St. Thomas Episcopal Church
The 22th Sunday after Pentecost
November 10, 2019
WELCOME to St. Thomas! We are glad you are here. Please join us for coffee downstairs after the 9:30 a.m. service. If you would like more information about St. Thomas, please fill out the “Welcome” card found in the pews and place it in the collection plate and pick-up a welcome bag on the table near the front door.
The Search Committee needs your input! Today, following the 8:00 service, we will be holding a listening sessions in which we hope to hear from you, our congregation, on what you love about St. Thomas, what you’d like to see in a new rector/priest and what you feel needs attention. Can’t make it today? Other opportunities include: a morning session as well as an evening session in Hailey, a session after Book Club, and an evening session here at St. Thomas. Details are on the bulletin board down by the office, please take a look at the options and sign up!
Annual Giving Committee
What are the norms for pledging at St. Thomas?
The average (mean pledge at St. Thomas is just below $2,800. Typically, newer pledges are lower for any number of reasons, although many pledges are higher. The most common pledge as St. Thomas for 2019 is $1,200. The lowest annual pledge is $50 and the highest pledge is $25,000. Pledging varies widely and according to one’s ability, generosity, and circumstance.
Are there ways to give that will help with taxes?
Yes. You should consult with your accountant or tax advisor. However, all donations to a church are tax deductible. Also, if you donate appreciated stock, you may be able to deduct the value of the gift from your income on your federal taxes and be relieved of having to pay taxes on the capital gains. You may be able to give to the church and treat it as your required distribution from your IRA or 401(k), but again, you should consult with your tax advisor.
What if I die during the year?
Because your pledge is not legally binding, your estate will not be obligated to honor your pledge. If you want your estate to do so, you can include such an instruction in your will.
Who at the church sees my pledge?
Pledges are made on a semi-confidential basis. The only people who will know how much you have pledged are the church’s bookkeeper, the pledge chair, the rector, and the church administrator. Each of these people are duty bound to keep the amount of your pledge confidential.
SISTER JOYST is a gathering of women who have children at home or in college, and come together to share their lives each week with a few minutes of silence, peace, and real conversation. Confidential and compassionate, spiritual but not necessarily religious – all faith traditions welcome but none required. Coffee, yes! 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. – continuing on Wednesdays – Fireside Room downstairs at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
GREEN TEAM – 90 percent of the energy used by your washing machine goes to warming its water! Switch to a detergent formulated to work best in cold water.
Children & Youth
Today in SUNDAY SCHOOL the children hear about the prophet Ezekial with Art Dahl and Lisa Leach. Explore Ezekial’s tale and his journey in Jerusalem! Come gather by the Children’s Cross at the beginning of the 9:30 service.
Today in YOUTH GROUP we will look at Praying in Color! A wonderful way to focus on prayer in a creative way. Sara Pettit and Sara Gorby will guide youth through this approach to prayer.
Experience scripture through MINI-MESSY CHURCH on November 17th during the Sunday School and Youth Group. We will offer 2 station rotations and talk about David’s Song of Thanksgiving (2 Samuel 22). We will “…sing and dance before the Lord” as we talk about Gratitude.
Each Advent Season we sponsor/adopt 6 families for Thanksgiving and Christmas (The Giving Tree). Please see Thanksgiving food list for items needed in on the facing page.
Thanksgiving Baskets will assembled during YOUTH GROUP and blessed in church on November 24th. We need ONE more family to help deliver on Monday, November 25 or Tuesday, November 26. Let Sara Gorby know you are able to deliver.
Amanda, Jean, Ryan, Loring, Sierra, Dick, Jean Marie, Betty, Tara, Jim, Deb, Ann, Sara, Ed, Alexander, Jane, Tom, Alison, Chuck, Petra, Bob, Robert, Peggy, Jenny, Christian, Elise, Inge-Lisa, Leighton, Nancy, Carol, Barbara, Bob, Trisha, Sam, Bailey, Red, Tyler, Kirby, Skip, Paul, Patrick, Laurie, Liz, Heather, Ileana, Jack, Mary Ann, Tayt, Tom, Julia, Stephanie, Kelly, David, Brett, Alison, Jimmy, Susen, Vicki, Gretchen, Jayne, Chris, Pat, Sally, Dick, Patty, Lindy, Wayne, Robert, Ashraf, Chloe, Terry, Heather, Julia, George, Ed, Eric, Brooke, Bill, Bronté, Joel, Toni, Paris, Amelia, and Rosalie.