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February/March 2017

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church | School | Resale

INSIDE THIS ISSUE The Breath of the Soul - Purpose It’s in our DNA to Stay Together The Power of the Cross Teaching Cooperation Resale Shop Donation Calendar Ministry Supporters

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ST. CHRISTOPHER’S STAFF The Rev. Robert Goolsby Rector The Rev. Portia Sweet Deacon Kerry Talley Director of Music Ministries Jaz Rylander Director of Children and Youth Ministries Jill Center Christian Formation Director Monica Cadavid Day School Director Aprille Williams Resale Shop Manager Allison Rankin Assistant Resale Shop Manager

ALTAR FLOWERS Celebrating a birthday or anniversary? Would you like to honor or remember a loved one? Why not give thanks to God by dedicating the Altar Flowers for a Sunday Service? Your name and dedication will be included in Sunday’s bulletin! Simply write your name on the sign up sheet in the Narthex or contact the church office to place your order. Donation of $60-$120 covers the cost of altar flowers each week. THANK YOU! 713-465-6015 | 2 The Bridge | February 2017

Karisa Connell Assistant to the Rector Parish Administrator Newcomer Coordinator The Bridge Editor/Designer Day School Teacher The Rev. Uriel Lopez Vicar San Romero Episcopal Church

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5 | It’s in our DNA to Stay Together From the Rector


Parish Life


The Breath of the Soul


From the Rector


Deacon’s Dialogue


From Padre Uriel


Children and Youth Ministry


Day School


Resale Shop


Ministry Supporters


Upcoming Events

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spiritual life “rewarding,” pleasant, easy, comforting. It was the desire to have ecstatic experiences. It was the hope of being lifted up out of the self to the point of the ethereal. It was, consciously or unconsciously, the hope to use prayer as an escape. In some traditions, drugs and a kind of self-hypnosis are used to enhance the chances of dissolving into some kind of otherworldly trance. But it was not the way of the genuine mystic. Some of them, in fact – John the Cross, Teresa of Avila – suffered even more in prayer at the thought of the sufferings of Jesus or the awareness of the suffering of others, than most of their contemporaries did who never fully followed a life of prayer at all. Some of them lived in spiritual dryness – “the dark night of the soul” – all their lives.

Each month The Bridge will feature a reading from “The Breath of the Soul Reflections on Prayer” by Joan Chittister. For December we chose:

PURPOSE Forever at God’s door I gave my heart and soul. My fortune, too. I’ve no flock anymore, no other work in view. My occupation: love. It’s all I do. John of the Cross The purpose of prayer is not prayer. The purpose of prayer is to come to love God as much as possible with all the insights into the nature and presence of God this world allows. In fact, one of the most consistent themes in mystical literature is the clear notion that the Mystic is not seeking spiritual escape from the life of the world. The mystic, history records in one life after another of them, is simply seeking God. The life of those who practice prayer deeply and regularly is clearly a life of enlightenment. They come to know both the mind of God and the obstacles of their own hearts with an acuity uncommon event to the professional bearers of the traditions – it ministers and officers, its scholars and its priests. What they do not see are “consolations” in prayer. To strive for spiritual “consolations,” the ancients taught, meant the desire of the seeker to find the 4 The Bridge | February 2017

So what was their prayer life about it was just like mine and yours. It was about learning, as I did, what the catechism said, “to know and love God with all our hearts, all our mind, and all our strength.” Prayer is effort on my part and depth of life and fullness of understanding on God’s part. God does surely come to us in prayer. In fact, in prayer we are seeking the God who is seeking us. This same God spoke in dreams, and as Hildegard of Bingen said, “in mental visions” to the people of God throughout the ages. That same God is surely speaking to us, as well. Prayer is the process of learning to listen. MANTRA: Let me know you, O God. Let me know you and love you with all my heart, all my mind and all my strength. Joan Chittister “The Breath of the Soul” 2012

But I, because of your great love, will enter your house; I will worship in your holy temple in awe and reverence. Psalm 5:7

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It’s in our DNA to Stay Together by the Rev. Bob Goolsby

