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									Holy Spirit Episcopal Church




        Houston, Texas
Table of Contents
Mission and core values ...........................................................................................................................................1
What we seek in a rector ..........................................................................................................................................2
Our vision for the future ..........................................................................................................................................2
How we worship .........................................................................................................................................................3
About us ........................................................................................................................................................................4
Our campus ..................................................................................................................................................................5
History of Holy Spirit .................................................................................................................................................6
Financial health ...........................................................................................................................................................8
Our Endowment Fund ..............................................................................................................................................8
Holy Spirit Episcopal School ...................................................................................................................................9
Christian education ................................................................................................................................................ 10
How we serve............................................................................................................................................................ 11
       Children’s and Family Ministries ........................................................................................................... 11
       Episcopal Youth Community ................................................................................................................. 11
       Day of Service, ACTS in Action.............................................................................................................. 12
       Prayers of the People ............................................................................................................................... 12
       Community of Hope ................................................................................................................................. 12
       Care Callers .................................................................................................................................................. 12
       Holy Spirit’s ministries.............................................................................................................................. 13
Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

   W         elcome to Holy Spirit Episcopal Church! We are a warm and
             accepting community located in the heart of Houston. Our
   10-acre campus is home to our church and a school for infants through
   8th grade. With more than 1,100 members, Holy Spirit is full of energy
   and optimism. Our church family encourages people to find their own
   comfort level in their walk with Christ, and we have developed classes,
   programs and ministries that foster spiritual growth and fellowship and
   inspire our members to reach out to those in need and bring God’s love
   into the world. We invite you to discover more about our parish and
   hope this brochure reflects a little about who we are and how God is
   calling us.




    Mission and core values
          Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is a welcoming community with
          Christ as the cornerstone. We reflect the Holy Spirit to the
          world through:
                 •	 Acceptance – We acknowledge God’s call to accept our dif-
                    ferences as we join together on our spiritual journeys.
                 •	 Connections – We become the Body of Christ through a
                    broad footprint of ministries that foster deep relationships,
                    caring for one another, fun and fellowship.
                 •	 Teaching – We develop disciples through thought-provok-
                    ing worship, our parish school and a variety of educational
                    opportunities.
                 •	 Service – We follow Christ’s example of sacrificial love by
                    serving people in need wherever they may be.
    What we seek in a rector
                     Holy Spirit seeks a rector who has a deep love of God, follows Christ’s example and has a theology
                     rooted in an extensive knowledge of the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer and Episcopal tradition.
                     Our new rector is a vibrant and engaging preacher and storyteller, who will help us apply God’s word
                     to our everyday lives. We seek a rector who will be a strong pastoral presence in times of need and will
                     be visible, active and involved in both the church and school community. He/she is a good listener
                     with a sense of humor and an energy that will inspire the church community, attract new members
                     and help us grow and thrive. Our new rector will lead and empower the clergy, staff and laity to make
                     a difference in the lives of our families, our church and the wider community. He/she will remain
                     open to all forms of liturgical expression, respect and embrace the diverse worship styles and minis-
                     tries of the congregation and challenge us to try new things.

                     Our new rector is nurturing and accepting of all people, unafraid to meet each of us at the cross.
                     With scripture as the foundation, our new rector will both educate and challenge us, intellectually
                     and spiritually, to live God’s word. Our new rector can articulate his/her personal beliefs clearly and
                     illustrate these beliefs through personal example, while remaining open to differences of opinion on
                     issues of faith and Christian tradition. He/she has an active personal prayer life and a desire to help
                     parishioners grow closer to God through prayer. Our new rector will commit to continue bringing
                     the church and school together as one body, will have the desire and ability to connect with youth and
                     young families, and actively will seek opportunities for intergenerational collaboration. Through en-
                     couragement of and involvement in ministries and programs for children, youth, young families and
                     adults of all ages, our new rector will help build a new generation of Christ followers.
                                                                                      (Derived from a parish survey conducted in early 2012.)




    Our vision for the future
    The following is what we at Holy Spirit would like to be able to say about ourselves in the coming years. This
    information was derived from a church-wide visioning event held in early 2012.

