St. Thomas Updates - April 22, 2021
COLUMBARIUM/HOLE IN THE WALL MINISTRY MINUTE
First Quarter Financial Update
by Tom Benson, Treasurer
 
I am pleased to report that St Thomas was recently notified that the $69,200 loan we received last year under the Federal Payroll Protection Plan has been formally forgiven and that our application for a second loan under the program also in the amount of $69,200 has been approved and funded. These forgivable loans are a significant blessing and have helped us continue to fund our payroll and operations during the pandemic. Collectively the two forgivable loans total $138,400 and will go a long way towards offsetting the $95,966 operating deficit we incurred in 2020 and the $51,815 operating deficit in our approved 2021 budget.
 
Actual church operating results for the first three months of 2021 are encouraging. Church income totaled $369,105 or a $71,270 increase versus the comparable period in 2020. The increase is due to higher pledges in 2021 and several large donors making their annual gifts earlier in the year in 2021. Church operating expenses for the first three months of 2021 totaled $254,899 which is a $40,820 increase versus the comparable period in 2020. The increase in 2021 reflects higher costs for clergy, a change in the allocation of staff costs between St Thomas Playhouse and the church budgets and higher contributions to the Diocese triggered by the higher church income this year.
 
The positive news on the vaccine front together with our recent success in resuming indoor worship and strong early enrollment numbers for St Thomas Playhouse are encouraging signs that we should be able to achieve full year 2021 results that are close to our 2021 budget.  
 
I would personally like to thank all of you for your continuing financial support during these challenging times. Your generosity has been instrumental in helping St Thomas maintain and grow our vital worship and outreach programs during the past year.
The Conversion of St. Paul (Acts 9:1-19)
Rector's Discussion Group

The Rector’s Discussion Group will resume this Tuesday, April 27th at 12pm. The topic of this next series will be the Book of Acts. Written by the author of the Gospel of Luke, Acts chronicles the earliest period of the church’s development. Its key themes are the Holy Spirit, St. Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles, the power of fellowship, the Church’s mission as well as perseverance. This series will run weekly through Tuesday, June 8th. Gatherings take place via zoom.  I hope you can you join us. And please invite a friend!

Please read Acts 1:1-2:13 in preparation for the first gathering.
ROAD WARRIORS NEEDED!!

We will be cleaning up or section of Highway 75 on Saturday, May 15th, from 10-12.
Sign up in the narthex at church, or email Mary at mnmalkmus@gmail.com if you can help.
Welcome to our Earth Sunday Celebration

Your Green Team has small packets of wildflower seeds for you to take home and scatter (directions included) in celebration of and commitment to our beautiful planet. They will be handed out at the live services, and may be picked up at Church for those attending the Virtual Service.

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of the earth and sky and sea; for the richness of the mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of the birds and the loveliness of the flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your name, now and for ever. Amen
TEEN CONFIRMATION CLASSES!

Sundays
May 2-June 6 (Adjusted Dates)
4:00-6:00 p.m.
St. Thomas Church
8th grade & up

In-Person
Masked

Team Teachers: The Rev. Jonah Kendall & Sara Gorby

What is confirmation?
Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop" (BCP, p. 860).


These classes provide an opportunity for young people to learn about what it means to be Christian and especially Episcopalian.
Not to mention trying to stump Jonah with BURNING QUESTIONS!

Bishop Brian will confirm youth on
Sunday, August 15th, 9:30 a.m. service
when he visits St. Thomas!

Contact Sara Gorby for sign-up information, sgorby@stthomassv.org