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St. Peter’s

CONNECTION VOL. 7, No. 5 October 21, 2016

Connecting the World with God’s Love


Pumpkin photo-op

Fall Family Festival

Don’t forget that the ECDC Fall Family Festival is this Saturday from 3-6 p.m. Come out and support our preschool!

Celebrate healthy living Find out how to live a healthy life at this Nov. 12 event that focuses on food, exercise, and fun.

Taking family photos is just one of the great things about our annual Pumpkin Patch. Proceeds from the sale of pumpkins allow our high school seniors to travel to Jamaica at spring break to be in ministry with churches, schools, and children there. Our students help repair facilities, bring much-needed supplies, and interact with the children through Vacation Bible School and sports.

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

Methodism study starts Oct. 23

Connecting the world with God’s love


ship services I made a three-part challenge for

he Pathfinders Sunday School class invites you to join them for a threesession study on Methodism by retired minister Dr. Mark Adams. He will be speaking on John Wesley, American Methodism, and United Methodist Doctrine and Polity. They will meet Oct. 23 and Nov. 6 and 13 in E225 at 9:45 a.m. On Oct. 30 they will have their Fifth Sunday Brunch. You are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear a great teacher speak on John Wesley and the United Methodist Church.

Dear Friends in Christ, This past Sunday in our traditional woreach of us to do. I would like to extend the challenge to the rest of our St. Peter’s membership. Here it is: 1) Each morning when you wake up, before you get up and going for your day, say this prayer: God help me do something today that will connect someone with your love. 2) During the day, look for the ways in which God is presenting you the opportunity

Dr. Pat Sparks, Senior Pastor

to connect someone with God’s love. 3) At the end of the day, pray for those you tried to connect with God’s love. If we will make a habit of doing this for one week, it may become a daily habit for the rest of our lives. And if we make this a daily habit, we will make a significant difference in Katy and beyond. Remember, this can have an eternal effect on someone’s life. Let me know how you do with this challenge. I’d love to hear about what

Recognizing our veterans


n Nov. 6 we will recognize our military veterans with the playing of the Armed Forces Salute and a procession of military flags. This will begin just prior to the start of each of our three traditional worship services.


happens when we do this every day. Blessings,


Celebrate healthy living at family event


earn more about healthy living and encourage others at Walk With a Doc and Celebration of Healthy Living on Nov. 12. The walk, which is sponsored by Christ Clinic, begins at 8 a.m. in Rick Rice Park behind CrossPoint Community Church. This is an opportunity to encourage healthy physical activity and fellowship with others. Following the walk, you are invited to come to the St. Peter’s campus from 9 to 11 a.m. for the Celebration of Healthy Living. This event for the whole family will feature healthy food cooking demonstrations, an inflatable obstacle course, pick-up soccer games, family games, face painting, balloon animals, and exercise classes. There also will be an offering of fresh produce for families to take and use in healthy meals. For more information about Walk With a Doc, please contact Christ Clinic at (281) 391-0190. For more information about the Celebration of Healthy Living, please contact Whitney Peper at [email protected]

Church Council Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25 7 p.m., E106 All church members are welcome to attend

Communion volunteers

W Pastor Jamison stopped by the Early Childhood Development Center Chapel to share the Bible story of Jonah and the whale with the children. The story was a good reminder to the children that when God calls us to do something, we should do it!

Help make Christmas special for children


t. Peter’s is again participating in Operation Christmas Child. We will have boxes and packing instructions available for families to pick up at the children’s check-in areas. All packed boxes are due back by Nov. 13 or can be brought to our Operation Christmas Child Family Fellowship Night on Nov. 6 from 4-6 p.m. in Lott Hall. This night is designed for members and families of all ages and stages to come together, pack boxes, write notes to children, pray over the boxes, and enjoy a light meal together. The event is free to all, but we ask that you register at We are asking for donations of small items for boys and girls ages 2-18 such as books, toys, socks, toothbrushes, activities, Bibles or crafts. For information, contact Whitney Peper at [email protected]

Stay Connected! The best way to make sure you stay informed about happenings at St. Peter’s is to set up a Mystpkaty account on our website: stpkaty. org. If you already have an account, please check it periodically to make sure your contact information is current.

e need volunteers for the traditional worship Communion Setup/ Cleanup Team for the first Sunday of each month— one each at the 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. services. Please contact Mark Liles at [email protected] if you can help.

Blood drive is this Sunday


our blood donation saves lives. Please consider donating Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Scout House. Walk-ins are welcome. There will be a drawing for all donors to enter for two great items from the Commit for Life Store. For information on donating blood, contact Marsha Asplin at [email protected] com.


