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December 5, 2019 
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This Sunday
Chalice Bearers, 
5:00 pm Fellowship Hosts

Holy Spirit Staff

Rev Korey Wright

Director of Family Ministries:
Aimee Donnel
Communications Coordinator

Office: (713) 468-7796
Holy Spirit Vestry
Senior Warden
Melissa Peter

Junior Warden
Steve Sigloch, Jr.

Marjorie Barclay
Ian Bremner
Bob King
Shelly Lester
Nancy Moody
Lois Reed
Kim Robinson
Cynthia Sartwelle
Clair Silliman
Michael Stuckey
Will Stafford
James Weiss
Charlie Yardley
Festive Anticipation!

Having joyfully attended 2 of the 3 holiday parties scheduled for this week, I realized that as the calendar year passes by, I forget how much I love these gatherings.  As I wrote last week about the busyness and the specialness of this time of the year, I want to take a second to parse out the festiveness of this season's gatherings.  We at Holy Spirit have a lot of ways we gather in fellowship throughout the year, but the concentration and traditions of our December events have a special spirit. To gather for a few hours to eat, chat, and sometimes exchange gifts creates a pocket of holy intentional interaction.  I loved gathering with our vestry on Tuesday night in the home of Melissa and Kevin Peter. Last night, I walked out onto a joyfully noisy patio at Union Kitchen for our school's faculty and staff holiday party.  Tomorrow night, Sarah and I will be guests in Bishop Doyle's home for the clergy holiday gathering. 

I love being with these groups gathered with no other agenda than enjoying each other's company.  I soak up the smiles that arrive, the laughter that surrounds, and the relationships that are deepened.  I believe this is the nature of God's desire for us.  To be joyfully gathered and even if it is only remotely implied, to be doing so in anticipation of God's son and our savior.  We will have several chances for you to enjoy such company in the weeks ahead at Holy Spirit and I hope you will join us for events like Lessons and Carols (with reception and child care), our children's pageant, the "Wine and Wrap Party", SREN outing, DOK gathering, Altar Guild party, youth group outing, Christmas Eve services, and of course, our weekly worship services.  God rejoices in our shared joy and he promises to continue being present amongst us.  May we anticipate this promised holy joy and celebrate the fellowship of God's people in anticipation of God's arrival!

See you in church,

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PS - I have used the term holiday so as to not confuse the layering of religious Advent and cultural Christmas that we navigate together.  I tend to be a supporter of both/and rather than either/or.  I believe God is capable or sorting out which is which and so I encourage you to enjoy the peace of this as well. 
Saturday, December 7
"A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"
MrRogersHoly Spirit Together at the Movies
"A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"

Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:30 am - doors open
10:00 am - movie start
(Cinemark, Memorial Mall)
Tickets - $10.00

Join the Holy Spirit Community at the Movies! We'll be watching the film based upon Fred Roger's real-life friendship with journalist Tom Junod. Staring Tom Hanks. Limited tickets available. Please email with name and number of tickets.
Advent & Christmas
Holy Spirit

Lessons & Carols
Sunday December 15 @ 5:00 pm
Reception to follow. Childcare available.

Nativity Pageant
Sunday December 22 @ 10:30 am

Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24
4 pm - 
Family Service
6 pm, 10 pm -  Candlelight Services
with special music 30 minutes before

Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 25 @ 10:00 am
Sunday, December 15
Lessons & Carols
lessons & carols sheet music
Sunday, December 15, 2019
5:00 pm 
Reception to follow. Childcare available.

Please join us for this Holy Spirit tradition, telling the story of the Nativity in Scripture, Carols, and Anthems sung by the Parish Choir and Congregation.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Shelia Williams at or (713) 468-7796.
Sunday, December 22
Nativity Pageant
Nativity Pageant 2017
We would love for ALL our children to participate in this year's pageant.  If your child would like to help tell the Christmas Story please have them attend rehearsals on December 8th & December 15th in the Children's Chapel.
*Please bring 1 dozen of your favorite cookies for a Christmas cookie exchange reception on Dec 22.

Questions - Suzy Spencer at
or (713) 517-8797.
Sunday School
December 8
Everyone is welcome to participate in Sunday School,  youth activities, small group gatherings, and parish-wide events!

Please join us and get involved with the many ministries & fellowship opportunities coming up!

