Parish Post – January 17, 2019

Dear Parish Family and Friends,

This Sunday there will be one service at 9:30 am. Following the service, at 10:45 am, there will be a potluck brunch (please bring something to share). After the potluck the Annual Meeting will take place.



ALTAR GUILD:  (TEAM 3) Renee Beard, Lynn Harper, Alice Meehan, Richard Morris, Allyson Perry, John Pearson
FLOWERS: Linda Yost

9:30 AM
ACOLYTES: Carol Beall, Bob Acciavatti
READERS:  Samantha Carver, Carol Roberts Spears
GREETER: Lynn Harper
USHERS: Angela Carver, Madelyn Carver
COUNTER: Beth Royall
COFFEE HOUR: Potluck Brunch
YOUTH GROUP: No Youth Group This Week
NURSERY CARE: Bethany Kulchock, Tyler Rigby

Jan. 20:       Holy Eucharist Rite II, 9:30 am (one service only).
Jan. 20:       Potluck Brunch – 10:45 am, Annual Meeting to follow.
Feb. 17:        Outreach Meeting – 9:15 am
Feb. 17:        Becket Arts! – 3:00 pm, WVU Bluegrass Band
Feb. 23:       Empty Bowls – 11:00 – 2:30 pm, Community Center at Mylan Park

An asterisk notes outside organizations using our facilities; italics indicate diocesan or community events elsewhere. Please note the following deadlines for our church publications. Wednesdays for Parish Post items,Thursdays (noon) for changes to the Sunday Bulletin, and the 22nd of each month for newsletter items. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

At the request of one of our parish members, I am asking you to please consider purchasing and bringing gas station gift cards, prepaid Visa cards, or cash, to church for a collection to help essential federal workers in the area, specifically employees of the local Bureau of Prisons facilities who must be at work but are currently not being paid. Your help with this is greatly appreciated and will go a long way in helping this group keep their jobs and minimize their stress under these trying circumstances.
Thank you!
Fr. Tony+

There is a new sign-up sheet for Sunday School volunteers on the narthex table. Volunteers can expect to have fun, do a craft or activity, and engage directly with kids ages 4-10. Lessons are flexible because of attendance.

Sunday, January 20 – Early service (9:30) per Parish Meeting. We will do a winter craft.
Sunday, January 27 – Jesus goes from student to teacher. Let’s teach each other something.
Sunday, February 3 – Super Bowl Sunday! We will do an activity based around the Stone Soup story.

Thank you all!
–Ann Claycomb / 304-276-2012

Our theme this year is “Kids in Action,” and each child attending will receive a sticker identifying that child as a “Kid in Action.” See our Flyer here. Please join us at the Metropolitan Theatre, 369 High Street, Morgantown, at 2:00 pm on January 21 for a program featuring the Cheat Lake Elementary School Choir and Morgantown Children’s Choir, music by Al Anderson and Friends, and a story read by Jeremy Thomas. We have also invited the winners of the NAACP essay contest and students from local schools to share essays with us, and Mayor Bill Kawecki will welcome everyone on behalf of the City of Morgantown.
The event is free and open to the public. We will have bumper stickers for sale and always appreciate donations. We will also again be collecting donations for the Scott’s Run Backpack Program to support students at area schools who need food assistance over the weekend.

The 13th Annual Soup and Bread Luncheon will take place on February 23 from 11:00 – 2:30 at the Hazel and J.W. Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park (111 Mylan Park Lane, Morgantown). Guests will select and take home a ceramic bowl handcrafted by WU, local potters, and school children. Tickets are $20, and will be available for purchase here at St. Thomas, as well as online here.


Carol Beall has been a member of St. Thomas since it began in 1979. Her participation in the life of the church has included organist, vestry member, Senior Warden, search committee chair, lay reader, Eucharistic Minister, and Sunday School teacher.   She also sits on the diocesan Commission on Ministry. Our Becket family is important to her.  If elected, she will especially support the activities of the church which deepen our spiritual life together, those which support our outreach beyond our walls, and those which support our care and ministry to each other.  She is active in the Morgantown music community as a piano teacher and performer, appearing regularly with the Allegheny Chamber Players.  She is married to John Beall and has two adult children and two grandsons.
Although confirmed in the Lutheran Church, Kathy Fedan’s faith journey brought her to St. Thomas à Becket in 1999 and she was received in the Episcopal Church by Bishop Klusmeyer soon thereafter. She currently serves on the Outreach and Fellowship Committees, is a member of the Altar Guild, and also is a greeter, usher, and reader at worship services.  Kathy has been involved in numerous special events that have been held to raise funds to retire the church’s mortgage or raise funds for Capital Improvements. She has held her “day job” as a research statistician at CDC/NIOSH for 34 years. Kathy previously served on Vestry from 2009-2011, and was the Senior Warden during her last year on Vestry. Kathy feels privileged to be nominated for the next Vestry; she loves this congregation and would be honored to represent it as it continues to grow spiritually and literally.

Brenda Swearingen was born and reared in Shreveport, LA.  Upon moving with her family to Morgantown in 1984, she joined St. Thomas à Becket, and has been an active member ever since.  Brenda was on the inaugural committee for “Christmas in October,” and served on that committee to reduce the church’s mortgage for as long as the event was relative.  She served two terms as Treasurer of the church and started the Ministry to Each Other committee.  She has also been a licensed Eucharist layperson to serve shut-ins, and has volunteered as a reader. Brenda has served with multiple groups in town including Service League, Soup Kitchen at Trinity, assisting one of the collegiate chapters on the WVU campus as an advisor and The Medical Auxiliary.  She has been a member of St. Thomas for 34 years and is excited to see what is in store for the next chapter of our church’s life.  It would be an honor to serve on the Vestry of our church.
Rebecca Krehbiel is originally from Columbus, Ohio.  She was baptized Episcopalian and grew up in the Episcopal Church.  She and her husband, Jay, moved to Morgantown in the Fall of 2016 when her husband started a job teaching at WVU.  A graduate of Davidson College (2009) and Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (2014), Rebecca is a trusts and estates and tax attorney at Jackson Kelly in their Morgantown and Bridgeport offices.  She has been attending St. Thomas for the past two years and is grateful for such a welcoming and nurturing spiritual community.  Rebecca is honored to be considered for Vestry and hopes that, if given the opportunity, she can serve the church community faithfully and help to grow and strengthen the parish.

