Week of October 2, 2022


October Outreach

The October Outreach recipient is Street Angels.  Street Angels is a mobile outreach program that assists our neighbors without homes in Milwaukee County.  Volunteers, supporters and staff make it possible for their team to travel throughout the county three nights per week, 156 nights per year, via two outreach buses providing hot meals, bag lunches, drinking water, hygiene items, clothing, blankets, tents, and HOPE to those who are experiencing street homelessness.  They are often first responders to a homeless crises.

 October SOCKTOBER Drive

The Farmers Almanac has predicted a very cold and snowy winter this year, which will create a need for warm winter clothes. In response to this need the Outreach Team has organized a sock drive to help warm bare feet. Socks will be donated to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Last year we collected 588 pairs of socks. Can we top that this year? Will you help by providing new or like new warm winter socks for all ages? Please donate what you are able. Even one pair will make a difference to someone in need. We will be collecting socks from October 3-23. A collection gift box is located in the Narthex. If you have questions, please contact Donna Celsor at donna.celsor@gmail.com or a member of the Outreach team.

 Children’s Ministry this Fall

Starting this Sunday (October 2) we will be launching a series of formation opportunities for children at the 10am service! On the first Sunday of the month we will have an intergenerational sermon, and continue to invite children and youth to participate in liturgical ministries. On the third Sunday of the month Children’s Liturgy of the Word will occur in the library, and children will rejoin their families at the peace. Please contact Melesa+ if you would like to learn more!

 Diocesan Convention, October 7-8

This weekend all clergy and lay deputies for the 175th Convention of the Diocese of Milwaukee will gather in the downtown Milwaukee region. The lay deputies for St. Thomas were elected at the March 2022 Annual Meeting, and they include Lisa Chmielewski, Todd Domenget, Sheryl Slocum, and Erika Stoving. We ask for your prayer as we gather this weekend.

 Prayer List

The Requested Prayer List on the back page of the bulletin has been updated.  New Prayer Request cards are in the pews to complete for prayers.  You can place the completed card in the collection plate or give to the usher when leaving church.  Your prayer request will appear in print for 30 days. 

 Blessing of the Animals

This year’s Blessing of the Animals will take place on Sunday, October 9th, at 2pm near the meditation garden. All pets, their owners, and any animal lovers are invited! If your pet does not play well with others or is unable to travel to the church, please bring a picture of them!

 Newcomers Brunch

Have you joined the parish within the past year? If so, please plan to join us on Sunday, October 16, following the 10am service for a Newcomer’s Brunch. This will be an opportunity to connect with other St. Thomas members, and hear more about our parish. To RSVP, please email Melesa+.

Our Shared Worship: All Hands on Deck!

As we move into the fall we are looking to rebuild and better support the ministries that make our Sunday worship possible. Would you be willing to read the scripture passages or lead the prayers of the people? How about greeting and ushering on a Sunday? Or serving as an acolyte? Perhaps you would like to help prepare our space for worship by joining the Altar Guild. There are many ways to be a part of our Sunday worship, so please consider how you might participate! If you would like to join one of these ministries, please contact the office at stoc@stocchurch.com.

 May He Rest in Peace

Parishioner Brian Brown passed away last Saturday, September 24  His funeral will be held on Friday, October 14 at 3:00pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Watertown.  Brian had been a long time member of St. Paul’s.  Melesa+ will be presiding the funeral at St. Paul’s.  May he rest in eternal peace and may light perpetual shine upon him. 

 Stay in the loop!  Subscribe to the Parish eNews!

Contact the parish office (414-421-0130) or Melesa+ with your email address.  You will receive the weekly newsletter “This Week at St. Thomas”. 



Wednesday, October 5

Noon Eucharist

6:00pm Evening Prayer (Zoom)

6:30pm Building & Grounds Committee Meeting (office)


Thursday, October 6

6:30pm Choir Practice

7:00pm Bible Study


Friday, October 7

Diocesan Annual Convention

Westin Hotel, Milwaukee


Saturday, October 8

Diocesan Annual Convention

Italian Community Center


NEXT SUNDAY, September 25


Holy Eucharist


Choir Warm-Up Session for 10:00 am Service


Holy Eucharist

Coffee hour to follow


Blessing of the Pets

(Meditation Garden area)


Our Prayers have been requested for:

Clare B, Mike T, Robert L


Birthdays & Anniversaries

October 2—John A

October 2—Jim & Tammy W

October 6—Gary & Veronica H

October 8—Pam K











Fr. Scott headshot-transparent

Letter from Mother Melesa