From the Rector

The blog of the Rev’d David O. Browder, Rector of St. Thomas’. Law and gospel, grace, pop culture, links to interesting articles and videos.

Architect Chosen for Master Plan

Dear Saint Thomas’ Family: We are pleased to announce that we have selected the architectural firm Merriman Holt Powell (MHP) for the planning and design of the Saint Thomas’ campus. This decision was made after three architectural firms presented their ideas for the future of our campus to members of our Campus Master Planning Committee,…

Recovery Update: Looking to the Future

Dear Parishioners and School Parents, It has been an amazing three weeks since Hurricane Harvey hit our shores and our campus. After long hours and many days, the church and school leadership and staff were able to bring the church and school back online. We were amazed to see the talent and dedication of the…

Recovery Update, 9/12

Dear STE Community, Today marks the last of our daily updates. After much hard work, our K-Bridge through 12th grade teachers are ready to have students back in class, and church will resume in our church building on Sunday. We are greatly anticipating the return to normalcy after Harvey and the resulting cleanup on campus.…

Recovery Update, 9/11

Dear STE Community, We were delighted to see our Preschool students back on campus today. Nearby, our Upper School students gladly took on the task of cleaning out their lockers and preparing for their temporary move to HCA. We have had additional signs that our campus will soon be settled into a normal routine. Our…

Hurricane Recovery Update, 9/10

Dear STE Community, We have taken some time this Sabbath to reflect on the hard work of the last two weeks and prepare for the return of our students to campus. Just as a reminder: • Preschool begins classes tomorrow, September 11. • Our Upper School students will have a workday tomorrow to empty their…

Hurricane Update, 9/9

Dear STE Community, Over the last few days we’ve had the pleasure of seeing more and more portable buildings arrive on campus. It will take time to get them arranged in their locations and set up for use as our Lower and Middle School classrooms, but their arrival is a clear indicator of the progress…

Hurricane Update, 9/8

Dear STE Community, We are looking forward to our students’ return to campus next week. Our Preschool teachers were finishing their preparations today for the start of our Preschool program on Monday, September 11. All our Preschool families were given details about how drop-off and pick-up will work so that any issues can be worked…

Hurricane Update, 9/7

parent meeting

Dear STE Community, It was great seeing so many of our families yesterday at our Upper School Parent Night. We hope you had many of your questions answered about the move to Houston Christian Assembly (HCA) and that you feel informed about the steps we took to decide on this temporary move. We understand that…

Hurricane Update, 9/6

parent meeting

Dear STE Community, Over the last two days, our Heads of School have worked hard on ironing out the details of our transition period between the return to school on September 13 and when our temporary buildings are ready for occupancy. Although we do not yet have a date for our move to the buildings,…

Hurricane Update, Tuesday, 9/5

Gym

Dear STE Community, Today we had nearly 40 volunteers on campus to help with additional cleanout of storage areas and the continuation of demo work on our church and gym. Servpro helped us perform tasks that we were unable to take on during the initial week following the flood. Now that we have moved to…