St. Thomas Updates

September 14, 2023

In This Issue...

"Glory to God" by Richard Proulx

Adult Ed

Blessing of the Backpacks Photos

Green Team

Wizard of Oz

Rector's Discussion Group

Breaking Bread Together

Blessing of the Animals

Save the Date - Barbara Crafton Retreat


Prayer List

A Message from Joel

This Sunday, Sept 17, we will be re-introducing the "Glory to God" from Community Mass, by Richard Proulx, for use during our services this fall. The last time we did this was five or six years ago. The choir will lead a brief rehearsal prior to the service. Come 10 minutes early to practice with the choir! Hopefully this will help lead you into a prayerful singing of the "Glory to God" during the service.

Adult Education - Sermon Talk-Back

Join Jonah in Classroom 1 after the 9:30 a.m. service for a sermon talk-back, focusing on forgiveness, which is the theme of this week's sermon.

Blessing of the Backpacks Photos

Becky Smith

Green Team

A September message from your Green Team

The Season of Creation is the annual Christian  celebration of prayer and action for our common home.

This year’s theme is “Let Justice and Peace Flow”.

We are encouraged to reflect on our lifestyles, our opportunities for change and to set concrete action plans that help renew our relationship with God, with others, and with nature.

The Wizard of Oz tickets are now on sale!

Tickets are reserved seating, and the best seats will go quickly!

Sep 20-23 @ 7 pm

Sep 23-24 @ 2 pm

Premium Seats: $35

Standard Seats: $25/$15

All performances at Sun Valley Community School.

Click Here for Tickets

Rector's Discussion Group Begins

September 27th

Looking For God In Messy Places: A Book About Hope

By Jake Owensby, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Louisiana

In his book, Bishop Owensby offers a message of hope.  How to find it.  How to practice it.  How to grow it.  Owensby believes that hope comes from our personal awareness that God is with us no matter what – even and especially in life’s messy places.  

This fall please join the Rector’s Discussion Group for a study of Bishop Owensby’s book.  Gatherings occur via zoom at 12pm on Wednesdays.  Please contact Judi Fuller in the office if you need assistance obtaining the book.  The schedule is as follows:

September 27th, Session 1

Read Part I: How Love Gives Us Hope

October 4th, Session 2

Read Part II: The God Who Shows Up

October 11th, Session 3

Read Part III: Remember That You Are Called

October 18th, Session 4

Read Part IV: Making a Difference.  Together.

October 25th, Session 5

Read Part V: Faith, Hope, and Friendship with God

Let’s Break Bread Together!

Last fall we launched a new ministry called Breaking Bread Together – an opportunity for small groups of parishioners to meet monthly to “break bread” together, make new friends and share in Christian fellowship. Some groups met for dinner at each other’s homes, others went out to brunch – it’s up to each group to decide when and where to gather. Even if you participated last year, please sign up for the coming year.

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After a summer break, we are ready to begin again! The groups will be re-constituted so we can keep creating new friendships and connections.

If you would like to be part of this fun ministry of community, please sign up here or call Judi at the church office, 208-726-5349. The new groups will be announced on October 1.

Save the Date! 

October 28 and 29, 2023

St. Thomas welcomes the Rev. Barbara Crafton for

Conversations on the Spirituality of Ageing

Saturday, October 28 – “The Seasons of Life” Retreat from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 29 – Barbara will preach and lead Adult Ed at 11:00 on the topic of “FOMO – The Fear of Missing Out” 

More details to follow soon!

Wisdom Walks

Women’s Wisdom Walks Continue through September

Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

Meet at the Sun Valley Post Office and walk to the Hemingway Memorial

Staff Vacations

Kathleen Bean

September 17-October 4

Sara Gorby

September 27-28

Prayer List

Amanda, Loring, Tara, Bob, Tyler, Patrick, Laurie, Terry, Patty, Aly, Lisa, Evelyn, Mike, Stephen, Tayt, Midge, Cindy, Anita, Judy, Sarah, Sam, Luella, Kris, Lois, Molly, Blake, Myrna, Mary, Sally, Reuben, Sandie, Brendan, Rachel, Sarah, Betty, Jane, Alexandra, Aimee, Julia, Amy, Betty, Gunner, Anne, Jane, Anne, Barbara, Alyson, Dylan, Carolyn, Marilyn, Marsha, Teresa, Susan, Mitch, Sarah, David, Lynda, John, Terry, River Thomas, Fiona, Jim, Jasmine, Kelly, Hollie, Calder, Hewitt, Shelley, Deb, Mary, Margaret, Philip, Noah, Mike, Brian, Suzie, Laine, Barry. Lindy, and John.

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