Monday, March 31, 2014

Make Your Reservation for This Year's Ressurection House Breakfast

 Mark your calendar!  

St Thomas has reserved a table for eight. 
There are seven seats left as of March 25th. 
Call Burrell Wood, 727-528-4015 or email for you seat. Reach out and learn what Resurrection House is all about in our community!  

Our wonderful breakfast event is just around the corner...

7:30-9:00 AM
Thursday, April 24, 2014
St Petersburg Coliseum

535 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL

Robert Schofield will share his journey from homelessness to becoming an employee of Resurrection House, after graduating as a participant. He is featured in Will Bowen's latest book Happy Stories which was recently published.

Enjoy exciting and inspiring stories, great music, and a delicious, hot breakfast, as you hear about Resurrection House's 80% success rate over the years in ending the cycle of poverty and despair faced by homeless and working-poor families with minor children.

For more details or information about sponsorships,
call (727) 823-4742
or email us at

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ready For VBS - Registration open to all

St. Thomas VBS is open for registration and on its way!

Thank you to all who stepped up and made this possibe. We're on our way and it beacuse of your response.
This year will truly be different from start to finish.

What you need to know...

Our first VBS committee meeting will be Sunda,y March 30 following the 10:00 a.m. Service.  We will be in the Guild room and so members will have access to the Town Hall meeting in the Parish Hall if they would like to be a part of that as well.

VBS Registration is now open to all.  Please spread the word to friends and neighbors about the new format.  It's an exciting change and affords us the opportunity to host families in a new way.

Important facts to share:

Our dates: June 16-20, 2014
Our NEW time: 5:15 - 8:00 p.m.
Early bedtime option for 3/4's with pick up at 7:15 p.m.

We will start serving dinner at 5:15 in our Parish Hall. Followed by Openning Session. Openning Session includes our Story time and Music together as a large group

6:00 - 8:00 will be action packed workshops which wrap up in small group. 
Pick up will be at 8:00 in the Parish Hall. 

Friday evening we would like to have a cookout with activities and closing presentation. Families will be asked to bring a side dish to share. Together we can make this an amazing week. We look forward to sharing it with YOU!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Blessed Is She, Living Lent With Mary

Lenten Study, Week One

Ash Wednesday - An Introduction

A Lenten Mary
Mary as a Model Disciple in Luke's Gospel

My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior,
For he hath regarded in the lowliness of his handmaiden:
For behold, from henceforth all generations
shall call me blessed
(Luke 1:46b-48, KJV)

How can this be?
How do you take an ordinary teenager and make her the mother of a savior? Once more, how do you choose a woman unwed with hopes of a future husband and announce that she is 'with child' thus throwing her whole life into turmoil? She has no apparent wealth, power or connections. Nothing here indicates possible success.  All points lead to impossible.

"The Magnificat"
'Mary's song of praise to God, a response to the extraordinary events that overtook what was once an ordinary life',  shows us two things. It shows us a woman who understands the larger story.  How else could one bring into perspective such a happening unless there was a sense of becoming part of something much, much bigger. The impossible may then become possible.  It also shows us our reflection in the mirror. How are we different from Mary? In short-not  much. We are ordinary yet God chooses us also. How shall we take on the christian life that God calls us to? By understanding how God works within us and then how we bring his work to the world.

It's all in the choosing...
 Mary's story is indeed magnificent. And she responds to God's choice in her with a spirit that shall rejoice in Him. And so the relationship begins. So, though discipleship is clearly a choice to follow,
it is also the beginning of a relationship. God is with us and working within us all along the journey.

During this Lenten Season we'll work on this journey as we study Mary's story through the Gospel of Luke. (primarily but not exclusively) In hopes of understanding more fully all that Mary endures, rejoices, fears and reveals as the mother of Jesus and a  disciple of God.

Next Up: You have Found Favor, The Mystery of Grace
Tomorrow, Sunday March 16, 9:00 a.m., Library
beginning with this session, summaries  of each weeks study can be found on the St. Thomas Faith Formation Website at

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

See What Our Flower Guild has been Up To

Art in Bloom 2014

Museum of Fine Arts /St. Petersburg

What an amazing display of talent and beauty! Six members of the St. Thomas Flower Guild have put there heart and soul into an amazing display of form, color and pure beauty as they participate in this years Art in Bloom at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Pete.

This is all together a very impressive event but you can't help fill with pride as you walk into the "red" room and see the magnificent arrangements created by Elizabth Walters Allison,JoAnn Fleece, Ann Long, Susan Lahey, Julie Songster and Deenie Miller. Great job, ladies!

If you have not yet made it downtown to see this beautiful display I highly encourage you to do so!  Today is the last day of the event. They are open until 8:00 p.m.