Thursday Notes:
October 5, 2017

St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals
This Sunday at 6:00pm in the courtyard outside Parish Hall! Bring a friend with their pets too!

Bring your most beloved pets to this special St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals event at St. Thomas! Bring your pets to the covered patio outside Parish Hall at 6:00pm. Please keep pets on a leash or in a carrier and have appropriate materials on hand for pet clean-up as needed. Pet treats, certificates of the blessing, and photos with your pet will be available. 

Contact Beth at if you'd like to volunteer to help out with the pets! 

Junior Daughters of the King Bake Sale
Sunday, October 8, after all 3 services. All proceeds from the sale go to the Hurricane Victims Relief fund.
Our Junior Daughters of the King will be hosting a bake sale Sunday, October 8, after all 3 services. Proceeds will be donated to support the Hurricane Harvey Fund. Come ready to purchase some delicious home-baked treats and support a great cause! 

A note from our JDOK Chapter President, Alexandra: "In a time where fellow Texans are in need, I think it only makes sense for JDOK to extend our service outside our own community. This idea has been on my heart, but Father Chuck's sermon last week solidified my call to do it. ALL the proceeds from the bake sale will be given to the Diocese's Fund for Harvey Relief."

Youth Volunteers Needed for Blessing of Animals
Sunday, October 8

There will be no weekly youth meeting on Sunday, October 8! We encourage our youth to come out and help with our blessing of the animals event at St. Thomas. We need help passing out the treats and certificates! Come out, bring your favorite pets, and join the fun!

Also, we have a new St. Thomas Youth Twitter to follow for updates! Follow us at @YouthThomas on Twitter for all the latest!!

Save the Date! "Trunk or Treat" Fall Festival!!
Thursday, October 26, at 6:00pm. We will have a safe, fun, family-friendly fall festival! All church and school families are welcome!!

We invite all our St. Thomas Church & School families to bring their friends and neighbors and join us on Thursday, October 26, for food, fun and fellowship at our "Trunk or Treat" Fall Festival event. We will begin at 6:00pm and close by 9:00pm.

Parishioners and School Parents, please come early to set up your vehicles. "Trunk or Treat" means you will be giving out candy or goodies to trick-or-treaters from the trunk or back of your vehicle. Participants may come dressed in family-friendly costumes (if they choose), decorate their vehicles with fun themes, and hand out candy. Please bring lots of candy and prizes (with NO NUTS as we are a nut-free campus) to hand out to our young Trunk-and-Treat-ers.

A special prize will be awarded for the most creatively decorated trunk. Come out for a safe, fun, family-centered fall event, and have a great time!!

Questions, call Missy Denney at: 262-3664 or the church office at: 494-3507.

Save the Date! Youth SA Rampage Game
Sunday, October 22nd. Carpool from St. Thomas at 2pm. 
RSVP's needed now, so we can hold your ticket!! 

St. Thomas Youth are going to the Rampage Game on Sunday, October 22!

We'll carpool from St. Thomas at 2pm. (The game starts at 3pm and we'll be back by 6pm.)

The tickets are $18.00 per person (includes a meal ticket).

RSVP asap so we can reserve your game ticket!!
Contact Kevin Frei @ 210-908-3841. 

Friday 9:15am Bible & Book Study
Begins Friday, October 6, at 9:30am
Join Mother Beth for studies on God's call for us to be compassionate and reach out to our neighbors in love and service. This class is now scheduled to begin on Friday, October 6 at 9:30am.

The first book study this year will be Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life and the second will be Tim Keller's Ministries of Mercy (both books can be found on Barnes and Noble or Amazon). All are welcome to join in these directed studies on God's call to love and serve. 

Contact Beth at to RSVP.  

Church & School Closed 
for Columbus Day
Monday, October 9

Our church and school offices will be closed on Monday, October 9, in honor of the discovery of our nation and to spend time with friends and family. 

Our offices will resume normal business hours from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Tues, October 10!

Haven for Hope Ministry
Monday, October 9, at 3pm

Our Haven for Hope ministry meets at the church at 3pm on Monday, October 9, 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.

Art & Faith Class
Tuesday, October 10, at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall

October 10th
6:30 to 8:30
In the Parish Hall

Come join us in making Ojos de  Dios. A God's eye is a spiritual object made by weaving yarn onto a wooden cross. Ojos de Dios often reflect confidence in the providence of an all-seeing and knowing God.

RSVP to Beth @ Childcare is Available.

Men's Traveling Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, October 10, at 11:30am
We will meet Tuesday, October 10, at: Richter's Antlers CafĂ©, 1 Sun Valley Dr., Spring Branch, 78070, at 11:30am. All gentlemen of the parish are welcome to join us for a delicious meal & intelligent conversation. 

Contact John Keith for a ride: 210-710-5009.

Bridge Bunch
Plays Thursday, October 12. at Emerald Oaks.

Bridge players, meet at Emerald Oaks, 20302 Bulverde Rd. Our next game is Oct 12 at 10:30am. Come check us out! 

Call Sherry Mathers at 210-490-5982 to reserve your seat.