Greg Elmes was born in Brighton, England and came to the United States in 1972 as a graduate student. He has a Ph.D. in geography and was professor at WVU from 1979 until 2015, when he retired.
Greg initially attended church at Trinity Morgantown and came to St. Thomas when his wife Jeanne was hired as music director about 20 years ago. He served on the vestry and was Senior Warden when the Rev. Dorothy Brown was rector. Greg was a long time leader of a reading group between services. Jeanne and Greg have four children. Greg is honored to be nominated for vestry and looks forward to help shepherd the St. Thomas community while we seek to hire a new permanent rector.

Mark Dutkevicz was raised in Akron, Ohio. He has been a resident of West Virginia since 2014 when he came here after being recruited for a position at United Hospital Center with Dr. Grant Franklin.  Mark has been employed as a Physician Assistant at UHC since 2013. His wife Rose came to join him in West Virginia soon after.  Initially residing in Fairmont where they attended Christ Episcopal Church, they purchased a home in the Brookhaven area in 2015 and soon after began attending St Thomas à Becket. While living in Akron, Mark was the adult leader for the youth group at First United Methodist Church in downtown Akron. Mark and his family moved to Toledo, Ohio where Mark was employed as a staff PA at Toledo Hospital. He left that position after 14 years to come to West Virginia. Both of their adult children are graduates of the University of Toledo and now live in the Cincinnati area. In his spare time Mark enjoys movies and theater, history both in books and travel, the ocean and gardening. Mark is honored to be a candidate for the Vestry.

Christian Help has gratefully received our donations to the “Warm Coats from Warm Hearts” collection spearheaded by Neha Lal and Marlin Dehoff. Parish members have been generous with donations, and Christian Help is able quickly to place our gently used, clean coats and winter clothing into the hands of people who need them. The wintertime need in our community is ongoing and great. Please continue to place your donations in the bin in the Narthex. Thank you!

Jobs For Life (JFL) is a free course designed to teach individuals how to overcome roadblocks in their personal and professional lives.  JFL is open to those who are unemployed, underemployed, or who are struggling to obtain a clear career path. Course topics include Understanding My Value, Developing a Resume, Conflict Resolution, and more. Students, Mentors for students, and volunteers are needed! Classes begin February 25th and run twice a week for 8 weeks. For more information contact Amanda at or call (304) 296-0221.

The Youth Group has began meeting Sundays during service. The Youth Group is open to children 6th – 12th grade or those who completed confirmation classes.
Reminder:  Names on the Continuing Concern list will appear in alphabetically divided groups throughout the month. 

Persons recently in need of prayer:  Susan Ahart (Linda Durfee’s cousin), Trudy Alexander; Bennie Allison; Jenece Baker (Roy Spears’ cousin); Eric Beard; Deborah Bentley (from Marlin Dehoff); Derbie Bernard; FrJohn V. Di Bacco Jr.; LeAnn Dotson (Dan Crawford’s daughter); Dustin; Kathy FedanRonny Girlinghouse (Brenda Swearingen’s cousin); Jerrey Hoyt; Kay Hubbard (Dorothy Skidmore’s cousin); Alice Kellison; Greg Kocher (Renee Beard’s brother);  Karen McDonald; Gail McHenry (Susan Seitz’s sister-in-law); Elsa Meyer; Joe Mogyoros; Julius Mogyoros (from the Fedans); Anne Mudgett; John Pearson; Nina Perelli; Sandy Poulson; Sam Richardson; Teresa Richardson (from Aurie Acciavatti); Amy Robbins; Jennifer Smith; Mary Frances Smith; George Snider; Guy Stewart; Amanda Street; Marie Sutherland; Christine TallJoe Tomtishen (from Fr. Tony); Donna Vereecke (Linda Durfee’s cousin); Eb Werner (from the Fedans).

Persons for whom we have continuing concern (Last Names I-M): Dean Innerst (Marlin Dehoff’s cousin); Amina Marie Jackson (Florita Montgomery’s great-niece); Jill Jenkins; Ray Kesler; Kris Krajnak; Derry Krause; Donna LeTourneau (Carol Roberts Spears’ cousin); Emory Lehosit (Nancy Walker’s uncle); Shannon LeNoir; Barbara Hoyt Leonard (Jerrey Hoyt’s daughter); George Marshall; Sydney McDonald; Mike Meehan (Kevin Meehan’s brother); Laura Motter (from Cheryl Prichard).

We pray for those in the military and other branches of service:  Erin Berard; James Berard (Elmes’ son); Fr. John Bethell; Mac Durfee (Linda Durfee’s nephew); Michael Handlan (Patty Harman’s nephew); Allen Hartley (Susan Butler’s nephew); David Hartley (Susan Butler’s nephew); John Maxwell; Jake Robinson; Michael Stellato; Phillip Steve; Lee Zaniewski; and all deployed persons.


Regular Church Office Hours

Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (except holidays)

Worship Schedule

Sunday – 9:30 am – (Holy Eucharist II, with music)
nursery care and Sunday School with children’s worship