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News & Happenings at Holy Spirit
December 19, 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
Our God is with Us!

" angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.' All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

'Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
   and they shall name him Emmanuel',
which means, 'God is with us.' "         -  Matthew 1:20-23

Dear friends, this is the week that we will gather to hear and sing about this thing that God has done to "save all his people from their sins." We will see our children tell this story on Sunday at 10:30 in our pageant.  We will proclaim it on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  We will continue to ponder the depth of Jesus' birth, life, and death for the entirety of this year until we hear it again next December.

Two things stand out to me in this short passage from Matthew.  First, Jesus fulfills the promise God pronounces through the prophet Isaiah that our God is a God who is with us.  He is our Emmanuel.  God has always been with His people, but in Jesus something new happens that permeates everything forevermore.  God literally comes into our midst as one of us and walks with us and tells us about who God is.  He comes and shows us that God seeks to not have any barriers in our relationship with Him.  Then he gives himself to defeat death so that not even in dying can we be separated from God. 

This leads to the second thing that stands out.  Jesus came to save people from our sins.  So often, when we talk about sin, people worry that the conversation is about feeling guilty.  I'd like to offer some peace to that concern.  Sin is anything that separates us from God and it is God's desire to remove that separation.  Jesus came not to focus on the things that have been detrimental to our relationship, but to relieve us of those things, to lift that weight off of us, to release us from the bondage suffered from our separation.  So, as we greet our Emmanuel this week, I pray you will gaze upon the one who came to fulfill the promise that we have been freed from our separation and united to the one who has loved us from the beginning and will love us to the end.  Thanks be to God!

See you in church,

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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.
Advent & Christmas
Holy Spirit

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 School
December 22, 29
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 Fr Korey Wright

What is Liturgy? We know it to be about Hymns, and Order and Beauty and Prayer and Communion. We know it to be about Worship. But is there more to Liturgy? Come join Fr. Korey Wright as we explore that question. We'll watch videos (one video being from the band Coldplay, the greatest band on earth) and we'll talk about other stuff that seems to have nothing to do with Liturgy, but actually has everything to do with Liturgy. See you in Sunday School.
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)
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 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 Dinner @ 5:30 pm

For more information, contact Suzy Spencer at or (713) 517-8797.
Sunday, January 5
Epiphany Sunday, First Sunday Breakfast
First Sunday Breakfast
First Sunday Breakfast & Epiphany Sunday
Sunday, January 5 @ 9:15 am
Palmer Parish Hall

Join us on the first Sunday of the new year - Epiphany activities for our families as well as 1st Sunday Breakfast. Help us pack bags for Bayou City Blessings after our activities.
If you are interested in helping with our breakfast, please contact James Weiss at
Stewardship 2020
Stewardship 2020
Stewardship 2020

Holy Spirit's stewardship campaign is going well, but we have a handful of regular pledgers that have not yet pledged.  We are in the final push to collect all our financial pledge cards for 2020.  Please pledge so we can plan for your contribution to make an impact in our 2020 operating budget.  You can submit a pledge card in church, in the office, or online through the church website or on Realm.  You can also email Aimee at  with your pledge.  Thank you!
Year End Contributions
Year End Giving
2019 Financial Contributions

As we approach year end, please consider contributing the balance on your 2019 pledge commitments.  Pledge statements were mailed out in November, but you can check Realm for your pledge balance or contact Aimee at . To be tax deductible for 2019, donations must be received by the church office, online, or post-marked by 12/31. Be aware that the church office will have very limited hours between Christmas and New Year's Eve, so please call the office if you find you must donate last minute.
Ministry Highlight
Every week a ministry will be introduced to you. Join any ministry at any time!

Children's Ministry

Children's Ministry
This ministry is meant to nurture the growth and care of our children; and primarily offered to families for participation. But volunteers are welcome for supporting the children's ministry by helping with Sunday school and/or Vacation Bible School. You can also help with special events during the year.

Questions, contact Suzy Spencer 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: 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 
6:30 - 10:30 pm
(Hotel Zaza, Memorial City)

Cocktail attire with themed accessories.

Individual Tickets $100
Sponsorships start at $1,000

Don't be late - join our community wide auction event!

  Questions, or to be a part of this magical event, contact the Auction Committee at,  Kim Robinson at, or June Cowan at
Monday, January 13

Monday Mah-Jongg
January 13th, 2pm-4:30pm

During our first two sessions in January, Nancy Moody will teach anyone joining our group who would like to learn to play. We follow American National Mah-Jongg League rules and standards. (Due to Diocesan regulation, we will award daily points for hands instead of exchanging money). 

If you are planning to join us in January, or have questions, please contact Nancy Moody at or (713) 858-7395 or Evelyn Snow at or (281) 755-2468
Holy Spirit Episcopal School
Calendar of Events
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 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
Dec 22th:
Nativity Pageant (Nave) @ 10:30 am
Dec 24th:
Christmas Eve
4:00 pm - Family Service
6:00 pm & 10:00 pm - Candlelight Service with Special Music 30 minutes before
Dec 25th:
Christmas Day
10:00 am - Feast of the Nativity
* No 11:00 am Worship *


Jan 1st:
New Year's Day (Offices/School Closed)
Jan 5th:
Epiphany Sunday, 1st Sunday Breakfast
Jan 5th:
Holy Spirit Youth Epiphany Progressive Dinner @ 5:30 pm
Jan 6th:
School Resumes
Jan 7th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3, 10:00 am EC)
Jan 9th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3)
Jan 9th:
Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30 pm
Jan 10th: BCB Assembly (Palmer Parish Hall) @ 8:15 am 
Jan 11th:
Daughters of the King @ 10:00 am
Jan 14th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3, 10:00 am EC)
Jan 16th:
School Eucharist (LS/MS) @ 10:00 am
Jan 16th:
School CHapel (9:00 am PK4, 9

Limited Church Office Hours
Dec 26 - Jan 1
Please call ahead or make an appointment

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

Jan 5: 1st Sunday Breakfast

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