St. Thomas Presbyterian Church (St. Thomas) responds to God’s call by educating, equipping, and inspiring its congregation to respectfully listen and learn as a we develop collaborative relationships that address the needs of our community and world. Below is a list of Mission Partners St. Thomas supports in prayer, financially and through faith in action, i.e., becoming a volunteer with one or more of our Mission Partners. St. Thomas members and friends can contribute to the future of this church with a variety of gifting options and bequests that may be given now or as part of your estate. Contact Rev. Dr. Nora Fitch for more information.
Outreach Committee Mission Statement of serving our neighbor is inspired from James 2:14 – 17 using the New Revised Standard Version bible translation: What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill," and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So, faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
Find your place to contribute your talents below.
On Our Campus
The Harbor School Houston: St. Thomas assists at-risk children and families as they navigate toward a stronger future by providing high quality early childhood education in a Christian environment. The Harbor School is located in St. Thomas' campus, and is set to open in the summer of 2020. For more information, go to see this link.
On-site Food Pantry: We give emergency food assistance to the needy in our neighborhood (zip code 77079) from our food pantry, stocked by our congregation. The Food Pantry is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. We request food, cash donations and/or volunteers to label food expiration dates and hand out food.
Grace Bags for the Homeless: We give out Grace Bags the first Sunday of each month to members and visitors at St. Thomas to carry them in their car, give them to a homeless person, and say 'God Bless You'. The bag is filled with a few food and personal hygienic products, a directory of services for the homeless, a small cross and a prayer card. Contact Conrad DeGrace to volunteer.
Available Scouting Programs at St. Thomas
Boy Scout Troop 1089: St. Thomas charters this fun-oriented, boy-led troop with about 50 youth. They camp every month of the year, except June and July when they go to Summer Camp and High Adventure. Adult leadership includes Eagle Scouts and Wood Badge-trained leaders to help guide the way. They have a First Class Emphasis program to help our new scouts attain the First Class rank. For more information, click here for Troop 1089’s website and this link for their flyer with the Scoutmaster’s contact information.
Harmony Creek Girl Scout Community: website provides the information needed for locating a Girl Scout Troop nearby. Additionally, leadership training for volunteers is available through this same website. Contact Ruth Johnson for more information (email@example.com). All Summits and Cafes for adult leaders will be held at St. Thomas.
Cub Scout Pack: In September, St. Thomas became a Charter Organization for a Cub Scout Pack to meet on its campus once it is formed. Staff from Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC) will collaborate with Houston ISD’s Daily Elementary School executives will inform and recruit students (boys & girls) to join as our new Cub Scout Pack. If you are interested in learning more about it, having you child join, and/or becoming an adult volunteer of a Den or Pack, please visit this website. A Steering Committee will provide interim support until a Pack Committee is formed. Come join this fun and exciting new Cub Scout Program!
Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP): PDAP is a support group for adolescents, young adults, and families in the Greater Houston area who are looking to prevent or overcome the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse. PDAP is a youth-driven program that not only provides guidance on how to live a healthy and sober lifestyle, but it also creates an alternative peer group for PDAP members, thus giving them a safe & secure environment to implement change & build lifelong friendships. Although two adult PDAP groups meet weekly at St. Thomas, if interested in joining a group, you must first join PDAP. View this link for overall information or click here to find out more about joining.
Houston Hope of the Nations Church (HHOTN): HHOTN nests at St. Thomas Presbyterian. Houston Hope of the Nations was established in 2009 by Rev. Eid Abdelmassih Hanna to help immigrants and refugees from the Middle East. The mission of the center is to help the Middle Eastern community adjust to life in Houston. HHOTN does this by helping them to grow in their relationship with God, providing physical help, counseling, job search, ESL (English as Second Language) and Bible study. The Center helps people from several countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Sudan and Lebanon. Our weekly worship meetings include people from many nations. HHOTN meets most Sundays at 1:30 PM in Room 7 and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. For Facebook information, view their link. For more information, call (713) 592-2801 or m.me/283250501772400.
Community Class Committee: Are you interested in St. Thomas PC hosting top notch informative classes to serve our neighbors needs as a gift? Come join the Community Class Committee on this adventure. Additionally, we are looking for a Moderator of this new committee. For more details, please see this link of STPC grant application we won from Presbytery of the New Covenant and/or contact David Dow (firstname.lastname@example.org & 713-816-3259).
In Our Neighborhood
Free Immunizations for Kids: St. Thomas partners with Caring for Children’s Foundation Care Van Program on a quarterly basis to provide free immunizations to children (from newborns through 18 years old - must be “Texas Vaccine for Children” eligible (have Medicaid, CHIP, no insurance, or with insurance that does not cover vaccines). Care Van provides the medical team and vaccinations; we provide the support (registration, advertising, etc.). Contact Larry Maple, STPC, for more details at 832-498-5560.
School Volunteer Opportunities
Loving Houston: Marilyn Lee, Executive Director (832-280-7089) of Loving Houston, connects churches with schools based on the school’s needs and the church’s gifts and resources. She requests St. Thomas members consider becoming volunteer mentors at Meadow Wood Elementary School. Watch this video for more information about the need and view the STPC Volunteer Opportunity description here. No tutoring is required. Many students just need the extra support of a caring adult to be a friend, role model, and guide. They need someone to encourage them, to help them discover their gifts, and to believe in them so that they believe in themselves. Mentors visit their students once a week for 30 - 45 minutes during the school day. For more information, contact Ms. Lee or Allyn Dukes, STPC.
