Special Guest Preachers, Speakers and Events

St. Martin’s Day Celebration

Sunday, November 11

8 and 9 a.m.
The Church
Guest preacher the Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings, former Bishop of Sherborne

In his retirement, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings is assistant priest of an inner-city church, St. Matthew’s, Elephant and Castle, London, and an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Southwark. He studied at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Utrecht, and is a Senior Common Room member, St. Chad’s College, Durham University. Before Oxford, Bishop Kings was a Tank Commander in the British Army and before Cambridge, a janitor at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. He founded the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide (cccw.cam.ac.uk) and, as Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion 2015 – 2017, founded the Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion project (missiontheologyanglican.org). Bishop Kings served previously as: Bishop of Sherborne; vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Islington, London; lecturer in mission studies in the Cambridge Theological Federation; affiliated lecturer in Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity; vice principal of St. Andrew’s College, Kabare, Kenya; and curate at St. Mark’s Church, Kensal Rise, London. He is a published poet, has written for The Times and The Guardian, and authored books on theology of mission, Kenyan liturgies, and theology and art.

Click here to watch Part 1 of Bishop King’s evangelism video filmed by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in May 2015.
Click here to watch Part 2.

10:15 a.m.
Plaza in front of The Church
Parish family picture

10:25 – 11 a.m.
Bagby Parish Hall
In recognition of St. Martin’s Day and those who will be confirmed at the 11:15 a.m. service, join us for Day of Hope festivities and activities to encourage and support our confirmands. We will have the opportunity to write down your hopes and dreams and place them in the “Hope Chest” that has a permanent home in the Rector’s office where it is prayed over throughout the year. Supplies also will be available so that church members can design their own personal or family “Hope Chest.” This little box will be filled with hopes and dreams, and can be placed in your home as a reminder to not only dream, but also to trust in the hope we have in Christ.

11:15 a.m.
The Church
Confirmation service with the Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings

St. Martin’s Veterans Day Observance

Sunday, November 11
6 p.m.
The Church
St. Martin’s salutes the many military men and women of our Parish who have served our country. Please join us for this special service honoring our veterans with guest speakers, patriotic music, anthems, readings and prayers offered by each branch of our military service. Child care is available for infants – pre-K during this service.

Guest Speakers

U.S. Navy Admiral William H. McRaven
Former Chancellor of The University of Texas System
Admiral William H. McRaven is a retired U.S. Navy Four-Star admiral and former Chancellor of The University of Texas System. During his time in the military, he commanded special operations forces at every level, eventually taking charge of the U.S. Special Operations Command. His career included combat during Desert Storm and both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Adm. McRaven is a recognized national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. He currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Defense Innovation Boards. As the Chancellor of the UT System, he led one of the nation’s largest and most respected systems of higher education. As the Chief Executive Officer of the UT System, Adm. McRaven oversaw 14 institutions that educated 220,000 students and employed 20,000 faculty and more than 80,000 health care professionals, researchers and staff. Adm. McRaven graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1977 with a degree in Journalism and received his master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey in 1991.

Captain James Lovell, Jr.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Captain James Lovell, Jr. USN (Ret), was a test pilot before becoming a NASA astronaut. During his career, he accumulated more than 7,000 flight hours, including 3,500 in jet aircraft and 715 in space. For a time, Lovell was the world’s most traveled astronaut and part of several historical firsts with his flights on Gemini 7, Gemini 12 and Apollo 8. As the Apollo 13 Commander, he and his crew turned an imminent catastrophe into a “successful failure” as they brought home a damaged spaceship. He stoically articulated the five-word message, “Houston, we have a problem,” which quickly became part of the American lexicon. Since his retirement, Lovell has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the Federal Signal Corporation, Astronautics Corporation of America and Centel Corporation of Chicago. He received numerous medals and awards, including the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, two Navy Distinguished Flying Crosses, NASA Distinguished and Exceptional Service Medals, and the French Legion of Honor. Captain Lovell and his wife, Marilyn, have four children, including their son, Jeff, and his wife, Annie, who are active members at St. Martin’s with their children, Allie, Marilyn and James.

Susan Garrett Baker
Susan Garrett Baker is a founding member of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, which began around her dining table in 1983. She and Tipper Gore founded the Parents’ Music Resource Center, which convinced major recording companies to voluntarily label violent and sexually explicit music. In 1999, Baker helped organize “A Gathering of Friends” in Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate the 2,000th birthday of Jesus of Nazareth. She has served on the boards of several organizations, including Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and the Houston Food Bank. Her autobiography, Passing It On, was published in October 2010.

Advent Quiet Day with St. Martin’s Clergy

Sponsored by Daughters of the King
Saturday, December 1
9 a.m. – noon
The Island
This year our theme is “We Wish You a Gracious Christmas: Songs That Sing of Salvation.” Our Clergy will share their favorite Christmas carols and talk about where we see Jesus in them. We will begin the day with coffee, a light breakfast and special performance by the Houston Boychoir. The day will be interspersed with moments of quiet reflection. The reflection time will close with Holy Eucharist. There is no cost, but a donation to cover the cost of breakfast is requested. Registration is required; child care is available.

For more information and to register, please contact Deb Tisch at 713-985-3817 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Family Advent Festival

Sunday, December 2
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Bagby Parish Hall
Supplies will be available to make an Advent wreath with fresh greens and candles. It will be yours to take home and enjoy as you and your family and guests celebrate the Advent season.

Romantic Danube Cruise

October 24 – November 1, 2019
With guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

Cruise past picturesque landscapes along the beautiful Danube River while enjoying the scenic wonders and remarkable histories of these enchanting cities and towns:

Vilshofen – Attend an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration and explore the beautiful old town
Passau – Join a walking tour of the “City of Three Rivers” or visit the “Veste Oberhaus,” Passau’s Castle Hill
Linz – On the way to a tour of the historic center of Salzburg, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market, stop at Mondsee to see Basilica St. Michael (site of the wedding scene in “The Sound of Music”), or walk around Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House; also choose to visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border
Weissenkirchen – Walk the cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche or hike to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held
• Vienna – Tour the majestic Opera House and former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or go on a guided bike ride along the Danube to the Klosterneuburg Monastery
Bratislava – Take a walk around the “Coronation City of Kings,” enjoy traditional Slovakian specialties or hike up to Bratislava Castle
Budapest – Tour the vibrant Great Market Hall or trek up Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below