12 04, 2019

Small Acts of Great Love, by Rachel Fisher

2019-04-12T09:50:52-05:00April 12th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

A recent study from The Society for Human Resource Management found that "94 percent of millennials want to use their skills to benefit a cause” and “57 percent wish that there were more company-wide service days.” As someone of that generation, I can attest that the pressure to “make a difference” is tremendous. We all want to do great things that create a better world. Unfortunately, I do not have superpowers. Nor do I have Bill and Melinda Gates’ bank account. But what I do have...are doughnuts. In St. Luke’s 40 Daily Acts of Grace and Mercy: A [...]

29 03, 2019

Bible Buddies, by Sydney Collie and Madeline Beem

2019-03-29T09:28:42-05:00March 29th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Bible Buddies, by Sydney Collie and Madeline Beem

Madeline and I both joined the St. Luke’s staff family in the summer of 2018. It is the first time both of us have worked on a church staff. We confess that we thought the need for daily time with Jesus would be less than before, but we were wrong! When Pastor Katie suggested to all of the St. Luke’s staff that we pick a Bible buddy for the Lenten season, Maddie and I decided to get together once a week to study the Word. We have experienced life-change already. One of the things we have discussed is [...]

22 03, 2019

Sheila’s Story, by Pat Witherspoon-Hall

2019-03-22T09:10:01-05:00March 22nd, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Sheila’s Story, by Pat Witherspoon-Hall

“Sheila” found Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) in early 2019 through a local church, where she had initially turned for help in her time of need. The hard-working 34-year-old mother of two children—ages 10 and 1—had recently moved to Houston from another state to flee domestic abuse. Sheila was working as a healthcare assistant but had no local support system to rely upon. In recent weeks, her homeless family had been living in their car. The church and CCSC worked together to help stabilize Sheila’s family and find safe housing. On a few occasions in the subsequent weeks, [...]

15 03, 2019

Some things you have to unlearn, by Rev. David Horton

2019-03-15T09:15:25-05:00March 15th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Some things you have to unlearn, by Rev. David Horton

An eighth grader at Jane Long Academy, located only one block to the east of Gethsemane, stabbed and killed another eighth grader after school on Wednesday, March 6. It was Ash Wednesday, the day that God literally rubs mortality in your face. The boys had crossed over Bellaire Blvd to a convenience store on the corner. It was there that one of the boys purchased a brownie and the other boy asked for a bite of it. The first boy said no. The second boy said a few choice words he shouldn’t have. Then the first boy pulled [...]

8 03, 2019

Let’s make Lemonade!, by Claud Riddles

2019-03-08T09:15:47-05:00March 8th, 2019|We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Let’s make Lemonade!, by Claud Riddles

In 1915, Elbert Hubbard coined the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. This optimistic phrase has been used and published by many people.  Perhaps you have said this phrase when faced with adversity or a misfortune? Four years ago, I found myself facing a dilemma while leading a Covenant Bible Study. Earlier in March that year, one of the members had been notified that he was no longer needed in his job. At the end of the month, I received similar news.  In both cases, the people participating in that study rallied around us, praying that [...]

15 02, 2019

60 Years of Bliss, by Gibbs Macdaniel, Jr.

2019-02-15T08:58:29-05:00February 15th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

As I was sitting in Miss Dolly Harrel’s homeroom at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio in 1953, in walked a NEW girl! WHO IS THAT??!! Grace Nan Jennings. She bowled me over. It was “love at first sight.” I was barely sixteen. We dated through graduation in 1954 and went on to UT-Austin where the competition became more intense. Nan pledged Tri Delt, was an advisor at Littlefield dormitory for two years, was inducted into Orange Jackets and was a Good Fellow. She was one of the most popular and attractive ladies on campus. I was [...]

8 02, 2019

A Great Cloud of Witnesses, by Warren Fisher

2019-02-08T10:25:19-05:00February 8th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on A Great Cloud of Witnesses, by Warren Fisher

I love the idea of our Year of Gratitude because I have so much to be grateful for…and so many people to thank. Dr. Pace’s challenge has caused me to think anew about all of the people who have touched my life and influenced my faith journey. It starts with my parents, of course, who made it our family habit to be in church every Sunday morning, and took my brother and me back for choir practices and Methodist Youth Fellowship. More significantly, they modeled faith for us at home and everywhere else. Then I think about my [...]

25 01, 2019

A Message from Thailand, by Dr. Linda Christians

2019-01-25T09:33:54-05:00January 25th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

As I write these words, I’m sitting in a classroom with ten Thai pastors who are ministering in environments that are pagan in nature, and incredibly harsh and difficult.  They come face to face with cultural and spiritual resistance. Yesterday we listened to each of them preach sermons, following a day of teaching by other members of the Board of Ordained Ministry and Bishop Scott Jones.  Overwhelmingly, their messages were centered on the being joyful in the Lord, being content with what you have, being faithful servants of God, being in relationship with God, and loving involves [...]

25 01, 2019

Is It Enough?

2019-01-25T09:19:20-05:00January 25th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Is It Enough?

My sister streams YouTube videos on her TV in the morning while she gets ready for work. Sometimes I’ll sit on her bed with my coffee as she puts on her makeup. It doesn’t take long before I’m sucked into videos of young women documenting their entire day. It amazes me as I watch them cook perfectly healthy comfort food all under 30 minutes with just enough time to spare to do a full face of makeup and a bonus tutorial on how to achieve Disney princess hair in just three steps! All you have to do is [...]

18 01, 2019

A Friend for Life, by Latham Knight

2019-01-18T14:39:31-05:00January 18th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

At the beginning of the school year 2007, I decided to volunteer my time with KIDS HOPE USA, sponsored by St. Luke's Church. This required spending an hour each week with a young student at Briarmeadow Charter School. The program administrator met me on week one and took me to Mrs. Karol Bell's third-grade classroom where she introduced me to Samuel Barnes, the young man I would mentor. Right away, I told Samuel that we would spend half of our time each week in the library doing some type of school study and the balance we would [...]