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June 2001

CONTENTS:

 

Memorial Gifts

Healing Service
Thoughts on Stewardship
Tom Balsley

Ordination Service
Fran McKendree in Concert
Long-Range Planning Committee
Spotlight on Pastoral Care Committee

Third Sunday - Reidsville Outreach Center

Youth Mission Trip
Tiny Saints

Thank You Notes

"An Ode to Summer" at The Summit
Curtain Calls
Camp Summit
Favorite Hymns

Successful Spring Fund Raiser

Follow this link for the complete
June 2001 Calendar

June Special Services and Events at a Glance

June 2 Workday on Grounds
June 8 Fran McKendree Concert
June 9 Rev. Bill Oldland's Ordination
June 17 Father's Day
June 24 Youth Mission Trip Commissioning Service
June 24-30 Youth Mission Trip

Flowers for June 2001

June 3 Rhodes
June 9 Oldland
June 10 Oldland
June 17 Howard
June 24 Felts

June Greeter Schedule

June 3 Dot Ferneyhough
June 10 Pam Allen
June 17 Bill Sutton
June 24 Laura Felts

June Usher Schedule

June 3 John & Susan Bullock
June 9 Dot & Bill Reilly
June 10 Alan Campbell Family
June 17 Phillip & Susan Dalton
June 24 Craig Cardwell & Bill Sutton

June Parish House Cleaning Committee
Dot Reilly


June Altar Care

Chairman Mavis Simon
Louise Hinson, Kate Nelson, Kathy Gentle

 

THE DEACON'S DESK - The Rev. William D. Oldland

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The Rev.William D. Oldland

For many years I thought of Pentecost as being the miracle of tongues.  We are all familiar with the story.  The disciples were in an upper room.  They were waiting for the Holy Spirit to come to them as Jesus promised.  They were waiting expectantly, but they really did not know what was going to happen when the Holy Spirit arrived.  Jesus said they would receive power and that they would be witnesses.  He did not say what kind of power or how they were going to be witnesses.

Then the day arrives.  The Holy Spirit comes to them with a sound of wind and with tongues of flame over their heads.  The immediate result is the ability to speak in different languages.  All of these disciples are speaking in a variety of languages.  What is the point?  The point resides out in the street.  Out in the street of Jerusalem people were gathering.  These people spoke a variety of languages.  The disciples were given the ability to speak the languages of the people gathered.   They were given the power to tell the people around them the wonderful news about Jesus Christ.  The power they were given was the power to proclaim the Gospel.

As disciples of Christ we too are given the power to proclaim the Gospel.  We may not speak in a foreign language as the world defines languages.  Instead we may speak in God’s language, the language of love.   The disciples were given a particular gift on the day of Pentecost for the particular purpose of proclaiming the Gospel.  We too are given particular gifts.  We are unique individuals given unique gifts.  We are given these unique gifts and abilities to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are given power and authority to share the stories about Jesus.  We are given the ability to share through word and action the love of God.

During the season of Pentecost we have an opportunity to explore our gifts and abilities.  We have the opportunity to see what gifts God has given us to help share the story.  The story we share is how God plays a role in our life.  My prayer is for each of us to be faithful to the spirit in us.  My hope is for each of us to use our abilities to proclaim the Good News of the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

FINANCIAL NEWS & REPORTS

 

Income: April 2001 Expense: April 2001
Pledged $  12,723.00
Received $  11,842.00
Shortage $        881.00
Budgeted $ 12,519.00
Spent $ 12,304.00
Under spent $      215.00

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.

A Brief Note about Memorial Gifts to St. Thomas'

St. Thomas’ has a very active Memorials Committee.  From time to time people want to leave a gift for the church and call to ask for ideas concerning any needs St. Thomas’ might have.  One area of need at St. Thomas’ currently is our library.   Before the Bishop’s visit, the library was cleaned and reviewed.  Over the years many books had accumulated.  After sorting the books we found some areas of our library we would like to expand.  Following is a list of authors or titles of books we would like to add to our library.  All of these books would be available for use.  Many of these texts could be checked out just like the public library.  These texts would be very helpful for the continued education of our adults, youth and children.

 Authors

C. S. Lewis – He has written many texts for children and adults.   Any text is appropriate.
Henri Nouwen – A man of deep spiritual conviction whose books are widely known and used for personalspirituality and teaching.
Martin Bell – An Episcopal priest whose stories retell the lessons of the Gospels.
Joseph Girzone – A retired Roman Catholic Priest who has authored the “Joshua” series.

