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St. Peter’s

CONNECTION VOL. 3, No. 14 February 1, 2013

Connecting the World with God’s Love

THIS ISSUE: Study on Poverty

The Lydia Circle of the

United Methodist Women will present this two-part study Feb. 21 and 28.

Do You Have a Heart for Mission? This Mission Ministries Team is looking for individuals who are willing to help St. Peter’s reach out to others in our community and in the world.

Home Groups provide a place for you to study, discuss, pray and make friends


ave you been looking for a way to get connected to your St. Peter’s family and grow in your faith through a small group? Are you looking for a group with a small number of members? Or a group that is just starting so that you can be there from the beginning? Maybe you would prefer to be in a group with people your age or stage in life. Home Groups may be what you are looking for. Home Groups are small groups of people who gather in homes two to four times a month to encourage members to grow in their faith through study, discussion, prayer and fellowship. Groups are usually formed around an age group, life stage, gender, or some other common attribute. We have several groups to choose from. If you don’t see a group that meets your needs, please contact Beth continued on page 4

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

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper


he United Methodist Men invite everyone to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Feb. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Lott Hall. Cost for adults is $6 and for children 6-12 is $3. There is no charge for children younger than 6. Proceeds from the supper benefit the Cliff Lott Ministerial Scholarship Fund. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. In the United Kingdom, pancakes were traditionally eaten as a last feast before the fasting of Lent. Shrove is the past tense of shrive, which means absolution of sins.

Something wonderful


hope this finds everyone well. I would love to share with you two things that are dear to my heart. The first is our Ecuador trip coming up Aug. 4-10. We are able to take 20 people on this trip, which I know will be a remarkable experience. We will spend the week visiting the Compassion International facilities, where we can help and show love to children living in poverty. For two days we will be doing a service project at one of the facilities, including minor repairs as well as some Vacation Bible School activities for the children. On Friday of that week, if you have sponsored a child, your child (usually with his or her mother) will be brought to Quito, and you will be able to spend the entire day with them. This day will be spent sightseeing and taking in all that Quito has to offer. Scott Rawlings, Associate Pastor So even if you have not sponsored a Compassion child, this trip will be perfect for you. We are going to have an informational meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in Asbury Hall. You can also get more information at our website at Click on the Ecuador slide or click on the Register for Events button and you will see a link for the Ecuador trip. I would love for you to be a part of this wonderful trip where we are connecting the world with God’s love. Second, I would like to invite everyone to an authentic Passover Seder meal on Good Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Lott Hall. We can seat only 168 people, so please sign up today by clicking Register for Events on our website. The price for tickets will be $20 a person, and all proceeds will go to Student Ministries. A member of the element who is a world-renowned chef (at least in my mind he is since he has traveled the world as far as Guatemala with me) will be cooking lamb for our meal. So we are going to make this as authentic as possible (minus the wine … sorry people!) During the registration process, you will be asked if you would like lamb or tilapia for your meal. Also, we will be serving baklava, a wonderful Middle Eastern dessert. Members of our Student Ministries will be serving us as we spend about an hour participating in the Seder meal and placing ourselves in the Israelites’ shoes as they struggled with slavery and then experienced freedom. Many of the things we will do during this Seder meal will be similar to what Jesus experienced, and some things have become traditions from the time after Christ. This will be my first time leading a service like this, even though I have participated in a couple, so I am pretty excited. If anything, you will learn so much more about the Jewish culture and about Jesus Christ, and you will be eating some unbelievable food in the process. Plus our Student Ministries will benefit, so sign up today and be a part of something wonderful. God bless,


Pastor Scott

When God Rewrites Your Story from Executive Director Randy Rush


lans are under way for our ceremonial groundbreaking for our new construction projects. Currently we are awaiting approval from the District

