CONNECTION VOL. 4, No. 18 March 28, 2014
Connecting the World with God’s Love
THIS ISSUE: A tradition of mission in Jamaica Journey of Paul Tour meeting
Find out more about this 2015 trip to Turkey at an information meeting April 6.
Freedom Fun Run/ Walk April 5 Student Ministries is sponsoring this 3-mile event to help raise money for and awareness of the plight of enslaved people in South Sudan.
Twenty-five high school seniors and adults continued St. Peter’s commitment to mission in Hampstead, Jamaica, over spring break. They provided Vacation Bible School to the children, held a Sports Ministry for the community, repaired and painted the school and church, and brought donated supplies, including computers, to the school and church.
20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, Texas 77450 (281) 492-8031 www.stpkaty.org
Lenten organ recital April 1
ur organist, Jeong-Suk Bae, invites you to attend a Lenten Organ Recital on April 1 at 12 noon at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston. This half-hour recital is free to the public. The program includes Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E Flat Major “St. Anne,” and organ chorales by Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow. The church address is 6221 Main St., Houston.
Encountering Jesus in Luke
hi Rho adult Sunday School class will begin a new study on the Gospel of Luke April 6 at 9:45 a.m. in S212. This gospel was written by a Gentile for the Gentiles and gives those of us who do not have a Jewish heritage a clear picture of Jesus. We invite you to join us as we encounter Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Chi Rho is a multigenerational class with a facilitated discussion of questions based upon a passage of scripture. If you have questions, contact Sheryl Ray at raysl@ sbcglobal.net or (281) 6468586.
He lives within my heart Dear Friends in Christ, One of my favorite Easter hymns gives us insight into the difference the Easter message makes for our daily living. The hymn is called “He Lives” and was written by Rev. Alfred Ackey. One day Rev. Ackey was preaching at an evangelistic crusade. After the service, he was trying to persuade a young man to give his heart to Christ, when the man said, “Why should I worship a dead Jew?” Rev. Ackey stated, “HE LIVES! I tell you He is not dead, but lives here and now! Jesus Christ is more alive today than ever before. I can prove it by my own experience as well as the testimony of countless thousands.” Later that evening the young man gave his heart to Christ. It was during this experience that Rev. Ackey wrote not only the words but also the Dr. Pat Sparks, Senior Pastor tune for the hymn “He Lives.” I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today; I know that He is living, whatever men may say; I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him He’s always near. In all the world around me I see His loving care, And tho my heart grows weary, I never will despair; I know that He is leading thru all the stormy blast, The day of His appearing will come at last. Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King! The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find, None other is so loving, so good and kind. He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we gather to worship and then depart to serve our Risen Savior! Grace and Peace,
NAMI Family Education Course
April 9, 6:30 p.m., S201 Free 12-week course for family members or caregivers of adults living with mental illness. Register: [email protected]
or (713) 970-4419.
Journey of Paul tour in Turkey
ven though we already have been using some of our new and remodeled spaces, it is important that everyone remember to be careful when in these areas because there have been some trips and falls recently. We still have some finishing touches to do on some of the walkways, such as adding hand rails and painting steps to make them more obvious. We will continue finalizing construction for the next couple of months in a few more areas. The Wesley Student Center renovation should be completed by the end of April and our junior high and high school students will be able to enjoy all of their renovated space and the staff will be able to move into their new offices. Even though construction is coming to a close, we have more exciting times ahead with children’s summer ministries and the expansion of St. Peter’s into West Katy through the Living Stones campus. Registration for the children’s programs begins March 31 (see the schedule on page 8). Complete details on Living Stones, including information on funding support from the Texas Annual Conference, will be presented at the Town Hall meeting Sunday, March 30, at 4 p.m. We encourage everyone in the congregation to attend this important meeting, and I am looking forward to seeing you all there.
