St. Thomas Episcopal Church
6th Sunday of Easter
May 21, 2017
On May 19 and 20, the vestry met with ERIN WEBER-JOHNSON, our consultant from the Episcopal Church Foundation, to continue the strategic thinking process that began in November. Based on the parish-wide surveys and meetings this winter, the vestry was able to clarify core values, create a strategic filter for future decision-making, and articulate priorities for the coming year. Today at 11:00 a.m., Erin will meet with the entire parish to share the results of our work together and suggest next steps. All members are encouraged to attend.
A great BIG THANKS to all who represented St. Thomas in the spring Highway Clean-up Day. Let’s hope that the St. Thomas/Emmanuel section of the highway sets the standard of care for our surroundings. Your work does not go unnoticed!
We regret to inform you that PAIGE MERCER, a part-time member of St. Thomas Church, died on Tuesday, May 16, from surgical complications arising from Multiple Myeloma. Paige was on our prayer list for some time and lovingly cared for by many of you. A card for her husband, Chuck, will be circulated during coffee hour. Although the principal service will be held on the east coast, we will let you know if there is another service in Sun Valley this summer.
There is a special ASCENSION DAY EUCHARIST on Thursday, May 25, at 12:00 P.M. (in lieu of Bible Study). Ascension Day is one of the principal feasts in the church; the choir will sing. Please join us!
On Sunday, May 28, THE REV. LEA COLVILL, the Priest-in-Charge at Emmanuel Church in Hailey, will preach and celebrate at both services at St. Thomas; Father Ken will serve as Deacon. This is a nice opportunity for St. Thomas to get to know Mother Lea.
On Monday, May 29 – Friday, June 2, FATHER KEN will be attending a reunion with his seminary small group in Montana; Mother Lea will serve as the emergency pastoral contact. If you need pastoral assistance during that time, please call Judi Fuller (208-726-5349) or Maryanne Whitcomb (208-725-4990 or 360-481-3492), and one of them will contact Mother Lea if appropriate.
PENTECOST SUNDAY is June 3. This is a major feast in the life of the church and an ideal time for Holy Baptism. If you or a loved one would like to be baptized on this day, please contact Father Ken by May 22. The next opportunity for Baptism will be Sunday, June 25.
On Monday, June 5, at 5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., there will be a follow up meeting for all those who took the SPIRITUAL GIFTS Course in Lent. We will be looking at ways to practice your spiritual gifts at St. Thomas; please RSVP to Maryanne Whitcomb at email@example.com. Also, we are planning to offer the Spiritual Gifts course again on July 10, 17, 24, 31, and August 28 from 1:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Please contact Maryanne or sign up in the church office if you are interested.
Preparation for the summer issue of The Lift will begin on Monday, May 22. If you have an article that you would like to include in that issue along with any photos, please submit them to Judi Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4:00 p.m. on that day. Thank you.
Safeguarding God’s Children: Sexual Abuse Prevention Training will be offered Saturday, June 3, 9:00-12:30 in the St. Thomas Church Parish Hall. This training is mandatory for all Sunday School teachers, Youth Group mentors, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, Nursery Care Workers, Volunteers who work with children and youth in the church on a regular basis and St. Thomas Playhouse staff/faculty 16 years and older. Please sign up with Sara Gorby at: email@example.com
A big thank you to everyone who participated in the chime/bell choir this past school year. Starting something from the ground up isn’t easy, but we learned a lot this year! We are fortunate to have the bells from the cathedral, and I’m excited to see what next year holds! – Joel Bejot
Evensong returns after its winter slumber next Sunday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m. Wayne Schmidt will officiate.
THOMAS BOOK CLUB meets the second Monday of each month, 1:30 p.m. in the church basement. All are welcome. Any questions can be directed to Laurie Ahern, 206-850-3974, firstname.lastname@example.org. June 12: Still Life by Louise Penny.
Children and Youth
This week we as a parish will be celebrating students who are moving into a new faith formation class next year. All current 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 8th graders will be prayed for and given a token to mark the occasion. This Rite of Passage will take place during the 9:30 am service. There will be no Sunday School this week.
Today all youth will remain in the service for Rites of Passage. We especially want to welcome 5th graders and 8th graders to Middle School and High School Youth Group. We have two more Sundays of Youth Group and we hope you can come visit us on May 28 or June 4! If you have any questions about Youth Group you may talk to Sara Gorby.
Tickets for STP’s Summer Theater Project production of Godspell go on sale June 1st. The show runs June 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. nightly at The Community School Theater.
Amanda, Jean, Hank, Janice, Dorothy, Ryan, Cyndi, Lois, Joan, Shirley, Loring, Jeff, Sierra, Dick, Cookie, John, Corethia, Jean Marie, Betty, Jenny, Charlie, Tara, Jim, Devon, Helen, Norma, Laila, Deb, Sara, Jacki, Marie Therese, Ann, Dave, Stephen, Lauren, Ed, Alexander, Jane, Sandie, Patrick, Tom, Alison, Stormi, Fred, Cathy, Sherry, Judy, Sandi, Jesse, Eric, Austin, Will, Sally, Annie, Paige, Jesse, and Ingrid.