In late September 2008, I was unpacking my boxes and filling the bookshelves in the rector’s office here at St. Christopher’s. We had just gotten through Hurricane Ike, we had no electricity in our home for fifteen days and I commuted daily from Kingwood during those challenging fifteen days and for several weeks after that until we purchased our home in October. November 7, 2008 would come quickly upon my arrival at St. Christopher’s. This was the date that Illinois Senator Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. Like any presidential election, there was joy and despair, depending on who you spoke to, of course. Like any presidential election, there is always joy and despair depending on who we speak to. In 1980, my next door neighbor, an elderly woman whose grandson I played with when he was in town from northern Florida, really had a bone to pick with my mother who was a big Ronald Reagan supporter in those days. My mother campaigned for Reagan and even took me to a campaign event in Ft. Lauderdale. I was 10 years old. It was memorable. But at 10 years old, I had no idea why my mother supported Reagan, nor did I understand why my elderly next door neighbor supported President Carter. I do remember however, that my mother felt hope-filled and inspired by the California governor; while my next door neighbor feared that her Social Security and Medicare would disappear.

The Democrats lost in 1980. The Republicans lost in 1992. The Democrats lost in 2000. The Republicans lost in 2008. The Democrats lost in 2016. This is the span of my personal, presidential political experience. This pattern has gone on for generations. Further, each president has been criticized by those who didn't support him. This is nothing new. Criticizing the American president is part of our constitutional right and really has been woven into the fabric of our free and democratic society for a very, very long time; right from the beginning in the mid to late 1700’s. We want to, and we should, keep our elected officials honest. We are protected by the first constitutional amendment to speak freely and openly; as individuals as well as media outlets. Even in the wake of “fake news” and “alternative facts”, I hold a very strong position on our freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion—all protected by the first amendment. However, people in leadership and those who hold elected office, must be held to a higher standard. Despite the pattern we see in U.S. presidential elections, the 2016 election season was very different. For the first time in our history (according to my recollection and study of history) two major political parties rejected potential nominees. Remember the threat of a “contested convention” by Republican leaders if Trump were the nominee? At the same time, the hacking of the Democrats’ (DNC) email server


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that revealed party leadership would not support Senator Bernie Sanders, seeking to prevent him from being the nominee? This was a very different election to be sure. As a result, people have been stirred up and made to feel marginalized. Trump supporters surely didn't like hearing about contested conventions, and Sanders’ supporters were certainly angered by the position of his party’s leaders. Social media and some news outlets have been set ablaze with inflammatory rhetoric toward each political side. None of this inflammatory language has been helpful in my view. If anything, this rhetoric has been divisive and led to violence; some that is physical, but we must also realize that words and statements are forms of violence as well. We can do violence to one another without ever touching or even seeing the other.

especially an Anglican Christian. As Anglicans we are meant for unity. We desire unity and we practice unity. One colleague of mine who is a former seminary dean once said of the division in the Communion over the sexuality issue: ‘I don’t believe the Anglican Communion will split, ultimately. It’s in our DNA to stay together.’ That statement has stuck with me for years. One might even say that about Americans: ‘It’s in our DNA to stay together.’

The big question is: How do we as Christians engage in conversations in this day and age about deeply held convictions and values that differ across political ideologies and worldviews? We spoke a bit about this at the adult formation hour on January 22. Respecting one another’s dignity came up a few times. Patience came up, openness and understanding were other words shared. We had a good discussion.

Jesus teaches us to be lawful, pay taxes, even to the occupying force that was Rome in his time (Matthew 17; 22). I think he’d say the same to us today: follow the law, pay your due taxes, and be good citizens - but not for the sake of doing these things themselves. Our true citizenship is in heaven. We are called to walk in love as Christ loves us. We love one another despite our differences. We are Episcopalians and we are Anglicans. We are a diverse bunch to say the very least. I am not bidding us to all just “get along”. That’s too easy. I’m making the claim that we do the very hardest work of all: Love one another as Jesus loved us. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34).