Frank Nance Executive Director
Town hall meeting this Sunday at 4 p.m.
veryone in our congregation is encouraged to attend a town hall meeting March 30 at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary to discuss Living Stones, our new expansion campus on the west side of Katy, which launches this summer. This campus will help us reach residents in this fast-growing part of our community. The purpose of this meeting is to provide you with information about how St. Peter’s is expanding into West Katy so that you can share it with your friends and neighbors. You also will learn more about where we are in the process of beginning this new campus and have an opportunity to ask questions. Please plan to be with us as we share information about this exciting new St. Peter’s ministry.
n informational meeting will be held for our April 2015 Journey of Paul tour in Turkey on April 6 at 12:15 p.m. in Asbury Hall. Complete information, costs and the itinerary will be presented.
Job Search Assistance
ob Search Assistance helps those who are looking for employment or career change. We meet Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in S212 through April 9. John Caudill will present information on search tactics, networking, resumes and interviewing. Come join this small group where, since 2010, 41 people have found new jobs! Registration requested, but not required. For information or to register, contact John Caudill at (281) 600-8138.
Church Without Walls Sunday, June 1 Mark your calendar for this day of service to the Katy community. If you can help lead a project, contact Nathan Bledsoe at nbledsoe@stpkaty. org. 3
Understanding the Trinity
O Brown Bag Bridge. Winners for our March game were Rex Zerger, high, and Carolyn Ohmart, second high. Please join us April 10 for our next play day. For a reservation, contact Martha McKitterick at (281) 395-4815 or mckit@ comcast.net. Skeeters Game. Join us as we travel to Sugar Land for a Skeeters baseball game on May 9, leaving the church parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $14, which is due before April 18 to Peggy Batig. Dinner is at the park food venues. Sign up at the KEYS bulletin board in the Lobby. For more information, call Peggy Batig at (281) 394-5358. Hill Country Tour. On April 24 the we will take the Precinct 3 Hill Country Tour, leaving at 8 a.m. and returning at 8 p.m. Cost is $2 collected as you board the bus. You are responsible for cost of your meal. Sign up at the KEYS bulletin board in the Lobby. If you have questions, contact Betty Pittman at (281) 394-7320.
ne of the most complicated and difficult-to-understand doctrines of the Christian faith is the idea of the Trinity. Even for the most devout of us, the mathematical equation is certainly confusing. St. Peter’s member Vicki Campbell has written an interesting paper on the topic that she will be presenting at an apologetics conference, and we have the opportunity to hear the presentation first. On April 2 in Asbury Hall at 6:30 p.m., Vicki will present “God’s Trinitarian Self-Revelation: The Image of God” which provides a new and helpful model for understanding the Trinity. Her presentation uses some teachings from the early church fathers to build a picture of the Trinitarian God that is compelling in our modern context. This presentation is open to anyone interested in learning something new.
Summer Ministries sign-up coming soon
acation Bible School. Children can take a walk on the wild side, discovering Weird Animals where Jesus’ love is one-of-a-kind, at Vacation Bible School June 23-27 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. VBS is for children 3 years old as of March 1, 2014, through fifth grade. Tuition is $25 per child, which includes a T-shirt. We are having a supply drive March 30 and April 6. Look for the donation bin in the Lobby. For more information, contact Tamaron Hunt at [email protected]
or (281) 4928031, ext. 367. Volunteer. Want to have a meaningful impact on a great group of kids this summer? Want to secure your child’s spot in Vacation Bible School? Want to have a week full of fun? Volunteer for VBS! Contact Amanda at [email protected]
or sign up at the VBS table in the Lobby March 30. All Summer Ministries Programs. Please visit the table in the Lobby March 30 to find out about all the programs St. Peter’s has for your children this summer. Online registration for volunteers’ children is March 31-April 1, for members’ children is April 2-4, and for the community is April 7-11. Register at www.stpkaty.org.
