Parish Administrator Needed

St. Thomas Episcopal Church is seeking a part-time Parish Administrator (10 hours per week, $15 per hour).  This person must be positive, reliable, and possess strong communication skills.  This person will be responsible for answering phones, electronic communications, and general office management.

The Parish Administrator plays a central role in the life and management of parish activities.  The Parish Administrator promotes and facilitates a warm, welcoming, and orderly atmosphere for parishioners and others who call or visit the church.  Reporting to the Rector, the Parish Administrator is responsible and accountable for day-to-day coordination and implementation of administrative and business-related functions of St. Thomas.   The parish administrator ensures the smooth, efficient operation and overall management of the parish office, handling all non-ministerial parish operations, and responding to telephone, email, and in person inquiries/visits with courtesy, tact, and confidentiality.

Basic requirements are:

Business casual attire

Good vocabulary and communication skills in writing, in person, and on the phone

Some knowledge of building maintenance

Exceptional computer knowledge

Disciplined with good follow-through

Attention to details

Compassionate and caring

Punctuality and reliability

Ability to maintain confidentiality

Please email a letter of interest and resume to stthomaschurcheugene@gmail.com, attn. The Rev. Ann Gaillard. Prospective applicants are encouraged to explore our website to familiarize themselves with our community.

 

Holy Week Services

Holy Week and Easter 2021

 

(All services will take place in the church unless noted. In-person services, with the exception of Holy Saturday, will also be streamed to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/st.thomas.eugene.

 

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday (March 28)

10:00 a.m.  Liturgy of the Palms and the Holy Eucharist

     We shout “Hosannah!”, our palms are blessed, and we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Yet triumph turns to tragedy, shouts of “Hosanna” to “Crucify him,” as the Passion Gospel of St. Mark is read at the end of the service.

 

Holy Monday and Tuesday (March 29 and 30)

5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer (on Zoom; links will be sent out)

 

Holy Wednesday (March 31)

The Way of the Cross (on-line)

For centuries, Christians of many denominations have conducted services (known as the Way of the Cross or the Stations of the Cross) that commemorate Jesus’ journey from being condemned to death by Pilate to his entombment. You will be provided with links to The Way of the Cross as celebrated by other congregations this year.

 

Maundy Thursday (April 1)

12:00 Noon         Maundy Thursday Liturgy

The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin “mandatum” which means “command;” Christ’s Great Commandment is that we love one another as he has loved us. Because of the pandemic we will not attempt footwashing. However, we will commemorate the first Lord’s Supper. The service concludes with the solemn stripping of the altar.

 

Good Friday (April 2)

12:00 noon      The Good Friday Liturgy

This solemn service includes the reading of St. John’s Passion Gospel and the veneration of the Cross.

 

Holy Saturday (April 3)

10:00 a.m.       Holy Saturday Liturgy

A short, simple service of readings and prayers.

 

The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day (April 4)

10:00 a.m.   Holy Eucharist

Join us in celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord!

Catch us on Facebook

 If you miss any of our Sunday services, see us on our Facebook page at this link:

https://www.facebook.com/st.thomas.eugene

Deacon Mike’s Corner

Deacon Mike

Well it’s the morning after. I find myself in a strange place…in a liminal time between knowing and not knowing. Of course I’m referring to the results of yesterday’s election. I’m sure the results will be decided before too long but in these hours or perhaps days I don’t know exactly whether to be happy for our country or to cinch up my belt and brace for the future.

Regardless of what lies ahead we must deal with our responses to the virus and the danger that the virus poses for each of us. And, we must continue to deal with the social impact of separation from each other. Many people have constructed a routine in which contact with others is minimized and planned according to the guidelines that our local government and our diocese think will protect us and others from contracting the virus. These guidelines, even though sensible, certainly interfere with the life I envisioned when I moved to Oregon.

As a deacon I am called to be with people. As a spiritual director I am called to be with people. Neither of these are entirely possible in these days. When working in a hospice house and in a hospital I came in contact with many people. But these possibilities are very limited at the moment partly because I am in the high-risk age category. In the months leading up to March my activities involved being in groups, exploring possibilities of ministry in the group. That has come to a halt. So in the last few weeks I’ve been mulling the question of how do I fulfill my ministry as a deacon.

I’m turning to you. You are the people who have been here. You know much more about this community than I do. What do you think? What would you suggest that I investigate? If you could minister to the community or the world what would you be doing? In my musings I found a few broad categories that I’ve been considering. Let them be fertilizer for your own thoughts:
• Peace (international, civic, racial)
• Ecology
• Homelessness
• Children in Crisis (e.g., CASA)
• Pastoral care beyond the parish (e.g., Stephen Ministries)
• Food insecurity
• Social justice.

I’m sure you have additions to this list for God gives us prophetic wisdom to see and speak to what is not of God’s kingdom. Even though many of your ideas may still involve personal involvement with others those ideas should not be discarded. We will be in direct contact with other people in the near future and planning is always needed. I have time now in this liminal period. You and I have time to work through plans to bring Christ’s Church before others.

God’s Peace to all,
Mike…

St. Thomas Preschool Going on Hiatus for the 2020-2021 School Year

It is with heavy hearts, but out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of all groups, that we have decided to put St. Thomas’ Preschool on hiatus for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

Preschools are all about socialization and learning how to be in the world. At this time, and going into the current school year, we don’t think there is a safe way to provide this for our students, teachers and families. We will miss them all more than we can say.

For more information, please call St. Thomas at 541-343-5241 or e-mail at  stthomaschurcheugene@gmail.com

Rev. Dr. Diana Akiyama Elected 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

The 11th Bishop of Oregon Search and Transition Committee is pleased to announce the election of the Rev. Dr. Diana Akiyama as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon.  In her own words, Bishop Akiyama said:

I am honored and truly humbled to be amongst those you are considering to be your next Bishop of the Diocese of Oregon.  Throughout my discernment for the vocation of Bishop of Oregon, I have become increasingly energized and drawn to the innovative ministries currently underway in the Diocese.  I believe this growing connection is rooted in my diverse experiences as a priest, and in my longstanding belief that the Church is being called to respond to a changing world.

My roots in Oregon are deep.  I was born in Wheeler, Oregon and grew up in the Japanese-American community in Hood River.  My mother was drawn to the Episcopal Church through her experience at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Nursing School.  My father was baptized in the Methodist Church in response to the internment of Japanese Americans. I was baptized and grew up at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Hood River.

I was ordained to the priesthood by The Rt. Rev. Rustin Kimsey in 1989 and since that time I have continually been inspired and nurtured by the ways my ministry has evolved and deepened.  The call to serve as dean of religious life in two different higher education settings allowed me to combine my love of learning with my curiosity about those who do not identify with a religious tradition.  The spirit of Christ always came alive when I was able to voice or demonstrate radical love and inclusion in spaces where great suspicion about Christians was the norm.

Here is my dream, were I to become your next bishop:  to walk alongside the faithful and diverse people of the Diocese of Oregon with joy and hope as we explore how God is moving in our neighborhoods, and to embrace the unique qualities of Oregonians in creative and innovative ministries.