Potluck Dinner. On Nov. 3, we will have a potluck dinner with an old-time hymn sing and games in Asbury Hall from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $5. Meat (ham), drinks, bread, and paper goods will be provided. After you sign up at the KEYS bulletin board in the Lobby and pay, then sign up for the covered dish you are bringing. Payment is due Oct. 23. Contact Cindy McKinney at (281) 676-4621 if you have questions. Christmas Lights. On Dec. 5 we will travel to Moody Gardens in Galveston for the Festival of Lights. We leave the church parking lot at 3 p.m., arriving at Moody Gardens by 5 p.m. where we will enjoy their buffet. Afterward we will leisurely stroll the mile-long trail of fabulous lighted scenes. There is a tram available for those who prefer to ride. Cost is $25 per person for the Festival of Lights and buffet. Sign up on the KEYS bulletin board starting Nov. 6. Brown Bag Bridge. Winners in October were Martha McKitterick, high, and Ann Stephens, second high. The White Table Slam prize was won by Joan Belden and Martha McKitterick. Our next play date is Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. in Asbury Hall.



ach week at 7:45 a.m., two trailers roll in to the Cinco Ranch High School parking lot where a team of 14 dedicated volunteers take time out of their busy schedules to transform the cafeteria into a sanctuary for our West Campus worship each week. One crew takes about an hour and a half to set up the main worship area. Their tasks include setting up the frames and black draping, the audio system, stage lighting, and seemingly miles of cords that are needed to connect every piece of equipment. They also set up the information tables, a coffee spot, and signs inside and outside the building. Another crew takes about an hour to set up the children’s ministry hall. This includes putting out a foam floor, rugs, TV stations, rocking chairs, children’s toys, and check-in stations. At the conclusion of the worship service, both teams spend another hour tearing it all down, placing everything neatly in containers on wheels, and loading them back on the trailers where the equipment can all be stored for another week. It is an amazing process to watch! The West Campus has a team of 50 volunteers who take turns preparing the high school space for worship. These volunteers are using their time and talents to connect the world with God’s love through this important work. If you would like to be a part of this incredible team, contact Tim Lovell at tlov[email protected]



Donate your children’s old dress-up clothes


he nursery is looking for gently used costumes and dress-up clothes for pretend play. Superhero capes, chefs’ aprons, firefighter gear, and princess dresses up to size 6 would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail Amanda McDaniel at [email protected] if you have these items to donate.

Pick-a-dilly Craft Fair

In Our Prayers PRAYERS

Marci Barnes, Lynn Bortka, Dennis Bowling, Lorkeshia Davis, Faunelle Deaton, Bob Harris, Joe Hawkins, Art Henderson, Mike Ibarguen, Brian Jones, Maggie Jones, Oscar Jones, Ralph Lovell, Lou Moore, Neil Pickthall, Janice Remmele, Virginia Reper, Fay Smith, Cheryl Swift, and Annabelle Turner. SYMPATHY To Sharon Gillette and family on the death of her father. PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY Tim and Alison Batig, John Belsha, Will Brandt, John Buck, Skyler Cook, Austin Foster, Westley Freeze, James Gilbert, Tyler J. Gorcie, Dylan Greismeyer, Stephen Travis Harding, Adam Hig-

Welcome to Our New Members Ed and Sherry Chipman Robby and Stephanie McDaniel

don, Matthew Ivester, Mike Linn, Ryan Lueders, Blake Nunes, Cameron Nunes, Ryan O’Quinn, Matthew Platz, Shawn Platz, Hamilton

ST. PETER’S ATTENDANCE October 9 Traditional Worship 8:30 165 9:45 238 11:00 379 The Element 9:45 60 11:00 96 SPLASH 75 West Campus 176 West Campus Students/Kids 87 TOTAL 1, 276

October 16 Traditional Worship 8:30 175 9:45 222 11:00 358 The Element 9:45 77 11:00 133 SPLASH 76 West Campus 178 West Campus Students/Kids 92 TOTAL 1, 311

Rencurrel, Jack Ritchie, Don Rolleg, Ben Saunders, Jacob Shinkle, John Simmons, Justin Simon, and Jasen Wilson.


Connecting the World With God’s Love Unit Meeting. Are you getting stressed just thinking about the upcoming holiday season? The UMW invite all women to hear P.K. Loeffler speak on how we can better cope with the season that often puts so many demands on us. We will meet Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. in E106. If you need a ride, please call Nancy Calderone at (281) 496-9542.

Job Search Assistance


re you looking for employment or a job change? The Job Search Assistance Group can help. We meet Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in S211 and discuss search tactics, networking, resumes, and interviewing. Please bring your resume and arrive by 6:30. For information, contact John Caudill at (281) 600-8138 or [email protected]

Habitat for Humanity St. Peter’s participated in the dedication of the second and final Habitat for Humanity home in the Great Elms area in Cypress. The Prayer Quilt Ministry donated quilts to both homeowners, who were very grateful for the gift. Thanks to the St. Peter’s congregation for the donation of funds that made home ownership possible for these two families. We were blessed to have a dedicated group of people who helped build these homes during some of the hottest months of the year.

