St. Thomas Episcopal Church
First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Baptism of Our Lord
January 13, 2019
Today we welcome the Rev. Neal Collins, a retired ELCA pastor and friend of the parish, as our preacher.
Joel Bejot is in Nebraska attending the funeral for his grandfather, Francis. Joel will be back in time for choir rehearsals on Tuesday evening.
SACRED SPACE, a special Sunday evening Eucharist, will begin tonight at 5:30 p.m. and continue through March 17 (excluding February 3).
Following services today St. Thomas Forum will conclude a two part series on “The History of Religion and Politics.” In 1858 Abraham Lincoln, in his classic “House Divided” speech, said, “If we could first know where we are and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do and how to do it.” We will review some of the major events of U.S. history and how various religious groups and peoples have been represented or not in this history. All are welcome.
The Nominating Committee, with Vestry consent, presents the following nominees for vestry (2019-2021) and delegate to diocesan convention (November 8-10, 2019). The election will be held during the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 27, immediately following the 9:30 a.m. service. According to parish bylaws, “Every baptized person not less than 16 years of age who has been enrolled in the parish register for the three months preceding the annual parish meeting and has been a regular communicant of the parish shall be a voting member of the parish and may vote at parish meetings.”
For Vestry (term to be 2019-2022): Thomas Benson, Alison Burpee, Rebecca Waycott
For Delegates to the 2019 Diocesan Convention: Tom Archie, Liz Hickey, Andy Kerstetter, Jima Rice, Sabrina Roblin, Mardi Shepard
For alternate delegates to Convention: Todd Stewart, Connie Hoffman, Meredith Skillman, Linda Bergerson
All of these candidates have agreed to be nominated; nominations may also be made from the floor. Please join me in thanking the members of the Nominating Committee for their good work: Heather Black (Chair), Carter Hedberg Schmidt, Vickrie Cutler, Garry Pearson, and Georgia Stewart.
I will also announce at the Annual Meeting that I have selected Georgia Stewart to serve as Senior Warden for the coming year. I am deeply grateful to Jon Thorson for his service as Senior Warden for the past two years. I am also grateful for Vickrie Cutler and Garry Pearson, who will be stepping down from the vestry after a three-year term, as well as Wally Morgus, who will be retiring as Treasurer. New vestry officers will be elected at the first vestry meeting in February. – Fr. Ken
Father Ken will be away from January 16-21, attending the walkabouts in Maine with Rachel. Fore more information about the walkabouts, visit http://bishopquest.episcopalmaine.org/candidate-walkabouts/.
The traditional Wednesday evening candlelight Taize Services at St. Thomas have resumed and will continue through January and February at 5:30 p.m. The Taize style of worship can often be found to serve as one way of letting Christ, through the Holy Spirit, pray in us.
St. Thomas Book Club has a great lineup of fiction and nonfiction for the start of 2019. Gatherings are in the Parish Hall beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of each month. All are welcome.
January 14: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
February 11: Little Soldiers by Leonora Chu
March 11: Angry Women Eating Bonbons by Lorna Landvik
April 8: TBD
May 13: Educated by Tara Westover
June 10: The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
Children & Youth
SUNDAY SCHOOL – Today is a very special day for us. One of our very own Sunday Schoolers, Eavan Brown, has decided to join our Godly Family and be baptized here at St. Thomas. We will be celebrating her journey and studying the meaning of Baptism under Art Dahl’s direction and Pam Irby’s help. Come celebrate with us!
Don’t forget the 3rd through 5th grade Sunday School Class will be meeting at the Sunday Valley Lodge Bowling Alley for Bowling TODAY from 3-5 pm.
Today in YOUTH GROUP we continue our 4-part Epiphany Series ~ “This Year I Will…”. Page Klune and Sara Gorby serve as mentors. Week 2: Family Bible: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-13
Bottom Line: This year, I will let my family know I love them and live out my faith in how I treat them.
POTLUCK SAVE-THE-DATE! Children, Youth and Family Ministries will Co-host a Potluck Dinner at Bev Boas’ home in Golden Eagle. Families are invited to bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert and your beverage of choice. Bev will be making Chicken Pot Pie! St. Thomas will provide all the paper goods. BRING BOARD GAMES and A FRIEND! February 10 – 5:00-7:00 p.m.
St. Thomas Playhouse
Save the date for the St. Thomas Playhouse Girlfriend Cabaret Lunch at the Limelight Hotel! Wednesday, February 6th, 11:30-2:00 p.m. Reserve your seat or table with Brett Moellenberg, (208) 726-5349 ext. 13.
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