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February 7, 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
Dave Schraeder

Junior Warden
Kim Myer

Ian Bremner 
John Givens 
Bob King
S helly Lester 
Christy Lock 
Nancy Moody 
Scott Owen
Melissa Peter
Cynthia Sartwelle
Steve B. Sigloch Jr
Clair Silliman
James Weiss
Charlie Yardley
The Slow Growth of Sinners Being Declared Saints

I have a small plant that was given to me when I moved into my first post-seminary home.  When Sarah and I moved to NYC, it sat in my office looking out on West 69th street.  In our house in Westchester, it lived on the third floor with a clear view of the sky.  In each setting I would turn it or tie it with string to see how I could shape it.  It now sits on our back porch and as I looked at it the other day I realized that I could see in the way it is shaped the different periods of ways I had tried to form it.  It is a small plant, but it has a lot of character.
The way we come to know Jesus is a lifelong process of being turned and shaped.  It is a slow process of being moved along in the process of our life.  God gives us what we need.  He places us where we need to be.  Over time, there are subtle ways in which we have been influenced by the ongoing care of His love and grace.  While tying the string on my little plant to shape it is an immediate and even somewhat drastic step, it is only through slowly growing into that new shape that it becomes permanent.
When I meet with folks who are new to the Episcopal church, like many of those who joined our church this past Sunday, I often describe our worship as a slow deepening formation.  It is through showing up week after week to hear the Good News of our forgiveness and receiving the grace of God in the sacraments that we are slowly shaped and grown.  We come to know our forgiveness and the freedom of our life in Jesus in a way that over time shapes the way we see ourselves, our friends and neighbors, and those who look or seem nothing like us.  I pray that as you think about who you are today, you may see some subtle formation that reflects the gift of God's grace in your life.    

See you in Church,
Joshua Condon signature

Thursday, February 7
Women's Bible Study

Womens Bible Study Feb Heart
Women's Bible Study
with Sarah Condon

Thursday, February 7
6:30 pm
New Church Parlor
Stories of God:
Stories of Love

Join us as we delve into how our own stories of love are seen time and time again in the stories of scripture. We will look at incredible stories of God at work in the world (movies, news, even our own lives) and see them mapped onto the Bible.
No reading ahead required. No homework given. Just come and enjoy.
No RSVPs necessary - just one Thursday per month.
Upcoming Dates
2019: Mar 7, Apr 4, May 9
Questions: Contact Sarah Condon at
Saturday, February 9
Ten Great Dates
10 great dates bible rings
Looking for a fun and meaningful night out?

Ten Great Dates
Second Saturday of each month
Next Date - February 9 @ 5:30 pm
Open to couples at any point in their relationship

We gather in the Nave for Evening Prayer and a short video that sets the stage for discussion; then couples are sent out on their own private date.
Topics are stand alone and include marriage enriching themes such as: communication, conflict, encouragement, creative love life, balancing roles or parent & partner.
Date ideas include dinner, taking a walk, taking a drive, etc. Anything that will allow discussion time with each other.
Childcare available 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
RSVP for childcare or information
Suzy Spencer at (713) 517-8797 or
Sunday School
February 10, 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
Carrie Willard
February 10, 17, 24
with Carrie Willard

Carrie Willard is returning to Holy Spirit to explore grace in family life during our Adult Education Series in February.
February 10 - Carrie will talk about discovering interesting and sometimes unsavory family history, and what that means for her faith life now. She will also talk about family names and other ways that we name children.
February 17 - Carrie will discuss conflict in families and how our Christian call to reconciliation can look complicated in family life.
February 24 - In Carrie's final week she will share her thoughts on motherhood, and how being a mother has changed her faith.
Carrie has been bringing small, and then large, children to church since 2008. She is the wife, daughter, sister, and sister-in-law of Episcopal priests, and her husband, Neil, is the rector at Palmer Memorial here in Houston.
She works in administration at Rice University, and she also is a blogger at, where she writes about food and entertaining, life in a clergy family, and her views on faith. Her writing has been featured on Episcopal Cafe.

