St. Thomas Episcopal Church
May 20, 2018
What a wonderful day! Today, the Bishop of Idaho visits, we celebrate Pentecost, we baptize five candidates, and we confirm six candidates. Bishop Brian and his wife, Ardele, will also join us for coffee hour.
Next Sunday, Father Ken will be visiting his parents in Arizona. Mother Lea Colvill will preach and preside at both services. From May 28-June 1 he will be having a reunion with his seminary small group in Montana. He will return in time for the Safeguarding training on June 2.
The deadline for “The Lift” articles is Tuesday, May 22.
The Vestry meets Wednesday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m.
If you haven’t done so yet, please get your Haiti sponsorships in to the office. Make checks payable to St. Thomas Church and put H.M.P. Sponsorship in the memo line.
The five-week course entitled, “Discovering God’s Vision for your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts”, written by Stephen Minister program author, Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk, is being offered once again at St. Thomas. Classes will be held on Monday evenings, June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 9 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Interested students! Please see Judi in the office to pick up a fully descriptive brochure and make arrangements to sign-up for the class. A registration fee of $20 covers the cost of the materials, and attendees are urged to plan to attend all five sessions.
GREEN TEAM: Glass is not recycled in Blaine County. HOWEVER, instead of being transported with the rest of our garbage to the Milner Butte Landfill (100+miles away), it is diverted into an inert pit at Ohio Gulch, where it is used as fill for construction waste. Here, it breaks down, does not take up valuable landfill space, and reduces transport emissions. Please divert your glass to one of the drop off locations.
WAYNE SCHMIDT, our candidate for Holy Orders, graduated from seminary on May 18. Congratulations! At the appropriate time the Bishop will invite him to apply for holy orders (diaconate first, then priesthood). Since we sponsored Wayne in the process, we can expect him to ultimately find work in another setting. Wayne will preach at both services on June 3.
Safeguarding God’s Children: Sexual Abuse Prevention Training will be offered Saturday, June 2, 9:00-12:30 in the 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, email@example.com.
The Rector’s Bible Study will be taking a break from May 10-31, resuming on June 7.
St. Thomas Book Club, 1:30 p.m., second Monday of most months. Call or email Laurie Ahern with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-850-3974. June 4: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly; September 10: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
GRAND DAYS OF SUMMER – June 10-August 19! Grandparents and friends of St. Thomas, would you like to share your passion or talent with our Sunday School children during the summer months? Do we have the opportunity for you! Ideas include: gardening, hiking, baking, cooking, hospitality, art, crafts, storytelling, or treasure hunting, just about anything you can image. We will find away to explore these passions with our young parishioners and connect them to our life of faith. Sign up with Sara Gorby during coffee hour or call the office (208) 726-5349 ext. 16.
Children & Youth
Today in Sunday School – Pentecost is the theme! The older children continue with Knowing Jesus in a New Way (donated by Nancy Cord, Becky Smith, and Karen Robideaux), taught today by Courtney Loving and Calista Carter. Rachel Brannon is teaching The Mystery of Pentecost to the younger children, assisted by Pamela Irby.
Today all youth will remain in the service to hear Bishop Brian’s sermon, celebrate confirmations, and observe the baptisms. Next week we will wrap up our Storytelling reflections in our SmashBook Journals.
Summer Sunday School & Youth Group at St. Thomas!
Grand Days of Summer in Sunday School will kick off on June 10th. Don’t miss these fun Sundays exploring the passions and gifts of our awesome parishioners.
¨ We will also walk the Labyrinth together.
¨ Water Works Day (water flight, slide, and other water activities) in July.
¨ Parish Picnic in August.
¨ Wagon Days on September (Saturday of Labor Day Weekend).
So, watch for the Lift Newsletter and the bulletin to learn more.
Amanda, Jean, Hank, Ryan, Loring, Jeff, Sierra, Dick, John, Corethia, Jean Marie, Betty, Tara, Jim, Devon, Norma, Deb, Ann, Lauren, Sara, Ed, Alexander, Jane, Tom, Alison, Stormi, Cathy, Sherry, Annie, Chuck, Petra, Amelia, Delicia, Barbara, Bob, Craig, Lee, Julie, John, Dick, Cece, Lisa, Ellen, Robert, Mary Anne, Sam, Peggy, Chad, Mary, Isabelle, Susie, Bob, Stephanie, Jenny, Christian, Elise, Bleeker, Inge-Lisa, Leighton, Lucy, Nancy, Carol, Trisha, Patrick, Buff, Jima, Fuller, and Lori.
St. Thomas Playhouse Summer Camp Registration is open!
online registration at www.stthomasplayhouse.org
Camps include: Company B (June) Dr. Dolittle, Jr. SPACC Company B (August) Disney’s Little Mermaid, Jr.
Company B: Ages: 4 years old-8th grade
Financial Assistance Available! Please contact Sara Gorby to register for camp and apply at email@example.com or call the church office (208) 726-5349 ext. 16.
Sun Valley Institute – Our next Discover the Vision events will be this coming Monday, May 21, 1pm – 2pm and Thursday, June 7, 11am – 12 Noon. This succinct, one-hour “tour” of our mission will educate and inspire you with facts and stories about the work of the Sun Valley Institute. Learn about the projects and people involved in helping our community become more resilient in Energy, Food, and Land Use. Please RSVP by calling 208-928-7873 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org