June, 2017

June 30 The Rev. Bill Miller book tour comes to St. andrew's

A little more about Nawiliwili Nelson: The Last Howlelujah Tour: Wili’s Barket List  

Author and priest William “Bill” Miller seems to have a knack for attracting critters with interesting tales (tails?).  His first dog, Sam Houston, an 82 lb. Airedale in Austin, Texas, survived a house fire as a puppy and went on to become famous as the “Fearless Earless Airedale!”  Sam provided inspiration for Father Bill’s first book, The Gospel According to Sam: Animal Stories for the Soul.  The author has shared Sam’s gospel around the world.

Twelve years ago, the author accepted a call to the beautiful island of Kauai in Hawaii, where within a few months he crossed paws (and paths) with his rescue critter, Nawiliwili Nelson. Nelson is named for a pub and port in Kauai, as well as the famed Country-Western singer in his home state of Texas. “He’s half-Hawaiian and half-Texan,” Miller says, “although according to Yogi Berra’s math, he is also now half-Louisianian.” 

Wili, as the mutt is called, found his own acclaim with a featured story in Miller’s second book, The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: The Whole and Holy Truth about Lager, Loving and Living.  Wili’s adventures and inadvertent spiritual insights are captured in a story devoted entirely to him and titled, “My Wili.”

Back in November 2017, Wili was diagnosed with cancer and given as little as 3 months to live. After surgery, chemotherapy, some natural treatments including herbs, a new healthy diet, not to mention lots of love from his Master, Wili is still alive and wagging some 8 months later. Miller and Wili are embarking on a “Barket List” tour together, from New Orleans to Las Vegas, in July. In addition to enjoying time together on the road, as well as barbeque at each stop (Wili’s favorite) and meeting up with special people and critters along the way, the author and his dog will be sharing favorite stories about the connection between critters and their humans.  They will also share stories about Miller’s two other rescues, Sinbad and Lili. Sinbad’s story is inspiring in its own right, as Sinbad, scheduled to be put down on Good Friday, found new life on Easter. Lili, a pit bull originally from Las Vegas, found her way to New Orleans, where she became the latest addition to the family. On the tour, Miller will share the gospel according to Sam, Sinbad, Lili and Wili. They’ll be autographing (and pawtographing) Miller’s two books, speaking in churches, bookstores and brewerie.  At many of their stops they will be raising funds for animal rescue organizations.

Celebrate Pentecost June 4

The festival Eucharist of Pentecost has layered imagery and associations; fire, tongues, multiculturalism, spiritual gifts for understanding, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the consecration of the church for healing acts. On Pentecost Sunday at 10:30 am, we will highlight such themes with a Eucharist service that will be both familiar and unfamiliar.  What we have added are opening prayers from the Episcopal and Methodist priestly ordination rites along with Pentecost prayer language from the New Zealand Prayer Book of the Anglican tradition. The remainder of the service, including the Eucharistic prayer, should feel familiar as most of it comes directly from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Why do this? Won’t it be disruptive? While it will likely feel disruptive to some, it will also feel renewing to others. As we live into St. Andrew’s commitment to the Episcopal tradition, we seek discrete opportunities to complement our regular habits with the occasional alternative experience. A desire to explore variety in worship surfaced in our parish visioning process. By periodically trying something new, we may identify additional ways of praying that energize us for ministry. The 8:30 am and 2 pm services will have no alterations on Pentecost Sunday, and it is appropriate at any hour to wear red! Enjoy the day!

Party with Newcomers June 6

The Newcomer Committee invites all newcomers and their families (and any old-timers who feel like newcomers) to an open house at the home of Rev. Jimmy and Marla Grace. Come meet, mingle and make connections!

Tuesday, June 6, 6-8 pm

1643 Arlington

RSVP by June 2 to Martha Gallagher

281-501-2294 or mgg0413@gmail.com

rescheduled for July 18 - Women Invited to Pink Iftar Dinner

Presented by the Hines Center and Women’s Interfaith Table of Houston (WITH), the 5th Annual Pink Iftar is the only program of its kind in Houston. Women of Muslim faith backgrounds gather with women of other faith traditions to enjoy a wonderful meal and break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan. This year’s event is Thursday, June 8 at 7 pm at Christ Church Cathedral. Tickets are available at hinescenter.org and are $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight.

Serve at Lord of the Streets June 11

As a supporting parish of Lord of the Streets (LOTS) Episcopal Church, we are privileged to help with breakfast service to the homeless throughout the year. It is an honor and one of the most fulfilling services you can perform. Our next opportunity to serve breakfast will be Sunday, June 11. Volunteers meet at Trinity Episcopal Church (1015 Holman Street at Main Street) from 7-9 am. Free parking is available in the lot on Holman, across from Trinity Church.

For more than 25 years, LOTS has been an integral part of outreach and support to the homeless community in Houston. In 2015, St. Andrew’s became a supporting parish of LOTS and is making an impact in helping bring hope to Houston’s disadvantaged. There are many ways that members of St. Andrew’s can help support LOTS and its vital mission. There are daily volunteer activities that we, along with a dedicated group of volunteers and lay pastoral ministers from around the Diocese, can support. For more information on LOTS, the daily volunteer opportunities, or to sign up for the next LOTS Breakfast Service, please contact Bruce Banta at banta.bruce@gmail.com or 713-805-0065.