Also, please contact the church office for information about any group or activity.

(713) 468-7796

Adult Sunday School @ 9:15 am
Palmer Parish Hall
with Karen Walrond

The Healing Power of Light

"The Healing Power of Light," Karen Walrond shares what photography has taught her about what it means to "walk as children of Light," from Ephesians 5:8   Photographer Karen Walrond is a leadership coach, sought-after keynote and TEDx speaker, and author of the bestselling book  The Beauty of Different:  Observations of a Confident Misfit.  

Questions? Contact
Childcare (birth - 3 years old) extended during the Adult Sunday School hour.

Sunday School @ 9:15 am
4 years old - 5th Grade (Children's Chapel)
6th-12th Grade (Please join the adults in Palmer Parish Hall)
Monday, December 9
Wine & Wrap
Holy Spirit Episcopal Community is invited to
Wine and Wrap 2017
Wine & Wrap
Monday, December 9
7:00 pm 
Palmer Parish Hall

Bring your items to wrap. Gift wrap, ribbon, tape, scissors will be provided. You're welcome to bring your "extras."

Bring a beverage or appetizer to share and enjoy fellowship while wrapping your gifts. Sponsored by the School PTO. 

Questions: Teresa McKinsey at 
or (713) 468-5138
Christmas Flowers and Music 
Donation Forms  Now Online

Online form now available for
Christmas Flowers and Christmas Music donations.
Please visit our website

Donation requests may also be emailed. 
The body of the email should include:
Your Name, Address, Phone
In thanksgiving for..., In memory of...., or to have a name listed.
Donations may be submitted in person at the church office.

Please complete your submission by Sunday, December 15, 2019.

Questions: Contact Shelia Williams at or (713) 468-7796

Holy Spirit Youth
(6th Grade - 12 Grade)
2019 Holy Spirit Youth Mission Trip 2019 Holy Spirit Youth Mission Costa Rica
YouthHoly Spirit Youth Meets on Sunday Nights

Dec 8 WhataSavior (Whataburger, 12121 Katy Fwy) @ 6:30 - 7:30 pm 
Dec 15 Sunday Funday Christmas Party (St Mark's) @ 5:45 pm 
Dec 22 Nativity Pageant
Dec 26-28
Mid-Winter Retreat (Camp Allen)  This is  designed  to give  High School diocesan  youth a chance to take a break and draw nearer to God for a weekend of relaxation, fun, and worship. Please register online  at .
Jan 5 Epiphany Progressive Lunch
For more information, contact Suzy Spencer at or (713) 517-8797.
November 24 - December 8
Holy Spirit Episcopal Giving Tree

Holy Spirit Episcopal Giving Tree

Bless those who are in need this season.

Our Holy Spirit Giving Tree is now on display in the Narthex & Palmer Parish Hall with ornaments from our outreach ministries.

Each ornament will detail specific needs.  Feel free to take as many ornaments as you are willing to fulfill. Sign up sheets will be posted nearby - please take a moment to note which ornaments taken.

Outreach Ministries Represented
Memorial Assistance Ministries - Due Dec 8
Raise Up Families - Due Dec 8
Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack - Due Dec 15 
West Houston Assistance Ministries - Due Dec 15

Questions: Contact Shelia Williams at or (713) 468-7796
Saturday, December 14
Ten Great Dates
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Looking for a fun and meaningful night out?

Second Saturday of each month
GreatDatesNext Date
Dec 14 @ 5:30 pm

"Happily Ever After" is not by chance.   It is a Choice.   Strengthen and deepen your love with a simple and fun program of life-changing conversations.
At 5:30 pm, we meet in the Nave, have Evening Prayer, and listen to an overview of that month's topic and chapter.   After that, you and your spouse on your way with a date night exercise.  

Childcare - We provide free childcare for our Date Nights from 5:30 pm - 8 pm.   A simple dinner and snacks are provided to your children.  