For me, the biggest standout of this election season is the continued affirmation that our country is very divided. Deeply divided. And this saddens me. But at the same time I am grateful to be a Christian and

To be clear, I do believe there are injustices in the world and specifically in our own country. Racial tension exists among us. Sexism exists among us. There are many people living in this great, wealthy

"Although my childhood was filled with many happy memories, it was also spent in abject poverty. I was one of the 17 million kids in this country who didn't know where the next meal was coming from, and I did everything to get food. I have stolen for food. I have jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food. I have befriended people in the neighborhood, who I knew had mothers who cooked three meals a day for food, and I sacrificed a childhood for food and grew up in immense shame." - Viola Davis

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country of ours who lack access to good education, good healthcare (or healthcare at all), or even a living wage. As much as politicians make promises to address these issues, I still believe the church must have a voice as well, and we do. We can affect change through our lives of faith. Every difference maker in modern history from Martin Luther King, Jr to Maya Angelou and others, were people of strong religious faith and conviction. Our church has a book full of saints and holy people who serve as examples to us not to be passive, but to speak for those who are less powerful than ourselves, particularly the poor. As actress Viola Davis said in a recent interview, “When you’re poor, you’re invisible” (Davis grew up dirt poor). I believe there is much work yet to be done for equality and justice in our country. The good news, is that we are doing this work every day, in one way or another, at St. Christopher's.

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). `

So, if you voted Democrat, Republican, or Independent, I love you. If you marched or protested or didn’t march or protest, I love you. If you are an old -school conservative or a justice-thirsty liberal, I love you. I love you because Jesus loves you and Jesus loves me. Our first allegiance is to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and no other. No ruler, no king, no president, not even country comes before our relationship with God in Christ Jesus. May we continue to walk this road together in the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

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Pastoral Care

"A sailing we will go..." Well, the cargo ships in the Port of Houston are much larger than sailing ships of yesterday, but the seafarers are still often aboard for months without being able to set foot on dry land. To help welcome them to Houston each year we pack shoebox size packages with personal items they might buy for themselves if they could go ashore. Check the bin in the Latham Hall entrance to see what is needed this month and next and watch for the Sunday date when we will pack and gift wrap our seafarer gifts. When done, they will be taken to the port chaplains who will then distribute to one ship at a time as it pulls into port fr om anywhere in the world during the month of December. The chaplains deliver thousands of gift packages each year. Let's show them our gratitude through our generosity!

The Lay Pastoral Care Team provides several pastoral responses for parishioners. Some visit in homes, hospitals or senior care facilities. Some take the Eucharist to folks who cannot get to church. Others make phone calls, send cards, or pray with those who are ill or in need.

If you have an idea for an outreach ministry, talk it up among a few like-minded friends, form a plan, and call or email Deacon Portia to see how it might be carried out at St. Christopher's. This might be a one-time need or an ongoing one to be met in our community, our diocese, or abroad.

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If you are hospitalized or homebound and would like a visit or call from your parish, please call the office and let us know who and where you are and how long you expect to be incapacitated. Someone will be asked to respond to your need. Just remember, although we are trained in pastoral care giving, that training does not include telepathic communication. You are loved here and you are missed when you are not here; and we need your help in knowing when you need us. For more information or to volunteer, please contact: Deacon Portia Sweet 713-465-6015

Deacon’s Dialogue

“The times they are a changin’” goes the Bob Dylan song of the 1960’s. Indeed! So, how are we Christians to respond to the rapidly changing political and social environment in which we live? Are we to go with the flow and celebrate everything that happens? Are we to resist when something new is not as we would have it or does not have the endorsement of our favorite celebrity? How can we possibly thoughtfully weight the merits of so many data points? How can we reverently discern so many possibilities about the numerous important issues that daily intrude upon our lives? During the Season of Epiphany we hear the stories of how God has manifested himself to his people. We hear the basic requirements of God, His primary commandments, and the primary messages of his prophets, from Moses to Paul. Within this body of knowledge and wisdom are the guidelines we need to answer those questions. Our duty, then, as followers of Christ, is to study over and over those stories and prophetic words; to pray that God may reveal his will for each of us relevant to them; to spend quiet time listening for the Voice of God; to be open to hearing it in any number of ways; and finally, to be courageous enough to act, to the best of our ability, accordingly. We don’t know of the existence of rocket scientists in Biblical times, so God’s requirements and commandments are not difficult to understand. Jesus lived and preached among simple folk for the most part. St. Paul oversaw several congregations which included a broad demographic, but his core message is straightforward, if you are familiar with the situations in which it is delivered. Paul saw a personal manifestation of Christ on the road to Damascus. (Acts 9:4-7) and he was both commanded and compelled to stand up for Jesus for the rest of his life. Any group of words may be usurped for less than honorable purposes or twisted and misinterpreted, yet Paul repeats in many, many ways that Christ is to