                     Community. Holy Spirit welcomes all visitors into our community. We work to bring the whole
                     church together as one cohesive community and offer opportunities for fellowship, retreats and prayer
                     which strengthen our relationships, offer encouragement and create a sense of connection. Holy Spirit
                     Episcopal School is a treasured part of our community and parishioners embrace our school families
                     in fellowship and worship. Our ministries, inreach and outreach events enrich the lives of our com-
                     munity and help those in need.

                     Family and Youth. Holy Spirit offers engaging programs for children and youth, and fami-
                     lies actively participate in all aspects of church life. The parish has a vibrant music program for all
                     ages that helps draw in new members, and retreats provide the opportunity to grow closer together.

                     Spiritual Formation. Holy Spirit provides many opportunities to foster spiritual growth and
                     bring people of all ages into a deeper relationship with Christ. Clergy are supportive and encouraging
                     of lay ministries that enrich the lives of the church community. Home groups, Christian education
                     and spiritual formation classes are led by trained clergy and laity.

                     Outreach. Holy Spirit is actively engaged in ministry and outreach. Through mission trips, com-
                     munity service days and partnerships with charitable organizations, we strive to lift up those struggling
                     and in need so that they may find hope and spiritual renewal through Christ.

                     Growth. Holy Spirit is a community that is growing in membership, growing financially and grow-
                     ing spiritually. Effective communications plays a key role in attracting and welcoming new members
                     and educating the church community about our ministries. Parishioners offer their “time, talent and
                     treasure” to support Holy Spirit’s mission and continued growth.

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How we worship

        T
                o meet the needs of our congregation,
                we offer three worship services on
                Sundays—each with its own distinct
        character. The diversity of worship experiences
        plays an important role in the life of our church.

        8 a.m. Rite 1 Eucharist
        This quiet, reflective service in the nave features
        organ music and hymns, without choir accom-
        paniment.                                                                                                             Holy Spirit’s
                                                                       Holy Spirit has a very active acolyte ministry         contemporary worship
        10:30 a.m. Rite II Eucharist                                                                                          service.
        In this service, we follow the more contempo-                  with more than 60 children and youth serving
        rary language of Rite II in the 1979 Book of                   in the ministry. During the 10:30 a.m. worship
        Common Prayer, with hymns accompanied by                       services, our younger members meet in our Chil-
        organ and a full choir.                                        dren’s Chapel for a worship experience tailored
                                                                       to children ages four through 5th grade. Parents
        10:30 a.m. Contemporary Eucharist                              can focus on the sermon, and children return
        This vibrant worship service, held in the parish               to the service to celebrate Holy Eucharist with
        hall, features Holy Spirit’s Contemporary Wor-                 their families.
        ship Team. The live band plays contemporary
        worship music, and parishioners follow the                               Podcasted sermons offer
        service from two large projection screens.
                                                                               those who are hospitalized
        In addition to our three Sunday worship ser-
        vices, there is a healing Eucharist offered on                           or home-bound a way to
        Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the nave. All sermons
        are recorded and published on a podcast which                           stay connected with their
        can be accessed through our website, www.
        hsechurch.org. This not only gives parishioners                                  church family.
        an opportunity to listen to sermons from other
                                                                       For infants and toddlers, childcare is available
        services, but offers those who are hospitalized
                                                                       for both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Af-
        or home-bound a way to stay connected with
                                                                       ter services, parishioners gather in the parish hall
        their church family.
                                                                       for coffee and fellowship.




 Children’s Chapel offers a worship experience tailored to children ages four through 5th grade.



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    About us
          Total membership............................1,195

          Average Sunday
          attendance........................................... 292

          Easter Sunday
          attendance............................................710
          Baptized in 2011................................... 14
                                      (Data taken from the 2011 parochial report)



              Age distribution
                                                                                    Holy Spirit has an active Greeters ministry for welcoming
                                                                                    visitors to the church.




                                                                 Level of education


    How long members have
     attended Holy Spirit




                                                          (Graph data derived from a vision validation survey conducted in early 2012. )




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Our campus

          H
                   oly Spirit is located in the Memorial
                   area of Houston. As the fastest-grow-
                   ing metropolitan area in the nation,
           Houston boasts a robust economy, award-win-
           ning school districts, a world-renowned medical
           center and one of the nation’s finest theater and
           performing arts districts.

