Thursday, June 14, 2012

St. John's Epistle for June 14, 2012

Dear powerful Pentecost people,

Last night we had a great meeting about our forthcoming ministry with Presbyterian Children's Home and Services (PCHAS). We met at the Kolter Elementarys School auditorium with over 200 people from the Meyerland community. The event was an information session sponsored by the Meyerland Association Board of Directors. The meeting was well conducted. After introductory remarks from PCHAS President, Dr. Ed Knight, and me, the rest of the one hour meeting was given to questions from the audience and answers from Ed and me about the Single Parent Family ministry that will include construction of 4 duplexes on our campus. Each questioner was limited to 2 minutes and after each question Dr. Knight or I responded to the question. 

Most of the questions were ones we had already heard and answered as a session and congregation. They had to do with how the ministry will be financed, constructed, staffed, and run. The other big concern was about security and of course that is of paramount importance to our congregation and will remain at the top of our agenda on this project. I was not surprised by the opposition but I was encouraged by the support. Several people, some of whom I have never met, spoke in favor of the proposal. Overall, the meeting went very well. Several church members were in attendance if you want to get their impression of how it went. This morning a reporter from Channel 2 showed up at the church and briefly interviewed me about the project. The report may air today at 5 pm on Channel 2 if you want to watch it. I hope it will be balanced and fair.

In other news, you may be happy to hear about a few upcoming youth activities.

June21-Small Steps Splash Day
PYF (grades 6-12) will be volunteering at Small Steps Nurturing Center, helping with their 'Splash Day!' We will meet at the church at 9 am, ride together to Small Steps, set up, run, and clean up Splash Day activities, and return home. Bring a change of clothes, a sack lunch, and a friend! Contact Mary at or 713-723-6262 to sign up.

June 22-23-PYF Lock-in
St. John's youth leaders invites youth and their friends entering grades 6-12 to join us for the PYF Lock-in, June 22-23, 8:30 pm-6 am. Come enjoy a super fun time together! Don't forget a sleeping bag and pillow, and snacks to share! Contact Mary at or 713-723-6262 for more information.

Also, Vacation Bible School is just around the corner. Be thinking about which of your neighbors you will invite to join you. Remember that this is an evening program for adults and children.

June 24-28-VBS
St. John's invites members of all ages and their friends to join us for VBS: Egypt-Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace. June 24-28, 6-8 pm. Light dinner served at 5:30 pm. The cost is $5/person, $10/family. Adult class choices are a bible study class or card making/scrapbooking class. Youth classes include music, art, and bible study. We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Mary at or 713-723-6262 for more information.

Your excited about the prospects of fulfilling our mission by meeting human needs pastor,

Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Burnham (Jon's Blog, Facebook, Twitter
Pastor of St. John's Presbyterian Church (Church's WebsiteBlog, Facebook
5020 West Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77035 (Map & Directions to church)
Phone church office 713-723-6262; Email church office
Sunday Schedule: Church School for all ages: 9:00 am; Worship 10:30 am; Youth Fellowship 5 pm

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