Week of November 7, 2022

9393 Church Road
Grosse Ile, MI 48138
Office Hours: 9am-noon T, W, R
Office: 734-675-0005
Quilters -
Monday, November 7 @ 9:30 am
Fellowship Hall

Staff Meeting -
Monday, November 7 @ 10:30 am
Conference Room

Bible Study -
Monday, November 7 @ noon
Fellowship Hall

Ladies' Monthly Lunch -
Wednesday, November 9 @ noon
Ramsey's, W. Jefferson in Trenton

Men's Monthly Lunch -
Thursday, November 10 @ noon
Sully's, Macomb St. on G.I.

Council Meeting -
Sunday, November 13 following worship
Conference Room
St. Thomas
Lutheran Church
Pr. Kari Rinas
23rd Week of Pentecost
Gospel: Luke 21: 5-19
Thursday, November 10
@ 7 pm
(casual, no music)

Sunday, November 13
@ 10 am
(blend of traditional and contemporary)

Sunday School for children ages 4 - 10
during worship service
Coffee Hour following service
If unable to help as scheduled, please find a replacement for yourself.
Please visit the church website
www. stthomasgi.com
for additional photos.
Pastor Kari Rinas
Installed at
St. Thomas Lutheran Church
Congratulations to Pastor Kari Rinas
on her installation as St. Thomas' pastor
on Saturday afternoon, November 5.
The ceremony was stately, beautiful
and meaningful. Pastor Sean Ewbank officiated at the installation, as well as readings from Pastor David Montgomery, Rev. Philiip Dinwiddie
and Pastor Andrew Chavonak.
In addition to a large group of St. Thomas
members, the event was attended by Kari's family, her husband Pr. Joshua Rinas, and
Rev. Jack Eggleston were also in attendance. Picks and Bows provided lovely music before and
during the service. A beautiful reception followed with assorted appetizers, cake and punch.
Welcome, Pastor Kari!
Thanks to you all for making church a great experience
from the very beginning!
Busy Bags
for Little Ones
A BIG round of applause for our own
Andrea Kujala for making a bunch of
bright and cheery activity bags
for our youngest church-goers.
Andrea is an expert seamstress
and also puts her sewing skill
to work with the quilters each Monday.
Pastor Kari and Linda Landis
filled the bags with exciting and fun activities. 
Samaritas Congregational Update
from Rev. Beth Birkholz
In 2021, even in the midst of the crisis in Afghanistan, Samaritas welcomed over 1500 refugees. In 2022 we will welcome many more than that, thanks to your work of donations, co-sponsorship, and prayers! As Ukrainian refugees continue to arrive, as well as those from many other countries, we will need your support to continue to welcome them home to Michigan. 

Family Preservation Program
In the Family Preservation program, over 90% of the families served were successful in not needing to utilize foster care! This program continues to grow and achieve the goal of helping families reunite and stay together. 

Introducing...Legacy Adoption Services
The former Lutheran Adoption Services has become Legacy Adoption Services. This decision was made out of great concern and care to serve as many children as possible without barriers. This also respects the history of Lutheran Adoption Services originally being a merger of the ELCA
and Missouri Synod Lutheran churches. 

Samaritas will open its 16th Affordable Living community in Muskegon later this month! An Open House will take place on Friday, November 18 at 11:30 am
at 785 Spring Street in downtown Muskegon.
Area pastors and leaders are welcomed to attend! 

Using FreeWill’s online resource, you can create your plans for free in less than 20 minutes online. You can secure your future, protect the people you love, and continue supporting the causes close to your heart, like Samaritas, all through your will.
FREE WILL link here: freewill.com/samaritas

Rev. Beth Birkholz
Samaritas Director of Congregational Engagement
bbirk@samaritas.org; Ph: 313-400-3011

 To donate, mail a check to our central office at:
8131 E. Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

Churchwide Thankoffering Service Saturday, November 5 at 4pm EST
via Zoom
 A Zoom Thanksgiving Service is being sponsored by Women of the ELCA
Join women from across the United States and the Caribbean in celebrating God’s grace and redeeming love.  Dr. Yolanda Denson-Byers (of Becker, Minn.), will preach. The Rev. Mary Button (of Port Jervis, NY) will preside, and Anne Storan (president of the Florida-Bahamas Synodical Women's Organization) will serve as lector. C
Please contact the office if interested in registering for the Zoom meeting.
Happy Birthday!
Celebrating this week . . .
Michelle Swamy, November 7
Wendy Brozek, November 9
Judy Cemer, November 10
Rachel Bloetscher, November 13
Happy Anniversary!
Celebrating this week:
Michelle and Rainer Swamy, November 8
Jenna and Carl Graves, November 8
Art Wahl - President
Sandi Loso - Vice President
Kent Kujula - Treasurer
Nancy Graver - Secretary
Justine Brozek
Wendy Brozek
Salvo Finazzo
Anna Gartner
Erika Kwan
David Patterson
Paula Riley
TBA- Youth Representative
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to a council member.
In Our Thoughts and Prayers
Ryan Brozek
Karla Calahan
(Linda Landis' cousin)
Laura Chamlee
Carol Figi
Bob Dickason
Amy Hammond
Lynn Henderson
Tamara Howes
Carney Dittmer Karn
(Fred's wife)
Denise Keeler
Marjorie Lockhart
Roy Rodriguez
(Lincoln Landis' maternal grandfather)
Lois Smith
(Darcie Bammer's mom)
Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost