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Next Church & Society Class: November 2nd ~ What Are Welcoming Schools?
Presented by Dr. Lindsey Pollock. Houston's Garden Oaks Elementary became one of the first schools in the nation to receive a Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence for its commitment to the program which teaches schools to be committed to ensure that all families are respected and welcome.
See more details on the Church & Society webpage  |  > preview all classes on the Church & Society Blog

Join us for workshops that are now being offered and led by volunteers from St. Philip and the community. See our next scheduled classes coming up.
> read more details

Minor, but Mighty: A Study of the Minor Prophets this Fall ~ Led by Keatan King
Every Wednesday at 10:30am, for Morning Bible Study, we'll examine the Minor Prophets together. Though we call them Minor, they deliver mighty messages from God spoken to restore justice and righteousness in Israel. > read more info about the class and study companion

SAVE THE DATE ~ Sunday, November 2nd
You are invited by the Stewardship Committee  ~  All Church Lunch
Join us from 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. for a great meal and a time to celebrate the abundance of God's gifts to us as a community of faith.

Save the Date:  Weds., Nov. 5th at 10am ~ Dedication Ceremony
For The Presbyterian Children's Homes & Services
at St John's Presbyterian Church   * Please RSVP by October 30th  > see more info & RSVP on our website

Do you have outdated invoices, receipts or other papers that need to be shredded and just haven’t taken them to be destroyed yet? Bring them to the church office no later than November 5 and we’ll take care of it for you. Shred Tex will be at St. Philip early on November 6th to shred the documents on site.

Happening now: Collecting Seafarer Christmas Gift Box Donations
The Wishing Well [ Gathering Area ] is set up to receive donations. Additional empty shoe boxes would also be greatly appreciated!


Seafarer’s Christmas Box Packing -- November 9th (after 11am Worship) Dining Room
In keeping with a tradition of St. Philip and of Central Presbyterian Churches, for over 20 years, you are invited to join the Mission Committee to pack boxes full of necessities for Seafarers from around the world. Bring your lunch. Drinks & desserts will be provided. > visit our Mission page for more details about the Seafarer’s Christmas Box Project.

The Fellowship committee welcomes you to sign up for Dinners for 8
Eight people meet for four fellowship dinners before May 2015. You decide times and dates. Eat in or eat out, it’s up to you. Red-checkered information/application sheets are in the Narthex. Just fill out the pertinent information and put it in the Dinners for 8 box in the church office.

SERVICE OF HEALING & WHOLENESS ~  Nov. 23 at 5pm - Sanctuary
{also Dec. 21 } In this service, we claim God’s promise of well-being and seek God’s healing touch in body, mind, and spirit. > see more details

The Alternative Market is looking for anyone who likes to sew or make crafts. Sell your items to benefit the mission partner of your choice or ask the Mission Committee to choose one for you. We encourage crafts of all sizes. Make one or make many! For information, contact Lori Murphy at or 713-447-5320. > Preview Alternative Market projects on the Mission page

REGISTER NOW FOR PW RETREAT ~ Registration starts now!
January 23-25, 2015 at the Cenacle Retreat Center
Our leader will be the Rev. Katie Cummings, Minister-at-large of Presbytery New Covenant. See Barbara Rathgeber or Mary Ann Thomas with questions.

Now you can buy Equal Exchange Coffee at St.Philip year round!
See Laurie in the church office: 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekdays to purchase French Roast or Mind, Body, Soul coffee. $8.00 per 1lb. bag. Or, call and ask Laurie to set aside yours to pick up on Sunday. Please leave the payment in an envelope in her mailbox and mark in the memo section of your check, “coffee sale”. > find out more about Equal Exchange

The 2015 Flower Calendar is now located in the Gathering Area. We invite you to commemorate or celebrate a special occasion by providing flowers for the sanctuary on or around that special date. There are blank spaces on the calendar to fill in your name. Sandra Truxillo will contact you to find out what kind of flowers you want and recorded in the bulletin. Standard fee for flowers: $75. Laurie will followup with an invoice. Make checks out to: St. Philip Presbyterian Church. We certainly appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness.

Border Crisis: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance´╗┐ (PDA)
is responding to the humanitarian crisis along the southern U.S. border as tens of thousands of unaccompanied children seeking entry into the country are overwhelming available shelters. You can read more about how Presbyterians are responding to this situation and also make a financial contribution to the relief efforts > by visiting the PDA website. St. Philip is sending to PDA $10,000 from our Central Mission Endowment Fund to support the ministry to these children.

News: General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
The summary of General Assembly actions that we provided in worship last Sunday > is also available here

If you are knowledgeable and involved with one of St. Philip’s mission partners, or if you would like to be, consider representing this agency as a liaison to the Mission Committee. Share your enthusiasm with the committee as we determine  the best way to use our financial and volunteer resources in 2014. > view our complete Mission page  Contact: Jenilee Simmons at or Beth Atkinson at

Large-print copies of today’s hymns are in the black folders in the narthex. They are available every week for your convenience. Please return them to the narthex after use.

The Chancel Guild is a group of volunteers organized to ensure that the worship space is prepared each week. Anyone, men included, may participate. Please join us in this important contribution to worship at St. Philip. For more information and/or questions contact Jane Larkin 713-621-1222 or

Kids Against Hunger Wraps up an Outstanding Year
James Cooper has shared some great news. Kids Against Hunger finishes up strong for 2013!
> read about the recent updates!