St. Thomas Celebrates Advent

Advent is the season of waiting for Christmas.  It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.  It is a time of happiness, celebration and hopeful anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

St. Thomas Honors all Veterans

This is 100th year that the United States has observed Veterans Day formerly called Armistice Day.  “In Flanders Fields” is a war poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of his close friend and fellow soldier, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer.

Rreferences to the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in the remembrance poppy becoming one of the world’s most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

St. Tom’s Coffeehouse Presents – Harvest Variety Night!

Gather for an an evening of music, munchies and mirth. Saturday, November 2nd, 7:00 pm.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1465 Coburg Road, Eugene

Performances by:
Members of the St. Thomas Choir
Students from the area high school music programs and the
University of Oregon musicians

Blessing of the Animals/Pets

Bring your beloved critters (leashed or caged, please) to St. Thomas Episcopal Church for a blessing to commemorate the Feast of St. Francis.

Cats, dogs, snakes, elephants, parakeets, alligators, emus, lizards, chickens, plush toys, and animals of all  stripes and colors are welcome at a special service of blessing and prayers especially for them.

Where and When:  St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1465 Coburg Road, Saturday, October 5, 10:00 a.m.

All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.

 

Faith, Fun and Fellowship

Church is supposed to be fun. Church is God’s idea. It is the manifestation of Christ in the world today — that’s huge. Church is where you find encouragement and community; where you are blessed to be a blessing. And God never intended it to be boring or irrelevant. God’s plan for church is a vibrant and exciting gathering. Church solidifies your identity, and provides pathways toward your calling. It fosters accepting, forgiving relationships with people of all ages. We urge you to join the congregation of St. Thomas for for a truly enjoyable Sunday gathering.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church Welcomes You!

We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.

We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions

Prayer for Fathers

Loving God, we thank you for fathers. We thank you for biological fathers, adopted fathers, and fathers in spirit. We thank you for fathers who work hard every day to help fulfill the needs of their families, who fix broken things and teach us how to do it ourselves, who embrace us and guide us, who love us even when they don’t understand us. We know they reflect and embody your love for us as our heavenly Father. Comfort those of us who miss our fathers this day, and strengthen and bless those fathers who work so hard to love, protect, and nurture their families this day and every day. Amen.

Pentecost Sunday!

Join the congregation of St. Thomas Episcopal Church as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday.  Today, in many Christian churches, Pentecost Sunday is celebrated to recognize the gift of the Holy Spirit, realizing that God’s very life, breath and energy live in believers. During this service may be the core of the message about our risen Savior supernaturally appearing to the fear-laden disciples. Their fear gave way to joy when the Lord showed them His hands and side. He assured them peace and repeated the command given in Matthew 28:19-20, saying, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Then He breathed on them, and they received the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-23).

The celebration of Pentecost Sunday reminds us of the reality that we all have the unifying Spirit that was poured out upon the first-century church in Acts 2:1-4. It is a reminder that we are co-heirs with Christ, to suffer with Him that we may also be glorified with Him; that the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7); that we are all baptized by one Spirit into one body (1 Corinthians 12:13); and that the Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead lives inside believers (Romans 8:9-11). This gift of the Holy Spirit that was promised and given to all believers on the first Pentecost is promised for you and your children and for all who are far off whom the Lord our God will call (Acts 2:39).

The main sign of Pentecost in the West is the color red. It symbolizes joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priests or ministers, and choirs wear red vestments, and in modern times, the custom has extended to the lay people of the congregation wearing red clothing in celebration as well.

Family Fun Night Photos!

Click here to see the photos from the St. Thomas PreSchool Family Fun Night on May 17th.

 

A fun scene!

Another fun scene!

Patty Lyons and Rev. Ann Gaillard

Ed Johnson with a PreSchool teacher

Judy Wilson (2nd from left) with the PreSchool teachers

Tom and Linda Whitehead

 

 

Worth Sharing

This isn’t original to us – but it is is something that Coventry Cathedral (United Kingdom) regularly prints on the front of their service booklets.  We at St. Thomas heartily agree!

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, well-heeled or down at heel. We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion.’ (We’re not that keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to the Cathedral.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as kids or got lost on the ring road and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters… and you!