Letter From Father Scott

Week of November 22-28, 2020


St. Thomas Family Christmas Traditions

The St. Thomas of Canterbury family has not had the opportunity to gather together in person since March.  I know we all miss the conversations, hugs and sharing of life experiences that occurred at Sunday services and throughout the week.  As Christmas approaches I think we will miss these encounters even more.  So as a way to connect, I have an idea … let’s share our holiday traditions and/or recipes.  For example, does your family receive matching pajamas for Christmas each year; would the holidays not be the same without Grandma’s Spritz cookie recipe; is making a gingerbread house part of your holiday traditions; do you display a special Nativity Scene maybe even using the straw that was blessed and given to parish members a number of years ago.  Please send me your recipes, traditions and holiday pictures illustrating those happy memories no later than Tuesday, December 1st at  I’ll compile them into the December TALES or put together a special Family Tradition TALES.  This will be a way for us to stay in touch and share in each other’s holiday in a small way.

November Giving Thanks Food Drive

This is the last week to drop off food donations for the November Food Drive.  The office is open 9:00am – 1:00pm Monday through Wednesday this week (Thursday is Thanksgiving).  You can also drop off food donations during the Communion drive through after Thanksgiving Day service from 10:00 – 10:30am.  The food donations will be packed up and delivered on Saturday, November 28.

Upcoming December Outreach Project

To get into the Christmas Spirit despite COVID this year we are planning on an Advent Christmas Card write. We will be supplying cards to both St. Johns on the Lake Memory Care and Southpointe Care Home.  Please put an M – male or F – female in the stamp corner so we can direct the card to the appropriate person.  People can bring Christmas cards to the parish office Monday – Thursday between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm or when you come for drive-up Holy Communion on Sundays. Last collection date is Sunday, December 20. There are some unused Christmas cards in the office if you would like to do a few extra. Our goal is 100 cards.

 Dave Manley Ordination

Dave Manley will be ordained Transitional Deacon on Saturday, December 5 at Grace Episcopal Church in Sheboygan.  If you want to send him a note or congratulatory card, please mail to:  Rev. Dave Manley, c/o Nashota House, 2777 Mission Road, Nashota, WI  53058.

Meeting with Fr. Scott:  Would you like to meet with Fr. Scott?  Call him (414-379-0632) or the parish office (414-421-0130).

Prayer Request

If you have or know someone needing extra prayers, please give the office a call Monday through Thursday, 9:00am – 1:00pm, or send us the information via email.

Parish Prayer List

Please remember in your prayers this week … Adam & Monica, Addison, Alyssa, Andi & Rick, Andy B, Arthur, Barbara, Bill, Bill G, CC and Tom, Carol (Lisa C’s mom), Charlotte, Chris G, Dan, David, Dee, Dennis, Don, Edie, Gary H, Jacquie, Jeannie M, Judy L, Karen, Kayla, Kathy & Tim, Ken, Laurie L, Leslie B, Linda S, Lois, Mary, Mary & Peter K, Mike, Mike B, Mike V, Nancy, Nancy S, Nathan, Neil T, Norb, Richard, Robert, Ruth, Salvado, Shelly, Steven, and Suzy.  Please pray for all who are ill with COVID-19, for their loved ones, and for all who are treating them.



6:30pm – Names of Jesus Bible Study (Zoom)


      8:00am – Morning Prayer (Zoom)


6:00pm – Evening Prayer (Zoom)

Thursday (Thanksgiving Day)

9:00am – Online Worship service on Facebook or YouTube

10:00 – 10:30 am – Holy Communion drive-through


  • 9:55am – Fr. Scott livestreams a parish greeting and announcements for Facebook and YouTube.
  • 10:00am – St. Thomas of Canterbury online worship service (uploaded onto Facebook and parish YouTube channel).
  • 10:45 – 11:15am – Holy Communion Distribution in the church parking lot in your car.
  • 11:00am – Coffee Hour on Zoom



November 22 – Gail P.

November 23 – Cindy P.

November 24 – Jim J.

November 24 – Colleen N.

November 26 – Scott C.

November 28 – Louise A.

November 28 – Mary M.

November 30 – Kevin N.


November 27 – Gail & Phillip P.



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Letter from Father Scott

With love & gratitude, we remember

Dear Friends,

November is a time when remember all who have gone before us, the “capital S” saints of the Church, and the unofficial “small s” saints that have been a part of our lives.  November 1 is the Feast of All Saints.  November 2 we observe All Souls, aka Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, and throughout November we give thanks for all those who’ve gone before us.

To continue our tradition of remembering and giving thanks for the holy ones now at rest in God’s kingdom, please send photos and names of loved ones to the parish via email ( and we’ll include them in our uploaded worship during the month of November.   If there are photos, mementos or names that you’d like to bring to the office in person and have us include them, you can do that Monday-Thursday between 9 am – 1 pm or when you come for drive-up Holy Communion on Sunday.

Thank you, and God bless you today!

Fr. Scott