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THE RECTOR'S DESK - The Rev. William D. Oldland
||Right now there is a
great deal of excitement in the air. Our college students have begun a new yew. Our youth
are back in school. Sport activities are gearing up for the fall. All of this excitement
and new activity is also present in our church. The nursery has been repainted and
decorated. Sunday school classrooms are prepared for the first day of class. The teachers
are preparing their material.
In addition to Sunday activities, other opportunities for worship, study and fellowship are also being planned. On Wednesday nights, starting September 12th, we will have a Healing service with the Eucharist at 6:30. On Tuesdays, at Noon and at 7:00 p.m., a Bible study on the Gospel of Luke will be offered. On September 29th, the Men's Club is hosting our Second Annual Shrimp Festival. The youth groups are planning overnights to prepare for the activities for this next year. Every committee in the church is bustling with activity, new ideas, and new concepts. The amount of energy is incredible.
While all of the activity and energy is wonderful there is one risk in all of this activity. Due to the incredible amount of time and energy needed to do these tasks, we may get so busy we forget to pray. It isn't intentional. The days are so jammed with activity we wake up thinking about the day's schedule. We are so busy moving so fast God is left behind. At least that's what we think. Yet, even in those moments when we are hustling and bustling, God is still right there with us. Perhaps we might take a moment to talk with God.
Maybe we could take a minute to say Good Morning when we look in the mirror in the morning, Perhaps we could turn off the music and the cell phone while we drive into work and have a little quiet time with God. Maybe we could take a minute when we reach the office to sit still for just a few moments. During those few moments we can share with God what is on our hearts and minds before we enter into the business of the day. We might even find some time to be with God as the day draws to a close. The point is God is always there. God is always ready to hear and answer our prayers. We might take brief moments in all the business to slow down and pray. I pray we all find these little moments during the day. We might find these little quiet moments to be little blessings in disguise.
|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.
On Wednesdays beginning September 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Church, an additional service will be added.
Everyone is welcome!
Thoughts on Stewardship
. Approximately two years ago a person who is a consultant with the company where I work made his semi-annual visit to our plant in Reidsville. He and his son are very involved in scouting and he told me he was going with his son's scout troop to Philmont, New Mexico during the summer. However, acknowledging that he was not in top physical condition, he was concerned about the camping and hiking part of this adventure. He informed me that he had resolved to lose weight and begin walking every day. I saw him six months later and he reported that he and his son did have a wonderful time on their trip. I mentioned that he looked quite fit and trim. He said that he had lost 38 pounds and had not felt better since his college years. But, after about a year, we met again and I was surprised that he had gained back most of his weight. At lunch that day, not ordering his usual salad, he admitted to not being able to sustain the eating and exercise regime he had been so dedicated to previously. I told him I certainly knew how he felt in that I had not kept up my daily walks on a consistent basis and certainly was not as selective as I needed to be as far as the foods I ate.
I think there is always some part of our being we would like to change. For some people, like myself, change is uncomfortable. Then there are others who are able to embrace change and even seem to welcome it. Most of us have the willingness to do things differently whenever an emotional or health crisis threatens our lives. We quit smoking, forego alcohol, begin to be more discretionary about our eating habits, pay more frequent visits to the gym, or stop or start doing whatever our employer wants us to do at our place of work. We will even begin to try out new behaviors with our children and spouse in order to get the "family part" of our life right. All of us have to be realistic enough to realize that change is not going to "just happen." Certain steps need to be taken to effect that change and make it become permanent.
Jesus asked his disciples to trust him and believe in him. His closest followers had a great deal of difficulty understanding who He was and where His ministry was headed. However, once they understood that they would be the catalyst through which Christ's ministry would be advanced, their lives were completely transformed and they never looked back.
Jesus is also asking us to give Him our brust and belief. He is saying that if we get the "Christ part" right, our lives will be altered in other areas as well. How would we react if Jesus came to us and said, "If you dedicate yourself to me, I will give you the power to change your life and the lives of those around you - but I will need for you to make certain sacrifices?" Would we still be willing to follow Him?
September 12 Willie Adkins
October 10 Marian Safriet
November 14 Jeanne Horsley & Mavis Simon
St. Mary & St. Teresa of Avila
Plans are now being made for 2001 Fall Flea and Luncheon to be held Friday, October 26, 2001 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Our traditional salad bar lunch will include homemade soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage and will be served from 11 AM to 2 PM. Check your closets for unused items to donate. And, of course, what would a bazaar at St. Thomas' be without the wonderful homemade cakes, pies, breads, jellies, jams and pickles? If you are creative we would welcome items to be included in our craft booth. With everyone's help we are looking forward to having another successful bazaar! This is the ECW's only fund-raising project supporting special projects in the parish, the community, and the world.
Dot Trent & Dot Reilly, Co-chm.
The Vestry meets on Monday September 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Vestry Room.
September 2 Bill Reilly, Jr. September 3 Van Howard September 4 Phillip Simon
September 5 Eryn Phipps September 7 Nelson Hodgkins September 8 Phillip Dalton September 9 David Isley
September 12 Jim Davies II
September 15 Karyn Foeller Richardson September 16 Lillian Hackett September 17 Anne Donecker
September 18 Billy W. Phipps, Jr. September 19 Peter McHugh September 21 Patricia Bobbitt September 22 Josephine Irvin September 24 Suzane Saunders
September 25 Ed Felts
September 27 Isaac Espanoza September 28 Joe Kinnarney
Food Donations for the Reidsville Outreach Center
Fourth Sunday Each Month! - September 23 - Powdered Milk & Instant Potatoes
"Sunday School planning is in full swing!
Beginning September 9, Tiny Saints will be meeting every 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 St. Thomas,
Thank you so much for the lovely vase of flowers Bill brought to me on Sunday. It was so thoughtful of you to send them to me. Flowers are one of my passions and I'm always amazed at how many different kinds, colors, sizes, etc. there are.
It was good to see Bill even though I could not be home. I am home now. It really feels good to move again without a lot of pain.
Thank you again and God Bless.
Joan (Bill's Mom)
Dear Friends at St. Thomas,
Thank you for your calls, letters, and prayers during my recovery and bereavement.
In retrospect, it was premature but I have been back having services in Mount Airy the past two Sundays.
We will take Mother to Maine, August 28th for interment.
You all are always in my prayers.
Nelson, Merle, Stephen & David
Dear St. Thomas,
Thank you so much for the delicious meal you provided. We really appreciated it and the lovely flowers. We are very excited about the newest addition to our family and can't wait for everyone to meet her. Thank you again for such a nice meal.
Mark, Robin, & Logan Jenkins
Dear St. Thomas Pastoral Care,
Thanks so much for the wonderful meal prepared by members of your committee, and delivered to our house by Anne Rogers and Dot Ferneyhough. It arrived at a time when it was especially needed - just after coming home from six days in the hospital.
Thanks again for the care and concern shown for me and my family.
Thank You Very Much
For: Your Prayers, your thoughts, and your concerns.
Beginning in September, newsletter articles need to be in our office by the 20th of each month. Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.
|Dear Church Family,
What a great summer we had. It was busy, but we were able to spend time with our children. We are back in school with seven this year. There is still one spot still available. The children are eager to learn. We started our first week out with meeting everyone, and reviewing the basics. We are moving on to our colors, shapes, and numbers. Soon we start the alphabet and then we will be going on field trips to reinforce the letter we are studying.
Thanks for your support.
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