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St. Peter’s

CONNECTION VOL. 6, No. 13 January 29, 2016

Connecting the World with God’s Love

THIS ISSUE: Golf Tournament

Put together a team of four

and come out to enjoy a day

Church Without Walls 2016

of golf and support our Student Ministries mission trip to Jamaica.

Ash Wednesday We will offer two opportunities for worship on Ash Wednesday, which is Feb. 10. The day before you are invited to our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.


his year, Church Without Walls, or CWOW, is going to be a four-weekend event spread throughout the year. CWOW is our largest community outreach ministry, providing assistance to groups throughout the greater Katy area. The first CWOW weekend is Feb. 27 and 28. You can help with projects that call for a variety of skill levels. Complete information and instructions for signing up will be at the Mission Table in the Lobby on Sunday, Jan. 31. You also can get more information by contacting Joel Allard at [email protected] or (832) 752-7029.

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

Family Worship Services


eginning Jan. 31, all of our worship services on fifth Sundays of the month will be Family Worship Services, in which we will encourage families to worship together. These services will engage children and spark conversations with parents. We ask everyone to show support to these families, some of whom may be bringing their children to worship for the first time. We will not offer Sunday School, SPLASH, or SPLISH SPLASH for our children on the fifth Sundays. Childcare will be provided for children 3 and younger. For information, contact Children’s Ministries at (281) 492-8031.

Beyond the decision Dear Friends in Christ, The story is told about a boy who said to his father, “Dad, if three frogs were sitting on a limb that hung over a pool, and one frog decided to jump off into the pool, how many frogs would be left on the limb?” The dad replied, “Two.” “No,” the son replied. “There’s three frogs and one decides to jump, how many are left?” The dad said, “Oh, I get it, if one decides to jump, the others would too. So there are none left.” The boy said, “No dad, the answer is three. The frog only DECIDED to jump.” Does that sound like something you may have done? At the beginning of each year we make resolutions. By this time we have often broken them, if we ever did anything more Dr. Pat Sparks, Senior Pastor than just “decide” to keep them. Being a follower requires more than just making a decision; it requires action. Daily we recommit ourselves to following Jesus. How are you doing with that decision? Blessings,


Smocks for Life


lease come help us with cutting fabric to create smock kits on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Asbury Hall. We also need volunteers to sew the kits into finished smocks for local MD Anderson breast cancer patients. For more information, contact Jan Sidle at (281) 773-7321 or find us at


Job Search Assistance


he Job Search Assistance Group meets every Wednesday for those needing help with an employment search or job change. The group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in S212. John Caudill will present information on search tactics, networking, resumes, and interviewing for both general and individual job searches. Come join this small group where many have found new employment. Registration is requested but not required. For information or to register, please contact John at (281) 600-8138 or [email protected] If you cannot make the meetings, feel free to contact John at any time.

Ash Wednesday Services


e will have two Ash Wednesday services on Feb. 10. From 6:30-8 a.m. you can stop by the Parlor for a time of prayer and meditation and the imposition of ashes. At 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary we will have an Ash Wednesday worship service with the imposition of ashes. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of repentance, reflection, and preparation for Easter. The imposition of ashes serves as an outward symbol of repentance.

Sally Switzer, a dental hygienist with Kid’s Healthy Teeth, recently visited the children in the Early Childhood Development Center. Sally talked with them about going to the dentist and taking care of their teeth.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is Feb. 9


lease join us Feb. 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Lott Hall for our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The United Methodist Men sponsor this event, which benefits the Cliff Lott Ministerial Scholarship Fund. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger. Shrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. The word “shrive” means to confess, and this day was traditionally a day to confess one’s sins before Lent. Because many foods were restricted during Lent, Shrove Tuesday also became a day to feast and use up these foods.

Welcome to Our New Members Ann Adams, Rosemarie Foster, Stacye Foster, Chad and Jennifer Kidwell, Leonard and Kym Ledford, Russell and Ashley Mezger, and Don Taylor

Wednesday Night Dinner


ednesday Night Dinner will not be served this spring. If we are able to find leadership to coordinate the dinners in the fall, we hope to resume them. If you are interested in coordinating the dinners, please contact the church office at (281) 492-8031. However, tables will be set up on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Lott Hall for those who want to bring in their own meals to eat together before Wednesday night activities.


