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New Bible Study Topic: History of Christianity

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Beginning on Thursday, May 18, our Thursday morning Bible Study will do something different for the summer. This year we have studied the books of Revelation, Ephesians, Philemon, Acts, and the Gospel of St. Mark. Beginning May 18th, we will begin studying the History of Christianity, an introductory seminary course covering the spread of the Christian Gospel from the Book of Acts through the 20th century. This is basically the Church History course that I taught when I was at the Anglican School of Theology, less the research papers and the tuition. There is a recommended (but not required) text. Please come and learn about the missing churches of Asia and Africa and much more fascinating information.

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Lenten Oppurtunities

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Lent, a time of New Beginnings On Wednesday March 1, Ash Wednesday, we enter into the season of Lent which in many ways is a season of new life, new beginnings. Repentance is traditionally the word most associated with this season and if we understand what the term really means, we can embrace it as an avenue to new life. You may have heard me say once or twice (or perhaps more as I seek to remind myself), Repent means to turn or turn around. Sometimes we need to turn away from things or practices that harm our relationships with ourselves, our God, or others. Other times we need to be more intentional about turning toward God who nurtures our lives. It brings to mind the words from Ezekiel 18, “For I take no pleasure in the death of any one, declares the Lord God, Turn then and live.” I…

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Christian Formation: A Guide to Weekly and Monthly Offerings at St. Thomas the Apostle this Spring

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Spring Offerings A Guide to Weekly and Monthly Offerings at St. Thomas the Apostle Sunday Mornings 9:00 am – 9:45 am in the Parish Hall Spring 2017 Heresy – Father Ray Jan 1 No Class Jan 8 Annual Meeting (no class) Jan 15 Heresy Jan 22 Heresy Jan 29 Heresy Truth Through Fiction: Sharing God’s Light Through Story Feb 5 – Jeff Hampton and Emily Williams Feb 12 – Carol Brickell Feb 19 – Special Guest: Gay Clark Jennings (Speaker,President of the House of Deputies) Feb 26 – Colin Cahoon Lent Class – 5 Marks of Love: Living Life Marked as Christ’s Own March 5 – TELL March 12 – TEACH March 19 – TEND March 26 – TRANSFORM April 2 – TREASURE April 9  Palm Sunday (no class) April 16 Easter (no class) From Confusion To Clarity – Polity and Practice in The Episcopal Church For Newcomers and Old Timers April…

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Centering Prayer Group

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Join us for our Centering Prayer group on Wednesday evenings. The discipline of Centering Prayer will meet on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 to sit together. We will have 2 twenty minute sessions each evening, the first from 5:30 until 5:50, and the second from 6:00 until 6:20, with a 10 minute break in between. The second “sit” will be followed by our regular Wednesday Eucharist. There will be no teaching involved, only the experience of sitting in silence before God in community. All are welcome to attend either one, or both if you like.

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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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Lenten Opportunities

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The season of Lent is a wonderful time for us to pause and reflect, to repent which means to turn.  The reading from Isaiah on Ash Wednesday confronts us with the idea that we can serve our own interests while fasting and taking on a discipline while still oppressing others.  The passage gives us a sense of the positive places where our disciplines can lead us. I think that Lent is a time for us to look both inward and outward, taking time to ask ourselves questions about our walk with God and neighbor.  How are we called as individuals and a community to “loose the bonds of injustice to undo the thongs of the yoke to let the oppressed go free?”  St. Thomas offers a number of opportunities to serve and reflect during Lent. Ash Wednesday Services February 18 at 12:00 or 7:00 pm. Wednesday night Programs, Interspirituality will…

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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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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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From Holidays to Holy Days

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What does all the hoopla of Christmas have to do with Christ anyway? Join the Rector’s Tuesday morning book study every Tuesday from 10:00-11:15 a.m. this Advent season as we walk together through Albert Holtz’s book, From Holidays to Holy Days: A Benedictine Walk through Advent. Combining scripture, the Benedictine rule, and our everyday experiences, Holtz’s Advent book invites his readers to slow down so that Advent can have renewed meaning in our walk of faith.

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