WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS
ANNUAL MEETING

The Annual Meeting of St. Thomas Church will be held Sunday, January 27th at 10:15 am. There will only be a 9 am service that day.
 
2018 and 2019 will be pivotal and significant years in the life of the congregation. It is important you hear our reports and information first-hand, as well as participate in the voting, conversations, and questions.  We are sending out the materials for the meeting shortly.

There will be Sunday school classes for children at 9 am. We plan to offer babysitting beginning at 8:45 am and a kids' brunch and supervised activities upstairs after church and through the meeting.
This Winter
In case of severe weather, before heading out to church, please check your email for notification from the St. Thomas office of any cancellations or postponements.
Wednesday, January 16
Holy Eucharist at 7:30 pm in the chapel. 

Thursday, January 17
Bible Study at 11:00 am in the boardroom.

Saturday, January 19
- Thrift Shop is open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and continues to offer two special sales: Cashmere sweater sale and 50% off all art work.
-  Farmers Market from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
 
Sunday, January 20
  • We celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am (said) and 10:00 am (with music). Pre-K to grade 2 meet in the Godly Play classroom at 9:45 am. Children in grade 3 and up are in church for the Martin Luther King celebration at 10:00am.
  • 11:30 am in Heathcote Hall - We Ballet and Back to Bach for children 2 to 13 years oldEach program is 15 - 20 minutes with a short break in-between.  Parents are welcome.  
Tuesday, January 22
Brown Bag Lunch from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon.
St. Thomas Book Club
It's time to pick up your copy of The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler, St. Thomas Book Club's first graphic novel, by John Hendrix, and join our group in the library on February 10 at 11:30 am to discuss Bonhoeffer's story of faith and sacrifice.  If you are prefer to read at a more leisurely pace, check out Tom Hanks' (yes, that Tom Hanks!), Uncommon Type: Some Stories, which we will discuss later this year.
A Virtual Bible Study opportunity!
Join with Episcopalians around the country in reading the Book of Romans during Epiphany 2019 as part of the Good Book Club. Forward Movement has broken the book down into daily readings which began January 7  (it's not too late to jump in and catch up!) and continue through Ash Wednesday.  
Daily readings and more information can be found  here.  The Thursday morning bible study will be discussing Romans during this season as well, so feel free to join them from 11:00 to 12:00 any Thursday.
Lenten Email Series
We invite you to share in the 2019 Lenten email series from Episcopal Relief & Development.  Each day during Lent you will receive a daily reflection, co-authored by a group of faith leaders from across the church. During this season of reflection on our Christian faith, their writings will enhance your spiritual journey as they both inspire and challenge you. Each daily meditation is presented in both English and Spanish.

Signup to receive your Daily Lenten Meditations by clicking here.
Women's retreat:  Friday March 15th to Sunday March 17th
This year's women's retreat weekend is scheduled for Friday, March 15th to Sunday March 17th. We have invited the women of All Saints', Harrison to join us and i f past years are any indication, it will once again be a relaxing, refreshing, and renewing weekend away.  

The retreat will be held at St. Marguerite's Retreat House which is part of the Community of St. John the Baptist, an Episcopal Women's Religious Order in Mendham, NJ.  We have reserved the entire retreat house, so we will be the only group there for the weekend. They have space  for 27 people,  so rsvp and reserve your spot now!  You can read more about the community and the retreat house at their website.  All of the bedrooms are simple, individual rooms with shared bathrooms.  Home-cooked meals are provided but we are welcome to bring snacks or other items to meet specialized dietary requirements.     


We will plan on arriving in time for dinner on Friday night and leaving after worship on Sunday morning.  We can carpool...arrangements for travel will be made once we know who is planning on attending and who can drive, but we will get everyone there!

The cost for the weekend is 200.00 per person and includes lodging and all meals.  If that is financially difficult for you, please let either Carol or Tami know....there is some scholarship money available.  Checks can be made out to St. Thomas with "women's retreat" written in the memo.

The Reverend Chris Jones  will be returning as our facilitator.   

Any questions?  Contact Carol or Tami.




Congratulations to Edgar Garza, 
who became a US citizen on January 10, 2019.

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