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November 14, 2019 
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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
The Joy to Come!

I am always amazed at how much I'm inclined to want certain foods when it gets cold outside.  I am more likely to make a cup of tea in the office, have soup in the evening, and even anticipate fruit cake (yep, I like fruit cake) in the months ahead.  It is something that made the pumpkin spice latte phenomenon seem a little more sensible when we lived up north and the weather started shifting colder in September.  It's also why I scratch my head when this flavor takes center stage in Houston when it is often 70-80 degrees outside. 
I find that church life is the same way.  The more we experience the annual dance of events, liturgical seasons, and holidays, the more these experiences get tied to our seasonal activities.  It's no wonder that events like Blessing of the Animals and Trunk or Treat arrive on the calendar pointing to a festive and exciting fall ahead.  As we get ready for the coming holidays, I can't wait to eat turkey and dressing and share in the Great Thanksgiving (another name for the Eucharistic Prayer used in Communion) as we gather for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner with a Eucharist worship service.  I look forward to St. Nicholas showing up and Advent wreaths taking from on the first Sunday of December.  I can't wait for Lessons and Carols and the Nativity Pageant.  And we will be singing and celebrating on Christmas Eve before you know it. 
Church life becomes part of our annual experiences bringing a depth of joy and meaning to the other things we do this time of the year.  My prayer is that our shared church life will deepen your life.  As we approach the signposts of things to come, may God grant us the awareness of all God's workings in our lives every step of the way. 

See you in church,

Joshua Condon signature

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 .
Friday, November 22
Parent Fellowship Groups
Parents of Youth & Parents of Elementary
Friday, November 22
Hosted by the Spencers

Parents of Youth and Elementary are invited to meet for food, fellowship, and connection with other Christian parents. 

Parents of Youth
Happy Hour @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
(for parents with children 6th-12 grade)
Parents of Elementary
@ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

RSVP or questions, contact Suzy Spencer at or (713) 517-8797.
Friday, November 22
Parents of Little Ones
Parents of Little Ones

Friday, November 22
7:00 pm
Hosted by the Sillimans

A fun evening of food, drinks, and encouragement in our lives as Christian parents of our little ones. Please advise of dietary restrictions in RSVP. 

Babies welcome. If you need help covering the cost of a babysitter, feel free to contact Josh. He's happy to help (

RSVP - Clair Silliman at or (512) 755-1124 .
Sunday, November 24
Thanksgiving Dinner & Eucharist Worship
Sunday, November 24
Palmer Parish Hall

We will enjoy a shortened service together along with Eucharist and a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. The church will provide: Turkey & Stuffing (water & iced tea)
Please bring your side(s) or dessert & wine or a beverage to share.
Last Names Beginning : (A - P dessert) & (Q - Z sides)
Questions? Contact the church office at (713) 468-7796.
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.
Sunday, December 1
St Nick Visits, Advent Wreath Making, 1st Sunday Breakfast
St Nick 2018 Ian Bremner
StNickSt. Nicholas Visit, Advent Wreath Making,  1st Sunday Breakfast

Sunday, December 1, 2019 @ 9:15 am (Palmer Parish Hall)

Start the season of Advent with us on Sunday Morning. Special Guest - St Nick! Join us for breakfast and bring your little ones to hear a story from St. Nick! There will be opportunities for pictures. Make your own wreath during the Sunday School hour. Greenery and some supplies are provided. Feel free to bring your own "extras."
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

Nov 15-17 Happening High School Renewal Retreat & YES (Youth Encounter the Spirit) - Register at
Nov 24 Thanksgiving Dinner & Eucharist Worship (Palmer Parish Hall) @ 5:00 pm
Dec 1 SNUG (Sunday Nights Under God)
6:00 pm - Jr High Youth Group
6:30 pm - Dinner (ALL)
7:30 pm - High School Youth Group
Dec 8 WhataSavior (Whataburger, 12121 Katy Fwy) @ 6:30 - 7:30 pm 
For more information, contact Suzy Spencer at or (713) 517-8797.
Saturday, December 14
Ten Great Dates
10 great dates bible rings
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
11:00 am

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
If you would like to join us, please email Melonye Suarez at
Nov 25
Enneagram Study
Enneagram Study
Nov 25
6:00 pm - 7:30pm
* Last Class *
Facilitated by Lisa Wright
Would you like to learn more about the Enneagram? Have you heard about it, but not quite sure what it is or how it applies to your life?

The Enneagram is a model of 9 interconnected personality type s which stands apart from other personality typing systems because of its unique focus on spiritual growth. It is a tool that helps us to shape the path between our relationships with ourselves and one another, and the path in our relationship with God.

The book "The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery" (Cron/Stabile) as our guide during this six-session series.

Childcare available during class.

Questions or to RSVP, please contact Lisa Wright at
Sunday School
November 17, 24
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 Sarah & Josh Condon

It's a family affair: holidays, love, and navigating relationships

In this class, Sarah and Josh Condon will discuss making space for the true joy of the busy holiday season paying special attention to how to navigate family and flaws in a way that encourages love, setting boundaries and not overcommitting, and how we care for and nurture children through this stressful time. 

