A Message from the Vestry – June 2017

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To St. Thomas’s Parishioners,

As we move into the summer, your vestry would like to update you on several issues.

First, great thanks and appreciation to all for our big events in May and June—the 175th anniversary gala, the tribute to Bob Rys, and the Pentecost/175th anniversary picnic. All of them were wonderful expressions of joy and fellowship, the result of many hours of work by dedicated parishioners.

Many of you are probably wondering about the transition process as Father Paul prepares to retire. First, we have the gift of his presence until the end of October. It’s a time to reflect on and give thanks for what his ministry has meant for the parish and for each of us personally.

The vestry is beginning to work on transition plans. We’ve met with the Rev. Canon Gary Rowe of the diocesan staff and we’re studying the diocesan guidelines for parishes in transition. We are working on arrangements for a priest to be with us beginning the first Sunday in November.

Some things in the transition process will be as they have been in the past, but there have been some changes. One big change is the form of the parish profile. In the past, it has been a printed document. Now the diocesan procedure is for the profile to be on the parish web site, as a separate section of the site. Prospective candidates for the position of rector will first meet us through the web site. The web site is also how most visitors and prospective members get acquainted with us. That’s why a welcoming and accurate web site is essential—it’s our front door, in a manner of speaking, and we want to make a good impression on all who seek us out.

Finally, the transition process requires two committees, the transition committee and the search committee. These committees are appointed by and responsible to the vestry. The transition committee, with three to five members, will be in operation from late summer through the first year of the new rector’s tenure. It will handle tasks like farewells, welcomes, and assisting the new rector to settle in to life at St. Thomas’s. The search committee will begin its work after Fr. Paul leaves. It will develop the parish profile and handle the search and interview process, ending up with a candidate to recommend to the vestry. The search committee will have eight to ten members.

The vestry is in the early stages of developing these committees. If you have suggestions of people who might be possible members of the committees, please inform me or any vestry member. You don’t need the person’s consent at this point—once the vestry chooses the possible candidates for each committee, they will be contacted, given a full description of the task, and will be free to make their own decision on whether to accept the call. All suggestions will be held in confidence.

Thank you for your support of St. Thomas’s. Please hold the church in your prayers.

Connie Cooper
Senior Warden

Summer Coffee Hour

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The Hospitality Ministry is looking for volunteers (two persons each Sunday) to host Coffee Hour starting June 25, 2017 thru Labor Day weekend. This will be a down scale from the regular Coffee Hour. Finger foods such as cookies, donuts , fruit(grapes or strawberries). We will be using paper plates only. Juice, lemonade and coffee will be supplied by St Thomas. There is a signup sheet on the Hospitality board next to the kitchen. Please try to be at Church by 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. to set up.

If you have any questions, please contact :

Oneta Applewhaite
Joe Corsello
Regina McCann

Graduate recognition for the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter

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We are in the throws of the graduation season. What a wonderful time to celebrate the accomplishments of our youth and young adults as they move on to the next chapter in their lives. Your family that is St. Thomas’s Parish would like to celebrate with you!! We will be running the list of graduates through the month of June in the Carpenter’s Helper. So, there are only 2 weeks left to see your graduate’s name in print. Please let the office know as soon as possible by writing to adelemeredithstthomas@gmail.com about your family’s graduates so we can celebrate with you.

Adele Meredith
Parish Administrator

United Thank Offering

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The spring ingathering of The United Thank Offering will take place on Sunday, May 21st, at all services. The Blue Envelopes are in the service bulletin TODAY, and again next week. Blue Boxes for collection of coins are available on the nametag table. Please count the coins in your Blue Boxes and write a check for that amount. For more information please contact Ronnie Wilbur at vfwilbur@gmail.com.

Garden Trekkers trip to Winterthur on May 17

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On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, join us for a Flower Trek with Brenda Tunis to guide you through the Azalea Woods, Enchanted Woods and Primrose Garden of Winterthur. We will spend about 1-1/2 – 2 hours walking about the gardens and then picnic for about a 1/2 hour so pack a picnic lunch. Bring $20.00 for admission, your Winterthur Membership card, or complimentary ticket (see sign-up sheet on Great Hall door for additional pricing information).  Wear sturdy shoes for the rolling terrain. There may be a possible 20 minute tram tour available.

Let’s meet at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Thomas’s parking lot to carpool or meet at Winterthur at 10:10 a.m. in the Visitor Center by the Gift Shop.

Call or email Brenda Tunis with any questions at (302) 530-1492 or email brendartunis@yahoo.com or just sign up on the sign-up sheet in St. Thomas’s lobby.