Adult Education: SACRED GROUND Summer Series – Zoom Wed. Evenings @ 7 PM July 29 thru Sep 9

First Offering of a Four – Part Series on Race and Faith

Conversations are going on all over this country right now, and some of that has been reflected in recent sermons here at St. Thomas. Race and racism are always touchy and difficult topics of discussion. With the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, and the prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement, this topic has risen in urgency.

The Episcopal Church has developed a program, Sacred Ground, to help participants to confront and work together through the realities of race, privilege, and unconscious bias and see how they affect our communities and our lives.

The program is presented by way of documentary videos and assigned readings and group dialogues. The entire program is designed for ten sessions. Here at St. Thomas we are going to begin the program this summer with three sessions, spaced two weeks apart.

Here at St. Thomas we are going to begin the program this summer with four sessions, spaced two weeks apart.

Session 1. Wednesday July 29, 7:00 pm via Zoom: STEPPING INTO SACRED GROUND

Session 2. Wednesday August 12, 7:00 pm via Zoom: THE ROOTS OF WHITENESS, AND DEEPER ROOTS

Session 3. Wednesday August 26, 7:00 pm via Zoom: WHOSE LAND? EXPLORING INDIGENOUS HISTORY

Session 4. Wednesday Sept. 9, 7:00 pm via Zoom: WHOSE LAND? EXPLORING INDIGENOUS HISTORY

What to Expect

Each session is divided into two parts. The first segment is presentation / dialogue related to that week’s topic.

The second segment is an opportunity to view together the video(s) for the next session. The sessions will run 2 hours, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

We will provide pre-reading material, by way of access to a Google Shared Drive.

There are two recommended books for the series: “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Howard Thurman, and “Waking Up White” by Debbie Irving. The parish library will have a copy of these books. They are available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon.com.

For Questions and to Attend

For those interested in Zooming with us for the Adult Education Summer Series SACRED GROUND or that have any initial questions, please alert Lou Poulain (see parish directory) or  Contact Us

We appreciate your giving us a “heads-up”  as it helps us in making session preparations. In turn, we’ll send an email to you how to access the pre-reading material.

Thank You 🙂

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Together Apart – Ways St. Thomas Gathers on Zoom

Going stir crazy, afraid to watch another cooking show or YouTube video on how to cut your hair?…or does talking to veggie plants have the neighbors wondering?

In need a little change? We have Good News for you…we really do 🙂

There are opportunities to gather for worship, prayer, study and fun at St. Thomas. All you literally need to do is plug-in and Zoom with us. Here are a few ways…

WORSHIP

SUNDAYS @ 10:30 AM – WORSHIP SERVICE with the whole congregation, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Sunday Worship

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 826 9002 5101

PRAYER

During this time while we shelter in place, there are ways we can stay connected spiritually, and find calm & peace in the midst of the pandemic.

Here are days and times you can connect online to the St. Thomas faith community for prayer, meditation and worship:
 
TUESDAYS @ 6PM – CENTERING PRAYER, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Tuesday Evening Centering Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 724376004
 
WEDNESDAYS @  12:15PM – NOONDAY PRAYER with Commemoration of a Saint, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Wednesday Noonday Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 86313271549
 
WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30PM – COMPLINE with Deacon Bertram: Zoom Link for Wednesday Evening Compline

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 499220185
  
THURSDAYS @ 9AM – MORNING PRAYER with Deacon Bertram, in connection with St. Margaret’s in Washington DC: Zoom link for Thursday Morning Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 6833  –  Meeting ID# 151825096  –  Password: 184402 
 
OR
 
Via the St. Margaret’s website: https://www.stmargaretsdc.org/   and then halfway down on the right, click on:
 

Virtual Noonday Prayer and Lectio Divina on Thursdays

(NOTE: 9 AM PDT = 12 Noon in Washington)

STUDY
Adult Formation

The Adult Formation serves to increase our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the Bible and to help us apply the lessons we learn to our lives  so that we may grow and mature in our Christian faith.

For the latest news regarding future studies, please check back with our website and/or the weekly service bulletin for upcoming offerings.

Family Ministry offers weekly online Children’s Ministry

Family Ministry gathers online on Thursdays at 4:00 PM for Children’s Ministry.  Our time together is focused on Christian formative education mixed with some fun! Note that the Children’s Ministry class previously scheduled for June 4th, 2020 is cancelled due to time conflicts with so many of the children still being in school. We plan to restart the following week. 

To participate, please contact the group’s host – Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director via the Parish Office  for details if you would like to join the group.

Sue’s contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

Men’s Spiritual Growth Group

Meets online the 2nd and 4th Saturdays (9-10 AM on your computer) to explore where the Scriptures lead us and on alternate Saturdays to check-in with everybody at the end of the week (this also starts at 9 AM).

We invite all men (even those not a part of St. Thomas) to join with us for fellowship and good discussion.  And yes, you can be in your pajamas! 

Our Zoom meetings are password protected so you’ll need to connect with Chris Schmidt, the group’s host via the Parish Office  for the Zoom ID if you are new to the group.

Chris’ contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

FUN
Book Club

We typically meet (online at this time) the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM. 

Our desire is to share and discuss good reads that broaden our minds and understanding of the world in which we live. We have an appreciation for each other and literature coming from a variety of genres.

Please check with the website and/or weekly service bulletin for current offerings.

If you are new to the group and would like to join, please contact Dorothy Furgerson, the host via the Parish Office for the Zoom ID.

Dorothy’s contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

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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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Adult Education Forum: Your Life with God – Sunday, Mar. 3rd

Led by Zanda Pregeant and John Pietrzyk, this will be the final segment on the issue of “Why Are We Here?

Here’s What We’ll Do

At this time, four questions will be addressed. Folks who are interested will meet, form small groups of three, choose two of the four questions, and then discuss them together.

After thirty minutes, John will call the group together and volunteers will share the findings of the group.

To get everyone ready, please think about the following questions…

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  • When did I first hear of the God story? Did one part particularly appeal to me?
  • Did my friends ever bring it up outside of church?
  • Did I ever have an experience that surprised and shocked me during a church service? (In a good way)
  • Did I have an experience outside of church where I felt strongly that there was something more to life than just the regular routine? (Have strong feelings of love, awe of nature, experience someone dying)

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Join us this Sunday for a wonderful event!

slider image – Elephant seals around vista point in Hearst-San Simeon State Park, San Simeon, CA by Andrew Munday. Follow the link to learn more about the elephant seal migration in the state of California.

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Adult Education Forum – Sunday, September 23rd

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

On Sunday, September 23, following the 10:30 AM service, Zanda Pregeant will offer an Adult Ed forum.

FORMAT

This will be a two-part experience:

~ Part One: Prior to the September 23rd forum, view a mini lecture about 15 minutes in length which you can find on YouTube, under the title “Zanda’s Short Answers”. You can view this on your own time line.

~ Part Two: On September 23, between 12:00 and 1:00 PM, those who are interested will meet in Cowan’s Hall to engage in small group sharing. You will find stimulating questions that
relate to the topic at each table. Your table of six people will share their own ideas
to these questions. After a preset time limit, the representatives from the various tables may share
some general ideas if they wish. John Pietrzyk has agreed to organize and lead these discussions.
The question we will be taking up is: “Why are we here?”

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