Week of Dec. 28, 2020
9393 Church Road
Grosse Ile, MI 48138
Office: 734-675-0005
Office Hours: 9 am-noon M, W, F
After-hours, call: 734-692-0949
Vicars Amelia and Daniel Collins

John 1:1-18

"New Year, New Hopes"

Available December 31
St. Thomas Lutheran Church
is temporarily closed
due to the rise in COVID cases.
Please check the church website or newsletter for updates.
Important IRS Info
about Church Donations

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers of a special new provision that will allow more people to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities this year.
Following special tax law changes made earlier this year, cash donations of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020, are now deductible when people file their taxes in 2021.
"Our nation's charities are struggling to help those suffering from COVID-19, and many deserving organizations can use all the help they can get," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "The IRS reminds people there's a new provision that allows for up to $300 in cash donations to qualifying organizations to be deducted from income. We encourage people to explore this option to help deserving tax-exempt organizations – and the people and causes they serve."
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes several temporary tax changes helping charities, including the special $300 deduction designed especially for people who choose to take the standard deduction, rather than itemizing their deductions.
Endowment Opportunity
    Many years ago, John and Patricia Hartig established a memorial fund in memory of John’s mother, Virginia who was a long-time member of St. Thomas. This year the Hartigs are proposing to add $7,500 to the memorial fund, and encourage members of St. Thomas to also donate an additional $7,500 total, to create an endowment that can be invested and managed by the ELCA Foundation. The endowment would give a higher return on the money that St. Thomas is currently receiving, and will provide a stable funding source into the future.
    The ELCA Foundation provides congregations with expert money management, uses socially responsible investing, issues quarterly distributions to help church budgets, and uses its management fees to further the work of the Church. Unlike other endowments, St. Thomas would have access to the principle if needed.
    If you are interested in making your tax-deductible donation by December 31, 2020, please make your checks out to St. Thomas and identify Hartig Endowment in the memo line. 
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
❤ St. Thomas Cares ❤
St. Thomas staff and council have been concerned
that the pandemic, modern life, and other circumstances are isolating our church family.

If you would like to be part of the effort
to reach out and help those folks,
please call Cheryl Shelton at 734-626-3408.

Some ways to help:
  • Call or check-in
  • A cheery card or note
  • Dropping off a treat or goodie
  • A quick errand or task
  • Administering home communion

Good News!

Past and current sermons
available online at:
for mailing your offering or going online at www.stthomasgi.com/giving
The 2021 Offering Envelopes are HERE
Curbside Pick-Up Available!
The new offering envelopes for the 2021 are here.
They can be picked up in the office
during office hours, M, W, F - 9 am - noon,
or curbside pickup - call the office
and the box will be brought out to your car!

If you are unable to attend worship services,
but would like to have communion brought to you and offered by a church member,
please call the church during office hours,
M, W, F, 9 am - noon or
after-hours, call 734-692-0949.
Bringing It Home: Faith Practices for Real Life

you can do
at home, alone or with those who live in your house.
Ideal for Sunday School Families!

Stay connected
to and involved in St.Thomas!

Website: www.stthomasgi.com
Facebook: stthomaslutheranchurch
Happy Birthday!
Celebrating this week . . .

Gayle Mitchell, December 28
Liz Skrocki, December 30
Jenna Graves, January 2
Ute O'Connor, January 3
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.

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.
Help with the Food Pantry!
The pandemic has made the need
greater than ever!
Please pick up just one extra item each week
at the grocery store to help those in need.

Items especially requested:
  • Paper products
  • Nonperishables
  • Snacks
  • Cleaning products

A collection bin is located in the narthex. Items can be dropped off during office hours, M, W, F, 9 am -noon.

Sandi Loso delivers the items each month
to Sacred Heart.
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 -734-692-0949.
Other Ways to Contribute
to the Community . . .
  • ChristNet (online or mail-in donations)
  • St. Thomas Cares (outreach to members; contact Cheryl Shelton at 734-626-3408)
  • Eyeglasses (basket inside St. Thomas)
  • Bedsheets for Quilters (bin inside St. Thomas)
  • Medical Equipment (bin inside St. Thomas)
  • Diaper Drive (St. Thomas or monetary donations)
  • Blood/Plasma Donations (check the Red Cross website for dates and locations)
  • Clothing Drop-Off (bins at Sacred Heart and Dry Cleaners)
  • Food Pantry (bin at St. Thomas-particularly cleaning and paper products, nonperishables, snacks needed)
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.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to a council member.
In Our Thoughts and Prayers

Laura Chamlee
Judy Danziger
Joan Hoffmeyer
Tamara Howes
Denise Keeler
The Lucidi Family
Bob Malone
Gayle Mitchell's Family
George Nelson and Family
Heather Oberlin
Linda Parrill
JoAnn Schwenk
What the new year brings to you depends a great deal on what YOU bring to the new year.
Vern McLellan