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THE EPISTLE: March 9, 2023

Stations of the Cross for Lent: Fridays, 12:10pm

Each Friday in Lent, .Fr. Donavan will open up the church to lead anyone who'd like to join him through the fourteen Stations of the Cross. If you've never walked through the Stations, this is your opportunity to spend each Friday in Lent enriching your soul with each Stations' powerful prayers, scripture readings, and physical movement through the church with Our Lord Jesus Christ. Make the Stations of the Cross a part of Lenten season of devotion this year.

20 Bible Passages Every Christian Should Know continues this Sunday!

Come join Fr. Donavan every Sunday in the Parish Hall this Lenten season, beginning at 9:30am, for a conversation about 20 important scripture passages from both the Old and New Testament that all followers of Jesus should at least have some reference to and understanding. Donavan will lead us from the Old Testament through the Gospels to the Epistles in the New Testament, from Genesis to the Revelation, with at least one stop in the Apocrypha! He will talk about the important meanings of verses you've probably heard quoted many times before, and he will take us into portions of Holy Scripture rarely or never read in our Sunday morning lectionary! Finally, Donavan will share a few verses that are very personal for him, before opening the floor to verses that might speak to you in your life and faith! Come dive deeper this Lent into the Bible and build up your knowledge and your faith in God's holy word!

Sunday Morning Lenten Book Study with Ranie continues this Sunday

Join us this Sunday for a book study in the Conference Room during the Sunday morning Formation Hour as we discuss The Night is Long but Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing by Dr. Catherine Meeks. Dr. Meeks focuses on racial healing, but her meditations cover healing in general. She pursues healing through the faithful question: do we really want to be well? If you would like to purchase the book, they are available now for $20 in Ranie's office.

Young Adult Pub Theology is Monday, March 13th!

Calling anyone ages 22-39! Gather with us this Monday, March 13th at 6PM on the patio of Mellow Mushroom (2230 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE). We will be discussing sexual ethics through the lens of discipleship and faith! We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions please contact Ranie at

ST. THOMAS LENTEN SERIES CONTINUES MARCH 15th: A Lenten Sojourn through the Blues led by Fr. Donavan

EACH WEDNESDAY AT ST. THOMAS, through March 29th, join Fr. Donavan in the Parish Hall as he explores our Lenten sojourn through the music, feeling, and theology of the Blues. Performing live, as well as playing recordings from his own vast music collection, Fr. Donavan will explore the meaning of Lenten themes in our human life and Christian spirituality in the Blues in its many musical forms and styles. From the desert songs of Northern Africa and the Middle East to the "Keening" sounds of Ireland and Scotland, to traditional Appalachian ballads and banjo tunes of the Southern Mountains to the Delta Blues of Mississippi, we will LISTEN to Lent. Together we will build a new playlist for your Lenten pilgrimage as we discuss what these sounds, songs, and stories have to say to our human souls and to our Christian faith. 

Begin with a quiet, Taize worship service at 5:30pm in the church, followed by a Lenten supper of soup, salad, and bread at 6pm in the Parish Hall. Fr. Donavan will begin his program around 6:30pm, finishing with time for questions between 7 - 7:15pm. 

Come each Wednesday this Lent and hear live performances, historic recordings, and lively conversations, as we listen to the music of the soul and explore the deep connections between the many forms of the Blues and our Lenten journey into the Wilderness. 

The photo above is of the original Carter Family, A.P.. Sara, and Maybelle, the forerunners of American Country music and singers of the Blues.


Children are invited to explore Lent in their own Wednesday evening program led by one of their Sunday School teachers during Fr. Donavan's Lenten program.  We will begin with learning about the symbols of Lent and Jesus' forty days in the wilderness and conclude the series with a Holy Week primer.  This program will coincide with the adult offering every Wednesday evening in the Parish Hall!   

Contact the Children's Ministry Coordinator, Laura Beth Bestor (, if you have any questions.

March Silver Saints Afternoon Movie, Thursday, March 16th

As we find ourselves in the Lenten season, it is appropriate to share a movie upon which to reflect with who we are and what is our relationship with God. So, we plan to run the movie, “The Shack” for the monthly movie. Please come join us for a special afternoon event at the St. Thomas Parish Hall on March 16, beginning at 1:00 PM. As always, we will serve snacks and beverages, provide comfortable seating, and transport you to/from the Parish Hall if you so desire. This experience will offer you a chance to further prepare for Easter in the days to come. Please join us and bring your friends and neighbors for this special movie. Please give us 24-hour notice if you will need a ride. Call the Church Office at 256-880-0247; or Jack & Becky Stokes at 256-881-4748.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Our Christian Hope-A Lenten Workshop on Death & Dying, Saturday, March 25th!

