Thursday, October 13, 2011

St. John's Epistle for October 13, 2011

Dear church members and friends of St. John's,

Our current wish list includes the following items:
  • Refurbish sign on West Bellfort  ($1000 + We are hosting the community Thanksgiving service next month and our sign needs sprucing up.)

  • New outdoor furniture to replace cement pieces around courtyard ($500 + These would replace some of the aged concrete structures currently in the courtyard.)

  • Carpet cleaner machine & supplies ($500 + This would better maintain the new carpet in the sanctuary and in the other buildings.)

  • Money for four new Cribs for Nursery ($800 +: New Federal mandatory safety standards for infant cribs will require child care facilities and places of public accommodation to have compliant cribs in their facilities.)

If you are able to contribute or want more information about these projects, contact the church office by phone (713-723-6262) or email.

Here are some highlights from our Session meeting last night, October 16:

  • The Session approved Mary Hughes, and Mary Sterner as commissioners to the Presbytery meeting at Clear Lake Presbyterian church on October 22.
  • Session approved the use of McPhail Hall for a Boy Scout Webelo recruiting activity on a Sunday afternoon. Our Scout troops are one of the outreach ministries of St. John's
  • The Session also agreed to sponsor BSA Pack 8 with approximately 10 families from the Parker Elementary neighborhood.

  • A new bench for the courtyard, with a back, has been ordered in memory of Francis and Clayton Thomas.

You are invited to a Memorial Service for Delton Harper this Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm in the sanctuary of St. John's Presbyterian Church. A reception in Fellowship Hall will follow immediately after the service.

Freda Albert's memorial service will be at Clarewood on  Saturday, October 29, at 11:00 am.

In September, Braes Interfaith Ministries (BIM) food pantry served 1113 clients (481 children and 625 adults), 22 of whom were homeless. Now that's good stewardship!

As we continue this stewardship season, here is a memorable quote from David Rainwater:

  • Jesus was not the kind of person to say, "Do what I say, not what I do." He taught by example. So if we indeed accept his explanation that to see Him was to see the Father, then how can we, his followers, truly worship God in any other way than to devote our live and resources to carry on his work?
The sermon text for this Sunday is Psalm 96:1-13 and the topic is worship. Liturgy means work of the people. Worship is work. See you in worship as we work together for God's glory this Sunday.

Jon B.

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