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St. Peter’s

CONNECTION VOL. 5, No. 25 July 17, 2015

Connecting the World with God’s Love

THIS ISSUE: Lemonade Stand

Look for the children’s

Taking care of St. Peter’s

lemonade stands this Sunday. They are raising funds for ZOE.

Small group studies Visit the library for information on all the small group DVD studies we have at the church.

The Children’s Sunday School classes learned about a way some people serve St. Peter’s with the help of members of God’s Maintenance Crew, also known as the Geezers. The Geezers volunteer their time to take care of the St. Peter’s facilities by helping with maintenance and repairs around the campus. They showed the children how to hammer, “paint” with water, use a screwdriver, and other tasks.

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

Harvest Ministries for Women


lease join us for our Harvest Ministries teas this fall. All teas will be in Asbury Hall. On Sept. 21 Rebecca Fox will be our speaker at 12:30 p.m. On Oct. 19 Jackie Hooks will be our speaker at 6:30 p.m. On Nov. 16 Vicki Campbell will be our speaker at 12:30 p.m. On Dec. 14 Susan Farrington will be our speaker at 6:30 p.m. We also will have an event in August. Please contact Whitney Peper at [email protected]. com for more information.

Living Stones potluck dinner


iving Stones will have a potluck dinner on Sunday, July 26, right after the worship service. This gathering will give the members of the Living Stones congregation a chance to meet and spend time together. If your last name begins with A-M, please bring a side dish that Sunday. If your last name begins with N-Z, please bring a dessert. Also, we will need some help grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone. If you are interested in grilling, please e-mail us at [email protected].


God with unmatched shoes Dear Friends in Christ, I recently came across a description of how much God wants us to know that we are loved. It is the story of the God with unmatched shoes. An artist was commissioned to paint a picture of the Prodigal Son. He went into his work fervently, laboring to produce a picture worthy of telling the story. Finally, the day came when the picture was complete, and he unveiled the finished painting. The scene was set outside the father’s house and showed the open arms of the father and the son as they were just about to meet and embrace. The man who commissioned the work was well pleased and was prepared to pay the painter for his work, when he suddenly Dr. Pat Sparks, Senior Pastor noticed a detail that he had missed. Standing out in the painting above everything else in the scene was the starkly apparent fact that the father was wearing one red shoe and one blue shoe. He was incredulous. How could this be, that the painter could make such an error? He asked the painter, who simply smiled and nodded, assuring the man, “Yes, this is a beautiful representation of the love of God for His children.” “What do you mean?” the man asked, puzzled. “The father in this picture was not interested in being color-coordinated or fashion-conscious when he went out to meet his son,” the artist said. “In fact, he was in such a hurry to show his love to his son, he simply grabbed the nearest two shoes that he could find. He is the God of the Unmatched Shoes.” We are loved. And we are called to tell others how much God loves them too. Let us go out to “connect the world with God’s love.” Grace and Peace,


Update your information at mystpkaty


ummer is a great time to check your information on our website (stpkaty. org) at mystpkaty. You can update your address, phone, or e-mail as well as upload a recent photo or change out the one we have on file. Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for any changes to be posted. This also would be a good time to familiarize yourself with the information you can get from our website, including a church directory, calendar of events, registration for classes and activities, and past sermons. If you’ve never accessed mystpkaty before, go to the St. Peter’s website and click on mystpkaty, which is in the upper right corner. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley at [email protected].

Church Council Meeting Tuesday, July 28 7 p.m., E106

Join our bulletin team


e need a volunteer to be a part of our great bulletin team. This team prints and folds the bulletins for the traditional, element, and Living Stones services each week. You are welcome to stop by the church office on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. or Thursdays at 9 a.m. to meet the team and see what they do before you commit. Please contact Elaine Saunders at [email protected] or (281) 492-8031 if you think you might be able to serve St. Peter’s in this way.

Children in the kindergarten through fourth-grade Sunday School classes made toiletry bags for the Ballard house, which provides housing for individuals undergoing treatment at area hospitals and their families. Victoria and Michelle Marquart made the bags out of washcloths. One type included a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss. The second had shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and cotton swabs. The children made enough bags to supply each room at the Ballard House.

Grace Notes begin rehearsals soon


ingers and instrumentalists are invited to join the Grace Notes, St. Peter’s women’s performing group. We sing once a month at the traditional worship services. We also share our music with those in retirement, Alzheimer’s, rehab, and nursing facilities in the Katy area. Fall rehearsals begin Aug. 11 in E106 at 9:30 a.m. Childcare is provided. Come join this wonderful ministry! Please contact Gail Shipley at (281) 347-0233 or gshipnote@ for more information.

Wondering about your St. Peter’s name tag?


f you have recently joined St. Peter’s, you can pick up your name tag at the Information Desk in the Lobby. If you need a name tag, you can order one at the Information Desk for $7. If you have questions, please contact Ashley at [email protected] or (281) 492-8031 during the week.


