2021 Lenten Series: The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus
This Lent take on the practice of love!
Not long ago, Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, gathered a small group to meet with him for two days in Atlanta. He had spent the last couple of years challenging his church to claim the mantle of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. It was time to think about how to build on that challenging and inviting message – what would be the spiritual practices necessary. The Way of Love is the fruit of that conversation.
As Bishop Curry’s invitation to spiritual practices, The Way of Love uses seven key verbs: Turn. Learn. Pray. Worship. Bless. Go. Rest. This book and our conversation in Lent and Easter will be an exploration of what these verbs mean in the context of our life of faith. Join us Wednesday evenings online at 7:30pm for this extraordinary conversation. We will pause the first Wednesday of the month as our own “rest” and also include a special session in Holy Week.
Each week our panel will be joined by a special guest from our parish – to hear their own perspective on The Way, as well as their experience on what they have found helpful in these months of the pandemic.
This year’s series will feature a new format that makes it possible to either participate on your owns schedule and/or share the conversation with others. During our scheduled Wednesday conversations, participants online can interact with their own questions and comments via the chat and Q/A feature of Zoom. Each conversation will also record the panel conversation so others can click and watch at their leisure via our YouTube channel which would be posted by the weekend.
CLICK HERE for a Series Schedule
Here is the link for each conversation (same link for each week):
All attendees will need to use the link below to attend:
A new Adult Forum 5-week series begins Sunday, March 30, 9:15-10 a.m. Marcus Borg will present Embracing an Adult Faith: What It Means to Be Christian. A brief DVD presentation will be followed by comments from the formation team led by Fr. Daniel Grossoehme. Table discussions will offer opportunity to listen, ponder and share views of the presentation. All views welcome! Come grow in faith with us. Bring your friends, too. A continental breakfast will be offered by the hospitality team in the Parish Hall.
St Thomas will have two young adults, Stacy Purcell and Jon Saxton, on summer staff at Mt TOP this summer. Stacy will be a YSM(Youth Summer Ministry) Camp Director and Jon will be a YSM Ministry Coordinator. Mt TOP operates on a partnership basis. Its summer staff are required to partner with their home churches, families, and friends to raise half of their salary plus living expenses($2,400 for Stacy, $2,200 for Jon). Stacy and Jon are grateful for this opportunity to share their God given gifts in His calling this summer and would appreciate your spiritual, emotional , or financial support. Please fill out an partnership form (available online and via CONNECTIONS) and mail it to Mt TOP at the address provided on the form. Thank you for your support. Stacy & Jon.
In the same spirit as Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking work A People’s History of the United States, Diana Butler Bass’ A People’s History of Christianity brings to life the movements, personalities, and spiritual disciplines that have informed and ignited Christian worship, practices and activism through the centuries.
The title simply sets the focus away from institutions and hierarch and bids us to reflect on something far more essential to the Christian faith – us! Join us each Wednesday in Lent, beginning March 12th for a guided exploration of the book, A Peoples’ History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story by acclaimed author and former New York Times columnist Diana Butler-Bass. Come and see why people are talking about this book!
Saturday, March 29th, 10am-3pm
St. Thomas Hearth Room
How’s the growing going?
At this midpoint in our journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter come away to a quiet place to check in with your spirit and with God. Renew your Lenten discipline…listen for the longing of your heart…pray with some of the folks who encountered Jesus and learn from them how to allow God to transform you: Nicodemus, the Woman at the Well, The Blind Man or Lazarus.
Prayer stations will be set up, as will quiet corners to rest and pray. Come!
Pastor Mary will provide lunch. Click here to please let her know if you plan to come!
ANNOUNCING THE 8th ANNUAL THOMASTON GOLF CLASSIC AT THE GOLF CLUB AT STONELICK HILLS ON MONDAY – MAY 19, 2014
For the fth year, the Thomaston Golf Classic is being held at the Golf Club at Stonelick Hills, located on U.S. Route 50 in Clermont County, less than 10 miles from Terrace Park, Ohio. It is one of the premier golf courses in Southwestern Ohio. The course quality and layout, facilities and professional staff are second to none. The foursome entry fee for this year’s event is $500 and the individual fee is $150 per person. Includes lunch, golf and cart fees, dinner, golf gift and awards.
The Thomaston Golf Classic is the sole fundraising event for the Thomaston Woods Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition scholarships for the young motivated residents of the Thomaston Woods affordable townhouse complex in Clermont County. Thanks to your support, over 30 scholarships have been granted to students attending UC Clermont and other area institutions. Let’s keep it going for 2014!
Spring is here, so get your foursome assembled and registered, using the registration form linked through the Parish website at http://www.stthomasepiscopal.org. And we’ll see you on Monday, May 19th. Thank you!
OR TO REGISTER BY MAIL:
2014 TGC Announcement
2014 TGC Golfer Registration Form
2014 TGC Hole Sponsor Form
Vibrant Faith @ Home is holding a special retreat for grandparents. This four-week online retreat during Lent explores this stage of life that is humbling, awe-inspiring and grand. Facilitated by Dr. Kathie Amidei. The retreat will involve weekly “reflection articles” sent through email with reflecting questions. Instructions are provided to you when you register. Cost is $29. Visit www.vibrantfaithathome.org to register.
Registration is now available for the summer camps at the Proctor Center. Visit www.procter.disohio.org for more information.
Friday, Feb. 28th-Saturday, Mar. 1, Transfiguration Spirituality Center, Glendale
What does God want to grow in me this Lent? What discipline will nurture God’s growth? Through a variety of spiritual practices, we will listen for where God wants to plant Easter seeds. Through a variety of spiritual practices, we will listen for where God wants to plant Easter seeds. Cost: $125/single, $115/double, includes 4 meals, room and materials. Contact Pastor Mary (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up.
Embracing Spiritual Awakening
Diana Butler leads a reflection that asks what Christianity may look like “beyond religion and beyond the church?” This segment explores the concept of a new “Great Awakening”: spirituality in Christianity today that helps shape our traditions for tomorrow. Join the discussion for the final session this Sunday:
• Awakening (02/09)