10 07, 2016

A Way to Say Thank You

2017-03-28T14:56:50-05:00 July 10th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by Corey Sumner It’s been said before… when you need to feel better, give back. When my mom passed away in January, I was in serious need of giving. Not just because it is a wonderful way to step outside of everything you are going through, but I also felt like it was a way for me to thank the many people who loved and cared for me and my family during that time. Through the entire seven weeks my mom was in the hospital, I was consistently touched by all the healthcare staff, including doctors and nurses who [...]

3 07, 2016

Forever Friends

2017-03-28T14:56:54-05:00 July 3rd, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by Noralyn Carpenter One of the sweetest parts of my postion at St. Luke’s is working with new parents to schedule their babies’ baptisms in worship. This became sweet indeed on June 12, when my own granddaughter, Vivian Gray Warner, was baptized here. Among those who stood with us for this special day were many friends from First United Methodist-Bryan, where my daughter Susie grew up. FUMC-Bryan was indeed the village that reared my child. And there was no question that they would be with us for this special day. First there were Anne and Ginn Black and [...]

26 06, 2016

You Were Right!

2017-03-28T14:56:57-05:00 June 26th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by Karen McCarver Carlos bounded out of the classroom, a huge smile on his face to meet his new mentor, Jon Norman. The year was 2007, and Carlos was an outgoing fourth grade student at Briarmeadow who had been referred by his teacher to KIDS HOPE. Jon’s challenge was to help this child focus, improve in reading and math, and more than anything to build a trusting, nurturing relationship with Carlos. Over the next two years a deep bond developed as they studied, played games, shot hoops together and talked about their lives. Jon recalls Carlos’ fifth grade [...]

19 06, 2016

Dinner’s At Five

2017-03-28T14:56:59-05:00 June 19th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by Adrienne McGee Houston’s “Tax Day Flood” wrecked my neighborhood—we were officially the hardest hit in Harris County. And, since we’re right next to Addick’s Reservoir, the water stayed. Every day, we walked around to see where the high water line was, which streets were still barricaded and who was still flooded. One week later, we were checking out one of the worst-hit corners, and it was awful. Houses still had water in them, a week after the rains. Front yards were full of what, a week before, had been homes. While exploring, our eyes were caught by [...]

12 06, 2016

Seeds Do Sprout by Sid Davis

2017-03-28T14:57:05-05:00 June 12th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

There are stories that have a place in my memory like a painting in a gallery, and this one has earned a place of prominence. I tell parents and singers as often as I can that through our youth choir, Pure Sound, we are building a soundtrack in their heads, so when life gets hard—and it will, if it hasn’t already—this music and theology will help them through tough times. Years ago, Phillip Storey graduated a year early from Episcopal High School and went to spend a year with a family in South America where he could hone his Spanish [...]

5 06, 2016

How Far Can Your Dollar Go?

2017-03-28T14:57:09-05:00 June 5th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

A single dollar doesn’t get you much today. You can’t even buy a cup of coffee or a gallon of gas with a buck. But when all our singles are combined, we have some buying power. During the month of June, St. Luke’s will revive one of our traditions and dedicate the $1 bills from the offering to benefit a community partner. “Good for a Guitar” is a 10-week summer program for 6-12 grade students attending the youth program at Wesley Community Center. In 2015, 16 students completed the inaugural program that teaches guitar fundamentals to students without access to affordable instruction. Research shows that there are many [...]

29 05, 2016

How God Can Use Any Platform to Glorify His Name

2017-03-28T14:57:17-05:00 May 29th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Candace Payne went mega-viral overnight as the “Chewbacca Mask” lady who had us all keeling over in uncontrollable laughter. In five days, it became the most popular video on the Facebook live platform. In case you’re not one of the 150 million people who’s witnessed this hysterical masterpiece, allow me to indulge you: Google “Chewbacca mask lady.” https://youtu.be/Ji1XFQa2Bhs Here is the best part—Candace is not just another funny lady looking to use her 10 minutes of fame to gain more popularity for herself. She has a higher purpose: to serve God. America’s latest Internet sensation is also a worship [...]

22 05, 2016

When Music Leads to Flourishing

2017-03-28T14:57:20-05:00 May 22nd, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Yellowstone Academy’s mission is to provide a high quality faith-based education exclusively to students from economically disadvantaged families that will prepare them for academic success in high school, college, and beyond. It is a Houston community where every child, regardless of their economic means, receives an education that cultivates their intellect, nourishes their spirit, and empowers them to create a fulfilling future. Their community flourishes when the teachers are able to realize the potential of all children. Barney Smith, co-founder of British a capella group, Voces8, one of the most versatile and best loved vocal ensembles has experienced Yellowstone [...]

15 05, 2016

Pick Me! Pick Me!

2017-03-28T14:57:24-05:00 May 15th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

By Monica Griffin In a small town, word gets around quickly—especially hard news. I had just finished performing in the musical Annie, and the man who played FDR to my Grace was diagnosed with leukemia. It was the first time that I knew someone who had a devastating illness whom I could potentially help. I signed up with the stem cell marrow registry. Due to the lack of a match, approximately 70% of all patients needing stem cell and bone marrow transplants must find a donor who is outside of their family. And such is the case now [...]

8 05, 2016

So God Made A Mother

2017-03-28T14:57:27-05:00 May 8th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

So God Made a Mother Inspired by Paul Harvey’s 1978 ‘So God Made a Farmer’ Speech And on the sixth day, God looked down on Adam in his planned paradise and said, “I need a nurturer.” So God made a mother. God said, “I need someone who feels deeply and loves fiercely, whose tears flow just as abundantly as their laughter, whose heart is as warm as their ability to guide and set limits is strong. I need someone whose influence on those that they nurture is eternal.” So God made a mother. God said “I need someone who [...]