Thursday Notes:
July 27, 2017

All Church Services Held in the Parish Hall
THIS Sunday, July 30: All 3 Church Services will be held in Parish Hall! Please mark your calendars!

All 3 church services will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday, July 30, at their usual times. Come and sing all your "Old Time Favorites" at the 8:00am and 10:30am services!

Men's Meat Burning
Tonight at 6:30pm
Date: Thursday, July 27 
Time: 6:30pm
Host: Jeremy Wyndham
13638 Liberty Oak San Antonio, TX
Bring your choice of meat --- steak, chicken, hamburger, sausage, etc. and we will enjoy grilling and telling tall tales. 

For questions call, Wayne Stoeber 210-859-2172

Community Outreach Backpack Drive!
Look for the tags shaped like "School Bus" this Sunday in Parish Hall! Please return all the filled backpacks to St. Thomas by next Sunday, August 6!

It's Back To School Soon and we need 52 Back Packs and supplies for our kids at Santa Fe.  St. Thomas Outreach is collecting backpacks filled with school supplies for the kids at Santa Fe Mission Church. 

The "school bus" backpack tags will be available in Parish Hall this Sunday, June 30. 

To participate, please take a tag, purchase the supplies listed on the tag, and return the backpack to St. Thomas with tag attached, by Sunday, August 6th so we can deliver the backpacks to Santa Fe on time. 

Questions or information about this outreach: please contact Patty Barton at 210-495-3397 or Judy Thompson at 210-887-2916. 

Donations are Needed for our Baby Basket Ministry
We are collecting donated items for our Baby Baskets Ministry at St. Thomas. See below for more details.

We need newborn necessities donated for our baby baskets ministry!  All baby items donated must be new and unopened. We need basket items for both boys and girls. 

Preferred donations include: baby shampoo, baby wipes, infant onesies, infant socks, washcloths, little infant board books, and empty baskets in good condition.

Please drop off your donation items by the church offices or in labelled bin in Gosnell Hall.

Youth Service Days
Tuesday, August 1 - Thursday, August 3. 

Youth, please meet at the church from 9am to 1pm! Projects and Lunch will be provided.

Questions, contact Kathleen Stephens at 494-3507, ex. 202.

Men's Traveling Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, August 1, at 11:30am.

The MTLB will meet Tuesday, August 1: meeting at StoneWerks Grill, 1201 North Loop 1604 Wat 11:30am.  If you haven't checked us out yet, come enjoy a casual lunch among  distinguished gentlemen engaged in a plethora of fascinating topics.

Contact John Keith for a ride to the lunch at: (210) 710-5009 or Bob Hillegass at (210) 492-3738.

Book Club
Tuesday, August 1, at 10:00am

Our Book Club meets on Tuesday, August 1, at 10:00am in the library. We will discuss "The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin. 

Contact Louise Miner: 497-4281 with questions.

Threads of Love
Monday, August 7, at 1:00pm
Threads of Love meets on Monday, August 7, at 1:00pm in the Conference Room to work on our items for the preemies and to enjoy warm fellowship. Come and bring a friend! 

Please contact Louise Miner: 497-4281 for more information.

Bridge Bunch
Thursday, August 10, at noon

Our next game will be on Thursday, August 10, in the Christian Ed room at noon. Call Linda Martin at (830) 980-9699 to reserve your seat.

St. Thomas Golf Group
Saturday, August 12, at 10 am. Please RSVP by Tuesday, August 8 .
The next outing for the St. Thomas Golfers is scheduled for Saturday, August 12 at the Tapatio Springs Golf Course.  The tee time is scheduled at 10:00 AM (shot gun) and the cost is $65(includes green fee, cart, and range balls).
If you'd like to play, contact David Bodnar at 210-494-3094 or by noon Tuesday, August 8.  

Haven for Hope Ministry
Monday, August 14, at 3pm

Our Haven for Hope ministry meets at the church at 3pm on Monday, August 14, for prep work. There is also a group at 4pm to carpool down and serve at the ministry. Anyone is welcome. 

Questions, call Lori Harmon: 493-8959.

