Weekly News — 10/10/2017

 St. Thomas Announcements… Oct. 10th – 18th  


This Week’s Highlights ….

A HUGE thank you to Pastor Jeremiah and his family for the wonderful Open House Luncheon at the parsonage last Sunday.  The lunch you provided was FABULOUS and a good time was had by all.

October 11:  Singing Men of St. Thomas:  With the women away at retreat, The Singing Men of St. Thomas will provide music at the October 22 Worship Service.  Rehearsals include wo one-half hour Wednesdays (October 11 & 18, from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.) plus Sunday Oct. 22 9:30 a.m. All guys, young and not so young, are invited, welcome and encouraged to participate in this brief time of song and fellowship.

Women’s Wellness Weekend:  The annual retreat weekend for women will be Oct. 20-22.  We will be gathering at the Bishop Lane Retreat Center just outside of Rockford for a time of reflection, fellowship, renewal and worship.  All women are invited to attend.  You can bring a friend as well.  This year’s topic is “One Day I Wrote Back.”  Sound intriguing?   Come join us.  Registration is due Oct. 13th.

Sunday Worship Service PLUS:  All St. Thomas friends and families are invited to join us for worship, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, to share in Pastor Jeremiah’s message, continuing to follow the journey of Moses.

Fall Auction:  In preparation for our October 29 auction, there will be a meeting on Tuesday, October 10, of those interested in helping to make this important fund-raiser a success.  In addition, attached to this email is an invitation to the auction which you are encouraged to share with friends.  And your assistance in providing auction items is needed as well.

Have you ever been to Midwest Mission Distribution Center?  Their Director, Pat Wright, is retiring from this position on November 1.  We would like to send her a card from all the St. Thomas volunteers to thank her for her service.  A card will available each Sunday mornings on the hospitality table for you to sign your name.  We’re sure she’ll enjoy seeing the names of all STUMC friends and family who have benefitted from her leadership at MMDC.

Nov. 4:  Pumpkin Recycling:    On Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. – noon, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (393 N. Main Street, Hillside Parking Lot, in Glen Ellyn) will host a pumpkin recycling event.

Why Keep Pumpkins Out of the Landfill?

  • They are full of nutrients that are good for the soil
  • They are 90% water – good for our soil, bad for our landfills
  • Most of the pumpkins processed in the US are grown in Illinois – keep the water and nutrients here!
  • Decomposing organics make landfills the 3rd largest producers of methane
  • Composting returns nutrients and water back to our earth

In 2014, Wheaton, Elmhurst and SCARCE hosted the first pumpkin recycling collections in DuPage County. This collection composted 9.31 tons of pumpkins and helped to improve composting laws in Illinois. By 2016 the Pumpkin Smash grew to over 31 sites across the sta​te.​ To date, the Pumpkin Smash has diverted over 93 tons of pumpkins from landfills.

Flu Shots Nov. 5:   Walgreens will have staff at St. Thomas on November 5 to administer flu shots following worship.  Bring your insurance and/or Medicare card and the shot is free. If you plan to participate, please sign-up on the sheet provided on the bulletin board.  If you are planning to get a flu shot this fall, perhaps you could wait and get it here at St. Thomas that Sunday morning.

Attention all Cooks:  Our Confirmation class is each Sunday following worship.  We’d like to provide them with lunch (in the kitchen, at 11:30) before heading into their study and we are seeking volunteers to handle this each week.  Please let the church office know what Sunday you would be willing to provide this lunch (for 8, including confirmands and their teachers), or signup on the sheet provided for that purpose on the ledge.  Right now, we need volunteers for all Sundays in November & December. This is one way we can help to support our confirmands as they take this next step in their Christian journey.

