Thursday Parish Post – April 26, 2018


Dear Parish Family and Friends,

Great Litany Tonight for Tim Pahl

For those wishing to offer prayers for Tim Pahl and his family, the church will be open from 7 to 8 p.m. today, with the Great Litany to be prayed at 7:30 p.m..  There will be an opportunity to light candles in memory of Tim’s life.  You may come and go as needed.  Also, if you would like to talk and/or pray with Fr. Tony Setley, he will be at the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday (April 27). Details regarding the date and time of the funeral service are still pending.

We grieve with Andrew, and his wife, Erin. They are staying with friends in Stewartstown and understandably are asking for privacy at this time. We shall surround the whole family with our prayers in the days and weeks to come.


Also happening this weekend:


Support Greg’s MS Walk

A Message from Greg Elmes – Please support TeamElmes.

I will be rolling on the Morgantown Rail Trail on Saturday, April 28.  Step by step and dollar by dollar, Walk MS is changing lives. That’s why I registered for Walk MS and why I’m asking for your support. Please consider doing one of three things:

  • Donate to my fundraising efforts
  • Join me / my team
  • Forward this email to others who might be interested in helping us raise money and create awareness

Our fundraising drives groundbreaking research, provides life-changing services, and guarantees a supportive community for those who need it most. Together, we will help create a world free of MS.

Thank you!


Click here to visit my personal page.

Click here to view the team page for TeamElmes


Bring Food for Potluck This Sunday

The Fellowship Committee invites everyone to bring a dish to share and stay for the Potluck Coffee Hour after the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday, April 29. This coffee hour is NOT a fundraiser; instead it is an opportunity to share a meal together as a parish family. Please join us to experience once again the food-based fellowship for which St. Thomas is known.

Anyone who is available to help clean up after the event will be welcomed with open arms by members of the Fellowship Committee.


Linda Yost, Parish Administrator



ALTAR GUILD:  (TEAM 1) Kathy Fedan, Florita Montgomery, Cheryl Prichard, Liz Smailes, Carol Spears, Debbie Zaniweski

FLOWERS:  Susan Seitz

8:00 AM


USHER/GREETER:  Patti Kisner

10:30 AM

READERS:  1st reading:  Angela Carver; 2nd reading:  Samantha Carver


EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:  Bob Acciavatti, Corey Farris

ACOLYTES:  Jeff Fedan, Bob Acciavatti

USHERS:  Angela Carver, Madelyn Carver

GREETER:  Marty French



NURSERY CARE:  Bethany Kulchock, Tyler Rigby

COFFEE HOUR:  Parish Potluck.  Please bring something to share.

COUNTER:  P.J. Henry





Apr 29:          Fellowship Committee hosting Potluck Coffee Hour.

                        No Youth Church

May 2:           Holy Eucharist, noon in the Chapel.

May 5:           Centering Prayer, 9 a.m. in the Chapel.

May 6:           Blue Jean Sunday

May 9:           SRSH Backpack Feeding Program, 12:30 p.m. at Scott’s Run Settlement House.

                       (Volunteers pack bags of food for food insecure families. The bags are then delivered to local children at school.

If you  want to take part in this rewarding experience, contact Aurie Acciavatti [].)

May 10:         Vestry Meeting, 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

May 11:         Confirmation Class, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

May 12:         Youth Church Work Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the new trail.

May 13:         Outreach Committee Meeting, 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

                        Spring Flower Sale (Between the services and after the 10:30 a.m. service)

 [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. ***



Can you “sub” in the nursery? Bethany Kulchock will not be available to work in the nursery on two Sundays: May 6 and June 10 .  According to our diocesan policy, we must have two attendants in the nursery.  Can you volunteer to assist our other nursery attendant, Tyler Rigby, on one or both Sundays? If you are able to help, please let Linda Yost know  (thomasabecket.wv@gmail) as soon as possible.



Wear your blue jeans or comfortable clothes to church on May 6 and help us spring clean our church home.  We will have a list of tasks and plenty of cleaning supplies for them.  The Property Committee will also be selling sandwiches during this event; the proceeds of which will go to the Capital Projects Fund.  So come and support our church on May 6.



The St. Thomas Flower Guild will be selling plants and flower arrangements on Sunday, May 13.  That Sunday is Mother’s Day!  So, this is a perfect opportunity to pick up a gift for your mother or a spring gift for that good friend or neighbor!  All proceeds go to the Capital Projects Fund to help our church.



Conner Scholarship applications are now available.  The applications along with award criteria can be found on the table in the Narthex for those interested in applying.  Marian Conner asks that those applying please leave your name and contact information on the sheet provided.  Completed applications must be received by May 15, 2018.  If you have any questions, contact Marian Conner at



We are still working on the trail.  Please help our  youth group.  Our next date to prepare the trail is Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We invite the parish to join us. We need several strong people to help with moving wheelbarrows of gravel to line the trail.  Shovels, small clippers, larger clippers, and saws for cutting down smaller dead trees and thorny briers are needed as well.  Donuts will be provided.  Please let me know if you can help so we can have an accurate count of the number of people to feed. Contact me at or 309-287-6271 (cell).



