Backpacks are Blessings!

St. Thomas is once again filling backpacks for the students at McWhirter Elementary School in Webster. Through the Communities in Schools, these backpacks will be given to children who are on free and reduced lunch programs, including some who are homeless. You may pick up 1 or 2 backpacks in Brumley Hall and fill them with the items listed on the attached card. These backpacks are due back to the church by August 15. The McWhirter students who have been recipients of our backpacks in the past are very grateful that they can begin a new school year, just like everyone else! Thank you for helping us fulfill God’s purpose in our community!

Pew Packin’ Sunday

Bring your friends and family to enjoy a service filled with the sounds of Gospel Music, featuring John Permenter on Fiddle. Special music to be provided by “The Band” on Sunday, June 25th, at the 10:30am worship service. Come early to enjoy a little music before the church service begins.

Come Check Out The Happy Episcopal People Party (HEPP)!

Happy Episcopal People Party (HEPP) revival continues with Faye and Dick Kidder sponsoring an evening at their house on Friday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come over and get a start on the weekend with fellowship and food. Just bring a favorite finger food or dessert and your favorite beverage (alcohol or otherwise). You can call (281) 280-0101 for further information and directions.

Press Release: 6/14/17 – Mary Latulippe Named New Interim Director

Press Release: 6/14/17 – Mary Latulippe Named New Interim Director – The Board of Trustees of St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School enthusiastically announces the appointment of Mary Latulippe as Interim Director of School for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Mary has thirty-two years of experience within CCISD: twenty-four years of teaching, and eight as a campus administrator. Her network and connections from these experiences, alongside her experience with curriculum development and instruction, will greatly benefit our effort to grow St Thomas. One of her CCISD colleagues noted Mary’s penchant for building community and crafting strong relationships with teachers, students, and families.

Mary is excited to continue her career with teachers, students, and parents at a private primary school with both spiritual and academic focus. She looks forward to helping our school grow and leading our teachers in mapping out an overarching curriculum to allow students to move from grade-to-grade with ease.

We are also pleased that Candace Silcott will continue as Director of Enrichment, building on the highly successful program she began last year.

This year, we celebrated our fiftieth anniversary. Our new leadership team will continue to capitalize on the strong history and community of St Thomas as we grow, improve, and move into our next era.

Doyle Dykes in Concert

Purchase Tickets

One of the world’s premiere finger-style guitar players!

Vintage Guitar Magazine: You’ve played and recorded with so many of the greats, is there anybody out there that you personally would pay to go see?

Chet Atkins: People like Doyle Dykes, who is just an amazing finger picker, I think.

July 22nd, 2017.

Concert at 6:30pm. Champagne and dessert intermission.

Venue has wonderful acoustics and 180 degree seating.

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.