5 10, 2018

Together is Better

2018-10-05T10:59:53-05:00October 5th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Together is Better

A PERSONAL PRAYER It is time for confession, God - sometimes people bug me. The ongoing give and take of life, negotiating the agendas of other folks, taking the time to listen to different opinions, turning the other cheek and forgiving and peacemaking and all that - it can get exhausting. God, can't you make all the people who disagree with me move away? Can't you make everyone else change? It is so hard to work together... in our world, in our country, in the workplace, in the family, even in the church. Sometimes I think I should [...]

28 09, 2018

My Road to Fellowship, By Luke Hilpert

2018-09-28T13:34:26-05:00September 28th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on My Road to Fellowship, By Luke Hilpert

Excited as I ever was, I opened the door for my friend who was attending a retreat. We were ecstatic to see each other and ready for a weekend of worship and fun. What could be better than a weekend filled with donuts for breakfast, hours of ping pong and worship sessions? Since my house was the venue for the retreat, my family and I had to do a lot of work to prepare. It was worth it. Once the boys arrived at my house, we headed over to the church for worship. We entered the worship space. [...]

28 09, 2018

Make a Difference!

2018-09-28T13:24:35-05:00September 28th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Make a Difference!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, Use me as you see fit. I want to be "useful to the master," (2 Timothy 2:21), to make a difference, to be your instrument that moves the world a little bit closer to the way it was created to be, the way it one day will be once again. I know that you have put your light in my heart, and no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel, but on a lampstand where it lights up the house. And I pray for my church, that St. Luke's [...]

21 09, 2018

Commit to Community, By Maureen Paxson

2018-09-21T12:57:08-05:00September 21st, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Commit to Community, By Maureen Paxson

I’ve always had a sense of belonging. I was raised by loving parents who made sure I was in Scouts, ballet, regular attendance at church, and a myriad of other activities. But THEY were the ones who made those commitments for me. As an adult, I was busy raising children and pursuing a career. All extremely satisfying, but not a voluntary commitment to a community. Something was missing. I do remember one day stepping out of my comfort zone. I walked in to a theater stage production company in Albuquerque and said, “I would like to help”. “Great”, [...]

21 09, 2018


2018-09-21T12:48:00-05:00September 21st, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on People

A PERSONAL PRAYER I love you, God. So thank you today for people to love, as I act out my love for you. Thank you today for people who love me. Thank you for a place to belong, a community where I am welcomed, pursued, valued. Thank you for showing up in our midst, the Holy Spirit binding us together. I confess, God, that sometimes I get confused about what matters. I find myself focusing on tasks to be done, milestones to be reached, instead of the people who join me in the work. Too often, I look [...]

13 09, 2018

Making the Move, By Gwen and Ken Ennis

2018-09-13T16:11:24-05:00September 13th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Making the Move, By Gwen and Ken Ennis

We were scared and anxious. Would we be able to make any friends or enjoy fellowship at another church, in another city, in our 60’s no less?!  There were so many unknowns in our future life. We had decided to move to Houston from Memphis, Tennessee, where we had always lived and where we attended the same church for over 40 years. What would our life be like? Were we making a mistake? With a prayer and a plan we visited St. Luke’s Methodist and quickly knew we wanted to become part of the St. Luke’s family. On [...]

13 09, 2018

What will you die (or live) for?

2018-09-13T16:07:38-05:00September 13th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on What will you die (or live) for?

Please come this Sunday, September 16, to our Fall Gathering: Catch the Vision event in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. The Get Connected Fair will be held just before and after, beginning and 5:30 p.m. We will be looking together at St. Luke's dreams and goals for 2019, praying together about God's purpose for us and considering ways we can join in the work together. Please come! A PERSONAL PRAYER God, The alarm went off this morning and I was excited to get out of bed. I knew there was work to do. I felt an urgency, [...]

7 09, 2018

New Beginnings, by Jennifer Gould

2018-09-07T10:27:59-05:00September 7th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on New Beginnings, by Jennifer Gould

I have such vivid memories from my childhood of the end of summer and preparing to go back to school. New school clothes, new shoes (just one pair—imagine that!), new school supplies, new classroom, new teacher, sometimes even a new school. I remember being so excited for that first day of school that I would lay out my new outfit to wear the night before. Beginnings are exciting. While my daughters were school-aged, I continued to experience the excitement of starting a new school year and all the activity that went along with it. I was excited for [...]

7 09, 2018

Fall Kickoff

2018-09-07T10:23:16-05:00September 7th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Fall Kickoff

Our inside-out habits: We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. Friends, It's Fall Kickoff Sunday at St. Luke's! (Cheers from the crowd.) I hope you plan to be here. I am beginning a new sermon series aimed at building your life and your family on a solid foundation - "Starting with Middle C." Over the next three weeks, we will be going to the basics. Convictions - in what do you believe with all your heart? Commitment - for what are you willing to [...]

31 08, 2018

The Hijab and The Cross, by Anne Whitlock

2018-08-31T09:39:54-05:00August 31st, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on The Hijab and The Cross, by Anne Whitlock

In 2016, as the new founding director tasked with creating a connected community in Gulfton/Sharpstown with four non-profits – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, KIPP Public Schools, YMCA and Legacy Community Health – I spent the first several months meeting everyone I could. But what I heard over and over was, “You need to meet Cece and Sara.” Who were they? How could they help me in my quest to understand what makes the neighborhood tick? Well, I got my first taste when I co-led a parent session at KIPP:CONNECT with the City of Houston Planning department to [...]