9393 Church Road
Grosse Ile, MI 48138
Office: 734-675-0005
Office Hours: 9 am-noon M, W, F
For emergencies, call Pastor Heather: 734-624-3273
For non-emergencies, call Lisa Perry: 734-692-0949
PASTOR HEATHER OBERLIN
Email: pastor@stthomasgi.com
Connect with Pastor Heather!
Cell: 734-624-3273
M: 10 am-2 pm
T: 10 am-12 pm, 6-8 pm
W: 10 am-2 pm
TH; 10 am-1 pm
WORSHIP SERVICES
ATTENDANCE LIMITED TO 40
Sign up for the service you plan
to attend by:
  • SignUpGenius form sent to your email, OR
  • Call the office (675-0005); M, W, F, 9 am-noon, OR
  • Call 734-692-0949 at other times

The Thursday service will begin at 7 pm.
Two Sunday services-
one will start at 10 am,
the other starts at 11 am.
Covid Protocols in Place for Services

  • Exterior doors open to prevent touching handles
  • Masks must be worn (masks available if you need one)
  • Each person sanitizes own hands before entering sanctuary
  • Maintain social-distancing
  • No nursery or Sunday School at this time
  • Children remain with families during Children's Sermon
  • No Passing of the Peace, Noisy Offering, or Passing Offering Plate
  • No singing at this time
  • Communion host offered by tongs into open hands
  • Order of Worship on screens (no bulletins)
  • Leave church immediately after the service
  • Chairs and high-touch areas sanitized after each service
HELP WANTED!

PLEASE help us keep the church tidy for worship
by volunteering for one of the light cleaning jobs listed in the narthex. Vacuuming, dusting or bathroom
sprucing-up needed and appreciated!
Please sign up or contact Linda Landis at 734-552-2937
Dear friends,

Before I fell asleep last night, I read about the horrific boat accident in East River. I gave God thanks for the people who were rescued and those who helped them, but my heart was heavy for the two missing boaters. My sleep was fitful, to say the least, as I prayed for the families who waited for a word from the first responders. This morning, I woke to the news that the two missing men haven’t yet been found.

As my Mom succinctly puts it, “I don’t even know how to pray right now.” Sometimes, words fail us. We aren’t sure how or for what to pray. We wonder if God is really listening. In her journal, Come, Be My Light, Mother Teresa wrote to her confessor, “In my soul I feel just that terrible pain of loss—of God not wanting me—of God not being God—of God not really existing.” Even though she felt like God wasn’t listening to her for the last 50 years of her life, she continued to pray and serve the poorest of the poor in Calcutta.

So, what do we do when we don’t have the words to pray? What do we do when we feel like God is silent?

One of my favorite passages is found in Romans 8:26-27, “26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

When we don’t know how to pray…when we can’t formulate the words or sentences…the Holy Spirit listens to the cries of our hearts and prays for us. Prayer is something we do, but it’s also about what the Triune God does on our behalf.

I humbly ask you to pray for the searchers, for the families of those in the accident, and certainly for the missing men and their families. Regardless of the outcome, God is still God, and God is wrapping us all in loving arms.

Blessed to be serving with you,
Pastor Heather
It is with great sadness
that the passing of
Jill Ryan
is announced.

Jill was an active community member,
founding member of the Boar's Head Festival,
and integral part of Grosse Ile.
Her talent, energy, and commitment
to the island will be missed.
COME OUT TO HELP!
TEENS LOOKING FOR
VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES?
ADULTS LOOKING FOR EXERCISE?

ST. THOMAS HAS THE ANSWER
FOR EVERYONE!

Please help finish the playground with us
by loading, hauling or spreading mulch.

  • WHEN: MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2020
  • TIME: 7 PM
  • WHERE: ST. THOMAS PLAYGROUND
COME OUT TO PLAY!
FOR AGE 50+

N95 masks
graciously donated by
Dr. David Patterson
are still available
for church members who are
50 years old and above.

These medical-grade masks
filter out 95% of large and
small air-borne particles.
If you are in this age group, please feel free to stop into the church office
(M, W, F, 9 am-noon) to get your mask.
REMEMBER . . .
The sanctuary at St. Thomas is now open on
Tuesday nights,
6-8 pm and on
Wednesday mornings, 9 am to noon.

Please feel free to stop in for prayer, reflection or meditation!
Thank you for mailing your offering or going online at www.stthomasgi.com/giving
SIGN-UP COMMUNION
Pastor Heather is offering
communion in her office for
interested individuals or families.
Please check your email for a
Signup Genius form or contact the office
(734-675-0005 OR office@stthomasgi.com)
to schedule an appointment.
CDC guidelines are being employed.
Masks required!
Bringing It Home: Faith Practices for Real Life

FAITH PRACTICES
you can do
at home, alone or with those who live in your house.
Weekly Sermons...
Get Inspired!

Go to www.stthomasgi.com
to connect to Pastor's weekly online sermons.


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to and involved
in St.Thomas!



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Happy Birthday!
Celebrating this week . . .
Morgan Bammer, August 18
Skylar Seeley, August 19
Kathryn Bloetscher, August 20
Ted Ruck, August 20
Ava Dame, August 22
Nolan Geftos, August 22
Cora Kwan, August 22
Gary Lepidi, August 22
Matthew Brown, August 23
If you want to send a personal note or a card, contact (office@stthomasgi.com)
Please contact (office@stthomasgi.com) with any omissions or corrections.
Celebrating the marriage
this week of:

Gary and Dawn Lepidi, August 17
Russ and Carol Cameron, August 20
If you want to send a personal note or card, contact (office@stthomasgi.com)
Please contact (office@stthomasgi.com) with any omissions or corrections.
R U nimble
with a thimble?
Don't worry--U don't have 2 B!
Quilters
MONDAY
MORNINGS
9:30 am
FELLOWSHIP HALL
Thrivent Choice

The Thrivent Choice® program encourages benefit members to recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes an amount of its charitable grant funds. Thrivent members make this recommendation by directing Choice Dollars to enrolled nonprofit organizations, including churches.

Visit Thrivent.com for details.
MEDICAL SUPPLIES NEEDED!

Al Skrocki continues to lead the collection of medical supplies and equipment for worldwide relief.

If you have questions about items needed or want to drop off at the church,
Contact Lisa Perry (734-692-0949).
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Youth Nights
Women's Lunch Group
Men's Lunch Group
COUNCIL MEMBERS
Bill Stevenson - President
Brian Long - Vice President
Kent Kujala - Treasurer
Becky Arndt
Ben Fogt
Linda Hinzmann
Christine Riley
Betty Ruck
Jim Schiesel
Ethan Bammer - Youth Rep.
Alaina Gartner - Youth Rep.
council@stthomasgi.com
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to a council member or to Pastor Heather.
In Our Thoughts,
Hearts, and Prayers

Family and Friends of Jill Ryan
Joan Hoffmeyer
Tamara Howes
Denise Keeler
Tracie Liszewski
Shannon Loso
Bob Malone
Maryellen Nelson
JoAnn Schwenk
Tracy Snider