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be the center of our lives. He reiterates without end that Christ's command that we are to act in love toward everyone else in all that we do is to be our top priority every day. While it is not hard to understand those words, it is sometimes hard to live them. That is why, in all things, we must think, "I will with God's help." I believe the authors of the baptismal covenant were very wise and understood human nature very well to have added those words to the covenant questions. I can do nothing without God's help. And, like Paul, I cannot boast of anything I do, for if I do something good for another, it is because of the Christ within me. That is Paul's message. I think that leads logically to say, that if Christ is within me, I MUST act in love with ALL of God's children, especially with and for the least of these, those on the margins. We learn this from Matthew's Gospel, (25:35-40), when Christ says, "Come you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me;....." And when the crowd asked, "And when was it that" (we did these things)? Jesus replied, "And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."

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We are called to be good citizens of our country and the world. As Christians we have a code and a model of behavior that supports that, and we can simultaneously be good citizens in our earthly nation and God's kingdom by striving to live according to that code and that model. By referring to the message of Christ's life, death and resurrection, we can appropriately respond to the changes and chances that occur. How has Christ manifested himself to you this day? How have you responded? What is the story of that manifestation that you can share with others? And Share we must, for that is how we spread the Good News. God's Peace! Deacon Portia

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The Power of the Cross © Ken Robinson

by The Rev. Uriel Lopez It is with great joy that the doors of St Christopher’s are open to welcome a new congregation; Bishop Andrew Doyle has appointed the West Houston Hispanic community an Episcopal Fellowship and has given it the name of San Romero Episcopal Church. Our Fellowship will be recognized this month at the Diocesan Council. I would like introduce Oscar Romero to all of us, hoping that we learn more about him as we walk together. On March 24, it will be 36 years that an assassin's bullet hit Oscar Romero’s chest. Since his death this controversial figure in his time, has been proclaimed by his flock as “San Romero, el santo del pueblo” (Saint Romero, the saint of the people). Oscar Romero was named Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church of El Salvador in 1977, during a period where a succession of military dictatorships ran the Central American country. Historians say he was chosen in part because he was conservative and unlikely to be overly critical to the authoritarian government. But the murder of a friend and fellow priest, Rutilio Grande, just one month later, brought out a new resolve in Romero. The archbishop became an especially fierce critic of the military regime that seized power in 1979. He was assassinated on March 24, 1980 while celebrating the Eucharist. While his killers were never found, many blame Romero's

assassination on right-wing death squads. He is held up as a prophet and martyr, friend, and protector of the poor and marginalized who denounced an unjust reality and stood up against oppression. “Though there has been quite resistance on the part of some in the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy about pursuing the process of canonization to name Romero a saint, Anglicans embraced him as a saint and martyr almost immediately, with the Church of England unveiling a statue of him in the West door of the Westminster Abbey in London, as part of a larger tribute to ten twentieth-century martyrs. Likewise, both the Church of England and the Episcopal Church in the United States have marked March 24 in their liturgical calendars as his commemoration date, and the latter has further included him in a publication on saints’ feasts days, Holy Women, Holy Men.” (A Dangerous Dozen, C. K. Robertson, page 143) To name the West Houston Hispanic Mission “San Romero” embraces a figure that speaks to all of us as a champion of the Americas. It proclaims the prophetic baptismal call of all Christians. It responds to the Diocesan slogan and campaign “El amor de Dios no tiene Fronteras,” (God’s love has no borders). It refers to the nature of this church plant as a Hispanic Mission and to the many Hispanic residents of this area that are of Central American, Hispanic origin; also

