St. Thomas Updates
October 7, 2021
Blessing of the Animals Photos
Becky Smith
Commissioning of the Handbells
Joel Bejot
The handbells we have been using since 2017 belonged to St. Michael's Cathedral in Boise. They realized that they could form a handbell choir when singing wasn't permitted, and they asked for them back this past winter. We took that as an opportunity to fundraise for our own set. Through the generosity of many folks at St. Thomas, we raised the needed funds quickly, and the new bells were delivered in April! On Sunday, we mark this special moment in our church's history with prayer, commissioning them for God's service. We have also commissioned a new work for our handbells, "Praise, my soul, the King of heaven," by Sandra Eithun. Don't miss it!
Thank Offering

There will be two Thank Offerings this month: this Sunday, October 10th and October 31st. We would love to have you share your thanksgiving at either service!

All Thank Offering donations are used to support our outreach ministries.
PIRATE EUCHARIST
&
TRUNK-OR-TREAT
October 31st
Trunk-or-Treat Decorating
3:00-3:50 pm

4:00 pm
Pirate Eucharist Labyrinth
followed by Trunk-or-Treat
Church Parking Lot until 6:00 pm



We need people to decorate their car trunks and
hand out candy.
Teen's Cars Too!!!

St. Thomas has lots of Halloween themed decorations for you to check out and use for your trunk.
Or you can bring your own decorations.

Questions?
Contact Sara Gorby, (208) 720-0824

1) Trunk-or-Treat Decorating Sign Up
2) Pinterest Trunk-or-Treat Inspiration
Jonah will bless the sheep on Main St. at the Trailing of the Sheep Parade!
12:00 noon | Sunday, Oct 10
COMING SOON
Events to Look Out For!
NAGS
No Agenda Group (Open to all men of St. Thomas)

We are having our next NAGS on Thursday, October 21st at 5pm at Lake Creek Trailhead. We are going to walk out Lake Creek to enjoy the Fall leaves and having cold beverages afterwards. 

Organ Recital

Joel Bejot is performing an organ recital on Sunday, October 24, at 5:30 p.m. His entire recital will comprise works written by women - Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (Felix' sister), Emma Lou Diemer (born in Kansas City), Nadia Boulanger (French music teacher. Her students included Aaron Copland and Burt Bacharach), Barbara Harbach (born in Pennsylvania, founder of Vivace Press), and Rachel Laurin (born in Quebec and virtuoso organist).

The proceeds from this recital will help defray the cost of future visiting artists. Don't miss this unique and exciting recital!

All Souls Day Grief Retreat
November 2nd from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
 
All Souls Day is a tender day of remembrance of our loved ones who have died. It invites us to acknowledge any kind of grief we may be experiencing, whether for someone we love who has died or who is ill, for ourselves, or for the suffering of the world.
This All Souls Day, join Rev. Kathleen for a time of reflection in the sacred space of St. Thomas. We will conclude our time together with the Quiet Eucharist at 5:30.
Please RSVP to kbean@stthomassv.org.

Time to sign up for our Fall Highway clean-up to be held on Saturday, October 16, from 10:00 to 12:00. Sign up in the narthex!
Quiet Eucharists
Tuesdays from 5:30-6:00pm

We are currently offering a simple Eucharist in the Church each Tuesday. This quiet service is designed as a mid-week worship offering to help slow-down the hustle and bustle of life to better remember who we are and Whose we are. It will run through May 31st.

The first Eucharist of the month will be a healing service, and during the seasons of Advent and Epiphany it will be Taize. We hope you will join us!
Rector's Discussion Group
 
The Rector’s Discussion Group continues on Wednesday, October 6th at 12pm. The topic of this next series will be the Gospel of John. Composed by writings of one of Jesus' closest followers, the Gospel of John offers insights into the ethics and theology of the early Church. Its key themes are Christ's divinity, the centrality of love and the comfort of God in Christ. This series will run weekly through Wednesday, November 17. Gatherings take place via zoom.  I hope you can you join us and please invite a friend!

To register for the discussion group and receive the zoom link please contact Judi Fuller - jfuller@stthomassv.org
 
SUNDAY SCHEDULE
 
                               8:00 and 9:30        Worship in the Sanctuary*
                               9:00 a.m.                Choir rehearsal
                               9:30 a.m.                Children and Youth in Classrooms
                              10:30 a.m.               Coffee hour on the lower courtyard
                              11:00 a.m.               Adult Education in the Parish Hall