Two Additional Forums Planned

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Children and Youth Forum

The Rector Search Committee will be getting additional input from the children and youth of Saint Thomas at a special 30-minute forum on Sunday, June 15 at 10:30 am in conjunction with Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director.

Parish Forum and Potluck Supper

This additional forum is planned for Sunday evening, June 22. It will start after the 5:30 pm service at 6:30 pm in Cowans Hall. We will provide beverages. Please bring a dish (salad, main dish, or dessert) to share.

Questions?

For more information or questions, please Contact Rector Search Committee

To contact a specific member directly, we are:

Jim Cobb (chair), Nancy Allgeier, Cal Cornwell, C. J. Gomez, Joe Gutierrez, Jane Houck, Lindsay Jacobson, Chris Kenward, Bob Kunz, Lou Poulain, Ann Stevenson, and Keri Williams.

We appreciate your prayers and support.
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Surveys Are In & Next Steps

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Your Feedback is Important

Thanks for submitting the surveys and for the participation of 60 people in the May Parish Forum. We are tabulating and analyzing the results of the 90+ surveys we’ve received as well as discussing the notes from the Forum.

Children and Youth Forum

We will be getting additional input at a special 30-minute forum on Sunday, June 15 at 10:30AM, from the children and youth, in conjunction with Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director.

Next Parish Forum

We are planning a follow-up Parish Forum on Sunday evening, June 22. More details about the Forum will be coming soon.

Questions?

To send us an email with your questions, please click on the following link: Rector Search Committee.

You may also follow up directly with a member:
Jim Cobb (chair), Nancy Allgeier, Cal Cornwell, C. J. Gomez, Joe Gutierrez, Jane Houck, Lindsay Jacobson, Chris Kenward, Bob Kunz, Lou Poulain, Ann Stevenson, and Keri Williams.

We appreciate your continued prayers and support.

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Summer Reading Program Starts June 15th

The Great Chocolate Challenge

Charlie_and_the_Chocolate_Factory_(book_cover)The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program is “The Great Chocolate Challenge” in honor of the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Our summer reading program will feature books about chocolate delicacies and everyone is invited to participate!

To Participate

All you have to do is read any book you want: from the St. Thomas Library, from a public library, borrowed from a friend or one that you have been waiting all year to read from your bookshelf; e-books, audiobooks, and Kindles also count. Too young to read? Just have someone read a book to you!

Let Us Know What You Are Reading

Write your name and title of the book on the special candy wrapper – one per book please. These will be available at the bulletin board in Cowans Hall each Sunday after services. Let’s count how many candy wrappers will be placed on the bulletin board by the end of the summer.

Drawing for a Gift Certificate

On August 10 there will be a drawing for a gift certificate. Your name will be entered for each book you read. The more you read, the better your chances. We will have activities throughout the summer for your enjoyment. Stay tuned and see how much you know about the history of chocolate.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, Contact Carol Campbell.

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Parish Surveys & Forums Update

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A Message to the Parish

Thanks for submitting the surveys and for your participation in the Parish Forums. We have received 86 surveys and last week we had 60 people attend the Parish Forums. We are beginning the process of reviewing and tabulating the surveys.

Not Yet Submitted a Survey?

It’s not too late to submit yours. Please feel free to pick one up in the back of the church. If your child, teen or young adult would like to fill out a form, they are more than welcome to do so.

Questions?

For more information or questions, please Contact Rector Search Committee

To contact a specific member directly, we are:

Jim Cobb (chair), Nancy Allgeier, Cal Cornwell, C. J. Gomez, Joe Gutierrez, Jane Houck, Lindsay Jacobson, Chris Kenward, Bob Kunz, Lou Poulain, Ann Stevenson, and Keri Williams.

We appreciate your prayers and support.
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Safeguarding God’s Children & People Training

OPEN TO MEMBERS OF ALL PARISHES
Mark Your Calendars: Saturday, June 7, 2014

Event Overview

The Rev. Deacon Kathleen Crowe, Chaplain, Episcopal Ministry at San Jose State University, is presenting two workshops, Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People. The workshops will be divided into two sessions: morning and afternoon, each lasting approximately 3 hours with a break for lunch in-between. Lunch will be provided.

Check-in and pay at the door before the training starts. Doors open at 8:30 AM for the morning session. If you plan only to attend the afternoon session, please come and join us for lunch. You may check-in and pay during the lunch break.

Training Schedule

Safeguarding God’s Children: 9:00AM – 12:00 Noon

Lunch Break (On Your Own): 12 Noon – 1:00PM

Safeguarding God’s People: 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Fees

$10 for one session or $15.00 for both sessions, by cash or check only (payable at the door). Lunch is included.

Location

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – in Cowans Hall

If this is your first time visiting us, see Directions and Campus Map.

Childcare

Childcare must be requested in advance of event so that we can facilitate suitable accommodations.

Registration

Please register in advance of the event day to help us facilitate meal planning. For questions and to register, call (408) 736-4155 or Contact Anne Buelteman, Parish Administrator

Morning Session: Safeguarding God’s Children – 3 Hour Training

WHO IS REQUIRED TO TAKE THIS COURSE
All employees and volunteers who work with or around children and youth including but not limited to those associated with Acolytes, Counseling, Children/Youth Choir, Nursery Care, Sunday School, Family Ministry, Cub and Boy Scouts, VBS-Vacation Bible School, and Vestry. Highly recommended for parents.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The course provides a basic understanding of the dynamics of child sexual abuse, how to recognize signs that a child may have been abused, and what to do if you have concerns about a person’s behavior toward a child or youth, or if you suspect that a child or youth has been molested.

Afternoon Session: Safeguarding God’s People – 3 Hour Training

WHO IS REQUIRED TO TAKE THIS COURSE
All employees (i.e. clergy and staff) and volunteers who have a pastoral relationship with others including but not limited to those associated with Counseling, Pastoral Care, Eucharistic Ministers & Visitors, Lay Healing Ministers, Alpha, Cursillo & Stephen Ministers, and Vestry.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The course covers the following:
– The definition of, and facts about, sexual exploitation
– The effects of sexual exploitation
– Facts about power in pastoral relationships
– How sexual exploitation happens
– How to prevent sexual exploitation
– How to respond to sexual exploitation

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