“Pop Open a Book” Summer Reading Program runs June 14 thru August 6th

READY, SET … GO! JUNE 14TH THRU AUGUST 6TH

Get those books you’ve been meaning to read in a special stack for Pop Open A Book, this summer’s reading program which starts on Sunday, June 14th and runs through August 6th. 

ALL AGES WELCOME

Readers of all ages are invited to participate. All you have to do is read any book you want, either from your personal collection, our church library, borrowed from a friend or even the public library. Audiobooks count also.

If you’re unable to read, you’re still eligible. Just have someone read to you.

HOW IT WORKS

For every  book you read your name will be entered into a drawing and prizes will be awarded on Sunday, August 9

WHEN YOU FINISH A BOOK …

Since we are not attending church in person right now, you’ll need to send your name and book title (by email or phone) to one of the library volunteers, who will put each entry you submit on a paper Popcorn Kernel and pin it to the church’s bulletin board on your behalf. The more books you read, the better your chances of winning a prize. 

 
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Adult Formation Program: John, The Fourth Gospel

A FOUR-WEEK ONLINE PROGRAM

St. Thomas is offering a four-week, online adult formation/education program every Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM, May 6th through May 27th.

ZOOM MEETING DETAILS

After reading more background on the gospel of John below, join us online on upcoming Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM. Bring your bible and your own questions about John’s Gospel.

Zoom Link for Thursday Evening Study on the Gospel of John

Or Dial-in: +1 669 900 9128 meeting ID# 84709458542

FOCUS ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

If you open your Bible to the beginning of the New Testament, you will find The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark and Luke. Then you will find the fourth Gospel according to John. Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called the “Synoptic Gospels”. The word “synoptic,” rooted in Greek, means “presenting or taking the same or common view.” These three gospels share a number of the same stories, vocabulary
and style.

Then there is that other gospel, John. The style is radically different. It begins not with Jesus’ birth or baptism, but with a beautiful, cosmic poem. The gospel contains a large number of events and teachings of Jesus that are unique to this gospel, and events that are common with the Synoptic
gospels but which are told in a different way.

So, why and how is John so very different than the other three gospels? And how is it similar? What do we learn about Jesus as encountered in John’s gospel, that we wouldn’t know from reading the Synoptics?

There are other questions, just as intriguing: When, where and by whom was the Fourth Gospel composed? The way John’s Gospel is used in the liturgy is different from the Synoptics. Why is that so, and what do the answers tell us about the early church? How did the words of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel, particularly in the Last Supper discourse, shape how the church describes and addresses God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

Slider image taken from the Gospel of St. John the Evangelist, pages 104-105, The Book of Dimma, an irish Medieval manuscript contained in the medieval manuscript collection of Trinity Library in Dublin, Ireland.

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Sunday School – Feb 23rd

STARTS AT 10:30 AM

This Sunday, class will be held in the Heart Classroom. We will be studying Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday as we prepare for Lent. We will enjoy a Mardi Gras Treat.

READINGS

These are the readings for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany: Psalm 2, the First Reading is Exodus 24:12-18, the Second Reading is 2 Peter 1:16-21, and the Gospel is Matthew 17:1-9.

MEMORY VERSE

The memory verse if you choose to use it is: “This is my own dear son, and I am pleased with him. Listen to what he says!” ~ Matthew 17:5 (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

NEW STUDENTS – FIRST VISIT

Hello Parents and Guardians – if this is your student’s first time with us, please arrive a few minutes early to register your child.

We follow safe church practices, so its important that we know who’s in attendance, have parents(s) or guardian(s) check children in-and-out, and provide us us with any important details including contact info in the event of an emergency. Teachers are happy to help 🙂

Education building doors are locked 10 minutes after church service begins for added security…so give yourself a little extra time this first day. Teachers will be available to offer assistance to parents and children with registration, questions or any special needs – just introduce yourself and they’ll take it from there. Thanks so much and we look forward to meeting you!

QUESTIONS OR INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

For questions or interest in volunteering, contact Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director.

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Sunday School – Feb 16th

STARTS AT 10:30 AM

On February 16th, Sunday School class will be held in the Heart Classroom where we’ll continue to learn how to find material within the pages of our Bibles.

READINGS

These are the readings for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany: Psalm 119:1-8, the First Reading is Deuteronomy 30:15-20, ehe Second Reading is 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, and the Gospel is Matthew 5:21-37.

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

NEW STUDENTS – FIRST VISIT

Hello Parents and Guardians – if this is your student’s first time with us, please arrive a few minutes early to register your child.

We follow safe church practices, so its important that we know who’s in attendance, have parents(s) or guardian(s) check children in-and-out, and provide us us with any important details including contact info in the event of an emergency. Teachers are happy to help 🙂

Education building doors are locked 10 minutes after church service begins for added security…so give yourself a little extra time this first day. Teachers will be available to offer assistance to parents and children with registration, questions or any special needs – just introduce yourself and they’ll take it from there. Thanks so much and we look forward to meeting you!

QUESTIONS OR INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

For questions or interest in volunteering, contact Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director.

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Sunday School – Feb 9th

STARTS AT 10:30 AM

On February 9th, Sunday School class will be held in the Heart Classroom where we will continue our study of the Bible with the Book of Genesis.

READINGS

These are the readings for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany: Psalm 112:1-9, the First Reading is Isaiah 58:1-9a, the Second Reading is 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, and the Gospel is Matthew 5:13-20.

MEMORY VERSE

The memory verse if you choose to use it is: “ Shout praises to the Lord! “ ~ Psalm 112:1 (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

NEW STUDENTS – FIRST VISIT

Hello Parents and Guardians – if this is your student’s first time with us, please arrive a few minutes early to register your child.

We follow safe church practices, so its important that we know who’s in attendance, have parents(s) or guardian(s) check children in-and-out, and provide us us with any important details including contact info in the event of an emergency. Teachers are happy to help 🙂

Education building doors are locked 10 minutes after church service begins for added security…so give yourself a little extra time this first day. Teachers will be available to offer assistance to parents and children with registration, questions or any special needs – just introduce yourself and they’ll take it from there. Thanks so much and we look forward to meeting you!

QUESTIONS OR INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

For questions or interest in volunteering, contact Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director.

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