South Central Conference Minister to Visit

On Sunday, August 15, 2021, St. John’s UCC will have the privilege of having the new South Central Conference Minister, Rev. Phil Hodson visiting during worship and to deliver the morning message entitled, “Pick Three.” Afterwards a Fried Chicken luncheon will be held in the Parish Hall, provided by the Women’s Guild, for a time of fellowship with Rev. Carrion and Rev. Hodson. We hope to see you on Sunday.

August Food Drive

August is one of two months each year where the church hosts a food drive to benefit our local Helping Hands. Please bring non-perishable food items such as; peanut butter, canned goods, dry milk, fruit snacks and fruit cups, juices, baby food,vegetables, dry beans and rice to the church and place inside the wooden crate located in the Narthex. Thanks in advance for your continued support.

Mid-Year Congregational Meeting

The Mid-Year Congregational Meeting will be held during the morning worship service on Sunday, August 1, 2021. A proposed Amendment Change will require a vote by the membership, so all members are urged to attend. Holy Communion will be observed during the service led by Rev. Felix Carrion.

Family Ministry’s 10 Year Anniversary

This Sunday, February 28, 2021 we will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our Family Ministry team. Almost 8100 acts of service, caring and compassion have been logged by this fantastic team of church members over the past 10 years. Please join us in saying Thank You.

Worship for Sunday, February 14 by Zoom

Due to current weather conditions already on the North side of Houston and occurring throughout the day today, we have just cancelled in-person worship for today and will offer worship via Zoom only. Please stay home, stay dry, warm and safe.

The Passing of Kirke Cowdery

It is with sadness to report the death of Kirke Cowdery on Saturday, January 16, 2021. A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Felix Carrion officiating. Masks and social distancing is required. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

A Pastoral Message and A Call to Prayer

Dear Church Family,

On Wednesday of this week we witnessed in horror the assault on our Capitol, “The People’s House” and our “Temple of Democracy”, while the Congress gathered to fulfill its Constitutional Duty, the counting of the Electoral Votes. I believe and know that all of us remain profoundly shaken, as we ponder the peril of that moment and of our future . A sense of dread dawned upon many of us, who up to Wednesday felt we can and will pull ourselves back from the brink. After Wednesday the question has become “how do we now move forward to face the truth and heal our nation?”

We have to remember that the power of prayer never wanes and never fails. Prayer is a cry from within the soul lifted up to God for whom nothing is impossible. “But Jesus looked at them and said, For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”(Matthew 19:26) Prayer is not an abdication of our responsibility to do all that we can to work day and night for the healing and unity of our nation. It is instead our first responsibility and duty. We start with prayer. We start with our belief that “for God all things are possible.”

Today we pray for the five families who lost loved ones as a result of what happened on Wednesday. We hold them in our hearts. We pray for all our leaders. May they turn to God to understand how love and justice works when it takes root in the hearts of men and women. And we pray for all the people of our country, without exception. We pray that no one will lose faith and the determination to do what is right and courageous. Violence and vandalism are never the right and courageous thing to do.

Tomorrow I will speak to what we collectively witnessed and now face, as I offer the continuation of my sermon on the Epiphany story found in Matthew 2:1-12. Let us remain faithful in this dark hour, for the Light of God overcomes the darkness.

Love and Peace,

Pastor Felix Carrion