Leadership Orientation Yoakum Trip. On Feb. 19, the KEYS group will be traveling to Yoakum, Texas, a historical railway town, which was part of the Chisholm Trail and is known as the tomato capital of south-central Texas. We will visit leathercraft stores featuring saddles, bridles, wallets, belts, and purses at affordable prices. The only cost is for your lunch. Sign up soon at the KEYS bulletin board in the Lobby; seats will fill quickly. For information, call Mark or Lura Padgett at (281) 647-9555. Brown Bag Bridge. Thirty-two Brown Baggers started the new year off with a great day of fun and fellowship. Winners for the day were Jean Abbott, high, and Holly Hart, second high. Our next play date will be Feb. 11. For information, please contact Martha at [email protected]



embers of our Church Council, Finance Committee, Staff Parish Relations Committee, and Board of Trustees met for a Leadership Orientation earlier this month. This was an opportunity for new members to find out more about their committees and for all members to meet together. The Church Council met and approved a budget of $3.4 million for this year, and Beth Kleiber was elected as Church Council Secretary. Rev. David Kim and the Onnuri Church provided lunch for the group. Korean barbecue was grilled outside Asbury Hall, and huge platters of sushi were served. St. Peter’s is very grateful for the generous gesture.

In Our Prayers

PRAYERS Lynn Bortka, Dennis Bowling, Kim Collins, Faunelle Deaton, John Duffield, Cyndy Flory, Doug Folts, Caleb Gore, Art Henderson, Mike Ibarguen, Brian Jones, Oscar Jones, Don Kennedy, Wanda Klaus, Ralph Lovell, Betty Marsh, Jim Marshall, Maynard Robertson, Wanda Russell, Kathryn Sadowski, Anne Scruggs, Cheryl Swift, and Annabelle Turner. JOY To Andrew and Janelle Hooper on the birth of their son Wyatt. To Brent and Kerri Schultz on the birth of their daughter Natalie.

KEYS members enjoyed a visit to the newly opened Bryan Museum in Galveston on Jan. 15. The former orphanage in Galveston has been transformed into a modern, interactive museum of Texas history. After the museum tour, the 35 participants enjoyed a lunch at Shrimp ‘n Stuff. Check the KEYS bulletin board in the Lobby for information and sign-up sheets for future trips.

ST. PETER’S ATTENDANCE January 17 Traditional Worship 8:30 200 9:45 258 11:00 421 The Element 9:45 112 11:00 113 SPLASH 73 Living Stones 176 Living Stones Students/Kids 103 C2C Confirmation 34 TOTAL 1,490

January 24 Traditional Worship 8:30 178 9:45 253 11:00 468 The Element 9:45 75 11:00 165 SPLASH 98 Living Stones 140 Living Stones Students/Kids 84 TOTAL 1,461

SYMPATHY To the family of Bonnie Bell on her death. To Freda Blackwell and family on the death of her brother. To Mike Eastland and family on the death of his mother. To Rebecca Minear and family on the death of her mother. To Clay O’Brien and family on death of his grandmother. To Shirlene Wells and family on the death of her mother. To Diana Willis and family on the death of her father. PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY Tim and Alison Batig, John Belsha, Will Brandt, Skyler Cook, Austin Foster, Westley Freeze, James Gilbert, Tyler J. Gorcie, Dylan Greismeyer, Stephen Travis Harding, Adam Higdon, Matthew Ivester, Mike Linn, Ryan Lueders, Blake Nunes, Cameron Nunes, Ryan O’Quinn, Matthew Platz, Shawn Platz, Hamilton Rencurrel, Jack Ritchie, Don Rolleg, Ben Saunders, Jacob Shinkle, John Simmons, and Jasen Wilson.


Connecting the World With God’s Love Bagged Beans Sale. The UMW are selling their bagged beans in the Lobby Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. These make a great meal for a Super Bowl party! All proceeds go to missions. Unit Meeting. On Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. in E106, Cindy Servio from Mission Bend UMC will speak on Restorative Justice. All women are invited to attend. If you need a ride to any UMW meeting, call Nancy Calderone at (281) 496-9542. For information on UMW, contact Joanna Basham at [email protected] or (713) 309-5773.