           Holy Spirit’s lush green campus reflects the sub-
           tropical climate of the Gulf Coast region with
           80-year-old oak trees and plantings of palms
           and colorful azaleas.


                   Holy Spirit’s five-bedroom
                     rectory is located in the
                 Rustling Pines subdivision in
                         the Memorial area.

           The 10-acre campus features the following:

           Nave
           With seating for 600, the church first began of-    Holy Spirit’s nave has seating for 600.
           fering worship services in the nave in 1969.

           Parish Hall                                         School
           The parish hall is the site of our contemporary     Facilities include 32 classrooms, a library, teach-
           worship service. It offers seating for 300 and      er’s lounge, gymnasium and attached catering
           features a fully-equipped kitchen for fellowship    kitchen, three playgrounds, two computer labs,
           after worship services and during special church    two science labs, a nurse’s station, an art room,
           events.                                             school offices, playing fields and an 11-room
                                                               daycare. The church and the school share the
                                                               nave, parish hall, classrooms and gym.

                                                               Holy Spirit owns a 3,100-square-foot, five-
                                                               bedroom, 3 ½-bath rectory, located in the
                                                               Rustling Pines subdivision in the Memorial area.
                                                               Zoned to the award-winning Spring Branch
                                                               Independent School District, Memorial is a well-
                                                               established area of Houston with home prices
                                                               ranging from $250,000 to over $10 million. The
                                                               Memorial area spans five zip codes, over 30
                                                               subdivisions and six independent villages.


 Our grounds feature a labyrinth for prayer and reflection.



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    History of Holy Spirit

       S
           ince Holy Spirit first opened its doors in 1958, the church has been served by
           just three rectors—a testament to our stability as a parish and our commitment
           to finding leaders who reflect who we are and are committed to furthering the
           vision of our church body.

       October 19, 1958. Holy Spirit’s first               January 3, 1960.The Rev’d. Hubert C.
       mission service.                                    Palmer becomes priest-in-charge.
          In the late 1950s, the Memorial area was              Visiting clergy serve the new chapel until
          considered the far west side of Houston.              Father Hubert becomes Holy Spirit’s priest-
          Bishop John E. Hines identified the need              in-charge. Father Hubert serves Holy Spirit
          for a church in this area and officiated our          until his retirement in February 1987.
          very first mission service on October 19,
          1958, at Bunker Hill School. Nineteen of         January 27, 1961.The mission
          the 26 people present signed a petition to       becomes a parish.
          form the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and                Church of the Holy Spirit is formed and 10
          build a church on 10 acres owned by the               years of active building follow. The nave,
          Diocese of Texas and located at Perthshire            offices and classrooms are completed in
          and Tallowood. One of the original found-             1969.
          ing couples are still members to this day.
                                                           Fall 1962. Holy Spirit Episcopal
                                                           School opens.
                                                                With a staff of three, the school opens
                                                                its doors to 89 students, ages 3 through 5.
                                                                Over the years, the school has grown to a
                                                                student body of more than 340. For more
                                                                information on the school, see page 9.

                                                           1975. Elementary school begins.
                                                                Holy Spirit Episcopal School begins teach-
                                                                ing its first elementary school students.

                                                           September 1987.The Rev’d. Melvin
                                                           K. Gray begins his service.
                                                                Father Melvin succeeds Father Hubert as
                                                                rector and serves Holy Spirit until January
                                                                2001.




                                                         The parish hall has
                                                         seating for 300, and
                                                         features a fully-
                                                         equipped kitchen for
                                                         fellowship after worship
                                                         services and during
                                                         special church events.




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January 1997. Dedication of new                   July 2009. First
facilities.                                       Home Group
   Holy Spirit dedicates a major addition to      meets.
   its facilities: a gymnasium, middle-school        Home Groups
   wing of the school, full-size kitchen, youth      give parishioners
   center, remodeled parish hall and kitchen,        an opportunity
   and an expanded parking area.                     to pray, study and
                                                     share in the
August 1997. Middle school opens.                    weekly lives of
   Holy Spirit Episcopal School opens its            others in a small-
   middle school and begins accepting its first      group setting. The
   6th-grade students.                               church has two
                                                     home groups to
May 2000. Graduation of 8th-grade                    meet the needs of
                                                                                                   The organ at Holy Spirit was
students.                                            its members: one located near the church
                                                                                                   created in the neo-Baroque
   Holy Spirit Episcopal School’s first 8th-         and another located on the far west side of   style in the 1970s at the end
   grade class graduates.                            town in Katy.                                 of a revival in historic organ
                                                                                                   building.

