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April 2000

From the Interim Rector
April Parish House Kitchen Cleaning Committee
April Altar Care
Flowers for April 2000
Vestry Ministry Teams & Club Reports
The Endowment Fund
Finance Report
Thoughts on Stewardship... Tom Balsley
News from The Episcopal Day School
EDS "Family Fun Night Hoe Down"
Congratulations & Thank You Notes
Summer Camp at The Summit
Inquirer's Class
For Adults
Easter Sunrise Service
Something from Happening... Bettie Rhodes
Roselawn Memorial Gardens
Holy Week Services
Church Women United
A Thriving Kids Club
April Parents Dinner Schedule
Youth Update
A Thoughtfull... by Bettie Rhodes

From the Interim Rector

Dear Friends,

Let us continue our observance of a Holy Lent by remembering this Collect which we prayed on Ash Wednesday: "Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen."

This month will be a busy one for each of us at St. Thomas’. Following three meaningful and well-attended Wednesday night Lenten Programs will be The Rev. Chris Johnson, Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Reidsville, on April 5th, and Father Louis Canino, Director of the Franciscan Center, Greensboro, on April 12th. Of course, all Wednesday noon Healing Services and Eucharists will be observed throughout the month.

Additional Holy Week Services at St. Thomas’ include: Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 19th, Maunday Thursday Eucharist at 7:00 p.m., April 20th, and Community Good Friday service at Noon, April 21st.

Other Community Noon-time Holy Week Services are: Monday at First Baptist Church; Tuesday at Zion Baptist Church; Wednesday at Jerusalem Holy Church; Thursday at Woodmont Methodist (which will include Holy Communion). These Services will last about 30 minutes.

Easter, the Sunday of the Resurrection, begins with the 6:15 a.m. Sunrise Service in the Columbarium, followed at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. with the Paschal Eucharist, featuring the musicians who enhanced our Christmas Eve Celebration.

On the Second Sunday of Easter, April 30th, Services will be at 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. when the Rt. Rev. Gary Gloster, who continues as our Suffragan Bishop, will make the annual visitation and Confirm candidates who have been prepared through Inquirers’ Classes this past month. (There will be no 11 a.m. Service.)

Episcopal Day School’s "Family Fun Night Hoe Down" at 6 p.m., Friday, April 28th. The motif is western and the program (featuring students’ recitations, singing and hand bells, teachers dancing, and parents roping) is followed by a catered dinner and raffle drawing. The proceeds go to the EDS scholarship fund and for supplies.

The Search Committee has narrowed the field and should be visiting prospective rectors in their present congregations this month. After prayerful deliberation, they will present their selection to the Vestry which may then make a decision to extend a call.

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you and then use us, we pray thee, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. BCP p. 832

Happenings Next Month:
May 14 Acolyte Appreciation Day
May 21 Episcopal Day School presentation
May 28 Patriotic Observance


April Parish House Kitchen Cleaning Committee

Louise Hinson

April Altar Care

Dot Ferneyhough, Chm., Bettie Benton Rhodes, Grace Moffitt, Anne Montaigne

Flowers for April 2000

April 2

April 9 Hodgkins
April 16 Palm Sunday
April 23 Jensen
April 30 Available

Vestry Ministry Teams & Club Reports

The Vestry will have a called meeting on Monday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Vestry Room.

The morning chapter of Episcopal Church Women will meet Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the home of Dot Trent, 2212 Richardson Drive. Louise Hinson is co-host.

The Endowment Fund


Finance Report

Income: January 2000 Expense: January 2000
Pledged $10,341.00
Received $  8,508.00
Shortage $  1,833.00
Budgeted $11,137.00
Spent $ 7,664.00
Under spent $ 3,473.00

Please try to keep your pledge payments caught up. Thank you.

*A complete financial statement is displayed on the bulletin board next to the Vestry Meeting room.

Vestry Summary

Thoughts on Stewardship

"Impossible"! they exclaimed. "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish!" from Matthew 14:17

The feeding of the five thousand is one of the best stewardship lessons ever. When you think about it, however, there are several facets to this narrative. First of all, the disciples wish to dismiss the multitude that gathered around them. Opposing this consideration is Jesus who has compassion on these people and wants to feed them. The part on which we tend to focus is the spectacular and miraculous aspect of this familiar story.

