Announcements January 24, 2016

Community Outreach


Hospitality Center—January Focus

The hospitality Center helps feed, clothe and minister to the needy in Racine.  In the words of Deacon Kevin, St. Thomas’s on-going support makes a transformative difference in the lives of many and in the life of the Hospitality Center.


*******Searching for Executive Director*******

The Hospitality Center is searching for an Executive Director to provide visionary leadership to ensure the continued  growth and development of the Hospitality Center.  Letters of interest and resumes may be sent to:  Verbal inquires may be directed to Kevin Stewart-The Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee (414)345-7971.


Food & Item Donations

STOC continues to collect food and other donations that support St. Alphonsus, St. James, Guest House & the Hospitality Center.  If you would like to donate additional items please label your contribution with your preference of ministry and donations will be distributed.  If you are donating food items please do not use the outside drop box, food donations should be left inside the church.  For more information please contact the church office at  414-421-0130.  Thank you….Outreach


***** HELP WANTED *****

Coffee Hour Hosts

Do you enjoy catching up with your church family at coffee hour? Who haven’t you seen in a while? Do you bake? Coffee hour is a great place to get to know your church family better. A coffee hour host is a one year commitment. Your responsibilities include making coffee and treats of your choosing. We can show you how to make the coffee. After coffee hour you are required to clean up any mess (use the dishwasher if you want) and take out the trash. This is not a lifelong commitment. Coffee hour hosts sign up for a one year time period beginning March 1. Sign up sheet is posted in the narthex.  Please see Donna Celsor of the Parish Life vestry liaison for more information.


Singing Rooster Coffee Representative

We have been asked to become a distributor of Singing Rooster Coffee. The sale of this coffee  helps build the economy of Haiti, where the beans are grown. The also reduces the amount of donation support that Haiti requires. Please attend the annual meeting for a taste of this coffee. Please fill out the survey regarding Singing Rooster Coffee and let us know if you would like us to serve this as our coffee hour coffee. You may also purchase this coffee for your own home use.


Easter Bunny Assistant

Christian Education needs one person (or a group) to assist the Easter Bunny with the children’s Easter Egg hunt on Easter morning. Responsibilities include selecting treats and filling the plastic eggs. Candy and small toys are popular. You may assist with hiding the eggs as well. Please see Donna Celsor for more information.




             Greendale Woman’s Club will be awarding grants to community based not-profit organizations.  Please be specific in your proposal, include what the grant will be used for, the costs, and the amount you are requesting.  Mail your grant request to Judy Rick, 9035 W. Highland Park Ave. Unit 705, Franklin, WI 53132.  All grant requests must be received by March 1, 2016.  Any questions please contact Judy Rick (414)423-5974 or Chris Sowa (414)529-3758


Communion Classes

The Communion Classes will be held on the 4th Sunday of each month from 9:30am-10:30am in Fr. Mark’s office.  The following children are included at this time:  Evan and Audrey K, Natalie and Evelyn K, Bridget D, Angie and Joanne J.  The approximate age range is from 5 to 11.  If anyone else has an interest in their child attending or any questions, please call or email me at 414-604-0841, so I can order additional workbooks.  The classes scheduled are:  1/24, 2/28, (March is tentative due to Holy week/Easter), 4/24, 5/22, and 6/19.  Excited about this class and working with the children!  Noelle Gehlhaart


Palm Sunday Passion Reader Volunteers:

The past few years, we have had the youth read most of the parts to the passion on palm Sunday. I want to invite any youth that are interested in doing that this year, so see me or email me. They will not need to memorize any lines or act out anything.

Thank you. Erika Stoving


Ash Wednesday Lay Ministers

           We need lay ministers for the Ash Wednesday service on February 10 at 7:00PM.  The sign up sheet will be in the Narthex.


Weekly Lenten Meal and Services

Our weekly Lenten meal followed by Evening Prayer will begin on Feb 12th. Those who participated last year enjoyed the format we fell into, and would like to repeat it again this Lenten Season. We’ll gather for food and fellowship in the Parish Hall at 6PM on Friday evenings, followed by Evening Prayer including a brief Bible Study at 7pm. Last year, it seemed to work well to rotate and spread out the food responsibilities, so we’ve posted a sign up sheet in the Narthex for those who would like to take a turn. Further plans and ideas towards that will be made the first week we gather. Please come and join us in this relaxed and warm form of Lenten Discipline!



Just a reminder that in case of severe winter weather, WISN/Channel 12 is where STOC’s cancellation information will be found.  You can either watch WISN or check for the most updated information.


Yoga resumes  January 11 through February 29, 2016 8:30am—9:30am.


Lost and found

We have a blue bin inside the closet clearly labeled “Lost and Found”  Any items found in the church or around the property can be placed into that bin.  An envelope with orange tags is also taped to the bin.  These tags can be filled out to identify the Date found, who found it, and where the item was found.  Also, there is a supply of plastic zip lock bags (in the blue bin), which shall be used to place the article and orange slip into.








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