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THE EPISTLE:

July 13, 2023

THIS WEEK

Join Fr. Donavan this Sunday for a discussion on the history and spirituality of Celtic Christianity!


Join Fr. Donavan as he continues his summer Sunday morning Christian Formation class on Celtic Spirituality and early Irish Christianity, beginning at 9:30am in the Parish Hall. Donavan has been visiting Ireland where his wife Audrey grew up for the last 10 years, and he helped lead a pilgrimage following the path of St. Patrick throughout the country in 2017. For this class, he will be sharing with all of us his encounters with Celtic Spirituality and with the ancient heart of Christianity in Ireland. As many of you may have seen in Fr. Donavan’s posts on social media over the last month, this year Donavan made a pilgrimage to one of the most important and inspiring sites of the ancient Christian monasticism in Ireland, the lonely island of Skellig Michael over eight miles of the south coasts of Co. Kerry. Donavan will be sharing photos of that pilgrimage, as well as others he’s made over the years, and discuss with us his personal encounters with important Irish saints, like St. Patrick, St. Brigid of Kildare, St. Ciarán, and St. Brendan the Navigator.


If you’re interested in Celtic Spirituality or just want to understand the history of Christianity in Ireland and the British Isles, come join Fr. Donavan for this month long class every Sunday at 9:30am in the Parish Hall!

Attention All Newcomers:

Social Night is July 21 - RSVP NOW!


If you are a relative newcomer to St. Thomas, please join us on Friday, July 21, from 5:30-7:30PM for drinks and hors'd'oeuvres as we get to know one another better! This evening will be a great way to better get to know the St. Thomas community as well. Childcare is provided. To RSVP please email Ranie HERE or call the church office at 256-880-0247.


Please RSVP by July 14. We look forward to seeing you!

St. Thomas Goes to the Ballgame on July 30th! Sign up for Tickets NOW!


Join us as St. Thomas goes to the ballgame on Sunday, July 30! The Rocket City Trash Pandas will be playing the Tennessee Smokies at Toyota Field with the first pitch at 4:05PM. Tickets are $17.44 per person with a $2 game day credit. Tickets need to be reserved no later than Monday, July 24. We are in Section 7 behind home plate this year, so hopefully it will be cooler than last year. Let us know you are interested in going with the whole parish by clicking here (https://forms.office.com/r/78m6sTu0LG).

Bring diapers for the DoK Diaper Drive this Sunday!


The Summer Diaper Drive sponsored by Daughters of the King is here! Diapers aren’t fun or cute, but they are crucial to children going into Foster Care or adults being cared for by the state. Please help!  There is a box in Information Hall for collecting diapers and wipes.

...and all women of St. Thomas are invited to join the Daughters of the King!


The Daughters of the King is an Episcopal Order of Women who take a vow to pray and focus on their relationship with God. In addition to prayer, our Chapter, which meets once a month, sends cards to the ill or distressed and assists the clergy when asked.  Please prayerfully consider becoming a Daughter. Our training begins on August 24. For more information, ask a Daughter (you can tell us by the crosses that we wear) or contact Nell Fisher at nmisher10016@gmail.com.


St. Thomas Upcoming Youth Events: Save the date!



 SAVE THE DATE: On July 30 we will go see a Trash Panda game along with others from the parish. 

 

And on August 4, we will go on a weekend retreat at Camp McDowell.  For those that have started school already, it will be a great time to decompress, and for those who haven’t begun it will be a great last hurrah. Fr. Donavan will be a special guest for our retreat that weekend! If you have any questions, you can call Noah at 256-701-6134  or call Jeannie at 256-348-9918. 

Don't forget, St. Thomas has a NEW mailing address


The Post Office incoming mail manager wants to remind everyone that ALL mail sent to St. Thomas must have the church name on it.  To avoid delay, our Post Office Box number (14509) must also be used.  If you send an envelope to our finance office, here’s what it should include:  St. Thomas Episcopal Church: attention Finance, P.O. Box 14509, Huntsville, AL  35815. 

Thank you to Evie & Welcome aboard Donna!


Our Head Greeter and the organizer for all things Greeters is passing the torch. We thank Evie Wilson for all her hard work organizing our Sunday morning Greeters and time spent showing hospitality to newcomers! Thanks, Evie! We are glad to have Donna Palumbo step up to the role and know she will bring equally great things!

