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St. Peter’s

CONNECTION VOL. 4, No. 24 June 20, 2014

Connecting the World with God’s Love

THIS ISSUE: Kicking off summer with cooking

Youth Choir shares music with seniors The annual Music and Mission trip to Florida included time for outreach and for fun.

Has anything changed? Please check your information at mystpkaty and make sure your address, phone number and e-mail are up to date. What better way to start the summer than to have some hands-on fun with food? Cooking with Kids, our first summer program for children, teaches them how to prepare snacks and easy meals, put together a cookbook, set a table and plan a menu. See more photos on page 6. Our Children’s Summer Ministries continues with Vacation Bible School beginning June 23.

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

Can you help in the church office?


e are in need of volunteers to substitute on occasion for our regular office volunteers. Duties include answering the phone and greeting visitors. We have morning and afternoon shifts available. If you can help, please contact Marcia Churns at (281) 578-6654.

Thanks for your VBS donations


e would like to thank everyone for all of the Vacation Bible School donations. VBS received $1,660 worth of donations this year! Almost 450 children will have an awesome week with Weird Animals VBS June 23-27 thanks to your generosity.


Making sure we don’t drop it Dear Friends in Christ, I recently read a story about a little girl who was playing in another part of the house from where her mom was resting. The girl called out, “Mommy, you know that vase in the china cabinet, the one that’s been handed down from generation to generation?” “Yes, dear, I know which one you mean,” the mom said. “What about it?” “Well, Mommy, I’m sorry, but this generation just dropped it!” As tragic as it would be for a generation to drop a family heirloom, it would be much more tragic for a generation to “drop it” spiritually. We are Christians because someone else told us the Good News of Jesus Christ. As long as we are here on the Earth, it is our generation’s responsibility to tell the Good News to others. Dr. Pat Sparks, Senior Pastor We need to make sure that we do not “drop it” when it comes to sharing with others about God’s desire to be in a loving relationship with each and every one of us. I’m so proud of St. Peter’s for all of the ways in which we seek to “connect the world with God’s love.” It is certainly the desire of this church that we do not “drop it” when it comes to sharing the Good News. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday. Grace and Peace,


The Grace Notes women’s ensemble have enjoyed a busy spring in the community, with musical performances at The Terrace, Sunrise Senior Living, Carriage Inn, Cinco Alzheimer’s Care, The Gathering at St. Peter’s, Oakmont, Katy First Methodist Daybreak program, Heritage Grand, Solana, and Church Without Walls at Heritage Park and Cinco Alzheimer’s Care. The Grace Notes rehearse or perform Tuesday mornings during the school year. The group also sings during traditional worship at St. Peter’s once a month. Come join this wonderful ministry! The Grace Notes welcome singers, instrumentalists, and dancers and look forward to starting another fun year of music in August. For more information, contact Gail Shipley at (281) 782-1598 or [email protected].

Openings still available in summer programs



ith the additions and renovations to our church campus mostly complete and with our fall activities starting up in a few months, now is a

good time to share information on how to reserve meeting rooms and classrooms for your group. Reserve a room by sending an e-mail request to Chris Scott at cscott@ The request should include the room number or name, date(s), time, purpose or group name,

s your child looking for something fun to do this summer? We still have a few openings in our Sunny Days and Princess Prep School/Warrior Prince Academy programs, which are July 14-18. Registration will remain open through June. Complete information on these programs is at

and contact information, including your name, e-mail, and phone number. You also can request a specific set-up for the room or equipment that you might need. It is very important that you let Chris know if your group is not meeting on one of your scheduled dates. This allows him to adjust the air conditioning or heating for that space and frees the room up for another group to use if needed. We currently have a need for additional staff to set up meeting rooms. If you are interested in working evenings and Sundays, please contact Chris at [email protected] and attach a resume of your experience. It was great seeing the pictures of the Youth Choir and their interaction with the senior residents in Destin, Fla. The expressions on the youth’s faces were priceless; it makes me aware of how blessed I am to be a part of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. The experience and tools the youth

Helpers needed in preschool Sunday School


ll parents, grandparents, students and those who just like to color are invited to 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 serve and help make a difference in a child’s life. Please contact Ryan Wilson at rwilson@ for more information.

receive here helps them fulfill their potential and become adults who care for others.

