St. Thomas Episcopal Church
The First Sunday in Lent
February 18, 2017
The season of Lent lasts for forty days (February 14-March 31) and culminates in the celebration of Easter. Lent is marked by “self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word.”
Baptism will be offered at the Easter Vigil on March 31 for those who are interested. Please sign up with Father Ken.
Today we welcome the Rev. Lea Colvill, Priest-in-charge at Emmanuel Church in Hailey, as our guest preacher. Father Ken celebrates today.
Following services today, St. Thomas Forum will continue the two part series entitled “Give Me Your Tired and Poor: U.S. Immigration Policy”. In these sessions we examine U.S. Immigration policy as well as how we are called to welcome the foreigner. In this session we will examine how we a called to respond to the issues raised by immigration and refugees. The session will be in Classroom 1. These sessions are in cooperation with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Big Idea Project “This Land is Whose Land” examining immigration and refugees. St. Thomas is a sponsor of this project and the complete schedule of events is available in the Narthex. All are welcome.
The Church office is closed on Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day.
The Stephen Ministry Training for the Month of February commences on Monday February 5. During the four weeks of the month the following topics will be covered: Grief, Depression, Helping Suicidal Persons, and when and how to Close a Caring Relationship.
Sacred Space, a special Sunday evening service held during ski season, continues tonight at 5:30 p.m. This service is quiet, informal, and includes poetry selected by Father Bill Harper and a lectio divina (divine reading) approach to the readings. We hope you will visit this service at least once so you can share it with others. If you’d like to sing or play an instrument for that service, please speak with Joel Bejot.
St. Thomas Book Club, 1:30 p.m., second Monday of each month. Call or email Laurie Ahern with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-850-3974.
March 12: We Are The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
April 9: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kellie Estes
May 14: News of the World by Pauline Jiles
June 4: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
September 10: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
A heartfelt “Thank You” for all the good wishes, prayers and the beautiful card to encourage me during my knee replacement. ~ Red Bloedel
Children & Youth
Confirmation classes for youth in grades 8-12 begin on February 26 and continue until May 21 (with occasional breaks). Please sign up with Sara Gorby.
Sunday School – The story of Jesus Visits Mary and Martha will be shared by Rachel Brannon in a combination class format. Followed by an activity to reflect on the story.
IN YOUTH GROUP….We are exploring “FAITH: A Practice.” This is a new curriculum that we are building ourselves! Thank you Page, Sara Pettit and JoEllen Collins for thoughtful contributions to our new adventure. Through Lent, we will explore our FAITH by practicing meditation, prayer, healthy eating, mental health check ins, and self-care. The Goal it two-fold. One, to feel more in touch with ourselves as we explore our relationship with our faith and Jesus Christ. Two, to learn what truly renews us and helps us carry on from day to day and practice those forms of renewal in a purposeful way.
February 18th: Self-Care/Our Bodies ~ Smoothies & Bolitas (health protein balls)
February 25th: Self-Care/Our Minds ~ Meditation & Literature
March 4th: Self-Care/Our Spirits (Hearts) ~ Christian Yoga/Prayer
March 11th: Self-Care/Mental Health Check Ins ~ How do we know when we need a break?
At 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 25th, St. Thomas Playhouse will present the final performance of it’s Children’s Theater Tour production of “Stellaluna.” Stick around after the service to see this 30 minute performance that has been performed for nearly every child in the Wood River Valley.
Amanda, Jean, Hank, Ryan, Loring, Jeff, Sierra, Dick, John, Corethia, Jean Marie, Betty, Jenny, Tara, Jim, Devon, Norma, Deb, Marie Therese, Ann, Lauren, Sara, Ed, Alexander, Jane, Tom, Alison, Stormi, Cathy, Sherry, Annie, Chuck, Petra, Amelia, Delicia, Barbara, Bob, Craig, Lee, Julie, John, Dick, Patti, Cece, Toni, Red, Lisa, Stephanie, Ellen, Robert, Mary Anne, Sam, Peggy, Chad, Mary, Isabelle, Kim, Susie, Bob, Stephanie, Jenny, Christian, Bob, and Elise.