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THE RECTOR'S DESK - The Rev. William D. Oldland
This month marks our one year anniversary together. Isn't it amazing how quickly this year has passed? This year has been exciting and full of wonderful moments and activities. Some of these moments and activities have included worshipping together for the first time, the Shrimp Fest, the Thanksgiving Day activities, Christmas, Easter, the ordination and celebrating the Eucharist together just three weeks ago. Finally, as you read this letter the youth and I are on our first mission trip together. The year has been full of wonderful first events.
All of this activity has been wonderful. However, the amount of activity has made me aware of another aspect of our lives together, rest. Rest, for many of us, is probably something we do not do well. Rest in our society is seen as a waste of time. Why rest when I can be doing something? Even when we relax or go on vacation many people have to be doing things. I often hear people say they had a good time on vacation, but they are more tired returning than when they left. We just seem to get caught in a treadmill of doing things in order to rest whether at work or at play.
Actually, rest is important. We all know rest is important for our bodies in order for us to stay healthy. Rest is also important for us spiritually. We require time to reflect on who we are and what we are doing on a spiritual level. When we take time to rest spiritually we give ourselves time to reflect and review our actions. We give ourselves an opportunity to check on our relationship with God. We give our spirits an opportunity to recharge.
I though I'd give us a little checklist to see if we are resting spiritually.
How did you do on this short checklist? I can see I have a few adjustments to make. I often find it difficult to just sit and be still. Yet, I know deep down I really could benefit from the rest. Sometimes, I forget that even God rests. In the first chapter of Genesis after creating the universe and the world, God rested. God gave us an incredible gift, the gift of rest!
|Income: May 2001||Expense: May 2001|
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*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
"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed...nothing will be impossible for you."
from Matthew 17:20
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 July 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Vestry Room.
Food Donations for the Reidsville Outreach Center
Third Sunday Each Month! - July 15 - Cans of Green Beans
"Build it and they will come!!!"
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,
A heart full of thanks for all the many kindnesses, thoughts, and prayers you've sent my way during my recent illness. The food, the visits, my name on the prayer list - the tape ministry - all make for healing. And our rector, - I give thanks for his unfailing care!!!
My warmest wishes and blessings to all of you caregivers.
Mary Brent Trigg
Dear St. Thomas Pastoral Care:
Thank you so much for the wonderful dinner. It was so good and so needed the week we came home from the hospital. We appreciate all that St. Thomas has done for us.
Craig & Lisa Bennett
Thank you so much for allowing me to come speak to you about the ministry here in New Mexico! Thank you also for the support you sent. I really enjoyed visiting with you all - it was a blessing!
God bless you and thank you!
Patty & Randy joyfully announce the birth of their son, on Saturday, June 9th! William Stirling Alexander was born at 2:21 p.m. and weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. And 20.5 inches.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
It's not too late for your child/grandchild to go to Camp Summit!
Grades 9-12 June 17-22 Grades 3-5 June 24-29 Grades 5-7 July 1-6 Grades 7-9 July 8-13 Ages 6-25
July 16-21 Entering grades 7-12 July 15-21
Children attend camp for 1/3 of the total cost of $240. St. Thomas' has funds to pay 1/3 scholarships which the Diocese will match. Call Bettie Benton Rhodes if you need more information. Applications are in the church office.
The Day School's Open House is scheduled for Sunday, August 19th. Please watch for the August edition for additional details for this special event.
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