Sunday, September 27th Worship Details Come join us! In-person or via Zoom
Dear Saint Thomas Family and Friends,
After several weeks of meeting for In-Person Worship at 8, we've determined that we do not need reservations for those planning to attend. The Saint Francis Courtyard is quite large, and there are plenty of chairs easily available, so we are foregoing the need for you to let us know you are planning to come in person.
We do, however, want to plan for those receiving Communion at home. Please request Communion by return email with: Your Name, the Number of Persons Receiving, and Your Telephone Number. Also, please let us know if you need Gluten-free Hosts.
Please Do Not Hesitate to ask for Communion to be brought to you. We are eager to share the blessing of the Sacrament!
9 a.m. Worship via Zoom continues. Please call me for Meeting ID and Password. My number is: 310-625-9377.
I pray this finds you well, and your dearest ones safe.
The slowing Covid19 infection rate in California is encouraging, but having lost 200,000 persons across the nation a heavy and sobering realization for us to take care of ourselves and others as best we can.
Yours in Christ, Julie +
Thursday, September 24th, 6:30 p.m.
There's still time to help....
Deb's travels to The Navajo Nation have been delayed, which means there is still time to help out with donations and other support. Click here for more information.
Blessing of the Animals & Book Fair Launch Sunday, October 4th -- 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Let’s bless animals of all sorts, sizes, and species!
(Please be sure animals are leashed or caged securely.)
This year, we’ll have a friendly competition among the dogs. We’re setting up an agility course and have prizes for the fastest finishers.
We know some animals have people that aren’t able to be in crowds, so we’re offering a Drive-Through Blessing option, too. Whether the animal is fully inside the vehicle or has nose out and ears flapping in the wind, we’ll bless them with a fine mist and pretty good prayers.
And, just in case you thought the animals were the only ones getting in on the fun, we have a version of a dunk tank. Yes, you have the chance to soak Preschool teachers, your fellow church members, or even Mother Julie! The Soaking will be a Fundraiser for 2TheRescue Animal Sanctuary*, with tickets $1 each or 6 for $5.
AND… October 4 is the first day of our Book Fair! We’ll have an array of books for kids of all ages, and the chance to shop for yourself or someone you love.
Participants need to wear face masks, and we’ll all be practicing Safe Distancing.
* 2TheRescue Animal Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes animals that might otherwise be euthanized due to lack of space in local shelters. And, we have it on good authority that it’s a fun place to camp overnight!
We are excited to share our new STEP logo! It personifies all that is important to each of us, and to our kids! Hats off to Chantal Blas for the terrific design!
Check out the following opportunities to get more involved with St. Thomas and / or our general community!
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Got A Heart for Recycling? We are seeking someone to transport our current backlog of collected recyclables to the recycling center (located next to the Ralph's on 79S and Butterfield Stage, and to take over monthly recycling transport. If interested, please contact Mother Julie 310-625-9377
Community Mission of Hope: Community Mission of Hope is in need of drivers on Mondays and Thursdays, to transport donations from the Sprouts Markets in Temecula and Murrieta to CMoH. Volunteers need to either have an SUV or truck OR be between the age of 25-69 to drive the CMoH van.
If you are able to volunteer, or know of someone who might be available for this most necessary work, please contact Allison Willits at CMoH – 951-444-1404
On Tuesdays 2:00 - 2:30 p.m., Lani-Karyn Jones will introduce and then read passages of the Bible. This is a time to immerse yourself in the beloved Word, to let it wash over you, and carry you into deeper relationship with God and the human family.We've completed Paul's four prison epistles and are currently listening to Romans.
Join us on Zoom https://zoom.us/join Zoom Meeting ID: 812 1569 2448 Participate by Phone +1 669 900 9128 No Password Required.
Bible Study Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
looking at the Lessons coming up.
Password required If you did not receive the list of passwords and would like to attend our online services and activities, please contact The Reverend Julie D. Bryant at 310-625-9377.
Please continue to collect your recyclables and bring them to the church on the second Wednesday of the month between 7am - 11am. Leave them in front of the courtyard gate. It would be very helpful if cans, plastic, and glass are already separated! TY!
Bishop Susan Brown Snook will worship with us on Sunday, November 8th. More information will be provided as the date approaches.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12
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Coming Up: November 6 and 7, 2020
Bishop Susan Brown Snook is excited to invite you to this year’s Diocesan Convention: Casting Our Nets. As we move into the Year of Evangelism in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, we are especially focusing on sharing the joy of Christ in our lives with the world. Today, the world needs the hope and joy of Jesus Christ more than ever.
At this year's convention, you can look forward to presentations on the strategic plan, a keynote from the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, workshops, and more.
For the first time in the history of the EDSD, Diocesan Convention will be held completely online. To help prepare for this year’s convention, the Diocesan Staff has prepared a new convention website to help explain and provide resources for our first virtual convention. Through this site, you can register as a delegate, a visitor, or an exhibitor, read through the current resolutions presented to Diocesan Convention, and make suggestions for nominations that are still open for elected office. Please explore the new website and contact us with questions or suggestions.