Inaugural Senior’s Luncheon – Feb 20th

 
AN INVITATION TO ALL SAINT THOMAS SENIORS

You are cordially invited to our inaugural Senior Luncheon
on February 20, 2020 in Cowans Hall at 11:00 AM
to begin our journey to find out what the Seniors at Saint Thomas
want, need and would enjoy participating in.

Lend us your voices and your vision
to create a welcoming, warm, nurturing community of
Seniors at Saint Thomas
in which to thrive and grow as we share our faith, fellowship, and fun.

RSVPs REQUESTED

Please respond to indicate your participation on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex, or by calling 408-272-2620, or sending a message to Sue Beckham.

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Join Us for Centering Prayer – Weds @ 6:30 PM in Chapel

ALL ARE WELCOME

Come and sit in silent fellowship in joining us for a little time spent in Centering Prayer. At this gathering you will be equipped with everything you will need to explore Centering Prayer and to explore it within our Christian community. We will spend some time sitting and praying together. This is a chance to support each other and encourage a regular structured practice in ourselves, but no long-term commitment is necessary.

MORE ABOUT CENTERING PRAYER

Centering Prayer can deepen your spiritual life, helping to build peace and clarity. If you haven’t yet experienced God’s presence in this way, we encourage you to give it a try. Learn more about this Christian contemplative practice online.

WHEN & WHERE

We gather together each week on Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM in the St. Thomas Chapel.

To get to the chapel, enter the main church building through the double red doors and follow the corridor to the right all the way around to the back. Someone will be there to greet you.

Please feel free to bring a neighbor, colleague or loved one, regardless of their religious background or familiarity with centering prayer.

A VALUABLE RESOURCE

We suggest you explore the Center for Action and Contemplation website which has links to various talks, podcasts, books, etc. on contemplative prayer and related topics. You may also sign up for their meditation email series composed by father Richard Rohr.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please reach out to the session facilitator Chris Schmidt (contact details in the Parish Directory) or call the Parish Office during office hours at (408) 736-4155 for more information.

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Sunday School – Feb 2nd

STARTS AT 10:30 AM

This Sunday we will begin the Service and Sunday School outside the Church, entering the Church in a procession with candles in celebration of Candlemas, also called Presentation Sunday.

On this day, we mark the Presentation of Jesus at the temple. This date is 40 days after Christmas and was the day when Mary and Joseph brought the Baby Jesus to the temple where he was presented to the Lord. It was the time for Mary to be cleansed following the birth of a boy child. They brought a sacrifice of two doves or pigeons which was the custom. They were greeted by Simeon who had been waiting a long time for the Messiah and told them that Jesus was “ a light for all nations”. This helped to tie the blessing of candles at Churches to this day. It is also tradition that any Christmas decorations not taken down on Epiphany are removed on Candlemas.

After the procession, class will be held in the Heart Classroom where we will continue our study of the Bible and create a special Bible treat.

This is also traditionally the day that the end or not of Winter is decided by weather of the day. Tradition says that if it is sunny and clear there will be more winter weather ahead but if it is raining, snowing or cloudy there will be an early spring.

READINGS

These are the readings for Presentation Sunday or Candlemas: Psalm 84, the First Reading is Malachi 3:1-4, the Second Reading is Hebrews 2:14-18, the Gospel is Luke 2:22-40.

MEMORY VERSE

The memory verse if you choose to use it is: “Your mighty power is a light for all nations, and it will bring honor to your people Israel.” ~ Luke 2:32 (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 – Jan 26th

STARTS AT 10:30 AM

This Sunday, January 26th, Sunday School will be held in the Heart classroom with Pam and Sue teaching. We will have class and rehearse the Chinese New Year’s Skit which the children will present at the Announcement time of the Service.

Following the service, lunch will be served in Cowans Hall and the Annual Meeting will take place. A movie will be set up in Sue’s office for the children to watch once lunch is over.

READINGS

These are the eadings for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany: Psalm 27:1, 5-13, the First Reading is Isaiah 9:1-4, the Second Reading is 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 and the Gospel is Matthew 4:12-23.

MEMORY VERSE

The memory verse if you choose to use it is: “You, Lord, are the light that keeps me safe.” ~ Psalm 27:1 (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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Sunday School – Jan 19th

STARTS AT 10:30 AM

On January 19th, students will gather in the Heart classroom. Pam and Sue will be teaching.

READINGS

These are the readings for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany: Psalm 40:-12, the First Reading is Isaiah 49:1-7, the Second Reading is 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 and the Gospel is John 1:29-42.

MEMORY VERSE

The memory verse if you choose to use it is: “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” ~ John 1:29 (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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