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THE RECTOR'S DESK - The Rev. William D. Oldland
This newsletter celebrates the first anniversary of my writing these letters. I find it very appropriate to thank God for the opportunity to be here and to thank you for all aspects of the last year culminating with the ordination.
Thank You!! Thank You!! Thank You!! Ellen, William, Daniel and I thank you for the love and support we have felt from this parish during the last year. From the moment we began to pray, visit, and talk, our call to St. Thomas' has felt right. We are very grateful for all of the assistance we received during the last year in ways too numerous to mention.
We also want to express our thanks for the prayers, the work, and the gifts for my ordination. A great deal of time, energy, and thought went into this wonderful parish event. I am aware of some of the planning that went into the various aspects of the service. Some people helped with the bulletin. Others helped as the acolytes, the choir, the ushers, the servers, the readers, the alter guild, the bread, the video tape recording, the pictures, and more. I am aware of some people who helped with the planning, decorating, and serving of the reception. I am also aware of some people who worked on planning and purchasing the wonderful gifts. The Chasuble and stole are beautiful. The new linens for home communions are perfect. The cloak for the winter is a very thoughtful and useful gift.
So many people were involve din this event that it would be impossible to name them all. I am sure I have already left out some aspect of the planning and preparation that took place. In addition, some people were doing things behind the scenes of which I am not fully aware. All of the prayer, time, thoughtfulness and energy made the service and the event worshipful and beautiful. It is impossible to express how grateful we, as a family, and I, personally, feel.
We look forward to many years together with the people of St. Thomas'. We pray for this community, for the church, and for you, our friends. Thank you again for everything.
|Income: May 2001||Expense: May 2001|
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.
HEALING SERVICE with Anointing and the Laying on of Hands and the Holy Communion, every Wednesday at noon in the chapel. Everyone is welcome!
Thoughts on Stewardship
"But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, 'And who is my neighbor?'"
from Luke 10:29
September 12 Willie Adkins
October 10 Marian Safriet
November 14 Jeanne Horsley & Mavis Simon
St. Mary & St. Teresa of Avila
The Vestry meets on Monday August 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Vestry Room.
Food Donations for the Reidsville Outreach Center
Third Sunday Each Month! - August 19 - Rice & Canned Gravy
"Sunday School planning is in full swing!
Tiny Saints meets the third Sunday of each month in the Parish House. Children ages 2-6 are invited to participate in this 45 minute session on Episcopalian traditions. The children sing songs, have a child's version of the day's lesson and a litany. There is also craft time and a snack. The children are returned to their families during the Peace for communion. Questions? Call Leslie Phipps.
Dear Parish Friends,
Dear St. Thomas
Men's Central Prison Kairos #14 - August 8-11, 2001
The Day School's Open House is scheduled for Sunday, August 19th. from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Parish House. Kindergarten will begin their first day on Monday, August 20th. However, preschoolers will return on Tuesday, September 4th.
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