Habitat for Humanity Work Opportunities


We are ready to insulate our houses at 3126 Andros Drive and 3127 Nassau Drive. The soffit is done as is all the water, sewer, and electrical work. Join us Saturday. We begin at 8 but come any time. Lunch is served. Call Elouisa Stokes at 256-604-8669 for information. 

UPCOMING

Silver Saints watching "Driving Miss Daisy" on July 20th!


Come join us for July’s Silver Saints Matinee Movie on Thursday, July 20 at 1:00 PM. We have a really special movie for you this month. Come watch “Driving Miss Daisy,” Best-Picture lovable movie about a friendship which endures a lifetime. With Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, & Dan Aykroyd. This is a MUST-SEE.



The Silver Saints Matinee Movie offers you fun and fellowship with snacks and beverages, and we will even transport you if you wish. Comfortable seating and a mid-movie break makes it comfortable. Please bring your friends and ask people from our neighborhood. Call Jack or Becky Stokes at 256-881-4748 or the church office with questions or requests. Please call 24 hours ahead if you will need a ride. 


Jonathan Daniels Group Pilgrimage August 11 & 12


You are invited to join St. Thomas as we go down Hayneville, Alabama and participate in the Jonathan Daniels and Martyrs of Alabama Pilgrimage! Participating in this event inspires us as individuals and as a parish community to carry on the work of building the beloved community. If we have enough members of the parish interested in going, we will leave on the evening of Friday, August 11 and have dinner followed by a brief Eucharist to center ourselves before a full day of events on August 12. If you would like to know more please click here for more information or to register for the event. If you would like to know more about the event, have questions, or are interested in going please email Ranie at associate@stthomashuntsville.org.

ONGOING

Join us every Sunday at 5PM for a

"Come as You Are"

Holy Eucharist!


Every Sunday this summer, St. Thomas will continue to offer a more "Laid Back" worship service at 5pm in the Nave. Come join us for simple hymns from the Alleluia III hymnal, good sermons preached from the floor, Holy Communion, and (most Sundays) a simple dinner in the Parish Hall immediately following the Eucharist! Come as you are and invite a friend to join you for the 5pm Sunday Evening Holy Eucharist at St. Thomas.

Sign Up for Sunday Morning Refreshments



We need your help to keep the refreshments coming on Sundays following the 10:30 AM service. Please sign up for a Sunday to bring homemade cookies or store-bought sweet treats so that we can spend a few minutes gathering after worship. Please sign up using the poster in Information Hall. Thank you for helping us keep this vital part of our parish thriving!

Farmers Market

The Bailey Cove Farmers Market at St. Thomas is open every Saturday!


The Bailey Cove Farmers Market at St. Thomas has kicked off and is now open from 8am to 12pm every Saturday all summer long through September 2nd!


And you can help! Sign up to volunteer for 'Set up' and 'Take down' any weekend in Information Hall.  Or, if you'd like to assist, call Kim Cantrell at (256)508-2363, and she will give you all the info.



Hope to see you at the Farmers Market THIS SATURDAY at St. Thomas!

Caregivers Support Group


If you or someone you know is or has been a caregiver for a loved one, we have a Caregivers Support Group at St. Thomas. This group wants to be a community support for caregivers and we welcome anyone who needs that resource whether or not a parishioner here. We have a volunteer licensed therapist, Jane Allgood, as group facilitator. We meet every other Wednesday from 1 until 2:30 pm in the Crossroads Room. Our next meeting is Wednesday, July 19. If you are interested just show up then. If you have any questions about the group, call or email Mona Parker: 256-599-9942, mona.s.parker@gmail.com   

St. Thomas Trash & Recycling Update


We have removed the recycling dumpster at St. Thomas. The company managing the dumpster recycles cardboard only, and charges the church an expensive penalty every time the dumpster is emptied if even one plastic bottle is in the dumpster (which invariably happens despite the sign designating “cardboard only”). The only other company in town that does commercial pickup for recycling charges an exorbitant amount to recycle what we all put in our blue bins at home. The vestry elected to do away with the recycling dumpster for these reasons. We will continue to explore other options for recycling.

AT A GLANCE: July 6 - July 12

Camp Cosmos Vacation Bible School 'Takes Off' at St. Thomas!!

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