Wendish Museum Trip. The KEYS senior adult group is going to the Texas Wendish Heritage Museum near Giddings on Aug. 27. We will tour St. Paul Lutheran Church, have lunch (cost is about $12) at the Kilian Building where they serve their famous homemade noodles, and then tour the museum. If time allows, we will make a stop at Weikel’s bakery in La Grange on the way home. The bus will leave St. Peter’s parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and return around 4:30 p.m. Cost is $5 and is due by Aug. 23. Sign up on the KEYS bulletin board in the Lobby. For more information, contact Cindy McKinney at (281) 676-4621.

Alzheimer’s Support Group


n July 20, the Alzheimer’s Support Group will host speaker John McKlary, who will talk about “Hospice Care.” The group will meet from 1:30-3 p.m. in S209. Visitors are welcome. Contact Bev Deerhake at (281) 372-8389 if you have any questions.


Rev. Kim Poer introduces members of the church staff during a recent Pizza With the Pastors gathering. On the second Sunday of each month, we offer those who are new to St. Peter’s an opportunity to find out more about our church, about the United Methodist Church, and about membership. There is a chance to visit with the pastors and staff members, ask questions, and find out about ways to connect within the church. If you are interested in attending the next Pizza with the Pastors, please contact Patty Campbell at [email protected] or (281) 492-8031.

Find interesting DVD studies for your small group or class


t. Peter’s has a great resource for adult Sunday School classes or small groups that are looking for DVD studies. The library, which is across from the Sanctuary, has a large binder on the shelf that contains information on the many studies and DVDs we have. Once you have decided on a study for your class, you can contact Patty Campbell at [email protected] or (281) 4928031 to get the DVD and leader’s guide. We have student books for some of the studies. You also can order books for your class through Patty. Orders usually take five business days to come in. Please contact Patty if you have any questions about small group materials.

Lemonade stand to raise funds for ZOE


In Our Prayers PRAYERS

his Sunday, July 19, children in K-4th Sunday School will host lemonade stands in the Lobby and outside of Lott Hall to raise money for the ZOE program, which was our June mission focus. ZOE is a three-year program that empowers orphans and vulnerable children around the world to overcome extreme poverty, become fully selfreliant, and learn of God’s love for them. Please stop by to enjoy a cup of lemonade and to support this important mission.

Dennis Bowling, Jim Butler, Faunelle Deaton, John Duffield, Jim Foster, Shirley Franklin, John Freeman, Caleb Gore, Lu Haas, Art Henderson, Rick Jage, Brian Jones, Oscar Jones, Don Kennedy, Wanda Klaus, Ken Knowlton, Betty Marsh, Kayla Platz, Maynard Robertson, Kathryn Sadowski, Marilyn Shaw, and Cheryl Swift.


Make a difference in SPLASH


o you like drama, action, games, Jesus, and fun? If so SPLASH and SPLISH SPLASH might be a great place for you to volunteer. Whether you like to lead, assist, work as a DJ, or help with dramas, crafts, and music, there are opportunities for students and adults to step up and make a difference in the lives of the kids of St. Peter’s. For more information, please contact Whitney Peper at [email protected].

Welcome to Our New Members Josh and Becca Johnson

To Shannon, Tate, and Sage Araya and family on the death of their father and grandfather. To Shaye, Skylar, and Legend Mathew and family on the death of their father and grandfather. To Becky, Anna, and Lee Miller and family on the death of their mother and grandmother. To Kenneth, Ryan, Nicholas, and Lindsay Schilhab and family on the death of their mother and grandmother. To Mary Zaveski and family on the death of her sister.


ST. PETER’S ATTENDANCE July 5 Traditional Worship 8:30 159 9:45 201 11:00 427 the element 9:45 44 11:00 82 SPLASH 40 Living Stones 135 Living Stones Kids 51 TOTAL 1,139

July 12 Traditional Worship 8:30 168 9:45 189 11:00 409 the element 9:45 38 11:00 97 SPLASH 48 Living Stones 163 Living Stones Kids 74 TOTAL 1,186

Tim and Alison Batig, John Belsha, Will Brandt, Skyler Cook, Austin Foster, Westley Freeze, James Gilbert, Tyler J. Gorcie, Dylan Greismeyer, Stephen Travis Harding, Adam Higdon, Matthew Ivester, Mike Linn, Ryan Lueders, Blake Nunes, Ryan O’Quinn, Matthew Platz, Shawn Platz, Hamilton Rencurrel, Jack Ritchie, Don Rolleg, Ben Saunders, Jacob Shinkle, John Simmons, and Jasen Wilson.


Preschool Sunday School

Connecting the World With God’s Love


alling all parents, grandparents, students, and those who just like to color and play. We are looking for help with our preschool Sunday School classes. Each class has a traveling teacher to share the lessons, so there is no prep work or experience needed; just come and play with the children for an hour. This is a fun way to help make a difference in a child’s life. Please contact Ryan Wilson at [email protected] for more information.

