St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 23, 2018
Welcome to St. Thomas! We are glad you are here – please wear a nametag so we can more easily greet one another. If you would like to learn more about St. Thomas Church, please fill out a visitor information card and place it in the offering plate. If you would like to speak with a priest, please call Father Ken at 208-726-5349 ext. 11.
ADULT ED: As a part of our Season of Creation we will now be showing “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” at 11:00 a.m. this morning. This film shows people from all walks of life coming to work with experts, learning climate science, and gaining leadership skills. You will see what went on behind the scenes of the Paris Accord. It runs 99 minutes, so the Green Team will be providing POPCORN!
“Spiritual Resilience”: A Day of Retreat at St. Thomas – Registration for the retreat with Kathleen Bean on Saturday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. is now closed. For those who signed up, please bring $20 to the retreat if you haven’t paid already.
The Rector-Vestry leadership team has appointed Claudia McCain to complete the remainder of Rae DeVito’s term (January, 2020) who resigned in July. Thank you, Rae, and welcome, Claudia! – Fr. Ken
The Vestry meets this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome.
GREEN TEAM: This week in The Season of Creation we are focusing on the mountains.
Stephen Ministry – Reminder to all considering Stephen Ministry Training this Fall and Winter – applications are still available from Judi in the church office. Also, Fr. Ken welcomes your inquiries, as does Helen Morgus, Training Coordinator, at 208-720-3598 or email@example.com. Deadline for receipt of applications is September 30, 2018.
The Parish RSCM program is underway! There are two classes this year – grades K-3 (Mondays at 3:30), and grades 4-8 (Mondays at 4:15). If you have a child or grandchild in K-8th grade who likes to sing, and would benefit from instruction in vocal production, musical skills, and liturgy, please speak with Joel Bejot.
Next Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. service, we will celebrate the baptism of Jack Strong, son of Sean and Cody Strong. All are welcome.
The last performance of “Seussical the Musical” will be held today at 2:00 p.m. at the Community School. Tickets can be purchased at www.stthomasplayhouse.org.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS is Sunday, September 30, at 12:00 noon. Bring your pet for a blessing as we honor the example of St. Francis.
St. Thomas Book Club is gearing up for another year. Meetings are the second Monday of the month, 1:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall. All are welcome. Questions: Laurie Ahern 208-622-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is our fall lineup:
October 8 – “In the Great Alone” by Kristen Hannah
November 12 – “My Dear Hamilton” by Stephanie Gray
Children & Youth
Today in Sunday School, the younger children (preK-2) will hear the story of “The Flood and the Ark” (donated by The Morgus family) told by Courtney Loving, with Alyson Witmer assisting. The older children (grades 3-5) will hear “The Story of Abraham” (donated by Cindy & John Burns), told by Rachel Webster.
Today in Youth Group, we will take close look at the Gospel reading, reflect in our SmashBook Journals, and pray together.
Sunday, October 21, Children, Youth, & Family Ministries will hold a Potluck Dinner at the Loving’s home, 99 West Channel Dr., East Fork. All are welcome. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share and beverage of your choice. RSVP to Sara Gorby.
Please join us for a new series “Sound Mind, Sound Spirit,” sponsored by St. Thomas Church and the Meier Clinics The first of a 3-part series will focus on “Boundaries as a Way of Life.” Discussions will be held October 17th, October 24th, and November 7th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the St. Thomas Parish Hall. Facilitated by: Lisa Day, RN., Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist with Meier Clinics and Alyson Witmer, Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Intern, Walden University. All are welcome.
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