“Back-to-Parish Sunday” Service @ 10:30 AM in Cowans Hall + Potluck Luncheon – Sept. 22nd

This coming Sunday, September 22nd we will be celebrating “Back-to-Parish Sunday” as we usher in the fall season and harvest time of the year.

SINGLE Worship Service @ 10:30 AM in Cowans Hall

Mark your calendars in anticipation of a special event as we depart from a more traditional format and do something a little different.

There will be “NO” 8:00 AM Worship Service; instead, we will be gathering as the full faith community in Cowans Hall for a single worship service at 10:30 AM.

There will be “NO” Sermons…what? Instead, we’ll be breaking into a creative liturgy of the Word, partaking in communion and sharing a tasty potluck lunch (more about that below).

Our worship will include special readings with corresponding table discussions and time to construct Prayers of the People together. These will be used in the liturgy (a.k.a. Episcopal speak meaning that these prayers will be included in the order of service).

And there will be music…


Following worship, let’s continue in the spirit of “Getting to Know You” by participating in a potluck meal hosted by PEP (Parish Event Planners). The foods we share symbolize the first fruits of our labors that we set before our faith family to enjoy.

This is a special time to break bread, and to not only share different foods, but also something about ourselves with those around us…how about something that people may not know about you.

For example, “I was on the cross-country team in high school or I do karaoke on Thursday nights.” Whether we’ve been coming to church for a long or short time, there is always something to discover about people in your midst. So, let’s learn something new 🙂

What to Bring to the Potluck?

PEP will be hosting an Internationally-inspired potluck luncheon following the service.

Let’s celebrate the community’s diversity by bringing foods to share that represent our ethnic heritage or ethnic foods we love!

Please bring your food/potluck items to Cowans Hall prior to the start of service to allow time to set up the buffet.

We’ll provide you with a card to identify your dish’s country of origin, and to note any ingredients of importance for those with food allergies or sensitivities (examples: dairy, gluten, peanuts, meat, monosodium glutamate or MSG, seafood; sulfites – found in wine, balsamic and other wine vinegars, etc.). Many thanks!

We would also appreciate having a recipe for a St. Thomas cookbook to be published in the future.

Tapas-Style Buffet

The potluck luncheon will be set up as a tapas-type buffet with small plates for sampling the different offerings. You are encouraged to move around and talk to others about some of the dishes that you like.

Conversations about food are just one great entry point to getting to know each other better, in keeping with our “Back to Parish Sunday” theme.

Come and join-in the community building celebration!

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Annual Greening of the Church – Sunday, Dec. 23rd

Join us on Sunday, December 23rd for a celebration service @ 10:30 am. During this time, we’ll experience the best of Christmastide with lessons and carols, and literally deck the halls with boughs of holly and trim the trees to embrace the season.

Following the service, meander over to Cowans Hall for a community soup and salad potluck.

If you’re new to St. Thomas, see Directions & Campus Map.


Would you like to share a crock pot/slow cooker full of your favorite HOT soup (that serves eight people if possible)? Be it chicken noodle, vegan butternut squash or zesty Italian meatball, we welcome tasty contributions!

If salad’s more your thing, consider bringing a bowl of greens or even salad toppings, such as shredded carrots, corn, cherry tomatoes, chopped peppers, garbanzo beans, croutons, etc. for added variety.

See sign-up sheet at the back of the church.

Helpful Note: If there are any ingredients of concern to people with food allergies/sensitivities (e.g. peanuts, soy, gluten, sulfites [wine, grape-based vinegar (balsamic, red or white wine vinegar), seafood, etc.], please indicate this on a display card/sticky with your potluck item.


Please drop-off your salad fixings/crock pots/slow-cookers at Cowans Hall prior to service on Dec. 23rd. We’ll make sure salads are refrigerated and all crockpots/slow cookers get plugged-in to keep soups warm.


There will be a pre-greening gathering on Saturday, December 22nd @ 10:00 am in the sanctuary to stage the following day’s event. Activities include setting-up the Christmas trees, gathering the decorations and other important preparations.