Committee on Buildings, which is required by the Texas Methodist Foundation for funding. This is more a formality than anything, so once that commit-


eginning Feb. 20, the Something More women’s group will offer a new six-week study, “Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story.” This study, by Jessica LaGrone, Pastor of Wor-

tee has reviewed our plans and financing and given its blessing, we can then proceed with the groundbreaking and construction. Our plan is to have this event following Sunday 11:00 worship in mid-February. We will make sure you receive sufficient notice of this event. The Building Committee and Board of Trustees are finalizing the construction plans with Hoar Construction and should be ready to release the final drawings soon. I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our District Superintendent, Pat Sparks, for his outstanding service to St. Peter’s during the past two months. Pat was an inspiration for much of the staff and was always available to talk. I especially appreciated the time Pat afforded me to listen to my ideas and the encouragement he provided during a difficult period. I am so confident that things happen for the best, and we are fortunate that the congregation and leadership of St. Peter’s have set us on a path to fulfill our mission. As part of this space in our newsletter, I am very pleased to recognize Elaine Saunders, St. Peter’s Communications Coordinator. Elaine has been a member of St. Peter’s since 1995 and joined the staff in 2005. Much of what you see and read from St. Peter’s is the product of Elaine’s

Elaine Saunders, Communications Coordinator

expertise in communications. Please let her know you appreciate her efforts.

As always, I welcome your comments/suggestions, etc. Please let me

know if there is anything we can do to make your St. Peter’s experience better.


ship at The Woodlands UMC, explores the transformational power of God through the stories of biblical characters who met God and whose lives and names were changed forever. As you meet Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter, and the unnamed woman, you will discover that God wants to be just as intimately involved in your story, offering an identity that shines with the purpose for which you were created. We will meet Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in E106. Register at or by calling the church office at (281) 492-8031.


Mothers’ Share Group


oin Mothers’ Share Group, a bunch of fun, friendly moms of children of various ages, for a little “me” time. On Feb. 7, HEB Produce Manager Glenn Evans will talk with us about healthy eating. We meet Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in E221. Child care is available. If you have any questions, contact Melody at [email protected].

Welcome to Our New Members Heather Armijo, Chris and Leslie Ferrell, Doug and Karen Harris, Dana Lopez, Kelly Minear and Charlotte Patureau, and John Winter and Michelle Dutra.

Home Groups continued from page 1 Smith at [email protected]. You also can visit the table in the Lobby on Sunday or contact Beth to sign up or for more information. Single or Married, age 40 and up. This group, which meets on Sundays, is for individuals who are interested in a deeper understanding of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, along with the opportunity to enjoy Christian fellowship. Women’s Home Group. This is a group for women, married or single, with or without children. We meet Sundays from 5-7 p.m. Child care is not provided. College and Career. This group is for individuals wanting to study issues surrounding living the Christian life as young adults. It is open to anyone currently enrolled in college or who has recently started a career. It meets Monday evenings. Single or Married, Age 40s-60s. This group focuses on how to live the Christian life daily. We encourage those who are new to or unfamiliar with the Christian faith to become deeply committed Christians. This group is for people new to the faith or those wanting to know more about living their Christian faith to the fullest. It meets on Monday evenings. Young Married, With No Children. This group meets the second and fourth Sunday evenings of the month. We delve deeper into our Christian faith to apply Christian principles to daily living. Single, age 25-55. This group for singles meets Thursday evenings.


Altar Flowers Donate flowers for Sunday worship in honor or memory of a loved one by going to and clicking on “Giving and Resources.”


January 20 Traditional Worship 8:30 9:45 11:00 the element 9:45 11:00 SPLASH Girlfriend Getaway TOTAL

212 262 481 84 148 83 91 1,361

January 27 Traditional Worship 8:30 9:45 11:00 the element 9:45 11:00 SPLASH TOTAL

212 237 481 116 149 94 1,289

Wednesday Night Dinner 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Lott Hall Feb. 6 Chicken enchiladas, Mexican rice, refried beans and dessert Kid’s meal: pizza and corn

Feb. 13 - Valentine Dinner Creamy Italian Chicken, penne pasta, zucchini and tomatoes, garlic bread and red velvet cake Kid’s meal: hot dog and tater tots Healthy option of roasted chicken lettuce wrap is available by reservation. Adults: $6 with reservation, $8 for walk-ins; kids: $3 Reservations should be made by Sunday at midnight at or at the Information Desk.

