Thursday, August 25, 2011

St. John's Epistle for August 25, 2011

We appreciate Allen Barnhill and the Brass Ensemble who led us in worship music last Sunday!

This Sunday morning will be full with Rally Day at 9 am in Fellowship Hall and Blessing of the Backpacks during worship. We will also have a congregational meeting during worship
to elect a replacement for Aaron Jacobsen on the Session's Class of 2011. See the links below for more info about these and other events. Kristi Edmondsond is cooking this Sunday for our final Summer Brunch immediately after the service!

Here are a few links of interest.

*Rally Day is this Sunday!

*Blessing of the Backpacks is this Sunday!

*Adult Sunday School Classes!

There are five adult classes to choose from! We welcome a New Adult Sunday School Class that will meet in the library during church school each Sunday. The class will reflect on the book An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor. Kathie Hartzog will facilitate the class discussion. All are welcome to this or any of our classes.

Free the Slaves President Kevin Bales was on the radio show 'State of Affairs' on Louisville, Kentucky's NPR station WFPL this week, talking about modern-day slavery. In this interview, Bales discussed the distinction between human trafficking and slavery, saying "human trafficking is simply a process by which people are brought into a situation of slavery." But, he continues, human trafficking victims "are only a smaller part of the slaves in the world." He also discussed the alarmingly low cost of slaves today. At the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, back in the mid 1800′s, the average cost of a slave in the U.S. was the equivalent of $40 to $50 thousand dollars in today's money. Today, the average cost of a human being is a mere $90. There are more slaves today than ever before in history—an estimated 27 million. Human Trafficking Awareness month begins next week.

It rained at the church this morning!! Thank you, Lord, for sending some rain our way!

Have a blessed weekend. 

Pastor Jon

The Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Burnham
St. John's Presbyterian Church
5020 West Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77035
Phone 713-723-6262 |

St. John's Presbyterian Church
5020 West Bellfort / Houston, TX 77035
T. 713.723.6262 / F. 713.723-4015 / Email:
Worship Service: Sunday, 10:30 am / Sunday School: 9:00 am