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THE EPISTLE: June 29th, 2022

Grief Support Group

The Reverend Carl Malm, M.Div., will lead a grief support group in August at Saint Thomas. The group will gather At Saint Thomas each Wednesday in August at 2:00 p.m.

The Reverend Malm was previously a hospice chaplain, a rehabilitation chaplain and a lecturer in history at UAH. He has been a Grief Counselor at The Center for Loss, Grief, and Change since 1999. He has been the pastor of Old Brick Presbyterian Church since 2006. He has held the position of Executive Director, Huntsville Association for Pastoral Care since 2015.


What are some of the benefits of joining a grief group?

We feel less alone.

Grief can feel very lonely, especially when we have lost someone who met many of our relationship needs. We may feel that no one else is hurting the way we are hurting. In a grief support group, we discover that we are not alone.


We can share with those who will listen with understanding.

Some may clearly not want to listen to us. Others may offer glib, useless, and even offensive advice. We need someone who can listen with empathy and understand where we are coming from.


We can learn from one another.

In a grief group, we may encounter others who have been grieving longer than we. We may learn what has helped them in their grief journey and what has not been helpful.


When we help others, we help ourselves.

There is a saying, "You cannot help someone else up a hill without reaching the top yourself." When we reach out with support and understanding to someone who is also grieving, we help ourselves as well. This is the secret of all self-help groups.


Please consider joining The Reverend Malm in August, Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. If you have questions, please email Virginia Monroe at vmonroe@sthomashuntsville.org or call the church, at 256-880-0247

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Waterworks! Park Vacation Bible School registration is now open (link here)! VBS will be from 9 am until 12 pm from July 11-15. Classes will be available for rising pre-K through 6th graders. There are limited nursery slots open for children under 4 years. We also need adult and youth volunteers to teach, help prep materials, lead games, perform the opening skits each morning, lead crafts, prep snacks and serve snacks. 

Contact our Children's Ministry Coordinator, Laura Beth Bestor (children@stthomashuntsville.org) if you have questions or would like to volunteer.  

A Christian Formation Notice

For the months of July and August, there will be no children, youth or adult Christian Formation classes. We will start again on September 11, 2022.


Immigrant children in our community are preparing to go back to school! Once again, we are supporting this community by donating new backpacks to children in Huntsville and we would love your help!

Our aim is to donate or contribute to 100 backpacks. If you are able, please donate a new backpack roughly the equivalent of $25-35 for an elementary school child by Monday, July 18th, or make a contribution to backpacks that have already been purchased through the church.

Please designate checks “Backpack Bonanza” and drop them by the church office. Thank you for loving all the children in our community!

St. Thomas Book Club


The St. Thomas book Club will meet on July 11th in the Crossroads Room at 10 A.M. We are reading The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty. Everyone who has started it says it is a great read! We'd love to have you join us. Call Elouisa Stokes for more information at 256-604-8669.

Just a reminder!

We enjoy refreshments after the 10:30 service with a cookie and a drink and if you are visiting it gives us a chance to meet you! Please consider signing up to bring refreshments for an upcoming Sunday. 

Cookies may be store-bought and you can sign up with a friend.  The sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in Information Hall.  

Habitat for Humanity 

We still have a lot of interior work to do on our house. We need you if you are 16+ with a parent or 19+. Our house is at 6221 Maywick Road. It is in northwest Huntsville off of Winchester Road. We work 8 to 3 on Saturdays and from 8 to 12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We can always find a job to do for you. For information, call Elouisa Stokes at 256-604-8669.

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.


Youth Canoe Trip down the Ocoee River! No cost for the St. Thomas Youth. Must be 12+ to raft. All others attending must pay $45. Make your reservations now! 

Email Jeannie jrann228@gmail.com for more details or to reserve your spot.

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Phone: 256.880.0247

Email: StThomas@stthomashuntsville.org