MISSION FOCUSES FOR DECEMBER
Mission Gift Cards
You can buy a gift for a loved one and help someone who may be less fortunate by purchasing a Missions Gift Card, which benefits one of four organizations. Please visit the Missions Table in the Lobby to select cards benefiting Heifer International, The Methodist Children’s Home, Helping Kids Ministry and Christ Clinic. For more information, please contact Nathan Bledsoe at or (281) 492-8031.
Fondren Apartment Ministries
Christmas Worship and Celebration
Dec. 20, Noon-2 p.m.
Jesus calls us daily to find him in new people and places. The Kingdom of God will be full of people of all nations, races, economic statuses, and backgrounds. According to research done by the Kinder Institute at Rice University and others, Houston is now the most diverse place in the United States. As we look toward the future of both our Church and our home, building community with people from different cultures is crucial.
One of the most exciting ways the United Methodist Church is engaging people across cultural boundaries is through the Fondren Apartment Ministries. FAM is ministry with the people who live in the apartment complexes on Fondren Road in southwest Houston, a large percentage of whom are refugees from all over the planet.
St. Peter’s members Russel LaGrone and Erin Randolph live in an intentional community in this area that is part of FAM, and our church is currently in a Covenant Partnership with FAM in which we learn from each other and grow in ministry together.
What does this mean to you? On Dec. 20 from noon to 2 p.m., the people of St. Peter’s, FAM, and Westbury UMC will be joining together for a worship service, communion, and shared meal. The focus will be talking about how Christmas has been experienced by different people in different contexts. It will be a chance to meet new friends from new places, and to get a little taste of what heaven just might look like.
Click below to RSVP if you would like to attend this event or help cook the day before.
For questions or more information, contact Nathan at or (281) 492-8031.
MISSIONS TABLE IN THE LOBBY
Watch for the Missions table in the Lobby on the first Sunday of each month that will highlight the current month's mission.
Click below for the 2014 calendar of monthly missions.
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As the Ebola virus spreads in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, The United Methodist Church continues to be present and respond in a variety of ways, including through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR has provided money for supplies and protective equipment, education on prevention and containment, and construction of isolation units. UMCOR is also responding to the long-term negative impact the epidemic is having on the health systems, economies, and social practices of these countries. You can help by making a donation. Please make your check out to St. Peter’s United Methodist Church and put Ebola Response in the memo line. Or donate online at www.umcor.org.
Living Water International Trip
St. Peter’s will be returning to El Salvador to drill a water well with Living Water International January 25-31, 2015. If you would like to reserve your spot on our team, or if you have any questions about what a Living Water trip entails, contact Pastor Nathan Bledsoe at or call the church office.
Habitat Comes to Katy
Houston Habitat for Humanity and Compassion Katy have formed a partnership to start making real and important change in our Katy area. Many people are unaware of the poverty and sub-standard living conditions affecting many Katy residents. Habitat builds homes that help transform lives, neighborhoods and communities.
If you would like more information or wish to volunteer with this organization, there are opportunities to get involved with the Construction (including site selection) Committee, the Family Selection and Education Committee, and the Fundraising Committee. For more information, contact Nathan Bledsoe at or (281) 492-8031.
Fondren Apartment Ministry
St. Peter’s has a covenant partnership with the Fondren Apartment Ministry in southwest Houston. Two of our members live full time in FAM’s intentional community. FAM is building Christian community among the refugee population living in the Los Arcos Apartments on Fondren Road through community gatherings, English classes, and other new and growing discipleship and education ministries. We are the first church to enter into a covenant partnership with FAM beyond their mother church, Westbury UMC. Because of this, exactly how we will do ministry together, learn from each other, and grow is still very much in the beginning stages. If you want to be involved in this exciting ministry, contact .
Are you concerned about at-risk teens in Katy? The Missions Team is working with the organization reVision to provide adult mentors to meet with these young people one hour a week. As a mentor you would serve as a positive role model and someone the teen can talk to. The youth are ages 12-17 and in the process of leaving juvenile detention on probation in the Harris County Leadership Academy on Katy-Hockley Road. reVision offers orientation sessions for mentors the first Thursday of each month. reVision is a partnership between St. Luke’s UMC, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of these teens, please contact Nathan Bledsoe at or (281) 492-8031.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
St. Peter's supports the Society of St. Vincent de Paul with its First for Food monthly food collection. Food collections and financial donations are provided to this organization to help families in the Katy area improve their quality of life. In addition to providing food, SVDP also offers qualified assistance with utility bills, mortgage/rent, gas, furniture, counseling, job search and other needs.
U.M. ARMY - Beaumont, TX, June 15 - 21, 2014
U.M. ARMY stands for United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth. U.M. ARMY’s mission is “to provide Christ-centered quality youth work camps that serve people in need and promote spiritual growth and leadership development in youth.”
St. Peter’s students (who have completed at least one year of high school) and adults participate in U.M. ARMY for a week each summer, providing home repairs and maintenance for those who are unable to help themselves. U.M. ARMY is an opportunity to experience Christian growth through mission, worship and fellowship.
Visit the main U.M. ARMY Website here.
Teams of volunteers are sent out to do cleanup and rebuilding work for victims of hurricanes and tornadoes. St. Peter’s has been active in the past with Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Ike, and recently the damage done by tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding cities. We work through Disaster Recovery, an organization of the Texas Annual Conference. Contact Nathan Bledsoe at 281.492.8031 for more information on how to serve.
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women work to serve women and children in need, participating and helping to fund the local, national and global missions of the church with our love, gifts and prayers. We support each other with open hearts. We encourage growth as individuals through shared reading, study and prayers. Our goals are mission, fellowship and learning. We meet twice a month.
We sponsor the Pick-a-dilly Craft Fair, which benefits missions; do a hands-on project for mission, such as baby layettes, birthing kits or health kits to be used overseas; and share mission studies with the women of Katy First United Methodist Church and Pattison United Methodist Church.
Many individuals decide to take part in United Methodist Church-sponsored international mission trips. St. Peter’s will assist them with financial aid and material donations as well as our prayers and support.
St. Peter’s has a mission partnership with Compassion International, supporting their work in Ecuador where they seek to rescue children from poverty in Jesus’ name. As a church we are sponsoring a Child Survival Program and as individuals we are sponsoring children to help them reach their God-given potential. For more information, visit www.compassion.com.
Compassion in Ecuador
Living Water International
St. Peter’s has taken mission teams to Honduras, partnering with Living Water International to build water wells. Travel is to a remote part of Honduras to a small village that does not have any clean drinking water. During the week they build a well and teach the villagers about hygiene.
Living Water International
Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience "living water"—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst.
Living Water Mission Trip to Honduras
St. Peter’s is involved with a United Methodist church and school in Hempstead, Jamaica, with monetary support plus yearly trips by our high school seniors to do work and bring supplies during spring break. A summer trip has also been added to do Vacation Bible School with the children, as well as doing repairs as needed.
Local Mission Work
Church Without Walls Day
This is a Sunday morning where the congregation goes out into the community to worship with their hearts and hands. With many different projects, we are connecting our community with God's love.
The Helping Kids Ministry provides assistance for homeless children and their families within the Katy ISD school system. If you would like to shop for clothes or be put on the e-mail list to be contacted when needs arise, please contact the church office at 281.492-8031.