 Commentaries and Books

The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary – a 12 volume series
NRSV Exhaustive Concordance by Dr. Bruce Metzger
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Story of Christianity
volumes 1 & 2 by Justo L. Gonzalez
Christian Theology by Alister E. McGrath
The Christian Theology Reader by Alister E. McGrath

The Study of Anglicanism by Stephen Skes, John Booty, and Jonathan Knight

Dear parish members and friends,

Thanks for all your contributions to St. Thomas’.  We are grateful that you support not only the church itself but also our man interests such as the Soup Kitchen, Habitat, The Deacon’s Fund, The Youth Mission, The McKendree concert – to name only a few.  But if you are giving to a special fund, PLEASE put a note on your check so that we may see that it is allocate to the fund to which you intended it to go.

Always thanks,
Mary Brent Trigg and Steve Worth

LITURGICAL NOTES

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

"We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us; prophecy in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness"

from Romans 12:6-8

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This month we have much for which to be thankful.  We are all looking forward to the celebration of Bill Oldland’s ordination.  On June 9, Bill will move from deacon status to priest in the Episcopal Church.  As happy as we are that Bill has reached this milestone in his spiritual journey, we need to keep in mind that this must be a shared ministry.  It is important that we take an active part in the life of our church, our community and beyond.  We cannot depend on Bill to do everything himself, to be everywhere at once, and to be all things to all people.  Bill wants and needs our involvement.  He wants us to be energized by God’s spirit so that together, we can help make a difference in the lives of those around us.

In thinking about a “shared ministry,” there are several examples that come to my mind.   Sometimes our gift may not be known but could be indispensable to the life of a parish or any organization.  At St. Thomas we are the beneficiaries of John Bullock’s technical expertise in the creation of our parish website and the constant effort he employs to update it on a weekly basis.  We are the recipients of Steve Worth’s computer know-how as he keeps our budget and pledge figures current.  In our community, the Reidsville Habitat affiliate was so privileged to have the late Howard Roach provide his skills as a builder to help us construct our first homes when we were just getting our organization off the ground.  And now we are very much inspired by our young people and several adults who are going on a mission trip to South Carolina to help God’s people in need.

One point, however, that needs to be understood is that we don’t have to be an expert in any one area to be able to make a contribution.  Turning our attention toward God means that we are constantly changing our course to serve others.  Giving someone a smile or a hug, welcoming a visitor at church, sending a get-well card, visiting a shut-in or someone in a nursing home – these are acts of love each of us can do.  We can be so effective if we will strive to be Christ to one another.  That is what the church is: the body of Christ.  All of us have the ministry of this body whether we are lay or ordained.  This is a ministry we share.  This is the good news.

Tom Balsley


PARISH LIFE & NEWS

ECW News

September 12 Willie Adkins
St. Paul
October 10 Marian Safriet
St. Luke
November 14 Jeanne Horsley & Mavis Simon
St. Mary & St. Teresa of Avila

Vestry News

The Vestry meets on Monday June 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Vestry Room.

A workday for the grounds will be held Saturday, June 2 at 9:00 a.m.

The Long-Range Planning Committee will meet Mon., June 18th at 8:45 a.m., 4th floor Administrative Conference Room, Annie Penn Hospital.

Special Services:

God willing and the people of God consenting
The Right Reverend James Gary Gloster
Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina

Will ordain

William Daniel Oldland

To the Sacred Order of Priests
In Christ’s One Holy
Catholic and Apostolic Church

Saturday, the ninth of June
Two thousand and one

At eleven o’clock in the morning

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church
315 Lindsey Street
Reidsville, North Carolina

Your prayers and presence are requested

Reception following                                                  Clergy: Red Stoles

Fran McKendree in Concert

Fran McKendree

Place: St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
Date:  June 8, 2001
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost:  Free
Who:  Adults and Youth

Spotlight on the Pastoral Care Committee

The Pastoral Care Committee of St. Thomas’ performs wonderful ministry for the members of St. Thomas’. Their ministry is very involved. First of all, they keep casseroles and desserts handy for families at times of illness, a birth or a death. As soon as they hear of one of these pastoral situations they are ready and willing to respond. Members of this committee have also assisted families who needed help during extended hospital stays and house-sitting for events such as weddings and funerals.

In addition to the ministry they perform in times of need, they also deliver tapes of our services to those unable to attend. Through this activity, members of our parish actually participate with our community in our worship. Also, the pastoral care team assists individuals in coming to church who are unable to drive.

There are several ways we can help the committee in this ministry. The first way we can help is in communication. Sometimes the church is the last to know when someone is in need. We can help the committee respond by calling the church office when we are in need or when we know someone else is in need. The church office will call a member of the committee so we can respond.

There are other ways we can help the committee.

    We can volunteer to make a dessert or casserole. Please call Dot Ferneyhough before we cook to coordinate our efforts.
    We can volunteer to deliver tapes.
    We can volunteer as drivers to help people to church and back home.

The committee would like to thank all of the present volunteers for their efforts and hard work. They also invite everyone to help participate. This committee does very rewarding and wonderful ministries which are often behind the scenes. Please consider if this ministry may be your gift from God.

