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The Family Fun Fest is Here!

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church and School’s Family Fun Fest is this Saturday, October 6, f rom 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Come for Arts and Crafts, music, dunk tank, bouncy houses, children’s crafts, Trash and Treasure, Craft Beer (and Root Beer) tent, Used Book Sale, fabulous BBQ, pulled pork, sausage, hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings, cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad, and a dessert table. There will be a magic show twice and an incredible silent auction! There is a Fun Run starting at 7:45 for the kids’ 1 K and 8:15 for the 5K and 5K-9 run. Runners can pick up registration packets at On The Run on Bay Area Blvd. on Friday, Oct. 5. Also, check out our Pumpkin Patch!  We hope we will see you on Saturday!

The Pumpkins are Coming!

This is just a reminder that the St. Thomas/Cub Scout Pack 1965 Pumpkin Patch will be ready for purchases on Monday, October 1! Bring you children and their friends to get their pictures taken amongst the pumpkins. Also, consider picking up a pumpkin carving kit along with your pumpkin. The Pumpkin Patch partners will be happy to take cash or credit/debit cards but they will not be taking checks. The Pumpkin Patch will operate throughout October and will close on Oct. 31. Come out and visit us!

St. Thomas Pet Supply Drive

Please consider helping out Bay Area Pet Adoptions with much needed supplies for this no-kill animal shelter. There is a barrel in Brumley Hall to take donations. You might also consider adopting a new best “furry” friend and giving a homeless creature a loving home. The list of needed supplies is below:
Gift cards (Walmart, Amazon, PetSmart, etc.)
Cat and dog food
Liquid laundry detergent
Non-clumping cat litter
Purple Fabuloso cleaner
Dawn blue dish detergent
Paper towels
Blankets and towels
Toys, dog and cat
Sunday, October 7 is our Community Pet Blessing in Howard Ward Park, Nassau Bay, at 4:00 pm. Donations are due by then. Bring all your pets for a blessing as long as they are controllable, on a leash, or in a carrier. It is a beautiful service honoring all of God’s creatures. We hope you can attend.

A Service Opportunity!

Communities in Schools (CIS) at McWhirter Elementary in Webster has reached out to St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church and School to help them with a Thanksgiving Food Drie. This drive would provide a Thanksgiving meal for the students and their families at McWhirter who need assistance. These families go through a screening process at CIS in order to be eligible for help. Donations are due at the church by November 5. Thank you for your generosity, both physical and spiritual!

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church and School Spirit Wear Available!

St. Thomas has some wonderful St. Thomas logo-embellished polos (red or navy blue), baseball caps (also red or navy), canvas totes, and insulated tumblers available for purchase. They are very high quality and allows us to proclaim our affiliation in numerous ways! Please contact the church or school for more information and how to order at 281-333-2384 or 291-333-1340.

Fall Into Bible Study!

Join us for a 32-week deep dive into the Wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible and Gospel and letters of John and Revelation form the New Testament Wednesdays, beginning September 12, 9am-10.30 at St Thomas. For more information or to sign on, contact Mike at

St. Thomas’ Amazing Photographic Exhibit!

Come view an amazing series of photographs taken by Peter Bowman and Mary Lou Darst in Berlin and Potsdam, Germany. These beautiful pictures are featured in the entry hall (Brumley Hall) of St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church and School. They were taken in Berlin’s famous pergamon and New Museums, of a busy Berlin intersection during a rainy rush hour, and of Potsdam’s 18th century summer palaces built by Frederick II (Frederick the Great). There will be a reception on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 4-6:00 pm Please come and enjoy the photographs anytime and attend the reception on Sept. 22.

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 on October 20, 2018 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.

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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.