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