ECSF Leaven Workshop

If you’re praying and working to improve your community’s conditions, sign up for ECSF’s Leaven workshop NEXT SATURDAY July 28 at Procter Conference Center. Three Episcopalians who are catalyzing transformative ministry – the Revs. KJ Oh and Charlotte Reed and AJ Stack – will engage you in an adventure including spiritual discernment, finding and mobilizing talents, and building the community’s daring and ability to overcome poverty. These are the disciplines recommended by the diocese’s two main sources of grants for local congregations:  ECSF and the Commission on Congregational Life. The day starts at 9:30 am and ends with an optional briefing at 3-4 pm on ECSF’s grant proposal instructions. You don’t have to be a grant applicant to come.  Anyone in your congregation or community who is working to overcome human need is welcome. Go to www.ECSFsouthernohio.org and click on “Grantseekers Workshop” to read the details or sign up, or call ECSF at 513-221-0547.  Reminder: requests for 2013 ECSF grants are due Sept. 15.

Bike Fest 2012

Bike Fest 2012: Cycle to Break the Cycle is a event organized to raise funds fot the Episcopal Community Services Foundation to support community ministries throughout Ohio. The Cincinnati Eastside Eden Ride is hosted by St. Thomas and will be Saturday afternoon, August 18. Details:

Any age (children must be accompanied by parent or guardian)

Choose your distance – from 5 to 40 miles – through the shady forests of the Little Miami Bike Trail. Volunteers will welcome you at rest stops every five miles with cold drinks and snacks, plus story cards about the good accomplished by grantees. Each card you collect wins you another raffle ticket for prizes donated by local merchants. Time your ride to start any time from 12:30 on to make sure you’re back at St. Thomas by 5 for the cookout and prize drawing. Live music by Jamie Flerlage’s band Robinson Circus!

For more information, including how to register, click here.

Mountain T.O.P. and Kroger Cards

The St. Thomas Mountain T.O.P. Outreach Program is asking for your support of our two Youth Summer Ministry mission trips this summer. We are taking 50 youth and adults to the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. This year will be St. Thomas’s 32nd year of participating in this Ministry. We are asking for logistical support (gas, groceries, and tools) for these trips by purchasing gift cards for the above items through St. Thomas’s scrip program. By buying gift cards for these needs, not only will you be helping the group, you will earn rebates that will go directly back to the St. Thomas Outreach program, and will get a credit for a charitable donation from St. Thomas.

The sign-up sheet and gift card order forms are on the bulletin board in the narthex. Please deposit your check and order form in the gift card order box also in the narthex. Please prayerfully consider making a donation of one or more of the listed cards.

Orders can be turned in during the May or June ordering period.  Make checks payable to the church and indicate Mountain T.O.P. on the memo line.

Please contact:

Tom Jenkins(Tom.Jenkins@louisville.edu  248-1941) or John Tiffany (jctiffany@gmail.com  cell 646-9655) with any questions

Thank you for your support.

Special SCRIP Sunday for Mt. T.O.P.

This Sunday St. Thomas will have a special SCRIP Sunday sale, where you can purchase SCRIP gift cards for food, fuel and other supplies to be used by our youth participating in this year’s Mountain T.O.P. outreach program. Look for John Tiffany and Tom Jenkins in the narthex following church to purchase these cards.

Thomaston Woods Golf Classic

STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE 6th ANNUAL THOMASTON GOLF CLASSIC AT THE GOLF CLUB AT STONELICK HILLS ON MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

For the third 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. Like last year, the foursome entry fee for this year’s event is $600.  At dinner, engraved crystal trophies are presented to each player in the three lowest scoring foursomes, as well as the lowest scoring ladies’ foursome. For more information see this information form, or download this registration form. Individuals or businesses can also sponsor holes for this event. To do so, download this Sponsorship Form.

Join in “Alex’s Quest” to fight Crohn’s Disease

Join St. Thomas youth Alex Jofriet as he works to raise awareness of Crohn’s Disease and raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. There is one remaining upcoming events where you can “Dine and Donate”, with a portion of your meal going to the foundation.

Download and print the flyers for Ruby Tuesday, print them and bring them with you when you attend.

SCRIP Sunday, April 15

This Sunday, April 15, is SCRIP Sunday! 

The SCRIP Program at St. Thomas helps raise money for our outreach ministries by giving cash back to the church on purchases you make everyday. 

Orders placed this week will be available next weekend. However if you need them sooner, contact Tom Jenkins as the cards usually arrive by mid week. Order forms are available on a table outside the parlor.

If you have any questions about the scrip program or if you plan a major purchase and would like to place a special order, please call Tom at 513-248-1941 or emailtom.jenkins@louisville.edu. You may also call or email an order and pay when you receive the scrip.

Clink here to download the SCRIP order form.

St. Thomas Young Adults to Serve as Mountain T.O.P. Staff

We have an incredible opportunity to become partners with two great young adults (Janey Carman and Stacy Purcell) from our parish this summer as they deepen their Christian faith, improve their leadership capabilities, and impact others for Jesus as staff members at MT TOP.

MT TOP staff are required through partnerships to provide for their living costs ($1,000) and half the cost of their salaries (Ministry Coordinators-$2,200; Field Managers-$2,600) as a condition of their employment as MT TOP staff members.

Stacy Purcell will be a Ministry Coordinators and will need to raise $2,100. Janey Carman will be a second year Field Manager and will need to raise $2,300.

In addition to the financial partnerships discussed above, each of these individuals will need to develop emotional and prayer support partnerships that will be critical to their ministry this summer.

Would you consider joining in supporting Janey and Stacy as one of their partners?

Partnership Covenant Forms are available here. Please complete it indicating your support (spiritual, emotional, financial) and fill out whom you want to support(individually or both of them) and mail it to MT TOP at the address provided on the form.

Thank you for the difference you will make in many lives this summer.