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.

Advent: A Time for Hope

Advent a Time for Hope

by David Browder, Rector of Saint Thomas’ Did you know that there has been a debate throughout the millennia of church history over which liturgical color is to be used during the season of Advent? Indeed there has been. Protestant churches have tended to favor blue over purple. Why? It goes back to the reason…

The Big God Story for Preteens: Sundays at 9:15 am

Jacob and Esau

by Jennifer Underwood, Director of Children’s Ministries This year, for our 4th through 6th grade Sunday School class, we have selected a new curriculum designed for Preteens, called Rio.  Like the Tru Curriculum we use for the younger two age groups, Rio makes use of the Big Bible Panorama and the Big God Story,* but…

My Stewardship Sprint

My Stewardship Sprint

by Rob Scholl, Youth Group Leader and Vestry member When I say the word “stewardship” what first comes to mind? While I’d like to tell you that this word fills me with warm fuzzy feelings, my first memories are less than idyllic. I’m reminded of my first year living in New York City. I had…

Master Planning Townhalls

Dear Saint Thomas’ Family: This past week, our architectural firm Merriman Holt Powell (MHP) has been hard at work on the next steps of our master plan development. MHP has initiated meetings with faculty and staff of our church and school to gain additional input on the current and future needs for our campus. We…

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…