Friday, June 27, 2008

Adult Summer School Sunday Schedule

Please join us this Sunday at 9 am for Church School.
There are three adult classes to choose from:

1. Social Issues, Room 203
2. The New Millennium church, Room 210
3. Lectionary Class

All are welcome. See you on Sunday!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wonder Team Sandwich Makers - Wednesday, June 25

St. John's Wonder Team Sandwiches Makers will continue to meet this summer. Our next scheduled time is Wednesday June 25 at 6 pm. Please meet in room 209 (McPhail is full of sawdust from the new construction!). Please come and help make 300 sandwiches for local area children. Volunteers are needed! Training is provided, and we promise you will be home within an hour!

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

Sunday, July 13 - Thursday, July 17

6-8 pm

A light supper will be served at 6 pm.

Supplies needed: Empty 2 liter bottles with lids, tweezers and plant seeds. The seeds will be used in a mosaic picture.

Please deliver all supplies to the church office.


Friday, June 20, 2008

Attention all 10th, 11th and 12th Graders:

2008 *PYCC (Presbyterian Youth Council Connection):

The forms for the upcoming 2008-2009 PYCC (Presbyterian Youth Council Connection) are now available. The forms must be filled out and returned by noon, Sunday, July 6. Interviews, if needed, will be scheduled between July 6 and July 13. Forms can be picked up in Room 208.

*Presbyterian Youth Connection is a youth ministry organization, created by the 205th General Assembly, that seeks to connect young people to one another, the whole church, and the whole world through faith in Jesus Christ. New Covenant Presbyterian Youth Council (PYCC) is re-formed each year with adult and youth leadership from all over our presbytery. The Council meets at least once a month to plan retreats and events for the youth in our presbytery.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sunday School Class Resumes

All are invited to Church of the New Millennium, a resuming Sunday School class, at 9 am, in Room 210. Christianity is the fastest growing religion worldwide, but studies show that the mainline Protestant denominations are in decline. This Sunday School class will explore this issue and the interface between Faith and the Future. Naturally this exploration will raise questions about our faith, the mission of St. John’s and the call of discipleship.

Summer Brunch Chefs - PYF

The tradition continues! Everyone is invited to McPhail Hall each Sunday for wonderful food and great fellowship. Presbyterian Youth Fellowship (PYF) is cooking this Sunday. The menu includes baked potatoes!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Mission Paperwork Party - June 29

Mexico Mission Team members are invited to a special meeting June 29 at 1:30 pm to complete the paperwork necessary for the July mission trip. A notary will also be present. A special guest, Pastor Tim Phillips, will answer questions about the upcoming trip. Topics to be covered will include working and traveling in Mexico and the importance of being respectful and mindful in a foreign country.

Living Water for the World Grant Received

St. John's has been awarded a $5000 grant for the installation of a water purification system for the village of Yaxcheku in the Yucatan Peninsula. The grant is from the Synod of the Sun’s Mission Initiative Program.

St. John's partners with ChristChurch Presbyterian in Bellaire for Living Waters for the World (LWW) water purification projects. Last year a clean water system was installed in Xmaben, Mexico. John Freeman was a team member for that installation.

The Synod of the Sun grant money, which will cover about a third of the necessary funds, will be used to purchase parts for the water system and to help defray costs associated with this year's fall trip. Volunteers are needed in several capacities; and there may be opportunities for St. John's members to participate in the trip itself. Persons interested are encouraged to attend Clean Water U for training. The next classes will be held September 10-14 and October 1-5, 2008 at Camp Hopewell near Oxford, Mississippi. Persons interested should contact John Freeman, 713-776-3548, or Becki VanCompernolle, 713-777-7714. The web site ( can provide more details.

St. John's has supported the Living Waters Project with their purchases of Mayan crafts and through contributions at last year's Living Gift Market. Living Waters will be a participant at the Living Gift Market again on November 16. These purchases and gifts are very much appreciated and help to carry on the mission of bringing "Clean Water to all God's Children."
— John Freeman

The Great Commission. . .

Most sailors spend a short time in port, and the Seafarers’ Center is their only opportunity to communicate with family, relax from the shipboard routine and experience American culture.

The Great Commission commands us to "go and make disciples of all the nations..." Seven full-time Port Chaplains visit the ships in port each day. (They cover approximately 50 miles of port, consisting of 110 docking areas in 40 shipping terminals.) In many cases, these seafarers are from countries where missionaries are not allowed. At the Seafarers Center the Chaplains hold a worship service each night and provide Bibles in over 40 languages to seafarers free of charge.

The seafarers truly appreciate this ministry. They are far from home and family — strangers in our country. It is a hard and lonely life. One young man from Indonesia said, "What we want most, is someone to care." In Leviticus 19:34 the Bible tells us, "The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself."

You can participate in St. John’s Outreach program to the Seafarer’s Center by becoming involved with the Christmas Box program and by donating books, movies and magazines. St. Johns’ George Dobbin serves on the Searfarer’s Board.

Braes Interfaith Ministries

Braes Interfaith Ministries served 1,137 clients (589 adults and 548 children) in May 2008. Thank you St. John's for your continued support.

We're Collecting Life Stories

Outreach Ministry has begun collecting life stories of the people of St. John’s.We invite you to participate in this new ministry in one of the following ways:

Tell your story.
Be a story collector.
Edit/transcribe the recorded stories.
Call the church office (713-723-6262)
if you would like to be involved.


Austin Texas, May 25th - 4 hours and 28 minutes!

