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St. Peter’s

CONNECTION VOL. VOL. 5, 5, No.No. 1917 March 2015 April 24,27, 2015

Connecting the World with God’s Love

THIS ISSUE: Following in Paul’s footsteps Church Without Walls

Be sure to visit out website to sign up for a project on this church-wide day of service on May 17.

Vacation Bible School needs your help Lots of volunteers and donations of supplies will help make this year’s VBS a success. On April 6, 22 pilgrims from St. Peter’s set out for Turkey and Greece to follow the journeys of Paul. We began our travels in Istanbul and the Blue Mosque. From there we went to the seven churches mentioned in Revelation and walked and read scriptures where Paul did. We experienced the weather that Paul would have experienced (ask any of us about the great Turkey blizzard of 2015). From Turkey, we flew to Greece where we hiked up the Acropolis to see the Parthenon. We ended our time in Greece in the city of Corinth and stood on the Bema where Paul stood to face charges brought by the Jews. This trip brought the Bible to life and we were all changed by the experience. —Kathy Perry

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

Free books to a good home!

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n May 3 in the Lobby we will have a collection of used books available for free. These are books that have been removed from our library to make room for new titles. Most of the books are on religious subjects, but there are some on family, children’s activities, social topics, etc. There are no children’s titles. We will be accepting donations if you would like to help us purchase new books. Please help us find a good home for these books!

Cut out smocks for cancer patients

Nothing can separate us from God’s love Dear Friends, Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! The message still rings in our ears as we go about our lives following Easter Sunday. In fact, the Easter message changes everything for us. We do not need to live in fear because God has the last word when it comes to our lives. As Paul expressed, there is nothing, not even death, that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Because Jesus Christ rose from the dead, we know that our life does not ultimately end in death. Because Christ lives, we will live. No Dr. Pat Sparks, Senior Pastor other religion makes such a claim. Jesus died, but came back to life, appearing to 500 people over a period of 40 days. “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” (1 Corinthians 15:14). But Christ was raised, and our faith is not useless. In fact, our faith in the resurrection is the most useful thing in our lives because it gives us hope that nothing, not even the walls we put up ourselves, can come between us and God’s love for us. I hope to see you Sunday as we continue our sermon series “Walls” and worship our Risen Savior who breaks down all of our walls. Peace,

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lease join Smocks for Life for our last regular meeting this spring May 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Asbury Hall. Bring a friend and join us as we make smocks for breast cancer patients to wear while having treatment. If you cannot join us May 5, Smocks for Life will be participating in Church Without Walls May 17. Please register at stpkaty. org. For more information, contact Jan Sidle at (281) 773-7321.

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The Prayer Quilt Ministry has now distributed more than 700 quilts to people suffering a loss or illness or going through a difficult time. You don’t need to have quilting experience to join this ministry. They meet the second Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. in S201.

UMW Style Show creates a garden of fashions The United Methodist Women want to thank everyone who attended our style show on April 21. It was a huge success! A big thank you goes to our beautiful models who rocked those SteinMart styles and to the St. Peter’s Bluegrass Players for their awesome performance. Proceeds from the style show will go toward UMW missions.

Church Council Highlights The next Church Council meeting is Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in E106.

Blood drive this Sunday

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Nursery Coordinator job opening

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ome be a part of Creator’s Cove, our Nursery team, as Nursery Coordinator. The perfect candidate for this 20-hour per week job is friendly and outgoing, loves children, and loves the Lord. This individual should possess skills in organizing, scheduling, and managing a staff and should be flexible and enjoy working in a busy environment. In addition to weekday hours, the candidate should be available Sundays as well as occasional evenings. If you like to have fun, work in a high-energy space, and have the desire to be a part of our dynamic Children’s Ministries team, we want to talk with you. Please send your resume to Kelly Johnson at [email protected] or (281) 492-8031, ext. 310, by May 3.

t. Peter’s next blood drive is this Sunday, April 26 from 8 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. at the Scout House. This will be a T-shirt drive. If you made an appointment, please remember to keep it. If you didn’t make an appointment, feel free to walk in to donate. There is parking at the Scout House or you can catch the shuttle from the covered driveway. There have been some changes to the FDA policy on donating blood. Please bring dates and locations for everywhere you have been if you have traveled outside the United States or Canada within the last 12 months or if you have lived outside the United States or Canada during the last three years. For more information on donating blood, contact Marsha Asplin at [email protected]

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Connecting the World With God’s Love

Skeeters Game. The KEYS group is going to the Sugar Land Skeeters game on May 27. We will leave the church parking lot at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per person, due by May 3 to Peggy Batig. Dinner is at the park at one of the many food venues there. Sign up on the KEYS bulletin board in the Lobby. For more information, call Peggy Batig at (281) 394-5358. Come along with us and cheer on an exciting baseball team!