Early Response Training St. Peter’s sponsored district-wide Early Response Training on Oct. 8 with 18 participants from area churches in attendance. These certified individuals are now allowed into disaster areas once first responders complete their initial life-saving efforts. There will be another opportunity to receive training on Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church. To sign up, e-mail [email protected]

Katy Thanksgiving Feast


Every year, St. Peter’s joins with several local churches and ministries to host a Thanksgiving meal for those who might not otherwise have one. At the Feast, we also will offer our guests needed items. We will be collecting new jackets and winter coats in October and non-perishable food items and diapers and wipes in November. Please visit for more detailed information on this and ways you will be able to serve on Thanksgiving Day. Contact Kat Moore at [email protected] if you have questions.

Recently our children’s Sunday School, SPLASH, and SPLISH SPLASH learned about our Re/Member Our Future capital campaign. Through photos, the children learned how St. Peter’s grew, starting as a plot of empty land and then a building and then additions to that building. They also saw a picture of the land we have purchased for the West Campus as we grow out into the west Katy area. The children made gratitude cards and decorated “banks” to collect money.

ECDC’S Fall Family Festival Oct. 22


amilies with small children will enjoy the Fall Family Festival sponsored by the Early Childhood Development Center Oct. 22 from 3-6 p.m. We will have pony rides, a petting zoo, balloon artists, face painting, inflatables, games, cake walk, food, and so much more. All proceeds benefit ECDC.

Trunk or Treat at St. Peter’s


ome for some trunk-or-treating fun Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. Our annual Trunk or Treat will feature decorated car trunks with games and treats, food trucks, popcorn, a photo booth, anda dunking booth. To sign up to have a trunk, please contact Whitney Peper at [email protected] We are accepting donations of candy in the bins located throughout the campus.

Family Worship Sunday


ext Sunday, Oct. 30, is Family Worship Sunday. This will be a time for families to worship together in all of our services. Since it is the day before Halloween, children up through fifth grade are invited to come to church in their costumes! We ask that all costumes be family and church friendly. No clown or political costumes, please. Children’s Sunday School, SPLASH, and SPLISH SPLASH will not be offered, but nursery for children 3 and under will be available. We look forward to having your whole family worship with us!

Daily Bible Reading Oct. 24 – 30 MONDAY Matthew 22:15-22 TUESDAY Isaiah 57:14-21 WEDNESDAY Zephaniah 3 THURSDAY 2 Chronicles 7:11-22 FRIDAY Romans 13:1-10 SATURDAY 1 Peter 3:8-12 SUNDAY Philippians 2:1-18 Oct. 31 – Nov. 6 MONDAY Matthew 22:34-46 TUESDAY Ezekiel 36:22-32 WEDNESDAY Ephesians 5:1-20 THURSDAY John 9 FRIDAY Luke 19:1-10 SATURDAY Acts 26:2-29 SUNDAY Colossians 3:1-17

Can you help share God’s love with children?


o you have a passion for sharing God’s word and love with children? If so, we need your help as a Sunday School teacher, SPLASH volunteer, desk volunteer, special kids mentor, or teen volunteer. We ask for enthusiasm, not experience! Please contact Elizabeth Bucher at [email protected] org or (281) 492-8031 to let her know where you would like to serve.


S u nday Worship 8:30 a.m.

Traditional Worship with Holy Communion

9:45 a.m.

Traditional Worship The Element Contemporary Worship Sunday School for All Ages

10:30 a.m.

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

Girlfriend Getaway

Sunday, Oct. 23 8:00 a.m.

Blood Drive

Scout House

7:00 p.m.

Women of Joy


Church Council


10:00 a.m.

The Gathering

Asbury Hall

6:00 p.m.

Trunk or Treat

East Parking Lot

Friday Night Friends


Smocks for Life

Asbury Hall

United Methodist Women


KEYS Potluck Supper

Lott Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Friday, Oct. 28 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 5:00 p.m.

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


re you looking for a way to meet other women at St. Peter’s? Girlfriend Getaway, our annual women’s retreat, is a great way to connect with women of all ages. This year’s retreat is Jan. 27-29 at Cathedral Oaks Retreat Center in Weimar. Karen Mayer Cunningham, a Christian comedian, author, and advocate for special needs children, will speak on “Joy for the Journey.” Cost is $150 for the weekend. Go to stpkaty. org to register. For questions or to volunteer to help with the retreat (another way to make new friends!), please call Katie Miller at (281) 398-0740.