Announcements March 20, 2016




Community Reach

Community Reach


Guest House—MARCH Focus

The focus agency for March is Guest House.  The Guest House is a combination of residence and educational facility for homeless men.  The residents there are men who have fallen by the wayside for various reasons.  Programs there help the residents regain self-respect, independence and to seek out long-term solutions to their problems.  Guest House is a three month program that provides lessons in the school of life;  housing, budgeting, job search, health care, self management and many others.  After graduation there is a follow-up staff that help with any problems.  Guest House has a better success rate than any other similar program in the Milwaukee area.  Please keep Guest House in your prayers.


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

Columbarium News

             Columbarium Construction has begun with the columbarium. Niches are available for $975.00  It will be located in what was the side altar area and will be a permanent part of the church. The design is a combination of Cherry wood and brown marble with the engraving on the marble facing of each niche. I think it will be a beautiful and respectful place to remember the best of those whom we love.

For further information including contract and rules please contact Fr. Mark

Yokers Memorial

             Your Vestry will be discussing how to use the funds from the Yokers Memorial at their next meeting, following the 10 o’clock service on March 20th. 

As with all issues, if you have something you’d like to say about this, please feel free to contact any member of the Vestry or attend the meeting to be heard.

Vestry will also be discussing our deficit and same sex marriage.   As always, this is an open meeting and all parishioners are invited to attend.  If you are not able to attend and have any opinions or thoughts on these matters, please take a moment to discuss them with any vestry member at any time before the meeting.


Calling all Youth and Children


You are invited to help lead the music at a contemporary service on Sunday, May 1 at 10:00am. Please consider sharing your talents with the people at St. Thomas. Do you play guitar? Percussion? I’d love to add some of your touches to the music.


There will be three rehearsals to prepare for this day. Please plan to attend. Contact Anne Van Deusen with any questions (


Sunday, April 3, 10, 24—Rehearse from 11:15—12:15

Sunday, May 1—arrive at 9:15am to prepare for service



Communion Classes

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

No Communion Classes for March

             Due to Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, there will be no Communion Classes this month.  I hope to have two classes in April.  The one to make up for March, I hope to have on a Saturday, either morning or afternoon to have the children learn about all the things in the Sacristy/how we prepare for the celebration of the Eucharist.  I will have an information packet for all parents/children before that class.  Please consider making this a priority even though I know there are many conflicts with other activities on Saturdays.  Lets hope and pray we can find a time that will work for everyone!  Any questions, please email me at: or call 414-604-0841.  Thank you!


Same Sex Marriage Discussion Forum

         Everyone had been strongly encouraged to attend these forums to have your voice heard before the Vestry votes on the subject on March 20th. If you have missed any of the previous forums, you can find notes on what was covered on STOC’s website and physical copies of the notes can be found on the table in the Narthex. If you have an opinion on this, please contact any Vestry member or Fr Mark and let them know how you feel about this issue. Also, as always, the Vestry meeting on March 20th is open to everyone


Vestry Liaison Areas

             If you looked at the back of the Service bulletins you may have noticed the vestry liaison areas look a little different then they have before. This occurred during our February 20th vestry retreat.  As we begin each new vestry year we look at who would best fit as the liaison for a particular area.  As we had this discussion this year we decided that we may need to realign areas to fit our parish as we move forward.

As our discussion progressed we discovered some areas that were no longer needed, some areas that were a natural fit for collaboration, and some brand new areas that we will develop in the coming year.  We will continue to share information about each area and the role they play here at STOC (and your opportunity to get involved).

This is a work in progress and we appreciate your support and patience and we move forward.



Holy Week Volunteers

             We need Lay Minister volunteers for each service of Holy Week: Maunday Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil. We need everything from chalice bearers to ushers, and multiple readers! If you are available, please sign up on the sheets found in the Narthex. Each service starts at 7PM.

Soup Sale

             Spring is truly just a short time away and the “soup pots” need to be packed away until cold weather returns in the fall.  Thanks so much for the efforts of Veronica & Gary Heaney, Dee Dixon, Marge Hill and Barb Miller to make a nice success of the “Soup Sale” last Sunday.

Thank you, Lee Monk

Events and Activities





Yoga resumes  January 11 through June 13 2016 8:30am—9:30am.

           No classes on 3/28 or 5/30


Altar Guild

Chicago’s Northshore:

Date:  May 18, 2016.   Altar Guild Adventure—See details on Bulletin Board

This is open to everyone, not just the Altar Guild.



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