Announcements February 7, 2016

Community Outreach


Jericho Ministries  – February Focus

The focus agency for February is Jericho Ministries.  Outreach contributions are welcome using your blue pledge envelope, writing a check to St. Thomas of Canterbury and putting “Outreach” on the memo line, or through your electronic transfer account. 



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



What can I do?


Your older adult neighbors need to have someone like you to shovel their sidewalks and driveways this winter.  You can help them by calling Southwest Interfaith at 421-5676 to get more details.  You can make a huge difference in someone’s  life.




         $5 will get you $10!

Help support the Southwest Interfaith Neighborhood Outreach Program by purchasing a Boston Store Community Day coupon  booklet for only $5.00. There’s  a  $10 coupon inside to spend on sale and regular items plus many other great coupon deals.  Also,  consider giving a coupon booklet as a gift!  The coupons can be used on Community Days, Friday, Feb. 26th  or Sat., Feb. 27th  at any Boston Store.  You may purchase coupon booklets from our SW Interfaith representative_Barb Miller   or by calling the SW Interfaith office at 421-3777. Thank you for supporting our  mission of helping older adults in our community.


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

Coffee Hour Hosts

             This is a one year commitment.  Signup sheet is posted in the Narthex.

Singing Rooster Coffee Representative

             We’ve been asked to become a distributor of Singing Rooster Coffee.  Please attend the Annual Meeting for a taste of this coffee.  Then fill out a survey to let us know how you liked it.

Easter Bunny Assistant

Christian Education needs one person (or a group) to assist with the Easter Egg hunt on Easter morning.

Please see Donna Celsor for more information on each of the items listed above.


Chicago’s NorthShore:

Save the Date: 

Altar Guild Adventure—May 18, 2016

Please NOTE:   This meeting is open to everyone, not just Altar Guild.

See Details on Bulletin Board




             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

             Classes will be held the 4th Sunday of each month from 9:30-10:30am in Fr. Mark’s office.


Palm Sunday Passion Reader Volunteers:

             Inviting any youth that are interested.  See Erica Stoving  or

email her at:   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 is 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.


STOC Website Update

As part of our goal to keep the church website current, and a source of information for both newcomers and parishioners, we have a new Vestry News page on the website. There, you’ll be able to access the current minutes, the agenda for upcoming meetings, and links to download past reports. If there is anything else you’d like to see on our website, either for potential visitors or for the information of the congregation, please send suggestions to Kathie Hein at



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