We continue to meet virtually to worship together. Please plan to join us for Sunday Worship by Zoom at 9:00 a.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 809 865 440. Please call Rev. Julie Bryant: 310-625-9377, for the Passcode.
Due to the Covid surge, we have suspended in-person worship
Communion: if you wish to have it delivered to your home, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Saint Thomas Considers
'Who Shall We Be?'
This week, following 9 o'clock Worship, please join us for conversation about how we respond with love to the increasing strains we are all experiencing as a nation.
Our conversations begin with Bishop Curry's statement shared during our January 10 service, including his assertion that 'the way of love that leads to beloved community is the only way of hope for humanity.'
Pizza is always a GREAT go-to during these hectic times. And pizza from our local Pizza Press is not only tasty for your tummy, but also benefits STEP Pre-School!
On January 19th, if you mention Saint Thomas when placing an order in-person, or over the phone, 30% of the proceeds will be sent to STEP Pre-School. How awesome is that?!
Pizza Press is located at 30010 Temecula Parkway, 951-365-0727
Thank you in advance for your support!
Our Town Hall Meeting for the month of January will be on Thursday, January 28th. The Zoom Meeting will open at 6 PM and the Presentation at 6:30 PM. For this meeting we are encouraging everyone to join early and lets enjoy a home cooked meal together.
Several days before the meeting, please look for a dinner recipe from Susan Reid. She will be sending out a recipe for a good winter meal that everyone can cook. For those people that are willing to cook multiple meals, please let Tom or Susan Reid know at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to cook or prefer not to, please let Tom & Susan know and we will arrange for a dinner to be available for pick-up or to be delivered to you. Looking forward to an informative Town Hall Meeting and being able to enjoy a delicious home cooked dinner with the St Thomas Community.
Good News for STEP Preschool
We are pleased to report that when it became necessary for us to quarantine students and staff exposed to Covid-19, we were able to do so smoothly and quickly, and are grateful above all that no one experienced symptoms or illness. We're back to full operations this week, and know that we'll be able to handle any similar need in the future with confidence.
Chantel Blas has accepted an offer from the Bishop's Committee to serve as Director of STEP, following the previous Director's extended leave. Mrs Blas has almost 18 years experience in early childhood education, and holds a Bachelor of Science in the field from Pacific Oaks College. Chantel and her wife Caite, along with their son Benton, are active members of Saint Thomas Church.
Saturday Work Parties Resume!
We are excited to resume our Saturday Work Parties! Please join us on Saturday, January 14th, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and every Saturday thereafter. Refreshments are provided.
Please consider pitching in an hour or two or three and helping with this important effort!
Any questions?:Contact Tom Reid or Tess Crawford
Time and Talent Pledge Cards
Stewardship Letters have been sent to the Congregation asking for a commitment of time and talent as we leap into 2021. Please take a few minutes to complete and return this very important document.
Currently, we have the following immediate needs. If you are interested, please reach out to Mother Julie.
Able to become Associated with the Preschool (simple background check and fingerprinting process, in order to support teaching staff with daily check-in and check-out of students, and watch over napping children during staff lunchtime.
Opportunity to engage with Lessons, Virtual Learning Support, Crafts and other activities as well.)
Able to assist with Weekly Offering Count
Willing to staff the Church Office a few hours a week, with occasional volunteer tasks
Able to oversee various projects, indoors and outdoors, related to maintaining our property
Bishop's Committee Prospective Member Information Event
With 2021 already underway, it is time to start the process for adding new members to the Bishop’s Committee (BC). Serving as the working leadership team for the congregation and working closely with Mother Julie Bryant, Priest-In-Charge, the BC provides many unique opportunities to serve the church. While we face these challenging times, St. Thomas needs faithful members who are willing to join in this important work.
To help provide more information about the work of the BC and opportunities to become involved, we will hold a Prospective Member Event on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Because of Covid-19 concerns, this will be a “virtual” event. However, dinner will be provided and a meaningful conversation will be held.
Please contact Tess Crawford to express your interest in attending this event, and so that we can prepare in advance to properly welcome and extend hospitality to each of you. For more information: Tess Crawford BC Member (2022) 951.378.3300 email@example.com
Mark Your Calendars for two upcoming events!
January Town Hall -- Thursday, January 28th, 6:30 p.m.
Annual Meeting -- Sunday, February 21st, immediately following 9:00 a.m. Zoom service
Both meetings will be via Zoom. More details to follow.
2021 Flower and Candle Dedications
Thank you for the flower donations over the Christmas season; many of you designated poinsettias as a Thank Offering or in memory of someone special!
We sincerely invite you to consider making flower and candle dedications for 2021!
To make a dedication, please send a note to the church, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with: date, dedication details, and your name (for example: "Sunday nearest January 6. In memory of Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, who made the most of life's journey, from Bright Star and the Angels:).
The suggested donation for Sunday flowers is $35, and for a Sanctuary Candle is $5. Donations can be sent to the Church, with "Flower" or "Candle" in the "Memo" line.
The congregation is invited to join Compline anytime - we meet at NEW TIME: 8 p.m. via Zoom at Meeting ID 216 377 3567 (Call Mother Julie for the Password: 310-625-9377). Compline is a wonderful way to end the day with time in God's word, with wonderful friends.
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 are finishing up 1st and 2nd Thessalonians and will move to Titus and 1st and 2nd Timothy.
Join us on Zoom https://zoom.us/join New ID 832 8612 5079 Password required
Please contact The Reverend Julie D Bryant
at 310-625-9377 for password
Participate by phone +1 669 900 9128
Bible Study Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
looking at the Lessons coming up.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12
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