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St. Thomas makes a statement

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Rev. Joy Daley and a number of St. Thomas parishioners joined together at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration for a NOH8 photo shoot. Celebrity photographer Adam Bouska came to the Dallas area to capture the fight for marriage equality and take a stand against discrimination and bullying of all kinds. The NOH8 campaign makes a statement without saying a word; guess you can call that a picture perfect protest. Featured on News Fix CW33 | March 14, 2015 | by Selena Hernandez Read full article >

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Sermon – Third Sunday in Lent

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One of the movies nominated for best picture this year was Selma which recalls the time in the not so distant past when the country was divided over the fight for equal rights as Martin Luther King, Jr. gathered people together to make a choice, to take a stand. The movie doesn’t cover his whole life but a period of 3 months, a moment in time about the work leading up to the Voting Rights Act. In one clip from the movie we see MLK say forcefully “It is unacceptable to use power to keep people voiceless” And though this man was nonviolent he did take action to raise consciousness to push against the accepted oppressive norms. This action led to violence as forces within this country resisted the walk to freedom as people were clubbed and beaten for standing up for their rights. Ironically the bridge where the marchers…

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Sermon – First Sunday in Lent

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As I thought about the wilderness I remembered a time several years ago when I was out in East Texas walking. I was in a wooded area which was enclosed and familiar to me I was passing by trees and streams that I had seen many times before. I was thinking as I walked, trying to understand a situation at work so you would have thought that the familiar surroundings were a good place to do that but for whatever reason I wasn’t content with the setting and felt compelled to go beyond the usual boundaries of my walk to look for a break in the fence enclosing the area and I found one, so I crossed the road and began to walk on a path I had never seen before. I needed a new perspective I was in the wilderness of sort, seeking enlightenment The road was open before…

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Wednesdays In Lent

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Enrich your Lenten practice! Everyone is invited to join us each Wednesday evening during the season of Lent for an Interfaith Dialogue “Reflections on Interspirituality”. The Eucharist will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a light meal at 7:00 p.m. and Presentation at 7:30 p.m. Schedule February 25 – “Overview of Interspirituality”, Father Ray Ball March 11 – “Islam” postponed due to weather March 18 – “Buddhism”, Sister Amy NaHo March 25 – “Judaism”, Rabbi Debra Robbins; and “Islam”, Imam Omar Suleiman

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Sermon – Ash Wednesday

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I recently watched an episode of Modern family in which the Dad Phil was in charge of making his teenage girls clean their bathroom Of course they swore they had done it so they could run off and go be with their friends. Then he opened a door and everything spilled out We’ve all experienced some version of this Whether it be with our children or ourselves. You get a call that someone is coming to visit who you didn’t expect. You scramble to get all your junk out of sight so everything looks real good for the visit, being sure that you don’t have to open the door or drawer for any reason while they are there because of the inevitable overflow. Otherwise your visitors will see more of the truth of you than you would like – that you are not quite as neat and organized as you…

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Feasting on the Word – Dec 14

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Everyone is invited to join our “Feasting on the Word” Christian Formation classes each Sunday: Adults at 9:00 a.m. and Youth at 10:00 a.m. ADULT December 14 Third Sunday of Advent Join us for “A Thrill of Hope” – With beauty and power of art and sacred text, and the insight of Candler’s Scholars, let this presentation act as a new catalyst for you on your journey of faith this Advent season. YOUTH December 14 Session 2 Isaiah 61: 1-4; 8-11 Youth will imagine Isaiah’s vision of the restoration ad hear God’s call to live as if it were a present reality. December 21 Session 3 Luke 1: 26-38 Youth will invite the Holy Spirit to work in and through them.

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2014 Annual Meeting

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the Annual Meeting last Sunday, Dec. 7th. Results are as follows: Newly elected Vestry members are Lisa Cain, Fred Ellis, Joe DeuPree. Newly Elected Trustee of Endowment is Wynne Voorhees. Newly Elected Diocesan Delegate Alternate is Paul DesRochers. Newly Appointed Senior Warden for 2015 is Duane Harbin.

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Making Space for God

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Every year at this time I am caught off guard, and it happened again yesterday. For the last several weeks we have been reading lessons, which frankly can terrify me: “But the bridegroom replied, “Truly I tell you, I do now know you.” “You that are accursed depart from me, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” “… for you do not know when the master of the house will come … [and] he may find you asleep…. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” “And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to [John the Baptist], and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.” These gospel lessons, beginning toward the end of the Pentecost cycle are not all that fun to ponder. After all, who among us wants…

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Feasting on the Word – Dec 7

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Everyone is invited to join our “Feasting on the Word” Christian Formation classes each Sunday: Adults at 9:00 a.m. and Youth at 10:00 a.m. ADULT December 7 Second Sunday of Advent Join us for “A Thrill of Hope” – With beauty and power of art and sacred text, and the insight of Candler’s Scholars, let this presentation act as a new catalyst for you on your journey of faith this Advent season. YOUTH December 7 NO Youth Sunday School this week! December 14 Session 2 Isaiah 61: 1-4; 8-11 Youth will imagine Isaiah’s vision of the restoration ad hear God’s call to live as if it were a present reality.

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Little Red Socks of Love

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Nothing personifies the mission of Bryan’s House more than the Little Red Socks of Love, which represent the little boy for whom the organization is named. Bryan Allen was one of the first known children in Dallas to die from AIDS. Bryan did not live to see his first birthday, but did manage to battle a courageous fight through Christmas of 1985. The only things his mother kept from his short life were his baby pictures and the little red socks he wore for Christmas. To this day, Bryan’s House continues to be a safe haven for children and families impacted by HIV and AIDS. You can help make the year a little brighter for Bryan’s House children by making a donation. Simply fill the sock with whatever you can spare whether dollars or cents. You may wish to write a check. If making a donation by check, please make…

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