St. Thomas Episcopal Church
The 14th Sunday after Pentecost
September 15, 2019
Today the altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in celebration of the marriage of Blair Charlotte Belling and Charles Edward Strickland.
WELCOME to St. Thomas! We are glad you are here. Please join us for coffee after the 9:30 a.m. service. If you would like more information about St. Thomas, please fill out the “Welcome” card found in the pews and place it in the collection plate.
A special welcome and thank you to Lucinda Ashby this morning. Lucinda serves as the Canon to the Ordinary in our Diocese of Idaho – which means, essentially, that she has served at Bishop Brian Thom’s right hand. We wish you well and a special St. Thomas congratulations, Lucinda, as you move to California to serve as the new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real!
The St. Thomas Adult Forum will not be held this morning following the 9:30 service.
As a courtesy to our new clergy and members would you please wear your nametags. If you are in need of one, contact Judi in the office.
ABC’s of the Episcopal Church! Why Bishops? Did divorce – or revolution – cause the Episcopal Church to form? Why do some people kneel while others stand? Have you always wanted to know more about the Episcopal Church, but were too embarrassed to ask? Join Rob Gieselmann and Kathleen Bean for a five-week adult class on the basics of the Episcopal Church and tradition. The class will include information on Scripture, the Eucharist, history, and church polity, and, for those interested, the class will lead to adult confirmation or reception when Bishop Brian Thom comes to St. Thomas at the end of October. Come to some or all of the classes! Sundays beginning September 22, 4-5pm.
Confirmation and Reception. Bishop Brian Thom makes his annual “visitation” to St. Thomas on October 27, both services. When the bishop comes, he will offer confirmation or reception to new members, both adults and youth. New members not previously Episcopalian, but having been baptized in most other protestant traditions, are invited to confirm their baptisms publicly in front of the bishop and congregation, while those who were baptized as Roman Catholic or Lutheran are invited to be “received” into the Episcopal Church by the Bishop. This celebratory ceremony will take place as part of the usual 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. If you are interested, please talk with our clergy, Rob Gieselmann or Kathleen Bean. You can prepare by attending the ABC’s class that begins September 22.
Every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. St. Thomas offers a brief, quiet service of prayers for healing, followed by an intimate Eucharist around the altar. Prayers are offered for all those on our prayer list, and those present may request anointing with sacred oil and prayers for themselves or someone they love. If you know someone who needs healing of body or soul, please invite them to come; and if you would like some mid-week spiritual refreshment, come pray with us. Your presence will be a blessing.
The St. Thomas Book Club continues to grow and thrive. Last winter and spring we were averaging 12-20 members attending the meetings. For several books we tried having two leaders instead of one, which produced some interesting conversations. No RSVP is required and new members are always welcome. All meetings begin at 1:30 pm in the parish hall. This fall the Book Club will discuss:
October 14: Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
November 11: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
December 9: Cookie Exchange, program TBD
Please direct questions to Laurie Ahern, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-850-3974.
WINTER TRAINING CLASS planned for 2019-20. Stephen Ministry is a group of trained compassionate parishioners available to help members of St. Thomas navigate through bumps in life that are giving them difficulty – from something as simple but troubling as loneliness, to something as profound as a frightening medical diagnosis. Stephen Ministers receive detailed initial and on-going training and are knowledgeable in a wide variety of community resources and in the skills of Christian compassion. If you would like to know more about being helped – confidentially – or about becoming a Stephen Minister you can talk to St. Thomas clergy (Rob and Kathleen) as well as any of the St. Thomas Stephen Ministers. They wear blue nametags on Sundays.
The next opportunity for baptisms is Sunday, November 3. If you or anyone you know would be interested in being baptized, please contact Rob or Kathleen to make an appointment.
Children & Youth
Today in YOUTH GROUP! We will play, get to know each other, talk about Youth Group goals for this school year, and look at todays Gospel reading. Join Sara Gorby at the Wooden Cross in the Narthex.
Today in SUNDAY SCHOOL, the K-2nd graders will be hearing the story of Abraham with Art Dahl and Margot Shuford. The B3 Group, 3rd-5th Graders are studying the Second Creation with DyDy Cleven. We will be gathering for Sunday School and Youth Group up by the Children’s Cross before the service. We look forward to celebrating our first back to Sunday School with your children.
FAMILY MINISTRIES POTLUCK FELLOWSHIP
When: Sunday, September 29th
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where; Hickey’s Home in East Fork
Bring: Salad, Side Dish, or Dessert to share, your own outdoor chairs and beverage of your choice
RSVP: Bulletin Board Sign Up, Liz or Sara
Kickball games will ensue!
St. Thomas Playhouse
Tickets are now available online for “Fiddler on the Roof.” Performances are:
Thursday, Sept. 19 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 20 7:00 p.m. with special donor reception at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22 2:00 p.m. only.
HOSPICE is a “special way of caring” for people in our community who are terminally ill or bereaved. Our services are offered through the dedicated efforts of trained volunteers, professional staff, and the support of the community. The Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley is preparing for the fall training of new volunteers. For more information, please call Lisa or Criss at 208-726-8464.
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