Church Without Walls, May 17 May Mission Focus The Missions Team is excited to provide you with this list of great projects for Church Without Walls 2015. CWOW is a day when our entire congregation worships God by going outside the walls of St. Peter’s to be his hands and feet in service to our community. We start the day with the entire congregation gathering in the Sanctuary for a short time of worship. Then we head out to work on service projects both on and off campus. There are projects suited to all ages and abilities. Get complete information and descriptions and register at www.stpkaty.org. We look forward to serving with you on May 17! Family-Friendly Projects Brookwood Community, Katy Manor Apartments, SPLASH Missions, Hope Impacts, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, UMCOR Cleaning Buckets, U.M. ARMY Health Kits and St. Peter’s First Aid Kits, The Ballard House, Steps2Serve, UMCOR School Bags, and HALTER Adult/Student Work Projects reVision, Habitat for Humanity, Fort Bend Women’s Center, Manna House, Smocks for Life, YMCA – Camp Cinco Ranch, Christ Clinic, Christ Clinic Community Garden (at St. Peter’s), Krause Center, Caring4Katy, Community Garden for Brookwood, SPUMC Homebound, Taylor High School, SPUMC Recycling, Katy Area Home Repair, and Music Projects

Volunteer with Wednesday Night Dinner

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ednesday Night Dinner has ended for the spring, but we are looking forward to the fall. We need new volunteers to help make this ministry run smoothly. Ways to serve include cooking teams, shoppers, ministry leaders, servers, and cashiers. If you are interested in becoming a part of this fun ministry, please contact Nathan Bledsoe at [email protected] or Whitney Peper at [email protected]

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Breaking down walls through Stephen Ministry

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f you know someone—perhaps a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative— who is going through a difficult time, there’s a wonderful way you can help them break through the wall of their pain and receive the care and support they need. Tell them about Stephen Ministry. Our Stephen Ministers have received 50 hours of training to provide high-quality, confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to hurting people. Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receivers to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts for as long as the person needs care. It’s free, and it’s a powerful way you can help a hurting friend. To learn how to connect someone you know with a Stephen Minister, contact Rev. Kim Poer at (281) 492-8031 or Nancy Taylor at (281) 702-2953. Our Stephen Ministers are here to provide care.

In Our Prayers PRAYERS

Hua Atkinson, Dennis Bowling, Jim Butler, Katie Clements, William Clites, Julia Clites, Faunelle Deaton, John Duffield, Caleb Gore, Lu Haas, Art Henderson, Ann Hlinak, Rick Jage, Brian Jones, Oscar Jones, Don Kennedy, Wanda Klaus, Betty Marsh, Maynard Robertson, Kathryn Sadowski, Marilyn Shaw, Beth Smith, Ruby Smith, Spencer Stanford, and Cheryl Swift.

JOY

A huge thank you to all the St. Peter’s volunteers who assisted with Christ Clinic’s Walk with a Doc event at Katy Mills Mall. St. Peter’s sponsored the very first walk and provided medical assistance, walking buddies and healthy snacks for the Christ Clinic patients.

Welcome to Our New Members Juan and Helen Campo, Stacey Earley, Craig and Taylor Koehne, Mike and Erin Najar, Jane Shomette, and Justin and Marcie Strang

To Dale and Lindsey Fremin on the birth of their daughter Lola Grace. To Travis and Sharla Jambers on the birth of their daughter Everly Quinn Myers.

SYMPATHY

To Jan Beach and Traci Burrus and family on the death of their husband and father, Don Beach. To Mike Brownlee and family on the death of his father.

PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY

ST. PETER’S ATTENDANCE April 12 Traditional Worship 8:30 158 9:45 227 11:00 416 the element 9:45 75 11:00 134 SPLASH 80 Living Stones 105 Living Stones Kids 74 Turkey/Greece Trip 22 TOTAL 1,291

April 19 Traditional Worship 8:30 217 9:45 273 11:00 408 the element 9:45 61 11:00 118 SPLASH 59 Living Stones 157 Living Stones Kids 62 TOTAL 1,355

Tim and Alison Batig, John Belsha, Will Brandt, Skyler Cook, 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.

