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THE EPISTLE: January 12th, 2023

New Adult Christian Formation Class with our New Rector Begins This Sunday


Our new Rector, Donavan, is inviting everyone to come and get to know him better in his first Adult Christian Formation class starting this Sunday, January 15th! Each Sunday, at 9:30am through February 5th, Donavan will begin each class with a short discussion on the varied & different roads we can encounter in our spiritual journey of faith. He will then work to tie each of those different roads into his own personal faith journey, sharing personal stories that reveal the paths that led him to finding Jesus, then losing Jesus, and then finding Jesus again, to his entering the Episcopal Church & ordination into the priesthood over 15 years ago, to, finally, receiving the call to join us here at St. Thomas. This class will be a wonderful way to get to find out so much more about our new Rector and to compare your own walk with Jesus with his life, ministry, and understanding of church, Bible, and the spiritual life. This Sunday, the Adult Christian Formation class will be held in the church, so grab a quick breakfast and find a pew. Beginning Sunday, January 22nd, class will move back to the Parish Hall.

And Please Join Us This Sunday

For a reception and to give a warm St. Thomas welcome to Donavan and Audrey along with daughter Aoife


When: January 15, 2023

Time: After the 10:30 service

Where: Parish Hall

Pub Theology

Sit down with Jeannie and Ranie on Monday, January 23, from 6-7:30 PM inside at Mellow Mushroom, 2230 Cecil Ashburn Drive SE, Huntsville, AL, 35802 for great fellowship, good food, drink, and hearty discussion! Please note that if the weather is pleasant, we may sit outdoors. Text Jeannie and let her know you plan on joining us at 256-348-9918 or email Ranie at associate@stthomashuntsville.org.

Keep Coffee Talk Alive!

We need your help to keep the refreshments coming on Sundays following the 10:30AM service. Please sign up for an upcoming Sunday morning to bring homemade cookies or store-bought sweet treats in order that we can spend a few minutes gathering together in fellowship after worship. Please sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0949a5af29a1f49-refreshments#/

using Sign-Up Genius or call the church office at 256-880-0247. Thank you for helping us keep this vital part of our parish thriving!

All New “Children’s Message” is coming to the 10:30 Worship Service on January 22nd!

In order to incorporate children into our Sunday morning worship every Sunday, beginning Sunday, January 22nd, Fr. Donavan will introduce a new 5 minute “Children’s Message” to every 10:30am Eucharist, happening just before the sermon. Each Sunday, from January 22nd onward, the procession to the Children’s Chapel will not begin until just after the Gospel is read. At that point, as the Gospel book is being returned to the altar, a short children’s hymn will be played and Miss Laura Beth will invite the children who usually attend Children’s Chapel to come to the front of the church and be seated in front of the altar. There, Fr. Donavan, will offer a special “Children’s Message” to the children, and when the message is finished, the music will begin again as the children follow Miss Laura Beth to Children’s Chapel. This addition of a Sunday Children’s Message at St. Thomas will be a new and exciting way to highlight our children and include them in our worship each and every Sunday!  So be sure to bring your children to take part with Fr. Donavan on Sunday, January 22nd, during the 10:30am Holy Eucharist!

Grief Group

The Grief Group will begin meeting again on January 17, at 10 AM. We'll also meet in February on the 14th and 28th at 10 AM. 

Treble Choir rehearsals resume on January 22 at 3:30

All children of the parish aged 4K and older are welcome to come sing with us! We enter the choir room through the back door just off the back playground. All kids rehearse together from 3:30 to 4:00. We have snack and playground time until 4:15, and then the Major Trebles (Grade 2 +) return to the choir room for additional 30 minutes of rehearsal. Please feel free to email [ music@stthomashuntsville.org ] or text [ 614.329.5991 ] Miss Kathy with any questions. Former members are especially encouraged to return!



FEBRUARY 12, 2023


Dear St. Thomas Friends,


Our next blood drive is quickly approaching. On February 12 show your Valentine’s Day love. Save a life - or three - before you watch the Super Bowl. Thank you for your generosity in donating.

Meals on Wheels Delivery Volunteers Needed

Meals on Wheels provides a nutritious lunch Monday-Friday, year-round to Huntsville seniors age 60 or over, who are unable to cook for themselves, have no one available to cook for them, and are primarily homebound. The St Thomas MOW delivery team needs volunteers who can deliver one day each month. If you want to join this ministry or need more information, contact Mark Dixon at (256) 426-0381 or mddixon@aol.com.

BBQ Bandits Super Bowl Event

The BBQ Bandits are firing up the smoker for the annual Super Bowl event. This year’s Super Bowl is just a couple of weeks away (February 12) so look for Charlie’s email on the menu items and pick up information. The website will be available this week for online orders (https://st-thomas-bbq-bandits.square.site) and there will also be a link on the church website. Please email us at stthomasbbq@gmail.com to get included if you are not already on our distribution list!

23rd Annual Parish Meeting

New Vestry Members

Pictured left to right: Richard Williams, Kathie Clayton, David Hattaway, Grace Casey, and Fr. Donavan Cain

Donavan's First Sunday

Epiphany Burning of the Greens

Children's Christmas

St. Thomas Night

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