2001. Contemporary service begins.                          Home Groups give
   What started as a Sunday evening service,
   quickly grew in just a few months. Contem-
                                                      parishioners an opportunity
   porary service is now an established part of        to pray, study and share in
   Holy Spirit’s Sunday morning tradition.
                                                      the weekly lives of others in
2002.The Rev’d. David Puckett
begins service.                                           a small-group setting.
   Father David served as rector until his
   retirement in December 2011. Father David
   was instrumental in securing the current       December 2009. Endowment Fund
   financial health of our parish.                reaches $1.25 million.
                                                     See page 8.

                                                  April 2010. First Maundy Thursday
                                                  Day of Service.
                                                     Volunteers from the church, school and
                                                     community take the day off to help those
                                                     in need. For more information on Day of
                                                     Service, see page 12.

                                                  2012. Holy Spirit Episcopal School
                                                  turns 50!




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          Financial health

                    H
                           oly Spirit has a track record of financial stability and fiscal responsibil-
                           ity. Although total pledging units have decreased over the past few years,
                           the average amount pledged has been increasing. And when Holy
                    Spirit experienced a budget shortfall in 2011, parishioners stepped up to close
                    the gap. In 2011, the total pledging units were 239, and the average pledge was
                    $4,024.

                    2011 Income
                                                                      Loan history
                    Pledges:                   $997,144               Holy Spirit’s debt balance is $824,880.09 as of
                    Additional donations:      $533,424               December 31, 2011. In 1996, $2.75 million was
                    Events and other:          $44,694 (auction)      borrowed for the construction of the middle
                                                                      school and gymnasium. In 2007, the commu-
                                                                      nity received a $100,000 pledge to match funds
                    2011 Expenses
                                                                      contributed specifically for debt reduction. This
                    Personnel:                 $786,011
                                                                      reduced the debt by $200,000 over the course
                    Programs:                  $109,313
                                                                      of the next three years. In 2009, Holy Spirit
                    Buildings:                 $352,247
                                                                      received an anonymous donation of $1 million
                    Office:                    $42,208
                                                                      to further pay down the debt and for new equip-
                    Additional:
                                                                      ment purchases to improve the HVAC systems.
                         Assessment            $125,409
                                                                      The current note was refinanced in 2009 for a
                         General expense       $12,011
                                                                      five-year term, 20-year amortization, and will
                         Mortgage P&I          $98,305
                                                                      need to be renewed in February 2014. The loan
                                                                      payments are shared 67 percent (school)/33
                    Debt                       $824,880.09            percent (church).
                    (as of 12/31/2011)




                    Our Endowment Fund
                    Holy Spirit’s Endowment Fund supports long-       and friends of the church include cash, paid-up
“What we do         term Christian ministry and growth in the Holy    life insurance, bequests in wills, IRAs and 401K
    for ourselves   Spirit community by providing start-up capital    plans. If any gift exceeds $1,000, it is gratefully
                    for projects and programs within the parish.      acknowledged with an engraved brass leaf on
    dies with us.   The fund has supported ministries and proj-       the Endowment Tree in the church narthex.
                    ects including the funding of a summer youth      Giving to the Endowment Fund provides our
    What we do      missioner, continuing education and training      parishioners with a wonderful opportunity
                    for Holy Spirit’s Contemporary Worship Team,      to honor a loved one or create a memorial
for others lives    two student scholarships in celebration of the    to someone. These are gracious gifts which
     forever.”      school’s 50th anniversary, support for an ACTS    provide long-lasting benefits to the Holy Spirit
                    in Action service day and funding for Vaca-       community. The fund’s tremendous growth
                    tion Bible School. Since 2009, over $125,000 in   over the last 10 years is due to the continued
                    grants have been awarded between church and       generosity of our parishioners.                     Holy Spirit’s Endowment Tree
                    school projects. Donations from parishioners




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Holy Spirit Episcopal School

   H
            oly Spirit Episcopal School (HSES)
            is a premier private school for infants
            through 8th grade and is a key ministry
   for Holy Spirit. HSES combines the best tradi-
   tions of learning with relevant contemporary
   programs that promote excellence in instruction,
   richness in service, Godly character and physical
   well-being.