Help is needed to stage the event for the next day. Preparations will take just an hour or two. Please join us — many hands make light work!


If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

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Welcome Dr. Rebecca Lyman on “Back to Parish” Sunday – Sept. 10th

What better way to observe “Back to Parish” Sunday than to honor Dr. Rebecca Lyman as she begins her ministry as Adjunct Priest to Saint Thomas preaching at the morning services this day.

Two service times will be offered: 8:00 and 10:30 am. Sunday School will not be meeting this Sunday. Instead, children will join their families in communal worship at the 10:30 am service time and participate in a special song presentation to highlight the day.


Please join us in offering Rev. Rebecca a heartfelt welcome! Parish Event Planners (PEP) will be celebrating her arrival with a luncheon at noon following mid morning service – see details below.


Sunday School will meet again on Sunday, Sept. 17th to kick off the 2017-2018 school year. Now is the time to register!

Parents: There will be a registration table available before 10:30 am service to sign up for the new school year. Please arrive early to allow time to complete registration. Sunday School is open to children (ages 4-12) with nursery care available for infants and toddlers (0 to 4 years). If you have any questions, Contact Sue Beckham


We will be having a luncheon to come together in fellowship and welcome Rev. Rebecca personally to the parish. On the menu for lunch, PEP will prepare a “do it yourself” sandwich buffet bar.


To complement luncheon offerings, please bring a side dish such as a salad, other garnishes or snacks to share. Drinks will be provided.

A special cake will be served in honor of Rev. Rebecca with a short program to follow.


We will look at some of the “Dreams for St. Thomas” that parishioners have submitted so far and see what steps we might take to make them realities.


If you haven’t submitted your “Dreams for St. Thomas” yet, please do so as soon as you can. Having more dreams will allow the Vestry to see in which direction they should try to channel their efforts.


Our new adjunct priest, the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Lyman grew up in Michigan. She is the Samuel Garrett Professor of Church History emerita at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley. Educated at Western Michigan University in Religion and History, The Catholic University of America in Medieval and Byzantine Studies and Oxford University in Theology, she taught history at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Graduate Theological Union for many years.

She has published numerous articles and two books on ancient Christian history and theology, including Early Christian Traditions for the New Episcopal Church Teaching Series. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and is associated with the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Group at the University of California in Berkeley. At the moment she is working on a new interpretation of the history of the “Arian” heresy.

She is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of California and associated with St. Mark’s, Palo Alto. She is married to Andrew Bridges, a lawyer, and has two adult children. Her interests include the history and spirituality of landscape, as well as tennis, skiing, and walking.

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Family Games Night – Friday, Aug. 18th

Join us for another fun-filled Family Games Night & fundraiser event to support the work and ministries of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.


Friday, August 18th at 6:00 pm

All ages and skills are welcome. The last game night was a huge success with a diverse set of games across a broad age range. We crossed the Oregon Trail, solved a global Pandemic, completed the continental railroad, and discovered lost treasure on a sinking island!


Dinner is potluck, so please bring your favorite entrée to share!


We will gathering at St. Thomas in Cowans Hall, see Directions & Campus Map

Look forward to seeing you there…

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Farewell BBQ for Michael – July 31st


We are so honored to throw a farewell barbecue for Rev. Michael. Although we’re sad to see him go, we wish him well on his journey as he continues to pursue his career path. Thank you for walking with us!


Sunday, July 31st immediately following mid-morning (10:30 AM) service.

The party will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church – in Cowans Hall and on the Alpha Omega Patio, see Directions & Campus Map.


PEP will be grilling hot dogs (mmmm good!) and you can have them plain or smothered with chili, sauerkraut, pickles and mustard or any combination thereof!

VEGETARIANS: No Fear – we will have meatless hot dogs available.

ALL: We’ll also have an assortment of beverages and be serving cake for dessert!


To make it even more special, please bring something to share – we suggest snacks, salads, or veggie side dishes. It’s time to celebrate!


This will be Michael’s last day as our Deacon, so let’s send him off with good food, fun and fellowship in appreciation for his ministry. Get your buns, meat & veggie hot dogs there!

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