Welcome to Our New Members Phillip, Gail, and Paige Arnoldy; Jack and Sally Bishop; Sandy Dimiterchik; Jonathan and Amanda Fasullo; Shirin Gardner; Nancy Holden; and Martha Williamson
In Our Prayers
PRAYERS Frank Barber, Ray Britt, Faunelle Deaton, John Duffield, Rick Jage, Brian Jones, Betty Marsh, David Mason, Madeline and Molly McDaniel, Theresa Ortowski, Fay Smith, Leslie Smuts, Cheryl Swift, Tommy Tomlinson and Linda Worden. SYMPATHY To Peggy Batig and family on the death of her brother. To Dale, Julee, Molly and Jacob Farmen and family on the death of their son and brother Matthew. To Judy Frankson and family on the death of her mother. To the family of Annanette Harper on her death. To Scott and Cynthia Kelley and family on the death of their grandfather. To Martha McKitterick and family on the death of her sister. To Dorothy Wilson and family on the death of her father.
Wednesday Night Dinner 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Lott Hall April 2 Homemade Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, sweet green beans and strawberry shortcake April 9 Dinner sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 209 Marinated pork tenderloin, glazed green beans, herb-crusted new potatoes, roll and cobbler Kid’s meal: pizza, corn, Gogurt and dessert of the day Healthy option of a shrimp taco available on April 2 by reservation. Adults/Kids: $6/$3 with reservation Make reservation by Sunday at midnight at stpkaty.org or by 12:15 p.m. Sunday at the Information Desk.
ST. PETER’S ATTENDANCE March 16 Traditional Worship 8:30 252 9:45 218 11:00 409 the element 9:45 94 11:00 157 SPLASH 68 TOTAL 1,198
March 23 Traditional Worship 8:30 9:45 11:00 the element 9:45 11:00 SPLASH TOTAL
241 222 427 127 186 84 1,287
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, 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 Monthly Mission Focus. This month, our missions focus is on our Christ Clinic Tour. We will meet at the east parking lot at 10 a.m. and carpool to the Christ Clinic in downtown Katy on April 2. Director Cara Hill will give a presentation and then we will have a tour of the facility. Christ Clinic provides basic medical care to the uninsured and to those under-insured in Katy and the surrounding area. We welcome all women of the church to join us. For information, call Beverly Deerhake at (281) 856-6217. Spring Style Show. Everyone is invited to an evening of “Feeling Beautiful” at our annual style show April 22 at 7 p.m. in Lott Hall. Fashions will be by White House/Black Market. Entertainment and refreshments also will be furnished. Proceeds benefit missions. Watch for tickets sales to begin soon. For more information, contact Charline Grace at (281) 352-2403.
outstanding Student Ministries program and two of their many mission areas. On April 6 we will be celebrating the Freedom Fun Run/Walk as well as starting a U.M. ARMY tool drive. The Freedom Fun Run/Walk (which is April 5) supports Christian Solidarity International, an organization that seeks to end modern-day slavery. Past Freedom Walks have been so successful that St. Peter’s Student Ministries has been mentioned in national publications as an example of how to support CSI. U.M. ARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth) seeks to provide Christ-centered quality youth work camps that serve people in need and promote leadership development in youth. This year our students will be going to Beaumont to serve the community there. We will have a display set up in the Lobby on April 6 that will highlight opportunities to donate tools or Home Depot gift cards. For more information on either of these mission projects, contact Student Ministries director Jason Trice. First for Food Sunday. The first Sunday of each month is the day when we bring donations of nonperishable food items and toiletries for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. On April 6 please bring your donations to the wooden box in the Lobby. The Divine Diversity Sunday School class will collect the donations and deliver them to the food pantry. Help At-Risk Teens. Are you concerned about at-risk teens in Katy? The Missions Team is working with the organization reVision to provide adult mentors to meet with these young people one hour a week. As a mentor you would serve as a positive role model and someone the teen can talk to. The youth are ages 12-17 and in the process of leaving juvenile detention on probation in the Harris County Leadership Academy on KatyHockley Road. reVision offers orientation sessions for mentors the first Thursday of each month. The next orientation is April 3 at 6 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church’s “The Island” at 717 Sage in Houston. reVision is a partnership between St. Luke’s UMC, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of these teens, please contact Nathan Bledsoe at [email protected]
or (281) 492-8031.
