The Episcopal Church designates the first Sunday of February as Theological Education Sunday. It is intended to invite our prayers and support for those who follow God’s call into the ordained life, as well as those who exercise their call in ministry through Holy Baptism. Over the years, we have had guest preachers such as the Reverend Elaine Thomas, a Yale graduate now associate priest & campus minister at St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville, VA, and the Reverend Ann Urinoski, past ECM student, UD graduate, YASC missionary to South Africa, a graduate of The General Theological Seminary in New York City, and now priest serving in the Diocese of New Jersey.
This year I have invited Francie Thayer as our preacher this day. Francie is the director of The Retreat Center at Hillsboro in Hillsboro MD. The Retreat Center is a ministry of the Diocese of Easton. Formerly St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, this property has been resurrected as a retreat center where people can come for quiet, reflection, prayer, study, overnight retreat, and spiritual direction. All groups and denominations are welcomed. Francie is married to Peter Thayer, Head of School at St. Anne’s, and a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary with a Masters in Theological Studies. She firmly believes and seeks to live out her baptismal vows as her ordination in the priesthood of all believers.
The loose plate offering will be designated to support the work of The Retreat Center at Hillsboro. Please be generous with an extra offering today. If you wish to write a check, please make out to St. Thomas’s Parish and include in the memo line Theological Education Sunday. Fr. Paul+