St. Thomas Episcopal Church
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 20, 2017
We welcome Fr. Bill Harper today as our visiting priest. He will also fill in on September 3 (Wagon Days weekend) when Fr. Ken is in Houston, officiating at his niece’s wedding.
Enjoy the solar eclipse tomorrow! To learn more, visit eclipse2017.nasa.gov. Conditions permitting, the church office will open at 1:00 p.m.
Thank you to all those who submitted applications to become Stephen Ministers. We are holding interviews in August and will begin training in late September or early October.
Following services on today, Jima Rice will lead a discussion on “What it means to be a Christian.” People have different ideas about what it means to be a Christian, both “formally” and “personally.” We have also recently learned from Irwin Sentilles that the Gospels teach us that the essence of Christianity is love: to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our discussion will cover: Do you think of yourself as a Christian? Do the materials for the class offer any guidance for your thinking? What does “being a Christian” mean to you? Are you public about being a Christian? How do you express your beliefs to others?
Eucharistic Visitors are available to bring Communion to those who are not able to attend church for medical necessity. If you or a loved one would like to receive a visit from a Eucharistic Visitor, please call the church office at 208-726-5349.
One of the best ways to tell that our congregation cares is by our commitment to Stephen Ministry. This is an important way that we express God’s love to those around us. The first training class for Stephen Ministers is beginning at St. Thomas in early Fall. If you think that you may be being called towards this ministry, please contact Fr. Ken or Helen Morgus, Stephen Leader Training Coordinator. Deadline for applications is today!
Helen Morgus email@example.com 720-3598
Fr. Ken firstname.lastname@example.org 726-5349 ext. 11
St. Thomas Book Club is starting up its year with our first meeting on September 11th, 1:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Following is the full schedule for the fall:
September 11: Into the Magic Shop written by James Doty
October 9: Winter Wheat written by Mildred Walker
November 13: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
December 11: Cookie Exchange
All are welcome! Any questions: Laurie Ahern at email@example.com or 208-622-3939.
ACT Ministry is making preparations to present a Resolution at the 50th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho. Resolutions are important because they raise awareness within the Episcopal Church at large to worthy causes. It is through this process of presenting and voting on Resolutions at Convention that the Church develops its priorities and designates its resources. This Resolution is titled: “Partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem to Support the Persecuted Church in The Middle East.” The Diocese of Jerusalem encompasses Israel, Jordon, Lebanon and Syria. It oversees 29 parishes, 14 schools, 2 hospitals and over 30 other clinics and institutions designed to provide relief and reconciliation in a desperate war-torn region. Please join us on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2:00 in the Fireside room. We are an informal, but serious, group focused on education, advocacy, partnering, engagement and prayer for the victims of persecution.
Due to the eclipse, the Deadline for The Lift articles has been extended to Tuesday, August 22.
Evensong is next week, Sunday, August 27, at 5:30 p.m. Bishop Brian Thom will officiate. Come pray and sing with us!
The handbell ensemble is starting up again, on Tuesday, September 5, at noon, and this time with real bells! For more information, please speak with Joel Bejot.
The RSCM choir offers free vocal training for the children of the valley. If you know someone who might be interested, please speak with Joel Bejot. Rehearsals begin Monday, September 25, at 4:00 p.m.
Backup supplies for coffee hour have run low in the freezer! If you would like to purchase or make coffee cakes, muffins, or any morning treat, we would love to rebuild the supply.
Education for Ministry (EfM) – Cultural history of the Biblical period, the Jewish Bible and the New Testament, church history and current theology and how do these affect you; discuss this all with your new best friends and look at the world in a new way. This is a study for lay Christians led by lay women or laymen. Meeting once a week (time and day to be determined) and preparing by reading books and discussion guides provided by The University of the South seminary, the program consists of four years of work from September to May. Sign up for one year at a time and you can take a break and rejoin later if you feel you need to. Ask any EfM graduate about their experience or contact Linda Bergerson, 208-726-4846 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children & Youth
In Sunday School today, children are invited downstairs after the Gospel reading. Today’s “grand” is Christy Thompson who will lead the children in discussing and writing the Prayers of the People. All will return in time for Communion.
Wagon Days Youth Group Fundraiser! Join St. Thomas Parishioners for the best seat on the parade route and support St. Thomas Youth Group. Reserve your seat with Sara Gorby: email@example.com,208) 726-5349 ext. 16, or at coffee hour on Sundays. Seats are $10 each.
Parade Details: Saturday, September 2nd. Seating starts at 11:30. Parade begins at 1:00. Chili, hot dogs, ice tea, lemonade, and sweet treats will be available for purchase.
Save the Date: Sunday School and Youth Group kickoff and Ministry Fair is Sunday, September 10.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hailey is holding a Street Dance and Summer Potluck on Sunday, August 27 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. $10 per person, $15 per couple. Bring a substantial favorite dish to share. Lemonade and tea are supplied. For more information call 208-788-3547.
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