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Unit Meeting. All women are invited to our May 6 meeting to hear Karen and David Shaw talk about “Seminary for Inmates.” We meet at 10 a.m. in E106. For more information, contact Terry Adams (281) 232-8260. School Supply Drive. We are collecting supplies for 100 school kits to be shipped to United Methodist Committee on Relief for distribution around the world. These kits will be assembled during Church Without Walls. There is a box in the Lobby to collect donations. Needed items include blunt scissors (rounded tip only, no plastic), loose-leaf paper or top-bound pads of paper, hand-held pencil sharpener (must be at least 1 inch long), 30-centimeter ruler, unsharpened pencils (no religious, patriotic, or military symbols), 2-inch or larger eraser, and 24-count box of crayons (Crayola brand preferred). Thank you for your help.

On March 29 more than 70 boys and girls gathered in the SPLASH Theatre to celebrate a traditional Seder meal. This fun and interactive experience is designed to help connect the dots for the children between the Exodus and the death of Christ. We had traditional foods for the children to try, prayers, and the traditional story retold for kids. This is a wonderful tradition in SPLASH that helps the children prepare for Easter.

SPLASH Father-Daughter Dance May 12

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PLASH is sponsoring a Father-Daughter Dance May 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the SPLASH Theatre. Girls from kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to bring their father or other male adult for a fun evening of dancing, dessert, games, and a photo booth. Cost is $10 per father and daughter and $5 for each additional daughter. For information, contact Whitney Peper at [email protected]

U.M. ARMY Mission Camp is June 21-27. U.M. ARMY provides students currently in 9th-12th grades, college students, and adult leaders the opportunity to experience Christian growth through mission, worship, and fellowship. Groups provide home repair and maintenance assistance to those unable to help themselves. Cost is $250. Scholarship information is available from Jason Trice at [email protected] A deposit of $100 is required to hold your spot. Full payment is due May 15. Register at STPstudentministries.org. For more information, call (281) 492-8031, ext. 319, or e-mail [email protected] stpkaty.org.

Vacation Bible School 2015 Volunteer as a VBS Adventure Guide

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oin us June 15-19, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., as a Vacation Bible School Everest Adventure Guide. Each year we open our doors to more than 400 children for a weeklong adventure with God, and it takes more than 150 volunteers to make this week happen. We have specific needs for people who love to tell a good story, play fun games, sing, reach out through missions, and more. Please prayerfully consider how God will use you during this week of connecting children with God’s love. Contact Amanda Fasullo and Kelly Pagonis, Everest co-directors, at [email protected] and let them know you can serve with VBS this summer.

Daily Bible Reading April 27 – May 3 MONDAY Acts 4:5-12 TUESDAY Psalm 23 WEDNESDAY 1 John 3:16-24 THURSDAY John 10:11-18 FRIDAY Isaiah 5:1-7 SATURDAY 1 Peter 4:7-11 SUNDAY Hosea 14:4-9 May 4 – 10 MONDAY Acts 8:26-40 TUESDAY Psalm 22:25-31 WEDNESDAY 1 John 4:7-21 THURSDAY John 15:1-8 FRIDAY Jonah 4:1-11 SATURDAY Galations 5:22-26 SUNDAY Proverbs 10:1-9

Donate to The Giving Tree

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ook for the Giving Tree in the Lobby this Sunday, where you will find opportunities to make donations of snacks and supplies for Vacation Bible School. VBS is an important way we teach hundreds of children about God’s love for them.

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S unday 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

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

Ways you can help

Sunday, April 26 8:00 a.m. Blood Drive Scout House 9:45 a.m. KIDS JAM Spring Musical Sanctuary Monday, April 27 7:00 p.m. Care Team E106 Tuesday, April 28 7:00 p.m. Women of Joy S203 Church Council E106 Wednesday, April 29 7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal Ellis Music Suite Thursday, April 30 7:00 p.m. Grief Share Group S209 Sunday, May 3 12:15 p.m. Pizza With the Pastors Asbury Hall 4:00 p.m. Women’s Cancer Support Group S209 Monday, May 4 7:00 p.m. Missions Committee S101 Care Team E106 Tuesday, May 5 6:30 p.m. Smocks for Life Asbury Hall Wednesday, May 6 10:00 a.m. United Methodist Women E106 7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal Ellis Music Suite Thursday, May 7 7:00 p.m. Grief Share Group S209 Detailed weekly calendars of St. Peter’s events are available on our website.

Be a part of Church Without Walls. Register today for one of our many projects that benefit people in Katy, in our country, and in the world on this special day of service at St. Peter’s.

Volunteer at Vacation Bible School. Connect the hundreds of children who attend VBS each summer with God’s love by volunteering June 15-19. Donate school supplies. Donate supplies to the United Methodist Women, who will be putting them together into school kits to be distributed to school children around the world. Help repair homes. Register for U.M. ARMY and help people in need with home repairs and home maintenance.