   The school follows the tenets of the Episcopal
   Identity:
                                                            students learn the rhythm of the liturgical
   • A high regard for intellectual discipline
                                                            seasons and are also taught to value those with
   • Tolerance and inclusivity
                                                            different faiths. It is this shared setting where
   • Service for others
                                                            students are invited to take their spirituality
   • Faith and reason as partners
                                                            further in their studies and out into the big-
   • Worshipping together following our liturgical
                                                            ger world through unique outdoor programs,
     traditions
                                                            a cultural exchange program with Costa Rica
                                                            and various community service projects. Each
   HSES serves more than 340 students in a small
                                                            year, the school participates in Day of Service
   classroom environment with an average student-
                                                            on Maundy Thursday, and parents and church
   teacher ratio of 15:1. The student body includes
                                                            volunteers are working to identify other oppor-
   children from more than 39 different countries
                                                            tunities to bring the school and church together
   and there is a natural diversity of faiths at HSES.
                                                            as a community. The head of school and rector
   Faculty and staff look for the values that unite
                                                            communicate frequently and work closely to-
   people rather than divide, and parents have
                                                            gether at vestry and school board meetings.
   commented that the school is known for being a
   place of acceptance and nurture. During chapel,
                                                            In 2012, HSES celebrates its 50th anniversary,
                                                            beginning with a joint-effort auction in Feb-
                                                            ruary. The celebration honored two of the
                                                            school’s founders, Jan Leach and Maureen Al-
                                                            frey. Holy Spirit has also joined with the school
                                                            to create the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church
                                                            Endowment Legacy Scholarship, which offers
                                                            a three-year scholarship to qualifying students
                                                            beginning in their 6th-grade year. The Endow-
                                                            ment Committee has challenged the Board of
                                                            Trustees of the school to continue with the
                                                            scholarship beginning in 2013.



                                                         Holy Spirit Episcopal School features
                                                         32 classrooms, a library, teacher’s
                                                         lounge, gymnasium and attached
                                                         catering kitchen, three playgrounds,
                                                         two computer labs, two science labs,
                                                         a nurse’s station, an art room, school
                                                         offices, playing fields and an 11-room
                                                         daycare.


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          Christian education

                           A
                                      t Holy Spirit, we believe spiritual             Holy Spirit’s Family Connections Class stud-
                                      education extends beyond the pulpit.            ies current Christian literature in the context
                                      Our educational offerings seek to               of tackling everyday challenges, such as raising
                           bring parishioners into a deeper relationship              children and building a more spiritual home.
                           with Christ and help them navigate the rough               Authors studied include N.T. Wright, John and
                           waters of everyday life.                                   Susan Yates, John Townsend and C.S. Lewis.

                           On Sundays
                           Children’s Christian Education, for ages 3                  In addition to Sunday educational
                           through 5th grade, teaches the Bible through a
                           variety of hands-on learning activities, includ-              offerings, there are enrichment
                           ing arts and crafts, singing, drama workshops
                           and gym activities. The curriculum, based on a                opportunities during the week,
                           four-week rotation of a singular Bible passage,
                                                                                           including Home Groups and
                           is designed to reinforce learning and bring the
                           Bible to life for our young members.                            morning Bible study classes.


                                                                                      Holy Spirit clergy and guest clergy lead several
                                                                                      lecture series throughout the year on Sunday
                                                                                      mornings and during the Lenten season. Topics
                                                                                      have included:
                                                                                      • Resurrection: What It Is, Why It Matters
                                                                                      • England, America and Texas: Three Nations
                                                                                         Under an Anglican God
                                                                                      • Christian Virtue: The Path Between Rules and
                                                                                         Instincts
                                                                                      • Holy Spirit: God, Place, Parish and You
                                                                                      • The Anglican Covenant Curriculum
Holy Spirit clergy and guest clergy lead several lecture series throughout the year
on Sunday mornings and during the Lenten season.                                      Weekdays
                                                                                      In addition to our Sunday educational offer-
                           For our youth, grades 6 through 12, we offer               ings, there are many enrichment opportunities
                           multiple opportunities for spiritual education.            during the week. Evening Home Groups give
                           Our youth education class meets from 9:30 to               parishioners an opportunity to study and discuss
                           10:15 a.m. Episcopal Youth Community, also for             Bible passages in depth in a home setting. And
                           grades 6 through 12, meets each Sunday at noon             popular morning classes for women include
                           for Bible study, fellowship and fun. All activi-           a Wednesday Ladies Book study and a Friday
                           ties—whether a game, Bible study, meal, service            gathering after school drop-off. Classes have
                           project or mission trip—are designed to model              studied Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron
                           and express the love of Christ and witness His             Hall and Denver Moore and books by Rob Bell,
                           transformative love to the world.                          Donald Miller and Beth Moore.




