19 10, 2018

Praying 101, by Babs Smith

2018-10-19T09:23:29-05:00October 19th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

As a typical Methodist child of the early 1930s, my first prayers likely began “Now I lay me down to sleep.” Children tend to mimic and absorb that which they see repeatedly, and my parents were a praying pair that left a mark on my heart and head… prayers are powerful. Experiencing others praying for me through several very critical illnesses in childhood left no doubt that prayers were answered. I knew I had been blessed by those prayers. I also began to recognize that sometimes God’s answers are not ones we expect or want to hear, much [...]

12 10, 2018

Giving Ourselves Away, by Kristin and Lance Reynolds

2018-10-12T09:31:46-05:00October 12th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Giving ourselves away in generosity and service can be a difficult calling to fulfill.  Like most families, our family faces challenging demands on our time and financial resources. At times it can be a daunting task to meet all of our obligations, and the thought of adding more demands can be overwhelming. When Kristin and I think about generosity, we try to stay grounded with one simple word… gratitude. Growing up we were blessed with parents who lived their lives full of gratitude.  Each Sunday we would watch our parents put a check in the offering plate regardless [...]

5 10, 2018

Do This in Remembrance of Me, by Ann Pierce Arnett

2018-10-05T11:07:56-05:00October 5th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

When the disciples gathered with Jesus for the Passover meal, Jesus surprised them by washing their feet as if he were their servant. It didn’t seem right. That wasn’t what their Messiah should be doing. Then, as they were eating and praying, Jesus changed the traditional words and told them that every time they shared the bread and drank the wine, they should remember him. And there was that time Jesus asked the disciples to feed all those people on the hillside who had come to hear him speak. Not only did they have to share their friend [...]

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|0 Comments

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. [...]

21 09, 2018

Commit to Community, By Maureen Paxson

2018-09-21T12:57:08-05:00September 21st, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

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”, [...]

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|0 Comments

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 [...]

7 09, 2018

New Beginnings, by Jennifer Gould

2018-09-07T10:27:59-05:00September 7th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

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 [...]

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|0 Comments

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 [...]

24 08, 2018

A Bridge Across Faiths

2018-08-24T08:53:57-05:00August 24th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Tina Melo left Houston in late August to watch the solar eclipse in Tennessee. That’s also where she watched Hurricane Harvey tear through Houston. Filled with survivor’s guilt, she returned to a damage-free home. She and her daughter signed up for a shift volunteering at St. Luke’s to support the Red Cross. Days later, the Red Cross moved on to the next location, and Tina went back to work, but there was so much more to be done. What else could she do? Her childhood friend, Debra, called from Seattle where she sits on the board for the [...]

17 08, 2018

Building Bridges, by Bob Eury

2018-08-17T09:02:05-05:00August 17th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

My wife always calls me “Bob the bridge builder” and I have never really thought much about it. Pursuing a profession or perhaps obsession for city building all my life (including building cities in my back yard as a kid—pity my poor parents) has been one of the most rewarding and enriching gifts one can experience.  The opportunity to work with so many people from so many walks of life - people with means or without, the powerful and the unempowered, those of all races, gender and age, those of many faiths or no faith, of widely differing [...]