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Stations of the Cross
We continue with our Lenten Stations of the Cross this Friday, at 6 pm, using a presentation composed by Tess Crawford, featuring a compelling array of artwork from across time and around the world.
And, next Tuesday at 3 p.m. the 'Women of the Passion' Stations, so widely appreciated when it was presented mid-March, will be reprised. Hear stories told in the voices of woman who encountered Jesus during his ministry and journey to the cross.
Holy Week begins this Sunday.
We will be mailing packets with ideas for home devotions and observations for Holy Week, printed Bulletins, and also offering additional prayer gatherings through the week. Meanwhile, we’re developing a montage for Palm Sunday, and would love to have pictures you’ve taken while hiking in this area, and pictures of you in your homes; send them please to firstname.lastname@example.org. And, we’d like to greet the neighbors who are walking around the Church, by letting them know Our Hearts are Open, even though the Building is Closed. We invite everyone, children of ALL ages, to draw or paint beautiful Easter eggs to be posted on the glass doors of the Church. Just mail it to the Church, and we’ll take it from there.
The Youth get
'Passion'-ate about Jesus
The youth of the Diocese have created a recording of the Passion story to be used during worship this Sunday - we're planning to use it ourselves, and will see a couple of familiar faces. It's exciting to see the community finding ways to be of service, rather than being overwhelmed by, circumstances we could not have imagined would keep us from gathering for Holy Week worship as usual.
THE TIMES WE'RE CURRENTLY LIVING IN HAVEN'T STOPPED US... WE'RE STILL JOYFULLY ACTIVE AND FULLY ENGAGED IN THE WORK THAT CHRIST HAS CALLED US TO DO:
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TOWN HALL MEETING Friday, April 3, 6:30 P.M.
With so much of our routines changed by the need to reduce contagion of the COVID19 virus, Saint Thomas is being affected at every level. The Bishop's Committee invites you to hear about what we've done to comply with the directives to close the Preschool and Church, how we're serving and worshiping these days, and the challenges we see for the near future.
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Join us Saturday at 10:30 as we fold our traditional Palm Sunday symbols - crosses made from palm fronds, long grass, ribbon, or paper. Any of those will work!
Project TOUCH has extended their cold-weather meal program for the duration of the COVID19 Closure. Saint Thomas provided Dinner Saturday, and is scheduled to do so again in mid-April. There are specific instructions for meal preparations, and Andrea Liesman is coordinating those efforts.
Census Assistance Offer
If you've received your Census survey and would like to make sure you are counted, we have a few volunteers who'll happily connect to the website, and talk through the several questions in just a few minutes. Using the unique number on your survey, this is one task you can check off your list. Please contact Lani-Karyn Jones or Sonja Jump, or call the church office 951 302-4566 to get connected to them.
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Easter flower dedications are a traditional way of honoring our loved ones, and glorifying God. This year, we will continue that tradition by inviting you to make a donation in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, family and friends. Please indicate on your Donation (Suggested $10 each) that it is for Easter flowers, and we’ll be in touch to be sure we record the dedication exactly as you wish. Rather than buying flowers for inside the Church this year, we will plant bright flowers in our front garden where they can be enjoyed by passersby, too!
We need Gardeners!
As you saw above, Easter Flowers this year will be planted in our Garden. Please contact Mother Julie to be part of brightening up our Grounds for Easter.
are keeping us connected.... and you can help.
Stephen Ministers and Bishop’s Committee members could use your help to see that our family ties remain strong. Contact Tom Reid or Deb Mitchell to join this vital and enjoyable work.
Move over 3M, we're making masks too!
Mask-Making for Temecula Valley Hospital, organized by our Prayers and Squares team. Contact Deb Mitchell if you’d like to join this effort to provide protection for health care workers.
Men of Saint Thomas
Apr 4 and May 2 09:00 AM
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Apr 18 and May 16 9:00 AM
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Thank You to those who have forwarded their Pledges to the Church. These are challenging times for everyone financially, and we appreciate those who are able to keep their Pledges current.
Faith to Go: Your weekly formation resources
A Weekly, On The Go Resource for Parents and Non-Parents Alike
Hosted by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar. Joined each week by a special guest, the Faith To Go team highlights themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week. More Here
UNDERWAY NOW THRU JUNE 30.
We're hosting a fundraiser with Boon Supply, which sells a curated collection of products across home, office, on-the-go and more. 40% of every purchase goes back to our fundraiser. Show online to support St. Thomas Episcopal Preschoolhere. We would love your help!
When ordering, be sure to reference our account # 776267
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DUE TO EVOLVING RESTRICTIONS CAUSED BY COVID-19, EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES MAY BE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED. PLEASE CHECK WITH THE RESPECTIVE ORGANIZER.
Widening Your (Streaming) Circle
By: Greg Tuttle
We need multiple participants during worship. We rely on lectors, intercessors, preachers, celebrants, and many more for a Sunday service to go ‘just right.’ During our current season of prevention many of us are streaming services, some even twice a day, and our congregations have grown into global communities using Facebook Live, YouTube, Intagram Live, and many more. And we still need everyone to participate. Read More
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is here to support you through this difficult time. The sudden impact of COVID-19 on our community-life does not mean we need to give up community. Find a list of resources that can help here: including a bulletin for Morning Prayer, resources for online giving for your congregation, help in setting up video meetings, Faith at Home resources, and more.