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most of the leadership group of the mission are from El Salvador. It clearly identifies the Episcopal Church standing with the poor, voiceless, marginalized, exploited, discriminated against, migrant, undocumented. It acknowledges and receives the catholic culture and spirituality of most Latin-Americans, including that of its spiritual leader, the Rev. Uriel Lopez, who was received by the Episcopal Church as a priest ordained in the Roman Catholic Church. By honoring a Roman Catholic hero we show respect and appreciation for other denominations and open doors for ecumenical collaboration. San Romero also projects the Anglican / Episcopalian identity into a broader audience, making us better known and taking us out of our comfort zone, our own borders.

your great support and encouragement. San Romero is as much a part of St Christopher’s as any other of your ministries. “The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) Oscar Romero said “As a Christian, I do not believe in death without resurrection: if I am killed, I will rise in the Salvadorian people.” May we be certain to proclaim the cross with passion, for it is God’s power.

Please rejoice with me as we begin the public life of our congregation with Ash Wednesday on March 1. We will have Ashes to go all day in conjunction with St Christopher’s, and we will have a Spanish Eucharist at 6:30 p.m. March 5 will mark our first Sunday Eucharist at 12:30 p.m. and will remain the same every Sunday after that. Please know that none of this has come to be without



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Introducing Jazsmone “Jaz” Rylander

Jazsmone Rylander joins our staff this month serving both the church and the preschool in Children’s Ministry. Prior to coming to St. Christopher’s, Jazzy worked at Ascension Episcopal School for four years and most recently at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church for over five years. She has experience with all things related to Children’s Ministry – classroom assistance, teaching, curriculum logistics, special events like outreach projects and family ministry gatherings, as well as world mission experience and Vacation Bible School coordination.

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Get to know our new Minister for Children and Youth

Jaz is very excited to be at St. Christopher’s and felt right at home as soon as she met Fr. Bob. She’s excited to continue her passions for families and children – ministering to them and growing together into a deeper relationship with Christ. Be sure to keep an eye out for Jaz and introduce yourself!

Jaz grew up in Houston, attended Lamar High School and Prairie View A & M for college finishing there with a Science and Biology degree.

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Teaching Cooperation Why do some children seem willing to cooperate while others do not? In fact, children learn to be cooperative and helpful. They do not become that way automatically. They have to learn to work with others to accomplish a job and to help others by sharing materials and information. Children have to learn how to make someone else’s work or play easier. This learning takes place slowly, but the foundations can be laid early in life. Here are some things parents and caregivers can do that will set the state for the development of cooperation: • Be a model. This is one of the best ways to teach cooperation because children imitate the actions of people who are important to them. If young children see parents and other adults cooperating with others, they will be more willing to do the same. When a parent helps a neighbor an air conditioner to takes a casserole to the new family next door, he or she is setting an example that is seen by children and recorded for future reference. • Provide other models of good behavior. Children are exposed to lots of models other than parents, including television, moves, books, toys, recordings and videogames. Make an effort to screen these media and choose those that show good friendships, unselfish giving, or acts of kindness, acceptance and forgiveness.

• Assign age appropriate but real responsibilities. We usually get what we expect from children, and they need to know that we expect them to take an active part in the work of the family. Parents can convent expectations of cooperation and helpfulness not by preaching but by giving children real chores to do.

• Give suggestions and reasons. One of the reasons adults sometimes fail to help is that they don’t know what to do or how to do it. Don’t expect a child to automatically know how to do anything without specific, concrete suggestions. For example, tell a five-year-old: “Joan, push the door and hold it open for Mrs. Stanley. She’s having trouble doing that and pulling the grocery cart, too.” You are more likely to get help from a four-year-old if you say: “I want you to help me set the table for dinner because I have to finish the salad. Here are the plates. Put a napkin and a knife and fork next to each plate like this.” Giving reasons along with suggestions helps children understand why another person needs their help and make them more willing to cooperate.

