What’s God’s Dream for Us? – Come Be a Part of It! – Combined Services @ 9:30 AM – April 22, 29 and May 6

STEP ONE: TOWN HALL STYLE SERVICES – SUNDAY, APRIL 15

Pastor Salying and the Discipleship Committee hosted a Town Hall style service/meeting (like our annual meeting) at both the regularly scheduled 8:00 and 10:30 AM morning services.

If you missed out, not to worry – there’s more opportunities to participate starting this Sunday!

STEP TWO: COMBINED SERVICES AND SMALL GROUPS – APRIL 22, 29 & MAY 6

April 22, 29 and May 6 @ 9:30 AM: We will meet in combined services starting at 9:30 am in the sanctuary. After a short service, including prayers designed to center us and lead us into discernment, we will gather in small groups to work together to create “dream statements.”

These meetings will be followed by a nice lunch, catered by David Barnes.

STEP THREE: RESUME TWO WORSHIP SERVICES @ 8:00 & 10:30 AM TO ENGAGE TOGETHER

We will resume our regular two-service (8:00 and 10:30 AM) Sunday schedule in order to celebrate mothers and engage in prayerful meditation on the work we did in the preceding gatherings.

MAY 20TH: PENTECOST – COMBINED SERVICE @ 9:30 AM

We will reconvene in a combined service starting at 9:30 am. Pastor Salying and the wardens will discuss how the Holy Spirit has worked for us in our discernment. We will ask the questions: “where are God and the Holy Spirit leading us?” This meeting will be followed by an ice-cream social, sponsored by Family Ministry.

SEPTEMBER: BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY

At this meeting, we will discuss where we believe God is leading St. Thomas and we will all look forward to hearing God’s voice for us and our future.

It is important for the future of St. Thomas to get as much participation in the meetings from parishioners as possible in order for the many voices of St. Thomas to be heard.

During the small group meetings, we will be creating “dream statements.” Creating “dream statements” from the dream categories will involve pulling the themes/motivations out of the dream categories, or distilling the dreams into themes and creating one focused statement summarizing the category. This process will involve prioritizing, but not in the sense of accomplishing any one particular dream. Rather, we will be prioritizing the “spirits” of the dreams. The spirits of the dreams will then become the inspiration for creating the dream statements. [So, if the dream is to “provide Thanksgiving dinner to 30 homeless people,” the spirit or motivation of that dream might be to “lift up those in need.” Since “lift up those in need” is fairly broad, it will likely apply to more than one dream and hence become part of a dream statement.]

SIX CATEGORIES OF DREAMS

We have consolidated the dreams into six categories in order to cover them all in three meetings. Each category identifies an area in which parishioners believe St. Thomas should be involved or pursuing in some way. The dream categories include Community, Spiritual Life, Arts, Education, Family and Social Justice.

We will come up with six dream statements that we will all consider deeply from May 20th to the September “Back to Church” meeting, in order to discern a mission-based plan for the future of the church.

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Bishop Mary visits St. Thomas – Sunday, Feb. 25th

The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves will be visiting us on Sunday, February 25th during the 10:30 AM worship service.

Always inspiring and definitely a blessing – please join us in welcoming Bishop Mary to St. Thomas.

REFRESHMENTS IN COWANS HALL

Celebratory cake and punch will be served in Cowans Hall following mid-morning service. Be sure to stop by and enjoy a piece!

DIRECTIONS

Need a little help knowing where to go? See Direction & Campus Map

Slide show image features photo of The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves by George Conger, Executive Editor of Anglican Ink – thanks George!

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SCVD 5th Annual Choir Concert – Feb. 25th

Combined Choirs Deanery Concert will take place on Sunday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Jude’s in Cupertino. Please join us for a vibrant program featuring an array of voices singing classic and contemporary compositions.

SANTA CLARA VALLEY DEANERY – 5TH ANNUAL CHOIR CONCERT

The Santa Clara Valley Deanery proudly presents its FIFTH annual Choir Concert on Sunday, February 25th at 4 p.m. at St. Jude Episcopal Church.

LOCATION

St. Jude the Apostle Episcopal Church – 20920 McClellan Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

For directions, see Our Location or Google Maps.

THIS YEAR’S LINE-UP

This year’s line-up features voices and talents from six participating churches with over 75 voices sharing selections rooted in traditional and contemporary music genres.

OFFERING OF SUPPORT TO SANTA MARIA URBAN MINISTRY

Enjoy a fabulous free concert and kindly consider a free will offering to Santa Maria Urban Ministry of San Jose, a diocesan agency that serves over 1500 people a month with food, clothing and educational programs.

A collection will be taken in support of their life-giving work in the South Bay.

RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

Join us for a festive reception following the concert.

NEED CHILDCARE OR SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS?

To request childcare or special accommodations, please contact the parish office at St. Judes – phone: (408) 252-4166 prior to the date of the event to make any necessary arrangements.

Look forward to seeing you there!
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Transfiguration Sunday Pancake Brunch – Feb. 11th

The season of Lent returns on February 14th this year. Before we enter into this time of moderation and reflection leading up to Holy Week and Easter, let’s celebrate together as a community the Transfiguration of Christ. And who can resist an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT pancake feast served up by seasoned chef Carl of Family Ministry and the Sunday School kids?

WHEN

Sunday, February 11th with seatings at 9:00 a.m. and noon after each of the morning services.

WHERE

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – in Cowans Hall, see Directions & Campus Map

SUPPORT SUNDAY SCHOOL YOUTH ACTIVITIES

Our children learn the value of service to the community in something as simple as serving hot off-the-griddle pancakes. They will be assisting us with a big smile! Come support our Sunday School children by making a donation for this tasty feast. The net proceeds your donations will help support their youth activities.

Pancakes will come with a side of ham and all the fixings plus juice, coffee, and tea. We will definitely have enough food on hand for seconds and possibly thirds.

Suggested donations for the pancake brunch are $2 per person, $1 per child (age 6-12), or $5 per family.

Join us in warm fellowship and hot cakes, and to support the children of Saint Thomas!

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Greening of the Church – Sunday, Dec. 17th

Calling all soup lovers, decorators, and carolers!

Join us on Sunday, December 17th following the annual Christmas pageant for a community soup and salad potluck in Cowans Hall. For guidance, see Directions & Campus Map.

CALLING ALL CREATIVE COOKS!

Would you like to share a crockpot/slow cooker full of your favorite HOT soup (that serves eight people if possible)? Be it chicken noodle, vegan butternut squash or zesty Italian meatball, bring something tasty to share!

If salad’s more your thing, consider bringing a bowl of your latest leafy creations or even salad toppings, such as shredded carrots, corn, cherry tomatoes, chopped peppers, garbanzo beans, croutons, etc. to add variety to our buffet.

We will keep everyone’s crockpots and slow cookers plugged in during the service to keep the soups warm.

SIGN-UPS IN THE CHURCH

For those planning to share their culinary talents, please add your soup or salad contribution to the list at the back of church.

GREENING OF THE CHURCH

Following our meal, we’ll regroup at the church to participate in the third-annual community “greening,” of the church – hanging wreaths and decorating the tree.

The choir will lead a carol sing-along. This group experience following our Christmas pageant is sure to start the holiday week in a spirited way.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

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