Pentecost Was Rightly Celebrated at St. Thomas!

Sunday, May 20 was a GREAT day that included the rousing Sunday Jazz Band, a beautiful baptism, the honoring of high school, college, and other graduates, and an amazing “upscale” brunch! What a wonderful time to be a member or guest at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church!

St. Thomas’ Habitat for Humanity Build

This is just a reminder that our date to work on the Habitat for Humanity house (Saturday June 16) is fast approaching!

In June this year Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is making a concentrated effort to build two houses for needy families.  They are bringing together contractors and volunteers to make it happen and we have been asked to participate.   The location is North 5th Street in Texas City.

We plan to work as a group the morning of Saturday June 16 and hope to have a big turnout.  Please mark the date on your calendar and I will be sending more info in the next two weeks..   If the 16th does not work for you, there will be work going on every day (except Sundays) in June and you are encouraged to go and volunteer when you can.

I will arrange for you to meet at church that morning for the trip to Texas City and I will be sending the exact address so you can go straight there by GPS if you prefer

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church Hosts Renowned Speaker Eric Timmreck

Eric Timmreck from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston will visit the “Icons in Transformation” exhibition at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church and present his insights in a talk entitled “Iconic Reflections: The Power of Transcendence”. This presentation will occur Sunday, June 3 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

In Mr. Timmreck’s words; “Just as Ludmila Pawlowska’s “Icons in Transformation” transcend the Byzantine icons of old, so do other works of art, both old and new, provide the opportunity for further reflection on the power possessed by iconic representations. Pawlowska sees icons as communicating ‘deep sensitivity,’ as indeed they do. That very sensitivity can enable a powerful pathway to transcendence, connecting us with ‘the greater’ or with something ‘beyond.’ Works of art from many ages and of many different styles can be seen to share with traditional religious icons something of this power of transcendence”. This conversation will focus on works of art, including works from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, that inspire reflection on the iconic.

Afterward, the exhibition will be open for viewing. Docents will be available.

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 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.