Frank Nance Executive Director


Liberty Opry. Tickets are still available for this trip for senior adults by contacting David Steere at (281) 693-4710. Everyone who is going to the Liberty Opry performance at the Katy VFW Hall on July 5 should meet at Spring Creek Barbeque at noon that day for lunch and to receive their tickets for the performance. The group will then travel to the VFW Hall in private cars for the Opry, which begins at 2 p.m.

Keep your information up to date

Friday the 13th brought a bus breakdown, a thunderstorm and street flooding to the KEYS on their recent trip to Galveston, but that did not keep the group from enjoying a tour of the Lone Star Flight Museum. They also had time to view the Galveston Tree Sculptures and do some shopping on The Strand. For more information on KEYS trips for senior adults, check the KEYS bulletin board in the Lobby.


ust a reminder to please check your information on our website ( at mystpkaty. You can update your address, phone or e-mail information as well as upload a recent photo, register for a class, or check the church calendar. 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. You will find complete information on establishing a password and signing in.


We want to let moms know that our new Nursery area includes a private nursing room for your use. This space includes a comfortable chair and lamp as well as a changing table and supplies. The nursing room is available whenever the nursery is staffed.

In Our Prayers

PRAYERS Ray Britt, Faunelle Deaton, John Duffield, Caleb Gore, Rick Jage, Brian Jones, Betty Marsh, Cindy McKinney, Theresa Ortowski, Leslie Smuts, Cheryl Swift, and Tommy Tomlinson. SYMPATHY To Patti Brooks and family on the death of her mother. To Margaret Mason and family on the death of her sister. To Tom Moore and family on the death of his mother.

Beginning in January, a group of teachers from the Early Childhood Development Center met every Monday and Wednesday after school to exercise. They have lovingly become known as the Sweatin’ Sisters of St. Peter’s. It has been a wonderful way to stay healthy and develop deeper friendships outside of the classroom. We are looking forward to starting back up again in the fall.

Welcome to Our New Members Rick and Ginger Baughn Jim and Candella Musselman

ST. PETER’S ATTENDANCE June 8 Traditional Worship 8:30 230 9:45 208 11:00 429 the element 9:45 108 11:00 189 SPLASH 101 TOTAL 1,265

June 15 Traditional Worship 8:30 198 9:45 227 11:00 415 the element 9:45 132 11:00 136 SPLASH 38 TOTAL 1,146

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, Will Chapman, 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, Matthew Platz, 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.


Youth Choir Music and Mission Trip Youth Choir member Blair Lewis recently shared the choir’s experiences during its summer Music and Mission trip: his past week the Youth Choir traveled to Destin, Fla., for our annual Music and Mission trip. We stayed in two beautiful beach houses there and enjoyed our time together. We played volleyball, swam, boogie boarded, played games and spent some time working on new music. We rode go-karts and dune buggies and of course made the annual trip to Krispie Kreme to get hot donuts. The most rewarding part of the trip was our outreach to two senior residences where we shared our love for the Lord through singing. The people there were so welcoming, and they loved to have us sing to them and talk with them. We would like to thank the congregation of St. Peter’s for supporting us every Sunday morning at the 8:30 service. You don’t complain when the music we sing isn’t perfect or when we get to church a little late and sneak into the choir loft. You are also understanding when we sometimes fall asleep in the front of the church where we are on display. We truly appreciate your support each year when we make our trip. Thank you.