Many of you may not know that the freshly mown lawn that has greeted us for many years was thanks to the faithful work of Jim Sharley. The time has come for Jim to turn his mowing duties over to a new generation.  Two valiant volunteers have stepped up, but we’d love to find one or two more to alternate weeks.  If you’re willing to join the mowing team, please contact Beth Royall at or 681-285-5305.



Can you be your church’s assistant treasurer? The Vestry is looking for someone to serve as an assistant treasurer. Accounting experience is not necessary; Dede Burnell will provide all the training necessary. Because we cannot have Dede forever, we are engaging in succession planning. If you have any interest in serving this vital role, please let one of the Vestry members know. Their names are listed in the Sunday bulletin and on the Vestry bulletin board across from the kitchen door.



Be a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels.  It takes less than 3 hours a week each week.  Morgantown Area Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization that prepares and delivers hot, nutritious meals Monday through Friday to people in the Morgantown area who are homebound or unable to shop for or prepare meals.  Volunteer drivers and substitute drivers are needed to help with this mission.  On their designated week day, drivers pick up meals from one of three distribution centers: Star City Kitchen on University Avenue, Goshen Baptist Church on the Goshen Road, or Rock Forge Presbyterian Church on Earl L Core Road. Meals (packed in coolers) are picked up about 9:45 a.m. and are delivered within a 10-mile radius of each distribution center. Deliveries are complete by 11:30 a.m.  If you are interested in helping deliver meals, please call Mike at 304-276-9143 or email the office at Please visit the web site  to learn more about Morgantown Area Meals on Wheels.



Camp Registrations

Summer Camp registration forms and camp descriptions for Peterkin 2018 are available on the Peterkin website and on the St. Thomas information table in the Narthex..  If you have any questions, please contact the Peterkin office at 304-822-4519.   Printable forms can be found at


Spring Work Weekend

Peterkin’s annual Spring Work Weekend will be held May 18-20, and the cost is $75.  Work Weekend helps prepare Peterkin for the summer camping season ahead and offers time for fellowship and worship.  This event is open to those who are 21 years old or older. To register, follow this link:



Reminder:  Names on the Continuing Concern list will appear in alphabetically divided groups throughout the month.

Persons recently in need of prayer:  Trudy Alexander; Alice Ballas; Faith Bowyer; Robert Brock; Terri Burnell; Brett Cendana; Lilah Claycomb; Greg Corio; Fr. John V. Di Bacco Jr.; Ed Gladysz (Jim Sharley’s brother-in-law); Martha Hawkins; Kris Krajnak; Derry Krause; Donna LeTourneau (Carol Roberts Spears’ cousin); Gail Nickens (Jeff Fedan’s cousin); Sandy Poulson; Amy Robbins; Matthew Sachs; Carrie Sanders; Jesse Sanders; Amanda Street; Donald Sutherland; Marie Sutherland.

Persons for whom we have continuing concern:  (last names starting with R – Z) Anna Roberts (Carol Roberts Spears’ sister -in-law); Dr. Jaiyoung (Jay) Ryu; David Schnopp; Waylon Seaman; Thelma Sharley (Jim Sharley’s sister-in-law); Cathy Simmering; Jenna Marie Smith; Joan Smith; Shawn Smith; Charlie Sperow; Cindy Stone; Gloria Stromwell; Rochelle Thomas; Lucy Vandergrift; Carrie Wallace (Cary Johnson’s mother); Ann Divita Williard.

 We pray for those in the military and other branches of service:  Erin Berard (Elmes’s daughter-in-law); James Berard (Elmes’s son); Michael Handlan (Patty Harman’s nephew); Allen Hartley (Susan Butler’s nephew); David Hartley (Susan Butler’s nephew); Neil Reynolds; Jake Robinson; Michael Stellato; Phillip Steve; Lee Zaniewski; and all deployed persons.

 Our prayers and sympathy are offered to the family and friends of Tim Pahl, who died recently.  May he rest in peace and rise in glory.


 Office Hours for The Rev.Tony Setley

Friday (April 27) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday (May 2) 12 noon – 3 p.m.

Wednesday (May 3) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Regular Church Office Hours

Monday – Friday  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (except holidays)

Worship Schedule

Sunday – 8:00 a.m. (Holy Eucharist Rite I, spoken)

10:30 a.m. (Holy Eucharist Rite II, with music); nursery care and Sunday School with children’s worship

Wednesday –  Holy Eucharist, 12:00 noon

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