Summer Art Camp July 13-17, 9am – 3pm

Arts Camp will be a fun week with activities like dance/movement, visual arts, drama, music, and culinary arts. The theme “Oh, Taste and See!” promises to be one that invites a great deal of fun and learning. Students in grades 1-5 are invited to attend with teens invited to serve as counselors. The cost is $150/child. Bring a friend! We look forward to seeing you!

To register, click on the “Children” tab at the top of this website, then “Special Children’s Activities.”



Building Update April 18, 2013

As soon  as the weather improves and the soil dries, the landscaping contractor and the irrigation contractor will begin their work. 

The copper materials for the exterior trim and facia have been delivered to the Sheet Metal Contractor.  They are fabricating the materials and will be installing the copper siding and flashing. 

The interior locks have been changed and the automatic entry doors are operational. 

The paneling and doors in the parish hall will be completed this week. 

Weldon Fate, Building Chairman


Building Update April 12, 2013

As we near completion of the Parish Hall, my reports will be shorter.

Expansive new narthex!

Expansive new narthex!

The Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing Contractors have almost completed  their work.  The Electrician has minor work areas to complete.

The Excavating Contractor has spread topsoil and the landscaping work will start this week or next, depending on the weather.  The Irrigation Contractor will work along with the Landscaper to insure that all new plants and grasses will be properly watered.  The Landscape Architect with Gould Evans has met with both contractors and established ground rules for the quality of the landscaping and planting.

Watering of the new plants and grass will be the responsibility of the contractors for ninety days.

The work in the kitchen is basically complete.  All equipment has been installed with the exception of the dishwasher and diswasher table.  They will be installed shortly.  The Sacristy is basically complete.

The restrooms are finished.

Wood paneling being installed in new Parish Hall

Wood paneling being installed in new Parish Hall

All doors and hardware have been installed.  The contractor is installing the wood paneling in the Parish Hall and this should take another week.  The ceiling contractor is installing the ceiling tile in the Parish Hall.  All other ceilings are complete.   Painting has been completed with the exception of minor touchup. 

We are still waiting for the new brick to be delivered.  We new brick should  be delivered this week.   The bronze paneling and trim on the exterior should be delivered next week.  The metal paneling on the roof screen will be with that shipment.

The resurfacing and stripping of the parking lot will be one of the last things to be completed.

Weldon L. Fate, Building Chairman

Building Update April 4, 2013

Now that spring is finally here, we can concentrate on the site work.  The excavator will be spreading topsoil and finish grading around the site as it dries.  The landscape and lawn irrigation contracors will be working in the near future.   The mason will finish installation of the brick pavers in the Apostle’s Garden.  Handicap signs and concrete bumpers will be placed at the handicap stalls of the parking lot.

The parking lot will be resurfaced and striped at the end of the project.  We are waiting for delivery of the brick to finish the kitchen walls.

Sacristy countertopThe contractor is installing countertops in the bathrooms and Sacristy.  Installation of the wood paneling in the Parish Hall will start next week.  Doors and hardware will be installed also next week.  The east vestibule entry doors will be automatically operated.  Painting continues throughout the project. The ceiling contractor and electricians continue to work on the project.  The plumbing work is complete.

The contractor, Jack Dutra (thank you Jack) and I picked up the kitchen equipment that we had in storage and delivered it to the project last week. We have closed the storage unit.  I would also like to thank Chuc Barnes for his help as he and I put together the portable metal shelving in the pantry.

Weldon Fate, Building Chairman

(To see more photos, go to our Facebook page – St. Thomas Episcopal OP, click on Photos/Albums/St. Thomas Under Construction.)

Building Update March 28, 2013

We are getting close to completion.  The latest snowfall will delay the cleanup and final grading of the site.  The landscape contractor and the irrigation contractor will begin work in April when the weather will be more cooperative.

The wood doors and door hardware will be delivered this week and installation of the doors will begin next week.  The paneling for the Parish Hall will be installed next week.  The remainder of the countertops and casework will be installed next week.  The carpenters  have installed the wood base in the Narthex and carpet will be installed this week.  The aluminum entrances are complete in the Narthex and the temporary door into the Office Area has been removed.  The broken window in the Parish Hall has been replaced.

The ceiling contractor is installing ceiling tiles throughout the project.  The sprinkler contractor is testing the sprinkler pipe system for any leaks and will install sprinkler heads this week.  The electrical contractor is installing light fixtures throughout the project.  Final painting and cleanup will take place next week.

The brick to finish the project has been made and is available for delivery when the weather clears.  The brick on the Antioch side will be completed as soon as weather allows.  The contractor will apply to the City of Overland Park for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy in the next few weeks.  We will be ready for the Bishop’s visit in May.


Francis Ames & Maryanna take a break from stuffing Easter bulletins

Francis Ames & Maryanna Nerney take a break from stuffing Easter bulletins.  Barbara Adam brought cookie bars for all the workers!

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Carpet being laid in Narthex on Thursday.

Construction Update – March 24, 2013

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New doors and window installed at south entrance.

