Wednesday, January 30, 2013


This is the 4th Sunday after Epiphany and it will be a busy day! It is Souper Bowl Sunday (see column to the right) and it is Boy Scout Sunday.    The Boy Scouts of America annually celebrates its founding on February 8, 1910, based on the program started by Lord Baden Powell in England on August 1, 1907. Scout Sunday was added to the Scout celebration in the middle 1940’s. Scout Sunday is always the Sunday preceding February 8th. The Scout Sunday tradition was started to make people in houses of worship aware of Scouting, and to allow Scouts to live out their "Duty to God" pledged each week. The Scout Law says that a "Scout is Reverent" and the Scouts of all ages promise to do their "Duty to God". These values strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith.
At the annual parish meeting last Sunday we elected Bishop's Committee members and a new officer.  We established goals for 2013.  If you would like a copy of the annual parish report, you can email the vicar.
The months of February and March will be filled with many activities at St. Thomas'.  Click on the tab at the top of this page to learn more.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013


This is the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany and we will celebrate a baptism at our 9am service.  Church school will meet.
This Sunday we will have our annual parish meeting following the worship service.  There will also be a potluck brunch.
The parish bowling outing was a big success- there were 20 people who attended.  To view some photos, click on the Facebook link on the right of this page (you don't have to be a member of Facebook to view them)
Next Sunday is Boy Scout Sunday and the Souper Bowl of Caring (read more about it on the right column).
The month of February will be very busy at St. Thomas'.  Click on the In Coming Weeks tab at the top of this page and join us on Sunday mornings for "teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer." Book of Acts 2:42

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


This is the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany.  Sunday school will meet this week and the WARM meal will be prepared this Sunday.
After church, there will be a parish bowling outing at Alley Katz in Westerly.  We especially encourage the young people at St. Thomas' to join us, but everyone is welcome to come.
The Annual Parish meeting will be held on January 27.  There will be a potluck brunch right after church before we begin our meeting.
Boy Scout Sunday is February 3.  We invite all cub scouts and boy scouts to join us for worship and a special reception following the service.  Wear you uniform!
February 3 is also  the Souper Bowl of Caring.  This event is in its 24th year!  Since 1990, young people around the country have been asking members of churches, schools and communities to donate $1 on Super Bowl Sunday to help those who cannot afford a bowl of soup.  This is a nationally sponsored movement, yet each church chooses a local agency to receive their dollars.  Last year, over 10,000 churches and agencies collected over $9.9 million on Super Bowl Sunday.  The money that we collect will go to the Nutritious Nook food pantry located at Wood River Health Services. To learn more, go to

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


This is the 1st Sunday after Epiphany and it is the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus.  This is one of the   4 feast days in the Episcopal Church that is especially appropriate for baptism.   Due to a scheduling conflict, we will be celebrating baptisms at St. Thomas' on Jan. 27 this year.
There is an important Bishop's Committee meeting on Jan. 13 to finalize the 2013 budget and parish goals.  Church school will meet.
Looking ahead, the next few weeks will be very busy.  In January there is parish bowling, and the annual meeting.  In February, we will recognize Boy Scout Sunday and  Souper Bowl Sunday. Check out the mini calendar on the tab at the top of this page.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


January 6 is the Feast of Epiphany.  The word Epiphany means manifestation and this holiday commemorates the day that the 3 magi visited the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.  The Epiphany season will last for 5 weeks this year until Lent begins on February 13.
Church school will meet this week.
January is a busy month.  The Bishop's Committee will meet on Jan. 13 and the parish bowling event is on Jan. 20.  The annual parish meeting is on Jan. 27.
And looking ahead- February 3 is Boy Scout Sunday and it is also Souper Bowl Sunday.  Details will be forthcoming.