The Messenger The Newsletter of Christ the King Episcopal Church “Our mission is to share the unconditional love of God with all people.” 15325 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Texas 77083 (281) 933-6800 Volume 2007 Number 2 July, 2007 Vicar: Fr. Johannes George Upcoming Remember to mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Events June 30 – 11:00 a.m. – Baptism of Patrick Jamiru, Jr. with reception following Christian Formation resumes in September July 1 – Change to new Revised Common Lectionary. For information on the Revised Common Lectionary, go to the Diocesan web site (www.epicenter.org); go to “Resources” and click on Choir Practice 10:00 a.m. – Sunday “Links and Downloads.” Then scroll down to the paragraph containing the link to “theworshipwell.org” – then click “Word” on the left-hand column, then scroll down to Revised Common Lectionary and click to open link. Intercessory Prayer Every Wednesday July 2-6 – Union of Black Episcopalians Eucharist at Noon 39th Conference at the Hilton Americas Hotel Houston. Registration forms available in the Narthex. DOK Meeting June 16 July 3 – Episcopal Night at the Astros. 11:30 a.m. Bishop Don Wimberly will throw out the first pitch. (No meetings in The Episcopal High School Choir will lead us in the National Anthem. July & August) Deadline to order tickets is June 27. 50+ Group Check your Sunday bulletins for new announcements. July 28 Meeting at the church for July 4 – American Independence Day (Offices will be closed.) worship service and lunch. 50+ Group Congratulations to Hannah Joseph-Alvarado! August 11 Hannah received a Vera Gang Scott scholarship from the Episcopal Church Bingo at St. James’ House Women of the Diocese of Texas. We are so happy for you, Hannah! Call Barbara Best to volunteer (281-988-5160) 50+ Group For information on events in the Diocese and at Camp Allen, August 25 go to the following websites: Bus Trip to Austin – To check out opportunities at Camp Allen, go to the website: campallen.org Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History Please go to Diocesan website for more information on coming events: (Cost: $10.00/approximately + www.epicenter.org Lunch on your own at “Story of Texas Café” at the Museum) For information on the Episcopal Church Women, click on their line on the diocesan website. 15325 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, Texas 77083-3110 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED Dated Material Office Hours 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Phone: 281.933.6800 Fax: 281.933.3783 www.ckec.us CHURCH STAFF Pastor Fr. Johannes George Bishop's Warden Don Baker People’s Warden Sam Okonkwo Treasurer Joe Parks Administrative Assistant Jackie Sorensen Nursery Staff Jody Jordan Organist Krystal Dewberry SEASONS OF OUR YEAR We are now in the Season after Pentecost, also referred to as “Ordinary Time.” The weeks, from Trinity Sunday to the last Sunday after Pentecost (just before Advent begins), are numbered and show a date. (See p. 158 in the Book of Common Prayer. Green is the liturgical color for this lengthy season because it is often associated with the growing season and stands for growth and fruitfulness in the Christian life. This season does not have a single theme. Instead, each week has it own theme, based on the readings. Four broad categories summarize the primary focus of the readings: 1) Our relationship with God; 2) Our relationship with Jesus Christ and with one another; 3) The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives; and 4) The church and its mission. (Note: Primary source: The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education, which is an excellent guide to our church year.) CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & BIBLE STUDY ACOLYTES Classes for all ages will resume in September. Let Joe Parks or Mac McKenzie know if you are interested in participating in this ministry! NURSERY ROOM ALTAR FLOWERS Parents must bring their children to the nursery and sign them in, as well Envelopes are available to donate flowers for the rest as sign them out at the end of the of the year. The Flower Calendar is posted in the service. Please notify the adult in Great Hall. the room of any important information about your child, i.e., ALTAR GUILD