Our parish grounds were mildly affected, with the most significant damage occurring in the rain-overwhelmed roof of the sacristy. Insurance adjustor has surveyed damage to the sacristy and mild damage to Krist Hall parquet flooring and we are waiting for quote from insurance. We will likely need to change the structure of the sacristy roof to prevent further heavy rain damage.
Six parishioners took on water during Harvey and the church coordinated and assisted in mucking out their homes, along with the homes of numerous community and family members, Howard Ward Park in Nassau Bay, and members of other Episcopal parishes in our area. Flooded families continue to receive assistance as desired from parish volunteers.
Our response to date:
-More than fifteen truckloads of donated relief supplies to shelters in our area.
-Neighborhood clean-up, mucking of parishioner families, friends, and more than $2000 raised for Episcopal Relief and Development’s Harvey Relief Efforts in Clear Lake through the Holy Smokers’s breakfast on September 10.
-Community coordination to help supplies reach appropriate relief and distribution agencies and mesh with other service organizations, sacred and secular, in all phases of rescue, relief, and reconstruction.
-Inventory and deployment of parishioners skills, willingness, and abilities through St Thomas and other community relief efforts.
-Volunteers to explain and work alongside insurance claims from flood, wind, or other storm damage.
-Ongoing support of ICM’s food pantry, a disaster relief hub.
-Educational childcare to the community through St Thomas School for parents during CCISD’s two week hiatus.
-Pastoral care and counseling, including special Eucharist and one on one prayer.
-Fall Festival proceeds, exceeding $15,000, ear-marked for Harvey relief and to be distributed by November 11.
Ways we can continue to help:
-Ongoing deployment of parishioners through disaster response inventory.
-Ongoing support of ICM pantry, Nearly New thrift shop, deployment of our building.
Thanks to all for an enjoyable fall festival that raised at least $15,000 for local Harvey relief. For the latest ways to serve in our community, follow our relief page on facebook at St. Thomas the Apostle Facebook Page dedicated to Hurricane Harvey.
If you are new to St Thomas the Apostle, newly returning to the church, newly pledging or you arent new at all, you are welcome to join us for the Newcomer’s luncheon in Krist Hall, immmediately following the 10:30 Service (@ about noon) on Sunday, October 29.
On Thursday mornings at ten for an hour in the Narthex. please feel free to join a yearlong intensive Bible study, which began in September but remains accepting, exploring the Gospel of John, facilitated by Judy Lucas. Participants need a workbook ($25), a Bible (we have spares if you need one!), and an open heart and mind. Please contact Judy with questions or enthusiasm at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-882-9267
quarterly hosted dinners in small groups
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.
October 20, 2018.
Concert at 6:30pm. Champagne and dessert intermission.
Venue has wonderful acoustics and 180 degree seating.
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!
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).
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 email@example.com. Can’t wait to see you there!