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31 01, 2020

A New Take on Forgiveness

2020-01-31T09:14:49-06:00January 31st, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on A New Take on Forgiveness

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, So many things seem to rob me of joy. Fear about the future. Anxiety about meeting other people's expectations. Frustration and anger and disillusionment that others don't meet my expectations. Wounds I have received. Regret about things I have done or left undone. Sins I have committed against you. Expectations of myself, and disappointment that I don't meet them. So many things I just need to let go of. I just need to let it go. Letting it go isn't easy, God. How can I do it? But you have let go of my [...]

30 01, 2020

From the family of Dr. James W. Moore

2020-01-30T14:29:11-06:00January 30th, 2020|75|Comments Off on From the family of Dr. James W. Moore

Dearest Friends, The James W. Moore family has been blessed, beyond measure, during the 22 years (1984-2006) that we were privileged to serve with the wonderful members and friends at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Also, it was our pleasure to be there for the delightful and meaningful 50th-year anniversary celebration.  Then just ten years later, St. Luke’s UMC got to celebrate another decade, with the lovely 60th anniversary and birthday party.  Both events were celebrated in the Fellowship Hall, which was filled with lots of love and laughter. Congratulations on your 75th anniversary!  We wish God’s abundant blessings for Houston’s beacon St. [...]

28 01, 2020

My Faith Journey by Jack Browder

2020-01-28T16:42:37-06:00January 28th, 2020|75|Comments Off on My Faith Journey by Jack Browder

My faith journey is boring and uneventful compared to that of many members of St. Luke’s.  I was born a Methodist in Groesbeck with Methodist parents and Methodist grandparents and great grandparents on my father’s side.  When my parents moved the family to Pecos in west Texas during the summer after my first grade, my parents joined the First Methodist church and I and my two siblings and another sibling born in Pecos joined the church after each completed the confirmation class.  Growing up we all went to church and the children also went to Sunday School.  My parents were [...]

28 01, 2020

Some of Our Most Memorable Life Events by Carlisle Brock

2020-01-29T16:02:35-06:00January 28th, 2020|75|Comments Off on Some of Our Most Memorable Life Events by Carlisle Brock

Both my husband, Cullen, and I grew up attending the church. However, we didn’t meet until years later as he was one year ahead of me. We both received our 3rd grade Bibles and were both baptized and confirmed there. Then, in 2012, we were married at St. Luke’s and in 2017, our daughter, Genevieve, was baptized in the church. I don’t have any photos from childhood but have included photos from our wedding and our daughter’s baptism. We feel blessed that St. Luke’s been the setting of some of our most memorable and important life events and will continue [...]

24 01, 2020

My Third Grade Bible by Patty Dickson

2020-01-28T15:10:36-06:00January 24th, 2020|75|Comments Off on My Third Grade Bible by Patty Dickson

There are a lot of things that are very different at St. Luke’s today compared to when I received my third grade Bible. Some things, however, will never change. I was in the third grade in 1955 when I received my Bible. The bookplate on the inside is signed by Durwood Fleming who was the senior pastor at the time. Today, third graders receive their Bibles in front of the congregation. In 1955, I recall that they were just passed out one day in Sunday School with none of the fanfare that surrounds them now. There was not a special [...]

24 01, 2020

The real joy of life

2020-01-24T09:04:20-06:00January 24th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The real joy of life

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, Helping you to grow your Kingdom is hard work. Sometimes, I am weary. Sometimes, I am discouraged. But you told me that if I gave myself fully to your mission, I would find joy, and that is what I have discovered. There is so much joy in putting my shoulder to the wheel to do something that matters. There is so much joy in seeing the fruit of your Spirit, the impact of the movement of your people in the world. There is so much joy in finding others who care deeply about the [...]

23 01, 2020

St. Luke’s is My Family by Tine Purvis

2020-01-23T15:38:34-06:00January 23rd, 2020|75|Comments Off on St. Luke’s is My Family by Tine Purvis

On January 4, 2015, we walked into St. Luke’s as members who had just lost their twins at 25 weeks. We were lost souls and didn't know what to do next. The grief was raw, but that day we felt God was showing us a sign we needed to go to church. During the service we opened our hymnals and sang, This is a Day of New Beginnings. Then I knew I was in the right place at the right time. We didn't always sign in when we went to church, but that day we did sign in and left [...]

17 01, 2020

The Joy of Running, by Rob Dulaney

2020-06-16T09:19:42-05:00January 17th, 2020|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on The Joy of Running, by Rob Dulaney

Nine years ago Dr. Pace mentioned in a sermon that two long-time St. Luke’s members, Bob Eury and Jack Browder, had run over 30 consecutive Houston marathons. (Jack holds the record for the most consecutive marathons run under 4 hours). At the time I remember thinking that running 26 miles was sheer insanity. I often told people that the only time I would run was if somebody was chasing me. However, inspired by those two men and many other runners, I decided to give running a try. I tried a half-mile at first, then built up to three [...]