allergies, whether they receive communion or a blessing, etc. Altar Guild members: Please check the sign up If you are willing to minister to our small children by sheets in the sacristy; we still have dates open. donating at least one Sunday of service monthly If you are interested in becoming part of the Altar during the church hour, let Fr. George know. If you Guild team, please contact Linda Parks at cannot spare one hour on a regular basis, would you 281.933.3672. be willing to be a substitute? NOTICE TO ALL CONGREGANTS CHILDREN’S CHAPEL Please notify us …. Children’s Chapel will resume in September. Area hospitals can no longer notify churches when TRAINING FOR MINISTRY members are admitted to the hospital! If you or a member of your family is hospitalized, someone from Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, & Ushers the family will have to notify the church. Questions? Contact the following people: Due to the new privacy laws, hospitals cannot reveal Lay Eucharistic Ministers: John Mukoro names. We want to be available for your needs, so Lectors: Janie Bateman, Fr. George please have someone give the office a call. Ushers: L. A. “Mac” McKenzie DOK MINISTRIES DAUGHTERS OF THE KING (DOK) will meet at 11:30 Altar Guild / Liturgy a.m. the second Saturday of each month, except July Linda Parks (281) 933-3672 and August. Our next meeting is September 8. If you are interested in becoming part of a ministry of Flower Guild daily prayer for others, please contact me. Ursulah Yuoh – Chair (832)-455-5722 Joan White & Sandra Greaves – 1st Sunday Jackie Sorenson, President Phyllis Chin & Barbara Sutter – 2nd Sunday Ada Norman, Annie Toomey & Ursula Yuoh – 3rd 50+ LUNCHEON Sunday Ula Harris, Barbara Best & Ursula Yuoh – 4th Sunday Committee members: Monica Rudder & Veronica Campbe - 5th Sunday Barbara Gross (our 50+ Diocesan coordinator) Carol Baker Don Baker Acolytes Barbara Best Veronica Campbell L. A. “Mac” McKenzie (281) 416-0780 Harold Drake Eula Harris Joe Parks (281) 933-3672 Marsha Reasoner Linda St. Hill Diane Smith Jackie Sorensen Choir Barbara Sutter Annie Toomey Cindie Olson (281) 933-4801 Questions? Ideas for things to do and/or places to Christian Education go? Please call one of the members listed above. Elementary (Children’s Chapel) Come join us on: Pat Bouligny (281) 498-7725 June 23 – barbecue lunch & speaker - the Rev. Bob Middle & High School Wells, Director of Community of Hope. (Note: A Buzz Goins (281) 933-5058 good time was had by all! Food, fun, fellowship – all Adults was great!) Fr. Johannes George (281) 933-6800 July 28 – Meeting at church for worship, lunch, and Lay Eucharistic Ministers business meeting. We will wrap bingo prizes for St. L. A. “Mac” McKenzie (281) 416-0780 James House. August 11 – Bingo at St. James House, Baytown. Call Lectors Barbara Best to volunteer (281.988.5160). Janie Bateman (281) 933-0050 ECW Daughters of the King Jackie Sorensen (281) 564-1654 Remember: All women in the Episcopal Church are members of the Episcopal Church Women. Episcopal Church Women Barbara Best (281) 988-5160 Watch the Sunday bulletin for information about our next meeting. Ushers Chris Orji (281) 491-1337 Questions? Call one of the officers: Barbara Best, President 281-988-5160 Youth Ministry (EYC) Olabisi Stanley, Vice Pres.281-485-5080 Chris Orji (281) 491-1337 Joan White, Secretary 281-530-7654 50+ Episcopalians Linda St. Hill, Treasurer 281-530-3462 Jackie Sorensen (281) 933-6800 Mark your calendar for Annual Meeting, October Hospitality 26-27! It is being held in Houston, at Palmer Sandra Greaves (281) 879-1704 Episcopal Church. Watch for more information Henry Parker (281) 513-0068 soon! Outreach Henry Parker (281) 513-0068 Stewardship / Finance Property David Onyekwena (281) 240-0115 Sam Okonkwo (281) 530-6350 Bill Freeman (281) 491-0543 Robert Lao (281) 558-4184 MISSION BELL FOOD PANTRY Located at Westminster Presbyterian Church Supported by 8 churches in the Mission Bend area The Food Pantry was begun by three area churches: Christ the King Episcopal Church, Mission Bend Methodist Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Other churches joined over the years. The pantry is located in Westminster Presbyterian Church. Hours of operations are: Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday Wednesday evening 10 