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THE EPISTLE EXTRA!

THIS WEEK: January 31st - February 9th

Annual Honduras Ministries Dinner! Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 6pm


Come learn more about St. Thomas' World Missions in Honduras, as we share information about the past year's joys & accomplishments of Sloan Clinic, the June medical mission, and our village school. A Honduran meal will be provided, and we will have info on this year's school students and their needs! Estas invitado! Come join us this Wednesday, February 8th, 6pm, in the Parish Hall!

UPCOMING

Super Bowl BBQ Fundraiser: ORDER TODAY!

The BBQ Bandits are ready to fire up the smoker once again for the annual Super Bowl BBQ Fundraiser event. Proceeds from the event will benefit First Stop. Pickup will be Saturday, February 11th or Sunday, February 12th from 12pm-2pm. THE ONLINE STORE IS OPEN NOW! CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW And you can email us at stthomasbbq@gmail.com to get on our email distribution list!

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!

ST. THOMAS BLOOD DRIVE

FEBRUARY 12, 2023.

 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

All donors will receive a $20 E-Gift Card!

Click here to schedule a lifesaving appointment!

ACOLYTE TRAINING SUNDAY

February 12th!

Calling all acolytes ages 9 to adult! Do you like to play with fire? Do you like to walk in a big parade? Do you like to serve the Lord? If you answered YES to any of these questions, please come to a special acolyte training with Dcn. Jeannie & Fr. Donavan on Sunday, February 12 after the 10:30 AM service, and we will learn how to serve God and the church together. And adults, you are needed for the 8:00 am service and are welcome to join us! PIZZA and soft drinks will be provided.

Call, text (256-348-9918) or email Jeannie Randall at jrann228@gmail.com for more information.

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 from 6PM-7:30PM, Monday, February 13 at Melt in downtown Huntsville (201 Jefferson St N Suite I, Huntsville, AL 35801).

We will discuss what you all believe are the greatest hindrances to Christian discipleship in 2023 In our city, country, and in the church community? We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions please contact Ranie at associate@stthomashuntsville.org

Celebration of New Ministry for Fr. Donavan: February 15th at 6pm

On Wednesday evening, February 15th, at 6pm, Donavan will be installed by Bishop Glenda Curry as the eighth Rector of St. Thomas! The entire St. Thomas family is invited to come join in the Celebration of New Ministry liturgy in the church, with guest preacher, the Rev. Sarah Minton, Rector at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Immediately following, we will gather in the Parish Hall for a special reception for Donavan and his family. This will be a special night for St. Thomas, so please save the date and come celebrate our new Rector!

Regeneration Family Game Night, February 18th, 5-7pm!


Regeneration is a group for young adults and families with children ages 0-18 to connect over shared life experiences. Our Regeneration Group at St. Thomas is excited to offer a Family Game Night for adults and children on Saturday, February 18th, from 5-7PM in the Parish Hall. Young adults and families with children 0-18 are invited to bring their game faces! There will be plenty of food, fun, and fellowship to go around! Please contact Michell York at 256-682-5620 to RSVP or if you need more information.


Commit to Racial Reconciliation: Racial Healing Workshop February 25


Racial healing is an ongoing process that we have committed ourselves to when we agree to "respect the dignity of every human being." Join our Associate Priest and others this February as we especially rededicate ourselves to honoring Black History Month and our work towards racial healing in a workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Alabama. The workshop, "Seeing the Face of God in Each Other" will take place on Saturday, February 25 from 8:30AM-5PM at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Madison, AL. Please register online:  HERE! 

If you would like to learn more about what this workshop entails and why it is important, please take a minute to look over this online brochure by clicking HERE. Finally, if you have any questions please contact Ranie at associate@stthomashuntsville.org

THANK YOU...FROM A PARISHIONER

A Sincere Thank You...

I don't know where I'd be without your loving support and caring ways, St. Thomas. It warms my heart to tell my friends what a wonderful church family I have. Your cards, thoughts, calls, food, and of course prayers helped me through the loss of my beloved Dick. You are such a blessing and a gift in my life. Thank you, Kay Strobel

ONGOING

"Our Journeys with Jesus": Adult Christian Formation Class with our New Rector continues THIS SUNDAY


Our new Rector is inviting everyone to come and get to know him better in his Adult Christian Formation class, "Our Journeys with Jesus" each Sunday, at 9:30am, continuing through February 5th. This class will be a wonderful way to get to find out so much more about Donavan and to compare your own walk with Jesus with Donavan's life, ministry, and understanding of church, Bible, and the spiritual life.

Attention All Budding Breakfast Cooks:


We all enjoy sharing breakfast on Sunday mornings with our fellow parishioners, but the meals do not magically appear in our kitchen. We have several groups that graciously volunteer their talents throughout the year to provide these meals, but they cannot cook every Sunday. We are looking for volunteers to form a team and take on this rewarding task once or twice this year. There are several dates available to show off your culinary skills. All teams are welcome. Please contact George Harriman at georgeharriman51@gmail.com or call at 256-509-6666 if you feel you can help.

New “Children’s Moment” EVERY SUNDAY!

 

In order to incorporate children into our Sunday morning worship every Sunday, Fr. Donavan will present a new 5 minute “Children’s Message” to the 10:30 Eucharist, that will happen just before the sermon. Each Sunday, 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 our kiddos. When the message is finished, the music will begin again, and the children will follow Miss Laura Beth to Children’s Chapel, to be returned during the Peace.

Keep "Cookie Talk" Alive!


We need your help to keep the refreshments coming on Sundays following the 10:30AM service. Please sign up for a Sunday to bring homemade cookies or store-bought sweet treats for a Sunday in order that we can spend a few minutes gathering after worship. Please sign up HERE using Sign-Up Genius or use the poster in Information Hall. Thank you for helping us keep this vital part of our parish thriving!


Treble Choir rehearsals, Sundays 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 Miss Kathy at 614.329.5991 with any questions. Former members are especially encouraged to return!

YOU'RE INVITED!


  • Creative Souls will meet Friday, Feb 3, in Hiers Hall. For more information, email Belinda Greenaway at Belinda223@gmail.com


  • St. Thomas Book Club will meet in the Parlor at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 13. We are discussing the book, Still Life by Louise Penny. Please join us whether you have read it or not. For more information, call Elouisa Stokes at 256-604-8669.

 

  • The Grief Group will begin meeting again on February 14th and 28th, at

10 AM. 


  • The Caregivers Support Group will meet again on February 15 at 1 PM in the Crossroads Room.
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