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THE EPISTLE: July 27th, 2022

Grief Support Group - DATE CHANGE

The dates for the Grief Group have changed. The first meeting will be Wednesday, August 17th, and each Wednesday through September 21. The group will meet at 2:00, the location will be determined at the first meeting.

The Reverend Carl Malm, M.Div., will lead the group. He has been a Grief Counselor at The Center for Loss, Grief, and Change since 1999. He has held the position of Executive Director, Huntsville Association for Pastoral Care since 2015.

This group is for anyone grieving a death, divorce, or other significant loss. It will also be helpful for those going through a major life transition such as retirement, aging or moving.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity for grief support. If you have questions, please contact Virginia Monroe at vmonroe@stthomashuntsvlle.org or call the church, 256-880-0247.

We need your help with the Bulletin Prayer lists! 

In order to update the prayer list, please look at the extended list of “Those who are ill or in distress.” If you submitted a name and that person no longer needs prayers for a current situation please call the office or email Dorothy at to let her know.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Join us for Services at St. Thomas

Sunday Morning

Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 8:00 am and 10:30 am

Music at both services, the choir at 10:30 

Sunday Evening

Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 5:00 pm

This is an informal come-as-you-are service followed by supper in the parish hall

Wednesday evening service is taking a summer break. This includes Joyful Noise and Taizé services. We will see you in September. 

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

Blessing of the Backpacks

We'll honor our children and teachers who are starting a new school year at all three services (8 am, 10:30 am, and 5 pm) on Sunday, July 31

Everyone is invited to bring their backpacks, briefcases, and book bags so you can receive a special blessing and a reminder of St. Thomas' love for you!  

Young Adult Pub Theology 

Calling anyone ages 22-39! Gather with us at this event sponsored by the Diocese of Alabama for all young adults in our area at 6PM, Monday August 8th on the patio of Mellow Mushroom (2230 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE).

We will continue to discuss discipleship through the lens of current issues-- specifically Christian Nationalism-- what is it and what part does it play in our churches?

We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions please contact Ranie at associate@stthomashuntsville.org

Children's Ministry - THANK YOU!!!

A big thank you to all who attended and all who volunteered at Waterworks! Park VBS! We welcomed 46 children into the halls of St. Thomas for a week of fun and learning about God's love for each of us. 

I am so thankful for the time, talent, and treasure that many of you put into making the week a success. Seeing and hearing the enthusiasm each morning and afternoon brought such joy to the church!


God's Peace,

Laura Beth Bestor

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.

Parents' Morning Out

Parents' Morning Out is ending this week -- Wednesday, July 27th. We have had a blast this summer and will revisit the need next summer. 

Honoring EfM Graduates 

This Sunday, July 31, at the 10:30 service, we will honor graduates, Penny Nielsen, Elizabeth Cook, and Todd Jurhs, for their completion of the EfM four-year course at St. Thomas.

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. 

EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.

The four-year course covers the study of the Old and New Testaments, the history of Christianity, and various Christian theologies.  

Classes begin the day after Labor and meet every Tuesday evening from 6:15 – 8:00 through mid-May. Classes are held seminar style with an emphasis on what the student(s) what the students have discovered during their weekly readings.

Registration is now open for the 2022-2023. New students need to contact Sally Barnett (256-651-6545) or Jeannie Randall jrann228@gmail.com for details. 

Cost is $325.00 plus the cost of the text(s).

For more information check out the website: EfM.sewanee.

ReGeneration Returns

All young families and young adults are invited to join us from 4:30pm until 7pm on Saturday, August 13 for a fun evening at the pool in the Renaissance subdivision (2200 Rosebrooke Dr SW, Huntsville).  

We'll check-in with each other over pizza and non-alcoholic beverages. Let Laura Beth Bestor (children@stthomashuntsville.org) or Michell York (michelldyork@gmail.com) know if you plan to attend.  

Blood Drive at St. Thomas

Local Hospitals rely on LifeSouth blood drives. One donation can save 3 lives. Please mark your calendar to give a little time and help someone in need.

Blood Drive

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Sunday, September 11, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 2:00p.m. 

Bailey Cove Farmers Market

Vacation Bible School

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