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       How we serve

                    W
                                   e at Holy Spirit believe that every-
                                   one has gifts to share. From lending
                                   a hand on Sundays, to reaching
                     out to help those in need, to having opportuni-
                     ties for learning and fellowship, our church body
                     offers more than 40 ministries. Here are a few
                     highlights:

                     Children’s and Family Ministries
                     At Holy Spirit, we seek to build the foundations
                     of His kingdom in the hearts of children and
                     families in our church community. Each week,
                     children gather for Children’s Christian Educa-


                               Children participating
                              in Choir Camp have the
                                opportunity to lead a
                           worship service and sing for
                              those in the community.                       Episcopal Youth Community is active in outreach, participating in mission trips
                                                                            both in Houston and, most recently, in San Francisco.

                                       tion, a lively, hands-on Sunday      with a weekday Bible study group and a variety
                                       school class. During our 10:30       of fellowship opportunities offered throughout
                                       a.m. worship services, chil-         the year.
                                       dren hear an age-appropriate
                                       lesson in Children’s Chapel,         Episcopal Youth Community
                                       while learning about Episcopal       Youth in middle school and high school take
                                       tradition and liturgy. During the    part in Holy Spirit’s Episcopal Youth Com-
                                       summer, children and adults          munity (EYC), which meets each Sunday at
                                       have the opportunity to learn        noon for fellowship and study. Special events
                                       about God’s word together dur-       like community service opportunities and youth
                                       ing Vacation Bible School. Chil-     retreats are held throughout the year. For two
                                       dren participating in our Choir      years, the youth have led a 24-hour prayer vigil,
                                       Camp have the opportunity to         which leads up to the church’s annual Rally Day.
                                       lead a worship service and sing      During the prayer vigil, youth lead parishioners
                                       for those in the community and       in group prayer and reflection. The prayer vigil
                                       children and youth who take          is an opportunity for the parish to pray in a truly
                                       part in Summer Strummers             focused and united way for our church and for
                                       learn guitar basics and have the     those in need.
                                       chance to play during the con-
During the summer, children and adults
have the opportunity to learn about
                                       temporary worship service. For
God’s word together during Vacation    adults, we foster spiritual growth                               See How we serve, page 12
Bible School.




