Annual Hayride and Bonfire

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Annual Hayride and Bonfire is on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

Please try to arrive by 5:30 p.m. The wagons leave promptly at 6:00 p.m.
$15 per adult and $8 per child. 5 and under are free!

There is a sign up sheet hung on the door in the lobby. Please let us know if you plan to come! If you decide at the last minute to come, come on! Just bring your payment with you! We will provide the hot dogs, cider, water and S’more fixins.

Location: Milburn Orchards, 1495 Appleton Rd, Elkton, MD 21921

IMPORTANT:
Use the special parking lot designated for Bonfires, NOT the farm market parking lot. This is where your group will gather, the tractor driver will pick you up and drop you off at the end of the evening. The Farm Yard is off limits after dark so it is extremely important to use the correct parking area. For a printable map and directions to Milburn Orchards, please visit www.milburnorchards.com.

Any questions, contact Kelly Tompkins.

Building Use Request Forms now due

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It’s that time of the year when all ministries should re-submit their request for use of the building various spaces. Please fill out a “pink sheet” and put it in Wendy Campbell’s mailbox at your earliest convenience. Do it today so you will have the space you desire. Thank you to all ministries who have already submitted their pink sheets for the coming program year.

Blessing of the backpacks

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Blessing of the Backpacks Day has been moved to next Sunday, Sept. 16! Don’t forget to bring your backpack, briefcase, tote bag, soup ladle, etc. to get your supplies and your blessings for the new school year!

Choir Rehearsal starts tonight

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The first rehearsal of our Choir starts tonight, Thursday, Sep. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. There is not an anthem scheduled for this coming Sunday, so this rehearsal will be a somewhat relaxed, get acquainted with new music time. If any of you would like to join the group just to see what it is like, I warmly invite you.

I will be in the Choir Room at 6:00 p.m. in case anyone wants to come a little early to do a little practice singing with me to get an idea what voice part he or she might be.

Rehearsals are usually over by 9:00.

Cheers!

Marc Cheban <mfrancis123@gmail.com>

Rally Days 2018 -REMEMBER -RENEW -REJOICE-

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Dear Members of Saint Thomas’s,

This year, we are doing something a little different for Rally Day, on Saturday, September 15th and Sunday the 16th. Mark your calendar!

Remember: Join us for an Italian feast on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Join together to break bread, and remember, “Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:12. Please invite friends, family, and neighbors to this celebration of community. All food and beverages will be provided; but we are looking for help with dishes after dinner.

Renew: Helping others sparks happiness. Renew your spirit by learning about some of the opportunities; it feels great to contribute to the lives of others. There will be information stations set up both at Saturday’s dinner, and after both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday.

Rejoice: Over this weekend, learn about and reflect on all of the amazing possibilities for the upcoming season. “Be truly glad. There is great joy ahead.” 1 Peter 1:6.

Volunteers do not necessarily have lots of time; only lots of heart 💟!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman

Novel Theology begins again in September

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Novel Theology group meets at 9:15 a.m. on the second Sunday, September-May.

The reading list for the coming year is:
September – Creek Mary’s Blood by Dee Brown
October – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
November – The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham
December – Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity by Dr. Gregory A. Boyd
January – The Hidden Flame by Davis Bunn
February – The Centurion’s Wife by Davis Bunn
March – The Damascus Way by Davis Bunn
April – TBD
May – Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalie

For more information, contact Susan Hechter at susanahechter@gmail.com.

Using your IRA Tax-Free

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In December, 2014 Congress enacted legislation making QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) permanent. If you’re over age 70 1/2, you can send up to $100,000 per year directly from your IRA to a qualifying charity — including St. Thomas’s. The distribution is excluded from your gross income making it tax free. For more information, contact Amy Keach, St. Thomas’s Treasurer via the Parish Office or your tax advisor.

Collect for our Search for a New Rector

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Our Heavenly Creator, who has blessed this dedicated church family for 175 years serving our community in your faith and love, we ask for guidance for our Parish, Search Committee and Vestry as we embark on the journey to mutual ministry with our next Rector. Bless us with your grace and fill us with knowledge and fortitude throughout this process. In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN