St. Thomas Episcopal Church
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 18, 2017
This morning we welcome Joan Maxwell, author of “Soul Support: Spiritual Encounters at Life’s End – Memoir of a Hospital Chaplain,” who will be preaching at the 9:30 a.m. service and making a public presentation at the Community Library on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:00 p.m. Her book will be available for purchase at coffee hour. Don’t miss this special opportunity.
Following services on today, St. Thomas Forum will feature a discussion on “Refugees, Immigration and Otherness.” We will draw on the issues raised during our collaboration with the SVCA Big Idea project on “This Land is Whose Land.” We will consider such questions as, “Who are the other in our community,” “What does it mean to be the other,” and “How are we called as a Christian community to respond.” All are welcome – we meet today in Classroom 1.
The last service of Sacred Space will be held tonight at 5:30 p.m.
The Rev. Jesse Vaughan will be visiting St. Thomas Church from March 22 – April 1. He will be presiding on Palm Sunday and assisting with Holy Week and Easter services. Welcome back, Father Jesse!
From March 23-26, Father Ken will be accompanying two local students who are attending the March for Our Lives” student event in Washington, D.C. Please pray for greater safety in our schools and more effective responses to gun violence in our country.
Envelopes for EASTER FLOWER DONATIONS are available on the front entry table.
The Haiti Relief Team is looking for 3 intrepid travelers to accompany us (Doug Cleven, Dydy Cleven and Art Dahl) on a trip to Haiti to see the latest developments with the Haiti Micah Project and help serve the children of Mirebalais. We will travel 4/24 – 5/1. We will be traveling with Fr. Joseph Constant and 2 others from his parish in Virginia. If you would like to join us please let me know ASAP. Thanks Doug Cleven 208 720 8219.
Baptism will be offered at the Easter Vigil on March 31 at 8:00 p.m. for those who are interested. The next opportunity after that will be Sunday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. when the Bishop visits. Please speak with Father Ken.
Confirmation, Reception into the Episcopal Church, and reaffirmation of baptismal vows will be available when the Bishop visits on Sunday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. Please speak with Father Ken.
GREEN TEAM: One of the Episcopal Church’s “Five Marks of Mission” is “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
Stephen Ministry Training will be entering its final month of training on Monday, March 5. The topic of Peer Supervision will be covered in two important sessions followed by the topic of How to Plan the First Caring Visit. As of March 26 , the four Stephen Minister Leaders will have conducted 50 hours of training with the four Stephen Ministers: Rebecca Waycott, Sabrina Roblin, Don Liebich, and Georgia Stewart. Commissioning is slated for Sunday, April 29, at 9:30 a.m.
The burial service for Toni Breck will be on Wednesday, March 21, at 3:00 p.m. at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Father Ken will be assisting the Dean of the Cathedral.
Way of The Cross (Stations of the Cross) March 25th-March 30th
St. Thomas will have stations set up for a self-guided walk through the Stations of the Cross from Jesus being condemned to death to his being laid in the tomb. The Way of the Cross is appropriate for all ages. The self-guided stations will be open daily.
Palm Sunday Hours: 11:00-6:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 10:00-6:30 p.m.
Good Friday: 1:00-6:30 p.m.
There will be a booklet provided for you to pick up in the Narthex before you begin the stations.
St. Thomas Book Club, 1:30 p.m., second Monday of each month. Call or email Laurie Ahern with any questions: email@example.com or 206-850-3974.
April 9: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kellie Estes
May 14: News of the World by Pauline Jiles
June 4: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders September 10: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Children & Youth
EASTER CANDY DONATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED IN THE CHURCH OFFICE. No Nuts Please! Thank you for your donations.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: children will combine for a special Godly Play story, The Synagogue and the Upper Room (sponsored by Aubrey and Denny Pace in 2003). Our storyteller is Rachel Brannon and our door person is Katrina Cord.
YOUTH GROUP: We are exploring “FAITH: A Practice.” This is a new curriculum that we are building ourselves! Thank you Page, Sara Pettit and JoEllen Collins for thoughtful contributions to our new adventure. Through Lent, we will explore our FAITH by practicing meditation, prayer, healthy eating, mental health check ins, and self-care. The goal it two fold: One, to feel more in touch with ourselves as we explore our relationship with our faith and Jesus Christ and, two, to learn what truly renews us and helps us carry on from day to day and practice those forms of renewal in a purposeful way. TODAY’S TOPIC: Self/Care – Reflect in Smashbooks on our Lenten experience.
Easter for Children & Youth ~ April 1st, 10:00 a.m.
All children and youth are invited to flower the cross at the beginning of the service. Then join us downstairs for an Easter story and craft. We will join the parish for communion. After church, come out on the Labyrinth to ring a bell and receive a special treat from the Children, Youth, and Family Ministries!
Save the date! Company B and SPACC registration opens on April 4th at 10 a.m. for St. Thomas Playhouse. Check out www.stthomasplayhouse.org for more info!
Amanda, Jean, Hank, Ryan, Loring, Jeff, Sierra, Dick, John, Corethia, Jean Marie, Betty, Tara, Jim, Devon, Norma, Deb, Marie Therese, Ann, Lauren, Sara, Ed, Alexander, Jane, Tom, Alison, Stormi, Cathy, Sherry, Annie, Chuck, Petra, Amelia, Delicia, Barbara, Bob, Craig, Lee, Julie, John, Dick, Patti, Cece, Red, Lisa, Stephanie, Ellen, Robert, Mary Anne, Sam, Peggy, Chad, Mary, Isabelle, Susie, Bob, Stephanie, Jenny, Christian, Bob, Elise, Bleeker, and Inge-Lisa.