Celebrate Community with St. Thomas

AN INVITATION

We are a community of diverse individuals and families that gather to celebrate in worship and fellowship together each week.

Whether you’re exploring the Christian faith for the first time, coming back after some time away, been a part of a faith community your whole life or fall somewhere in-between, you will find a place of welcome here.

WEDNESDAY EVENING – CENTERING PRAYER SERVICE

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. This group meets every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in the Chapel. Learn more

SUNDAY SERVICES

Two worship services are offered every Sunday. The first is at 8:00 am for those who prefer a quieter expression of worship. The second service follows at 10:30 am and incorporates choral and instrumental music with a family-oriented focus.

COFFEE & TEA HOUR

Join us for time together to learn, to grow, to enjoy some uplifting time in fellowship…and on Sundays – to nibble on some good eats that follow during coffee and tea hour.

SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES

If you want to explore some of the broader community gatherings – small groups meet for men’s spiritual growth, women’s spirituality, craft-making, parish event planners, Bible study, liturgical arts, Book Club, choir & music, family ministry and 20s & 30s-something activities, to share goodreads, explore spirituality, offer hospitality, host events, and more. Check back each week either on the parish website’s homepage or in the weekly printed bulletins and Beyond a Doubt newsletter for the latest happenings.

Photos accompanying post courtesy of Parish Event Planner “PEP” member – Pat Dare.

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Parish Work Day: Saturday, Oct. 26th 9 am – 1 pm

LET’S CLEAN UP FOR ADVENT

Join us on Saturday, October 26th from 9 AM – 1 PM for a friendly parish work day to enjoy fellowship with one another while we spruce up the campus in preparation for Advent and Christmastide!

THERE WILL BE NOURISHMENT

In gratitude for helping hands and our time together, lunch will be offered after the work is done.

SO, LET’S DO SOME CLEANING

As we approach Advent and Christmastide, envision our community time spent together to prepare our physical and spiritual house for the upcoming season of anticipation and celebration. In taking up our brooms, hammers, brushes and mops, we clean and tidy up the indoor and outdoor spaces, revitalizing their beauty and function while enhancing their sense of welcome to all. Through rolling up our sleeves together, we have occasion to experience spiritual renewal in a practical and meaningful way.

So, mark your calendars and make your way over to St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Saturday, October 26th – 9 AM to 1 PM.. You bring the elbow grease and we’ll take care of lunch!

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Thanksgiving Luncheon – Nov. 18th @ Noon

There are traditions and there are traditions…and ours is to do something a little different…

This year, please join us on Sunday, November 18th for worship at either the 8:00 or 10:30 am services with a luncheon to follow at midday (Noon).

Thanksgiving “Pasta” Luncheon @ Noon

Courtesy of Parish Event Planners fondly known as “PEP”, we’ll be offering a celebratory Thanksgiving Luncheon in Cowans Hall, located a short distance across the courtyard from the church sanctuary.

Turkey Day will be coming soon enough, so we’re putting on a pasta feed (regular and gluten-free, too) with a selection of sauces for your choosing – yum 🙂 If balance is what you seek (from the carbs), then have a heaping helping of healthy salad greens to go with it. Beverages and dessert will also be on the menu…best of all, no dishes to do at home!

To answer the question–Where’s the Turkey? According to Pat D.–one of PEP’s esteemed chefs, “it’s all in the sauce…well, at least one of them!” – enjoy 🙂

More than anything, we invite you for a time for fellowship–to relax, refresh and enjoy each other’s company…and to remember what being thankful is all about.

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Back to Church Sunday – Sep. 9th

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Back to Church Sunday
September 9th @ 9:30am
Gathering in Cowans Hall

WHAT’S UP?

The faith community at St. Thomas began a discernment process during Eastertide regarding our mission and future. One salient theme that has emerged is our desire for intergenerational engagement that welcomes and interconnects people. A diverse group of individuals has lovingly come together in response to craft a special service designed to engage inter-generational worship.

For Back to Church Sunday on September 9th, get ready to embark on something creative and connect with us in a beautiful way that brings the generations together for a single service to intermix, learn some of each other’s stories, pray together, and eat…who can forget that!

More importantly, join us in sharing this time together as a community–be blessed by those you meet along the way and be a blessing to them, too 🙂

WHAT TO EXPECT

One Service Only @ 9:30 AM in Cowans Hall, see Directions & Campus Map.

It will be interactive and starts with a heartfelt welcome and a simple flower. It’s color will represent your generation to take with you into the hall where instead of pews, you’ll encounter round tables, each with a vase at its center. In bringing together different colors of flowers, we hope to form a bouquet for each table.

Now, let’s mix it up–try placing your flower in the company of varying colors belonging to people you may not know so well or even not at all. Take a chance for this bouquet to take shape in its beauty, entirety and deeper meaning. This is just a taste of what’s to follow.

There will be music and Liturgy of the Word, readings including a special one of the Gospel, table discussions, and our spiritual and physical offerings. Everything including the words that have written out through prayerful listening and out of our dream statements will be taken forward and received.

All these movements give rise to the formation of our shared mission and direction as a faith community. These are sacred steps – it’s important that we walk together in unity.

Finally, communion will be celebrated and the bread and wine will be shared at each table.

DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

We’ve worked out all the details so things will run smoothly and will have instructions for everyone Sunday morning.

ARE YOU HUNGRY?

Following service, we will be serving lunch courtesy of Parish Event Planners (PEP) and share announcements at this time.

A SPECIAL NOTE FROM PASTOR SALYING

I do hope you will come and share in the joy of the generations at St. Thomas. There’s so much to gain from the horizons in our midst. I discover something new every time I pay attention to a child talking about what growing up is like today; I gather insights from young adults trying to create a sense of community in our area; I benefit from the wisdom of our seniors who have seen so much and offer guidance in the ups and downs of life. I hope you find this time together enriching, in opening yourselves up to another horizon perhaps to meet a kindred spirit there and experience God in our midst.

Pastor Salying

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20s & 30s Young Adults Group Gathering

We are a small group of 20 and 30-something year olds looking to gather for fun, fellowship and service. We are always exploring ideas for group gatherings and activities.

There are several ideas brewing – including a monthly service project, Bible study meetings, and social events.

We gathered for a group hike at Rancho San Antonio and hosted a couple of events including a Lunch Get Together and Dickens Fair field trip

We’re looking for opportunities to learn about each other, grow together in faith, and support one another. We welcome you to join us!

If you would like more information about the St. Thomas Young Adults Group or to RSVP for an upcoming event, Contact Pastor Salying.

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