     We are almost there.  A few more weeks and our dream will be a reality.  In my opinion, our contractor, A. L. Huber and Bill Draney, their superintendent, have done an outstanding job.
     In the toilet rooms, fixtures, countertops and toilet partitions have been installed.  All that remains are the mirrors to complete these areas.  In the kitchen, the floors are finished and ceilings have been installed.  All the walls are covered with FRP plastic wall coverings or stainless steel (which is behind the stoves)  The sinks have been installed.  The kitchen equipment should be delivered this week.
     The Narthex floor has been leveled and is ready for carpet.  The ceiling grid, lights and heating/air conditioning grills have been installed.   Both entrances to the Narthex are complete.  The wood trim has been installed and the walls are painted.  The last things to finish in this area will be the ceiling tile and carpet.
     The Sacristry is almost complete.  The ceiling gird is complete and the walls have been painted.  The cabinets should be installed next week.  The doors and carpet will be the final finishes.
     The Parish Hall floor has been polished and looks great.  The ceiling grid is almost complete and light fixtures will be installed next week.  The wood paneling is scheduled to arrive next week and will be put in place.  The walls above the paneling have been painted.  Wood doors for the entire project are scheduled to arrive next week.
     The Plumbers, Electricians and Fire Protection Contractors are working throughout the project and should wind up their work in the next two weeks.  The Painters are working throughout the building and will finish very soon.  The last major work will be carpeting which should take place in the next few weeks.
     On the exterior, the grading contractor has begun to final grade the site to get ready for the Landscaping and Lawn Sprinkler work.  All sidewalks and curbs are complete.   A wood gate will be installed on the dumpster enclosure in the near future.  Plaster soffits at the top of the windows will be completed as the weather improves.  The sheet metal coping and facia over the doors will be finished in the next few weeks.  The mechanical screen on the Kitchen roof will be completed shortly.  The brick on the kitchen wall will be the final touch.  The brick is scheduled to be delivered around the first of the month.

Weldon Fate, Building Chairman

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Stainless steel sinks in new kitchen.

Construction Update March 13, 2013

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Progress on sidewalk reconstruction.

We are getting closer to the end of construction.  All sidewalks and curbs should be completed this week.  This will allow the contractor to clean up around the building and begin placing topsoil in the landscape areas.  They will be able to finish grade the site in preparation for topsoil, sodding, seeding and landscaping.

The sidewalk to the Narthex from the main parking lot is complete and the last pair of vestibule doors will be installed.  The contractor has started to install millwork around the door frames in the Narthex and kitchen.   The sanding of the sheet rock has been completed and the walls are ready for finishing.

In the kitchen, the sinks have been delivered and are being installed.  The FRP wall coverings are completed.  The stainless steel wall covering behind the stoves has been installed.

In the Parish Hall,  the floor polishing should be completed and ready for sealer.  Acoustical ceiling work has begun and light fixtures will follow the ceilings.  They are starting to install wood trim in the Parish Hall.

Plumbing fixtures are being installed in the restrooms and kitchen.  Painting is proceeding throughout the building.  Doors amd hardware will be installed shortly.       

Weldon Fate, Building Chairman


Construction Update March 6, 2013

With the snow piled three feet high, there is not much going on outside.  The contractor will pour the remaining sidewalks and curbs when the snow melts.

On the inside, the tapers are finishing the Sacristy and painters have started painting there.  This will allow the contractor to clean up a lot of the mess in that area.  Acoustical ceilings will follow the painting.  They will then install the cabinets and doors.

The drywall contractor has completed all drywall and is almost finished with the taping in the Parish Hall.  The vestibules in the Narthex should be finished next week.  All metal doors have been delivered and are being installed.  The wood doors for the Parish Hall and Sacristy will be delivered in the next few weeks.  The bathrooms and pantries have floor tile and have been painted.  Plumbing fixtures will be installed in the restrooms this next week.  In the kitchen, FRP (plastic wall covering) is being applied.  The quarry floor tile in the kitchen and pantries is complete.  Sinks and sink compartments will be installed in the kitchen this week.

The main sidewalk to the existing entrance of the church will be demolished and redone March 11-13.  During this time, please use the Assembly Room door to enter the building.

The sodding, seeding and landscaping will be about the last thing to be done.

Weldon Fate, Building Chairman


Construction Update March 1, 2013

Looking into new sacristy from existing.

Looking into new Sacristy from existing.

The latest snow storms have prevented the Contractor from completing the sidewalks and curbs.  As soon as the snow melts, they will finish the remaining walks and curbs. 

The Junior Warden has been getting bids from Landscape Contractors to install our site watering system.  This work will be done later in the spring in conjunction with the sodding, seeding and landscaping.  As soon as the weather clears the site will be cleaned up and graded ready for sod and seed.

The Drywall Contractor will finish the sheet rock work in the Parish Hall this week and will begin taping the Parish Hall and Narthex.  They are presently taping in the Sacristry and will finish that work this week.  This will allow the painting and acoustical ceiling work to start.

The tapers will start working in the Parish Hall this week and should be finished in about one week

The tile installers will finish the kitchen floor this week.  The windows in the Narthex will be completed as the weather allows.

Everything is starting to come together. 

Weldon Fate – Building Chairman 


Construction Update February 18, 2013

The sidewalks are presently being installed as weather allows. Some of the walks at the new Narthex entrance have been poured. The sidewalk at the present entrance will be poured the week of Feb. 25. We will have to use the entrance to the existing Parish Hall at that time. All curb work has been completed. When weather improves and the site has been cleaned up, the sodding and seeding will begin. The parking lot will be sealed and restriped in the early spring.

The temporary door between the existing and the new Sacristy has been installed. A new wood door will be installed at a later date. Sheetrock work is continuing in the Sacristy. The heating and air conditioning has been installed in this area..

The Glazing Contractor has started the windows in the Narthex. Aluminum doors for the entire project will ship next week and will be installed immediately. The sheetrock walls are installed in the Narthex and taping of all walls in the project should start next week.

The ceramic tile walls and floors in the restrooms are complete and the quarry tile floor in the Kitchen has been started.

Light fixtures are scheduled to arrive next month and will be installed then.

A new keying system has been ordered for the entire building (new and existing). New keys will be issued to those who need them at a later date. When the project is complete the office will advise when keys will be available.

Spring is coming and the weather should allow the Contractor to finish all work on schedule.

Weldon Fate, Building Chairman