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:
  • Signup Genius 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
Time keeps marching on, doesn’t it? Here it is, August 10th already. The beginning of the school year looms ahead of us, another reminder that life is vastly different than it was in February (or, as I like to call it, “the before time”).

As a parent, I’m anxiously awaiting the kids’ school district to make a decision about how school will happen in four weeks. Teachers, I’m sure, are doubly anxious about how they will teach, what type of learning their own kids will be doing, etc. I remember the last two weeks of March, as we moved everything (Bible study, meetings, confirmation, worship, etc) online. I honestly can’t imagine being a teacher these days, trying to make plans when many school districts haven’t made firm plans.

If you know a teacher, reach out to them and ask how they’re doing. If you know a school administrator or school board member, call them and offer encouragement. None of this is easy as decisions are made and plans are set. Everyone has an opinion of how things should be done, and teachers and administrators know that, no matter what is decided about the school year, some are going to be happy and others are going to be upset.

This is a time to be gentle with one another…to listen, to pray, to offer support and encouragement. I encourage you to pray for families for whom remote learning will be a challenge, for parents who both work outside the home and aren’t sure how to balance it all, for kids with learning challenges, and so much more. We are all in this together, dear friends.

If the Holy Spirit gives you an idea about how St. Thomas can support our community as the school year begins, please share! We have a great opportunity to serve. How might we accomplish that?

Blessed to be serving with you,
Pastor Heather
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!
Plans for ChristNet
are in the works for
this upcoming fall.
Opportunities to help
will be posted on the
church website as well
as in this newsletter.

Details coming soon!
Available for pick-up
in the church office,
M, W, F, 9 am - noon.
FREE N95 MASKS for 50+
Thanks to the
generous donation of
Dr. David Patterson,
we still have some N95 masks available to our congregation.

These medical-grade masks
filter out 95% of large and small air-borne particles.
Light cleaning needed at the church until a new custodian is hired. Vacuuming, dusting, bathroom upkeep requested. Signup sheet for tasks is posted in the narthex on the bulletin board. Jobs are listed individually and may be completed convenient to your schedule.

Any and all help is appreciated!
QUESTIONS? Contact Linda Landis at 734-552-2937.
Because we are
we give!
Thank you for mailing your offering or going online at www.stthomasgi.com/giving
COME
PLAY
AROUND!
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.
Stay connected to and
involved in St.Thomas!

Website: www.stthomasgi.com
Facebook: stthomaslutheranchurch
Happy Birthday!
Celebrating this week . . .
Al Skrocki, August 11
Grayson Kolodzewjski, August 12
Gabe Flessland, August 13
Ethel Yops, August 14
Ava Sanquist, August 15
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 marriages
this week of:

Pam and Jim Schiesel, August 11
Lenaya and Fred Burchfield, August 15
Erin and Matt Shelton, August 16
Tim and Lisa Perry, August 16
If you want to send a personal note or card, contact (office@stthomasgi.com)
Please contact (office@stthomasgi.com) with any omissions or corrections.
INDULGE A LITTLE!

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 and Prayers
CeCe Krzeczkowski
at the loss of her mom in May
Joan Hoffmeyer
Tamara Howes
Denise Keeler
Tracie Liszewski
Shannon Loso
Bob Malone
Maryellen Nelson
JoAnn Schwenk
Tracy Snider
Give God your weakness and He'll give you His strength.