Under a canopy of lighted oak trees and the bright Texas stars, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church began its weekend 60th anniversary celebration with the Denim and Diamonds Party and Silent Auction. The world champion St. Thomas’ Episcopal School Pipes and Drums kicked off the party, The Navigators provided the music, Pappas grilled steaks on-site and our own Lauren Massey, aka the Texas Cupcake Queen, baked up a fabulous assortment of freshly baked goodies. STEC’s Rector, David Browder, began the program by thanking Kirsten Herrscher and the committee of dedicated volunteers who helped her plan the evening; he then congratulated St. Thomas for our sixty years of service to Jesus Christ in Southwest Houston and he looked forward to the next sixty years. He introduced a video commemorating this special anniversary (above). Finally, Mike Cusack, Headmaster of St. Thomas’ Episcopal School, the church’s largest mission, spoke of the great blessing the Church and School have been to his family and to many others over the years. After the program parishioners, friends and the student volunteers who helped at the event danced the night away. “The party was just wonderful,” said Callie Robertson, longtime parishioner and daughter of T. Robert Ingram, St. Thomas’ founding rector: “We should have a party like this every month!” Many others felt the same way (although the party committee, who worked for six months planning and arranging the event seemed to think that might be just a bit ambitious). During the party, many participated in the silent auction of jewelry, art and a selection of parties, and in the Wine Pull of interesting vintages contributed by many of St. Thomas’ friends. The party raised money for the St. Thomas’ Episcopal School’s scholarship fund and also included a special collection (matched by an anonymous donor) to replace the prayer books and hymnals in the sanctuary. If you would like to donate there is still time. Please contact Sharon Lambert in the church office.