Victorian Tea

You are cordially invited to a Victorian Tea on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11:30 a.m. in Lott Hall presented by the Heritage Class. The menu will feature Cape Cod Salad, tea sandwiches and a selection of homemade cookies. A limited number of tickets, which are $10 each, will be available beginning Jan. 20 in the Lobby. No tickets will be sold at the door. For your shopping pleasure, there will be a Victorian Treasures and Spring Boutique. A silent auction for an antique quilt also will be held. All proceeds will benefit the new Magnify/Multiply Hospitality Center.

In Our Prayers

PRAYERS Bree Burke, Jerry Dewitz, Corkey Dial, Landis Feather, Brian Jones, Don Kennedy, Futaba Kioka, Betty Marsh, Mary McIntosh, Kathy Powell, Cheryl Swift, and Blake Wunder. SYMPATHY To Carol Neef Brown and family on the death of her husband, Tom Brown. To Mike Brownlee and family on the death of his mother. To Jody Nicholas and family on the death of her stepfather. To Andrea Pendergraff and family on the death of her father. To Beverly Shepherd and family on the death of her father. 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, Jeffrey Cabana, Sean Cain, Devin Camp, Darron Chamblee, Scott Chumbley, Skyler Cook, Thomas Cotten, Patrick Couch, Joel de Sola, Parker Allen Dial, 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, David Gutierrez, George Harrison, Steven Heath, Matthew C. Houghton, Matthew Ivester, Scott Lewis, Mike Linn, Ryan Lueders, Austin McCall, Jason McFadzen, Jake McMath, Mick McNaughton, Adam Miller, Collin Mooney, Joel Muhlnickel, Robert Near, Blake Nunes, Ryan O’Quinn, Neal Osburn, Austin Paynter/149th Division, Casey Pontious, Sherri Pontious, Hamilton Rencurrel, Taylor Richardson, Jack Ritchie, Don Rolleg, Jason Salter, Brandon Schumacher, Daniel Sewastynowicz, John Simmons, Morgan Smyth, Texas Military Forces, Shannon Thorthan, Bill Underwood, Kevin Van Winkle, Bert Walker, Tom Walsh, Matthew Weible, Michael Wendt, Max Weyermann, Leonard Will, Jasen Wilson, Jason Woods and Marine Co. 1157.


United Methodist Women

Women Who Dare. Please join us to hear Judith Cooper speak on “Women Who Dare” Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. in E106. UMW invites women who are interested in missions to join them for this and other programs and activities throughout the year. The unit meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month and three circles meet monthly at various times. For more information on United Methodist Women, please call Beverly Deerhake at (281) 856-6217. Study on Poverty. The Lydia Circle of the United Methodist Women will present a two-part mission study on “Poverty” on Feb. 21 and 28. Both sessions will meet at 7 p.m. in E225. Leaders are Florence Richie and Christin Williams. Contact Florence at (281) 815-7378 if you want a copy of the book.

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Monthly Mission Activities February Mission Focus. Our mission focus this month is Servefest and UMCOR Cleaning Kits. Please visit the Missions table in the Lobby this Sunday for more information on each of these missions. Servefest is a Katy-area service program that will be working on Feb. 16 and 23 at Katy YMCA’s Camp Cinco, Hip Hop Hope in Brookshire, neighborhood homes and at Habitat for Humanity in Richmond. You can sign up online for one or both Saturdays. We are also focusing on UMCOR Cleaning Kits to help replenish the Sager Brown relief supply depot. We invite you to make kits at home and bring them back this month. We will have a sample kit and complete information at the Missions table in the Lobby or you can visit the Missions page at

Get Involved in Missions. The Missions Team is looking for new members. If you have an interest in planning and leading mission opportunities at St. Peter’s, please consider joining our team. Several key events always need planners and leaders, including our local Church Without Walls and our international mission, Compassion International. We also provide a mission focus each month and need people with a passion or knowledge of that program to help us organize it and provide information to the congregation. If you would like to be a part of this exciting ministry, please contact Bill Land at [email protected] or (281) 492-8031, ext. 366.