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                    Continued from How we serve, page 11                 Prayers of
                                                                         the People
                    EYC is also active in outreach, participating
                                                                         In the fall of
                    in mission trips both in Houston and, most
                                                                         2008, a number
                    recently, in San Francisco, where youth
                                                                         of parishioners
                    partnered with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to
                                                                         shared with
                    help those in need. In 2010, inspired by the
                                                                         clergy the desire
                    Advent Conspiracy movement, a nationwide
                                                                         to move away
                    campaign that encourages Christians to spend
                                                                         from the stan-
                    less, worship fully, give more and love all, EYC
                                                                         dard form of
                    raised the funds needed to build a water well at
                                                                         prayers set out
                    an Anglican church in Uganda.
                                                                         in the Book of
                    Day of Service, ACTS in Action                       Common Prayer                                        ACTS in Action
                                                                         and begin offering prayers written by Holy Spir-     provides parishioners,
                    In 2008, members of the church community
                                                                                                                              HSES students and
                    became inspired by the message of outreach           it’s own members. Clergy were supportive and         community volunteers
                    that came from the pulpit week after week. After     after initial training, the ministry began to grow   with opportunities for
                    seeing the dire need in the community after          and find the support of the larger church body.      outreach.
                    Hurricane Ike ravaged the Gulf Coast that same       Each week, writers study the lectionary readings
                    year, parishioners formed Day of Service, held       selected for Sunday’s worship service and with
                    each year on Maundy Thursday—the day Jesus           prayer and meditation, reflect that message in
                    washed the feet of his disciples. Parishioners       the wording of the Prayers of the People. Clergy
                    take a day off from work and provide assistance      then review for theology and content. The
                    to a variety of area nonprofit organizations.        prayers reflect the needs and concerns of our
                    From yard maintenance to delivering meals to         church family, as well as topical concerns such as
                    working with clients, volunteers work to extend      civil unrest and natural disasters.
                    God’s kingdom and become true disciples of
                                                                         Community of Hope
                    Christ. In 2011, Holy Spirit’s outreach commit-
                                                                         One of the ways Holy Spirit brings God’s love
                    tee formed ACTS in Action as a supplement to
                                                                         to the home-bound is through its Community
                    Day of Service. The service days, held quarterly,
                                                                         of Hope ministry, a Christian community of lay
                    provide parishioners, HSES students and com-
                                                                         pastoral caregivers. Members of the ministry
                    munity volunteers with additional opportunities
                                                                         visit with parishioners and non-parishioners in
                    for outreach. The parish is also active in ongoing
                                                                         their homes, hospitals, nursing homes and retire-
                    volunteer work with local nonprofits includ-
                                                                         ment homes. Formed by Benedictine spirituality
                    ing Westside Homeless Partnership, Lord of
                                                                         and bonded by shared prayer, members of this
                    the Streets, Memorial Assistance Ministries and
                                                                         ministry make several hundred visits each year,
                    Habitat for Humanity.
                                                                         often making multiple visits to the same people.
For two years,                                                           Members meet each month for continuing
the youth have
                                                                         training and study, and many are licensed Lay
led a 24-hour
prayer vigil,                                                            Eucharistic Ministers.
which leads up
to the church’s                                                          Care Callers
annual Rally                                                             At Holy Spirit, parishioners don’t just lend a
Day. During                                                              hand and a heart—some are even called to
the prayer vigil,
                                                                         lend an ear through the Care Callers ministry.
youth lead
parishioners in                                                          With approximately 300 families at Holy Spirit,
group prayer                                                             Care Callers work to touch base with everyone
and reflection.                                                          on the church roster throughout the year. The
                                                                         calls are an opportunity for church members to
                                                                         share prayer requests and pastoral concerns in a
                                                                         confidential setting and reinforces the message
                                                                         that everyone is an integral member of the Holy
                                                                         Spirit family.


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Holy Spirit’s ministries
    Outreach and Inreach                   Christian education
    ACTS in Action                         Home Groups
    Care Callers                           Ladies Book Study
    Casserole Patrol                       Nooma
    Community of Hope                      Sunday School for adults, youth and children
    Daughters of the King
                                           Office and grounds
    Meditation Books for Advent and Lent
                                           Emmet’s Gang
    Pastoral Friends Flower Delivery
                                           Holy Folders
    Prayer Chain
    Prayer Shawl Ministry                  Fellowship
    Shear Blessings in a Backpack          Amen, Sister Friend
    St. Joseph of Arimathea Guild          Breakfast Club
                                           Ladies Night Out
    Help on Sundays
                                           Men’s Breakfast
    Acolytes
                                           Pairs and Spares
    Altar Guild
                                           Saints and Sinners
    Chalice Bearers
                                           Seniors Lunch Out
    Contemporary Worship Media Team
    Contemporary Worship Music Team        Children, youth and families
    Friends of Fellowship                  Children’s Activities Bags
    Greeters                               Children’s Chapel
    Lay Eucharistic Visitor Corps          Choir Camp
    Lay Readers/Lectors                    EYC (Episcopal Youth Community)
    Parish Choir                           First Communion Class
    Prayers of the People Writers          Guitar Camp
    Side Chapel Prayer Ministry            Safeguarding God’s Children
    Ushers                                 Vacation Bible School

                                                                                          Day of Service formed
                                                                                          after members of
                                                                                          the parish became
                                                                                          inspired by the
                                                                                          message of outreach
                                                                                          that came from the
                                                                                          pulpit week after week.




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The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
12535 Perthshire Road
Houston, Texas 77024
www.hsechurch.org
713/468-7796

								
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