Sharing Faith Dinner June 7

In place of our usual 1st Wednesday potluck dinner, we’ll be holding the annual Sharing Faith Dinner on June 7th at the home of our rector, Mike Stone. The Holy Smokers will do the cooking, so be sure to RSVP to Mike Stone at rector@sttaec.org or (281) 333-2384, so we can have an accurate headcount and so you can get directions to the house. There will also be special activities for children (swimming, a movie, etc.). See you there!

St. Thomas Window

St. Thomas has a beautiful new St. Thomas window! In case you missed it this Sunday, or if you’d like to hear it again, be sure to check out the recording of Christine Alexander’s discussion of her beautiful stained glass window. You can listen to the audio here, or read a transcript here. Thank you Christine!

Our Own Music Director, Garmon Ashby, Honored!

Garmon Ashby Named Fellow of The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)

“I love creating inspiring music that helps people deepen their connections with God via the human voice,” says Performing Arts Chair Garmon Ashby.

Ashby, who directs music for Chapel and EHS Onstage and conducts the Chorale and Midnight Blues, was recently named one of six new international Fellows by The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). The fellowship recognizes Ashby’s three decades of “outstanding contributions to church music and/or liturgy at an international level,” and is the highest honor bestowed by the RCSM.

“My passion is bringing others to a love for church music,” explains Ashby. “This is my life’s work–this is my vocation,” he says. The Episcopal community is blessed to be able to share in the expression of Ashby’s dedication, talent, and expertise each morning in Episcopal High School’s Benitez Chapel.

Article courtesy of :
http://www.ehshouston.org/cf_news/view.cfm?newsid=1204

Sunday Forums in May: The Sacraments

A new Forum series is starting next week in Krist Hall at 9:15am between services:

  • May 14: The seven sacraments: then and now. Discuss the origins and theology of the seven traditional sacraments and discuss how their current practice does or does not draw the people of God into inward grace.  Learn about premarital counseling, baptismal commitments, anointing with oil, the process of ordination, and more!
  • May 21: An 8th sacrament: St Thomas serves. Come for a recap and re-visioning of service at St Thomas to the parish, community, and greater world.
  • May 28: The seven sacraments: then and now (part 2).

 

St. Thomas had an Amazing Weekend of Music

St. Thomas hosted the fabulous Russion chorus called ChoRuss on Saturday, April 29 at 6:30 pm. The first half of the concert included beautiful religious music from the Russian Orthodox Church and the second half featured fun folk music of Russia. There was a reception following the concert. This concert is just one of many offerings that St. Thomas plans for the greater Bay Area community. The chorus members also sang at the 10:30 am worship service on Sunday, April 30 before they continued on their tour of the United States.

Bagpipes Come to St. Thomas

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church celebrated St. George’s Day on Sunday, April 23.  The procession was led into the sanctuary by a bagpiper and Scottish dancer from St. Thomas High School.  Fr. Mike Stone preached about how St. George’s strong Christian faith saved his life serveral times and the stories surrounding his slaying of the dragon to save the King’s daughter and the town.  The congregation was served bread at communion in the shape of a dragon, baked by St. Thomas’ Bread Guild.  The Scottish bagpipes and dancing enhanced the worship service and led the congregation out of the church afterwards.  This is another example of the exciting, inspiring, and spirit-filled Sundays at St. Thomas!

ChoRuss Russian Choir to Perform

On Saturday, April 29 at 6:00 pm, the Russian choir called ChoRuss will perform at St. Thomas. The church will host this amazing choir and provide a simple reception following the performance. The choir will also be performing on Sunday, April 30 at the 10:30 am worship service. All are welcome and we hope you will attend these wonderful musical events at St. Thomas.  We will not be selling tickets, but there is a suggested donation of $10-$20 per person. Come, enjoy, and donate if you can! Please call 281-333-2384 for further information.

Check out a video of their performance on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvsobeFJgZ3ZbsEkwDor9xA

Newcomers Lunch, April 30th

New members, those thinking of becoming new members, and those who are curious to know more about St. Thomas are invited to Krist Hall for a wonderful meal and fellowship after the 10:30 service on Sunday, April 30th. Please RSVP to joshua@sttaec.org. Can’t wait to see you there!

How Images of Israel Impact Biblical Interpretation

This Sunday, April 23rd, during the Christian Education Hour at 9:15am, join Mike Stone in Krist Hall for a talk about how a trip to Israel can change the way you view the Bible. (And save the date for the 1st Wednesday in May, where our pilgrimage group will have the opportunity to share stories of the trip with the whole St. Thomas community.)