Join Fr. Donavan on Saturday, March 25th, from 10am to 2pm, in the Parish Hall for a Lenten workshop on our Christian faith's important understanding and teaching on death & dying. Fr. Donavan will lead us through a deep meditation on Jesus' Gospel message of assured hope in the face of loss and death, and what our Prayer Book proclaims in our church's funeral liturgies. In addition to this very important meditation and conversation, there will also be the chance to complete a funeral form to be placed on file here at St. Thomas, with Fr. Donavan's guidance on the suggested Bible readings from the Prayer Book, possible Psalms & hymns, and how we might choose someone we love to be part of the funeral service. Finally, Fr. Donavan will end the workshop by offering his own practice of daily "Memento Mori," the ancient Christian practice of "Remembering our Death" daily in order to live out life now with more joy, appreciation, and action!

LUNCH WILL BE SERVED DURING THIS WORKSHOP, SO PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 22! You can RSVP by emailing Dorothy in the church office HERE or by calling (256) 880-0247.

Easter Flower Envelopes are now available in the Pews!

Easter flower dedication envelopes are in the pews if you'd like to make a donation ($50) in honor, memory or in thanksgiving for someone special. It's a wonderful way to both beautify our church and honor loved ones at the same time. Please be kind and print to ensure correct spelling. The envelopes can be left in the offertory plate or in the church office. All memorial envelopes must be received in the office before Tuesday, April 3.

work day

Church Work Day set for April 1st!

Please join us on Saturday, April 1st, for breakfast, fun, and fellowship as we tidy up St. Thomas for Easter. Breakfast will be served at 8am and the clean will start at 8:30am. Please bring your work gloves and favorite gardening tools. Call either Ted Evans (256 457 9460) or David Hattaway (256 337 0973) if you have any questions.

Regeneration is Looking for Some Help with this year's 'Crosses & Creole' on April 1st

Our Regeneration ministry is looking for volunteers to help us watch our children while the adults of Regeneration have a bit of "Palm Cross Making" fun! The Crosses & Creole event is set for Saturday, April 1st, from 4:30-6:30PM here at St. Thomas. If you are able to volunteer and enjoy working with our children, please contact Ranie as soon as possible at for more information. Please help us support the children and young parents of St. Thomas by volunteering your time!

St. Thomas Holy Week Seder Supper, Tuesday, April 4th

Seder is a serious and joyful event where the Passover story is retold. Looking to our Jewish roots, we tell the Exodus story, with its themes of power and mercy, bondage and freedom, hope and despair. This is much like the spiritual journey that we continue in our lives today. Observing the Seder reminds us, as modern day Christians, of the story of God and His people of which we are a part.


Seder is a service interspersed with a dinner (lamb, chicken, or vegetarian), which concludes as the meal ends. We follow the traditional Jewish Seder, remembering that at the Last Supper, Jesus celebrated Seder with his disciples.  


Here at St. Thomas, we will celebrate Seder on Tuesday, April 4 at 6 pm, in the Parish Hall. The meal will be provided for a donation of $10.00 per adult, $5 per child. We request reservations by Wednesday, March 29, as we need to order meat. Childcare and a meal will be provided for children. Sign-up online now HERE or via QR code below or in person in Information Hall on Sundays between services and after the 10:30am service.  


We also need volunteers to help set up the Parish Hall, prep the table food, and clean up. Sign-up sheets are on the Information Hall Bulletin Board.  Contact Mike or Laura Beth Bestor ( if you have any questions.  

Notes from the Quire: New Voices, New Music, & a New Piano!

Did you know that the area in the worship space where the choir is located is called the “Quire?” Now you do!

The Choir of St. Thomas has grown since the beginning of 2023 and we’re overjoyed to have more of a balanced complement of all four voice parts.

During Lent, in addition to providing an offertory anthem, the choir is also singing a different setting of the “Kyrie” (Lord, have mercy) each week during the Holy Communion. We’re also working overtime on our special service for Wednesday of Holy Week, “A Choral Meditation on the Passion of Christ,” and have begun to prepare our music for Easter.

