff Hiser, Matthew C. Houghton, Matthew Ivester, Scott Lewis, Mike Linn, Ryan Lueders, Austin McCall, Jason McFadzen, Jake McMath, Mick McNaughton, Adam Miller, Joel Muhlnickel, Robert Near, Blake Nunes, Ryan O’Quinn, Neal Osburn, Austin Paynter/149th Division, Shawn Platz, Hamilton Rencurrel, Taylor Richardson, Jack Ritchie, Don Rolleg, Jason Salter, Brandon Schumacher, Daniel Sewastynowicz, John Simmons, Morgan Smyth, Chase Synng, Patrick Synng, Texas Military Forces, Shannon Thorthan, Bill Underwood, Kevin Van Winkle, Bert Walker, Tom Walsh, Matthew Weible, Michael Wendt, Max Weyermann, Leonard Will, Jasen Wilson, and Marine Co. 1157.


Connecting the World With God’s Love The Call: Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly. The United Methodist Women invite you to this spiritual growth study on March 8 from 9 a.m. to noon in E225. The study, which will be taught by Rev. Kim Meyers Poer, offers tools to deepen spiritual identity, engagement in community, and involvement in mission, looking at the sacramental understandings of baptism and communion and lifting up models of response to God’s call. For information and to RSVP, contact Griseida García at (281) 232-3839 or [email protected].

Job Search Assistance


ob Search Assistance helps those who are looking for employment or career change. It meets Wednesdays from 6:307:30 p.m. in S212 through April 9. John Caudill will present information on search tactics, networking, resumes and interviewing. Registration requested, but not required. For information or to register, contact John Caudill at (281) 600-8138 or [email protected].


Mission Team to Help With Rebuilding in Moore, Okla. St. Peter’s and Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church are taking another team to Moore, Okla., to continue work in this area devastated by tornados last May. The team will be in Moore March 9-14 and will help with rebuilding efforts. If you would like to be a part of this mission team, please contact Nathan Bledsoe at [email protected] or (281) 492-8031. February Mission Focus. Our mission focus for February includes Friday Night Friends and Katy ServeFest. Friday Night Friends is a monthly respite care night for children with special needs and their siblings. Volunteers are needed to help provide fun activities for the children while their parents have a night out. Contact Sarah Morrison at sarahmorrison75@ to volunteer. Katy ServeFest is a community outreach that provides organizations and individuals with assistance such as painting, basic construction, landscaping, plumbing, electrical and general clean up. Individuals and families are invited to sign up to help on Feb. 22 and/ or March 1 at

Save the date! Children’s Ministries Easter Egg Hunt Wednesday, April 16 Watch for more details.

Early Childhood Development Center fundraiser


he Early Childhood Development Center is selling Mixed Bags products, including totes, reusable bags, travel sets, gifts and more on Sunday, Feb. 16. Proceeds will benefit the ECDC. Please stop by the table in the Lobby following the 9:45 and 11 a.m. services and help support the ECDC. If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Shipley at (713) 253-6529 or danielle_ [email protected]. Are you hurting? Click below to learn how people have received help from Stephen Ministries. To connect with a Stephen Minister at St. Peter’s, contact Kim Meyers Poer at [email protected] or (281) 492-8031.

Stephen Ministry

Daily Bible Reading

More than 200 children and parents attended the kick-off celebration of the new SPLASH Theatre for our children’s worship service on Feb. 2. The celebration included the beginning of a new series, “Labors of Love,” as well as worship, music, fellowship and fun. SPLASH meets on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is for children ages 4 through fifth grade.

Children in the Early Childhood Development Center have been learning about how God wants us to help others. The children have been helping out at home in return for change that they can bring to Chapel each week. The money will be given to our senior high students to support the children in Jamaica.

Feb. 17 – 23 MONDAY Deuteronomy 23:21-23 TUESDAY Psalm 50:16-23 WEDNESDAY 1 Timothy 6:11-16 THURSDAY Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 FRIDAY Psalm 119:33-40 SATURDAY 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 SUNDAY Matthew 5:38-48 Feb. 24 – March 2 MONDAY Revelation 1:9-20 TUESDAY Daniel 7:9-14 WEDNESDAY Psalm 18:6-19 THURSDAY Exodus 24:12-18 FRIDAY Psalm 2 SATURDAY 2 Peter 1:16-21 SUNDAY Matthew 17:1-9


Sunday Worship

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church 20775 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, Texas 77450

8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship with Holy Communion

9:45 a.m. Traditional Worship the element Contemporary Worship Sunday School for All Ages

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship the element Contemporary Worship SPLASH Children’s Worship Sunday School for Adults

Ways you can serve

St. Peter’s Events Calendar Sunday, Feb. 16 4:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 1:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2 8:00 a.m.

Women’s Cancer Support Group


Volunteer with special needs children. Help out at Friday Night

Alzheimer’s Support Group Trustees

S209 Conference Room

Friends and give these children and

Missions Committee


and give their parents a night out.

Wednesday Night Dinner Wednesday Nights at St. Peter’s

Lott Hall Various

Grief Support Group Finance Committee Open Hearts Support Group

S209 Conference Room E225

Women of Joy Church Council

Parlor Asbury Hall

electrical and general clean up. Sign

The Gathering Wednesday Night Dinner Wednesday Nights at St. Peter’s

Asbury Hall Lott Hall Various


Grief Support Group


this area devastated by tornados

Blood Drive

Scout House

Detailed weekly calendars of St. Peter’s events are available on our website.

their siblings a time of fun activities Contact Sarah Morrison at [email protected].

Reach out to others through Katy ServeFest. Volunteers are needed to help with painting, basic construction, landscaping, plumbing, up to help on Feb. 22 and/or March 1

Help rebuild Moore, Okla. Be a part of our team that will work in last May. The team will be in Moore March 9-14. Contact Nathan Bledsoe at [email protected].