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2014 I 2015A Guide toPARISH LIFEA1

OUR MISSIONOUR HISTORYTo bring by the power of the Holy Spirit asSince its founding in 1952, St. Martin’s Episcopalmany people as possible to know, love and serveChurch has grown to become the largest EpiscopalGod as revealed through Jesus Christ; and to beChurch in North America with more than 8,700transformed into spiritually renewed disciples ofmembers. The Parish celebrates worship at five SundayJesus who know, love and serve one another andand three Wednesday services in both traditionalthe world.and contemporary liturgical styles that provide anopportunity to give thanks and praise to God in theOUR CORE VALUESAnglican evangelical and orthodox tradition. TheChurch offers a wide range of Christian EducationTo glorify God in all we do, St. Martin’s Episcopalprograms for the entire family, as well as numerousChurch affirms and values:Outreach and Missions opportunities, and a varietyThe Christian Faithof programs and events for adults, youth and children.As affirmed by the worldwide AnglicanCommunion which emphasizes the Holy Scripturesas the primary authority and guide for individualfaith and practice.CHURCH OFFICESSt. Martin’s Episcopal Church717 Sage RoadWorshipBased on traditional Anglican theology, liturgyand the Christian Sacraments, always striving tostmartinsepiscopal.orgoffer God our very best in prayer, preaching and713-621-3040music in an inspirational setting.A2Houston, TX eshipBringing as many people as possible into a personalrelationship with God through Jesus Christ andenabling each of us to be transformed into disciplesof Jesus Christ through participation in theministries of St. Martin’s.MinistryMinistering to those in spiritual, emotional andphysical need through Pastoral Care and Outreachprograms designed to serve the St. Martin’s Churchfamily and our entire community.StewardshipBecoming faithful stewards of our time, talent andtreasure for the ultimate glory of God, the growthof His Kingdom and as an example to others.FellowshipProviding a Christian home for individuals andfamilies seeking to experience and share Christianfellowship and community.OFFICE HOURSMonday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.(Individual department hours vary)

CONTENTS02Letter from the Rector35Men of St. Martin’s03Come Worship with Us38Programs for All Adults06How to Join the Church42Faith Alive 201507Pastoral Care44Outreach and Missions08Music St. Martin’s49Stewardship at St. Martin’s11Adult Christian Education50Saint Martin’s Endowment16Special Guest Preachers, Speakers and Events51Our Church Campus19Lent 2015 at St. Martin’s56Our Clergy22Student Ministry60Our Staff27Children’s Ministry65The Hope and Healing Center & Institute30Programs for Women69St. Martin’s Episcopal Preschool1

St. Martin’sWELCOMES YOU!This publication, what we have affectionatelybeen calling our “Yearbook” is designedas a helpful guide to the opportunities fordiscipleship, fellowship, ministry, mission,outreach and worship in and through our beloved Parish.It is a “guidebook” to help show you the way.02Last year, there were more than 16,000 separateespecially guide them toward good places for rest andactivities, events, meetings and services held atrefreshment, and away from dangerous ones likeSt. Martin’s – an average of more than 40 per day.steep ravines or vicious predators. The shepherd didNo one person could be part of each of thosethis with his staff, sometimes known as a “crook.”gatherings; but the diversity of offerings is designedA shepherd could use the curved end to pull sheep oneto be as comprehensive as possible to meet the needsdirection or another, and the pointed end to poke andof those seeking to experience the fullness of thepush in the same way. The shepherd was their constantChristian life.companion, and this mix of “push and pull” eventuallyLast year, a friend of mine introduced me to ameant the sheep always got to the right place.wonderful book entitled, True North by Bill George.I hope this “yearbook” will help you get in betterThe book opens with a question, “What is yourtouch with your True North. As you turn these pages,True North?,” and then goes on to explain:you will see that a lot of planning has gone into the“True North is the internal compass that guides yousuccessfully through life. It represents who you are asa human being at your deepest level. It is your orientingpoint – your fixed point in a spinning world – that helpsyou stay on track.”“Discovering your True North takes a lifetime ofcommitment and learning. Each day, as you are testedin the world, you yearn to look at yourself in the mirrorand respect the person you see and the life you havechosen to lead. Some days will be better than others,but as long as you are true to who you are, you can copeyear ahead. I hope you will take advantage of themany offerings as you designate your priorities forthe coming year. I know you join me in thankingthe more than 200 staff members of St. Martin’s whomake our journey with the “Good Shepherd” all themore deep, meaningful and possible. Whether youare a long-time member or new visitor to St. Martin’s,we will continue to do all we can to help you on yourown spiritual pilgrimage. Allow this publication to beyour compass along the way!Brave Journey!with the most difficult circumstances that life presents.”“I am the good shepherd,” Jesus told His followers(John 10:11). Being a shepherd in Jesus’ day wasserious business. A “good shepherd” would tend toThe Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.his or her sheep, feed them, protect them, and mostRector

