St. Thomas Episcopal Church
The Second Sunday of Advent
December 10, 2017
Adult Education: Following services today the committee charged with implementing Core Value 2 of the Strategic Thinking process will present a session on Pastoral Care at St. Thomas. Core Value 2 is “Welcome, inclusion, and ongoing care of one another.” The session will explore questions such as: What is pastoral care exactly? Who provides it at St. Thomas? Who receives it? Our goal is to clarify the roles of the Pastoral Care Team, the Stephen Ministry Team, and the Eucharistic Visitor Team. Your input is important, so please try to attend.
Please return your gifts for the Giving Tree by Wednesday, December 13th. We recommend using Amazon if you feel you can not get item locally or if you are not headed to Twin or Boise. We also have food gift cards on the tree this year! You may also give money toward the food gift cards. Questions? Contact Sara Gorby in the church office. Thank you!
We invite you to share in the peaceful and quiet spirit of TAIZE SERVICES, through prayer together. The last services in December will be held on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. on December 13 and 20. Services will commence after the holidays on Wednesday January 3 and will continue through February 7.
Envelopes are available on the entry credenza for donations for the Christmas decorations. You may make donations in memory of or thanksgiving for someone or something which will be published in the Christmas Eve Day service booklets.
Choral Evensong in honor our patron saint, Thomas, will be held next Sunday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m.
The Stephen Ministers will convene on December 11 and 18 to study: “Assertiveness: Relating Gently and Firmly” (2 modules). The group will reconvene on January 8, after a two-week break for the Christmas Holidays.
We would like everyone to know that if you are purchasing gifts for Christmas or otherwise you can help donate 0.5% of what you purchase to Haiti Micah Project. Just go to smile.amazon.com and choose Haiti Micah Project as your charity of choice. You shop and Amazon gives! ~ Dydy Cleven, Co-chair HART
St. Thomas Book Club , 1:30 pm, second Monday of each month. Call or email Laurie Ahern with any questions: email@example.com or 206-850-3974. December 11: Cookie exchange and sharing of favorite poem
January 8: “Me Before You” by Jo Jo Moyes
February 12: “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles
Enrolling for Baptism: The next regular opportunity for baptism is Sunday, January 7, at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Bill Harper will preach and preside.
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS will go up on Saturday, December 23. If you would like to help, contact Betsy Ashton, Chair of the Flower Guild at 208-726-7611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On December 24, we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent at 9:30 a.m. without music or choir. There will be no 8:00 a.m. service that day. Christmas Eve services will be celebrated at 2:00, 4:00, 8:00, and 11:00 p.m. There are no services at St. Thomas on Monday, Christmas Day.
Children & Youth
The tags flew off the GIVING TREE! Thank you all so much for your generosity. Please return gifts with tags attached by Wednesday, December 13th. Questions, contact Sara Gorby (208) 726-5349 or email@example.com. Would you like to deliver gifts to one of our families? We need 4 people to deliver, Bellevue to north of town.
Godly Play (Pre-K-1st Grade): We will hear the stories of Advent I & II! Our focus is on the Mystery of Christmas. These stories include the The Prophets foretelling of Jesus’ birth and The Holy Family. Helen Morgus is our storyteller and Sheila Witmer is our door person.
Building Faith Brick by Brick (2nd & 3rd Grade): We will learn about Mary & Elizabeth both being pregnant with special babies. Kathleen Schwartzenberger is our teacher today.
Weaving God’s Promises (4th & 5th Grade): This week Angels Come to Mary & Joseph! Courtney Loving will teach about this special story.
Middle School Youth Group: We will explore the ART OF SERVING OTHERS: What does mission mean, what are we called to do, and how do we do it? What does the Jesus have to say?
SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, January 6th Epiphany Service & Celebration 5:30 p.m. Dr. Stephen Pauley will set up his telescope and share his knowledge of the night sky. Where is the star of Bethlehem that the Kings followed?
Following the service, Middle School & High School LOCK IN. Stay the night in the church! We will have dinner, activities, compline, and watch a movie. Sign up with Sara Gorby for the LOCK IN.
Nativity Pageant Sign Ups Open! We will have our annual Nativity Pageants at the 2:00 and 4:00 services on Christmas Eve! We need all the characters (Pre-K-5th grade) and narrators (5th grade-12th grade). There is a Nativity rehearsal and costume fitting on Thursday, December 21st, 2:00-3:30 for the 2:00 Nativity Pageant and 4:00-5:30 for the 4:00 Nativity Pageant. Sign up on the clipboard upstairs or downstairs on the bulletin board. You may contact Sara Gorby to sign up, firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 726-5349 ext. 16.
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