We’re excited about acquiring a new instrument for our rehearsals – with the help of memorial funds and some very generous donations from several choir members, the choir room will soon be home to a beautiful Baldwin grand piano. Our old Yamaha, which is in need of some serious rehabilitation, will have a new home at another Huntsville church. We’re also hoping to collect enough in donations to have some needed repair work done to the the Yamaha grand in the Quire. The temperature fluctuations and humidity have not been kind to our instruments.

New members of all ages 4K and up are always welcome to join our music program, which includes the Choir, the Treble Choir, the Bell Choir, and Joyful Noise. Contact Miss Kathy at for more information.



Save the date for the annual St. Thomas Easter Egg Hunt! Bring friends and come fill your Easter baskets on Saturday, April 8 and then stay for a hot dog lunch!  The St. Thomas Easter Bunny needs your help in collecting plastic Easter eggs filled with candy, stickers, or other little treats.  Look for the festive basket in Information Hall to drop off filled eggs. We are also need volunteers to hide eggs on the morning of April 8. Email our Children's Ministry Coordinator ( if you would like to help.

WAYS TO GIVE THIS LENT: St. Thomas' Little Free Pantry

Our Little Free Pantry invites you into our community of giving during Lent. You may decide to collect a food item each day during Lent and return your offering on Sunday March 26. Or you can bring food items any Sunday during Lent. Place your food items in the little red wagon in Information Hall. Questions? Call Debbie Harriman at 256-509-6606

Food Pantry

WAYS TO GIVE THIS LENT: St. Thomas Servants' Closet

St. Thomas is a long-time member of the Interfaith Mission Service (IMS), a consortium of local churches (and synagogues) devoted to addressing a wide range of community concerns. The Servants’ Closet at St. Thomas is returning this Lenten season as our response to the IMS commitment to “enhance member congregations’ abilities to meet human needs.” In this case, hunger. The Closet will collect shelf-stable food items and delivers them to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, where they are distributed daily, by appointment, to families and individuals who are experiencing a food emergency and who call 211 (FoodLine) for assistance. The program is generous but not without oversight. FoodLine pantries worked hard to meet the exploding needs of newly laid-off workers during the pandemic. The pandemic may be over, but food insecurity is not.

To donate to the Servants’ Closet this Lent, reusable plastic bags with a list of suggested food items attached will be distributed on the first Sunday of each month. As your bags are returned to the Servants’ Closet, they will be delivered to St. Mark’s. 

A reminder that Servants’ Closet Sunday is the fourth Sunday will be in the Epistle in time for you to shop! Please email or with questions or concerns.

We need YOU to help us "Invite, Welcome, & Connect" new people to St. Thomas!

Invite, Welcome, Connect is a committee of our parish who Invites, Welcomes, and Connects newcomers in the St. Thomas community. Think back to when you first visited St. Thomas. What was it that brought you here and kept you coming back? How is St. Thomas different from other congregations? IWC is a creative group working to consider diverse ways in which to invite people seeking a church home into our space. Our committee also works with greeters, and ushers to identify visitors to our church to ensure they receive a warm welcome, and answer their questions. Members of the IWC Committee also help connect newcomers with other members and ministries of our parish based on their interests and gifts. We are looking for new members to help us show others what we already know and love about St. Thomas! If you are interested in this important ministry, reach out to Zach House at or Ranie at



  • The Caregivers Support Group meets at 1 PM on March 15 in the Crossroads Room.


  • St. Thomas Book Club: We are excited to talk about Sarah's Key by Tatiana DeRosnay on Monday, March 13, at 10 AM in the parlor. Please come even if you have not read the book for lots of good discussion. Our April 10 book will be A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Join us for this classic, too. For information, call Elouisa Stokes at 256-604-8669.

Clergy & Eucharistic Visitors will take the place of the Pandemic "At Home" Communion Kits for distribution of Holy Communion outside the church

The “at home communion kits,” which were made available as a option because of the COVID Pandemic from 2020 through the beginning of 2023, are now being discontinued to return to the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer and the Canons of the Episcopal Church. Parishioners who are unable to attend the Holy Eucharist on Sundays are encouraged to contact the church office and request either a clergy member or one of St. Thomas' licensed Eucharistic Visitors to bring Holy Communion to them at home. They will be very happy to set up a regular visit schedule with you or to bring you Communion whenever you are sick. 

AT A GLANCE: March 1 - March 8

Young Adult Pub Theology

Wednesday Night Lenten Series & Supper - Lent & the Blues - Thanks IWC Chefs!

Jeannie meets the Big "PB," the Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, at Camp McDowell! (with Bishop Pryor "Photo Bombing"!)

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