RSVP for childcare or information
Suzy Spencer at (713) 517-8797 or
Saturday, December 14
Daughters of the King
Daughters of the King

Christmas Luncheon

December 14
11:30 am
Palmer Parish Hall

Daughters of the King is a ministry which focuses on prayer, service, and evangelism; and is open to all women of Holy Spirit. We typically meet on the second Saturday of the month.
Next meeting: Jan 11, 2020 @ 9:30 am
RSVP for the Luncheon email  Melinda Van Paasschen  at

For information about the DOK contact Melonye Suarez at
Stewardship 2020
Stewardship 2020
Stewardship 2020

If you have not already, our stewardship committee invites you to fill out your pledge card for this coming year. You can fill out a pledge card by following this link.  Our Vestry is working on the budget for this coming year.  Help us plan for all that is ahead.  Thank you for your generous support!  If you have any stewardship questions,  contact our Stewardship Chair, Bob King, at .
Ministry Highlight
Every week a ministry will be introduced to you. Join any ministry at any time!

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Altar Guild
The Altar Guild is a service organization responsible for preparing for worship at Holy Spirit. The guild, under the guidance and direction of the Rector, maintains and cares for the altar, communion vessels, vestments and linens of the church. This ministry is crucial for the congregation to be able to gather in worship.
Contact: Helen Ramey at or Leona Baker at
Altar Flowers & the Flower Guild

flower vase bouquet Altar Flowers 
If would you like to honor, celebrate, or memorialize a loved one with altar flowers, please feel free to sign the new Altar Flower Chart for 2020, in the Narthex. Suggested donation amount of $75, or whatever you'd like to contribute. Please email  with your special wording.

The Flower Guild
The Flower Guild is always looking for people who love flowers and would like to help arranging them from our altar.
If you know someone in need or would appreciate our flowers, please let a member of the Flower Guild know and you may pick up the flowers after the 10:30 am service.  Questions about the Flower Guild, contact Nell Givens at
Bayou City Blessings Assembly
with HUB Houston
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BCB needs volunteers to help with a coordinated food bag assembly with the HUB Houston! 

Click here to sign up.
Dates: Dec 5, Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7

The HUB Houston is a long-time volunteer partner to BCB and is an educational and vocational program for young adults with developmental differences. These events are generally held the first Thursday of the month in Palmer Hall. 
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up to help with this fun community event. Thank you! For more information, contact Shelia Williams in the church office at 713-468-7796 or
Save the Date!
Friday, February 7, 2020
Holy Spirit Episcopal Community Auction
Holy Spirit Episcopal 
Community Auction 
"Through the Looking Glass"

Friday, February 7 
(Hotel Zaza, Memorial City)
Cocktail attire, themed accessories encouraged

Don't be late - join our community wide auction event! Additional information available at

  Questions, or to be a part of this magical event, contact the Auction Committee at or Kim Robinson at
Holy Spirit Episcopal School
Calendar of Events
Dec 12 - Kindergarten Pageant
Dec 23 - Christmas Break  Begins (Offices/School Closed)

Jan 6 - Classes Resume
Jan 10 - Homecoming
Jan 20 - Martin Luther King Day (Offices/School Closed)

Questions? Contact the School Office: (713) 468-5138.



Dec 5th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3)
Dec 5th:
Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30 pm
Dec 7th:
Holy Spirit Together at the Movies (Cinemark Memorial City)  @ 10:00 am
Dec 8th:
WhataSavior (Whataburger, 12121 Katy Fwy) @ 6:30 - 7:30 pm 
Dec 10th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3, 10:00 am EC)
Dec 12th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3)
Dec 12th:
Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30 pm
Dec 12th:
BCB Community Assembly (Palmer Parish Hall) @ 7:00 pm
Dec 13th:
BCB Friday Assembly (Palmer Parish Hall) @ 8:15 am
Dec 14th:
Daughters of the King Luncheon (Palmer Parish Hall) @ 11:30 am
Dec 14th:
Ten Great Dates (Nave) @ 5:30 pm
Dec 15th:
Lessons & Carols @ 5:00 pm
Dec 17th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3, 10:00 am EC)
Dec 17th:
Prayer Shawl Ministry (Church Parlor) @ 10:00 am
Dec 19th:
School Chapel (9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3)
Dec 19th:
School Eucharist (LS/MS) @ 10:00 am
Dec 19th:
Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30 pm
Dec 20th:
BCB Assembly (Palmer Parish Hall) @ 8:15 am

Mark Your Calendar!
Dec 15: Lesson & Carols
Dec 22: Nativity Pageant
Dec 24: Christmas Eve Worship
Dec 25: Feast of the Nativity

Jan 5: 1st Sunday Breakfast

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