The Rev. Chad T. Martin, AssociateRector for Evangelism and omeWORSHIP WITH USBarbara Piana, Worship scopal.orgWith an emphasis on beautiful liturgy and excellence in music,worship at St. Martin’s provides an opportunity to give thanks andpraise to God. Rite I is the form regularly used. All baptized Christiansare welcome to receive Holy Eucharist in the Episcopal Church.SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, The ChurchSpoken service with sermon9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (first, third and fifth Sundays) orMorning Prayer (second and fourth Sundays), TheChurch Family service with hymns, anthems and fullChoir; feast days and other special events may affectthe 9:00 a.m. worship schedule.9:15 a.m. Family Table, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Old ChurchFamily-friendly contemporary worship11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, The ChurchTraditional service with hymns, anthems and full Choir6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, The ChurchTraditional service with hymns, Choir and organist;casual attireWEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICES7:00 a.m.CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES1:00 p.m. (New time)Family service (no Eucharist)The ChurchMusic and Nativity liturgy3:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.and 10:30 p.m.Holy EucharistThe ChurchFestive music by the Parish Choir,Gloria Dei organ, Brassand TympaniHoly Eucharist, ChapelNoon Holy Eucharist followed by the Sacrament of Healing(Holy Unction), Chapel6:00 p.m.Holy Eucharist, ChapelHealing prayer, or prayer for any need, is offered after each servicein The Church in the Patron’s Chapel located to the left of the Altar.Child care is available for newborns – pre-K for all Sundaymorning services. For the preaching schedule visit stmartinsepiscopal.org/preaching.php.To hear recent sermons on MP3, visit stmartinsepiscopal.org/sermons.php.Copies of Sunday sermons are available through the Bookstore& Gift Shoppe for just 3.EASTER DAY SERVICES7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m.and 6 p.m.Holy EucharistThe ChurchFestive music by the Parish Choir,Gloria Dei organ, Brass and Tympani9:15 a.m.Family Table, Holy Eucharist, Rite IIOld Church03

FEAST OF LIGHTS SERVICESunday, January 116 p.m.The ChurchThis beautiful candlelightservice takes the light ofChrist into the worldliterally with our actions andAND.NEW THIS FALL.THE ALTARStarting Sunday, October 511:15 a.m.The IslandWhat comes after Family Table?Responding to a growing interest amongmany of our students, college age andyoung adult members, The Altar will bea new service offering contemporaryworship with St. Martin’s traditionof excellence in inspirational music,preaching and liturgy.04We will meet weekly and all are welcometo experience yet another avenue ofworship. As an added bonus we willserve a “meal on the grounds” of burgers,Mexican or other favorites right afterthe service each week for a minimal fee.Worshipers are encouraged to stickaround for fellowship, food and lightmusic in a casual setting!We will see you at The Altar!BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS SERVICESunday, October 53 p.m.Lawn outside theWayside ChapelIn honor of theFeast Day ofSt. Francis ofAssisi, the patronsaint of animals, a special service willbe held followed by a blessing by amember of our Clergy of all creaturesgreat and small. Please be sure to keepyour pets on leashes or in cages. Theservice will not be held in the event ofrain. During the Blessing of the AnimalsService, Outreach will have a pet fooddrive. Please bring canned or packagedpet food that will be donated to Pet Patrol.symbolically through candles.Weather permitting and with the approval of the Fire Marshall,we will celebrate with a fireworks display. Everyone is then invitedto go to The Island for fellowship and a reception.Youth interested in assisting with the service or reception should contact Anthony Orona at 713-830-4110or aorona@stmartinsepiscopal.org.HEALING PRAYER SERVICEFirst Wednesday of the month5 – 6 p.m.Old ChurchSt. Martin’s chapter of the Order of St. Luke the Physician holds ahealing prayer service for anyone in need of prayer for themselves,friends or family. All interested Parishioners are invited to come andtake part in this service, as well as bring anyone else who would liketo receive prayer, anointing and the laying on of hands.For more information, contact Suse McBay at 713-985-3823 or smcbay@stmartinsepiscopal.org.ASSISTED LIVING GROUPSResidents of the Hampton Tanglewood, Colonial Oaks and HallmarkAssisted Living facilities are offered a Morning Prayer service eachSunday throughout the year, and Holy Eucharist is provided on thefirst Sunday of each month. Approximately 75 people attend theservices each week.For more information, contact Cyndy Ensign at 713-985-3808 or censign@stmartinsepiscopal.org.AN ADVENTOTIONALWREATH DEVAN ADVENT WREATH DEVOTIONALLaura and Russ LevensonA circle reminds us that there really is no beginning andno end of God’s love. As the ending words of the HolyBible remind us, God testifies of Himself, “I am the Alphaand the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning andthe end.” (Revelation 22:13) With this devotional, we hope to provide you with aframework to travel within the circle of God’s love throughout the Advent season.Using a question, some Scripture, a brief meditation and a closing prayer, we willoffer you what we hope will be a regular companion in your Advent journey foryears to come. Available for purchase with or without an Advent wreathin St. Martin’s Bookstore & Gift Shoppe.

