Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Informational meeting for this years Natvity Play, Wed. 10/21,5:30p

Sacred Arts Series continues with  Journey to Bethlehem

The Information
It's time to gather and plan.  We invite all families wishing to take part in this years Nativity Play to come and see what we have in store. This year brings a new approach to the age old tradition of the celebration of the birth of Christ from a child's eyes.  It is always a  beautiful sight from the first of the sheep herd and littlest angel to the proud parents of the new born. All these God filled children working so hard to get it just right! This year we'll look inside the miracle of the story.

The Series
Each Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:00 beginning with November 4th, we will explore each aspect of the 'put together' of the play. Clinics will include script writing, costume & prop construction, the setting: including flowers, preparing of the altar, lighting & sound and of course music. 

The Result
All of this preparation (and learning) will come together on the weekend of December 18-20.  Friday, Dec. 18 we will experience  a  live Nativity (animals and all) on the point in front of the church from 6-8 p.m., Sat. Dec. 19 beginning at 9:00 we will have a run through practice of the play followed by baking and building Gingerbread Nativity, and Sunday Dec 20 the Nativity Play will take place in Harmony Service at 10:00 a.m.

All in all our hope is to have our families, especially our kids, experience this Advent and Christmas season like never before!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

CASA Kaboom! Join the team today!!

A New Outreach Opportunity with an Old Friend

As St. Thomas gets reacquainted with CASA  we look for ways to support their Capital Campaign to raise funds for their new facility and also hope to provide helping hands in building out the grounds of this brand new "home away from home".  The outreach committee has dedicated funds and the Sunday School has raised money through their first bake sale and hope to do one more in November. Our tour there was very informative and beyond impressive. You definitely leave the facility and the staff with the feeling of hope and a wish and prayer of being a part of a very important movement in our community.

In addition we would like to round up ten (10) volunteers to help build a Kaboom! Playground for the many children (and their families) who find themselves in need of CASA's shelter and many services.  This project commitment has quick turn around so our deadline for sign up is TOMORROW, October 21st!
Please call the church office at 896-9641 to have your name put on the sign up sheet. Pam Hamby will be back in touch with you to confirm and relay any additional details.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pecan preorder time!

This week only for Pecan Preorders - Send it our way NOW

Pecans are a sure sign that the holidays are close here at St. Thomas.  For your convenience we are send you the order form electronically this year. You can print and go! All order forms are to be returned by Sunday, October 25th and our order will be phoned in on the 26th. 

As always there will be forms available in the portico, parish hall and church office.

In the thick of things

Bringing People Together

Please bring an appetizer or bottle of wine to share
We are all in the middle of many activities all the time.  This week and next at St Thomas we hope you'll  check out some of the special opportunities designed to pause the busy schedule and come together. RSVP as needed to the Church office @896-9641 or

Also, please let us know if child care is needed in  for you to participate  and we will do our best to assist you!

     Cardboard Box City

Sleep Out, Rock Out, Knock Out


Raising funds for Family Promise
Let's support progress in Pinellas County
If you are interested in checking this out, meet us there!

 Trunk or Treat / Wed. Oct. 28th
Let the decorating begin!
 5:30 p.m. just before Supper, Song & Prayer
Share in the Halloween Fun then join us for a "home cooked "
pot luck dinner and a look at youth ministry leadership!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Kids Weekend at St. Thomas - check for changes

Lock In Tonight!

Children's Lock In/ Fall Edition
The tradition continues...

Hello everyone.  Quick reminder that tonight is our Fall Lock In. Please RSVP to the office today if you plan on attending. Here's the scoop:

Ages K - 6th Grade
Youth are welcome to come and help out also (no cost f you are volunteering
and yes you can stay over night too!)

Cost is $10 per child
Includes dinner, snacks and lite breakfast 

Don't forget to bring:
sleeping bag with blanket or mattress, optional
pj's and change of clothes
flash light with fresh batteries

Begins 7:00 p.m. with sign in and dinner in the Library. Drop off will be in the Snell Isle lot and enter through the Nursery door. 

From there we will move directly outside to pumpkin carving and bobbing for apples in the Curry Garden.  We'll have all the usual favorites with a scavenger hunt, sardines (hide and seek) and more.

PJ Chapel at 9:00 p.m. and the movie and Sundae Bar to follow.
Don't forget we will have our Blessing of the Animals Service on Saturday Morning at 9:00 a.m.
We will need a few parents to help set up for Harmony Service in the Parish Hall also.

Please also note that we will be rescheduling the youth pool party that was on the calendar for tomorrow, 10/3, 1-4 pm.

We will bring it back to the youth to determine the new date and let everyone know as soon as possible.  Thanks!