a.m. until Noon 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The main needs for donations are: jam & jelly, cans of juice, crackers, cereal, & cornbread mix, cans of yellow vegetables and cans of green vegetables. Of course, a monetary donation is always welcome and will help meet any emergencies that arise. You may make a check out to “Christ the King Episcopal Church,” put it in the offering with the notation “For Mission Bell Food Pantry,” and the church will mail a check to them monthly. Place your food gifts in the basket in the Narthex. The pantry will welcome your time if you are available during pantry hours. Please contact Westminster Presbyterian at 281-530-1675 and ask to speak to someone about volunteering. You could also volunteer to take donations from our members (in the container in the front entrance) to the Pantry weekly or on a regular basis. Henry Parker [281 513-0068] is in charge of our Outreach efforts. Please contact him or Pat Bouligny [281-498-7725] or the church office if you can help deliver our contributions. A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR: Dear Church Family, Welcome to summer! We all know what the forecast will be from now until early November – hot and humid! For those still in school, from now until September will perhaps seem too short. For those with bored kids this summer, it may seem to be too long. Still, it is vacation time! Even if you cannot take a family vacation, please take time for your family to do something together to build family memories. The Season after Pentecost is often referred to as “the long green season.” Green, of course, is a color that symbolizes “growth.” Even during summertime, we can continue to grow – in all ways, but especially in our faith and how we are living into our baptismal promises. Whenever you wear a cross, it tells the world that you are a Christian. Which also means others will notice if you are “acting” like a Christian. What we really need to remember is that we need to LIVE as Christians – at all times and in all places! Sometimes, a smile and a simple act of courtesy and/or kindness can show the world more about Christians and Christianity than a month of sermons. (Sorry, all my preaching friends!) Remember that God sent Jesus into the world to show us how to live as Christians. Let us all work and pray together during this “green season” to learn/practice being better followers of Christ. Pat Bouligny United Thank Offering (UTO) Watch for the UTO boxes soon! As our Province VII UTO Chair Elaine McClurken is fond of saying, “It’s not about the money, honey! It’s about offering our thanksgivings to God!” The UTO encourages us to remember our baptismal promises by giving thanks daily. We are called to offer our prayers of thanksgiving for all that God has done for us. The UTO Blue Box can help you to remember to pray daily! The UTO boxes also encourage us to give of our treasure to help those less fortunate than us. If everyone could give a penny or nickel a day when they say their prayers of thanksgiving, think how much good we could do in the world! We have so much for which to be thankful! For the priceless wonders in our lives – for being blessed by God in many ways – for life itself – for the opportunity to go to church – for jobs we hold so that we may support ourselves and our families – for our children, our parents, our relatives, & our friends – for the very air we breathe – for sunrises and sunsets – for rain to nurture our plants and grow food – for running water and hot showers – and so many other things, people, events, and our pets! UTO (United Thank Offering) boxes, bookmarks, and devotional booklets will be available in the Narthex and the Great Hall. Remember to offer your prayers of thanksgiving daily! Buzz Goins presented us with an outline of our Vision for a new church and better use of our property. If you weren’t there Sunday, June 24, during our service, please call the office to get a copy of the outline of plans presented at that time. Remember: This Vision Pledge is not for operating money; it is just for the building fund so we can make plans to build a new church and convert our present building into a truly Great Hall with a full kitchen. Think how great that would be! Have you submitted your Vision Pledge yet? It is never too late!