Upcoming Events
1/16   Men's Bible Study
          Morning Prayer 
          Supper, Song & Prayer
          Adult Formation
1/17   Morning Prayer
          Women of the Word
1/18   Morning Prayer
1/20   Sandwich Sunday
1/21   Mornng Prayer
1/22   Morning Prayer
          Centering Prayer
1/23   Men's Bible Study
          Morning Prayer
          Supper, Song & Prayer
          Sung Compline
1/24   Morning Prayer
          Women of the Word
1/25   Morning Prayer
1/27   Annual Meeting
          Chili Cook-Off
1/28   Morning Prayer
1/29   Morning Prayer
          Centering Prayer
1/30   Men's Bible Study
          Morning Prayer
          Supper, Song & Prayer
          Adult Formation
1/31   Morning Prayer
          Women of the Word
2/1     Morning Prayer
2/3     Souper Bowl of Caring
          Blessing of a Pregnant Woman
2/4     Morning Prayer
2/5     Morning Prayer
          Centering Prayer
2/6     Men's Bible Study
          Morning Prayer
          Supper, Song & Prayer
          Adult Formation
2/7     Morning Prayer
          Women of the Word
          Men's Club
2/8     Morning Prayer
2/11   Morning Prayer
2/12   Morning Prayer
          Centering Prayer
          Stewardship Meeting 
2/13   Men's Bible Study
          Morning Prayer
          Supper, Song & Prayer
          Adult Formation
2/14   Morning Prayer
          Women of the Word
2/15   Morning Prayer
2/17   Sandwich Sunday
          Anniversary of a Marriage
2/18   Church Office Closed
2/19   Morning Prayer
          Centering Prayer
2/20   Men's Bible Study
          Morning Prayer
          Supper, Song & Prayer
          Sung Compline
          Adult Formation
2/21   Morning Prayer
2/22   Morning Prayer
2/25   Morning Prayer
2/26   Morning Prayer
          Centering Prayer
2/27   Men's Bible Study
          Morning Prayer
          Supper, Song & Prayer
2/28   Morning Prayer



Worship Schedule

Holy Eucharist with Healing
8:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Nursery - ages 3 and under

9:50 a.m. in the Nursery

Youth Group
9 a.m. in the Youth Room

Sunday Morning Ministries (aka Sunday School) 9:50 a.m.
Children's Chapel (age 3, 4, 5)
in the Library
Growing in Christ (K-3rd)
in the Guild Room
Bridge (4th and 5th)
in the Youth Room

Supper, Song & Prayer

6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall/Sanctuary

Stories from the Margins

Ready for Life

When serving as a juvenile court judge, I learned the child welfare system is usually pretty good at moving the children of unfit parents out of harm's way.  Unless they are either returned to the family or adopted, however, they can linger in foster care until their 18th birthday. At that point, they are, technically, legal grownups - but they are woefully unprepared for adulthood psychologically, educationally, or economically. 

I learned the following disheartening statistics about those aging out of foster care:

  • 25% will be homeless for some time during their first 12 months.
  • Less than half will ever earn a high school diploma.
  • Only 3% will achieve a 4 year degree.
  • Over 40% of the girls become pregnant during the first 12 months or are already mothers.
  • 19% are incarcerated for some time within a 12 month period.
  • Most do not have the necessities for independent living - many sleeping on a floor until they can get assistance.

Ready For Life is an organization that finds people and resources to help bridge the gap for foster kids who have "aged out." Those who are working full time or enrolled in post-secondary education can receive a "Road to Independence" stipend from state funds, but need encouragement to "stay the course" - to stay eligible for this help, to break the cycle of dysfunction.

One of Ready For Life's key features is mentoring. I plan to be at Supper, Song & Prayer on October 15 with my now-21-year-old mentee, to hear from RFL's executive director, Kathy Mize Plummer. - Jack Day

Happy Workers, Happy CommunityHappyWorkersLane

“I have been volunteering at Happy Workers for almost a year, and I have experienced many fulfilling moments while being there. I volunteer in the 4 year old class, but they are willing to let their volunteers work with whichever age group they prefer. The students really appreciate volunteers and become so attached to them that they don't want them to leave. I can tell how much the kids value me when they tell me they love me and that they will miss me when I'm gone. There aren't many volunteers at Happy Workers and they can really use all the good role models they can get." - Lane Marshall

A few thoughts and words about my Meals on Wheels experience - the Gestalt

In 2003, my friend Bob had a bad motorcycle accident; so a group of coworkers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institution, figured we would do his Meals on Wheels (MOW) route while he was recovering.  Bob recovered, but we (including Bob) keep on delivering- it is a team effort; every Thursday or Friday, I drive and am assisted by another volunteer, people that work at FWRI, the USF College of Marine Science, National Marine Fishery Service, Karilyn, other friends, and neighbors.   The process begins around 10:30, we arrive at the Sunshine Center- across the street from Mirror Lake.  We sign in and tell Skip we are ready to do it.  Cold food is in an ice chest, we check to be sure the container and route list numbers match and do the same with the hot food.  Then we load and hit the road; currently we deliver to, two high-rise apartment buildings (in the past our route was private homes scattered from 5th Ave N to 22nd Ave S and between the bay and MLK, 9th Street).  We serve 10 to 15 clients, each week offers a new twist; people go on vacation, have medical appointments, etc.   Some folks receive MOW because they are on disability, some are on a charity food program, and some purchase it. 

If you are interested in receiving MOW,  you should get in touch with Neighborly Care Network, 12425 28 St N., Suite 200, St. Petersburg, FL 33716 ( 727) 573-9444. They are the administrators and are very efficient in coordinating MOW deliveries. Each day you can receive a hot meal and side items, the cost per day is less than $6.00. Food is checked to meet dietary recommendations; and I have had inspectors ride with me; they test the food temperatures to see the cold stays cold and the hot stays hot. 

The experience of delivering MOW is rewarding to me personally, I do a small thing that does not take a lot of time and preparation. The vast majority of the people we serve are very grateful and thankful that they are receiving a meal.  Last week in Luke’s Gospel, the focus was on being a good neighbor.  Meals on Wheels depends on volunteer neighbors to deliver the food.  I see many neighbors every week at the Sunshine Center. Often, a church or business has adopted a route for a day of the week (Monday through Friday); our group consists of about ten and we do two days every week.

“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."  John 21: 15

If you are interested in feeding some lambs, let’s have a conversation. Walt Jaap

For more stories from the margin, check out the St. Thomas blog.