Almost lost in the details is the small boy who packed his lunch for this occasion. The gospel says that all he had were five barley loaves and two fish. I try to imagine how I would have reacted if someone asked me to share my provisions with this crowd. I might have said, "These folks should have planned a little better" and I think how often I have kept my bread and fish for myself.

In reality, this extraordinary event begins with a single, simple act of sharing. When the disciples could see only obstacles as to why the multitude could not be fed, a young lad gave all he had to give. In the hands of Jesus, what we share becomes a miracle. What do you have to share that Jesus can multiply to minister to others?

Tom Balsley

There’s no better place to start Reading than with

The BIGGEST Book in the World

Rockingham County Schools And the Rockingham County Public Library

Invite you to a kickoff for

"The Very Best Place to Start"

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 8

Rockingham Community College Technical Laboratory Auditorium

Featured Performers and Readers

Dale and Claudine Portia Parris, Storyteller
Amelia Bedelia Cat in the Hat
The Lankfords Cheerleaders

And "The Biggest Book in the World"

News from The Episcopal Day School

Preschool Report – from Carol Puryear

The preschool has been busy during the month of March getting into shapes! We’ve done a variety of "exercises" and everyone has really built up their knowledge in this area. We especially enjoyed going to Krispy Kreme to see how these delicious O’s are made and then we went to The Center for Creative Arts and created shapes of our own with clay. We even watched a demonstration with a potter’s wheel. Now we are getting busy working on our Spring Hoe Down on Friday night, April 28. Ya’ll come!

Kindergarten Report – from Kim Jones

We have had another busy month in our kindergarten class. We are all Reading little books now and working on writing numbers to 100. We are working on our spring program, which will be April 28. We would love for you all to come and join us. Also, we are looking forward to visiting again during the church service in May.

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT–from Shelly Ellington

Registration is going well. Currently there are six children enrolled in kindergarten and the preschool is already full! The deadline for registration is April 14th if anyone else is interested.

Special thanks to Butch and Stephanie Trent for funding an electric skillet for our preschool. We certainly appreciate your support!

Raffle tickets have been distributed to the children for the spring fundraiser. This will be a night of fun for everyone. We are looking for a great turn out, Friday, April 28th!

You are invited to the Episcopal Day School "Family Fun Night Hoe Down"

Friday, April 28, 2000
Program at 6:00 p.m.

Catered Dinner following.

Dinner tickets are
$8.50 for adults
$4.25 for children 12 and under
Dinner ticket requests must be in by April 18.

Call 342-6223 to order.

The raffle drawing will be held following dinner. Raffle tickets are $1 each and can be purchased by any Day School parent, board member or in the church office.

Prizes are:

Come dressed for a hoe down!

Congratulations & Thank You Notes

wpe8.jpg (4253 bytes) Congratulations to Johns and Bobbie Martin on the birth of a daughter!

Catherine Duke Martin

was born

Tuesday, March 14 and weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz.

Catherine's proud grandmother is,

Mitchelene Martin.


Thank You!  

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church,

The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina would like to thank you for the generous donation you made to aid the victims of Hurricane Floyd. Your check in the amount of $323.00 dated 3/3/00 has enabled us to help many parishes and people in our Diocese.

Thank you for your kindness.

The Rev. Kathleen Awbrey
Coordinator for Christian Social Ministries

Summer Camp at The Summit

wpe32.jpg (5965 bytes) The Summit is now registering for summer camp. If you have not received your flyer with camp information, they are available on the bulletin board outside the Vestry room. These camps are for children entering grades 3-12. There is also a session for special campers ages 4-25. The Summit will be hiring counselors to work with campers as cabin/program/activity leaders (ages 16 and over). See the flyer for information on hiring of camp staff.

Inquirer's Class

The Inquirer’s Class continues each Sunday at 3:30 p.m. through April 16 and ending with Bishop Gloster’s visit on April 30 at 3:00 p.m..

For Adults

Called "A Day Apart," one remaining retreat Tuesday is coming up at The Summit in a very special place—Clark Retreat Cottage. This wonderful, refurbished house is the first building on the right as you enter The Summit driveway. The retreat is from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Cost for the retreat and lunch is $20 per person. To register, call The Summit 342-6163 and ask for Donna Sheppard.

May 9 "A New Look at the ‘Our Father,’" This most common of prayers, can become so familiar that we lose an understanding of its full meaning. Through teaching, prayer and discussion gain fresh insight into the prayer taught to us by Jesus. Led by Rev. Ida Louise Johnson, Rector of St. Michael & All Angels in Charlotte.