Childcare extended during the Adult Sunday School hour.
Sunday School @ 9:15 am
Pre-school - 5th Grade (Children's Chapel)
Youth (6th-12th Grade) (Suzy's room, Rm. 308)
Sunday, February 24
The Rev. Dale Klitzke
First Sermon and Coffee Hour
with The Rev. Dale Klitzke
Sunday, February 24
Join us during the coffee hour in the parlor after the 8 am and 10:30 am worship services for some Holy Spirit blend coffee and a chance to meet the newest addition to our clergy staff, Father Dale Klitzke, after he preaches for the first time at Holy Spirit!  
Saints and Sinners
Holy Spirit's Supper Club
Join Holy Spirit's Supper Club!

Saints and Sinners
3 Sets of Couples/Friends - 3 Dinners - Lifelong Friendships
Groups of three sets of friends rotate hosting dinner for the group at their home. Hosts provide main dish and drinks, guest provide appetizers and dessert. Gourmet cooks and take-out aficionados...Couples and singles... Young and young at heart... Those with kids and those without kids... Everyone is WELCOME!
Sign up before Feb 10, 2019
Contact: Krystal Weiss at or (832) 331-8338
Sunday, February 10
Acolyte Appreciation Lunch
Holy Spirit Loves Our Acolyte and Acolyte Leaders!

Appreciation Lunch
Sunday, February 10
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Los Tios - Memorial

We want to show our appreciation by honoring our Holy Spirit Acolytes. Acolytes and acolyte leaders please RSVP to Suzy Spencer via evite or email by Feb 4th.

Friday, February 15
Seniors, Retirees, and Empty Nesters (SREN)
SREN Cowboy Hat
Seniors, Retirees, and Empty Nesters (SREN) 
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BBQ Lunch
Friday, February 15
11:30 am
Palmer Parish Hall

Get ready for Go Texan Day and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with a bbq lunch here at Holy Spirit.
Welcome Father Dale Klitzke and e njoy friendship and fellowship in Palmer Parish Hall.
Suggested donation: $10
Selection of two meats, sides, and dessert.
RSVP: or call the church office at (713) 468-7796.
Friday, February 15
Parents of Little Ones Dinner
Parents of Little Ones (POLO)
Hosted by the Stafford Family
Friday, February 15 @ 7pm

A fun evening of food, drinks, and encouragement in our lives as Christian parents of our little ones. 

Clair Silliman at or (512) 755-1124

*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 (
Parents of Elementary
Sunday, February 24
Parents of Elementary Lunch
Sunday, February 24
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Buff Burger - Westchase

Childcare with lunch will be available at Holy Spirit.

RSVP: Suzy Spencer at
Thursday, March 28
Bayou City Blessings
Blessings in a Backpack Food Bowl
Benefiting Bayou City Blessings

Thursday, March 28
6 pm - 9 pm

Bowl and Barrel
City Centre

Come bowl in support of Bayou City Blessing's annual spring fundraiser!

Put together a team of 8 to reserve your lane. Sponsorships  available for you or your business, please contact us for details.
BCB provides weekend food to 1,4000 students in Houston every week, so by donating $100, you can feed one child for one year!

Contact our event chairs:
Jim & Clair Silliman - (512) 755-1124 - (832) 816-2994
For additional information about Bayou City Blessings, or to volunteer, email us at
If you would like to give directly to Bayou City Blessings, please click here or visit our webpage at
Saturday, April 13
WHAM Spring Day
Join our Holy Spirit Team at the WHAM Spring Dash

Race Day - Saturday, April 13
Early Registration - Friday, February 15

Pick your category:
1k Run/Walk - 5 k Run/Walk - Sleep In

Join us for a 1K & 5K Run/Walk to fight hunger & poverty in West Houston. This fun-filled and timed run/walk through the Westchase District includes a fun-packed ChildrenZone, delicious refreshments, and will be benefiting West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM).
All registered participants will receive a tech shirt and a goodie bag.
Discounted rate until Feb 15 - $30/entry.
Use the code word "spirit" at checkout for the Holy Spirit team.
July 29 - Aug 2, 2019
Vacation Bible School

July 29 - Aug 2, 2019
(1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Registration Opening Soon!

