Blessing of the Pets!

Celebrate Creation with the Blessing of the Animals!
Saturday, October 2 at 10 a.m.
St. Thomas Church
1465 Coburg Road, Eugene
Bring your beloved critters (leashed or caged, please) to
St. Thomas 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. We will also include a commemorative prayer for those who have lost beloved critters.

Commemorating 9/11–A Service of Remembrance and Hope

In commemoration of one of the most important events in our nation’s recent history, St. Thomas is inviting you to attend this Sunday’s Eucharist which will focus on the themes of  remembrance and hope–remembrance of the victims and all others affected by the events of 9/11, and hope because we as Christians believe that God is good and Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection have redeemed all. Please join us at 10:00 a.m., in-person or on-line, for this special service.

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…