Cooking with Kids


Daily Bible Reading Summer Fun. Be sure to pick up a Summer Guide in Wesley to get all the details on our fun summer events. Most activities are open to students who are incoming 6th-12th graders. Pool & Parable—June 24 and July 1. Join us for swimming, snacks and a parable! We will meet at a student’s home pool each time. Contact Student Ministries for location. There will be one junior high and one high school location. It’s free! Water Olympics—June 29. Meet us at Lake Faith West from 6-8 p.m. Wear your swimsuit and bring your towel and sunscreen. Cost is $10, which includes a hot dog and soda. You can bring extra money for additional snacks. Permission slips required. Please RSVP. Homeless Ministry—July 6. Meet in the Wesley. We will go to downtown Houston and play board games with people in this area. We will also bring helpful items for hot weather to hand out. Permission slip required. Camp Connect—July 7-11. Junior high students led by high school leaders provide Vacation Bible School for the children at Parkview Village Apartments in east Houston. Depart Monday at 12:30 p.m. and return at 4 p.m. on Friday. Registration required.

We need your blood this Sunday


lease consider donating blood at our Blood Drive this Sunday, June 22. Blood Drive hours are 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome. Check in at the Scout House. More than 1,000 units of blood are needed daily in the 26-county Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center area. For more information about donating blood, contact Marsha Asplin at [email protected].

June 23 – 29 MONDAY Genesis 18:1-8 TUESDAY Psalm 133 WEDNESDAY 1 Peter 4:7-11 THURSDAY Genesis 22:1-14 FRIDAY Jeremiah 28:5-9 SATURDAY Romans 6:12-23 SUNDAY

Matthew 10:40-42 June 30 – July 6 MONDAY Ecclesiates 1:12-18 TUESDAY 1 Timothy 3:14-16 WEDNESDAY Proverbs 8:1-21 THURSDAY Gen. 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 FRIDAY Zechariah 9:9-13 SATURDAY Romans 7:14-25 SUNDAY Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Connecting the World With God’s Love June Mission Focus: reVision. Our mission focus for June is reVision, an organization that intervenes in the lives of at-risk and gang-affected youth throughout Harris County. They are in need of more volunteer mentors for these youth. If you can help, please contact Nathan Bledsoe at [email protected].


Sunday Worship 8:30 a.m.

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

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, June 22 8:00 a.m. Blood Drive 12:00 noon Student Ministries Boat Trip 3:00 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal 5:00 p.m. Handbells Rehearsal 7:00 p.m. Orchestra Rehearsal Monday, June 23 Vacation Bible School begins 8:00 p.m. Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal Tuesday, June 24 7:00 p.m. Women of Joy Church Council Wednesday, June 25 7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal Friday, June 27 6:00 p.m. Friday Night Friends Sunday, June 29 U.M. ARMY begins 3:00 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal 4:00 p.m. Women’s Cancer Support Group 5:00 p.m. Handbells Rehearsal 6:00 p.m. Student Ministries Water Olympics 7:00 p.m. Orchestra Rehearsal Monday, June 30 8:00 p.m. Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal Wednesday, July 2 7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Ways you can help Scout House Lake Conroe Choir Room Choir Room Choir Room Choir Room Parlor E106 Sanctuary Asbury Hall Choir Room S209 Choir Room Lake Faith West Choir Room Choir Room Sanctuary

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

Volunteer in the preschool Sunday School. Helpers are needed for an hour on Sundays. Contact Ryan Wilson at [email protected]. Serve as a mentor. ReVision, which works with at-risk teens needs adults to help mentor these youth. Contact Nathan Bledsoe at [email protected]. Donate blood. More than 1,000 units of blood are needed daily in our 26-county area. Our blood drive is June 22. Contact Marsha Asplin at [email protected].

Answer the phone in the church office. Serve as a subsitute volunteer answering the phone and greeting visitors to the church office during the week. Contact Marcia Churns at (281) 578-6654.