Easter Sunrise Service

wpe11.jpg (4503 bytes) St. Thomas’ will hold an Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 23 at 6:15 in the columbarium.

Something from Happening…-Bettie Rhodes

If God had a refrigerator,
your picture would be on it.
If He had a wallet,
Your photo would be on it.
He Sends you flowers every spring
and a sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen.
He can live anywhere in the universe,
And He chose your heart.
What about the Christmas gift
He sent you in Bethlehem;
Not to mention that Friday at Calvary.
Face it, He’s crazy about you!


13th Annual Easter Luminary Commemoration

April 21
Good Friday evening

You may make a donation to place a candle luminary on the grave of a family member or friend. The proceeds will be donated to Hospice of Rockingham County.

Holy Week Services
All services begin at noon

April 17
First Baptist Church
409 S. Main Street
April 18
Zion Baptist Church
807 Piedmont Street
April 19
Jerusalem Holy Church
633 Prince Street
April 20
Woodmont Methodist
1926 Richardson Drive
April 21
St. Thomas'
315 Lindsey Street

The Church Women United invite you to the May Fellowship Dinner at First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

Friday, May 5, 2000
6:00 p.m.
Cost is $6.00

Speaker is Belinda Foster, District Attorney

Everyone is invited!

A Thriving Kids Club

Kids Club met on its designated third Tuesday, March 21.  Anne Covington, Jan Wheless, and Bettie Rhodes led 22 third, fourth, and fifth graders in various activities.

The children read through the lyrics of "Fingerprints of God," a song by Steven Curtis Chapman, then they listened to the song as they read the lyrics.  Part of them are:

When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it's true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God

Following a discussion of the meaning of the song, the children fashioned shapes with "Miss Anne's" homemade play doh.  They carefully put their fingerprints into each creation, just like God did with them when he molded them.

"Dr. Dave" read two Bible passages to the children as they worked - Psalm 139 (about God knitting us together in the womb) and Isaiah 64:8 (comparing God to a potter).

After finishing their projects, the children had snacks, then had a great time with the church's new colorful parachute!

The next Kids Club will be on Tuesday, April 25.  Note that this is the 4th Tuesday due to spring break the week before.

April Parents Dinner Schedule

April 9 Fran & Hugh Fraser
Lynn & Fred Wilkins
April 30 Ellen & Mike Donovant
Kathy & Kent Skeen

Youth Update . . .

2/27 YMCA Takeover
approximately 50 middle & high schoolers & 12 adults


3/6 Middle Schoolers placed bluebird houses
6 youth and 3 adults

High Schoolers had a food drive for the Reidsville Outreach Center:
10 youth and 2 adults


3/12 Lent Discussion
Middle School had 6 youth and 1 adult
High School had 10 youth and 2 adults


3/19 Middle Schoolers discussed qualities of friendship found in Bible passages & parachuted;
6 youth and 2 adults

High School youth chose and practiced parts of Stations of the Cross which they will present at the Fellowship Dinner on April 12;
22 youth & 2 adults


A ThoughtfullBettie Rhodes

Two weeks ago, I went to my sixth Happening. Each one is special and wonderful in its own way, but this last one was because almost all of our youth group was a part of it. Young people from Reidsville made up nearly one third of the 120 there!

During the weekend, an Episcopal rector gives a couple of talks, but young people on the team give all the others. Three young girls that many of you know gave incredible talks at Happening #36 – Caroline Lindsey, Lizzie Rhodes, and Lindsay Apple. As I sat and listened to them, I knew that I wanted to share some highlights with this congregation.

The subject of Caroline’s talk was piety. "Piety means that God is a part of everything we do. All parts of our lives – school, work, home, church, and prayer – become parts of our lives in faith…our words and actions follow the example Christ has set for us."

Lizzie’s topic was spirituality. "It’s a mountaintop experience coming to Happening – even still when attending my tenth one. You guys, team, and candidates, whom I love, show me the way, the light, the truth, and the Word. I wouldn’t be the same without any of you. My spirit has imprints of all of you that will remain forever. My spirituality has been strengthened because of the Christ I see in you."

Lindsay spoke about faith. "If we believe that God exists, we must believe in having a relationship with Him. Will that relationship be ignoring him? Will it be thinking of Him only occasionally, when we need Him to do something for us? Or will we make the effort, walk along His path, and allow Him to come into our hearts unconditionally? I hope you chose the latter."