In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we will NOT be worshiping on our campuses through Easter Sunday. We do invite you to worship with us ONLINE this Sunday at 10 a.m. with all clergy together in one place. All programs and groups in all venues are also cancelled this week. Please read the updates from Dr. Pat Sparks below that will clarify and include important information as we navigate through this time of change.
Update from Dr. Pat Sparks - March 26, 2020
"Rest as did the creator God! And while you rest, be sure that your neighbors rest alongside you."
-Dr. Walter Brueggeman, Sabbath as Resistance
The last couple of weeks have been an adjustment, to say the least. Yet, it has been reassuring to see our community coming together to do their part as we help each other stay healthy. Also, it has been a time like no other, as it has allowed us to stay near our loved ones, it has created time to reconnect with those who are far, and in one way or another, it has allowed us to rest.
In the quote above, Dr. Brueggeman encourages us to rest, like God did when he created everything. This "new normal" is not something we expected. Just ask anyone on our staff, everyone has been working nearly nonstop to make sure that our church continues with its mission of connecting the world with God's love. These might be trying times, but we need to remember that in God and through Jesus, we can find rest.
Let's keep our eyes on Jesus during these trying times and find an opportunity to rest in the presence of God!
As we rest, I want to share with you some updates from our church:
As of now, we are planning for our campuses to be closed through Easter Sunday. We will reopen the church office on Monday, April 13, and our first Sunday back for worship on our campuses will be Sunday, April 19. Special Needs ministries will resume April 20. These dates may be adjusted as circumstances dictate.
Due to the current circumstances, some of our Holy Week events have had to be either postponed or canceled. However, not everything is bad news, we will still host some events online. Please find our Holy Week schedule here.
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
Join us this Sunday morning as we continue to host live worship online at 10 a.m. We will be led by a panel of our pastors. At the same time, we will continue to include familiar pieces of worship, including an Affirmation of Faith, Offering Moment, a virtual Passing of the Peace, and worship music led by Stephen Walker and Austin Kincannon, The Element and West Campus worship leaders, respectively.
We will continue with our current sermon series, Verified. Our pastors will sit together as they unpack John 14:6, when Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Here is an activity sheet our Children’s Ministry created to help your child(ren) understand this Sunday’s message.
Sunday's digital bulletin is here.
JOIN US FOR ONLINE FUN & FELLOWSHIP
This week Chad McEleveen and Rev. Alex Zeisig will be hosting different online events via Zoom for you and your family to enjoy. Today, March 26, Chad will be hosting a Student's Virtual Talent Show at 2 p.m. To join them, please click here. Tomorrow, March 27, Pastor Alex will be hosting a churchwide Trivia Night at 7:45 p.m. To learn more, please click here.
We ask you to continue to pray for our community! If you would like to know how to be praying for our church, please click here. To ask for prayer for you or someone you know, please contact Whitney Peper at email@example.com.
Our Age-Level Directors are sending out emails with information for our Children's and Student Ministries. The Children's Ministry email includes activities and information with things to do for your child(ren) while we are practicing social distancing. For more information on our Children's Ministry activities, you may send them an email here.
The Student Ministry is meeting through the Zoom App, a secure, closed video chat hosted by our Directors. For more information on our Student Ministry, please email Chad McElveen or Emily Parsons.
We are encouraging our Grow Groups (Sunday Schools, Life Groups, and other small groups) to continue to meet online. If you are currently on a roster for a Sunday School, Life Group, or another active small group, your group leaders should have reached out with the steps to plan the upcoming meetings. If your Grow Group leader has not contacted you, or you are not currently in a small group, please email Elizabeth Bücher.
STAY UP TO DATE
Please continue to check your emails, the church website, and our social media pages. These sources are where our most up-to-date information will be posted.
To like us on Facebook, please click here.
To follow us on Instagram, please click here.
We also encourage you to visit Katy Disaster Response's website, as they share valuable information from our local officials and reliable sources.
HOW TO GIVE
Financial giving is a spiritual practice. We give because of what God has already given us. St. Peter's encourages all who worship with us to consider how directly investing in the ministries of this church forms you and impacts those in our surrounding community. You may give online by visiting our Giving page here.
Your church staff is seeking God's wisdom and guidance as we navigate this unprecedented time. It is our goal to continue to discover new ways of "Connecting the world with God's love."
Dr. Pat Sparks
St. Peter’s United Methodist Church