Yes, that is how long it took me to finish the CapTex triathlon. The temperature was 97 degrees by the time I crossed the finish line after a 1 mile swim, a 24 mile bike ride, and a 6 mile run — all for the benefit of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and with the support of about 60 dear friends, many from St. John's, who made contributions totalling $4,153 — and in honor of Joene Moore and Dan Shaw. (All together, Team-in-Training participants from across the US raised nearly $1 million for LLS for this event alone.)

Joene Moore tells me that she has personally benefited from the LLS patient services program: They pay her hospital parking fees every year. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society supports research, patient services and education programs for blood cancer diseases. There is still time to donate: My account is —

Again, many thanks to all of you for your good wishes, support and donations! —John Freeman

Touching A Prayer: New St. John's Ministry

The idea behind a prayer quilt is very simple, yet powerful — they are a physical vehicle for prayer and God’s love. A heavy thread is used to take stitches through the quilt layers and the ends are left fee to be tied with square knots. As each knot is tied, a silent prayer is offered for the recipient, a prayer that he or she will feel the love and comfort of our Heavenly Father. Knots can be tied on top of knots, adding more prayers to each quilt. These quilts are a statement of faith and a testimony to our belief in God and the power of prayer. The quilt is then given to someone in special need of comfort.

What makes these quilts special is not the color or the workmanship but the fact that prayers are symbolically tied to each one. When a person pulls a quilt close, they are touching a special gift of love.

All are welcome to participate in St. John’s new Prayer Quilt Ministry by:
♥ Praying for the recipients of the quilts
♥ Tying square knots of love (The quilts are on a table in the Narthex.)
♥ Working on a prayer quilt at home. (A pattern can be picked up in room 208.)
♥ Provide a donation for the purchase of materials

— Contact Connie Brown or Pam Tedeschi with questions

Vacation Bible School Wish List

St. John's Vacation Bible School, July 13 - 17
Wish List:

2 liter bottles with lids



Volunteers for children’s arts & crafts needed
Call Gerry Jump (713-668-1286).

* All Sizes, packets or loose - Seeds will be used for a non-growing project.


Blood Drive - Sunday, July 13

Jesus needs us to help the sick, and giving blood is one way that even a non-medical person can render a vital medical service. A blood donation truly is a "gift of life" that a healthy individual can give to others who are sick or injured. Blood donation is extremely important because it is the only way to maintain sufficient blood supplies for medical treatment. Despite medical advances, there is no good man-made substitute for human blood. The need is constant.

Do you know whether or not you are eligible to donate blood? Anyone who is 17 years or older, weighs at least 110 pounds, and is in good general health may donate. Come to Building I on Sunday, July 13, when the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will visit our campus. In 2007 St. John’s helped save 267 lives!

General Assembly, June 21- 28

Stay connected with The General Assembly (G.A.) meeting in San Jose through prayer and by following the events of the Assembly. Listed below are ways you can connect:
● Visit , click on the gold and maroon icon that says "Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with your God." You will find a wealth of resources — top issues, position papers prepared by candidates for moderator, docket information and overtures being considered.
● Visit the special New Covenant GA newsblog,, hosted by the presbytery moderator Jody Harrington. Read commentaries posted by those attending the Assembly.
● GA is not just about voting. Connect with the spiritual life of the Assembly by taking part in the Bible study and daily devotional materials used by commissioners.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Sunday Brunch - June 8

The tradition continues! Everyone is invited to McPhail Hall each Sunday for wonderful food and great fellowship. The Christian Formation Ministry is serving the brunch today.

Newsletter (Beacon) Deadline Approaching

Please deliver all Beacon articles for the June/July 2008 issue to, or Room 208 or the church office. The last chance to be part of this issue is Sunday, June 15, at 12 Noon.

Wonder Team Sandwich Makers - Meet in Rm 209

St. John's Wonder Team Sandwiches Makers will continue to meet this summer. Our next scheduled time is Wednesday June 11 at 6 pm. Please meet in room 209 (The Scouts will be using McPhail Hall). Please come and help make 300 sandwiches for local area children. Volunteers are needed! Training is provided, and we promise you will be home within an hour!

Adult Summer School Classes

Adult Summer Classes will meet in Room 203. Please join moderator Joann Navratil for a class on the Presbyterian view of social issues and beginning on June 22 join Wright Williams in a class on the Church of the New Millennium.

Vacation Bible School Update

July 13-17, 6-8 pm
(A light meal will served each night.)
Registration forms are available in the church office and the Narthex.

Adults will study “parables” of Dr. Seuss. The Bible study will explore the spirituality in: The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew and Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

The adult VBS Book, Parables of Dr. Seuss, is available in the church office ($12).

Children will study the parables of the Great Pearl, the Sower, the Leaven, and the Mustard Seed.

As an added bonus there will be an abundance of interesting crafts for all ages.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Astros Volunteers Needed - June 14

2008 Mission Trip Team Needs Volunteers for Astros Game
Please meet at St. John’s on June 14 at 2:15 pm.

St. John’s has received an unexpected work date for a Houston Astro’s game on Saturday, June 14. Volunteers will be handing out rally towels. This is a fund-raising event sponsored by the Houston Astros. All volunteers will be issued a free SRO ticket for the main concourse. Transportation will be arranged for anyone not staying for the game.

Please sign up in the church office.

Requirements: Minimum age 16

Questions: Contact Jeanne Leach

Thank you, St. John’s 2008 Mexico Mission Team