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THE EPISTLE:

May 4, 2023

THIS WEEK

The Bailey Cove Farmers Market at St. Thomas opens THIS SATURDAY! Volunteers still needed!


The Bailey Cove Farmers Market at St. Thomas kicks off this Saturday, May 6th, from 8am to 12pm! Come celebrate the Farmers Market opening for 2023 with all the items you love, from vegetables and fruits to flowers and homemade baked items!

And the St. Thomas Farmers Market Committee still needs volunteers, especially for the 11:45am closing and cleanup this weekendIf you can help this Saturday and have questions, call Kim Cantrell at 508-2363.



You can also volunteer to help on other Saturday's this year by signing up on the poster on the bulletin board in Information Hall. We sincerely appreciate your willingness to help and hope to see you at the Farmers Market THIS SATURDAY at St. Thomas!

St. Thomas Youth: Join our new Youth Activity Coordinator, Noah Bowen, THIS SUNDAY at 3:30pm!


We are excited to add Noah Bowen to our youth program as our new Youth Activity Coordinator. Noah, a home grown product of St. Thomas’ youth program, is 24 years old. He has remained involved at St. Thomas and has assisted Jeannie as a volunteer for youth events. Noah also has led our acolytes and is a long time counselor at Special Session at Camp McDowell. 


This Sunday, May 7th, at 3:30pm, we'll be having our first bi-monthly youth event. For this event, we will have a pretty simple game day involving some indoor and some outdoor activities, weather permitting, with the 5 PM worship service and dinner together immediately afterwards! We'll begin at 3:30 PM in the Youth Room and will conclude around 6:30 after dinner. Parents, please drop your youth off in the south parking lot. The youth door is next to the covered patio. Youth who want to stay for church and supper need to be picked up by 6:45. And parents, feel free to join us for the service and dinner, we'd love to see everyone there!

The "Laid Back" Sunday Evening Eucharist & Supper is Back! Every Sunday at 5pm!


Join us for our 'come-as-you-are' Holy Eucharist every Sunday evening at 5pm in the Nave! This informal, shorter worship service is slightly different from our Sunday morning Eucharists, with guitar music, a homily from the floor, and a more laid-back feel. All ages are encouraged to come and participate, and don't forget to invite your friends and neighbors! After each worship service, join us for a simple supper and fellowship in the Parish Hall. St. Thomas is very excited to bring back the Sunday evening Eucharist again, every Sunday at 5pm!

Adult Christian Formation this Sunday: Rector's Forum in the Parish Hall & Book Study in the Conference Room!


This Sunday, Fr. Donavan will be leading a Rector's Forum on the Post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus in the Parish Hall, beginning at 9:30am!


Or join Ranie as she wraps up a discussion in the Conference Room on the book, The Night is Long but Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing by Dr. Catherine Meeks. This Sunday will be the final book study for this important text.

Young Adult Pub Theology is THIS MONDAY!


Join us for Young Adult Pub Theology on Monday, May 8, from 6-7:30PM. We are meeting on the patio of Mellow Mushroom (2230 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE). We will be discussing how to view our sacred texts-- the Bible-- metaphorical, historical, or literal interpretations! If you have any questions, please contact Ranie at associate@stthomashuntsville.org

Support this Important Ministry of the Diocese: Sawyerville

Sawyerville needs our support! The Diocese seeks to build lasting relationships with communities that have been strained due to the tensions of race relations. For over 25 years the Diocese has sought to build a more reconciled relationship with the people of Hale County, Alabama. Each year the Diocese has offered a camp staffed by youth and young adults from all over the Diocese and Hale County to build relationships and offer programing to elementary aged children in the area. This year St. Thomas is collecting 50 beach towels and girls one-piece bathing suits to take to Sawyerville for the campers (most of whom do not own a bathing suit). Please bring your donations by Sunday, May 14 to the Narthex! If you have any questions please email Ranie at associate@stthomashuntsville.org

UPCOMING

Choral Evensong for the Eve of Ascension Day: Wednesday, May 17th, at 6pm


On the 40th day of the Great 50 Days of Easter, the church celebrates the conclusion of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances on earth, the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven (Act 1:1-11, Mark 16:19). On the Eve of the Feast of the Ascension this year, May 17th, the St. Thomas Choir will be leading a special Choral Evensong in the Nave at 6pm. Fr. Donavan will officiate this traditional, Rite I, sung Evening Prayer liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer, with our choir offering Ascension Day hymns & anthems, the Charles Stanford setting of the Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in C, and Anglican Preces & Responses written by 17th Century English organist & Choirmaster, Richard Ayleward. This will be a wonderful service of music and prayer as we prepare for the Feast of the Ascension and move into the final week of the Easter season! Don't miss it!

