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….
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.
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…
The 24th Annual Dallas AIDS Arms LifeWalk – 5K Fun Run/Walk was held on October 5, 2014 in Lee Park. This year the event raised $521,059, which will benefit the thousands impacted by HIV/AIDS in the Dallas community. Thanks to everyone from St. Thomas who came out to join the fun!