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May 2000

From the Interim Rector
May Parish House Kitchen Cleaning Committee
May Altar Care
Flowers for May 2000
Vestry Ministry Teams & Club Reports
The Endowment Fund
Finance Report
Vestry Summary
Thoughts on Stewardship... Tom Balsley
News from The Episcopal Day School
Congratulations & Thank You Notes
For Adults
Relay for Life Team
Church Women United
Acolyte Recognition
Web Site Updates
Youth Dinner Schedule for May.
Summer Sunday School
Youth Update

From the Interim Rector

Dear Friends,

Many have told me that this Lenten Season was especially meaningful to them. The dinners, prepared by the Parish Life Committee under the supervision of Richard Piazza, were delicious and provided Christian fellowship to an average of 45 people each week. Our musicians, young people, an each speaker made unique contributions which enriched our individual observances and discipline.

St. Thomas’ supported the community Holy Week services especially Good Friday here. Palm Sunday, the Wednesday healing and Eucharist, Stations of the Cross presented by young people from both Churches, the Maundy Thursday Eucharist and stripping of the Altar were all well attended.

Easter, the Sunday of the Resurrection, began for 28 people at Sunrise in the Columbarium. 23 attended at 8:30 and over 150 attended the Paschal Eucharist which featured special music by our Choir under the supervision of our talented organist, David Zoernig, and musicians from the NC School of the Arts.

During the past 40 days it appears that we were living our Mission Statement:

Within the fellowship of our Lord, Jesus Christ, St. Thomas’ mission is to encourage everyone in spiritual growth, a sense of community, healing worship and service, so that, through his grace, we may become committed servants of our Lord and one another.

On the Second Sunday of Easter, April 30th, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Gary Gloster, who continues as our Suffragan Bishop, made the annual visitation, Received John Bullock, and Confirmed Sherrie Donecker, Caitlin Ferguson, and Matthew Trent. We pray that God will "send these people forth in the power of the Holy Spirit to perform the service you set before them." Our new members were honored at a reception in the Pipkin Lounge, provided by the Episcopal Churchwomen.

Episcopal Day School’s "Family Fun Night Hoe Down" held April 28th was both fun and successful in raising money for the EDS scholarship fund and for supplies.

The Rev. Warwick Aiken, Jr., retired Rector of St. Luke’s and Priest-in-Charge of St. Mary’s By the Highway, Eden, will be our Guest Preacher and Celebrant at both services May 7th. The Aikens worship with us frequently and I know you will make them welcome. ( I will be attending a class reunion in Georgia, May 4-8, but I can be reached by Laura Felts, Senior Warden, in case of emergency.)

Our Acolyte Appreciation Day has been changed to May 21st to avoid conflict with Youth Sunday at First Presbyterian. At that time we will honor those who add so much to the services (and make my job easier). That same Sunday we will have EDS students and their families as our guests. Their presentation will include hand bells and recitation.

On May 28th the Eucharist will include a Patriotic Observance when we will pray for peace and all veterans of foreign wars will be honored or remembered by a grateful congregation.

This Diocese’s Stewardship Committee (which includes our own Lape Smith) and the National Episcopal Church Foundation invite us to a Planned Giving Workshop at All Saints, Greensboro, May 20th, 9-4. The Rector’s Discretionary Fund will pay for anyone who would like to participate. It is hoped that at least one representative from this congregation will attend. We are expected to be good stewards of all we have been given by God, during our life and at its end.

Happenings next month: June 4th – 11:00 a.m. Parish Picnic by the lake at The Summit.
Note: No late service in Reidsville


May Parish House Kitchen Cleaning Committee

Anne Donecker

May Altar Care

Dot Trent, Chm., Laura Felts, Jo Irvin, Patricia Bobbitt, Anne Rogers

Flowers for May 2000

May 7

May 14 Horsley
May 21 Kemp
May 28 Moffitt

Vestry Ministry Teams & Club Reports

The Episcopal Church Women will have their General Meeting and lunch on Monday, May 8 at The Summit. We will leave from the church at 11:00 a.m

The Endowment Fund

Here are three ways to help the St. Thomas’ Endowment Fund grow.

1. Make gifts of appreciated stocks, real property and other assets.
2. Give to the Endowment for memorials and to honor friends and family members.
        Acknowledgment will be made in Tidings unless anonymity is requested.
3. Remember the Endowment in your will.

A gift to the Endowment Fund is a gift that keeps on giving to St. Thomas’ – year after year – it is a wonderful legacy. Talk to Bob Lee Watt or John Garrett about special ways to help the Fund.

Finance Report

Income: March 2000 Expense: March 2000
Pledged $ 10,341.00
Received $  25,677.00
Overage $  15,336.00
Budgeted $11,137.00
Spent $ 7,745.00
Under spent $ 3,392.00

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

The Vestry minutes are posted on the bulletin board outside the Vestry room.