Silver Saints May Movie Matinee is May 18th


This month, we are offering the movie adaption of C. S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe. Come experience the magic land on the other side of the wardrobe through C. S. Lewis’ incredible Christian-based story telling. You know you need to see this one. Come join us in the St. Thomas Parish Hall at 1:00 PM onThursday, May 18.  The Silver Saints Movie Matinee offers fun and fellowship with our parishioners and visitors much like going to a theater, but with no fee. We offer snacks and beverages, and we will even pick you up and return you home if you wish. We offer comfortable seating and a time-out break half way through the movie. Please bring your friends and ask people from our neighborhood. Call Jack or Becky Stokes at 256-881-4748. Please call 24 hours ahead if you will need a ride. Please come join us.

Pool Party to celebrate our Children & Youth Ministries at St. Thomas!


The St. Thomas Children's and Youth Ministries invite all children, youth, and their families to celebrate the end of the Sunday School year with a pool party and pizza on Sunday, May 21 from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Join us at the pool and clubhouse across the street at 700 Marina Park Drive, Huntsville 35803. In order to help us plan for food, please let our Children's Ministry Coordinator (Laura Beth Bestor, children@stthomashuntsville.org) or our Youth Ministries Activities Coordinator (Noah Bowen, bowennoah13@gmail.com) know if you and your family are coming.

"St. Thomas Presents: A Night of Jazz" set for May 27th!


The 'St. Thomas Presents' concert series is returning on Saturday, May 27th, at 7pm, with “A Night of Jazz,” with the Steve Motz Quartet, featuring the Josh Couts Trio! The music will feature the tenor saxophone of Steve Motz and the Jazz guitar of Josh Couts backed by Kevin Sledge on acoustic bass, and Roger “Rudy” Rudolph on drums.  In addition to performing the works of renowned jazz artists such as Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson and Grant Green, the group will perform several Josh Couts own compositions from his recently released album Everything Green.  If you enjoy straight ahead jazz music, you won’t want to miss this.

Join us for "A Night of Jazz" at St. Thomas on Saturday, May 27 at 7:00pm! 

CAMP COSMOS VBS IS COMING!


The St. Thomas Children's Ministry is excited to announce the upcoming launch of Camp Cosmos Vacation Bible School! Join us from 9am until noon the week of July 10-14 as we explore the wonders of God! 


Registration for rising pre-K through 5th graders will open in May.  There will also be limited nursery slots available for those not yet in school, with preference given to volunteer and parishioner families.  As always, we will need volunteers to teach; help prep crafts and snacks; decorate; and lead games and crafts.  Please contact our Children's Ministry Coordinator, Laura Beth Bestor, at children@stthomashuntsville.org if you would like to volunteer or if you have questions.

ONGOING

Upcoming Monthly Group Meetings


  • The Creative Souls Group will begin meeting again this week. The first meeting is set for tomorrow, Friday, May 5th from 2-4pm in Hiers Hall.


  • The next Daughters of the King meeting will be this Sunday, May 7th at 9am in the Conference Room. We will not have a meeting in April due to travel plans.


  • On May 8th the St. Thomas Book Club will meet in the Parlor at 10am. We are looking forward to discussing 10 Big Ones by Janet Evanovich. It should be a spirited discussion. And coming up on June 12 we will discuss The Three Mothers by Anna Malike Tubbs. This is about the mothers of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. We are glad to welcome new members even if you haven't read the book. Some of us go to lunch afterward. For more information, please call Elouisa Stokes at 256-604-8669.

AT A GLANCE: April 27 - May 3

Patterson Place kicks off in Hiers Hall

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