This Week at St. Thomas

Praying for Our Rector Search

The Rector Search Committee and Vestry need your prayers! Please take one of the Prayer Guides that are on the table at the back of the church. The Rector Search Prayer Team will meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7 pm. The next meeting will take place on Monday, August 15. The group has been reading Compline and saying some additional prayers. Please join us!

Blessing of Backpacks, August 14

Attention all children! Please bring your backpack to church on Sunday, August 14. Fr. Terry will bless all backpacks and we will have a little gift for all children that day!

Ladies' Bible Study, August 11 at 1:00 pm

The Ladies’ Bible Study will meet next on Thursday, August 11 at 1 pm in the St. Thomas pavilion, weather permitting. Karen DeSanto will continue to lead the study. Right now they are working through the Book of Proverbs. If you have any questions, please give her a call.

Altar Guild Cleaning Day, Saturday, August 27

Everyone is invited to help to prepare the church for the Fall Season! On Saturday, August 27 at 9 am the Altar Guild will meet for a cleaning day. There are plenty of small tasks that anyone can do. There are only 8 people on the team so they could really use some help from all of us! There will be no pressure to join the Altar Guild! Please consider spending an hour helping the Altar Guild with some of these tasks. Please see Mary Schnepp with questions.

Mark Your Calendars Today!

Mark your calendars now! Our annual Kickoff Sunday and 9:30 am Combined Worship Service will be on September 11.

Altar Guild Cleaning Day, Saturday, August 27

BSF Bible Study Opportunity

The mission of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is global, in-depth Bible studies that produce passionate commitment to Christ, His Word, and His Church. Each week members of all ages around the world read & study the same passages of Scripture. BSF has a fourfold approach to study: there are questions to guide you through your personal study each week (1). After spending a week with the text and questions, you'll get to discuss it with your group (2) and hear a lecture that gives greater context and detail (3). Finally, BSF provides outstanding notes to read that illuminate Scripture and help you to grasp how it applies to your life (4). The next study, Kingdom Divided, will begin in mid-September, but now is the time to register if you’re interested (in some classes, there is a waitlist). The study will cover 15 books of the Old Testament, from the split into Israel and Judah after Solomon, to the Babylonian exile.

Visit https://www.bsfinternational.org/ for more details & to register. Books can be purchased once you register (they’re about $30 once shipped). If you’d rather not pay for the workbook, after registering you’ll also have the option to download all the lesson questions and notes for free in a pdf that you can either use digitally or print on your own. Note that you do have to be registered in a group to gain access to the materials.

Altar Flowers and Sanctuary Lamp

2022 Price for flowers: $23.50

The calendar to sign up for the Altar Flowers and the Sanctuary Lamp is posted on the bulletin board in the parish hall. In order to be sure the flowers are ordered, please do all of the following at least 3 weeks before your scheduled week. If it is less than 3 weeks in advance, please call Carol because bulletins are often done 2-3 weeks early.

Sign up on the 2022 Flower and Lamp calendar found on the bulletin board or online through the weekly email

Complete the order form-found next to the calendar on the bulletin board or in the email and return it with your payment.

Pay for the flowers using the envelope in your offertory envelopes or a blank envelope with “flowers” written on the outside or on your check

The cost of the flowers is $23.50 and the lamp is $5. If you donate both, the cost is $26.50. If you need assistance with signing up, please call Carol on her cell phone, 412-720-3129.

Prayer Requests

If you have a specific need or concern for which you would like to have someone pray, please email: PrayerRequests@SaintThomasAnglican.org We will be happy to share your confidential request with our Prayer Warrior Team .

In Our Prayers

PRAYER TO CALL A NEW RECTOR TO ST THOMAS

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall call the next Rector for St. Thomas, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will preach the Gospel, care for your people, equip us for ministry, and lead us forth in fulfillment of the Great Commission; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


THE ACNA CYCLE OF PRAYER

Pray for the Anglican Province of Myanmar and The Most Rev. Stephen Than Myint Oo, Archbishop.


DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

Pray for Christ Church, Fox Chapel, and The Rev. Alex Shuttleworth (Kat), The Rev. Connie Hughes (Bob), The Rev. Ben Hughes (Jenna), The Rev. Ben Wulpi (Stephanie), A mid-sized suburban church with large church qualities. Please pray for the Country Day School sharing our building, and for sharing our faith and hope with the local community. Young Anglicans and The Rev. Canon. Steven Tighe (Tricia). The youth ministry initiative of the ACNA.


PRAY FOR ST THOMAS

O God of patient and gentle strength, who knows our needs even before we ask, may your loving presence guide us as we seek the next rector for St. Thomas. Give us an open spirit, discerning hearts and clear minds, that we may trust your will for us and become ever more united in your son our Savior, Jesus Christ. Inspire our conversation, deepen our prayer, and make us a community of humility and grace. Raise up for us, we pray, a priest and pastor who will boldly proclaim your Gospel, faithfully administer your sacraments, and serve your people with love and compassion.


PRAY FOR THOSE ON OUR PARISH PRAYER LIST

Norm and Ruby Hayden; Pat Ruberto; Judy Eves; Joe Kosarik; Marissa Sharkey; Jone Mader; Mary Egger; Giuliana; Tim; Jim; Kathy Vamdevort; Steve; Debbie Babcox; Joseph Babcox; Rebecca Ford; Ola; Alexa; Les and Gladys; Mariah; Jerry; Larry; Kristen Casavale; Phyllis; Emily Tedeschi; Timmy; Jessica; Tracey; Bill and Bea Woods; Jean Vinski; Johnny Morales; Randy Burgess; Rick Wells; Mary Garrison; Patti Navilliat; Dolores Glenn; The Gilch Family; Jan; The Goss Family; Kathy and Don Harris; Delaney Price; Tony Visconti and The Visconti Family; The Murcko Family; Melissa Swatchak; Ginny; Sally; Mikki and John Washburn; Aria; Joey; Katie; Chef Ben; Susan W.; Monica; Judy; The Garrison Family; Fr. David Wilson; Clayton; Jason; Karen; Lisa Erb.


PRAY FOR THOSE SERVING IN THE MILITARY

Chad D.; Mike B.; Mat B,; Ty W.; Stephen M.; Scott M.; Jesse W.; Chris R.; Heidi Jean; Richard; Omar; Todd; Brian; Sonja; Corey A.; Bene K.; Clifford M.; Jordan B.; Tristan Z.; Logan; Jackson S.; and Matthew D.; and Tristin.

Pastoral Needs

Home Visits or Communion

For those hospitalized or unable to attend church, home visits or Communion can be arranged easily by contacting the church office at: 724-443-1963 or emailing: Admin@SaintThomasAnglican.org. Communion typically is taken to nursing homes and the homebound on the first Sunday of each month.

Pastoral Counseling

Fr. Chris is available for spiritual direction or pastoral counsel upon request. You may email Fr. Chris at FatherChill@gmail.com or leave a message on the church voicemail at 724-443-1963.

Pastoral Services

Please contact Melissa Schmitzer if you or somebody you know in the congregation is in need of Pastoral Services such as meals or rides.