Jamaica Dinner supports student mission trip


oin us Feb. 27 from 5-7 p.m. in Lott Hall for our annual Jamaica Dinner from Las Mananitas. Proceeds from the dinner help provide supplies for the high school seniors’ mission trip to Jamaica at spring break. Adult dinners include two fajita tacos, rice, beans, chips, salsa and dessert. Children’s dinners include a corn dog, chips and cookies. We also will auction off spaces at several camps for children and students beginning at 5 p.m. and closing at 6:15 p.m. Tickets, $12 for adults and $3 for children, are available for purchase in the Lobby or online beginning Feb. 3 or you can contact the Student Ministries office at (281) 492-8031, ext. 319.

Daily Bible Reading

Super Bowl Party Invite your family and friends and join us Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. to watch the game on the big screen in Lott Hall. Bring your favorite food to share.

Sign Up for Golf Tournament


ll golfers are invited to swing

“fore” missions at the Student Ministries Sixth Annual Golf Tournament to benefit our high school seniors’ mission trip to Jamaica at spring break. The tournament will be at The Club at Falcon

Feb. 4-10 MONDAY Exod. 33:7-11 TUESDAY Exod. 33:12-22 WEDNESDAY Exod. 34:1-9 THURSDAY Exod. 34:29-35 FRIDAY Ps. 99 SATURDAY 2 Cor. 3:12-4:2 SUNDAY Luke 9:28-36 Feb. 11-17 MONDAY Job 2:1-10 TUESDAY 1 Pet. 1:3-9 WEDNESDAY Matt. 6:1-6, 16-21 THURSDAY Deut. 26:1-11 FRIDAY Ps. 91:1-2, 9-16 SATURDAY Rom. 10:8b-13 SUNDAY Luke 4:1-13

Point on Feb. 18, President’s Day. There will be many prizes, a silent and live auction, and dinner from Hasta La Pasta after the tournament. We will begin at noon with a shotgun start. Entry fee is $100 and Mulligans and Grace Drives are available. Invite your friends and neighbors. Register by Feb. 10 at or call the Student Ministries Office at (281) 492-8031, ext. 319. Sponsorship information is available by contacting the Student Ministries Office at (281) 492-8031, ext. 319, or [email protected]. We are looking for auction items for the Golf Tournament. Suggested items include tickets to sporting events, the arts, or rodeo and gift cards for restaurants, stores, or entertainment. Please contact Heather at the Student Ministries Office if you can help.


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. 3 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 9:39 a.m. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 9:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 7:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 9:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Women’s Cancer Support Group Student Ministries Super Bowl Party

S209 Lott Hall

Men’s Ensemble

Choir Room

Grace Notes Women’s Ensemble Smocks for Life

E106 Asbury Hall

United Methodist Women Wednesday Night Dinner Wednesday Nights at St. Peter’s

E106 Lott Hall Various

Mothers’ Share Group Lydia Circle

E221 S205

Victorian Tea

Lott Hall

Coffee With the Pastors


Men’s Ensemble

Choir Room

Grace Notes Women’s Ensemble KEYS Council Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Women of Joy

E106 E225 Lott Hall S203

Prayer Quilt Ministry UMW Board Meeting Wednesday Night Dinner Ash Wednesday Service

S201 E106 Lott Hall Sanctuary

Mothers’ Share Group Brown Bag Bridge

E221 Asbury Hall

Detailed weekly calendars of St. Peter’s events are available at the Information Desk in the Lobby and on the St. Peter’s website.

Jamaica Dinner. Enjoy a delcious Mexican dinner and support our high school seniors’ mission trip to Jamaica. See page 6. Katy ServeFest. Register now to help with exterior maintenance and landscaping for several Katy organizations and individuals Feb. 16 and 23. See page 6 for registration information. UMCOR Cleaning Kits. Help replenish the Sager Brown relief supply depot by making kits at home and bringing them back this month. A list of items to include in the kit can be found on our website. Pancake Supper. Support our scholarship for ministry students by eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. See page 2 for details.