Dear St. Thomas,
Can you believe it?! Flowers are blooming, trees have leaves and are green again, the sun is shining, and warmer temperature seems to be on their way! This must mean that the season of summer is also approaching! Summer seems to always bring opportunities to play, to enjoy God’s creation, to spend time with friends we have always had, make new friendships, grow in new ways, and as always, to keep us busy. It will certainly be no different at St. Thomas this summer.
We will begin the summer with worship at Nelson Park (located on 15 Mile Rd between Ryan & Dequindre) on June 11th at 10 AM and that will be followed by a potluck! Bring your favorite dish to share! During worship this summer we will be learning another liturgy setting out of our hymnal! This liturgy will be led by both the Praise Team and Christine on the organ. Also, during worship this summer we will have an opportunity to look at the ways that we can find sacred moments, Spirit inspired, and God in what we often view as secular and ordinary!
This summer we are also adding an opportunity to worship on Wednesday evenings. Beginning June 7th at 6:00 PM we will share a meal. Then at 7:00 we will have a brief worship service with communion.
On June 18th we will be recognizing our graduates! Also on June 18th I will be heading to Stony Lake Camp in New Era with 3 elementary school students who will be participating in horseback riding camp and one confirmation student! I ask that you keep us all in your prayers as we experience the new ways God is speaking to us at camp.
On June 26-29 from 6:00 PM- 8:30 PM, St. Thomas will be hosting Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is “Water Works”! We will be looking at the ways that God uses water in scripture, with a special focus on our brothers and sisters in Flint, Michigan. This year, VBS will be open to both students and adults!
On July 9th, we have an opportunity to gather at Jimmy John’s field and watch a baseball game! Tickets are $30 per ticket and include parking, the game, a buffet, two drink tickets, a picture with our group and the mascot, and an opportunity to run the bases! The baseball game is also a fundraiser for youth who may be going to camp or the Youth Gathering next summer! Invite everyone you know for a chance to support our youth in their faith journey!
On July 10th and 31st from 6:30-8:00 we will take an opportunity to have discussion about a social statement that the ELCA is in conversation about for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. This social statement is specifically about sexism and ways that it impacts individuals, families, congregations and communities. If you are interested in this study please contact me (email@example.com) or sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex.
July 23rd, will give us an opportunity to host a blood drive! The gift of blood gives people an opportunity to live that they may not otherwise have. Wherever your travels may take you and whatever experiences you may be having this summer please know that God goes with you! I hope you find some time to worship, enjoy God’s creation, live among God’s people, and grow in your faith and service!
Pastor Joyce Partyka Staib