October 1 is Just Around the Corner and Full of Excitement!!

October is shaping up to be a busy and rewardng month at St. Thomas! Our church Pet Blessing will be October 1 at 4:00 pm in Walter Hall Park behind the school playground. This is in partnership with Bay Area Unity Church. It is open to the community, so bring your friends and neighbors and their pets. In the past we have blessed bearded dragons, horses, rabbits, frogs, possums, hamsters and guinea pigs, birds, and all manner of cats and dogs. Please consider bringing a donation of pet food, cat litter, towels and paper towels, treats, cleaning supplies, and cash donations. All supplies will go to Nassau Bay Animal Shelter and Bay Area Animal Shelter, who will be there with some of their furry friends available for adoption. St. Thomas School will have their Pet Blessing on Wednesday, Oct.. 4 at 8:00 am in the school playground. You are invited to attend this event as well and bring your stuffed animals for a blessing. You will not be alone!

The Rev. Canon John Newton Joins Us Again!

Please join us on Sunday, October 1 as guest preacher John Newton returns to both the 8:00 am and 10:30 am services and leads our adult forum at 9:15 am. John serves as Chief of Staff to Bishop Andy Doyle, having formerly served as the Canon for Spiritual Foormation. John is a great preacher, teacher, and he enjoyed our time together in April so much, he asked if he would return! See you there!

WOW! The St. Thomas Family Fun Fest and Fun Run Just Got More Exciting!

Some of the new attractions at the upcoming Family Fun Fest and Fun Run are the Houston Texans Cover Band, very well known in the local area and in the state, and a fabulous professional puppet show which will give children 2 opportunities to watch. Remember, this is a community-wide event where the funds raised will go to Harvey Relief, greatly needed in our area. We will have outstanding barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage on a stick, turkey legs, and all the sides you can imagine! We will also have a homebrew tent with wonderful samplings from our own brewmeisters! Add to this inflatable games, a dunk tank with Fr. Mike, family art activities and many, many more family fun things to do! You can support the fest in the following ways:
Bring books for our Book Sale on Friday, Oct. 6.
Bring goods for the Tabletop Treasures as close to Oct. 6 as
possible.
Bring baked goods, already packaged but not priced, on
Oct.6. Cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, homemade specialties
Last minute donations to the silent auction or underwriting of
the fest are still welcome. Contact Fr. Mike for more info.

Y’all Come – bring friends, family, neighbors, and strangers. The more the merrier!

Confirmation Class Has Begun

Rector Mike Stone is leading a group of new Episcopalians on their journey to an expanded commitment to the faith. After completing the class, they will be confirmed by a Bishop on January 7th. Please pray for our confirmands as they participate in this process.

Community-Wide Pet Blessing to Take Place in Nassau Bay

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church and School, plus the Bay Area Unity Houston Churches, invite you and your favorite family pets to join them in Howard Ward Park in Nassau Bay for a traditional Blessing of the Animals service at 4PM on Sunday October 1.  In addition to dogs and cats, geckos, snakes, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, rabbits, horses, turtles and bearded dragons have been blessed in previous years.  This year we will be joined by representatives from Bay Area Pet Adoptions and Nassau Bay Animal Shelter.  You are encouraged to bring your special animal friends and a donation to benefit the animal shelters.  Suggested items are dog and cat food, litter, towels, paper towels, Fabulouso cleaning spray, or a cash donation.

Food, Fellowship, and Sharing

On Wednesday, September 6 at 6:00 pm, St. Thomas will be hosting a potluck supper for anyone who wants to come for a good meal, friendship, comfort, and sharing. We need each other during these stressful times and that will continue into the future. So bring yourself, family, friends, neighbors, and anyone else who might need to decompress, smile, and feel supported. Hope to see you tomorrow!

St. Thomas Fall Family Fun Fest & Fun Run

Save the date of Saturday, October 7, for this year’s St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church and School’s Family Fun Fest and Fun Run.  Located at 18300 Upper Bay Rd. in Nassau Bay, it starts at 8:15am with the 1K and 5K K9 Fun Run (all dogs are welcome) and continues with the Family Fun Fest from 9am-2pm.  There will be a traveling Professional Puppet Show, Book Sales, Silent Auction, Children’s (and maybe for “older” children) Games, Bake Sales, Table Top Treasures, Homebrew and Homebrew Root Beer Tent, lots of Entertainment, Music, Crafts, and Food!  Our food will include brisket, pulled pork, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage-on-a-stick, and all the sides you can think of!  This is a great day for families and kids, so add it to your calendar and plan to come for a good time!  Contact St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church at 281-333-2384 for further information.

First Day of St. Thomas 2017-18!

It is hard to imagine a more auspicious start to the school year than a solar eclipse! Kinder through 5th grade came outside from 1:00 – 1:16 pm to watch the eclipse. Everyone had regulation glasses purchased by our head of school, Mary Latulippe, and they were well instructed as to how to view the eclipse and how not to look at it without the glasses. The Kindergarteners made their own viewing glasses/masks for this momentous event!