How toTAKE PART IN SERVICESHOW TO RECEIVE HOLY EUCHARISTAll Christians baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spiritare welcome at the Lord’s Table. Come to the altar rail as the Ushersdirect and take the next available place. Our custom is to kneel at the rail,but you may stand if it is more comfortable. After receiving communion,please return to your pew. If you are unable to come to the altar rail, tellone of the Ushers and a priest will bring communion to you.RECEIVING THE BREAD AND WINEAfter receiving the wafer, you may immediately consume it, or youmay hold it and intinct (dip) it into the wine; please notice theintinction vessel on the lip of the chalice. To take the wine directlyfrom the chalice, gently guide it to your lips. If you are wearinglipstick, we ask that you please blot your lips before receiving.Gluten-free wafers also are available.RECEIVING THE BREAD ALONEReceiving either the bread or the wine alone is considered fullcommunion. If you choose to receive only the bread, cross yourarms across your chest as the chalice is passed.RECEIVING A BLESSINGIf you or your children would prefer to receive a blessing ratherthan communion, simply come forward to the altar rail and crossyour arms across your chest as a signal to the priest.ALL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME AT THE LORD’S TABLE!All baptized Christians — no matter their age — are encouraged tocome to the altar rail for Holy Communion. Our young ones havea few options: Some children prefer to receive only the bread. Receiving eitherthe bread or the wine alone is considered full communion. Those children who prefer not to receive communion mayreceive a blessing instead by immediately crossing their armsacross their chest. Some parents allow their children to receive communion onlyafter they have completed instruction in their 3rd grade year.Please note that we do offer Communion Instruction for childrenin 3rd grade, and/or any child who has not previously had theinstruction and is older than 3rd grade. Children are encouragedto participate in this class to deepen their understanding ofHoly Eucharist in the worship experience.ALL CHILDREN AREWELCOME IN CHURCH!Children bring much richness to ourworship community and new ways ofseeing familiar rituals. Children alsocan bring awkward questions andunexpected comments! Here are a fewways to make Church a more pleasantexperience for everyone: Come early to get a good seat,preferably where children can see. Share your Worship Booklet withyoung ones and help them followalong with the prayers and music. Be realistic. Young children cannotbe expected to sit quietly all the time.Elementary-age children, however,have longer attention spans and canbe expected to participate fully in theliturgy with your help. Do some homework. Spend timehelping your child become familiaror even memorize some of theprayers and responses. Being able toparticipate helps them feel included. Do not feel embarrassed if you needto take your child out for a while.05

The Rev. Chad T. Martin, AssociateRector for Evangelism and ow toJOIN THE CHURCHDISCOVERING YOUR MEMBERSHIP AT ST. MARTIN’S –2014 Class DatesMEMBERSHIP 101Monday, September 29 and Sunday, October 12Seeking membership at St. Martin’s is a very importantMonday, October 20 and Sunday, October 26step. Our goal is to support your understanding of our2015 Class DatesParish and its ministries, and to help you find yourplace in the life of our Church. This informative class isa requirement for anyone desiring to join St. Martin’s– you may join as a baptized member from anotherQuarterly beginning in JanuaryWatch The Star, Star-Light, website and e-newsletterfor specific dates and times.church or by transferring as a confirmed member fromAs you move through the membership process, youanother Episcopal church. We also offer Confirmationwill become familiar with the many events, activitiesclasses for those desiring to become confirmed,and ministries at St. Martin’s. We will assist you inreceived or reaffirmed in the Episcopal Church.finding your place where you feel comfortable andThe class is divided into two parts. Part I, which istaught by our Rector, is held on a weeknight andPart II is held on a Sunday morning soon after Part I.We provide child care for Parts I and II, and dinner is06Kathy Johnson, Lay Minister ofMembership orgprovided during Part I. Reservations are required forboth parts of the class.where you will be able to enhance your spiritual life.For more information, please contact Kathy Johnson, Lay Minister of MembershipMinistries, at 713-985-3834 or kjohnson@stmartinsepiscopal.org.

