Guitarist Doyle Dykes Returns in Concert to St. Thomas Church in Nassau Bay Oct. 20

One of the world’s premier finger-style guitar players is coming to St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay on Saturday, October 20! The concert will be at 6:30 pm with a champagne and dessert intermission. This is a ticketed event open to the public, so be sure to purchase your tickets on our website at Dykes played at St. Thomas last year to a very enthusiastic crowd that requested a return engagement. This is your opportunity to hear amazing music!

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.


St. Thomas the Apostle, Nassau Bay, is seeking singers (soprano, tenor and bass), grades 10-12, to participate in the Choral Scholarship program within the parish choir.
Membership, by audition*, is open to any high school student. Singers selected as Choral Scholars will receive a monthly stipend of $150 per month ($1,500 for the full ten-month singing year).
The focus of the Program is the study, preparation and performance of music from diverse historical and cultural traditions and styles, to help lead the St Thomas Choir and congregation, who are committed to excellent music and lively worship in the traditional Episcopal style.
The Choral Scholar experience will provide students with outstanding opportunities to develop their music ensemble and reading skills within the nurturing, supportive and friendly atmosphere of the St. Thomas Music program. It will also place students in an excellent position to apply for Staff Singer/Section Leader positions at the college level and beyond.
Interested? Please contact St. Thomas Music Director Mr. Garmon Ashby, (713) 898-3048.


THERE ARE STILL BACKPACKS AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP. Join the St. Thomas family in an evening of collecting backpacks, bingo, and banana splits for the whole family.
St. Thomas is again this year providing new backpacks filled with school supplies to McWhirter Elementary School in Webster. These backpacks will be distributed to students through Communities in Schools. The backpacks are available for grades PreK-3 through 5th grade and have the supply list attached. CIS has also requested a pair of new tennis shoes for each backpack. Anyone in the community, school, or church is encouraged to pick up a backpack to fill during church/school hours. Backpacks can be returned anytime until Wed., August 15 at 6:00 pm.


Texas is heating up! If you run, bike, walk, or stroll your child early Sunday Mornings (the coolest time to do so!), come and worship as you are – wearing sweaty workout clothes. Towels and pew-covers are provided, along with coffee, water, and tea, and bikes and strollers can be parked inside the church. Grow your body and your spirit with us!

Icon Writing Workshop Positions Still Open

St. Thomas invites you to immerse yourself in iconography with a week-long Icon Writing Workshop from Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10 taught by Teresa Harrison and Kara Nelson.  In this Icon Writing Workshop, participants learn the prayerful practice of painting or “writing” a Byzantine style icon.  The emphasis is on the meditative, step by step process of painting an icon, using acrylic paints and gold leaf, as well as on the spiritual practice of allowing God to work in us and through us.  The workshop will run from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm each day and there are still openings available,

Teresa Harrison of Jacksonville, FL, is a lifelong Episcopalian and has studied with master iconographers Phillip Zimmerman and Ksenia Pokrovsky. Her work has been published in The Living Church and Anglican Episcopal World. She is very well known as an outstanding iconographer and will be leading the St. Thomas’ workshop.

Kara Nelson grew up in Portland, OR, studied Art History at the State University and joined the Episcopal Church in 2014. Kara became an assistant in Teresa Harrison’s workshops in 2016 and demonstrated icon writing at St. Thomas in May of 2018.

Please contact Mike Stone at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church for additional information or to register for the workshop: or call (281) 333-2384.

Icons in Transformation Exhibit to Close Soon!

This fantastic art exhibit has resided at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay since May but it will be closing August 10 and moving on to another destination. Don’t miss out on the fantastic art of Ludmila Pawlowska, Russian artist who has shown her work all over the world. The exhibit features paintings created by Pawlowska over the course of a decade of work, as well as traditional icons painted by the monks of Vasilievsky Monastery in Suzdal, Russia.  Ludmila has been an artist all her life.  After the fall of the Soviet Union, she moved to Sweden.  She and her husband operate a Scandinavian art center there with other artists.  She continues to develop her abstract expressionist paintings.  Characterized by unique layering, she produces highly textured and thematically compelling canvases.  Tours by docents are available every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm – 5:00 pm and on Wednesday, August 1, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  If you or a group would like to view the exhibit at a different time, call the church office at 291-333-2384 for more information.

Grammy-Nominated Ronn McFarlane in Concert at St. Thomas

On Saturday, July 7 at 6:30-8:00 pm, grammy-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute – the most popular instrument of the Renaissance – into today’s musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience. Since taking up the lute in 1978, Ronn has made his mark in music as the founder of Ayreheart, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort, touring 49 of the 50 United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany and Austria, and as a guest artist with Apollo’s Fire, The Bach Sinfonia, The Catacoustic Consort, The Folger Consort, Houston Grand Opera, The Oregon Symphony, The Portland Baroque Orchestra, and The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Ronn was a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory from 1984 to 1995, teaching lute and lute-related subjects. In 1996, Ronn was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory for his achievements in bringing the lute and its music to the world. Ronn has composed new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist/composers of past centuries. His original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road; Ayreheart’s first CD release, One Morning, consists of all-original music by Ronn McFarlane; and Ayreheart’s 2016 release, Barley Moon, blends folk music and art music from Renaissance and Medieval England, Scotland, and Wales. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this artist! Tickets are available through the church: $20 online, $25 at the door. Wine and bites reception included at intermission. For more information, please call the church office at 281-333-2384.


The Nearly New Shop volunteer Kerry Powell is the Coordinator of the UTMB Ryan White Program. This program is breaking down barriers to health care by providing obstetrical care for high risk mothers and their babies. High risk expectant mothers arrive from Harris, Galveston and adjacent East Texas Counties to spend the last weeks of their pregnancy under UTMB’s care.

Sadly, these mothers often have nothing for their newborns (most are below 200% of the poverty level). The Nearly New is joining Kerry in her goal to help these infants have a more comfortable start in life by providing basic newborn needs:

• Onesies/sleepers* – new or used
• Bottles (these mothers cannot nurse) – new or used
• Blankets – receiving blankets*
• Diapers and/or donations of diapers
*NN volunteers will remove stains and make blankets from cotton fabrics

Collections for Project Loving Start” will be at the NN Shop (tax receipt provided)

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!