Icon Opening Great Success!

Saturday, April 14 was the opening of the Icons in Transformation art exhibit at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay. The food was delightful and the speakers amazing! We heard from Christine Alexander, our own artist in residence, about the power of art. Then Kara Nelson, iconographer-in-residence this week, told the audience about how icons and “writing icons” have influenced her and her art. Finaly, the exhibit’s artist, Ludmila Pawlowska, explained some of the influences and themes throughout her fantastic works of art. The exhibit is open for docent guided tours Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-5:00 pm and the first Wednesdays of each month through August from 10:00 am-12:00pm and 6:00-8:00 pm. Please come and enjoy this incredible body or work until August 10!

British Tea – Saturday, May 12

If you are a fan of Netflix’s The Crown, PBS’s Victoria or are eagerly awaiting the Royal Wedding in May, you are going to love our program with former British Journalist, Cathy Hollowell! Learn all the inside stories about Britain’s Royal Family….and more. Cathy has travelled with Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip, covered Prince Charles and Diana Spencer’s wedding as well as interviewing stars of stage, screen and politics. Now, whenever the Royals wed, die or have a crisis, the Houston media calls on her to explain and interpret the events. So, come and join us and get an early update on all things Royal…plus a few others interesting tidbits!

Tickets are $20 per person, with only advanced ticket sales available. Please call St. Thomas’ Church Office at 281-333-2384 to reserve your space. Get your tickets soon before all the spaces are gone!

This amazing event is benefitting St Thomas’ Kimball Organ installation and will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 2:00 pm in Krist Hall.

Put Pentecost on Your Calendar!

May 20, at the 10:30 am service, we will celebrate Pentecost with a Jazz Mass and music by the touring group Jazz Sunday. There will also be an upscale brunch, featuring bloody marys and mimosas, following the service. This is also a special day set aside for baptisms, if you have a need. So, mark your calendar and we will see you there!

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church Parishioners Win Award!

Robert Bartsch (Prof. of Psychology) and Carol Carman Bartsch (Assoc. Prof. of Educational Foundations), along with Christine Walther (Asst. Prof. of Psychology), teaching at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, have been named winners of the prestigious American Education Research Association’s (AERA) (RoMichael Pyryt Collabration Award. This award was presented by AERA’s Special Interest Group for Research on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent for the Team’s joint research. The award will be presented to the group at the annual meeting of the AERA in New York City in April. We are all very proud of their accomplishments! (Rob and Carol are on the right and are also parents of PreK-3 year old Thomas who attends St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School.)


St. Thomas’s Cub Scout Pack 1965 is holding a spring fundraiser the evening of Good Friday, March 30th. Dinner will be served from 5pm to 8pm in Krist Hall, or can be taken away (the “drive-thru” will also be open for to-go orders) during this time. Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya is $8.00 a la carte; Red Beans and Rice (vegetarian) is $6.00 a la carte. A side salad and bread (french bread for jambalaya; cornbread for red beans and rice) plus water/iced tea are available for an additional $2.00.

Please purchase tickets in advance! This will help us determine demand and prevent waste. Tickets can be purchased after 10:30 services, or by contacting Zac Whirley at chair@pack1965.org or 832.385.0328

The Beacon at St. Thomas’ Adult Forum

Kendra Atkins, Director of Development at The Beacon, spoke to St. Thomas’ Adult Forum on Sunday, March 18. She spoke about the facilities and programs available to Houston’s homeless population. She also talked about Houston’s city-wide innitiative, involving multiple city, state, national, religious and charitable organizations to provide safe and appropriate housing for homeless men, women and families. St. Thomas, as a lenten discipline, has been collecting small-sized toiletries, such as razors and shaving cream, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, hand lotion, etc. for The Beacon’s clients. Ms. Atkins was very appreciative of both our collection efforts, now and in the past, and of our continuing presence at The Beacon on the first Saturday of every month. If you would like more information on The Beacon and how you can volunteer, please contact the church at 281-333-1340 or Nick Roe at 281-660-7513.

Make 2018 Iconic at St Thomas!

St Thomas is hosting an international exhibition of almost 200 icons, some sculptural, some traditional Russian Orthodox, and some contemporary from April 14-August 10. There will be special concerts, lectures, opportunities to write icons, worship services, and myriad other events throughout the exhibition and we need your help installing and de-installing, docenting, connecting underwriters, gathering docents, providing hospitality, etc. Please speak with Father Mike or email rector@sttaec.org if you feel like writing yourself into the exhibit!

Holy Week at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay will begin Holy Week on March 25, 2018 with a Palm Sunday Passion Narrative at 8:00 and 10:30 am, and a parish breakfast at 9:15.  Stations of the Cross will occur Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 pm and Wednesday will provide a Luminary Labyrinth from 6:00-7:30 pm.  The Maunday Thursday service at 6:30 pm will include a foot washing and stripping of the sanctuary.  The Good Friday services will be at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm.  Morning Prayer at 9:00 am will be on Holy Saturday.  Finally, Holy Week culminates April 1, 2018 with an Easter Sunday candle-lit vigil during sunrise at 6:30 am and regular services at 8:30 and 10:30 am. An Easter Egg Hunt will happen at about 9:45 am.  Everyone is welcome at these activities and services to honor this very holy time of the year!

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School Encourages Young Entrepreneurs!

Look out! St. Thomas’ first graders opened businesses from cookies and baklava to makeup and nails. A tattoo/sticker station was also available. They learned economics, marketing, and money management. These amazing students were nothing less than sensational as they served staff and other students with poise, professionalism, and pizazz. They took in a total of $238 over three days to be donated to the school library! Awesome examples of business sense and giving natures!