Music Ministries hiring music assistant
usic Ministries is accepting applications for the part-time position of Music Assistant to the Director of Music Ministries. Applicants need basic knowledge of music, be proficient in Microsoft Office Suites (particularly Microsoft Access) and willingness to work flexible hours. Job includes correspondence and managing of all musical groups and activities, trip planning, and clerical duties. Position available immediately. Interested applicants should contact David Galasso at [email protected]
Daily Bible Reading
ur senior class did an outstanding job representing St. Peter’s while in Jamaica. Our group of 25 provided Vacation Bible School to the children and Sports Ministry to the community and participated in a number of work projects. We painted the exterior of the school and the interior and exterior of the church. This was our first year to work on the church (United Church of Jamaica in Port Maria), and they seem to be a good partner for us in the future. In addition to the painting, we installed two new doors at the school, did some minor plumbing repairs, tiled the school water fountain, and paid for new windows at the church. We also donated school supplies to the church, pre-school, and all-age school. Three refurbished laptops were donated to the church to use in their computer lab. The students led VBS each morning and did a great job telling the stories of Moses, Joseph, and Daniel as well as teaching about the fruits of the spirit. We shared songs with the children, and they taught us some of their favorite songs as well. After arts and crafts each day, we would play games in the back of the school. Over the four days, the students were able to make some strong connections with the children. Each afternoon we spent a couple of hours offering Sports Ministry for the community. It is always a huge success and allows us to visit with some of the older members of the Hampstead community as well as strengthening the bonds with the children. We also attended a local Bible study, visited the St. Mary Infirmary, and climbed the waterfall in Ocho Rios. It was a great week and we want to thank St. Peter’s for always supporting the mission in Hampstead.
March 31 – April 6 MONDAY 1 Kings 17:13-24 TUESDAY Daniel 12:1-4 WEDNESDAY 1 Corinthians 15:35-57 THURSDAY Ezekiel 37:1-14 FRIDAY Psalm 130 SATURDAY Romans 8:1-11 SUNDAY John 11:1-45 April 7 – 13 MONDAY Jeremiah 15:15-21 TUESDAY Psalm 22:1-11 WEDNESDAY Psalm 22:21a-31 THURSDAY Isaiah 50:4-9a FRIDAY Psalm 31:9-18 SATURDAY Philippians 2:5-11 SUNDAY Matthew 27:11-54
Freedom Fun Run/Walk April 5, 8 a.m. Helping to free people from slavery for 12 years
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
St. Peter’s Events Calendar Sunday, March 30 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 8:00 a.m. Sunday, April 6 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 1:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Second Campus Town Hall
Smocks for Life
United Methodist Women Wednesday Night Dinner Wednesday Nights at St. Peter’s Presentation on the Trinity
Off Campus Lott Hall Various Asbury Hall
Freedom Fun Run/Walk
Women’s Cancer Support Group
KEYS Council Women of Joy
Prayer Quilt Ministry Wednesday Night Dinner Wednesday Nights at St. Peter’s NAMI Family to Family Course
S201 Lott Hall Various S201
Brown Bag Bridge Lydia Circle
Asbury Hall S204
Detailed weekly calendars of St. Peter’s events are available on our website.
Children’s Summer Ministries Schedule June 9-13: Cooking with Kids June 23-27: Vacation Bible School July 14-18: Sunny Days July 14-18: Princess Prep School and Warrior Prince Academy July 27-29: Family VBS
Registration March 31-April 1: Volunteers April 2-4: Church members April 7-11: Community More information at www.stpkaty.org beginning March 31.