Author Archives: Susan Manville

Save the Date! Icon Workshop!

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church is offering an Icon Writing Workshop:from August 5-9, 2019. During this 5-day retreat, iconographer and instructor, Kara Nelson, will lead participants in the prayerful practice of “writing” a Byzantine style icon. Instruction is step-by-step, following traditional painting processes using acrylic paints and 23-carat gold in order to recreate sacred images which have been used for centuries to draw people deeply into prayer and worship. All materials are supplied and no previous art experience is necessary. Tuition is $395 and includes all materials, lunches, and snacks each day. Enrollment is limited to 15. For questions or to RSVP, contact Mike Stone at

Our Sister’s Keeper Photography Exhibition

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church and School is excited to announce the Our Sister’s Keeper Photography Exhibition by Marie Plakos which will open May 4 with a reception from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Marie Plakos has traveled the world, literally, with the goal of honoring the women and children she has met and bringing their story to us in a compelling fashion.

Our Sister’s Keepers features 60 large-format photographs of women from India, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico and Peru that illustrate their strengths and beauty amidst the challenges of hunger, economic hardship, lack of access to adequate medical care, and mental and physical abuse. Marie invites us to feel the commonality of experience that we share with women around the globe and will introduce her traveling exhibit at our opening reception. Our Sister’s Keeper comes to St Thomas from curation at the Diocese of Los Angeles. You will not want to miss Marie’s exhibit or her introduction to beauty and solidarity amidst forces of poverty. For more information, visit

McWhirter Elementary Summer Reading Book Drive

New or gently used children’s books are requested for a Summer Reading Book Drive for McWhirter Elementary in Webster, TX: Help Communities in Schools send every student at McWhirter home for the summer with at least one book! St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church and School’s goal is to offer each child something to read over the summer break. St. Thomas has been asked to collect 350 books to support the need of 700 total by May 15. The ability to read well is so important to every child, so please help out!


April 14th, Palm Sunday, 8:00 and 10:30am, Holy Eucharist

B.Y.O.B. Bring Your Own Palm Branches!  We will bless palms and                    process as usual on Palm Sunday, but all are invited to  clip their own branches so we can welcome holy week in true native fashion!  Standard fronds will be available as well.

April 15th, Monday 6:00pm  Stations of the Cross and Eucharist
April 16th, Tuesday 6:00pm  Stations of the Cross and     Eucharist
April 17th, Wednesday 6:00pm  Tenebrae by Candlelight
April 18th, Maundy Thursday 6:00pm  Holy Eucharist and Footwashing
April 19th, Good Friday, 12:00 noon and 6:00pm 
April 20th, Holy Saturday 9:00am, Morning Prayer 
April 21st—Easter Sunday    
                   6:30am   Easter Vigil
                   8:30am    Holy Eucharist
                   10:30am  Holy Eucharist 

Ash Wednesday Services 3/6

6:30am    Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
8:15am    Day School Service with Imposition of Ashes
11:30—1:30 Drive-Through Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist with Reserve sacrament
6:00pm    Choral Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

Communities in Schools Director To Address St. Thomas Adult Forum

Lindsey Hoffman, director of Communities in Schools at McWhirter, joins us this Sunday, March 3, to lead our adult forum.  Fresh on the heels of the Diocesan ECW grant to St Thomas’s relationship with McWhirter, Lindsey will come to tell us more about the great and transformational work of Communities I n Schools, the relationships we are building and lives we are changing.  Come to learn more about how our collections and investments are bringing larger life to our community!

Episcopal Diocese of Texas ECW Outreach Grant

Diocesan Episcopal Church Women (ECW) board President Trish Johnston attended St. Thomas this Sunday, February 24, to award St. Thomas with an Outreach Grant for the work we plan to do with McWhirter Elementary in Webster, TX through Communities in Schools.  The grant documentation from Vicki Buxton was thorough and robust which led to an easy decision for the board members.  Our continued support and stewardship to McWhirter has made this $1500 grant possible so we can extend the work of God further into our community.  These grants must meet the following criteria: must be on women’s issues or related family/children needs, there must be a documented connection between your outreach ministry and the Episcopal Church and the Grant awards are designated primarily to provide seed money to support new programs or to grow existing ministries. Go to the following website for more information.  

Diocesan ECW also has the Vera Gang Scott Scholarship for women within the Diocese.  This is a scholarship opportunity for college courses and certification programs.  Applications are due by March 30th and application information can be found here

Holy Living, Holy Dying – A Lenten Series

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay will conduct a series of Lenten Adult Forums on Sunday mornings from 9.15-10.15am beginning March 10, 2019.This series is entitles Holy Living, Holy Dying.

Lent invites us to take a sober inventory of life and to swap practices that lead either nowhere or to the grave for practices that can make living fuller for ourselves and others. Join five guests who offer practices to expand your life and living, even in contemplating your own mortality:

1. Sunday, March 10: Join head of St Thomas Episcopal School, Colin O’Neal, for cognitively based practices of mindfulness and meditation and strategies to reprogram the way your brain reacts to the world and the person you hope to be.
2. Sunday, March 17: Join Andy Lewis, Esq., and consider estate planning: the differences between wills, trusts; how to begin to set or reset priorities for your legacy and heirs; and insight into better stewardship for ourselves.
3. Sunday, March 24: Join Joannie Faas for practical suggestions about long term care, either for yourself or someone you love. Learn concrete anchors for evaluating when to consider long term care and how to evaluate acre providers.
4. Sunday, March 31: Join spiritual director Julie Merritt to discover new practices of finding God in every day relationships.
5. Sunday, April 7: Join the Rev. Mike Stone for a guide in planning your own funeral, alongside a theological reflection on sainthood, death, and dying. Leave with a detailed guide to celebrating burial.
6. Sunday, April 14: Enjoy a hot breakfast, catered by our own Holy Smokers, and informal conversations about welcoming God in new ways this year.

Chris Elliott Photography – Native Birds Exhibition

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church and School is pleased to present a Photographic Native Bird Exhibition by Chris Elliott March 2- April 30. Come and be inspired by the native birds of Clear Lake and Dickinson!  Chris Elliott Photography presents a two month exhibition in Brumley Hall, beginning with an opening night reception on Saturday, March 2 at 5.30 PM with wine, cheese, and a chance to meet the artist.  Fun fact: the pelican was the dominant theological symbol for the Anglican Church under Queen Elizabeth.  It was thought that the mother pelican would prick herself during times of famine and feed her chicks her own blood, a compelling analogy for the crucifixion.  While mother pelicans do not, in fact, do this, we are surrounded by these awe-inspiring birds in clear lake and the principle of God sharing life with us rings true.

St. Thomas School Gala Auction Items

The list of live, silent and student auction item are available on the link below. We have some amazing items just suited to your tastes and interests. There are items in all ranges of prices available for bid, do bid often for St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School! There is a precious photograph of our PreK-3 Mariner students in Brumley Hall as a teaser for our classroom art projects. It is now open for bids and will be an awesome addition to any home.

Follow this link to our auction items: