Parish Post – November 15, 2018

Dear Parish Family and Friends,

Remember that tomorrow at 6:00 pm the church will gather to pack Thanksgiving baskets for SRSH families, and on Sunday from 12:30 – 2:00 pm families will be coming to pick up their baskets.

If you weren’t in service on Sunday, please see the pledge drive letter here,and keep the following prayer in mind over the next few weeks:

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for entrusting me with abundance. I know that everything I have is a gift from you. Guide me now as I make decisions on how I can best share my time, talents, and material gifts as an expression of my gratitude for your boundless love.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen. 

–Natalie

26 PENTECOST – NOVEMBER 18 WORSHIP

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

8:00 AM 
LITURGICAL ASSISTANT:  John Beall
USHER/GREETER: Linda Yost

10:30 AM 
ACOLYTES: Cary Johnson, Bob Acciavatti, Lilah Claycomb
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Carol Roberts Spears, Cary Johnson
INTERCESSOR: Margot Racin
READERS:  1st reading: Kathy Fedan 2nd reading: Samantha Carver
GREETER: Lynn Harper
USHERS:  Carol Roberts Spears, Roy Spears
COUNTER: Beth Royall
VESTRY CLOSER / ASSIST: COUNTER: Richard Morris
COFFEE HOUR: Cary Johnson
SUNDAY SCHOOL LEAD TEACHER: Ann Claycomb
SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSIST. TEACHER: None
NURSERY CARE: Bethany Kulchock, Tyler Rigby

CALENDAR DATES 

Today:             Vestry Meeting – 7:00 pm
Nov. 16:          Pack Thanksgiving Boxes – 6:00 pm, in the Parish Hall
Nov. 18:          Outreach Committee Meeting – 9:15 am in the Parish Hall
Nov. 18:          Distribute Thanksgiving Boxes To Families – 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Nov. 22:         Thanksgiving Day
Dec. 2:            Ingathering Sunday
Dec. 12:          SRSH Backpack Feeding Program – 12:30 at Scott’s Run Settlement House
Dec. 13:          Vestry Meeting – 7:00 pm

[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. ***.

THANKSGIVING BASKETS
The SRSH Thanksgiving baskets are wrapping up. The important dates left to remember are:

  • November 16 (tomorrow): Pack Thanksgiving baskets at 6:00 pm. This night is for everyone in the congregation to help.
  • November 18 (Sunday): Distribute baskets from 12:30 to 2:00  pm. Clients will come to St.  Thomas.

Contact Aurie Acciavatti with questions: auriebob@comcast.net

WARM CLOTHES FROM WARM HEARTS

As temperatures are dropping again, our hearts hurt for those in need in these inclement times. St. Thomas Outreach will once again be collecting any winter suitable clothing (coats, hats, gloves, scarves…) in a tote in the narthex, that will be taken to Christian Help once a month (or as needed). Please contact Neha Lal (neha.lal@gmail.com) or Grace Ayscue (grace.ayscue@gmail.com) if needed.

 

 

CHRISTIAN HELP TOY DRIVE

Christian Help’s toy collection has brought joy to tens of thousands of children for over 36 years. Last year, we were able to help bring Christmas joy to over 1,000 underprivileged children residing in Monongalia County. These children deserve to share in the joy and excitement that the holidays bring to each of us every year.

New UNWRAPPED toys are being collected for the 37th Annual HF&T Giveaway now until Friday, December 7th at Christian Help (219 Walnut Street) and drop-offs will be permitted on Monday, December 10th at the Armory (99 Army Band Way). If you would like to volunteer during the week of the event please visit to sign up: http://www.volunteermpc.org/need/?s=1&need_init_id=376 

ANTI-RACISM AND DIVERSITY TRAINING
The Commission on Racism and Diversity (CORD) is offering anti-racism and diversity training on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Christ Church, 824 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont.  It will start at 9:30 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m.  The registration fee of $15 includes lunch.  To register, please email or mail the following information to mbailey@wvdiocese.org:  1) Your name; 2) Your church; 3) Your email address and phone number.  Your check for $15, payable to the Diocese of WV, with CORD in the memo line, should be mailed to:  Diocese of WV, P.O. Box 5400, Charleston, WV  25361. All registrations must be received by November 23.

SCOTT’S RUN SETTLEMENT HOUSE BACKPACK FEEDING PROGRAM
Forty percent of Monongalia County children are at risk of being hungry over the weekend.  Scott’s Run Settlement House (SRSH) is helping to alleviate this problem with their Backpack Feeding Program.  Every weekend over 850 children in 12 Monongalia County schools take home a bag of nutritious food from the SRSH program.  The program can only work with plenty of volunteers.  St. Thomas à Becket will resume its schedule in this program―providing volunteers to fill bags the second and fifth Wednesday (if there is one) of each month―the next date is Wednesday, December 12 at 12:30 pm. If you wish to volunteer or lean more about this program and how you can help, contact Aurie Acciavatti atauriebob@comcast.net.

CHRISTIAN HELP – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 
Christian Help has reached out to us regarding several volunteer opportunities:
Mondays –  Career Closet (help organizing) any time 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesdays – Help people shop/organize any time between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Front Desk: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesdays – Career Closet (help organizing) any time between 9:00 – 4:00
Thursdays – Front Desk 9:00 am – 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Food Pantry any time between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Help people shop/organize any time between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fridays – Career Closet (help organizing) any time between 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

 If interested, contact Amanda Ejimofor
304-296-0221
volunteercoordinator@motownchristianhelp.com
SUNDAY SCHOOL
Fall Sunday School has begun!  We will continue to need teachers and assistants.  Contact Ann Claycomb directly (annclaycomb@hotmail.com / 304-276-2012) or check out the sign-up sheet on the narthex table. Lessons will be provided as they have in the past.
YOUTH GROUP
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.

PRAYER LIST
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; Deborah Bentley (from Marlin Dehoff); Derbie Bernard; FrJohn V. Di Bacco Jr.; Fr. Ray Donahue; Angelyn Gemmen; Ronny Girlinghouse (Brenda Swearingen’s cousin); Jerrey Hoyt; Kay Hubbard (Dorothy Skidmore’s cousin); Alice Kellison; Greg Kocher (Renee Beard’s brother); Sydney McDonald (from Carol Roberts Spears); Gail McHenry (Susan Seitz’s sister-in-law); Elsa Meyer; Julius Mogyoros (from the Fedans); Anne Mudgett; Gail Nickens (Jeff Fedan’s cousin); John Pearson; Nina Perelli; Sandy Poulson; Sam Richardson; Amy Robbins; Mary Lou Rudolph; Cathy Russell; Mary Frances Smith; Guy Stewart; Amanda Street; Marie Sutherland; Donna Vereecke (Linda Durfee’s cousin)

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; Mike Meehan (Kevin Meehan’s brother); Laura Motter (from Cheryl Prichard); Christopher Murdoch.

We pray for those in the military and other branches of service:  Erin Berard (Elmes’s daughter-in-law); James Berard (Elmes’ son); Fr. John Bethell; MichaelHandlan (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 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (except holidays)

Worship Schedule
Sunday – 8:00 a.m. (Morning Prayer I, spoken)
10:30 a.m. (Morning Prayer II, with music);
                                          nursery care and Sunday School with children’s worship