Thoughts on Stewardship

"The heavens are telling the glory of God . . ."  Psalm 19:1

This past summer Robert, Peg, Molly and I took a "siblings only" vacation. We went to a ranch in Colorado that was located near the southeast boarder of Wyoming. In a way it was a lot like going to summer camp. Besides the wonderful time we had together, I was in awe of the beauty of a part of the country I had never seen. We were surrounded by mountains and the Laramie River flowed behind our cabin. Our daily trail rides took us through groves of Aspen trees to snow-covered peaks where we saw deer, elk, mountain goats and even a herd of buffalo. When rafting down the Platt River we happened to see eagles nesting on top of a nearby cliff. In addition, I now know why this region is called "The Big Sky Country." Where we live, much of it is partially blocked either by buildings or by trees. In Colorado the sky goes on forever. The mornings were bright and sunny but in the afternoon a thunderstorm invariably came up around three or four o’clock. Each time we could see it blowing in from a distance. At night, the stars are so clear, they seem to "jump out" at you.

Maybe it takes an experience such as this to open my eyes to the wonder of God’s world. It helps me to understand why the Native American Indian had such reverence for the whole of nature and why the Psalmist found delight in expressing God’s glory, wonder and majesty. Our charge is certainly to be good stewards of all that God has made. However, I think, He wants us to take pleasure in it as well. God may eventually ask us, "When you were on earth, did you have fun?" "Did you enjoy everything I created for you?"

Tom Balsley

Sam J. Morayati, MD
Carolina Nuclear Medicine

is pleased to offer a FREE SCREENING

for the evaluation of OSTEOPOROSIS

May 20, 2000

In honor of National Osteoporosis Week

This screening will consist of Bone Density Measurement, Educational Information and Counseling for Osteoporosis.

Call 222-1391 for an appointment. Screening is on a first come basis and a limited number of appointments are available.

News from The Episcopal Day School

Preschool Report – from Carol Puryear

Well, it’s a good sign that you love your job when you can say you’re sad that the school year is almost over! The kids have been working extra hard on all the material for their spring program and it was lots of fun for both the performers and the audience. (We even had a couple of surprise performers scheduled!) And after Friday night we have turned our attention to our time with you on May 21. Thank you for permitting us to plant a flower bed behind the parish house on the playground. The children LOVED it and we can observe our garden from inside as well as out. And special thanks to Steve Worth for his work on our computers. The kids sure enjoy them!

Kindergarten Report – from Kim Jones

We are beginning to wind down a very fun and productive year in kindergarten. This month we are talking about how plants grow and the different parts of a plant. Last week we talked about how important it is to take care of our earth and we discussed different things we can do to take care of it. We even planted some flowers and we are going to plant sunflower seeds and watch them sprout and grow. During our chapel time, we have talked about Jesus’ life and death and resurrection. We love remembering that the tomb is empty. We even used special eggs to tell the story of Easter. We also enjoyed a special Bible Story time presented by Ms. Carolyn Wray! As you can see, we’ve been quite busy. We look forward to visiting with you on May 21.

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT–from Shelly Ellington

Registration is almost complete. Our preschool is full with children on the waiting list and our kindergarten has one slot left if anyone is interested.

It’s been a fun spring so far. To kick it off was an Easter party and egg hunt, and then the field trip to the Greensboro Children’s Museum. The children along with the teachers worked hard on the spring program.. "The Hoedown"! We had a fun filled night!

The Day School Students will join us at St. Thomas’ on Sunday, May 21st during the 11:00 a.m. service.

The Episcopal Day School

would like to thank everyone for helping make our spring fund-raiser a success.

Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes, door prizes or purchased raffle tickets.

We raised $1,000 during this event for our scholarship and supply fund.

Congratulations & Thank You Notes

wpe8.jpg (4253 bytes) Congratulations to our Sexton John Black and his wife Dorothy on the birth of a granddaughter!

Sophie Grace Black

was born

April 11, 2000

Congratulations to Danny and Elizabeth Booker on the birth of a son.

William Marshall Hinton Booker

was born

Monday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.

He weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz.


wpe12.jpg (3708 bytes) CONGRATULATIONS to Eugene James McDonald, Jr. and Priscilla Yvonne Mills who were married in Raleigh, April 15.


Thank You Notes  

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church,

The Reidsville Soup Kitchen, Inc. would like to take this opportunity to express their sincere appreciation for your recent expression of goodwill. ($403.25)

Support such as your ensures the continuation of this much needed community project.

Thanks for all of your continued support.


St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church,

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank everyone who was involved in the excellent series of Lenten suppers and programs this year. I know that it takes a great deal of planning and work to organize a series like this but I'm sure that they were enjoyed by everyone who participated. The programs were informative and enriching, and the mid-week fellowship was definitely something to look forward to each week.

Congratulations and again, many thanks to all who contributed to this fine series! - I'm already anticipating the next such occasion!

John Bullock

Dear Christian Friends,

Just a note to express my appreciation for the invitation to participate in your annual Lenten preaching symposium. Thanks for your hospitality and for the honorarium you gave me as well.