Youth Laser Tag Night! RSVP Needed!
Friday, August 18, 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

All Youth, Save the Date!!

Laser Tag Night at Laser Quest: 606 Embassy Oaks #200, 78216, 7pm to 10pm. 

RSVP (needed for headcount): text Becca Groenhuyzen at 956-648-0294.

Privacy Fence Project Work Day
Saturday, August 19, is the next Privacy Fence Work Day. See below for details.
Hello, my name is Tanner Clemons and I am a Life scout from Troop 58 working on my Eagle service project for St. Thomas.  This is my final requirement for the rank of Eagle, which is the highest honor attainable in scouting. The church proposed that I build a 300 foot long privacy fence along the backside of the church between where the playground and back property meet.

On Saturday, August 19 th I plan on screwing on the 984 pickets to the fence, and cutting the tops off of the last half of the fence posts from 9am - 5pm. If you can come, please bring a cordless power drill and work gloves. I will provide lunch and water for the workers.

If you would like to be a part of this project, you can email me at or call me on my home phone at (210) 496 - 3834, and I can give you more information. Thank you so much for all of the donations and support I have received.

Upper Crust Bus Trip to Witte Museum
Thursday, August 24. Bus will leave St. Thomas at 9:30am.
Come tour of the newly remodeled Witte Museum and the special exhibit "Whales" on Thursday, Aug 24th. 

The bus will Leave St. Thomas at 9:30 and return between 2 - 2:30.  Cost $25.00 per person which includes all museum costs and lunch at Earl Able's on the Austin Hwy. 

For questions or to RSVP: please contact Kathy Todt at 210-710-1811 or

YOUTH Back to School Swim Party!!
Saturday, August 26, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

All our Youth are Invited!!

Back to School Swim Party @ the Bellos Residence: 3536 Bent Hollow, 78259.  

Saturday, August 18, from 5pm to 8pm!

RSVP for this event: text Becca Groenhuyzen at 956-648-0294. 

"Building the Kingdom in Love"
2017 Rally Day Celebration & Backpack Blessing!
Sunday, August 27. Only TWO Worship services at 8:00am and 10:00am, backpack blessing at 10:00am service, followed by lunch and Rally Day!

Join us on Sunday, August 27 , when we'll combine the 9:15 contemporary service and the 10:30 service into one 10:00am service! (the 8 o'clock service will be held at it's usual time). The Backpack Blessing will be held at the 10:00am service, followed by lunch and the Rally Day celebration.

Please dress casual, bring your family and friends and don't forget to bring your children's school backpacks so they can be blessed at the service. It's a great opportunity to fellowship together as we head into a new school year & bless the children and their backpacks!

Monday Volunteer Receptionist Needed
Monday mornings starting with the new school year. See below for more details.
A volunteer receptionist is needed for Monday mornings, answering phones and assisting with projects. Position starts in the new school year, and lasts about 4 hours. Times are flexible and training is provided. 

Please contact Christina at: or call the church office: 494-3507.

Summer Choir Opportunities
Sundays at 9:30am in the Church Sanctuary
Would you like to sing with our choir at St. Thomas? Come and try out the choir on Sundays at 9:30am in the church sanctuary. We welcome all newcomers to come join us! 

Please contact our music director Ryan Becker: 494-3507 ex. 220 or with any questions.

St. Thomas Building Team Update
Building Update: August 2017

Our civil engineer completed a land survey of our entire property including the lot behind the office building.  We received good news in that the new building will only be 3 feet lower than the education building.  A tree survey was completed to identify and measure all trees on the property. We will preserve almost all of our trees.  The area of the pumpkin patch and former labyrinth has been cleared of rocks in anticipation of moving the existing athletic field.  Our geotechnical engineers took soil samples down to 20 feet deep at the new building and parking lot areas.  The results were very favorable.  In talking with our architect, we determined that building a shell of a second story for future expansion was not needed or within our current plan.  Other than the new great hall/gym, everything else will be one story.  That requires some adjusting of the roof and air conditioning/mechanical systems design. Stay tuned for more information!

                                                                            -- St. Thomas Building Team