The St. Thomas Outreach Ministry offered a $500 matching fundraiser in order to purchase gift cards from Fred Meyer to give to families who are food-insecure. The contributions vastly exceeded $500; the Ministry raised $2,000! Gift cards have been purchased and will be distributed to provide food and other household necessities for in-crisis families.
As it says in Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
Bishop Michael Hanley offered words of encouragement to all those continuing to work to build the community of churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon and encouragement as we move forward in working in God’s way of love for the good of all.
“You are to be praised and commended for all you are doing. Know that God is present with you as you walk in this time, God is present with you as you listen to one another, God is present with you as you make masks for one another, God is present with you as you struggle with one another and make videos and look silly online.
God loves you, and know that what you are doing is worthy of praise and is incredibly important in the life of this diocese at this time.”
“May joy and peace surround you, contentment latch your door, and happiness be with you now and bless you evermore!”
Although church services and activities are currently suspended, we at St. Thomas wish you all the very best on this festive day. We celebrate St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.
In light of the rapidly changing developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19), St. Thomas Episcopal Church thinks it best to cancel all services and activities effective immediately and for the rest of the month of March.
The main reasons behind this decision are concern for the health of all members of St. Thomas, including the elderly population among our congregation that is particularly vulnerable to the virus; and the significant impact that social distancing seems to make on reducing the spread of the virus.
Our making the health of our parishioners a top priority is one of the ways we are living out our faith, by loving our neighbor and living in solidarity with those most in need of care. Although we are not aware of any confirmed cases of coronavirus in our faith community, we believe that acting out of an abundance of caution is the best course.
Although we will not be gathering at St. Thomas on Sunday mornings, we will be streaming Morning Prayer so that we all may worship online. Look at the upper right hand corner of this site and click on the Facebook logo – the small f. You should be directed to our Facebook page where you will find directions about how to access Morning Prayer.
Please keep in your prayers all those who have been affected in any way by this pandemic, and support one another during this difficult time.
St. Thomas will have services at noon and at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 26th. 1465 Coburg Road, Eugene.
Come to St. Thomas on Tuesday, February 25th, for its annual Pancake Supper! 1465 Coburg Road, 5:30 pm – 7:00pm. A great way to kick off the Lenten season!