St. Theodore's Episcopal Church

Bella Vista, Arkansas

November 23, 2022

The church office will be closed Thursday, 11/24, and Friday, 11/25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Dear Friends in Christ,


Happy Thanksgiving to you and to your loved ones! Holidays can be such busy occasions, if we let them; I hope you will take the time to pause and to reflect on all the many ways God cares for God's people. Gratitude is such an important spiritual practice. It shapes us to seek the presence of God in all things and to return our hearts to the One who provides for us and guides us at all times. I encourage you to remember God in your holiday gatherings with family and friends-- after all, our thankfulness is rightly directed toward God first and foremost:


"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

   for his mercy endures for ever.

Give thanks to the God of gods,

   for his mercy endures for ever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

   for his mercy endures for ever.

Who gives food to all creatures,

   for his mercy endures for ever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven,

   for his mercy endures for ever." Psalm 136:1-3, 25 & 26.


As you celebrate Thanksgiving Day and give thanks for all your blessings, I pray that you will feel a sense of God's presence with you in the love that you share. If you are traveling, my prayers go with you. 


Let us pray.

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others rest, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other's toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


With Gratitude,

Brandon J. Hudson+

Please join us for one of our two services of Holy Eucharist this Sunday

Rite I at 8:00 and Rite II at 10:30.

Everyone is invited to enjoy coffee and fellowship between services

and after the 10:30 service downstairs in Sengel Hall.

If you are not able to attend one of these services, the 10:30 service

will be streamed on Facebook.

A copy of the service booklet (prayer requests and weekly schedule are not available at this time)

can be downloaded by clicking on the button below.

10:30 Service Booklet

Thanksgiving Day

Holy Eucharist 

This year, St. Theodore's will offer a special service of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th. At this service, several items that have been purchased for the church in memory of Terry Anderson will be dedicated and blessed. All are welcome to attend.

“Our annual wreath making event is quickly approaching with Advent beginning this Sunday! Please join us November 27th for this morning of fun for all ages between our two services. It is a wonderful opportunity to create something unique for your home and spend time with our friends from both the 8 and 10 AM services. Light seasonal refreshments will be served.”

Bishop's Visit

Bishop Benfield will make his annual visit to St. Theodore's on Sunday, December 11th. THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE SERVICE THIS DAY, AT 10:30 and a reception following that service. There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for those who would like to bring an hors d'oeuvres. Coffee and soft drinks will be provided. Any questions please contact me at any time at 479-866-9540.

Thank you, Renée Goodrich 

Calling all ages 12 years and up who are interested in Confirmation! The time has come to reach out to Fr. Brandon for more information regarding Confirmation in December. If you have come to us from another Christian faith tradition and would like to be formally received into the Episcopal Church, you can be Received by the bishop at his visit on December 11th as well. Come and talk with Fr. Brandon!

There will be NO Adult Forum for this Sunday, November 27, 2022

Please remember that the Advent Wreath Crafting event will take place during our usual seminar time on 11/27.

The following Sunday, 12/4, we will begin discussing Chapter 1 of Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner's Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven by Amy-Jill Levine.

For our next Wednesday book discussion, let's to do something a little different. Please join Fr. Brandon in reading Dr. Amy-Jill Levine's book Toward the Kingdom of Heaven: 40 Daily Readings on the Sermon on the Mount. Each daily meditation is partnered with its own corresponding scripture readings, so make sure your Bible is handy.

We will begin reading Toward the Kingdom of Heaven on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27th, and continue reading each daily meditation through the twelfth day of Christmas, January 5, 2023. We will meet together and discuss our readings as usual each Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 in the Gathering Area. All are welcome to participate!

We are assisting with the Food Pantry kept by St. Andrew‘s Episcopal Church in Rogers. They have a well-established program dealing with food insecurity that serves 35 to 45 families every Tuesday from 9 AM to 11 AM. Their food comes from bakeries, private donations and the USDA with the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. However, with supply chain issues, food availability has decreased and costs have risen to a point that they could use some help. The Outreach Committee and Vestry felt this was a good opportunity and want to switch our food collection efforts from Helping Hands to the St. Andrew’s pantry. Contributions will still come to St Theodores and be transported as needed to St. Andrew’s.


The following are the most frequently needed items:

1.      spaghetti noodles

2.      spaghetti sauce

3.      peanut butter

4.      canned tuna

5.      canned soups

6.      canned vegetables

7.      canned fruits

8.      ramen noodles

9.      dried pinto beans

10.  rice

11.  canned beans

12.  plastic grocery bags to distribute the canned goods 


Let’s also remember to continue to bring items for our small pantry on Kingsland Road (pictured below). This picture was taken just this afternoon, and this is frequently the empty condition we see. It is obviously getting used, as it is not always empty. If you have even just a few non-parishable items you can bring and put in our Little Red Pantry, it would help our neighbors nearby. You don't need to bring items into the church. Just use your own good judgment to bring whatever food items you might have in your own pantry that are not being used. If the Red Pantry is full, thanks be to God! You can go ahead and bring things inside if someone is here, or you can just put them in front of the doors to the office to be picked up later.

Emergency Clean-up Buckets 

Following the several destructive weather events that have occurred recently in this country and elsewhere in the world, the need is once again great for the buckets of cleaning supplies provided by Church World Services to areas most affected by these disasters. We supply the buckets, fill them here with the necessary supplies and deliver them to a distribution center in Central Arkansas to be sent wherever the need is greatest.

Below is the list of specific items needed to fill the buckets. These are listed by month to help you space out your shopping if you prefer to do that. Any of the items may be brought to the church at any time to be stored here until we have enough of all the requested items to fill the buckets. .

Please pay close attention to the specific descriptions of each item, as the full list is designed to fit into a 5-gallon bucket. If you have any questions, contact Sharon Moravits or Al Addington

"Bucket List"

Stealing Pears: So What?


Learn how Augustine goes from a boy to an adult and how the Roman world shapes his views. This month our Brown Bag lecture series focuses on “St. Augustine’s Confessions.” Join us each Tuesday, at 11:30 am, in the gathering room as we hear lectures by Professor of history, Willliam R. Cook, Ph.D. and English professor Ronald B. Herzman, Ph.D.


November 1 - Form and Genre

November 8 - Book I - Sin and Confession

November 15 - Book I - Augustine’s Childhood

November 22 - Book II - Augustine Grows Up

November 29 - Book II - Stealing Pears: So What?

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