Community gardeners needed


e are still looking for help with one of our Church Without Walls projects: garden boxes located on the end of the ball fields. These boxes will be used to plant community gardens that benefit anyone and everyone, with a primary purpose of being a source for healthy produce for patients at Christ Clinic. If you would like to use your gardening skills to help change lives and provide good, fresh food to people in need, contact Nathan at [email protected] or (281) 492-8031.



ello friends! Here’s a quick update on some exciting things going on in missions at St. Peter’s: • The church was challenged by the Vacation Bible School kids, and we responded in a big way! We raised more than $4,500 this past Sunday for the people of Nepal and the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s One Great Hour of Sharing initiative. Way to go! This kind of generosity makes me so proud to be the pastor of missions at St. Peter’s. • I am still collecting names of people interested in serving as gardeners in our community garden, which is an exciting partnership with Christ Clinic. If you would like to help with the garden, or would like to help Christ Clinic in some other way, please let me know. • More than 40 of us went to Baton Rouge in June for a U.M. ARMY growth camp to help grow U.M. ARMY in that state. I serve on the national board of U.M. ARMY and was so grateful to our students, parents, volunteers, and Student Ministry staff for their willingness to do camp in a different place. Also, the congregation supported this ministry generously with scholarships, food, and gift card donations. • In August we’ll have a number of different initiatives geared toward helping students in need. Be on the lookout for how to serve young people in Katy and beyond. • Last, but certainly not least, the Compassion Katy Habitat house project is officially a go! Watch for online sign-up to help with our wall-raising on Sept. 19. On that day, we’ll also have a lunch and celebration service. More information on this will be coming in August. It’s a great time in the Mission Ministries of St. Peter’s. Thank you for connecting the world with God’s love! Paz,


July Mission Focus. Our focus this month is on the United Methodist Committee on Relief and their One Great Hour of Sharing program. UMCOR is the arm of the United Methodist Church dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. One Great Hour of Sharing is how UMCOR pays all of their operating expenses, which allows UMCOR to do the hard work of responding well and faithfully to needs without sacrificing speed. By donating to UMCOR, you can be sure that 100 percent of your money goes to disaster recovery, and, because of One Great Hour of Sharing, it goes where people need it most. You can still contribute by making checks out to St. Peter’s with OGHS in the “for” line.

Daily Bible Reading July 20 – 26 MONDAY 2 Samuel 7:1-14a TUESDAY Psalm 23 WEDNESDAY Ephesians 2:11-22 THURSDAY Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 FRIDAY Habakkuk 3:17-19 SATURDAY Hosea 2:16-23 SUNDAY James 4:1-10

The 2015 Student Life trip to Durango, Colorado was amazing! Thirty-four students and adults spent a week surrounded by God’s glorious creation of mountains and valleys. The week’s theme was “ Come to the Table” with a focus on John 6:35: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” We spent time together in worship, Bible study, games, water activities, and a few hikes in the mountains. It was a great week!

Go backstage with the Bible at Family Vacation Bible School

July 27 – Aug. 2 MONDAY 2 Samuel 11:1-15 TUESDAY Psalm 145:10-18 WEDNESDAY Ephesians 3:14-21 THURSDAY John 6:1-21 FRIDAY Exodus 16:1-8 SATURDAY Exodus 16:9-21 SUNDAY Exodus 16:22-35


here is still time for you to sign up for Family Vacation Bible School. Families will spend three evenings together learning about God’s Word, doing hands-on mission projects, creating fun crafts, listening to fantastic music, and playing games. Our theme this year is “Backstage with the Bible.” Family VBS is July 26-28 from 6-8:30 p.m. To register, go to, then click on Get Involved, then Children’s Ministries, then Summer Ministries, and then click the red button. Please join us as we go “Backstage With the Bible!” For more information, contact Kelly Johnson at [email protected].


Su nday Worship 8:30 a.m.

Traditional Worship with Holy Communion

9:45 a.m.

Traditional Worship the element Contemporary Worship Sunday School for All Ages

10:30 a.m.

Living Stones St. Peter’s West Campus at Cinco Ranch High School

11:00 a.m.

Traditional Worship the element Contemporary Worship SPLASH Children’s Worship Sunday School for Adults

St. Peter’s Events Calendar Sunday, July 19 9:00 a.m.

Children’s Lemonade Stand


4:00 p.m.

Cancer Support Group


1:30 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Support Group


7:00 p.m.


Conference Room

Grace Notes

Ellis Music Suite

Finance Committee

Conference Room

Family Vacation Bible School

Lott Hall

Family Vacation Bible School

Lott Hall

6:00 p.m.

Family Vacation Bible School

Lott Hall

7:00 p.m.

Church Council


Church Security Seminar

Asbury Hall

Monday, July 20 T Bar M Camp begins

Men’s Breakfast Group

Sunny Days begins

Tuesday, July 21 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 23 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26 6:00 p.m. Monday, July 27 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 28

Friday, July 31 8:00 a.m.

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

Meeting at Whataburger, 23540 Westheimer Pkwy. Thursdays at 8 a.m. All men are invited to come for breakfast and fellowship. This is a great way to get to know other men at St. Peter’s. No reservations needed.