Happy St. Patrick’s Day from St. Thomas

“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.

Church Services Suspended

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.

Ash Wednesday Services at St. Thomas

St. Thomas will have services at noon and at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 26th.   1465 Coburg Road, Eugene.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!

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!

Healing Eucharist on Wednesday

Come to St. Thomas for its monthly Healing Eucharist on the first Wednesday of each month.  The service begins at 12:30 pm and is a quiet, contemplative service with anointing for healing.  We hope you can join us!

A New Look for the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

We are a unique expression of the Jesus Movement, as it is found in the life and work of the Episcopal Church in western Oregon. Our churches throughout the region gather in the love of God to ground our lives in worship while connecting ourselves to the wider church and world.

Whether you are a first-time explorer of this way of faith or a lifelong Episcopalian, I trust you will find a home in this fellowship of love and prayer. This is a place where all are welcome and all may find God in Jesus Christ.

Our Mission:
We believe we are called to praise the living and triune God in worship, to live out lives of love and charity toward the world, and to spread the good news of the Gospel to a world hungry for God.

Lessons and Carols at St. Thomas

Join us in this celebration of hope, peace, joy and love on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 9:00 am.  1465 Coburg Road, Eugene.

Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship that tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus.  The story is told in Bible readings or lessons, from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir anthems.

 

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