St. Thomas Updates - July 15th, 2021

August 1 @ 9:30 a.m. in Festival Meadows
Local Heroes-We Thank You
This service will be dedicated to first responders, essential workers and community leaders that have served the Wood River Valley throughout this challenging period of time.

August 15 @ 9:30 a.m.
Bishop’s Visitation

August 22 @ 5:00 p.m.
Rev. Jonah Kendall’s installation as Rector. Reception to follow.

Newsies Rehearsal Photos
Actors rehearse in masks and are able to remove them for performance.
Newsies Tickets Open to the Public!

Celebrating 20 years of productions, St. Thomas Playhouse’s Summer Theater Project returns this July with performances of Newsies. The Summer Theater Project brings together high school students and young adults across the Wood River Valley to stage a full musical production.

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of a band of teenaged “newsies” who rally together to take on the titans of publishing after a rise in distribution prices at the newsies’ expense. Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by the true story of the 1899 Newsboy Strike, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Seating will be General Admission and space will be limited to allow our audience to spread out.

Direction by Sara Gorby
Music Direction by Louisa Waycott
Choreography by Savina Barini

Performances will be held at the Sun Valley Community School, July 21-24 at 7:00 P.M.

Tickets are $25 for Adults and $15 for Under 18
*Preview Performance Tickets are $10.

Wednesday, July 21 @ 7 P.M. (PREVIEW)
Thursday, July 22 @ 7 P.M,
Friday, July 23 @ 7 P.M.
Saturday, July 24 @ 7 P.M.
Joel Bejot

Come sing with us!
We all want to have the best worship experience, and it takes lots of volunteers to make it all come together. Would you like to help enhance our worship by singing in the choir? We have a wonderful team that meets weekly on Wednesdays to rehearse. Come try it for a month, and see if you like it! It's a great way to give to the church and to praise God. You might even make a few friends while you're at it. For more information, please speak with Joel Bejot.

Women Composers
This Sunday we feature Maddalena Laura Sirmen, the composer of the prelude and postlude. Sirmen was born in 1745 to poverty-stricken parents. At the age of seven, she began studies at the San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti, a hospice which trained young girls in music. She was also given permission to study with Giuseppe Tartini occasionally, who paid her tuition himself. In 1767 she married the renowned violinist Ludovico Sirmen, and they began touring that same year. Maddalena's compositions were well received during her career. She died in 1818.

Grand Days of Summer

This week we welcome Heather Black to GRAND DAYS OF SUMMER!

Heather is a photographer with a gift for telling stories through photos. She will share her gifts with our children as they learn to explore telling stories with imagery. 

Children are invited to bring something to take pictures with (point and shoot or phone). Remember to have devices charged and a memory card something other than a phone. We will have a few options on hand. 

Thank you to Margot and Robert Shuford for sharing their gift for welcoming and inclusion with our young people on Sunday! We made notes to put in the St. Thomas welcome bags. 

We welcome you to St. Thomas!

Please save the date for a newcomers welcome gathering on August 25th at 5:30 p.m.. Details will follow in the coming weeks.
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Inquirer’s Class with Jonah and Kathleen
Sunday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
July 18, 25, August 1 and 8
Have you ever wondered…What’s an Anglican? How did the Episcopal Church come about, and how is it different from other denominations? What is going on up at the altar during the service? What’s the right way to pray? How are the scriptures relevant to our lives today? How does St. Thomas make a difference in our community?

Join Jonah and Kathleen for a thought-provoking conversation addressing these questions and more. This class is for everyone who would like to learn more about the Episcopal Church, or would like to be confirmed or received during the Bishop Brian’s visit on August 15.

July 18: Worship and Sacraments
July 25: Scripture
August 1: Spiritual Practices
August 8: Ministry Today at St. Thomas 

Please contact Kathleen to sign up:
Liberation Yoga is Back!

Tyia Wilson will lead our community through meditation and yoga on the Labyrinth Thursdays 6-7 pm.

All are welcome. Bring your mat. And a spirit of openness. 

Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Questions? Contact Sara Gorby or The Rev. Kathleen Bean, (208) 726-5349

Worship - 8am, 9:30am, Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal – 9am, Parish Hall
Coffee Hour - 10:30am, Courtyard
Children and Youth - 9:30am, Classrooms
Adult Formation, 11:00am, Parish Hall (September, October)

1st Sundays (Except September)
Worship - 9:30am, Holy Eucharist, Festival Meadows
Children and Youth, The Field

Outdoor Services Themes
August 1 theme: Local Heroes – we thank you
September 12 theme: Back to School + Blessing of the Backpacks
October 3 theme: Blessing of the Animals