Community News: 

  • Hysteria in Salem: The Salem Witch Trials Presented at Glen Ellyn History Ctr. Oct. 14:  Saturday, October 14, at 2:00 PM, in the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main Street, professional public speaker and actor, Terry Lynch describes the Hysteria in Salem: The Salem Witch Trials.” This program is sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Historical Society and tickets are $10 adults, $8 GEHS members, and $5 students 18 and under. Lynch, portraying John Hawthorne, takes the audience back in time to 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts to hear allegations of witchcraft. Bridget Bishop of Salem was the first to be tried and found guilty. She was hanged on June 10. Thirteen women and five men followed her to the gallows. The hysteria, paranoia and resulting trials are all described in this performance. Call 630-469-1867 for information and check the website at www.glenellynhistory.org.
  • Madam Zelda Joins the Circus: Halloween Under the Big Top on Oct. 21 at the GE History Ctr.:  Saturday, October 21, at the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main Street, Madam Zelda Joins the Circus and celebrates Halloween Under the Big Top. This is a Halloween event for families and children sponsored by Curtain Up Classroom in partnership with the Glen Ellyn Historical Society. There are two shows: 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Each show begins with a performance by Curtain Up Players starring Madam Zelda. Guides will lead the audience to the “slightly haunted” Stacy’s Tavern Museum. Children are welcome to wear costumes- adults as well. Tickets are $6 for adults and teens, $5 for kindergarten/elementary school children (Ages 5-12) Children 4 and under are FREE. Buy tickets in advance at Stacy’s Corners Store or on the day of the performances. Each event lasts approximately one hour and begins at the History Center. Both shows are the same – choose the time that works best. For info call 630-469-1867.

Prayer Requests:  If you would like to add someone or be added yourself to our weekly prayer list, just email or call the St. Thomas office 630-469-1214.  This week we pray …

  • For healing and successful treatments for those dealing with health concerns and specifically for those dealing with cancer.
  • For the caregivers, who help and support those needing their assistance.
  • For the St. Thomas congregation, praying that it will grow and thrive so that we may carry on our mission.
  • For racial healing and political reconciliation throughout our country.
  • For those dealing with the heartache of addictions, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • For those dealing with natural disasters in their home states.


Tuesday, October 10

3:30 p.m.            Covenant Group (parlor)

7:00 p.m.            Auction Planning Meeting (Pastor’s Conf. Rm.)

Wednesday, October 11 – Office Open 2:00 – 6:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.            Soup & Study:  Bible study of Moses continues (kitchen)

7:00–7:30 p.m.  Singing Men of St. Thomas rehearsal (choir room)

7:30 p.m.            Sanctuary Choir rehearsal

Thursday, October 12

1:30 p.m.            Bible Study of Moses continues (Pastor’s Conf. Room)

7:30 p.m.            Finance Team Meeting (Pastor’s Conf. Room)

Saturday, October 14

8:00 a.m.            Leadership Team Meeting

Sunday, October 15 – Staff Appreciation Sunday, honoring JoAnn, Mike and Jacquie

10:00 a.m.          Worship Service (w/Children’s Sunday School)

11:30 a.m.          Confirmation Class lunch & study

Tuesday, October 17

7:00 p.m.            Trustees Meeting (Pastor’s Conf. Room)

Wednesday, October 18 – Office Open 2:00 – 6:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.            Soup & Study:  Bible study of Moses continues (kitchen)

7:00 p.m.            Singing Men of St. Thomas rehearsal (choir room)

7:30 p.m.            Sanctuary Choir rehearsal

Thursday, October 19

8:45 a.m.            Local Mission Opportunity:  Phil’s Friends, car pool from STUMC parking lot

1:30 p.m.            Bible Study of Moses continues (Pastor’s Conf. Room)

Friday, October 20

Various times     Women leave for Women’s Wellness Retreat

Saturday, October 21

9:00 a.m.            Horeb Dust Busters

Sunday, October 22

9:30 a.m.            Singing Men of St. Thomas final rehearsal

10:00 a.m.          Worship Service (w/Children’s Sunday School)

11:30 a.m.          Confirmation Class lunch & study





Thursday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.:  All Church Conference with the District Superintendent


Sunday, October 29, 2:00 p.m.:  Fall Auction




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