2nd Sunday Breakfast is Served June 11

The Second Sunday Breakfast Crew will be in the kitchen Sunday, June 11, serving a hot, home-cooked breakfast at 9:30 am. All are invited to stop in for a delicious meal and enjoy some fabulous fellowship along with your great food. The meal is free, but donations are welcome and very much appreciated by our hard-working cooks.

Discuss Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality June 12

The Spiritual Reading Group had a wonderful discussion of Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, by Richard Rohr, in May, and we invite you to read and discuss the next few chapters with us. In this book, Richard Rohr looks at the development of some of Scripture’s central themes, and how this development impacts on individuality and church spirituality today. We will discuss chapters 5-7 on Monday, June 12, at 6:30 pm in St. Andrew's House. If you are unable to attend in the evenings, you can join the online discussion on the Facebook page SAEC Spiritual Reading Group.

Tour Memorial Area Ministries June 15

As a way to inform our Outreach ministry, we are touring area shelters, service agencies and food banks to which we refer people who are served by our sack lunch program. On Thursday, June 15 at 10 am, join us for a tour of Memorial Area Ministries (MAM).  We will meet at St. Andrew’s House at 9:30 am and drive together or in caravan. Visit www.maministries.org to learn more about MAM, and please let Trish Mehrkam know if you would like to join the tour at trish.mehrkam@saecheights.org or 713-861-5596.

Ushers Training June 17

Anyone interested in becoming an usher or anyone needing a refresher course are invited to attend a training session Saturday June 17, 2017 at 10 am in the church. The training will include a hands-on walkthrough of the procedures we follow to assist in each service at St. Andrew’s.

In addition, all ushers, new and not so new, are encouraged to join us for a safety course, facilitated by Steve Oprea. Breakfast will be served prior to the training in the Parish Hall.

Ushers serve one Sunday a month, and joining this ministry is a great way to get to know other parishioners. If you are interested in serving, please contact Diana Burton at garydiana@att.net or  281-468-2154.

Join Us for Father’s Day on June 18

All are invited to celebrate Father’s Day on June 18 during coffee time hosted by a number of our St. Andrew’s dads. Richard Quarles, Walt Cameron, Ben Gibbs, Jimmy Grace, John Alexander and others will share their favorite “dad” dishes. Come for the cheese enchiladas and stay for the shrimp, pulled pork sliders, cole slaw and cold beverages! Join us in the Parish Hall following the 10:30 am service.

Volunteer at Food Pantry June 24

St. Andrew’s volunteers at the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry, 3523 Beauchamp, on the fourth Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to noon. Volunteers help register clients, stock shelves, prepare bags and baskets, and assist with other duties as needed. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in this fellowship and service to our neighbors in need. There’s no need to sign up in advance. Just show up and lend a hand!

Join Integrity for Houston Pride June 24

Integrity Houston invites everyone to join us on June 24 for our Houston Pride activities as we take the News of God's all inclusive love into the streets of downtown.  The Festival Street Eucharist is at 7:45 pm and the Pride Parade kicks off at 8:30 pm.  Float decorating will begin on site at approximately 630 pm. Any help will be most appreciated! The exact location and parking information has yet to be decided, so please contact SWayne Mathis 832-630-0651 to stay updated.

You're Invited to DOK June 25

Are you still thinking Daughters of the King (DOK) may be for me? We hope so and welcome your visit at our meetings. What is a Daughter? She is a member of St. Andrew's that seeks to reflect her love of Christ through prayer and service. We pray daily, gather monthly and serve in many ways. We wear the cross as an outward symbol of our sacred pledge. New members prepare to join the Order through attendance at monthly meetings and special classes. The classes are also for member renewal. Please contact Cathey Harrison at catheyph@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in joining these classes. 

We will meet on Sunday, June 25, at 3:30 pm at St. Andrew’s House. In addition to regular prayer and reflection, we will host Donna Fruge’, executive director and founder of The Summerhouse. She will share the story of this community for young adults with intellectual disabilities. that enriches the life of St. Andrew’s. In addition, we are starting our multi-month service project and we would love for you to join us. We will offer a Sunday school class this summer to help writers and artists with their booklet submissions for the DOK Advent booklet. We hope that  you will share you thoughts or artwork.  The booklet takes a team but it is worth every minute as the parish enjoys a day-to-day journey to the birth of Christ.

Save the Date!

Laundry Love July 9

Please join Carissa Baldwin-McGinnis on July 9 as she celebrates a Spanish language Eucharist at Timber Oaks Wash and Dry (26724 I-45, Spring TX) at noon. Carissa will serve as a supply priest for St. Isidore’s, a missionary community of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. St. Andrew’s parishioner, Angela Beeson has already ministered as part of St. Isidore’s Laundry Love team and will assist Carissa in worship. Laundry Love is an opportunity for free fellowship, food, haircuts, physician consultation and laundry for all present. Some of us will serve. Others will be served. Laundry Love is a no strings attached ministry model. Speak with Carissa or contact her at cbaldwin-mcginnis@saecheights.org to learn more.