Lent Madness

LENT MADNESS 2017

The Saintly Smackdown Returns!

Are you looking for something fun to focus on? Are you longing for inspiration and joy? For the eighth year running, people of faith are gearing up for Lent Madness, the “saintly smackdown” in which thirty-two saints do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo during the season of Lent.

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With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures.

Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout the penitential season of Lent. This year’s competition begins on “Ash Thursday,” March 2.


How to participate


Here’s how to participate: on the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

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The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.

This year Lent Madness features an intriguing slate of saints ancient and modern, Biblical and ecclesiastical. 2017 heavyweights include Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, Florence Nightingale, Stephen the Martyr, and Sarah the Matriarch. It also includes several intriguing matchups including Augustine of Hippo vs. Augustine of Canterbury (All-Augustine Anarchy); Fanny Crosby vs. G.F. Handel (Battle of the Bands); and Joseph Schereschewsky vs. Nikolaus von Zinzendorf (Clash of the Consonants).

The full bracket is online at the Lent Madness website www.lentmadness.org and, while not necessary to participate, you can order the Saintly Scorecard: The Definitive Guide to Lent Madness 2017 at www.forwardmovement.org. This companion guide includes biographies of all 32 saints, a full-color bracket, information about how to fully participate, and a series of Pocket Lent trading cards.


The History of Lent Madness


Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck, an Episcopal priest and rector of St. John’s Church in Hingham, Massachusetts. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women who make up the church’s calendar of saints, Schenck devised this devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born.
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logoStarting in 2012, Schenck partnered with Forward Movement (the same folks that publish Forward Day by Day) executive director Scott Gunn, to bring Lent Madness to the masses. Schenck and Gunn form the self-appointed Supreme Executive Committee, a more-or-less benevolent dictatorship that runs the entire operation.

The formula has worked as this online devotional has been featured in media outlets all over the country including national television, the Washington Post, NPR, USAToday, and even Sports Illustrated (seriously). More importantly thousands of people have been inspired by the saintly stories of those who have come before us in the faith.

Eleven “celebrity bloggers” from across the country have been tapped to write for the project: the Rev. Amber Belldene of San Francisco, CA; the Rev. Laurie Brock of Lexington, KY; Anna Fitch Courie of Ft. Leavenworth, KS; Dr. David Creech of Morehead, MN; the Rev. Megan Castellan of Kansas City, MO; Neva Rae Fox of Somerville, NJ; the Rev. David Hansen of Woodlands, TX; Beth Lewis of Minneapolis, MN; Hugo Olaiz of Cincinnati, OH; Dr. Derek Olsen of Baltimore, MD; and the Rev. David Sibley of Manhasset, NY. Information about each of the celebrity bloggers and the rest of the team is available on the Lent Madness website.

If you’re looking for a Lenten discipline that is fun, educational, occasionally goofy, and always joyful, join the Lent Madness journey. Lent needn’t be all doom and gloom. After all, what could be more joyful than a season specifically set aside to get closer to Jesus Christ?

Mountain T.O.P. Fall Adult In Ministry Program

adult mt topRedeemer and St Thomas are planning a Fall Adult In Ministry (AIM) trip for October 2-5.Please contact John Tiffany ( 513.646.9655, jctiffany@gmail.com) if you are interested in going. Download the registration form to get more information about this trip. You can also check out the Mt T.O.P. website( http://mountain-top.org/adults-in-ministry-aim/more-information/major-home-repair/) We will leave Thursday, October 2nd mid-morning, work Friday and Saturday, and drive back, Sunday, October 5th.

This program is focused on major home repair but no construction experience is required to be a part of this ministry. You just need to be willing to open your heart and mind to what God may be asking you to do for a weekend in the Cumberland Mountains of southern TN. If this weekend doesn’t work for your schedule sign up for one of the other weekends in October.

Family Canoe Trip: Sunday, August 24, 1pm

Come with your family, come with friends! Enjoy the beauty of God’s creation right here in our backyard. Meet at Scenic River Canoe at 1pm. (4595 Round Bottom Rd, 45244) For extra fun, bring super soakers and start a water fight with your family!

$20/[person for 6 mile (long trip. 2 hour)
$15/person for the  (short trip, 45min)

Email jcooper@stthomasepiscopal.org to reserve a canoe.
Indicate how many canoes/people in your group and if you want the short or long trip.

St. Thomas Dinner Club

DinnerClub-LogoJoin other parishioners and friends at our St. Thomas Dinner Club and enjoy fellowship and lovely dining in the quiet atmosphere of the Terrace Park Country Club. Dinner this month is Thursday, August 21 with social time beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Entrée choice of Chicken Marsala or baked salmon. Cost $23.50. Please mail check, made out to St. Thomas Church, to Lou Scott, 696 Milford Hills Dr., Milford 45150 to make reservation.

CHURCH FAMILY JEOPARDY AND PANCAKE SUPPER

PancakesRcominShrove Tuesday, March 4, 5pm game at 6pm

How well do you know St. Thomas? Mountain T.O.P. for $300? Habitat for $500? Cookie Caper for $200? Rectors and Staff for $100? Formation for $400? Music for $200? We will have intergenerational teams competing for Mardi Gras beads and bragging rights. Line up your teams now! And if you have some great St. Thomas Trivia to contribute to the competition submit it to Pastor Mary. Volunteers needed to make pancakes. Donations will be collected for Mt. T.O.P.

Supper Club, Feb. 20

Join other parishioners and friends at our St. Thomas Dinner Club and enjoy fellowship and lovely dining in the quiet atmosphere of the Terrace Park Country Club.  Dinner this month is Thursday, February 20 with social time beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30 p.m.  Entrée choice of pot roast with veggies or baked salmon.  Cost $23.50.  Please mail check, made out to St. Thomas Church, to Lou Scott, 696 Milford Hills Dr., Milford 45150 to make reservation.

2014 Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 26, from 9:00 – 10:15 am
Parish Breakfast at 9:00 am

  • Entree and drinks provided
  • A – L pastry item
  • M – Z fruit side dish

No Christian Formation

Nursery care available

Annual Meeting at 9:15

  • Financial Report and Budget for 2014
  • Election of New Vestry Members
  • Address by the Rector, Fr. Darren Elin
  • Address by the Senior Warden, Mark Woolsey
  • Appreciation for Retiring Vestry Members Debbie Graeter, Gerry Michaud*, and Brian Rau,

Celebrations of the Holy Eucharist this day include: 8:00 am (Rite I) 10:45 am (Rite II)
*Gerry Michaud has been nominated for another term (see p. 6)

Dinner Club

Join other parishioners and friends at our St. Thomas Dinner Club and enjoy fellowship, Christmas Carols and lovely dining in the quiet atmosphere of the Terrace Park Country Club.  Dinner this month is Thursday, December 19 with social time beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30 p.m.  Entrée choice of roast pork or baked salmon.  Cost $23.50.  Please mail check, made out to St. Thomas, to Lou Scott, 696 Milford Hills Dr., Milford 45150 to make reservation.