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“Lord, make us instruments of your peace.”

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There are consistent reminders of the brokenness of our world and the need for the grace and peace of Christ to heal. As we pray for those hurt by violence of any kind may we also pray that we may be instruments of peace. ~ Joy † A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis (insert p. 833 BCP) Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that…

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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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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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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 7-8:00 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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