Spring Branch ISD Community Relations Team: Mary Uribe-Pizana, SBISD Mentor Coordinator (713-251-2212), request volunteers for their SpringBoard Mentors Program to assist students in grades 3 – 12 by offering guidance, encouragement and support. Mentors provide young people with the skills needed to address personal, school and home issues that may discourage them from reaching their potential. In just 30-60 minutes weekly, mentors supply the gift of hope to those they touch and give young people a vision of success. OC approved promoting their request. To get more details, view the STPC Volunteer Opportunity description here. To become a mentor with SBISD, please completed their form online on this link.
Rebuilding Together Houston (RTH): RTH is Houston’s largest community outreach organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods. They do this by providing home repair and renovation services at no cost to low-income homeowners in need, such as the elderly, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people impacted by natural disasters. Contact John Cronk or Joe Halloin, STPC, for more details and visit their website link.
Outreach Center of West Houston: Seeded by the efforts and funds of St. Thomas, this community building serves thousands of people each year. The programs it houses include Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP), Young Life and National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information, go to www.oc-wh.org and view the STPC Volunteer Opportunity description here.
Memorial Assistance Ministries: Our resources and volunteers help this organization give financial (assistance, education and coaching to build a budget so the bills get paid on time every month), Employment Services (to receive job-readiness skills for new or better jobs), food, English as a Second Language (for non-native speakers to interact better in their community), and school clothing to local families in need. For more information, go to link and view the STPC Volunteer Opportunity description here.
Turning Point Center: The mission of Turning Point Center (TPC) is to help elderly homeless individuals – ages 50 or above – to get back on their feet and re‐enter society as independent, self‐sufficient, and productive citizens. To do so, TPC provides the essentials of food, shelter, clothing, and transportation, and they collaborate with other agencies to provide benefits and services. Benefits include SSI/Disability, medical, veterans, and food stamps. Services include psychological counseling, substance abuse education, AA meetings, and other rehabilitative services. TPC also offers basic computer classes, hands‐on job training, career counseling, and job placement. TPC provides these benefits and services within a sober, structured living environment. For more information, go to link and view the STPC Volunteer Opportunity description here.
FamilyPoint Resources: FamilyPoint Resources engages our community in supportive relationships that build hope, meet needs, and transform lives. We accomplish our mission by working toward mutual growth through listening, playing, and learning. The Nottingham Park Area is a pocket of apartments and condos nestled between Memorial and the Energy Corridor in West Houston. The area is home to an amazingly diverse community, though many of the families living in the area are under-served and under-resourced. Roughly 85% of the families in the Nottingham Park Area are considered low-income and have an annual household income of less than half the average income for our zip code (77079). FamilyPoint works closely with area schools, specifically the schools in the Spring Forest Middle School feeder pattern and have a growing relationship with Stratford High School. For more information, go to link and volunteer online here.
Out in the World
Project Cure: Thousands of people die every day in the developing world because local hospitals & clinics don’t have the medical supplies and equipment needed to save lives in their communities. Children are missing the chance to get an education and live a full life due to illnesses that would be treatable if they had access to proper health services. It’s Project C.U.R.E.’s mission to change that. Together we will deliver health & hope to the world. For more information, click here, and to view and sign up online for volunteer opportunities, see link.
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston: IM’s mission statement is to bring people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. IM envisions a community working and acting together in response to the needs of a Greater Houston to create a more respectful, connected, and caring society. IM is an inclusive connector of people, faith communities and resources in our nation’s most diverse city, sustaining healthy and respectful lives for vulnerable populations and promoting interfaith relations and volunteerism. For more information, go to link and view the STPC Volunteer Opportunity description here. *** For Thanksgiving, IM requests volunteers before and/or during Thanksgiving day to assist with required tasks. Because the daily 'Meals on Wheels' Program (11:30 to 1:30 pm) has the day off on Thanksgiving, IM plans on volunteers stepping up to filled the void. Donations are also requested for this big day. For more information, please read IM's flyer.
Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly: The mission of Presbyterian Mo‐Ranch Assembly (Mo-Ranch) is to foster growth in God through Jesus Christ by sharing its unique living, learning, Christian environment. The ethos of Mo‐Ranch is in their conference programs and camps. Mo-Ranch allows our campers and participants opportunities to disconnect from outside distractions and make new connections with themselves and new friends. Funding is requested for Mo-Ranch’s Upper Youth Plaza Campaign to support our Summer Camp expansion at Mo‐Ranch. This expansion will allow them to serve more children in the summer time at camp and provide needed space for churches and community groups to meet and stay during non‐summer months. For more information, go to link and view the STPC Volunteer Opportunity description here.
Presbytery of the New Covenant: Presbytery of New Covenant (PONC) is made up of 88 churches and new church developments, spread across 39 counties in southeast Texas, including Houston. It is part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Member-churches connect with the work of the presbytery through their gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Presbyterians affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world. The PONC website provides volunteer opportunities under the ‘Ministries’ tab for off-campus areas or contact Lynn Hargrove (713-526-2585) about volunteer opportunities within PONC.
Presbyterian Children's Home & Services: PCHAS provides services to children and families within the Houston area including 1) Single Parent family Program; Child and Family Program; Voluntary Adoption Program; and Foster to Adopt Program. Their Mission Statement is to provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need. For more information, please contact Lisa Johnson, Senior Development Officer (email@example.com; 252-207-3567) or go to link. View the STPC Volunteer Opportunity description here containing three service opportunities.
Special Offerings: Two of the special offerings we collect each year during worship are:
One Great Hour of Sharing: To assist those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed); and
Christmas Joy Gift: To provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families and enable deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools.