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North Dallas Shared Ministries – Volunteers Needed

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NDSM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! In September, NDSM is adding a second four-morning-a-week day ESL ( English-as-a-Second-Language) program. If you have a command of English, a desire to enrich your life, and a respect for diversity, then NDSM needs you! Volunteering requires a three-hour-per-week commitment  – one hour preparation; two hours (9:00-11:00 a.m.) teaching is required.  The fall semester runs from Mid-September to early December; the spring semester from Mid-January to early May. Teachers are wanted for both the current Holy Cross Lutheran Church location on Marsh Lane, south of Forest, and the new site at a location nearby. Please contact Trish Houck –  TrishHouck@aol.com. If you are interested in teaching Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 at NDSM, please contact Mae Schwalb at om.schwalb@att.net. Also, NDSM is desperate for volunteer primary care providers  – MD’s, PA’s, NP’s – to see adult patients on Tuesday and Thursday evenings a minimum of one…

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Cancer Support Group

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The St. Thomas cancer support group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30 pm This group is for patients and caregivers and is ongoing. The Patient group will meet in the small conference room in the office and is facilitated by Mary Frances Heep (LCSW). The group for caregivers will be held in the South Room and will be facilitated by Fr Ray. Each group is limited to 8 participants.Please contact Mary Frances at maryfrancesheep05@gmail.com or Fr. Ray at ray@the doubter.org if you are interested in participating.  The Episcopal Church of St. Thomas the Apostle 6525 Inwood Road Dallas, Texas 75209

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Gateway of Grace

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A letter from Samira Izadi, Executive Director Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am sure you have been following the news on the refugee situation in Europe. Today, we were informed that United States will be receiving 10000 Syrian refugees starting October 1. Texas is the largest hub for refugees in the nations. While we can agree or disagree with the decision, as Christians who are indwelled by the Holy Spirit, we have the unique calling and power to bring the redemptive presence of Christ into this situation. No other religious group has this calling and power. Gateway of Grace is currently serving five refugee families from Syria and a total of 1600 refugees per year. It is the largest refugee ministry in north Texas serving refugees from nine different countries and six different religious backgrounds. We have seen transformation of lives by meeting the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of…

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Crossroads Community Services and St. Thomas the Apostle

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Together We Can Feed Our Hungry Neighbors By Mtr. Virginia Holleman The Vestry of St. Thomas has approved our entering into a partnership with Crossroads Community Services to provide nutritious shelf-stable, refrigerated and fresh foods to our neighbors who are food-insecure.  Food-insecure means these are families who do not have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food for the month.  Generally speaking, these families have enough financial resources to make it through three weeks each month, but the last week finds them at the bottom of the basket so to speak, having to “make do” with cheap, filling though often marginally nutritious food. St. Thomas will become a Community Distribution Partner with Crossroads.  There are a lot of hungry people in our neighborhood but we’re going to start small. Fr. Ray Ball will meet with the counselor at K. B. Polk Elementary School to select five families.  Once we…

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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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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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Bikes for the Homeless

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As you know four times a year we serve at The Gathering (a homeless congregation that meets at Thanksgiving Square every Sunday). John Lee, a parishioner at Church of the Ascension, has started a bike outreach for The Gathering. It is part of a bike ministry, A Ride Home, to give the homeless transportation to eat and work. He is taking donated, used bikes and fixing them up to give to the homeless who attend the service. James Jones has been homeless for more than half of his life. Before, he walked to collect cans to recycle for money. Since he received his bike, he now can cover 25 miles a day and has more than tripled his recycling earnings on a recent Sunday to $16. He said, “It’s awesome they have given us these bikes. It’s the best thing anybody could have done for us.” If you or anyone…

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