Disaster Relief Team St. Peter’s is forming a team that will be prepared to work with the United Methodist Committee on Relief in the cleanup and rebuilding efforts after natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and tornadoes. Tasks may include cleaning debris from yards, pulling out drywall and other water-damaged items, and rebuilding interiors of homes. All skill sets are welcome. For more information, please contact Maryann Fanty at (281) 395-1719 or [email protected] Church Without Walls Visit the Mission Table in the Lobby this Sunday, Jan. 31, to find out how you can be a part of our first Church Without Walls weekend Feb. 27 and 28. Instead of going out into the community to serve on one day as we have in the past, we will be helping with projects in the Katy area on four weekends this year. We encourage everyone at St. Peter’s to participate in connecting Katy with God’s love through service. There will be projects for a variety of skill levels and abilities. Contact Joel Allard at [email protected] or (832) 752-7029 for more information.

SPLASH Seder meal


PLASH will be hosting a family Seder meal on Sunday, March 20, at 5 p.m. in Lott Hall. This will be a traditional Seder meal, but will be presented in a way that is suitable for children. The event will be free, but registration will be required. Families can register at beginning in mid-February. For more information, please contact Whitney Peper [email protected]


Do any of these things look familiar? They are just part of the large collection of items we have in our lost and found at the church. If you have lost any of these items, contact the church office at (281) 492-8031. There also are lost items at the Information Desk in the Lobby. Please help us restore these things to their owners!

Daily Bible Reading The Jamaica Golf Tournament needs you!


here’s still time to sign up for the best golf tournament in Katy, benefitting our high school seniors’ mission trip to Jamaica. Join us at Pine Forest Country Club Monday, Feb. 15, at noon for a four-man scramble, snacks, dinner, and awards. We’ll also have a great auction with many items for the whole family. Cost is $125 by Feb. 7. You can register a team of four or register yourself and we’ll put you on a team. Go to to register. For information, contact Heather at [email protected] or (281) 944-4929.

Feb. 1 – 7 MONDAY Jeremiah 1:4-10 TUESDAY Psalm 71:1-6 WEDNESDAY 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 THURSDAY Luke 4:21-30 FRIDAY Exodus 33:7-11 SATURDAY Exodus 33:12-22 SUNDAY Exodus 34:1-9 Feb. 8 – 14 MONDAY Exodus 34:29-35 TUESDAY Psalm 99 WEDNESDAY 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 THURSDAY Luke 9:28-36 FRIDAY Job 2:1-10 SATURDAY 1 Peter 1:3-9 SUNDAY Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Be a part of the KIDS JAM spring musical


IDS JAM children’s choirs officially began rehearsals on Jan. 27, but it is never too late to join in on the fun. We meet each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in E221. The musical we will be working on for this spring is “In the Beginning.” It centers around baseball and God’s “Hall of Faith” found in Hebrews and will be presented on May 1. We are looking forward to seeing some new faces in the coming weeks! You can register at or by contacting Anne O’Quinn at [email protected]


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.

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 Sunday, Jan. 31 Family Worship Services Tuesday, Feb. 2 6:30 p.m. Smocks for Life Wednesday, Feb. 3 10:00 a.m. United Methodist Women 6:30 p.m. Wedesday Night Small Groups We4 Wednesdays for Everyone KIDS JAM Children’s Choirs Sunday, Feb. 7 4:00 p.m. Women’s Cancer Support Tuesday, Feb. 9 1:30 p.m. KEYS Council 5:30 p.m. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 7:00 p.m. Women of Joy Wednesday, Feb. 10 6:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday Service 9:00 a.m. Prayer Quilt Ministry 10:00 a.m. UMW Board 7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service Thursday, Feb. 11 10:00 a.m. Brown Bag Bridge Sunday, Feb. 14 12:15 p.m. Pizza With the Pastors

Pizza With the Pastors Asbury Hall E106 Various E120 E221 S205 E225 Lott Hall S203 Parlor S201 E106 Sanctuary Asbury Hall E106

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

Are you thinking about joining St. Peter’s? Do you want to know more about this church and the United Methodist Church? If so, you are invited to attend our monthly Pizza With the Pastors on Feb. 14 at 12:15 p.m. in E106. If you would like more information, please contact Patty Campbell at [email protected] or (281) 4928031. If you are attending Living Stones, watch for the next Pizza With the Pastor event for that campus.