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
A CLEAN SWEEP!

Please help us keep the church tidy for services
until a custodian is hired. Light cleaning
(vacuuming, dusting, bathroom upkeep)
needed each week.

Sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex,
or call Linda Landis (734-52-2937).
Most of us are at least a bit familiar with Reinhold Neibuhr’s
Serenity Prayer.

It is often used in addiction recovery settings, but even if you aren’t an addict, his words are both
soothing and a challenge to us.
There is so much in life this year that feels out of our control. Pastors and councils make decisions about in-person worship, school administrators make decisions about school, CEOs tell people whether or not to work from home. I don’t know about you, but when I am faced with something I want to change but can’t, “serene” isn’t how I react. The serenity Neibuhr talks about only comes from knowing that God is in control of everything.

We do, however, have control over how we react to things when they happen. We can use our political voices to vote for candidates whose values align with ours. We can get active in school and church groups. We can even vent to friends and family, so that our angst doesn’t build up.

How are you reacting to things these days? Personally, I’m at the point in this pandemic of saying, “Well, that’s 2020 for ya. What do I need to do next?” This year has taught us that when we make plans, we’re often aiming at a moving target. Do I long for the “before time”? Absolutely. However, no amount of tantrum-throwing to God is going to get us there any faster. What we can do, right now, is look at how we are reacting to the world around us, and ask, “What do I need to do next?”

On a personal note, I will be having unexpected, but necessary, surgery to remove the hardware from my ankle on Saturday, August 29. If everything goes as planned (ha!), I should be home by the time you read this on Monday. The surgery shouldn’t keep me down, so if you need anything, don’t hesitate to call me. 😊

Blessed to be serving with you,
Pastor Heather
FALL IS COMING AND SO IS CHRISTNET
Plans are being made for ChristNet
and will be finalized soon.
Stay tuned for opportunities
to contribute or volunteer.
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!
COOKING READING
WORKING OUT
DRAWING SINGING
DECLUTTERING
SEWING BAKING
WRITING
ZOOMING SKYPING
TELEWORKING
GARDENING
PAINTING CREATING
RENOVATING
CRAFTING
BOARD GAMES
BORED GAMES
ONLINE CLASSES
WHAT
WAS
YOUR
PANDEMIC
PURSUIT
Karen Skrocki is gathering pictures and information about our how our talented members stayed busy during the pandemic.
Please contact Karen at 734-552-9934.
We appreciate your
faithful generosity!
Thank you for mailing your offering or going online at www.stthomasgi.com/giving
SIGN-UP COMMUNION
The SignUp Genius for COMMUNION will NOT be sent to your email
THIS WEEK due to
Pastor Heather's recent surgery.
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
Celebrating this week . . .
David Torosian, August 31
Ethan Bammer, September 3
Linda Landis, September 3
P.J. Kujala, September 5
Stacy Seeley, September 6

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:
Kathie and Jeff Kline, September 2
CeCe and Bob Krzeczkowski, September 4
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.
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 and Prayers
Pastor Heather
Joan Hoffmeyer
Tamara Howes
Denise Keeler
Tracie Liszewski
Shannon Loso
Bob Malone
Maryellen Nelson
JoAnn Schwenk
Tracy Snider
Where God guides, He provides. Isaiah 58:11