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S H O P | V O L U N T E E R | D O N AT E - S T . C H R I ST O P HE R 'S R E S AL E S H O P

Volunteer of the Month Titia Vandermeer Titia Vandermeer is our Volunteer of the Month! Titia has been a faithful volunteer cashier for our shop since 1999 coming to us as a way to support Houston Hospice. She has a wonderful husband and two married sons as well as four grandchildren, three step-children, eight step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren. She says that she likes communications with the staff and customers. Titia says, “It makes me feel good about myself doing it!”

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We had to say goodbye to two long time shop volunteers, Elder Phister and Elder Guzman. They found us through and are Elder missionaries with the LDS Church. Elder Guzman has be assigned to a new district and is continuing his mission. Elder Phister has finished his mission and will be returning to his home in Wyoming. They will both be missed!

We also said goodbye to Sister Christensen from the LDS (Right) And soon, Sister Selee (Left) will move on as well. Both of these dedicated volunteers are going home now that their mission work has come to an end. We were so lucky to be a part of their journey!

The presentation of a check to The Monarch School and Institute from St. Christopher’s Resale Shop, as part of our annual outreach fund allocation. The people pictured are (from left to right): Eden, Lee, Aprille, Father Bob, Paul, Kimy, Finn, Allison. 16 The Bridge | February 2017

CHRISTMAS PARTY Tuesday December 20th the Resale Shop hosted a festive Christmas Party. Food and fellowship was in great abundance! Lunch was catered by Spaghetti Western and guests were invited to participate in a lively ornament exchange game.

Getting ready for the party, Assistant Manager, Allison braids the hair of volunteer Laura while Jorge offers

Lee, Bonnie, Laura, Nell, Becky and John were ready for the ornament exchange

Father Bob shares good conversation with Portia, Nell, Lee and Becky

We even got a visit from Santa himself!

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ST. CHRISTOPHER’S RESALE SHOP Don ati o n Calendar We are happy to accept your gently used items any time of the year. But…if you've ever wondered about the best time to donate certain things…here's a helpful calendar.




Rodeo Gear

St. Patrick’s Day Items

Easter Décor

Valentine’s Day Items



Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Bunnies





Summer Clothes

Red, White and

Pool Toys


Blue Décor

Items for Moms

Items for Dads




School Uniform Pieces

Harvest and

Halloween Décor

Children’s Shoes

Fall Décor



Jackets and Sweaters




Christmas Décor

Dining Furniture

Storage/Organizing Items

S&P Shakers


Exercise Equipment

Serving Sets


Workout Clothes


Gift Items




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Above and Beyond Ann Seitz & Family Altar Flowers Kyna Agerton Lee Eriksen Joy Gould Bill & Diana Howland Christine Lucas Children’s Ministry Joy Gould Bob and Bonnie McKay

Clergy Discretionary Fund Gene & Jean Fischer Bill & Diana Howland Mary Frances Townsend Lord of the Streets Cynthia Bamsch Clyde & Lee Etta Sloan Jeanene Trout

Thank you for your valuable time, talent, and treasure!

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F E B R U A RY 1 First Spanish Eucharist 7 Hispanic/Anglo Fertile Ground Workshop 9 Spring Branch Super Neighborhood Meeting 11 Family Movie Night Finding Dory 11 Fellowship Dinner at the Sloan’s 12 Renewal of Vows/Relationship Blessing 22 Messy Church 26 Christian Formation Intro to Transforming Questions 28 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Do you have your hands full? Is your life “Messy”? Don’t know if you have time for church? Worried about keeping your kids engaged in church? If you answered YES, then Messy Church is for you! It’s a shortened worship service with contemporary music, activities and crafts for all, and dinner is included. Give yourself the night off and bring your family to be a part of God’s family in an amazing, cool new way!

MARCH 1 Ash Wednesday and Ashes to Go 5 Lent Evensong 22 Messy Church 25 Dinner with Rev Marcus Losack Irish Pilgrimage 2018 26 Sock it to me Sunday Check often for more events!

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ALL AGES! ALL STAGES! JOIN US IN LATHAM HALL! SCHEDULE: Wednesday, February 22 at 5 PM Wednesday, March 22 at 5 PM RSVP, Volunteer and/or Donate Dinner: Jaz Rylander 713-465-6015 |

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