Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28Volunteer Orientation 6 – 7 p.m. The Island Attend this informative presentation about our transformational ministry and learn about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities. THURSDAYS JANUARY 5,12, 19, and 26 Community Nights 6:45 – 9 p.m. The Island Please join us for prayer, dinner, break dancing, basketball, soccer, Bible study and fellowship. O U T R E A C H A N D M I S S I O N S HOUSTON: reVISION reVision works to transform the lives of at-risk and gang-affected youth by connecting them to positive adult role models, building a new community around strong, affirming peer groups, and preparing the youth for promising futures through education and jobs. Team Sports 7 p.m. Trotter Family YMCA, 1331 Augusta Drive Join us for a fun and casual softball game – weather permitting. Wear your Outreach t-shirt. Ages 13 and up. THURSDAY JANUARY 5 OUTREACH GRANT REQUESTS Through our Episcopal Church Women of St. Martin’s Joy of Giving Market, St. Martin’s Endowment, St. Martin’s Vestry and specific offering plate collections, St. Martin’s is able to award many of our Outreach partner agencies grant requests. In 2016, St. Martin’s distributed $544,500 to 37 of our Outreach partners. One of our main criteria for grant giving is our parishioners’ involvement with the grant recipient. All Outreach agencies seeking a grant award must be sponsored by a St. Martin’s member in good standing. A request for a grant application should be made by a St. Martin’s member to Cyd Gillette, Director of Outreach Ministries, at The application will then be sent via email from St. Martin’s Outreach to the agency. All applications will require a member signature. All requests will be competitively reviewed and awarded based on need and available resources. Two copies of the application and requested documentation are required. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Grant requests may be submitted beginning Friday, January 13 and must be received no later than Wednesday, March 15 at 5 p.m. For more information, please review our website information at grant-requests-and-recipients. TUESDAYS JANUARY 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 WORLD MISSIONS TRIP OPPORTUNITIES AND PARTNERS MEETING Sunday, January 8 10:15 a.m. Activity Center, Game Room For 2017, we will again participate in heart-warming mission trips with our wonderful partners throughout the year. It’s easy to be a part of St. Martin’s world mission team. For information, contact the Outreach office at 713-985-3811 or Medical Mission Trip with Faith in Practice to Guatemala Friday, February 24 – Saturday, March 4 Mission trip team members will work closely with representatives from Free Wheelchair Mission to provide chairs that are specially designed for developing countries with more durable wheels, easily sourced repair parts and adjustable dimensions. The wheelchairs are assembled at a local clinic and then customized for each patient. Minimum age: 19 Group size: 12 Approximate cost: $2,100 Registration deadline: Sunday, January 15 Summer Mission to San Jose, Costa Rica Saturday, June 10 – Saturday, June 17 This family-friendly mission is part of an established companion relationship between the Diocese of Costa Rica and the Diocese of Texas. Up to 25 people will be able to participate in church construction and Vacation Bible School with kids at the two diocesan schools Minimum age: Family friendly, 10+ Group size: 25 Approximate cost: $1,800 Registration deadline: Monday, March 20 Summer Mission to Cochabamba, Bolivia Sunday, June 25 – Tuesday, July 4 This is a deeply relational mission to work and play alongside the children of the family-centered Amistad Mission orphanage. The highlight for all attendees will be facilitating the annual Olympic Games for children from Amistad and neighboring orphanages. The trip also will include an overnight visit to the mountain village of Arimasi. Minimum age: Family friendly, 10+ Group size: 12 Approximate cost: $2,700 Registration deadline: Monday, April 10 14 THE STAR I JANUARY 2017