School Student Jog-a-Thon
Friday, October 13

St. Thomas is kicking off our 3rd Annual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser to be held Fri, Oct 13! Friends and families are encouraged to pray for our students or come cheer us on as the school walks or jogs to support our school. 

For more information, give our school a call at: 210-494-3509 or visit our webpage:

St. Thomas Golfers
Saturday, October 14, first tee time scheduled at 1pm

The next outing for the St. Thomas Golfers is scheduled for Saturday, October 14 at the Republic Golf Course.  The first tee time is scheduled at 1:00pm and the cost is $55 (incl. green fee, cart, and range balls). 

If you'd like to play, contact David Bodnar at 210-494-3094 or by noon Tuesday, October 10. 

  Adult Sunday Morning Bible Study
Begins Sunday, October 15, at 9:15am
Adult Sunday Morning Bible Study on Max Lucado's "Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World", begins on Sunday, October 15 and led by Gary Villani. 

The class will meet on Sundays at 9:15am in the Christian Ed room. 

Contact Cathy Villani at 210-494-3507 ex. 2 19, for more information on this Bible study.

DWTX Habitat Build Continues through October
We need volunteers to help finish the build. See below for specific needs.  Sign up to volunteer here at Sign Up Genius.
DWTX Habitat for Humanity Build continues through October and we need additional help until the build is finished. 

Here are our current volunteer needs:

Sat, Oct. 7: installing tile flooring and building cabinets.  Need 5 volunteers
Sat, Oct 21: installing a fence.  Need 8 volunteers
Sat, Oct 28: Makeup day to finish anything not yet completed. Need 15 volunteers.

Use the online sign-up link to volunteer for any of these build dates. Contact Judy Thompson to make carpool arrangements at St. Thomas :

Vestry Meeting
Monday, October 16, at 6:30pm

Vestry members, please mark your calendars. Your next meeting will be Monday, October 16, at 6:30pm in the conference room.

Daughters of the King Planning Meeting
Tuesday, October 17, at 6:30pm
Our Daughters of the King ministry will have a planning meeting in the conference room on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30pm. Anyone interested in learning more about our ministry is welcome to attend. 

For more information, contact Pam Currier at: 210-481-5772.

Men's Meat Burning
Thursday, October 19, at 6:30pm

The Men's Meat Burning event for October is Thursday, October 19, at 6:30pm.
October Host: Victor Llana, 25 Inwood Autumn

All gentlemen of the parish are invited to come and bring your choice of meat to grill. 

For more information on this ministry or to host a Meat Burning event for 2018, contact Wayne Stoeber: 210-859-2172 or by email:

Church & School Work Day
Saturday, October 21, 8:00am to noon
A very ambitious workday is planned! We are going to need as many able-bodied families as possible to come out and help!

The Projects include:
Add new mulch and plant fall flowers
Clean the drains from the gardens.
Power-wash & clean along fence line
Clean windows in Parish Hall and the admin building.

For more information about the work day,  contact Kathleen Stephens at: 210-494-3507 ex. 202 or

Jr. Daughters of the King Meeting
Sunday, October 22, after the 10:30 service

After the 10:30am service, our Junior Daughters will meet on Sunday, October 22. If you are interested in our ministry, please feel welcome to join us.

For more information on the Jr. Daughters of the King ministry at St. Thomas, please contact Angie Souder: 240-682-5446.

Save the Date! The Bishop's Golf Classic
Friday, November 3.  Register now at the Diocesan website

2017 Bishop's Golf Classic
The Republic Golf Club, San Antonio
November 3, 2017

The 12th annual Bishop's Golf Classic in San Antonio will be held at a new location, the Republic Golf Club, to benefit the annual Scholarship Fund for the Camps & Conferences of the Diocese of West Texas. 

Our camp programs create safe spaces for children, youth, adults, and families to experience the love of God firsthand and then return to their home communities equipped & inspired to share Christ's love with the world. By registering or sponsoring a team your entry fees help guarantee that financial circumstances never prevent children and families from joining the camp community.

For more information or to register, visit the Diocesan website here.

Save the Date! Order of St. Luke Healing Conference
Coming on November 3-5
St. Thomas Order of St. Luke will hold a conference on Healing the Soul from the Inside Out. The speakers will be the Rev. Hugh Bromiley North American President of OSL, and his wife the Rev. Monte Bromiley. 

The event will run Friday evening 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 3pm. Lunch is included as part of the conference fee. 

For more information on the ministry conference, contact John Throop at: 210-658-3312 or see our brochure in Gosnell Hall to register.

Sunday School & Children's Chapel Teachers Needed!
Have a blast on Sunday mornings & make a big difference in the lives of our children at St. Thomas!!

Make an incredible impact in the lives of our children at St. Thomas! Both Sunday School and Children's Chapel teachers are needed for the new school year! 

Lots of fun and all lessons will be provided for you!! It's an exciting opportunity to engage and inspire young hearts and minds for Christ! 

Contact our Children's Christian Formation Director Cathy Villani at 210-494-3507 ex. 219 or for more details on how to get involved with our Children's ministry.