Annual Meeting – Sunday, Jan. 26th

ANNUAL MEETING

Sunday, January 26th – immediately following worship service. See details below…

TRANSPARENCY ON FINANCES

In our desire to be good stewards of the gifts that have been pledged by our parishioners and to offer transparency into the church’s finances, we hold an annual meeting to share where we are at, and what the vestry has approved as our budget for the coming year.

WORSHIP SERVICE CHANGES

Due to the special Annual Meeting event, there will be a single-combined worship service at 10:30 am in the main sanctuary of the church.

The Annual Meeting will begin at the end of service and continue over in Cowans Hall after a brief intermission to dish up at the lunch buffet.

Please mark your calendars!

LUNCH IS ON!

Parish Event Planners (fondly known as PEP) will be serving deli-style sandwiches.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Plates, breads, sandwich fixings, and side dishes will be offered at the buffet table. As you enter, please take a plate, make your selections quickly and find a place to sit before assembling your sandwich.

Condiments will be provided on each of the tables along with the napkins and utensils. The meeting will continue in Cowans Hall after everyone has been seated.

During this time, the church financials will be presented and reviewed, most importantly the Annual Report for 2019 and the Budget for 2020.

YOUR PRESENCE IS REQUESTED

All parishioners are encouraged to attend this once-a-year gathering of the full membership to review these important fiscal reports, to meet the new vestry nominees, and along with the rest of the congregation, to participate in the ongoing life and mission of St. Thomas church. So, please join us!

To gain a greater appreciation of the vestry nominees, please check out their bios in the latest edition of St. Thomas’ Beyond a Doubt monthly newsletter.

COMMISSIONS & COMMITTEES

All materials for the Annual Report should be submitted to the parish office as soon as possible, and no later than January 17th.

Please bring your offerings to Cowans Hall prior to the meeting so we can stay on track so we can be good stewards of our time together!

FURTHER ASSISTANCE

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please Contact Us.

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Celebrate Community with St. Thomas

AN INVITATION

We are a community of diverse individuals and families that gather to celebrate in worship and fellowship together each week.

Whether you’re exploring the Christian faith for the first time, coming back after some time away, been a part of a faith community your whole life or fall somewhere in-between, you will find a place of welcome here.

MID-WEEK LUNCH HOUR SERVICE 

Please note: As of January 2020, the noontime midweek service is on indefinite hiatus. We will post future updates on the status of this service as soon as they become available. 

WEDNESDAY EVENING – CENTERING PRAYER SERVICE

Centering Prayer can deepen your spiritual life, helping to build peace and clarity. If you haven’t yet experienced God’s presence in this way, we encourage you to give it a try. This group meets every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in the Chapel. Learn more

SUNDAY SERVICES

Two worship services are offered every Sunday. The first is at 8:00 am for those who prefer a quieter expression of worship. The second service follows at 10:30 am and incorporates choral and instrumental music with a family-oriented focus.

COFFEE & TEA HOUR

Join us for time together to learn, to grow, to enjoy some uplifting time in fellowship…and on Sundays – to nibble on some good eats that follow during coffee and tea hour.

SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES

If you want to explore some of the broader community gatherings – small groups meet for craft-making, Bible Study, choir & music, family-focus and 20s & 30s-something activities, to share goodreads, explore spirituality, offer hospitality – hosting events, and more. Check back each week either on the parish website’s homepage or in the weekly printed bulletins and Beyond a Doubt newsletter for the latest happenings.

Photos accompanying post courtesy of Parish Event Planner “PEP” member – Pat Dare.

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Join Us for Centering Prayer – Weds @ 6:30 PM in Chapel

ALL ARE WELCOME

Come and sit in silent fellowship in joining us for a little time spent in Centering Prayer. At this gathering you will be equipped with everything you will need to explore Centering Prayer and to explore it within our Christian community. We will spend some time sitting and praying together. This is a chance to support each other and encourage a regular structured practice in ourselves, but no long-term commitment is necessary.

MORE ABOUT CENTERING PRAYER

Centering Prayer can deepen your spiritual life, helping to build peace and clarity. If you haven’t yet experienced God’s presence in this way, we encourage you to give it a try. Learn more about this Christian contemplative practice online.

WHEN & WHERE

We gather together each week on Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM in the St. Thomas Chapel.

To get to the chapel, enter the main church building through the double red doors and follow the corridor to the right all the way around to the back. Someone will be there to greet you.

Please feel free to bring a neighbor, colleague or loved one, regardless of their religious background or familiarity with centering prayer.

A VALUABLE RESOURCE

We suggest you explore the Center for Action and Contemplation website which has links to various talks, podcasts, books, etc. on contemplative prayer and related topics. You may also sign up for their meditation email series composed by father Richard Rohr.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please reach out to the session facilitator Chris Schmidt (contact details in the Parish Directory) or call the Parish Office during office hours at (408) 736-4155 for more information.

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Feast of Epiphany – Sunday, Jan 5th

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE FEAST OF LIGHTS

The light of Christ comes into the world, and the darkness does not overcome it. Join us for the Feast of the Epiphany in celebration of the 12th and final day of Christmastide.

TWO SERVICES

The worship services at 8 and 10:30 AM will include the “Blessing of the Door” and “Choosing the Star Word”. Come and be a part of these special rites. The children will participate by helping to chalk the Church Entrance. Also, everyone will have an opportunity to select a guiding star with special watchword to help guide you through the new year!

FESTIVE RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

King’s Cake will be a highlight of the after-service celebrations in Cowans Hall following each morning service.

READINGS

These are the Readings for this Second Sunday after Christmas: Psalm 84:1-8, the First Reading is Jeremiah 31:7-14, the Second Reading is Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a and the Gospel is Matthew 2:1-12.

MEMORY VERSE

“Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod and they went back home by another road.” ~ Matthew 2:12 (Contemporary English Version – CEV)

TO FIND US…

See Directions & Campus Map

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Christmas Pageant – Dec. 15th

ADVENT WREATH LIGHTING & CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

This Sunday we will have no Sunday School class as we will be in the Church for Advent Wreath lighting, the Christmas Pageant, and Worship.

All pageant participants will need to be at Church by 10:00 AM to put on costumes in the Education Building. Men’s costumes will be in the Heart classroom and Women’s will be in the Treasure classroom. The Advent Wreath Reader and Lighter will go to the church in costume to light the wreath at 10:30 AM. This week’s wreath lighter and reader are Brighid and Liam Beckham.

READINGS

These are the readings for the Third Sunday in Advent: Psalm 146:4-9, the First Reading is Isaiah 35:1-10, The Second Reading is James 5:7-10 and the Gospel is Matthew 11:2-11.

MEMORY VERSE

“God always keeps his word.” ~ Psalm 146:6 (Contemporary English Version)

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

QUESTIONS OR INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

For questions or interest in volunteering, contact Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director.

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