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)
Ministry Highlight
Every week a ministry will be introduced to you. Join any ministry at any time!

Verger and Mace

Ensure that all that needs to take place before and during worship is properly organized. A Verger typically coordinates with the Altar Guild, Chalice Bearers, Lay Readers, and Ushers to ensure all worship support functions are carried out.
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 for 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
November 24 - December 8
Holy Spirit Episcopal Giving Tree
Coming Soon!

Holy Spirit Episcopal Giving Tree

Bless those who are in need this season.

Our Holy Spirit Giving Tree will be on display on Nov 24 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.

Questions: Contact Shelia Williams at or (713) 468-7796
Advent & Christmas
Holy Spirit

St. Nicholas Visit, Advent Wreath Making,
1st Sunday Breakfast
Sunday, December 1, 2019 @ 9:15 am
(Palmer Parish Hall)

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

Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 25 @ 10:00 am
Holy Spirit Episcopal School
Calendar of Events
Nov 19-22 - Book Fair
Nov 20 - Open House
Nov 22 - Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Nov 24 - 29 Thanksgiving Break
Nov 25-26 EC Open

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.
December 6-8
Advent Retreat @ Camp Allen

Advent Retreat
December 6-8
Camp Allen

"Christ in the Carols"

The  Holy Spirit Community is invited to this weekend retreat to take a closer look at some of the best-loved carols and how they point us to the Gospel. Participants will also find opportunities to enjoy Camp Allen's pristine acres, outdoor activities, wreath-making, and a special Christmas sing-along.  The weekend is guided by Andrew Lazo and Christin Ditchfield Lazo. 

$335/$265 Single/Double Occupancy; includes 2-nights of hotel style lodging, 6 buffet meals, and programming. To register, visit or call (936) 825-7175.
Tuesdays, September 10 - December 3, 2019
Health & Wellness Bible Study
Health & Wellness Bible Study
with First Place 4 Health
Meets Every Tuesday, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Sep 10 - Dec 3, 2019
Church Parlor

Please join us for another enriching First Place 4 Health 12 week study.  We are excited about this study called:  "Balanced Living."

In Balanced Living, you will learn how to regain the balance that God intended for each of us to have in all four areas of our lives: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. This First Place 4 Health Bible study contains 12 weeks of daily studies to help you put Christ in first place, as well as weekly Live It Trackers to document your progress.  Also included are Scripture memory cards, a coordinating Scripture memory music CD, and two complete weeks of menu plans with grocery lists, recipes and detailed nutrition information.

"But Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well."  Matthew 6:33

Cost: $30.00, includes book and fee
For additional information you can email Jennifer Mohr at 
or Wendy  Mixon  at
Bayou City Blessings Assembly
with HUB Houston
BCB National Logo Horizontal
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
Save the Date!

Holy Spirit Episcopal 
Community Auction 
"Through the Looking Glass"

Friday, February 7 
(Hotel Zaza, Memorial City)

Details soon! Questions, or to be a part of this magical event, contact the Auction Committee at or Kim Robinson at



Nov 14th:
School Chapel (9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3)
Nov 14th:
School Eucharist (LS/MS) @ 10:00 am
Nov 14th:
Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30 pm
Nov 15-17th:
Holy Spirit Youth Happening & YES (Camp Allen)
Nov 16th:
Altar Guild @ 10:00 am
Nov 17th:
Lord of the Streets @ 7:00 am
Nov 18th:
School Bookfair begins
Nov 19th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3, 10:00 am EC)
Nov 19th:
Health & Wellness Bible Study (Church Parlor) @ 12:30 pm
Nov 21st:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3)
Nov 21st:
Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30 pm
Nov 22nd:
School Grandparents & Special Friends Day
School Book Fair
Nov 22nd:
POY Happy Hour (Spencer's) @ 5:30 pm
Nov 22nd:
POE Gathering (Spencer's) @ 7:00 pm
Nov 22nd
POLO Gathering (Silliman's) @ 7:00 pm
Nov 24th:
Thanksgiving Dinner & Eucharist Worship (Palmer Parish Hall) @ 5:00 pm
Nov 25th:
Enneagram Class (Palmer Parish Hall) @ 6:00 pm
Nov 26th:
Health & Wellness Bible Study (Church Parlor) @ 12:30 pm
Nov 28th:
Thanksgiving Day


Dec 1st:
St Nick Visit, Advent Wreath Making, 1st Sunday Breakfast (Palmer Parish Hall) @ 9:15 am
Dec 1st:
Holy Spirit Youth SNUG @ 6:00 pm
Dec 3rd:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am PK4, 9:30 am PK3, 10:00 am EC)
Dec 3rd:
Health & Wellness Bible Study (Church Parlor) @ 12:30 pm
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

Mark Your Calendar!
Nov 10th: Evensong
Nov 24: Thanksgiving Dinner Eucharist
Dec 1: St Nick Visits! Advent Wreath Making, First Sunday Breakfast
Dec 15: Lesson & Carols
Dec 22: Nativity Pageant
Dec 24: Christmas Eve Worship
Dec 25: Feast of the Nativity

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