I know that God has provided well for you in the form of your outstanding Interim Rector, Nelson Hodgkins. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless your ministry and the the varied expressions of your wonderful fellowship.

Yours in Christ,

Mike Simpson


The Spring In-gathering of United Thank Offering is Sunday, May 14.

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.


St. Thomas’ will once again be fielding a Relay for Life team this year.

This event will take place at Rockingham County High School on May 19-20.

We have reserved ten member spots (and can add more if necessary); only five slots are presently filled. Team members collect pledges for the American Cancer Society, sell luminaries to honor and memorialize cancer victims, and do other fund raising activities to raise funds for this annual event. Each team is responsible for having a team member walking for the length of the event which begins on Friday evening (May 19) at 6:30 p.m. and ends Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.


If you’d like to join the team, call Gayle Ferguson (342-3991). Luminaries may be ordered and pledges given to team members: Bettie Rhodes, Chuck Rhodes, Caitlin Ferguson, Nelson Hodgkins and Gayle Ferguson.

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!




If someone in your family is graduating from High School or College, please call the church office at 349-3511. Thank you.

St. Thomas' Web Site Updates

First of all I would like to thank everyone for all of the kind words of encouragement that you have given me about St. Thomas' home on the world wide web. It has been my pleasure to contribute in this small way to the ministry of St. Thomas' and at the same time begin to learn about the Parish.

In order to keep everyone informed about any major updates, I have been sending an email to folks whose email addresses I have after the updates are posted online. If you are not currently included on my "Email List" and would like to be, just let me know by sending an email to john@mygraphicdetails.com.

If you haven't checked the web site lately, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that a "What's New This Week" page has been added. Edie is keeping this page fresh with weekly news of our events, birthdays and upcoming opportunities. It is also the place to check to see what else has been added recently to the site.

In addition to the web site's role as a tool for the Search Committee, I hope that each of you is finding it to be both a good source of information about our Parish as well as an additional resource for your devotional needs. Please let me know too if there is anything else you would like to see added to the site or any areas that you would like further embellished. Although I plan to be out of town most of the month of May, I will still be checking my email daily and making periodic additions to the site.

Ye Olde Webmaster,
John Bullock

Youth Dinner Schedule for May

May 7 Anne & Jay Donecker
Susan & Bill McLeod
May 21 Jan & Bob Wheless
Meredith & Wes Harris

Summer Sunday School

Though regular Sunday School will end on May 28, a very special four-week Summer Sunday School begins the following Sunday, June 4. Continuing through the month of June, SSS will be based on Augsburg’s new program, "2000 Ark Avenue, God’s Great Get-Together." Combining Bible stories, music, and crafts, this wonderful curriculum will provide a noticeable change from the year’s program.

The following six weeks, July 2 – August 13 will be a break in the children’s Sunday School program. July will be a busy time for the church, with the youth being gone to their mission trip with Carolina Cross Connection and Vacation Bible School is the last week. The new Sunday School year will be August 20, the Sunday after the children begin school.

Anyone interested in helping with Summer Sunday School (just one Sunday in June!), Vacation Bible School, and/or regular Sunday School beginning in August---please contact Bettie Rhodes, Director of Christian Education.

Youth Schedule for the Remainder of the Spring

April 30 Youth will work on their songs and parts for Youth Sunday (May 14)


May 7 John Ferguson & Mark Cresenzo will lead separate discussions on human sexuality for Middle and High School groups. A letter of content and intent will be sent to parents prior to the Sunday.


May 13
(Saturday 4:00)
Practice for Youth Sunday


May 14 Youth Sunday
Following the service lunch at Bettie Rhodes' house for youth.


May 21 Senior High: Carolina Cross Connection Preparation Workshop (2:00-8:00 Snacks & Dinner included)

Middle School: To Be Determined

May 28 End-of-Year Parties for both youth groups


Youth Sunday on May 14th

Expect the unexpected on this Sunday. The youth are taking over at First Presbyterian. Parents of youth, this will be a service you don’t want to miss!

Senior High Youth will lead the way, with scripture, stories, poems, songs, and more. Middle School Youth will assist and augment. Kids Club will demonstrate "TiniKling," an unusual rhythmic dance with bamboo poles from the Philippines.


Happening apps. for candidates are available from any Happener or from BB’s office. The next Happening, #37, is August 4-6. Applications are due by July 21. Team apps are due by July 8. Before sending yours in, be certain you can attend two out of three team meetings: June 24 – 10:00 – 2:00;
July 14 – 15 7:00 – 2:00;
August 3 – 7:00


A preparation workshop for Carolina Cross Connection will be held on May 21 from 2:00 – 8:00 in the Senior High room at First Presbyterian. The CCC team includes: Colin Ferguson, Suzanna Linden, Emily Linden, Jane Penn, Cassi Cardwell, Adam Wilson, Jennifer Peele, Will Cresenzo, Rebecca Jones, Liz Fulton, John Harris, Ronnie Tate, Kris Rogers, Chuck Rhodes, & Bettie Rhodes