Ages: PreK 4 - 5th Grade
Volunteer opportunities for all ages!

Cost per participant - $20

Questions : Contact Suzy Spencer at or (713) 517-8797 .
Stewardship 2019
Connecting in Christ...
acolyte dedication 2018
Everything we do as a community is possible because of your generosity. We don't just "keep the lights on," but we live the Gospel call to love neighbors. Your 2019 pledge commitment will have a significant impact on resourcing our parish to answer our ministry call and serve each other and our community in the name and presence Jesus Christ. 

For more information or to fill out the Treasure Pledge Card online, visit our website at
Holy Spirit Episcopal School
Calendar of Events
Feb 18: Presidents Day - School Closed
Mar 10: Daylight Saving
Mar 11-13: Spring Break

Questions? Contact the School Office: (713) 468-5138.
Tuesdays, January 15 - April 16, 2019
Health & Wellness Bible Study
Health & Wellness Bible Study
with First Place 4 Health
Meets Every Tuesday, 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Jan 22 - Apr 16, 2019
New Church Parlor

Taking inspiration from the Fruits of the Spirit , this bible study will focus on our health, diet, and lifestyle.
Cost: $30.00
includes book and fee
Questions: Contact Wendy Mixon at or (713) 517-7237.
Weekly Pledge Envelopes
Email Letter Computer
Weekly Pledge Envelopes
If you are currently receiving weekly pledge envelopes and prefer not to receive them, please let us know.  Likewise, if you do not receive these weekly envelopes and would like to receive them, please let us know that as well.  

Contact  Aimee  Donnel in the church office at , or call the church office at 713-468-7796. 

Please note that any changes requested will not take effect until the spring because the envelopes are ordered two months in advance.



Feb 5th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am Primary)
Feb 5th:
Health & Wellness Bible Study @ 12:30 pm (New Church Parlor)
Feb 7th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am Primary)
Feb 7th:
Women's Bible Study @ 6:30 pm (New Church Parlor)
Feb 7th:
Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30 pm
Feb 8th:
BCB Assembly @ 8:00 am (Palmer Parish Hall)
Feb 9th:
Daughters of the King @ 9:30 am (School Library)
Feb 10th:
Acolyte Appreciation Lunch @ Noon (Los Tios)
Feb 12th:
Primary Chapel @ 9:00 am
Feb 12th:
Health & Wellness Bible Study @ 12:30 pm (New Church Parlor)
Feb 14th:
Primary Chapel @ 9:00 am
Feb 14th:
School Eucharist (LS/MS)@ 10:00 am 
Feb 14th;
Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30 pm
Feb 15th:
BCB Assembly @ 8:00 am (Palmer Parish Hall)
Feb 15th:
Seniors, Retirees, and Empty Nesters (SREN) Lunch (Palmer Parish Hall)
Feb 16th:
Altar Guild @ 10:00 am
Feb 18th:
Presidents' Day - Office & School Closed
Feb 19th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am Primary)
Feb 19th:
Prayer Shawl Ministry @ 10:00 am
Feb 19th:
Health & Wellness Bible Study @ 12:30 pm (New Church Parlor)
Feb 21st:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am Primary)
Feb 21st:
BCB Third Thursday Assembly @ 7:00 pm (Palmer Parish Hall)
Feb 21st:
Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30 pm
Feb 22nd:
BCB Assembly @ 8:00 am (Palmer Parish Hall)
Feb 24th:
Parents of Elementary Lunch @ 11:30 am
Feb 26th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am Primary)
Feb 26th:
Health & Wellness Bible Study @ 12:30 pm (New Church Parlor)
Feb 28th:
School Chapel (8:15 am LS/MS; 9:00 am Primary)

Mark Your Calendar!
Mar 3: Scout Sunday
Mar 5: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Mar 6: Ash Wednesday
Apr 14: Palm Sunday
Apr 19: Good Friday
Apr 21: Easter Sunday

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