THE REV. MARY. E. WILSON, SeniorAssociate Rector for Pastoral oralCARECyndy Ensign, Pastoral pal.orgEach member of theWEDDINGSSt. Martin’s Parish family canAs couples prepare for their wedding, our aim isreceive support, assistanceand comfort during life’sjoys and sorrows throughour caring ministries. Specialprograms are offered forpersons who are dealing withserious health issues or lossof a loved one. In times of illness and hospitalization,upon the birth of your child or grandchild, to add aname to our Prayer list, or for any other reason, pleasecall the Pastoral Care office at 713-985-3808.PRAYER REQUESTSPlease leave your name and a phone number onour Prayer Line at 713-830-4124 where you can beto help and lend support, encouragement, andaffirmation during the preparatory time and at thetime of the marriage. The anticipation of a weddingis such a delightful time. The focus is on the future,a new kind of future for the couple, their familiesand their extended families. Please keep the followingin mind: To be married at St. Martin’s, the bride orgroom (or either of the couple’s parents) must bean active member in good standing, which meansbaptized, confirmed in the Episcopal Church,participates in stewardship by maintaining a pledge,and attends worship services at St. Martin’s on aregular basis.For more information about weddings, contact Allie Hippard at 713-985-3830or ahippard@stmartinsepiscopal.org.reached. Tell us the name of the person for whomyou want us to pray. Do they want to be prayed for byname during our worship services? Let us know if heor she is a parishioner. If they are in the hospital, pleaseleave the name of the hospital and room number, andlet us know if they would like a visit from a priest.BABY BLESSINGSIf you have a new baby in your family, we offerblessings in the form of a psalm, prayer for parents,prayer for the child and general blessing of the entirefamily. These blessings can be offered in the hospitalor in your home.For more information, contact the Rev. Alex Large at 713-985-3849or alarge@stmartinsepiscopal.org.Nancy Aidee PhotographyBAPTISMSFUNERALS AND MEMORIAL SERVICESBaptisms are typically held privately or in small groups,We are here to provide comfort, support and planningand are preceded by baptismal instruction for thein your time of need. Our urn gardens, The Garden ofparents and godparents. If the candidate for baptismthe Holy Cross and The Garden of the Holy Cross-is an adult, preparation also is appropriate. BaptismRiverway, offer a place for prayer, meditation andinstruction classes are scheduled throughout the year.quiet beauty.For more information about baptisms, contact Cyndy Ensign at 713-985-3808or censign@stmartinsepiscopal.org.For more information about funerals and memorial services, contactCyndy Ensign at 713-985-3808 or censign@stmartinsepiscopal.org.07

Dr. David Henning, Director ofMusic and Parish gMusic St. Martin’s2014 – 2015 SEASONHOUSTON BRONZE IN CONCERT WITHBILL NAVE, ARTISTIC DIRECTORJustin Jacobson,Administrative orgPSYCHOTHERAPY AND FAITH CONFERENCE WITHDR. RICHARD KOGAN AT THE PIANOFriday, September 19, 7 p.m.Friday, November 7, 10 – 11:30 a.m.The ChurchBagby Parish HallHouston’s premiereWITH DR. DAVID HENNINGhandbell ensemble willAT THE ORGANmake their St. Martin’sFriday, November 7, 12:45 p.m.debut as the first concertThe Churchof our 2014 – 2015 season.Houston Bronze just celebrated their 25th anniversaryMusic has an amazing power for healing and this conferenceand is an award-winning group that has achieved awill highlight that power. Dr. Kogan and Dr. Henninghigh level of virtuosity. This concert will highlightwill meld the healing aspects of psychotherapy and music.sacred and folk favorites in this fabulous program.The effect of their playing in the St. Martin’s acousticSTAFF SINGER CONCERTFriday, November 14, 7 p.m.setting will be stunning!

1 CONTENTS 35 Men of St. Martin’s 38 Programs for All Adults 42 Faith Alive 2015 44 Outreach and Missions 49 Stewardship at St. Martin’s 50 Saint Martin’s Endowment 51 Our Church Campus 56 Our Clergy 60 Our Staff 65 The Hope and Healing Center & Institute 69 St. Martin’s Episcopal Preschool 02 Letter from the Rector 03 Come Worship with Us 06 How to Join the Church

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