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THE EPISTLE: October 5th, 2022

A Note from the St. Thomas Stewardship Team


“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17

 

We invite you to think about the experience of worship that you have at St. Thomas. How does this shape the ways you express your love and gratitude to God?

 Letters and pledge cards for 2023 were sent to homes last week. If you did not receive yours, call the church office at 256-880-0247, or pick one up on Sunday when you are here. We will bless all pledges received at our Ingathering on October 30. Thank you for making your financial support to St. Thomas!

 

As an expression of our love and gratitude for all God’s gifts, we worship God, serve others, and love all people.

Blessing of the Animals


Please join us for the annual Blessing of the Animals THIS Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 PM. No matter what type of animal you have – the 4-legged kind, the swimmers, the crawlers and the hoppers – bring ‘em on! All families will receive a dog or cat goodie bag. Even if you don’t have a pet, you are invited. It is a fun celebration of all God’s creatures. Don’t miss it. 

 

Join us for our Quarterly Children's Service this upcoming Sunday, October 9 at 10:30am! Our children will read the day's lessons, and our Treble Choir will lead us in song.  

Singers Wanted for Lessons & Carols


The choir is once again welcoming additional voices to join us for our Lessons & Carols Service, which will be held on Sunday, December 11. Weekly rehearsals will begin Wednesday, October 5; 7:00 - 7:40. Please contact Miss Kathy at music@stthomashuntsville.org or 614-329-5991 if you're interested in joining us!

Building & Grounds Committee


Please join the Building and Grounds Committee at 8am on Saturday October 22nd for the fall clean-up day. This is a great opportunity to freshen up the church for Lobsterfest. Pulling weeds and cleaning up the labyrinth are just a couple of things we will be doing. Biscuits, doughnuts, and coffee will be provided. We hope to see everyone on October 22nd.  Bring your own tools, please.

The Regeneration Group (young families and other young-ish adults) is planning a Ladies Night Out/Guys Night In for October 22nd from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. The ladies will be having dinner and fellowship at Stovehouse. The guys will be hanging out at the church with the kiddos. Please let Michell York or Laura Beth Bestor know if you're coming. You can email Laura Beth - children@stthomashuntsville.org or text/call Michell - 256.682.5620. It should be fun!

CASA TEMP$ Fun Day Saturday, November 5


Please come join us for a fun day with CASA TEMP$ on Saturday, November 5. We will be winterizing four homes of elderly people in our local neighborhood. The work includes placing plastic over windows, caulking around windows and doors, repairing storm doors, and patching exterior holes. We will start at 7:15 AM with a scrumptious breakfast by the DOK in the Parish Hall, some instructions, and a prayer, and then drive to the houses here in the southeast. We should be finished by kickoff time (early afternoon). If you would like to do some fun hands-on Christian work, please come share with us in this very special ministry. Contact Jack Stokes at 881-4748 or jackstokes@comcast.net

Caregivers Support Group


If you or someone you know is a caregiver for a loved one, we have a support group at St. Thomas that meets every other week. Our next meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 19th, at 1 P.M. in the Crossroads Room. If you would like to be added to our meetings notification list or simply want more information about the Caregivers Support Program, text or email Mona Parker: 256-599-9942 or mona.s.parker@gmail.com

Hand Bells


The Music department would like to use hand bells during the Advent season. This time we will have a daytime rehearsal hour. Playing hand bells is a wonderful way to make music and work together for a beautiful result. We will rehearse on Thursday mornings at 10:30 am in the bell room in Hudson Hall.

Please contact Donna Clark clarkdf@aol.com if you would like ring with us!

Backpack Meal Program


If anyone would like to help pack meals for the Backpack Meal Program the packing dates and times are as follows:

Wednesday at 12pm, after Bible Studies:

9\28; 10\12; 10\26; 11\30; 12\14 and Sundays at 4pm:10/16; 10/30; 12/4.

 

Each time only 70 meals need to be packed. Email Travis Lee if you can help. Tlee777790@gmail.com

Grief Group

The Grief Group will continue to meet each Wednesday in the parlor. Please note, the meeting time has been changed to 2:30. Pat Johnson, LPCS, will facilitate the group. Please join us. For questions contact Virginia at vmonroe@stthomashuntsville.org.

Wednesday Evening Service


The Wednesday evening service will not be scheduled for October and early November. Beginning Wednesday, November 30, and December 7 and 14 there will be a Taizé service at 5:30. This will be a prelude to an Advent speaker and supper series. On December 21 there will be a Christmas Carol sing-a-long at 5:30 followed by supper. More details will follow.

Flower Guild Flower Memorials


Our flower guild is in great need of Sunday altar flower donations. This is a wonderful way to remember a loved one, celebrate an anniversary, or just simply acknowledge someone special. The fee for memorials is now $60 per Sunday. Please sign up on the poster outside the flower guild room.

Lobsterfest Large Fish Cooler


Would you believe it? The Lobsterfest large fish cooler is missing again. Whoever has it, please return it to the Lobster Alley this week.

 

And the window blinds in the Parlor…someone took them off the windows. Please email the office or call if you have them. Thanks.

All Saints Sunday

 

Sunday, November 6 is All Saints Sunday. Our custom is to read the names and ring the bell for those family members who have died within the last year. If you have a loved one whose name should be included, please email the office at stthomas@stthomashuntsville.org before Friday, October 28.

Renew, Revive, Rejoice


Our 192nd Diocese Convention: Renew, Revive, Rejoice will be held February 2-4, 2023, at Camp McDowell. We are collecting nominations for delegates on Sunday, October 9. Nomination forms are available in the Narthex. Please remember that in order to be nominated a person must be a confirmed Episcopalian, a communicant in good standing known to the treasurer, and able to attend convention.  

5:00 PM Sunday Evening Service in the Nave



Join us for the all-ages-welcome come-as-you-are service. This informal service will continue through November. Join us afterwards for a quick supper.

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.

A Creative Lifestyle


Belinda Greenaway is hosting a monthly get together for those of us who enjoy a creative lifestyle. That might be artists or knitters or quilters or bookmakers or whatever you wish. The gathering is held the first Friday of the month (October 7) from 2:00-4:00 PM in Heirs Hall 2 classroom. Please bring your own simple tools of the trade and we’ll work on our own disciplines while enjoying great fellowship. Please let Belinda know you’re coming at belinda223@gmail.com

Silver Saints Movie Matinee


Come join us for October’s Silver Saints Matinee Movie on Thursday, October 20 at 1:00 PM. Come watch “Sleepless in Seattle,” an all-time lovable, funny movie about a little fellow who wants to find a wife for his dad. With Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan. This is a MUST-SEE.

The Silver Saints Matinee Movie offers you fun and fellowship for all comers. We have snacks and beverages, and we will even transport you if you wish. Call Jack or Becky Stokes at 256-881-4748 or the church office with questions or requests. Please call 24 hours ahead if you will need a ride. Please come have some fun. You know you want to see this special movie!!

Reminders


If you need to borrow or use anything in the church, please check it out in the church office. This includes coolers, wheelchairs, kitchen items, tents, tables/chairs, etc. Please help us be good stewards of our church. 


Our deadline for the EPISTLE and Week At A Glance is Tuesday at noon.

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