Asking for gift cards for those in need

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Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

I am grateful for the outpouring of gift cards given for use to serve the needs of many in our area that come into our sacred space for sanctuary and care. That said, we continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that my discretionary funds often cannot cover, and the many cards given over the recent holidays are already depleted! I ask your prayers and help that if you would purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas, to buy some needed grocery staples at a local store, or a local department store to purchase every day clothing items. This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of so many others in these economically challenging times. Thank you for your prayerfulness and partnering in a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours. Fr. Paul+

The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 for the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four [4] people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. Off going Vestry leaders Tim Casey and D. J. Ferguson will be calling up possible candidates to stand for Vestry election to the Class of 2019. If you are interested in serving your parish in this servant leadership role, please contact Tim and/or D. J. We will again send the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting. We hope this will provide this report of our mission and ministry over 2015 to those who wish to have it, and reduce the amount of paper copies produced and then left behind.

This is the SECOND notification.

Sign up to help with our annual meeting on Sunday, March 6

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Good Morning St. Thomas Friends!!

The food sign up sheets are now posted and ready for you! Once again, we ask that you bring only finger foods to the annual meeting on Sunday, March 6, 2016.

Please also consider helping to set up or clean up that day. We will begin setting up around 9:30 and clean up will be immediately after the meeting. Since we are using paper products, clean up should be fairly easy.

As always, thank you for all that you do for St. Thomas’s!!

Peace,

Donna Weaver

The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 for the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four [4] people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. Off going Vestry leaders Tim Casey and D. J. Ferguson will be calling up possible candidates to stand for Vestry election to the Class of 2019. If you are interested in serving your parish in this servant leadership role, please contact Tim and/or D. J. We will again send the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting. We hope this will provide this report of our mission and ministry over 2015 to those who wish to have it, and reduce the amount of paper copies produced and then left behind.

This is the FIRST notification.

Episcopal Church resources for exploring a holy Lent

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[Episcopal News Service] The season of Lent, the 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, begins Feb. 10 this year, and across the Episcopal Church there are a number of devotional resources to help Episcopalians observe a holy Lent.

In their article are links to information about resources that ENS has received to date. Additional resources, including the presiding bishop’s Lenten message will be available in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for Sun., Feb. 7

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Dear friends of St. Thomas’s,

The 174rd Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish is coming soon! All reports are due this Sunday, February 7. Please send your report to camiseward@gmail.com with Annual Report in the subject line.

The Episcopal Church designates the first Sunday of February, as Theological Education Sunday. This Sunday, February 7 is intended to invite our prayers and support for those who follow God’s call into the ordained life. We are blessed to have Julia Stroud from St. Lydia’s Community Church, Brooklyn NY, with us this coming Sunday. Julia is a personal friend of Fr. Paul & Marilyn from their time at St. David’s in Wayne, PA. St. Lydia’s is a progressive storefront parish that connects the holy with the daily of life, sharing at tables with friends. The loose plate offering on this day will be designated to support the work of St. Lydia’s Community Church. Please be generous with an extra offering February 7. If you wish to write a check, please make out to St. Thomas’s Parish and include in the memo line Theological Education Sunday; St. Lydia’s Church.

See the Carpenter’s Helper for this coming Sun., Feb. 7.

As of this Sunday the Carpenter’s Helper will no longer be included in with the Sunday bulletin. There are hard copies available on the name tag table.

Make note that the St. Thomas’s Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, February 13 at 9:00 a.m..

Blessings to you this day,

Cami Seward

What is Ash Wednesday about?

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Your friends at the Acts 8 Movement are glad to offer the Episcopal Church a customizable video for congregations to promote their Ash Wednesday liturgies. This video is our gift to you. You may post it as is, or you can download a high resolution video and with some basic video editing skills create a customized video for your congregation. See more info.