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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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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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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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Advent Opportunities

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Advent is a time of reflection and preparation. Come celebrate the season by participating in one or more of these upcoming Advent opportunities: Sunday Mornings: Adults join us for “A Thrill of Hope” on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. All month long: take an Advent calendar with you to help you slow down and anticipate the birth of Christ in your daily life. Tuesday morning book study will walk through Advent together wondering what all the busyness of Christmas has to do with Christ as they read From Holidays to Holy Days by Benedictine monk Albert Holtz, O.S.B Outreach Opportunities: Community Partners Toy Drive and Little Red Socks Christmas Eve Service at 8:00 pm (incense will be used) Christmas Day Service at 10:00 am More details on all these opportunities will be coming soon.

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The Gathering

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The Gathering is a Community of Faith of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. It was begun in December of 2012. There has been a need for a spiritual gathering place in Dallas, where the housed and unhoused can come together on Sunday to seek healing and spiritual fulfillment as well as community. St. Thomas is one of many Episcopal churches enlisted to provide the meals throughout the year. November 16 was St. Thomas’ final turn, for this year, to provide lunches at The Gathering. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to offer love and a meal to those that most people simply do not see. It is quite moving to be with the homeless attendees, as they come together to worship and ask for prayers for their friends and family. The Eucharist service begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at Thanksgiving Square, and lasts for about 45 minutes….

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Community Partners Toy Drive

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On November 23 an “Angel Tree” will be put between the Narthex and Parish Hall. Please take some time and select a child’s Christmas wish you can make come true this year! We ask that you bring the items back to the Parish Hall by December 7, unwrapped in a bag with the tag on the outside easy to read. All items will be delivered to the Daughters of the King on December 11.

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The Ministry of Music

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As I began my faith journey in the Episcopal Church, I have fond memories of singing in the choir at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, where my high school choir director also served as the choirmaster. For special occasions such as ordinations, he would ask some of us to supplement the parish choir. I was hooked. I loved the liturgy and loved the sacred music. My freshman year at TWU I was confirmed at a small parish in Denton, where some Sundays I showed up for choir and was asked to sight read a solo for the offertory anthem. From tiny parish choirs to large ones with paid section leaders, church music continues to ground and support my journey. Since landing at St. Thomas, I have watched our tiny (by most standards) choir evolve over the years, but it remains an important blessing in my…

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Fall Evangelism Initiative Breakfast

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With special guest speaker, renowned author and leader in church growth, Gerard Long. He will be discussing his most recent book, Awakening to God, about the church’s mission to share the Gospel and how we most effectively can do this. We will also be sharing resources in three areas of evangelism and mission: MAKING THE MOST OF ADVENT, CHRISTMAS and NEW YEARS CHURCH GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES AND WORKSHOPS The Alpha Course – It’s powerful impact potential for engaging seekers and the unchurched AND the NEWEST ALPHA resources and innovations. All clergy and lay leaders are invited. Date: November 15th Location: Episcopal Diocese of Dallas Bishop’s Office 1630 N. Garrett Avenue | Dallas, Texas 75206 Gerard Long was a successful Vice President of HSBC in London and the US for many years before his call to lead Alpha. He is one of the most passionate and insightful communicators on the call of…

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Blast from the Past

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Just this morning we had an unexpected, but welcome visitor. The Rev. Guy Usher, the grandson of the Rev. Guy Samuel Usher, the first rector of St. Thomas, stopped by to see the church that he remembered as a young boy. We gave him a tour and he graciously returned a pyx (used to carry communion) that belonged to his grandfather. The Rev’d Guy Usher is now rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hudson, Wisconsin.

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