OUTREACH

Food Donations for the Reidsville Outreach Center

Third Sunday Each Month! - June 17 - Small bags of Flour and Sugar

YOUTH

Youth Mission Trip

The Youth Mission Trip will be held June 24 - July 1st at the United Methodist Relief Center in Charleston, SC.  Nineteen from St. Thomas' are joining a larger group from St. Francis.  Thanks to everyone who sponsored a young person.  A sponsors' dinner will take place in July.  A commissioning service for our group from St. Thomas' will take place on June 24th at the 8:30 a.m. service.

Tiny Saints

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.

 

THANK YOU NOTES

The Case, Crumpton and Frohock families wish to convey their sincere appreciation to the members of St. Thomas for all the cards and flowers sent in memory of Charles L. Case.

God could not have graced me with a better teacher.

Thank you,
Teresa Frohock


The Reidsville Soup Kitchen, Inc. would like to take this opportunity to express their sincere appreciation for your recent expression of goodwill. ($307.50) Support such as yours ensures the continuation of this much needed community project.

Thanks for all the support!
Stephanie


Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your continuing support of the Outreach Center. Your food gifts each month have been very generous and have made a huge difference in our pantry supplies.

Thank you!
Anne Donecker

THIS & THAT

The Summit Welcomes Its Diocesan Family to: "An Ode to Summer"

On Sunday, June 17, 2001 The Summit (our official diocesan camp and conference center) ushers in summer from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and be our guests for a festive day, sponsored by the Swindell Major Speakers Fund.

The sounds, sights and smells of early summer in the foothills of the Piedmont will come alive under the direction of Mother Nature and Three North Carolina Symphony ensembles.

Informal concerts by the Woodwind and Brass Quintets and the Primavera String Quartet offer a wide range of music from many stylistic periods. Intermittently during the concerts, the artists will interact with you and tell stories about the music, their instruments, and their lives as musicians.

Envision yourself at this lovely event. Make plans with family or friends. Pack your picnic and allow The Summit to provide the soft drinks and iced tea. Come refresh your body, mind and spirit at this diocesan facility.

Registration Required: This event is free, however space is limited so reserve your seat today!
Phone: (336) 342-6163
Email: summit_lisa@yahoo.com


Curtain Calls for:

The ECW for overseeing and purchasing the new draperies in the front of the Parish House.

Craig Cardwell for helping with the drapery material donation

Kris Rogers for installing the rods

The Men's Club for purchasing the back draperies

Anne Dell Hardingham for donating her time and talent


Camp Summit

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
(Special Campers)
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.


What are your Three Favorite Hymns?

Here is your chance to let us know... Fill out the form in this month's Tidings Newsletter...
...Or click here to send an email to the church office.  In the email, just give your name and list your 3 favorite hymns.

NEWS FROM THE EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL

 

Administrator's
Report
Angie Underwood
The Day School is doing well. The spring program and raffle ticket sales were a success. We would like to thank Tom Ham for his photography services at the spring program. The school year is ending and we’re preparing for our end-of-year cookout and looking forward to another great year this fall.

Preschool
Report
Carol Puryear

"Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good!"

Well, another good year has drawn to a close. I will admit it is nice to have a break from planning lessons plans (and field trips!) but I’m never ready to say good-bye to the kids! I so enjoy our children and their families and it is always such a shock to realize it’s time to get all those year end things finished and out the door! We all had lots of fun at our annual spring "Family Fun Night" program and dinner. We had lots of great door prizes and the Lord has blessed us again with another strong fund-raiser from the raffle tickets. We thank all of you who helped us with this project!!! We concluded our theme of "Goin’ Places" by taking a bus trip to the High Point train station, riding the train to Burlington, getting back on the bus for a short trip to City Park - where we picnicked and rode the carousel and train there, and then back on the bus for home. Again, the Lord blessed us with a BEAUTIFUL day and safe and fun travel for all. The Lord’s loving kindness indeed never ceases!!! Our fall class is full and I’ll be spending time over the summer getting ready for them. Expecting yet another great year!


Kindergarten
Report
Cori Anderson
Dear Church Family,

What a wonderful year this has been. The Lord has blessed me with five wonderful children this year. They have each added something special to my life! We have now finished all of our work.

The children have worked hard this year! They have completed the Sing, Spell, Read and Write program. This included learning the alphabet and the sounds that each letter makes and the sounds of the vowels, and when the vowel is long or short. They can recognize and write all the numbers up to 100. They can add and subtract, and do story problems. They have learned their 66 words to enter 1st grade, and they are reading!  What a busy, but fun year we have had!

We had our spring program Saturday. The children worked so hard, and did a wonderful job!

Special thanks to the church family in supporting our fund-raisers throughout this year. Have a great summer!


The Episcopal Day School would like to thank everyone for helping make the spring fund-raiser a success.   Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes, door prizes, or purchased raffle tickets.  $835 was raised during this event for school equipment and supplies.